Paul Ryan To “Retire”

Ken AshfordCongress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

I’m not the first to say it. Paul Ryan got into politics for one reason and one reason only. To give huge tax cuts to the wealthiest of people. He’s wanted to do that since he read Atlas Shrugged. And he did it. He had to endure kissing HARD on Trump’s ass to do it, but he did it. He got … Read More

Devin Nunes, GOP Head of House Intel Committee, Is Subject Of Leak Complaint By Senate Intel Committee

Ken AshfordCongress, Political Scandals, Republicans, Trump & Administration, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee were behind the leak of private text messages between the Senate panel’s top Democrat and a Russian-connected lawyer, according to two congressional officials briefed on the matter. Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the committee’s Republican chairman, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat, … Read More

The Wild West Of The West Wing

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Corporate Greed, Crime, L'Affaire Russe, Occupy Wall Street, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is the first day of March 2018. I wrote a lot of posts yesterday, and I didn’t even it HALF of the things going on. The breaking news that would be major scandals in any other White House. It was insane. Here’s what happened JUST YESTERDAY: Hope Hicks — without question, the aide (family aside) with whom Trump is closest … Read More

Republican Support Of Failed Nunes Memo Shows Their Cowardice

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Sure, Nunes loved his memo.  And Trump loved it because Nunes was doing his bidding. But where were the principled Republicans?  Nowhere.  Michael Gersen: With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the GOP is now firmly in charge. The existence of reckless partisans such as Nunes is hardly surprising. The nearly uniform cowardice among elected Republicans is … Read More

PA State Legislature Gets Ballsy

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Think Progress: In an audacious move by a political leader who could potentially be held in contempt of court, Pennsylvania Senate President pro tempore Joseph Scarnati (R) informed the state supreme court on Wednesday that he will openly defy one of the court’s recent orders in a gerrymandering case. On January 22, the state supreme court struck down the state’s gerrymandered congressional maps — … Read More

Running For The Hills?

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Election 2020, RepublicansLeave a Comment

It’s a stampede for the exits. The Hill reports: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection. “There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system,” he said in a statement on Twitter. … Read More

The Nunes Memo Likely To Be Released Soon – Massive Fail Expected

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

In an incredibly transparent display of partisanship, the House Intelligence Committee voted on Monday to: (1) Release the Nunes memo (2) Ignore requests from the FBI and the DOJ to vet the Nunes memo before any release; and (3) NOT release the Democratic memo explaining why the Nunes memo is bullshit Although the White House has five days to review … Read More

The Chess Pieces Are Moving

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

New York Times: A secret, highly contentious Republican memo reveals that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein approved an application to extend surveillance of a former Trump campaign associate shortly after taking office last spring, according to three people familiar with it. The renewal shows that the Justice Department under President Trump saw reason to believe that the associate, Carter … Read More

Speaking Of Sex Scandals…

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Godstuff, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

While we wait for the doors to blow wide open on the Trump-Daniels sex scandal (IF they blow open, that is), let’s chew on this: Casino mogul and Republican National Committee (RNC) finance chair Steve Wynn is facing accusations of sexual misconduct, including that he forced a woman to have sex with him in 2005, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Wynn, … Read More

Fox News And Many In The GOP Go Full-on Tin Foil Hat

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Tea Party, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Work and other life things has prevented me from posting for eight days, which is equivalent to eight months in these manic-news-cycling days of the Trump era.  What did I not even comment on? Well, the government shutdown over the weekend, and arguments about DACA. Oh, and Stormy Weather. But that was ages ago it seems. Let’s start with this week, … Read More

Congress Makes First Criminal Referral To DOJ In Trump-Russia Scandal — And It Is Steele!

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

This is, uh, bullshit. Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a senior committee member, told the Justice Department they had reason to believe that a former British spy, Christopher Steele, lied to federal authorities about his contacts with reporters regarding information in the dossier, and they urged the … Read More

Congressional Republicans Are Working To Bury Trump-Russia Investigations

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

Aside from the saber-rattling with North Korea, and the attempts to delegitimize institutions, perhaps the most troubling trend to come from the Trump Administration so far are the efforts by many Republicans in Congress to prevent a full accounting of Russia’s interference in our election and any possible Trump campaign conspiracy with it. This is particularly true in he House … Read More

The Horrible Tax Bill Is GOP Gift To Themselves [UPDATE: Senate Votes Yes]

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Occupy Wall Street, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Literally: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, inserted language into the final tax bill that would enrich three different constituencies: fossil fuel firms, Republicans’ major campaign donors and a handful of Cornyn’s GOP congressional colleagues including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two other Texas lawmakers in the House. Cornyn originally added the language in an amendment to the Senate bill at the … Read More

The Scandal That Is Not

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Congress, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Benjamin Witte writes about the story that is the subject of Fox almost every day — that an FBI agent was removed from the Mueller team because he had exchanged private emails with another FBI agent — his girlfriend, that were gloriously anti-Trump. The right wing news and establishment think this is a scandal, but of course, this means nothing. … Read More