Weekly List 98

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This week our country was riveted as new allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. On Thursday, 20 million Americans tuned in to the watch the Kavanaugh hearings. Despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford coming across as poised and credible, while a belligerent Kavanaugh delivered testimony riddled with inaccuracies, Republicans planned to push forward for a … Read More

And Now The Committee Vote [NOPE! An FBI Investigation!]

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

SEPT. 28, 2018. The front pages. pic.twitter.com/LxSjyD0eaS— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 28, 2018 With the embarrassingly empty Kavanaugh hearings behind us, and a nation left wrecked by the he said/she said testimonies, the Senate is going ahead with the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. After a closed-door meeting of the Republican conference late last night … Read More

This Is It: The Kavanaugh Hearings

Ken AshfordCongress, Political Scandals, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Two more allegations last night, although they were anonymous and went to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They were released last night in an effort by Republicans, I suspect, to show that there are many loony accusations.  Also two men came forward to take “credit” for the Kavanaugh assault on Dr. Ford, which actually does not HELP Kavanaugh. I will not … Read More

Kanavaugh Hearings Update

Ken AshfordCrime, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

The hearings are a sham.  The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee (all older white men) will not question any witnesses, but will cede their power to a woman named Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor. Mitchell is the chief of the special victims division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which deals with sexual assault cases, among others. A registered Republican, … Read More

The Future Is AI And The US Is Falling Behind

Ken AshfordScience & Technology, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Trump administration has done little to support artificial intelligence research, experts say. Now, the top members of a House subcommittee are calling for a plan to maintain American leadership in AI. As the White House idled, China implemented a national plan that is propelling its AI research and implementation. Now, the two countries are in a race to reap … Read More

Breaking: Rosenstein Resigning? Fired?

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

Hard to tell what is happening. There are conflicting reports: Lost of conflicting reports — now @washingtonpost says he offered to resign, which is consistent w/ @jonathanvswan https://t.co/v6cflnHFnYAll good reporters, not sure how much difference it ultimately makes. Like I said, we’ll find out soon enough. (I think.)— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) September 24, 2018 Rosenstein…CBS: Expects to be fired, “has … Read More

More Women Accuse Kavanaugh

Ken AshfordCongress, Political Scandals, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

From The New Yorker: As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have … Read More

Weekly List 97

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

This week the news was dominated by accusations of sexual assault against Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, as the accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward. Trump restrained himself from attacking Dr. Ford until Friday, but Republican senators and GOP operatives were out in full force all week.  Senate Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch called Dr. Ford, “mixed … Read More

Kavanaugh Spokesman Resigns Because He (Oh, Dear) Sexually Assaulted A Woman

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

You can’t make this stuff up: A communications adviser to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) during the Supreme Court confirmation fight has abruptly resigned after an accusation of sexual harassment — an allegation he denies. Garrett Ventry submitted his resignation Friday night, he said in a brief phone interview Saturday morning. He said he denies the allegation but … Read More

Breaking: My God

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment: The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.Mr. Rosenstein made these … Read More

Trump Slows Release Of Confidential Russia Documents

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I think they actually read the documents: President Trump on Friday walked back his order earlier this week to declassify information in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying Justice Department officials and others had persuaded him not to do so for the time being.The retreat from his declassification decree issued just four days ago underscores … Read More

The Insane Theory of Mistaken Identity In The Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegation

Ken AshfordCongress, Crime, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Supreme Court, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Ed Whelan floats a trial balloon pic.twitter.com/qjc6QmEhtz— Mr Toad’s Wild Ride (@goddamnedfrank) September 21, 2018 I watched this unfold in real time on Twitter.  it was bizarre: Ed Whelan, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and the president of a think tank called the Ethics and Public Policy Center, took this theory to a new, wildly irresponsible place … Read More

Breaking: Ford Says She Is Willing To Testify If “Fair”, But Monday Is Impossible

Ken AshfordCongress, Republicans, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

NY Times: The woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault has told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in an apparent bid to jump-start negotiations, that she “would be prepared to testify next week,” so long as senators offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff … Read More

Lot Of “Smaller” Mass Shootings This Month – Here’s Today’s

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Yahoo: Multiple people have been killed at a Maryland Rite Aid distribution center when a female shooter opened fire Thursday. The lone shooter, who has not been identified, is currently in critical condition, but it’s not clear how she was injured, reports said.At least three people are dead and two more wounded during the shooting spree just after 9 a.m. The suspect was armed with a single gun … Read More