Trump’s New Target: Family Of A Fallen Soldier

Ken AshfordMilitary Issues, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Africa said Wednesday that President Trump “did disrespect my son” with remarks in a condolence telephone call. Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post that she was present during the call from the White House on Tuesday to Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson. Johnson’s mother also … Read More

Document Dump: Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban… Yet Again

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Courts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Tired of winning…? UPDATE: A second federal court rules the same — A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.

When Worlds Collide

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Some 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, the smoldering cores of two collapsed stars smashed into each other. The resulting explosion sent a burst of gamma rays streaming through space and rippled the very fabric of the universe. On Aug. 17, those signals reached Earth — and sparked an astronomy revolution. The distant collision created a “kilonova,” … Read More

Decertification Of Iran?

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, Iran, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

BREAKING: Tillerson: Trump will not withdraw from Iran nuclear deal but will say pact is not in US national security interests. — The Associated Press (@AP) October 13, 2017 TRUMP on the Iran nuclear deal: “I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification.” — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 13, 2017 These tweets are two hours … Read More

Trump Sabotage Of Obamacare In Full Swing

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Remember the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it. The gutting of Obamacare continues, and it’s serious: President Donald Trump plans to cut off subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage in his most aggressive move yet to undermine his predecessor’s health care law. The subsidies, which are worth an estimated $7 billion this year and are paid … Read More

Trump: Blaming The Victim

Ken AshfordDisasters, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is outright inhumane: Trump is laying the groundwork for abandoning Puerto Rico, and blaming it for its infrastructure problems that existed pre-hurricane. Lost in his “analysis” is that the people suffering there (still no power or clean water on most of the Island) are AMERICANS. If Bush was negligent with Katrina response, Trump is being outright punishing. According to … Read More

Trump Doesn’t Know How The National Debt Works

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

During his latest interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, President Trump went on a confused rant about the economy, at one point falsely suggesting that stock market gains are helping pay down the national debt. “I’m so proud of the $5.2 trillion dollars of increase in the stock market,” Trump said, referring to the bull market that began as the … Read More

Is Trump Becoming Unhinged With Anger?

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair has heard reports of Trump venting “I hate everyone in the White House!”: In recent days, I spoke with a half dozen prominent Republicans and Trump advisers, and they all describe a White House in crisis as advisers struggle to contain a president who seems to be increasingly unfocused and consumed by dark moods. Trump’s ire is being … Read More

The Trump Administration Guts Clean Air

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

On Monday, as had been expected, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said at an event in Kentucky that he would formally move to repeal what the E.P.A.’s Web site referred to as “the so-called ‘Clean Power Plan.’ ” That plan had been central to the United States’ commitment, under Paris, to reduce power-plant emissions by an estimated thirty … Read More

Latest Updates On Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Ken AshfordGun ControlLeave a Comment

Focus still seems to be the shooter, now-deceased 64 year old Stephen Paddock. The pictures of the hotel show TWO broken-out windows. One of them was to shoot at the concert-goers.  The other one, it turns out, was broken so that Paddock could shoot at two large aviation fuel tanks. He actually did shoot at the tanks. The bullets left two … Read More

Republican Hypocrisy Exhibit No 352

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Earlier this week, Republican Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which “would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy,” according to GovTrack. The congressman has been lauded by the Family Research Council, for his stance on abortion, as well as for family values, generally. He also has been endorsed by LifePAC, which … Read More

Why Identity Politics Sucks

Ken AshfordPolitics, Random MusingsLeave a Comment

I have been ruminating on this for a while. Maybe too long. But we have an entire generation now of progressives (the millennials) who only understand politics through the fabric of identity politics. Although identity politics had been in the air for a couple of decades already, it was in the late 1980s and early 1990s, that it really began … Read More