Trump Makes Policy Shift To Kill ALL Of The Affordable Care Act

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced that it is siding with a district court ruling that found the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The move is an escalation of the Trump administration’s legal battle against the health care law. The DOJ previously argued in court that the law’s pre-existing condition protections should be struck down. Now, the administration argues the … Read More

Barr Summary of Mueller Reports: No Collusion, No Obstruction Prosecution

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I had a busy weekend so I only read the Barr summary of the Mueller investigation which came down yesterday at 5 pm. Let’s start with one truism: When prosecutors say that an investigation “did not establish” something, that doesn’t mean that they concluded it didn’t happen, or even that they don’t believe it happened. It means that the investigation … Read More

Weekly List 123

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

This week started with maniacal tweeting by Trump: more than 50 tweets over the weekend on a variety of unrelated topics, including multiple retweets of conspiracy theorists. The week’s news was overshadowed by Trump’s daily attacks against deceased Senator John McCain and George Conway, husband of senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway. The off-kilter — even by his standards — behavior by Trump seemed … Read More

Trump Reverses His Advisors On NK Sanctions

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yesterday: Important actions today from @USTreasury; the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices. Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion. https://t.co/AVnOPrWbH6 — John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) March 21, 2019 Today: It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale … Read More

Why Is Trump Trying To Hide His Putin Conversations?

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump claims he has nothing to hide — so why is he going to such great lengths to make sure no one ever finds out what he discussed with Putin? The White House on Thursday rejected a request from House Democrats to turn over documents pertaining to Trump’s conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing that such communication is off-limits … Read More

New Zealand Gets It Done

Ken AshfordGun ControlLeave a Comment

Jacinda Ardern and her government are not fucking around: “In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,” said Ardern. The ban on the sale of the weapons came into effect at 3pm on Thursday – the time of the press conference announcing the ban – with the prime minister warning that … Read More

Who Is Running The Show?

Ken AshfordCrime, DisastersLeave a Comment

NY Times: As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits. One reason: Boeing charged extra for them. For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to … Read More

The Mueller Report Is Highly Anticipated. Here’s What We Already Know: An Interactive Post

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

By LARRY BUCHANAN and KAREN YOURISH MARCH 20, 2019 The investigation has revealed a range of eventsrelated to Russian interference and the 2016 election. After more than two years of criminal indictments and steady revelations about contacts between associates of Donald J. Trump and Russia, we already know a lot about the work done by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russia’s … Read More

Thank God For The Federal Courts

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: Federal judges have ruled against the Trump administration at least 63 times over the past two years, an extraordinary record of legal defeat that has stymied large parts of the president’s agenda on the environment, immigration and other matters. In case after case, judges have rebuked Trump officials for failing to follow the most basic rules of governance for … Read More

Suing Fictional Cows And Other Twitter Embarrassments

Ken AshfordCongress, Social Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is funny, but also disturbing in the sense that some are actually taking it seriously. Yesterday, Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) sued a fictional cow for $250 million. In addition to the anonymous Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” Nunes is suingthe “Devin Nunes’ Mom” Twitter account, a political operative named Liz Mair, and Twitter itself. Nunes, a close ally of President Trump, … Read More

Trump Crimes Update

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Stormy Daniels & Karen McDougal Affairs, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) This is interesting. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting. Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken to Attorney General William Barr about staying for an indefinite amount of time. The hearings for his replacement are currently scheduled for … Read More