Far-right UCLA student who sat in VP’s chair on Jan. 6 pleads guilty
Prosecutors and the defense attorney for Christian Secor agreed that he likely faces either 21 to 27 months or 53 to 61 months in prison under advisory federal guidelines, depending on whether he is deemed to have caused property damage or injury.washingtonpost.com
Fauci and Birx at odds over angry encounter with Pence
White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci and his former colleague Deborah Birx are in rare public disagreement over their recollections of a tense meeting with then-Vice President Mike Pence. In her recent book, Birx, who served on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, recalled a meeting with the vice president, Fauci and Robert Redfield,…news.yahoo.com
Pence: Leaked abortion draft opinion helps some '22 hopefuls
Former Vice President Mike Pence says a leaked draft opinion suggesting the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion nationwide could have favorable impacts for anti-abortion candidates in midterm elections across the country.
Letters: We’ve lost our way
God help us because we have totally lost our way. All you “Trumpers” out there who still believe “The Donald” won re-election haven’t addressed who his vice president would be. We may be truck drivers, but we are still residents of Pharr and taxpayers and we should have the same rights that are taken for granted by drivers of 4-wheel vehicles. They ignore the needs of truck drivers because they have never faced the dilemma faced by truck drivers every time we need to park our trucks. Why must law-abiding, tax-paying citizens continue to be treated like second-class citizens just because of our chosen profession?myrgv.com
Evidence mounts of GOP involvement in Trump election schemes
Rioters who smashed their way into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, succeeded — at least temporarily — in delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s election to the White House. Hours before, Rep. Jim Jordan had been trying to achieve the same thing. Texting with then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, a close ally and friend, at nearly midnight on Jan. 5, Jordan offered a legal rationale for what President Donald Trump was publicly demanding — that Vice President Mike Pence, in his ceremonial role presiding over the electoral count, somehow assert the authority to reject electors from Biden-won states.news.yahoo.com
Iowa GOP open to non-Trump prospects as 2024 gets underway
Former President Donald Trump’s persistent flirtation with another White House run is doing little to discourage other potential Republican candidates from stepping up their activity in Iowa, the state that will formally launch the nomination process.
Jan. 6 White House logs given to House show 7-hour gap in Trump calls
The House select committee is now investigating whether it has the full record and whether Trump communicated that day through backchannels, phones of aides or personal disposable phones, according to people familiar with the probe.washingtonpost.com
Couy Griffin, Republican elected official and Trump grass-roots leader, second to face Jan. 6 trial.
Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin has waived a trial by jury and bet his freedom on a bench trial before a Trump-appointed judge on misdemeanor charges in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.washingtonpost.com
Pence distances himself from Trump as he eyes 2024 campaign
After Donald Trump was caught on video bragging about sexually assaulting women, Mike Pence stayed on his ticket. Last month, Pence called out Trump by name, saying his former boss was “wrong” to insist that he had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election — a power vice presidents do not possess. In a separate speech before top Republican donors, Pence urged the GOP to move on from Trump's 2020 grievances and declared “there is no room in this party for apologists" for Vladimir Putin after Trump praised the Russian leader's maneuvering as “genius" before his brutal invasion of Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
Trump support questioned
How anyone in their right mind can still support this corrupt “wannabeelike Putin” former president is astounding! Trump wanted to stay in power by any means possible. He wanted Vice President Mike Pence to shred the 81 million votes that rejected him. Why some people still support this guy is a mystery to millions. Will we once again, a few thousand years from now, be happily enjoying our lives swinging from tree to tree?myrgv.com
Trump suggests Mike Pence would not be his running mate in 2024
Former President Trump signaled to the Washington Examiner that he will not choose Mike Pence as his running mate if he runs for president in 2024.What he's saying: “I don’t think the people would accept it,” Trump said. "Mike and I had a great relationship except for the very important factor that took place at the end. We had a very good relationship. I haven’t spoken to him in a long time.”Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free."Mike thought he was going tonews.yahoo.com
AP Was There: The surreal first day of the pandemic
On the day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, Koloud “Kay” Tarapolsi reflected the views of many people when she told an Associated Press reporter: “If we avoid each other and listen to the scientists, maybe in a few weeks it will be better."
