Trump’s Executive Order On “Religious Liberty”

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I was dreading this. Trump signed it about half an hour ago. But the final version of the order addresses two issues. First, it instructs the Internal Revenue Service to “exercise maximum enforcement discretion” in cases of pastors and other religious leaders speaking about political candidates from the pulpit, which is currently outlawed by a provision typically referred to as … Read More

Crucial Vote on Healthcare Today

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The ACHA, once thought dead, got revived yesterday.  The big change? 8 billion for states that choose to create high risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions.  Of course, the fact that this 8 billion boondoggle (which goes to insurance companies) exists only highlights the lie that “no changes are being made with respect to pre-existing conditions”.  And 8 billion, … Read More

Day 104: Nauseous.

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1/ James Comey said he’s “mildly nauseous” at the suggestions he swayed the election. The FBI director defended his “painful” decision on the Clinton email probe during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. “This was terrible,” Comey said. “But honestly, it wouldn’t change the decision,” because failing to inform Congress would have required an “act of concealment” which would … Read More

Trump Has More Civil War Issues

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Between the 14th hole and the 15th tee of one of the club’s two courses, Mr. Trump installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating “The River of Blood.” “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription reads. “The casualties were so … Read More

Day 103: Floundering.

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1/ House Republicans are floundering on the Obamacare repeal as 20 Republicans have now opposed the plan. Paul Ryan can only lose 22 votes and still pass the bill. With the 20 lawmakers against the bill, GOP leaders would have to persuade almost every undecided lawmaker to support the legislation in order to reach the 216-vote threshold needed for passage. … Read More

And It Was Only Monday

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Politico: President Donald Trump questioned why the Civil War— which erupted 150 years ago over slavery — needed to happen. He said he would be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong-Un, the violent North Korean dictator who is developing nuclear missiles and oppresses his people, under the “right circumstances.” The president floated, and backed away from, a tax on gasoline. … Read More

Bizarre Things Trump Has Said And Done In The Past Two Days

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Suggested that Andrew Jackson was alive for the Civil War Praised Andrew “Trail of Tears” Jackson Praised Philippine despot Rodrigo Dutert Praised North Korean despot Kim Jung Il (and confirmed) Stated that nobody ever asks why the Civil War had to be fought (which is literally a question in the test given to immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship Said “I don’t … Read More

Day 100. Perspective.

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1/ How Trump reshaped the presidency and how it’s changed him.| In his first 100 days, Trump has transformed the highest office in ways both profound and mundane, pushing traditional boundaries, ignoring longstanding protocol and discarding historical precedents as he reshapes the White House in his own image. (New York Times) 2/ At 100 days, Trump’s big talk on the … Read More

Let This Quote Sink In

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That quote should go in every history book, because it epitomizes both the arrogance and the ignorance of the Trump campaign.  We’ve gone from “Only I can fix this” in his convention speech to “I thought it would be easier”. A man who doesn’t know that President of the United States is the hardest job title ON THE PLANET, should … Read More

Trump Loses In Federal Court…. Again…. This Time on Sanctuary Cities

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

A federal district court ruling yesterday bars President Trump from withholding funds from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal agencies to deport undocumented immigrants, marking his second setback in court on immigration.  The first setback, of course, was his Muslim ban. Before I get to the substance of this post, first things first: First the Ninth Circuit rules against … Read More

State Department Website Plugs Trump’s Mar-A-Lago

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Ethics problem: Washington (CNN)- President Donald Trump personally owns Mar-a-Lago, his private club on Florida’s eastern coast. But that didn’t stop the State Department, in a blog post on the United States Embassy in London’s website, from touting the property. In a markedly promotional blog post from April 5 that could eventually benefit the President’s bottom line, should it spur … Read More