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Mourners Honor Chuck Yeager, 'Who Pushed the Boundaries'

Pence leads tributes in West Virginia to famed test pilot

(Newser) - Mourners including the vice president told stories Friday about one of the nation's most celebrated aviators, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, an ace fighter pilot who went on to break the sound barrier as a test pilot. Yeager died last month at 97. "The best pilots...

Call Is First Contact Between Presidential Campaigns

Mike Pence congratulates Kamala Harris

(Newser) - More than two months after the election, the rival presidential campaigns have had their first direct contact with each other. VP Mike Pence called Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations and help, reports the Hill . However, President Trump has yet to call Joe Biden, notes the AP . By all accounts,...

Paper Has Harrowing Account of Pence's Close Call

Rioters missed him inside the Capitol by a matter of seconds

(Newser) - We knew Secret Service escorted Mike Pence to safety during the siege on the Capitol. But not until this Washington Post report has it been clear just how close the rioters came to the vice president. As it turns out, they missed seeing him by a matter of seconds. As...

House Approves 25th Amendment Resolution, Despite Pence's Refusal

Impeachment vote is next as end of Trump's term looms

(Newser) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved a resolution formally calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment in order to remove President Trump from office, despite the fact that Pence already informed the legislative body he'll do no such thing . House Democrats will vote...

Pence Rules Out Removing Trump With 25th Amendment

He says it shouldn't be used as 'a means of punishment'

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is ruling out invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from power, less than a week after the president fomented the violent insurrection at the Capitol. In a letter late Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said the mechanism should not be used "...

Awkward or Not, Trump and Pence Meet

They discussed the past and the rest of their terms, administration official says

(Newser) - For the first time since Vice President Mike Pence had to be spirited out of the House chamber and guarded in a more secure location, he met with President Trump on Monday evening. "The two had a good conversation" in the Oval Office, a senior administration official said. Trump...

Maryland Governor Tried to Send Help for a Futile 90 Minutes

Larry Hogan says requests to send National Guard members were denied

(Newser) - Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he would support the resignation or removal from office of President Trump after early attempts to send his state's National Guard to Washington, DC, on Wednesday were denied. Hogan said federal defense officials repeatedly rejected offers to send help for...

Decision on Inauguration Became Easier

Pence plans to attend, with or without Trump

(Newser) - President Trump hasn't said yet whether he'll watch President-elect Joe Biden take the oath of office on Jan. 20. But Vice President Mike Pence plans to attend the inauguration, Politico reports. The outgoing vice president's presence would be intended as an endorsement of a peaceful transfer of...

Trump Slams Pence for Lacking 'Courage'

VP said he didn't have authority to reject electoral college votes

(Newser) - President Trump urged Vice President Pence to "come through for us" and reject Electoral College votes Wednesday—but his hopes were dashed before the joint session of Congress to certify the results began. In a statement issued just as he was to begin presiding over the session, the AP...

Republicans Object to Arizona Tally, to Applause

Proceedings were halted when protesters stormed Capitol

(Newser) - The joint session of the House and Senate convened Wednesday to count the Electoral College votes, and within 15 minutes the first objection was logged: Republicans objected to election tally in Arizona to lengthy applause in the chamber, forcing votes in the House and Senate on Joe Biden's victory...

Mike Pence's Big Day Gets Late-Night Preview

Jimmy Fallon says VP's role at election certification is glorified 'bingo caller'; others have own takes

(Newser) - All eyes will be on Mike Pence on Wednesday, when the vice president will preside over a joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden's election victory. With President Trump putting the squeeze on him to block that certification—which legal experts widely agree Pence doesn't have the...

Block the Certification? Inside Pence's Wild 24 Hours

The back and forth between media reports and Trump's Twitter feed

(Newser) - All eyes are on Congress, but President Trump's eyes appear to be trained on his VP, who Trump believes has the power to block the congressional certification of Joe Biden's win. The joint session begins at 1pm today, and as presiding officer of the Senate, Pence's role...

Pence Backs GOP Effort to Invalidate Biden's Win

Vice president, who will be presiding, 'welcomes the efforts' of congressional Republicans

(Newser) - The Republicans in Congress hoping to throw out President-elect Joe Biden's election victory this week still don't have enough votes—or evidence—to do that, but they'll evidently have the support of the official at the microphone. Vice President Mike Pence, who will be presiding over the...

Pence Wants Last-Gasp Election Lawsuit Tossed

Suit seeks to give him power to overturn the results of the presidential election

(Newser) - The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that seeks to give Vice President Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden when Congress formally counts the Electoral College votes next week. Pence,...

Pence Rebuffs 'Extreme Call' From GOP Congressman

Court filing by Louie Gohmert's lawyers says VP isn't on board with their plan to overturn election

(Newser) - On Jan. 6, Vice President Mike Pence will oversee the Senate's formal acceptance of the Electoral College vote—and so far, it looks like he'll be following the usual protocols instead of joining in efforts to upend the results. Earlier this week, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert filed a...

GOP Lawmaker Sues Mike Pence to Block Biden Win

He asks judge to give VP power to choose 'competing' slates of electors

(Newser) - A conservative GOP congressman from Texas has filed what election law experts call an "insane" lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence in a bid to overturn Joe Biden's win. Rep. Louie Gohmert's lawsuit asks a federal judge to strike down the 1887 Electoral Count Law as unconstitutional...

'Nothing to Worry About,' Biden Says as He Gets His Shot

Trump deserves some credit, president-elect says

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden took his first dose of coronavirus vaccine on Monday, thanking health care workers and expressing confidence in the process. Nurse practitioner Tabe Mase put the needle in Biden's left arm, on live television, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. "We owe these folks an awful...

Space Force Has Completed a 'Momentous Responsibility'

Troops have been officially named 'guardians,' Mike Pence announced Friday

(Newser) - If "troops" seemed too boring of a way to refer to the members of Space Force, never fear—there's a new label for those in service to the latest US military branch. "It is my honor, on behalf of the president of the United States, to announce...

Mike Pence Gets His COVID Shot on TV

And Trump says 2nd vaccine has been approved

(Newser) - One of the most high-profile vaccinations yet took place Friday morning at the White House. VP Mike Pence rolled up his sleeve and received a dose of Pfizer's COVID vaccine on live television , reports NBC News . His wife, Karen, and Surgeon General Jerome Adams also got shots as part...

Biden, Pence Will Get the Vaccine Very Soon

Pence on Friday, Biden possibly next week, according to sources

(Newser) - President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence are set to receive the COVID-19 vaccine soon, the AP reports. According to two transition officials familiar with the matter, Biden will receive the vaccine publicly as early as next week. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't...

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