Weekly List 118

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

This was a jarring week as Trump declared a national emergency after Congress refused to fund his wall — perhaps his most brazen authoritarian act yet. Trump’s predilection not to govern, but rather rule by an unprecedented executive fiat, set off alarm bells for Constitutional separation of powers, as Trump departed early Friday for a weekend of golf at Mar-a-Lago. This week … Read More

Breaking: Nope, He’s Declaring A “National Emergency”

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

Rule of thumb: Never underestimate the stupidity of this President and his unique ability to do the worst thing. Know what's a national emergency? Having a president so stupid he can be goaded into a series of constitutional crises by the voices he hears on his tv set. — Hunter (@HunterDK) February 14, 2019 Bloomberg: President Donald Trump will sign … Read More

Amazon Not Going To NYC

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Economy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

BREAKING: Amazon says it has canceled plans to build a headquarters in NYC. pic.twitter.com/6BPPEE1MDF — MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 14, 2019 The online retailer faced opposition from some politicians, who were unhappy with the tax incentives Amazon was promised. No matter what you think of the decision, what’s fascinating about the Amazon news is what it says about 1. The surging … Read More

Weekly List 117

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This week was filled with news of Congressional inquiries, subpoenas, and investigations, as House committee chairs took the first steps to hold Trump and his regime accountable. Leaks from the regime heightened concerns about a White House rapidly devolving to the Trump Organization, with Trump largely freelancing and acting unilaterally, and taking the advice from a small group of sycophantic … Read More

Pecker And The Dick Pic

Ken AshfordCrime, Fake News, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Very strange but important story involving AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, and Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of Amazon and, as an aside, the Washington Post. Last night, Bezos published the following on Medium: No thank you, Mr. Pecker Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an … Read More

Weekly List 116

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This week concerns about Trump’s foreign policy were front and center, as the regime rolled back sanctions against a Russian oligarch, and withdrew from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — both seen as victories for Putin. The Financial Times reported on a previously undisclosed one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 just months after Helsinki. Congress rebuked Trump’s foreign policy … Read More

Snopes Quits Facebook

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Fake News, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

I have been a big fan. follower, and occasional contributor to Snopes. And this is a pretty big fail on the part of Facebook. Snopes believes it has been ignored, and simply is there as window-dressing so that Facebook can say it attacks fake news. CNBC: Snopes, a fact-checking organization, announced on Friday its decision to end its partnership with Facebook, … Read More

Weekly List 115

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his is the longest and perhaps most perilous week for Trump so far. Not only did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outmaneuver him in the government shutdown, but by week’s end she was publicly questioning if Trump is beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and if his campaign coordinated efforts to subvert the 2016 U.S. election. Meanwhile, House committees, now chaired … Read More

Breaking: Trump To Speak On Shutdown; Will He Invoke A National Emergency?

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Gubmint Shutdown, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The White House is now making plans for an afternoon event today, where President Trump is poised to make an announcement about the border and the government shutdown, per @jeffzeleny @kaitlancollins. Invoking national emergency has been on the table — Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 25, 2019 People I’ve been talking to this morning are convinced, following the arrest of Roger … Read More

Breaking — Day 35 Of Government Shutdown Brings Stoppage of Flights Into LaGuardia

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Gubmint ShutdownLeave a Comment

NBC New York reports: A ground stop has been ordered at LaGuardia airport due to staffing related issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday. The stop was ordered shortly before 10 a.m. Some arriving flights are also being delayed. The government shutdown has entered its 35th day, the longest federal shutdown over. CNN reports that Newark and Philadelphia are also affected. … Read More

I’m Sick Of The Covington Catholic Teen Incident, But This One Thing I Believe

Ken AshfordFake News, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Adam Serwer: The incident became a national story in part because of the way the images seemed to confirm first one sweeping narrative, and then another, opposite one: the first, that the heart of Trumpism is prejudice; the second, that anti-prejudice, abetted by the liberal media, has become a malevolent force comparable to racial oppression. But only one of these … Read More