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Danziger

Danziger: Veep, In A Pensive Mood

As Donald Trump dissolves himself before the eyes of the nation, Danziger gets inside the head of Mike Pence, his oh-so-loyal veep.

May 19, 2017
Danziger on deepest kimchi

Danziger: We’re In Deepest Kimchi

When Donald Trump sends Mike Pence to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat, Danziger worries — and it’s impossible not to worry about these ill-informed weenies in control of the world’s security.

April 18, 2017
Flynn

Trump Transition Team Knew About Flynn’s Lobbying

The top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform told Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a November letter that the man Donald Trump had chosen to be his national security adviser was lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

March 11, 2017
Schools

Why The Christian Right Is Rejoicing Under Trump’s Presidency

Few would have predicted Donald Trump’s stellar relationship with far-right Christians. But now that he’s won them over, benefited from their political support, and amassed a White House featuring many evangelical conservatives, LGBT protections, abortion rights, and public school funding are on the line.

February 24, 2017
Danziger draws Pence as the wheelman

Danziger: Driving Mister Donnie

In Danziger’s view, poor Vice President Mike Pence has all the dignity of a servant or sidekick — or an abused chauffeur — who enables his loud-mouthed boss to embarrass him everywhere they go. Sad!

February 21, 2017
Pence, EU

Exclusive: Bannon Delivered Anti-EU Message To Diplomat Before Pence Visit

In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.

February 21, 2017
Putin, Russian Hacks, Russia

Is Russia’s Trump Honeymoon Over?

Over the last week Trump and his team, unwittingly or not, have dragged Russia back into conversation, even if that conversation is about disillusionment in Moscow. While Trump has remained loyal to a familiar and vague idea of getting along with Russia, it is his cardinals who are making headlines in Russia now and curbing the enthusiasm for the presidency in Moscow.

February 18, 2017
Trump, Putin, Russian hacker

What We Know About The Russia-Trump Campaign Contacts

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that there had been no pre-election contact between the Trump campaign team and Russian officials. But given the uproar over Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador, questions about ties between the Kremlin and the new U.S. administration are likely to linger for some time.

February 16, 2017
Flynn

Flynn Drama Has All The Intrigue Of A Russian Spy Thriller

If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they’d read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration. Flynn’s not the first, and he’ll surely be far from the last, to learn that Trump’s insistence upon personal loyalty is a one-way street.

February 15, 2017
Russia, Watergate

National Security Adviser Flynn Resigns Over Russian Contacts

Michael Flynn submitted his resignation hours after Trump said that he was reviewing the situation and talking to Vice President Mike Pence. The national security adviser had promised Pence he had not discussed sanctions with the Russians but it was later discovered that the subject had come up.

February 14, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

Protesters Face Off As U.S. Abortion Debate Heats Up

With anti-abortion groups expecting protests at up to 225 clinics, Planned Parenthood supporters organized 150 protests of their own at parks, government buildings, and other sites, including clinics. At some of those clinics, the counter-demonstrators outnumbered those demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

February 11, 2017
DeVos

DeVos Sees Public Education As A Biblical Battlefield

Betsy DeVos is a doctrinaire right-winger who means to destroy public education, replacing it with a system of religious schools that serve the middle class and the wealthy. Implacably hostile to the public commons, she would rip apart a core asset of our democracy.

February 11, 2017
Pence, Evangelicals

On Trump Train, Evangelicals Are The Higher Power

When Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote that put the billionaire Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education, his action highlighted once again the curious alliance between the most libertine president in American history and the most politically powerful flock of evangelical Christians Washington has ever seen.

February 10, 2017
Resistance, Women's March, Princess Leia

The Sisterhood Stands Against Trump

Oh, brother — civil war is churning and burning, and an awakening is in the air after a deeply wrong election, which the loser won. Yes, sisters are stepping up to save the day. That’s what President Trump hates most: when women judge, challenge, or dare to defy him — or get three million more votes on Election Day.

February 10, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Confirmed: Pence’s Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote Gives DeVos The Edge

President Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the Senate, but only after Vice President Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president’s Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

Trump Steps Up Attack On Judge, Court System Over Controversial Travel Ban

In a series of tweets that broadened his attack on the country’s judiciary, Trump said Americans should blame U.S. District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened. He added that he had told the Department of Homeland Security to “check people coming into our country VERY CAREFULLY. The courts are making the job very difficult!”

February 6, 2017
Pence, Voter Fraud

Vice President Pence To Lead Voter Fraud Panel

President Donald Trump said in remarks broadcast on Sunday that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November’s election.

February 5, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

It’s Time For Outrageous Obstruction Against Gorsuch

Republicans have spent decades weaponizing the Supreme Court as a political tool and are on the brink of a payoff that Trump’s creditors never could have imagined. But they also did something dangerous: They proved there is no price for creative obstruction. Democrats need to understand they have the people on their side. And to keep them there, they have to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous obstruction. Our democracy depends on it.

February 3, 2017
LGBTQ

LGBTQ Groups Brace For Trump Religious Freedom Move

The White House issued an unexpected statement early Tuesday, promising that President Donald Trump intends to protect LGBTQ rights and would not repeal an Obama-era executive order thought to be in the firing line. Advocates for the LGBTQ community, however, are not comforted by this statement. In fact, they believe something else may be in the works, and that it may be worse for them.

February 2, 2017

The Puppet Presidency Begins As Bannon Takes The Reins

Whatever the eventual costs, the current reality seems to be that Bannon—not his White House rivals, chief of staff Reince Priebus or Vice President Mike Pence—decides what piece of paper gets put in front of Donald Trump’s pen. Under Bannon’s watchful eye, the Washington establishment is being routed, and the “normal” administration of the American government has officially ended.

January 27, 2017
Tump, Washington Swamp

Trumpsters Party In The Washington Swamp

They voted to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., but on the night before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, they came to wallow in it. Ironically, Trump supporters were participating in a Washington ritual as old as the city itself – the crush of balls, parties and protests that mark the inauguration of a new U.S. president.

January 20, 2017
Colbert prepares Trump roast, well scorched

#EndorseThis: Colbert Serves Up Trump Roast, Well Scorched

Noting the persistence of that “Russia chose our president thing,” Colbert questioned Trump’s series of sarcastic tweets mocking the US intelligence community as “very strange” indeed, since he will have to rely on those agencies to defend the country as commander in chief.

January 5, 2017
Mike Pence, Obamacare, ACA

Pence: Repealing Obamacare ‘First Order Of Business’

Trump and his fellow Republicans who control the U.S. Congress risk causing chaos in the health insurance market in scuttling the 2010 Affordable Care Act as well as political backlash against Republicans.

January 4, 2017