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 To Speak Live From The Oval Office To Sign His First Veto

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump didn’t just lose any old Senate vote on Thursday. He didn’t even just lose a vote on his signature issue. When 12 Republicans voted to block Trump’s national emergency declaration, they did so despite Trump’s personal lobbying and insistence that the vote was about Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports that, in calls to Republican senators, “the president spoke of the battle almost … Read More

Senate Passes Not-An-Emergency Resolution, Setting Up Trump’s Veto

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The Senate delivered a high-profile rebuke to President Donald Trump over his signature agenda issue Thursday when 12 Republicans joined Democrats to overturn the President’s national emergency border declaration. The vote was 59-41, an overwhelming vote against the President’s executive action.Lawmakers don’t have enough votes, however, to override a certain veto from the President, but passage of the resolution in … Read More

The Senate Will Join The House In Blocking Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration

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Roll Call reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said senators were still looking into whether the joint resolution to stop President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration can be amended. But, the Kentucky Republican also said he anticipated the Senate would pass the measure disapproving of the border security emergency. “I was one of those hoping the president would not take the … Read More

Cohen Hearing Summed Up

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

Cohen’s testimony includes accusations — relating to Trump’s racism, his lack of concern for the public weal and his attempts to conceal his academic record — that, if true, are simply embarrassing. But, as noted by Max Bergmann of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress, the president’s former lawyer also implicated him in at least four felonies: 1. Conspiracy to defraud … Read More

Cohen Open Testimony: Live Updates

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

As Brian Williams said last night, and I am paraphrasing: “It is very possible that fifty year from now, we will still be looking at video clips from Cohen’s testimony.” Meaning, today is an historical day. Maybe. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer”, who was disbarred yesterday, and is scheduled to be imprisoned for lying to investigators, is testifying … Read More

McCabe Told Gang of Eight About Counterintelligence Investigation Into Trump

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

I haven’t written much, if anything about former FBI director Andrew McCabe’s series interviews promoting his upcoming new book, but the big reveal from it all is that McCabe ordered a counterintelligence investigation into Trump early in the presidency. Not surprising in one sense, given Trump’s firing of James Comey, etc. But there was an interesting wrinkle to the story. … Read More

Breaking: Trump Signs Budget Deal And Declares Emergency

Ken AshfordCongress, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump is live now. Trying to spin this as a win. Trump: “I didn’t need to do this. but I’d rather do it much faster”. That doesn’t sound like an emergency. Trump just said “I didn’t need to do this.” Some emergency! — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 15, 2019 The optional, just-to-speed-things-up kind of emergency — Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) … Read More

Document Dump: The Green New Deal

Ken AshfordCongress, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are introducing a framework defining what they call a “Green New Deal” — what they foresee as a massive policy package that would remake the U.S. economy and, they hope, eliminate all U.S. carbon emissions. That’s a really big — potentially impossibly big — undertaking. It sets goals for some drastic measures … Read More

Pelosi Wins SOTU War

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Donald Trump blinked. There’s simply no other way to interpret this tweet sent at 11:12 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday night: As the Shutdown was going on, Nancy Pelosi asked me to give the State of the Union Address. I agreed. She then changed her mind because of the Shutdown, suggesting a later date. This is her prerogative – I will do the … Read More

Breaking: Trump Will Show Up For SOTU Anyway

Ken AshfordCongress, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Just released by the White House: Puerile, of course. We’re actually going to have a showdown over this now? TLDR of the president’s letter to Nancy Pelosi: He’s daring her to formally uninvite him from delivering the State of the Union Tuesday. — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 23, 2019 If that is true… then she should formally uninvite. This Trump … Read More

Movement, Ever So Slightly, On Ending The Government Shutdown

Ken AshfordCongress, Gubmint Shutdown, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

NY Times: WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday offered the first glimmers of a potential resolution to the five-week partial government shutdown, scheduling procedural votes Thursday on President Trump’s proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and a competing bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8. The plan for the Senate to consider the … Read More

Trump Responds To SOTU Postponement With Petty Tit-For-Tat

Ken AshfordCongress, Gubmint Shutdown, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

After Nancy Pelosi opted yesterday to un-invite Trump to give a State of The Union speech because of the shutdown, Trump responded just now with this: Hah! That’ll show her!  I triple-dog cancel your trip — Michael Bitzer (@BowTiePolitics) January 17, 2019 He’s capitalizing shutdown in official letters. As well as “Southern Border Security”. Congresspeople use Air Force aircraft … Read More