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Trump Aims for the Moon

The president signs a new space directive

(Newser) - Donald Trump wants to see Americans back on the moon, the Hill reports. Today, at a White House ceremony marking the anniversary of the last human voyage to the moon, 1972's Apollo 17 mission, Trump gathered with Vice President Mike Pence and two former astronauts, Harrison Hagan "Jack"... More »

Billionaires Considered $800M Buyout of Trump From Ticket

'Atlantic' reports Mike Pence nearly teamed with Condi Rice amid 'Access Hollywood' scandal

(Newser) - One of the big political talkers of the day comes courtesy of the Atlantic , which is out with a lengthy piece on the vice president under the provocative headline of "God's Plan for Mike Pence." Among the interesting nuggets is that Pence considered what amounts to a... More »

Hamilton Creator Now Taking on Climate Change

The show's London debut will also be a fundraiser

(Newser) - The creator of the hit musical Hamilton plans to use the show's international debut in London next month to raise money to combat climate change, the AP reports. Writer, composer, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife, Vanessa Nadal, said Monday that donors to two environmental charities will be... More »

How Mila Kunis' Pence Prank Sparked Calls to #BoycottBeam

The actress donates to Planned Parenthood in the vice president's name

(Newser) - While promoting her new movie, A Bad Moms Christmas, on Conan Thursday night, actress Mila Kunis waded deep into the culture wars, and now it looks like she may have taken a beloved brand of bourbon with her. During her interview, Kunis admitted to Conan O'Brien that she's... More »

What Do These Guys Have to Smile About? Their New Pics

Official portraits of Trump, Pence released after long delay

(Newser) - Check out President Trump's Twitter pages—both the official @POTUS account and his personal handle —and his avatar is the picture of squinting seriousness. But both he and VP Mike Pence are showing off their pearly whites in their new official portraits, released Tuesday and now circulating online... More »

9 VPs Have 'Assumed' the Presidency. What If He's 10?

Jane Mayer takes a long look at Mike Pence for the 'New Yorker'

(Newser) - Of the 48 men to have served as vice president of the United States, nine have "assumed the presidency" due to death or a resignation, observes Jane Mayer in what Axios reports is a 16-page New Yorker piece on the current VP. Of the likelihood that Mike Pence could... More »

Bannon Emails: Pence Pick Is 'the Price We Pay'

He called Trump's vice presidential selection 'an unfortunate necessity'

(Newser) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon referred to Mike Pence as "an unfortunate necessity" during the 2016 presidential election. Responding to an email from former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who asked Bannon's thoughts on Pence on the day he was announced as Trump's running mate, Breitbart'... More »

Cost of Pence's NFL Trip Now Under Microscope

VP flew from Vegas to Indy only to leave when players took a knee, then flew back west

(Newser) - The most high-profile national anthem protest during Sunday's NFL games came not from a player but from Vice President Mike Pence. He walked out of a Colts-49ers game because some players took a knee, and the VP wrote that he would not "dignify" the demonstration. President Trump then... More »

Trump: I Told Pence to Leave Colts Game If 49ers Kneeled

And leave he did

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game early Sunday after more than 20 of the 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was in Indianapolis to celebrate Peyton Manning's jersey retirement and induction into the Colts' Ring of Honor during Sunday's... More »

Mike Pence: Flight 93 Heroes Saved My Life

VP recalls 'longest 12 minutes of my life' on 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - VP Mike Pence paid homage to the "heroes of Flight 93 " Monday during a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., but his speech had an unusually personal note: He thinks the passengers who brought down the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, saved his life. Pence recalled being a new member... More »

Pence Squashes 'Disgraceful' Rumors of 2020 Run

Veep shot back at ' Times' reporting of a 'shadow campaign'

(Newser) - Mike Pence is at the center of a juicy DC rumor—and he’s not having it. Per the AP , Pence released a statement Sunday disavowing a New York Times story that reports he’s among Republicans gearing up for a shot at the White House in 2020 should Trump... More »

Mike Pence Ignores 'Do Not Touch' Sign, Internet Memes It

VP caught in viral photo taken at Kennedy Space Center

(Newser) - What's the first thing you do when you see a "DO NOT TOUCH" sign, in all caps, on a piece of NASA "critical space flight hardware"? If you're Mike Pence, you proceed to touch it, obviously. Per Gizmodo , a picture taken by photographer Mike Brown... More »

Trump Surgeon General Pick Fought Indiana HIV Outbreak

Jerome Adams oversaw needle exchange program

(Newser) - President Trump nominated Indiana's health commissioner to serve as the next US surgeon general on Thursday, selecting an anesthesiologist who promoted needle exchange programs while serving under Vice President Mike Pence. The White House said Trump nominated Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the nation's chief doctor. Adams... More »

Trump A-Listers Flock to Mnuchin Wedding

President attended, Mike Pence officiated at the Treasury secretary's big day

(Newser) - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin tied the knot for the third time on Saturday, and he did so with scads of heavy-hitters from the Trump administration in the crowd—including the president himself, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, who officiated. The 54-year-old Mnuchin married 36-year-old Scottish-born actress Louise Linton,... More »

Mike Pence Hires Criminal Defense Lawyer

He 'looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has decided it is time to lawyer up. The vice president has hired a private criminal defense lawyer with his own money to represent him as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian election meddling continues, the Washington Post reports. Pence was among the advisers Trump... More »

Notre Dame Grads Silently Walk Out on Pence

Stood up and exited as vice president began his address

(Newser) - Dozens of graduates and family members—about 150 of them, per one report—silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the... More »

Pence Makes Unusual Move to Advance Trump's Agenda

'Great America Committee' PAC will allow VP to support GOP candidates across US

(Newser) - Borrowing from his boss's now-famous slogan , Vice President Mike Pence has launched the "Great America Committee" PAC in advance of the 2018 and 2020 elections, NBC News reports. Pence will use money raised through the PAC to travel the country on Air Force Two and help stump for... More »

Pence: Comey's Firing Had Nothing to Do With Russia

VP shoots down allegations from some Democrats

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that President Trump's firing of James Comey had nothing to do with the fact that the former FBI director was in charge of the bureau's investigation into whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 US presidential... More »

Pence Addresses US Carrier Mix-Up

Says misstatements were not intentional

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence says inaccurate statements from the White House and Pentagon that the USS Carl Vinson was near the Korean peninsula—when it was actually more than 3,000 miles away —were not intentional. Asked in a CNN interview if officials had intentionally misspoken on the location... More »

Pence Visits DMZ, Says 'Era of Patience' Is Over

He says alliance with Seoul is 'iron-clad'

(Newser) - Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." Pence made an unannounced... More »

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