Trump Gives MBS A Thanksgiving Pardon

Ken AshfordCrime, Middle East, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

BREAKING: Trump says he’s taking no new punitive measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of US-based Saudi columnist.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 20, 2018 Trump on MBS/Khashoggi: “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he … Read More

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Asylum Ban

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A federal judge is once again standing in the way of Donald Trump’s illegal orders—this time his proclamation blocking people who cross the southern border between ports of entry from applying for asylum: “Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar wrote in his opinion. … Read More

But Her Emails

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is hard to fathom how stupid Ivanka Trump must be. To do this after her father railed against Hillary Clinton for so long…. Ivanka Trump sent hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants using a personal account, many of them in violation of federal records rules, according to people familiar with a … Read More

Is Mueller Squeezing Trump?

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

For the past several days, several news outlets have noted the gloomy angry Trump and a dysfunctional White House. Even I commented on it here. The conventional wisdom is that Trump is pissed that his full-on efforts in the 2018 campaign failed miserably. And they did. Just yesterday, as the ballots are still being counted, three MORE Democrats won seats … Read More

The Country Turned Upside Down

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The dysfunction of the White House — both internally and externally — cannot be understated. Some days it is just better to step back and take a photo of it from afar.  Historians, this is a day with virtually NO breaking news…. Digby: Trump feels betrayed by all those Republicans who failed to win and made him look like a … Read More

Angry Trump To Fire More People?

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There are several reports alleging that Trump is about to shit-can chief baby-cager Kirstjen Nielsen and possibly her mentor John Kelly too. Nielsen’s ass is in the hot seat because it turns out that even monstrous treatment of desperate people won’t stop them from trying to escape the intolerable conditions in their home countries. We’ve heard these reports before — especially about … Read More

The Psychology of Trump Supporters

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Wow. This is too good NOT to post here. It hits it all.  From Raw Story: It should be strongly emphasized that not all Trump supporters are racist, mentally vulnerable, or fundamentally bad people. It can be detrimental to society when those with degrees and platforms try to demonize their political opponents or paint them as mentally ill when they … Read More

It Really Looks Like The Elections Hit Trump Hard

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Either that, or he is not well. It is worth noticing this series of events over the last week: Trump held a news conference after the midterm elections in which his affect was clearly depressed, until he engaged in a confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta.The president traveled to Paris to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing … Read More

Trump’s Eyes

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How Trump looks at allies versus Putin This was in France this weekend as world leaders gathered to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One. The overseas trip, largely ceremonial for everyone, was a complete disaster for Trump, starting with his failure to show up because of rain: On Sunday, in unrelenting rain, more than … Read More

Breaking: Attorney General Sessions Resigns (at President Trump’s Request)

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

Interesting. It’s not dated. ….We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well! A permanent replacement will be nominated at a later date.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018 Matthew Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will be the Acting Attorney General of the United States. Effective … Read More

What The New Dem-Controlled House Should Do Out Of The Gate

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Infrastructure, Political Scandals, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Dear Dem-Controlled House and Nancy Pelosi: Don’t let Trump bait you into go whole hog on investigations of him. That’ll come in time. No talk of impeachment. And let Mueller do his thing.  In the meantime, act for the American people. The new Democratic House majority should devote its first 100 days to passing five pieces of legislation, then dare … Read More

Everyone Is Pulling Trump’s Racist Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CNN: Facebook has stopped the Trump campaign from running its racist anti-immigration commercial as an ad on the site.“This ad violates Facebook’s advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution,” Facebook said in a statement Monday afternoon.The move came shortly after NBC and Fox … Read More