Debate #2, First Night: Thoughts

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020Leave a Comment

Last night, in order of their placement onstage, left to right:  Spiritualist and author Marianne Williamson; Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas; former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.; former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; and Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont. I was not bowled over and I watched about as much … Read More

Breaking News From CNN

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Twitter suspends an account that President Trump had retweeted just hours earlier, saying it broke the platform's rules https://t.co/AsUk7CNZXe pic.twitter.com/GworjQHc27 — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 31, 2019

Dem Debates #2 Begin Tonight

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020Leave a Comment

There are just too many candidates for these debates to be useful. I get that everyone should get a shot, but after this round, we need to whittle the field to a healthy 6 or 7. Not 25. I also don’t care for the draw (which was random). Tonight, in order of their placement onstage, left to right: Spiritualist and … Read More

Breaking News From CNN

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The Senate tried but failed to override Trump's veto on three resolutions that would prohibit US arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE https://t.co/NkGuPjglRb pic.twitter.com/q573KohPur — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 29, 2019

Breaking News From CNN

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President Trump issues full pardons to five people and commutes the sentences of two others convicted of a variety of federal crimes https://t.co/z76afKRYA7 pic.twitter.com/7vkGyMnDJM — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 29, 2019

Coats Replaced As National Intel Director And Replaced With Trump Toadie

Ken AshfordElection 2020, L'Affaire Russe, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Coats out as national intel director, clashed with Trump: WASHINGTON (AP) — Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, will leave his job next month, President Trump announced Sunday, after a turbulent two years in which Coats and the president were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump announced Coats’ departure as Aug. 15 in a tweet … Read More

Trump’s Weekend Racism Binge

Ken AshfordRace, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I just asked my neighbor why he removed the Trump sign from his lawn, where it had been since 2016. He replied, “I couldn’t ignore his racism any longer. My son [10 years old] asked why I still support him, and I had no answer. If you lose your kid’s respect, you’ve got nothing.” — Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 27, … Read More

Breaking News From CNN

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President Trump signs a bill that extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for decades, saying it is part of a “sacred duty” to first responders https://t.co/PCfbL60PVP pic.twitter.com/F2La2GDEVx — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 29, 2019

Breaking News From CNN

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Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, who aggressively questioned Mueller last week, will be nominated by Trump as the next director of national intelligence https://t.co/SvzOL3nT8h pic.twitter.com/QHBsfM3yIL — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 28, 2019

Weekly List 141

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

This week Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his 448 page report. The testimony was the first glimpse many Americans had of its findings, especially Mueller’s stark warnings on Russia’s past and ongoing interference, and Trump’s and other regime members’ financial and other conflicts. While the media quibbled over whether Mueller was made-for-television articulate, the … Read More

Yeah, Let’s Do This.

Ken AshfordCongress, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Language from the suit makes clear that impeachment under consideration. “Articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the Committee’s investigation, although no final determination has been made.” — Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 26, 2019 Pelosi has signed off on this language, Dems say — Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 26, 2019 Just asked Nadler if what they’re doing now … Read More

Breaking News From CNN

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House Democrats plan to sue in federal court to obtain the secret grand jury material from special counsel Mueller's report https://t.co/ZYEtptNHlR pic.twitter.com/prHxFlArDx — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 26, 2019

Mitch McConnell Block Bills To Ensure Election Security

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2020, Voter Suppression & Voter SecurityLeave a Comment

Election security is national security. Right now, election security is all done at the state and local level, and many districts and states simply do not have the money or technology to stop hackers. This not only includes Russia, but China, Iran, and even domestic ne’er-do-wells. AP: Robert Mueller warned that Russian interference is still happening “as we sit here.” … Read More

Federal Government Begins Executions Again After Two Decade Lapse; Names Five To Be Executed

Ken AshfordCrime, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

DOJ website: Attorney General William P. Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to adopt a proposed Addendum to the Federal Execution Protocol—clearing the way for the federal government to resume capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse, and bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes.  The Attorney General has further directed the Acting Director … Read More