Zuckerberg Releases Congressional Testimony

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just released prepared statements for his upcoming testimony before U.S. lawmakers, issuing an apology and taking responsibility for its indiscretions. The notoriously press shy Zuckerberg is under intense pressure to explain how Facebook allowed the personal information of millions of its users to be used by a data analysis firm that worked for President Donald … Read More

Trump Sanctions Russian Oligarchs

Ken AshfordElection 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Is say “Trump”, but I have a feeling Trump is not gung-ho about this: The United States imposed new economic sanctions on senior Russian politicians, companies and business leaders Friday, citing a list of complaints including Moscow’s attempts to undermine Western democracies, support of separatists in Ukraine and its backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The sanctions — the Trump … Read More

The Cambridge Analytica Angle, Explained

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Science & TechnologyLeave a Comment

The Cambridge Analytica scandal is suddenly a major problem for Facebook. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation into how Cambridge Analytica, ostensibly a voter-profiling company, accessed data about 50 million Facebook users, according to The Wall Street Journal. It’s not alone: The GOP-controlled Senate Commerce Committee demanded answers from Facebook on Monday, as did Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat of Oregon. The social giant’s stock … Read More

Updates On Cambridge Analytica

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Election 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Local Interest, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1)  Score one for the Democrats on the House Intel Committee The whistleblower who publicly revealed how Trump-affiliated data firm Cambridge Analytica used information mined from Facebook under false pretenses during the 2016 election cycle will give an interview to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee as part of their investigation of Russian interference in the election, including possible ties … Read More

Channel 4 Exposes Cambridge Analytica

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Social Media & Networking, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The data firm behind Brexit, and the Trump Administration, gets an unflattering expose: Make no mistake — Trump’s digital consultants admit to using bribes and sex workers to entrap political opponents. This segment just aired on Channel 4 in Britain (and loaded up to YouTube) so it is breaking news.  And already, there are repercussions… BREAKING: Channel 4 just announced … Read More

Grand Jury In Mueller Probe Hands Down Indictment Against 13 Russian Nationals And Three Russian Entities

Ken AshfordElection 2016, L'Affaire RusseLeave a Comment

13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes. “The indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft,” Mueller says. The indictment … Read More

Trump’s Inaugural Committee Money

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A lingering question of the Trump Administration is the money that was raised for his inauguration.  There was A LOT raised, and plenty left over.  From NPR in April 2017: An inauguration is an expensive party to throw, and President Trump got plenty of help putting his on. Financial Election Commission disclosures released on Wednesday show that some uberwealthy donors … Read More

Jones Beats Moore In Close Result

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2016, Election 2018, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Moore has not conceded, but the margin of victory is high enough to ensure no automatic recount. African-American turnout played an important role in Jones’ victory. Race played a bigger factor than education as white men AND WOMEN(!) preferred Moore. Of the 20 counties that saw their turnout rise in comparison to the 2014 midterm elections in Alabama, an election … Read More

All Eyes On Alabama Senator Elections

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Roy Moore literally rides in on a horse to vote: WATCH: Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore arrives to vote on horseback pic.twitter.com/crp2cfsfNA — NBC News (@NBCNews) December 12, 2017 Moore’s final event/rally last night included a speaker who said he and Moore accidentally went to a brothel with child prostitutes, and a speech by his wife addressing charges of antisemitism … Read More

The Moore Accuser Count Is Up To 8

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Election 2018, Political Scandals, Republicans, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Via WaPo: Roy Moore. Born in 1947. He moved out of Gadsden, Ala., in 1954, returning after his service in Vietnam in 1977. He joined the office of the district attorney that year. In 1982, he again left Gadsden, returning in 1985, the year he married his wife, Kayla. She was 24, and he was 38. In 1992, he was … Read More

DNC Bloodshed

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

We knew things were bad with the DNC during the last presidential election. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwomen, was forced aside on the eve of the Democratic National Convention due to the release of thousands of embarrassing emails among party officials that appeared to show co­ordinated efforts to help Clinton at the expense of her rivals in the Democratic primaries. That … Read More

Beleaguered Attorney General

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2017 Trump could always pick up the phone and ask his “beleaguered” Attorney General this question, although I think the answer in all cases was that the Committees and investigators looked into … Read More

Trump-Russia Collusion: An Incomplete [For Now} Timeline

Ken AshfordElection 2016, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

June 16th, 2015: Donald Trump announces his candidacy for President of the United States. Circa Summer 2015: The US government alleges that Russian hackers first gain access to DNC computer networks. Circa August 2015: Trump staff arranges first meeting between Trump and General Flynn, according to Flynn’s account in an August 2016 interview with The Washington Post. “I got a phone call … Read More

GA-6 Fallout

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Election 2018, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Ossoff lost in the 6th District of Georgia last night. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Handel leads Ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent in a race that many expected to be much closer. Handel had 127,021 votes to the Democrat’s 114,390 ballots. And so now the Republicans are gloating… Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want … Read More