State Of The Dem Presidential Nominee Race

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020Leave a Comment

Look, this is a snapshot of a flowing river. Things are going to change. But generally, Warren’s star is on the rise. Sanders’s star is on the fall. But Biden remains on top among all demos except the liberal youth. It seems that if Biden fades, the biggest beneficiary is Harris.

The President Of The United States Wants To.. *checks notes* … Buy Greenland?

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The Wall Street Journal reports: President Trump made his name on the world’s most famous island. Now he wants to buy the world’s biggest. The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the deliberations, who said Mr. Trump has, with varying degrees of seriousness, repeatedly expressed interest in buying … Read More

Hong Kong Heats Up

Ken AshfordChina, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Backgrounder: For the past several days, pro-democracy protesters have taken over the Hong Kong airport. There have been major scuffles with police. All departing flights have been cancelled. It's Hong Kong but the State thuggery could just as easily be in Paris. pic.twitter.com/wMZvLEvgB2 — David Vance (@DVATW) August 13, 2019 Then this morning… Our Intelligence has informed us that the … Read More

Rhetoric of Trump Gets A Kid Hospitalized After Beating

Ken AshfordCrime, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Given the attention to mass shootings, a lot of people overlooked a story that went national about a boy who was beaten by a man (not his relative) because the boy didn’t take off his hat during the national anthem. This all happened A 13-year-old boy was attending a Montana county fair and rodeo on Saturday when he failed to … Read More

Trump Administration Actively Rebuffed Intelligence Community Attempts To Prioritize Domestic Terrorism

Ken AshfordRightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Jake Tapper at CNN has the exclusive: White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other … Read More

El Paso Victims Say No To Trump

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Daily Kos: Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso was packaged with slick videos and pictures of a grinning Trump posing with medical staff. But one thing the White House will not be releasing pictures of is Trump with the shooting victims still being treated at University Medical Center—because none of the eight patients was willing to meet with him. “This is a very sensitive time … Read More

Trump Travels To El Paso And Dayton Today

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He will meet with first responders, but only because his handlers are smart enough not to get him within feet of any victims, especially in El Paso where he is not liked for his rhetoric. As for Dayton…. White House shuts out press at Trump’s Ohio hospital visit – no photographs or questions — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 7, 2019 … Read More

Trump Has A History Of Thwarting Law Enforcement Of Far Right Terrorism

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If you want a quick rundown of some of the ways Donald Trump’s team of hard-right conservatives has sought not just to downplay far-right domestic terrorism threats but to weaken the ability of government to investigate them in the first place, the Los Angeles Times’ Molly O’Toole has you covered. From the beginning moments of Trump’s administration, his appointees moved to shift government … Read More

Guilty Conscience: A Story In Three Tweets

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pic.twitter.com/nNOVtQ50O4 — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 5, 2019 “Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.” @kilmeade @foxandfriends — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2019 Obama … Read More

Psychologists Shame GOP For Blaming Massacres On ‘Mental Health’

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The Republican attempt to pin the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton on “mental health” issues was rebuked by the American Psychological Association on Monday. “Routinely blaming mass shootings on mental illness is unfounded and stigmatizing,” said APA President Rosie Phillips Davis in a statement. “Research has shown that only a very small percentage of violent acts are committed by people who … Read More

Weekend, Bloody Weekend

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This weekend saw two mass shootings with a total casualty count (so far) of 29 people. On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Walmart in … Read More

Majority of House Dems Are Now On The Record As Favoring Impeachment

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

That’s the headline. Despite conventional wisdom that Mueller’s House testimony was a bomb, the momentum for impeachment keeps on growing: The impeachment dam has broken. More than half of House Democrats say they would vote to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, a crucial threshold that backers said will require Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reconsider her steadfast opposition. Though … Read More

Democatic Debate #2 Night Two

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2020Leave a Comment

Well, a lot of people last night had a good night. Which means that nobody really stood out. To recap, here were the participants in last nights debate: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet New York Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker Former Vice President Joe Biden California Sen. Kamala Harris Andrew Yang Hawaii Rep. … Read More

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