Breaking: More Trump Insisting On Loyalty From DOJ/FBI

Ken AshfordBreaking News, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CNN: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump’s help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump’s support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. But the President had other priorities ahead of a key appearance by Rosenstein on the Hill, according to sources familiar … Read More

PA State Legislature Gets Ballsy

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Republicans, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

Think Progress: In an audacious move by a political leader who could potentially be held in contempt of court, Pennsylvania Senate President pro tempore Joseph Scarnati (R) informed the state supreme court on Wednesday that he will openly defy one of the court’s recent orders in a gerrymandering case. On January 22, the state supreme court struck down the state’s gerrymandered congressional maps — … Read More

Running For The Hills?

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Election 2020, RepublicansLeave a Comment

It’s a stampede for the exits. The Hill reports: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection. “There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system,” he said in a statement on Twitter. … Read More

The Nunes Memo Likely To Be Released Soon – Massive Fail Expected

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In an incredibly transparent display of partisanship, the House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to: (1) Release the Nunes memo (2) Ignore requests from the FBI and the DOJ to vet the Nunes memo before any release; and (3) NOT release the Democratic memo explaining why the Nunes memo is bullshit Although the White House has five days to review … Read More

Breaking: Another Trump Official Resigns For Impropriety

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Trump’s top public health official resigned from her post just now after mounting questions about financial conflicts of interest, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. The resignation comes one day after POLITICO reported that Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bought shares in a tobacco, drug and food companies one month … Read More

Trumps SOTU

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

From what I saw, which wasn’t much, it was a very low energy Trump speech. As usual, he read it without knowing what it said, as if he was seeing it for the first time. It was the third longest State of The Union speech in history. Contrary to what was billed, it was not a unifying speech. He took … Read More

Breaking: McCabe Steps Down

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Multiple U.S. officials say that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his post today and taking “terminal leave” meaning that he will stay on until his retirement in March (that was always his plan) so he can receive full retirement benefits. This may very well be McCabe’s own decision, but given Trump’s demands for his ouster and … Read More

Weekly List 63

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The fabric of our country is changing at an alarming pace, although in the chaos, related news is garnering little media coverage or attention. Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is becoming increasingly active and emboldened, using Gestapo-type tactics to target immigrants living lawfully in our country, as Trump and his regime continue to openly target and disparage marginalized communities. … Read More

The Chess Pieces Are Moving

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

New York Times: A secret, highly contentious Republican memo reveals that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein approved an application to extend surveillance of a former Trump campaign associate shortly after taking office last spring, according to three people familiar with it. The renewal shows that the Justice Department under President Trump saw reason to believe that the associate, Carter … Read More

Massacre Barely Makes Headlines

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Chelsie Cline posted this last Wednesday, and she got a response from her ex-boyfriend Tim Smith. Yesterday, Smith fatally shot his Chelsea Cline, 25, and three of her friends at a car wash early Sunday before turning the gun on himself. He’s not expected to survive. Full story.

“Why Are You Subjecting Me To This?”

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And a new media star is born. Moments ago, on CNN, Miami attorney Elizabeth Beck (who once deposed Trump) was on a panel, and blurted out an unusual question on the air.  “Why are you subjecting me to this?” Beck demanded as former U.S. Office of Ethics and Government head Walter Shaub spoke about the series of events around President Donald Trump’s alleged … Read More

Speaking Of Sex Scandals…

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Godstuff, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

While we wait for the doors to blow wide open on the Trump-Daniels sex scandal (IF they blow open, that is), let’s chew on this: Casino mogul and Republican National Committee (RNC) finance chair Steve Wynn is facing accusations of sexual misconduct, including that he forced a woman to have sex with him in 2005, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Wynn, … Read More

Trump Tried To Fire Mueller In June 2017

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First the New York Times, then the Washington Post and then NBC News reported this big bombshell Thursday night: President Trump wanted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller back in June 2017 — but then backed off. Trump, in Switzerland, responded to last night’s news: “Fake news folks, fake news. Typical New York Times fake stories.” The story is simple: President Trump ordered the firing … Read More

Fox News And Many In The GOP Go Full-on Tin Foil Hat

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea Party, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Work and other life things has prevented me from posting for eight days, which is equivalent to eight months in these manic-news-cycling days of the Trump era.  What did I not even comment on? Well, the government shutdown over the weekend, and arguments about DACA. Oh, and Stormy Weather. But that was ages ago it seems. Let’s start with this week, … Read More