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Mike Pence: 'Trump Gets It'

He accepts 'awesome privilege' of being running mate

(Newser) - Introduced by Paul Ryan as a "man of solid character," Mike Pence accepted the "awesome privilege" of being the vice presidential nominee in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the RNC Wednesday night. Pence, who described himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in... More »

Gingrich Finds Silver Lining for Trump in Cruz Speech

Former speaker turns rival's words into an endorsement

(Newser) - After Ted Cruz's boo-inducing non-endorsement of Donald Trump —one in which he told people to "vote your conscience"—Newt Gingrich took the stage and put a more positive spin on Cruz's words for Trump supporters. "I think you misunderstood one paragraph" in Cruz's... More »

Gingrich Calls for Testing, Expulsion of US Muslims

He wants them to be checked for 'belief in Sharia'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich managed to out-Trump Donald Trump in the wake of Thursday night's horrific attack in Nice , calling for nothing less than the ideological testing of all Muslims in the US and the expulsion of those who don't pass muster. "Let me be as blunt and direct... More »

Trump: I'll Announce VP Pick on Friday

He says he's narrowed it down to 2, 3, or 4

(Newser) - After days of mounting suspense, the finale of Donald Trump's VP search will take place Friday morning. Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he will make the announcement in Manhattan at 11am. His tweet followed what CNN calls "frenzied, last-minute try-outs" in person and over the phone from the... More »

Newt Gingrich Out at Fox Thanks to VP Speculation

Meanwhile, here's who Hillary is vetting

(Newser) - Fox News says it is suspending its contributor agreement with Newt Gingrich "due to the intense media speculation" about him as a potential vice presidential candidate of Republican Donald Trump. Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news at Fox, said Tuesday the network thought it was best to stop... More »

Trump Uses Disney's Frozen in Defense of Star Tweet

He also addressed his Saddam Hussein comments

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't completely ignore Hillary Clinton's email issues during a rally in Cincinnati on Wednesday, but he definitely didn't ignore topics like Saddam Hussein, the Star of David, and news networks he dislikes. Trump slammed the likes of CNN and NBC for reporting that he had... More »

Sources Name Those Atop Trump's List of Potential VPs

Gingrich, Christie reportedly being vetted by the lawyer who vetted Sarah Palin

(Newser) - With rumors that Donald Trump could announce his running mate as early as next week, five anonymous sources "with knowledge of the process" tell the Washington Post that Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie are the leading contenders. They've reportedly been asked to answer more than 100 questions and... More »

Gingrich: Trump's Judge Remarks 'Inexcusable'

He says Trump has made one of his 'worst mistakes'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's claim that a US-born judge is a Mexican with a conflict of interest is "inexcusable" and "one of the worst mistakes Trump has made," according to Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally so staunch he has been talked about as a VP pick. "That... More »

Gingrich for Trump's VP?

He's open to it, and on lots of short lists

(Newser) - With Donald Trump adding the title of "presumptive nominee" to his resume, the chatter about a potential running mate is increasing. Chris Christie, Ben Carson, and even MSNBC's Joe Scarborough are among the names popping up, but one in particular seems to be on most short lists: Newt... More »

Adviser: Obama 'Madder Than Hell' Over VA Scandal

Denis McDonough says he's got the scars to prove it

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough today summarized the commander-in-chief's feelings on the VA scandal pretty pointedly: "The president is madder than hell, and I’ve got the scars to prove it, given the briefings I’ve given the president. Nobody is more outraged about this problem,... More »

Romney: Obama's Lie Is Rotting 2nd Term

Prez's biggest mistake was telling people they could keep health plans

(Newser) - Mitt Romney knows a little something about health care reform, and he threw his two cents on the pile today, saying President Obama "failed to learn the lessons" of Massachusetts. Romney took issue with Obama's "one-size-fits-all" approach, notes Politico , adding that reform should have been left to... More »

The Shutdown: Democracy at Work?

Debate rages over the GOP's big stand

(Newser) - The first government shutdown since the Clinton/Gingrich years has some people bemoaning our divided government. And yes, "separation of powers is inefficient," admits Charles CW Cooke at the National Review ; "it will not only 'allow' gridlock, but it is explicitly designed to encourage it." And... More »

Crossfire Relaunch Off to Seriously Awkward Start

Critics not impressed with CNN's reboot

(Newser) - CNN’s historic primetime show, Crossfire, relaunched last night with Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter as the political pundits doubling as co-hosts of the show. Both of these political talking heads have seen their fair share of debate from covering election debates to being in them, but that political fire... More »

Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

(Newser) - With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What... More »

Help Gingrich Find a New Name for 'Cell Phone'

Like 'handheld computer'

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich is launching a new campaign: to find a better name for the cell phone. In a new YouTube video, the former presidential candidate urges followers to suggest a new name for the device we don't really use as a phone much anymore, ABC reports. He likens it... More »

Carville Raising Money for Pro-Hillary Super PAC

He's the first of the family's 'inner circle' to do so

(Newser) - Count James Carville among those who really want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. He's supporting Ready for Hillary PAC, a super PAC whose mission is to get Clinton into the race, the Washington Post reports. In an email Carville is sending today, he will ask other... More »

Gingrich-Santorum Ticket? It Almost Happened

But they couldn't settle on who'd be No. 1, reports Josh Green

(Newser) - Another coda to the 2012 presidential race, and it's a doozy: Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum came this close to mounting a Romney mutiny in the form of a Gingrich-Santorum ticket, reports Josh Green at Bloomberg Businessweek . Or maybe Santorum-Gingrich: The secret talks broke down because the two couldn'... More »

Paul Ryan: GOP Has Got to Expand Appeal

Also, he's not going to talk about a 2016 run in 2013

(Newser) - Paul Ryan made his first talk-show appearance since the 2012 election, so obviously it's time to ask him about his ambitions for the 2016 election and watch him dodge the question: Calling such talk "premature," Ryan added , “I’ve got an important job to do. I... More »

Gingrich to House GOP: Quit Threatening to Default

Instead, he suggests, focus on sequester, continuing resolution

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich has a message for House Republicans: Stop making empty threats. Congressional Republicans are saying they'll gladly default if President Obama doesn't agree to budget cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal, but that's "a fight they can't sustain," Gingrich said today... More »

Newt Gingrich Accidentally Ends up on Parks and Rec

Cast, crew ran into him at a steak house

(Newser) - Parks and Recreation's latest political cameo was a complete accident: The cast and crew were filming at an Indianapolis steak house when they ran into Newt Gingrich, the Huffington Post reports, citing the Indianapolis Star . "You can't pass up on an opportunity like that," says the... More »

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