In Other News, The OTHER Trump-Russia Connection

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Campaign Finance Reform, Gun Control, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is getting almost no coverage (update: okay NOW it is), but there is breaking news on another front. The DOJ just announced the arrest of an unregistered Russian agent, Maria Butina. Right now, the only charge is that Ms. Butina was an unregistered foreign agent, but the FBI was investigating her on the belief that she worked at the … Read More

Breaking: Senate Confirms Benczkowski to Justice Department And He Could Decide Fate Of Russia Investigation

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Congress, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

On purely partisan lines (Manchin broke Dem ranks; McCain unable to vote), the Senate has just confirmed a top Justice Department official who could help oversee the Trump-Russia investigation, despite his own troubling connections to Russia and his close ties to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Brian Benczkowski, a former Senate aide to Sessions, will now lead the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, a job … Read More

Breaking: FINALLY, EPA Scott Pruitt Is Out

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2020, Environment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

NY Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, he said in a tweet on Thursday. Mr. Pruitt had been hailed as a hero among conservatives for his zealous deregulation, but he could not overcome the stain of numerous ethics questions about his alleged spending abuses, first-class travel and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Mr. Pruitt … Read More

Breaking: Shooting at Annapolis Newspaper — Capital Gazette

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A law enforcement source tells CBS News the suspect is male, white, in his 20s, no iD. Two law enforcement sources say the suspect used a shotgun. 4 dead, 5 injured/transported. — CBS News Radio (@CBSNewsRadio) June 28, 2018 The shooter, according to reports, is refusing to identify himself. NYPD sending police to news stations as a precaution. Maybe this … Read More

We Are Fucked: Kennedy Is Retiring

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

NBC: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire when his successor is confirmed, preparing the way for the most significant change in the court’s makeup in half a century. The vacancy will allow President Donald Trump to make the U.S. Supreme court a solidly conservative body for years, if not generations, to come — a … Read More

Breaking: Trump Signs Executive Order on Family Separation

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

What just happened: President Donald Trump officially reversed his debunked argument that he had no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families at the border. Trump’s climbdown came after he faced intense pressure from across the political spectrum and from religious, political and world leaders to halt the separations, which produced days of heart-rending news coverage of crying children … Read More

Breaking: Michael Cohen Resigns From RNC Committee Post

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

Surprised this didn’t happen long ago: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, has resigned from his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee’s Finance Committee, sources close to the RNC told ABC News. In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason … Read More

Breaking: Paul Manafort Order To Jail

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

CNN: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will await his trial for foreign lobbying crimes from jail. Two weeks after Robert Mueller’s prosecutors dropped new accusations of witness tampering on him, a federal judge Friday revoked Manafort’s current bail, which allowed him out on house arrest. Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s order marks an end to months of attempts from Manafort … Read More

Breaking: New York Attorney Files Suit Against Trump & His Kids

Ken AshfordBreaking News, General corruption, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The New York attorney general just filed suit against Trump and his three eldest children alleging “persistently illegal conduct” at the president’s personal charity, saying Trump repeatedly misused the nonprofit — to pay off his businesses’ creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events. In the suit, attorney general … Read More

The Inspector General’s Report Is Due Today

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Obama & Administration, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Right wing media and Trump have a lot riding on the IG Report today. They are hoping that it will expose the Deep State and the bias in the Mueller investigation. Fat chance. The IG Report basically says that Comey screwed up by having press conferences about the Clinton emails so close to the election. Ya THINK?!? That said, Trump … Read More

Breaking: Mueller Hands Down More Indictments And Adds Charges To Manafort

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In the so-called witch hunt, this press release from Special Counsel Bob Mueller: Mueller is seeking forfeiture of Manafort’s real estate and bank accounts too pic.twitter.com/w7AXRdlTNy — ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) June 8, 2018 You really have to wonder about a guy who engages in witness tampering while in home confinement. Stupid and arrogant. He’s so guilty and so compromised … Read More

Roseanne Barr Tweets Racist Comment; ABC Says Nothing [UPDATE: ABC Cancels Roseanne]

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Popular Culture, RaceLeave a Comment

Barr is currently starring in a wildly successful reboot of her old comedy series “Roseanne” on ABC, but has faced rising backlash from some online over her combative Twitter presence.  Despit that, her show was renewed for another season two months ago. Trump called Barr to personally congratulate her after her show debuted to a massive 18.2 million viewers in March It’s not the … Read More

Amazing Photo And Video OF Kilauea Eruption

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For nearly three weeks, images of volcanic activity on Hawaii’s Big Island have been mostly focused on the East Rift Zone on Kilauea’s slopes, where fissure upon fissure has opened up in the earth, spewing forth red-orange lava and sending thousands of residents fleeing from their homes. Yesterday, the volcano’s Halemaumau Crater snapped people’s attention back to the summit with … Read More