Pence took Trump-donor Miriam Adelson’s private jet to Israel
Mike Pence flew to Israel this week on the private jet owned by arguably the most powerful donor in Republican politics, Miriam Adelson, two sources familiar with the situation told Axios.Why it matters: The former vice president, who fell out with Donald Trump because he refused the former president's demands to unilaterally overturn the 2020 election result, is contemplating challenging Trump in the 2024 GOP presidential primaries.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights wnews.yahoo.com
EXPLAINER: How fake electors tried to throw result to Trump
State attorneys general and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol are digging deeper into the role that fake slates of electors played in the desperate effort by former President Donald Trump to cling to power after his 2020 defeat.
Pence navigates Trump's shadow during New Hampshire visit
Former Vice President Mike Pence visited early-voting New Hampshire, where he delivered a speech railing against President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy, schmoozed with local activists, dropped by holiday parties, shopped at a local bakery and raised money for state Republicans.
Pence: I'll likely never see eye to eye with Trump on Jan. 6
Former Vice President Mike Pence says he isn't sure he and former President Donald Trump will ever see “eye to eye” over what happened on Jan_ 6 but he will “always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.”.
Mike Pence, potential 2024 presidential candidates coming to Texas for GOP fundraising blitz, donor appreciation event
Eying 2024, Pence makes 1st speech since leaving office
In his first public address since the end of the Trump administration, former Vice President Mike Pence put down a marker for a potential return to elected office, telling an audience in early-voting South Carolina that he plans to use the coming months “pushing back on the liberal agenda” he says is wrong for the country.
Trump's heir? Pence reemerges, lays groundwork for 2024 run
FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen walk from the plane to greet supporters after arriving back in his hometown of Columbus, Ind. Conspicuously absent from the list: Mike Pence. The former vice president is steadily reentering public life as he eyes a potential run for the White House in 2024. Ad“Obviously Mike Pence has a very different persona, a very different tone. The anger at Pence took a dangerously personal turn on Jan. 6 when rioters paraded through the Capitol chanting “Hang Mike Pence” as a mob outside set up a makeshift gallows.
Pence to give speech in SC, his 1st since leaving office
Next month, Pence will keynote a dinner hosted by the Palmetto Family Council, a Pence aide told The Associated Press on Sunday. AdAs vice president, Pence made numerous trips to South Carolina, meeting several times with Gov. The speech to Palmetto Family is advantageous for Pence in a state that Republican candidates use as a proving ground to test their “pro-life” mettle. AdAccording to Dave Wilson, president of Palmetto Family, Pence will speak to between 450 and 600 guests at a ticketed, sponsored dinner at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on April 29. Wilson told AP that he considered Pence a “prime person” to address the organization due to the “level of faith” the former vice president embodied while in office.
House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote
The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on a near party-line 219-212 vote. Biden said weeks ago that he didn't expect the minimum wage increase to survive the Senate's rules. But those same Senate rules prohibit provisions with only an “incidental” impact on the federal budget because they are chiefly driven by other policy purposes. MacDonough decided that the minimum wage provision failed that test. Republicans oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs.
GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package
Republicans solidly oppose the $15 minimum wage target as an expense that would hurt businesses and cost jobs. “House Democrats believe that the minimum wage hike is necessary. Therefore, this provision will remain in the" bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said. The overall relief bill is Biden’s first legislative priority. The relief bill would provide millions of people with $1,400 direct payments.
Inspector general reviews Trump relocation of Space Command
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)DENVER – The Department of Defense's inspector general announced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration's last-minute decision to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. “Moving Space Command will disrupt the mission while risking our national security and economic vitality,” the senators said in a joint statement. We fully support the investigation.”Among other duties, the Space Command enables satellite-based navigation and troop communication and provides warning of missile launches. The Space Command differs from the U.S. Space Force, launched in December 2019 as the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947. The Space Command is not an individual military service but a central command for militarywide space operations.
Trump rips McConnell as GOP divide deepens post-Capitol riot
The Republican Party still belongs to Donald Trump. The GOP privately flirted with purging the norm-shattering former president after he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month. Ad“There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” McConnell said Saturday, after Trump, the only president to be impeached twice, was acquitted on a 57-43 vote. McConnell had remained loyal to Trump during nearly all of his four years in office, when the pair were the two most powerful members of the Republican Party. In his statement, Trump criticized McConnell for failing to do more to back his unfounded claims of election fraud.