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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could become the next vice president of the United States, but he has gone out of his way to prevent people from seeing his congressional record. If the man was proud of his work, would he have sealed it from the public? I doubt it!
Pence is believed to be on Donald Trump’s shortlist of potential vice presidential candidates.
His congressional library, housed at Indiana University in Bloomington, is closed until either Dec. 5, 2022, or Pence’s death.
“It’s not standard, but it’s not unusual,” Dina Kellams, the school’s director of university archives, told The Huffington Post.
The website noted that former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) put similar restrictions on his own congressional papers before opening up some parts of his archives.
Kellams said Pence could open up his library if he chooses.
Pence met with the presumptive Republican nominee and his children Wednesday in Indiana as the businessman inches toward naming a running mate. Trump is expected to pick his VP by the end of the week.
These are confusing times for the Republican party. After the whipping they took from President Obama during the two presidential campaigns, the Republican establishment thought variety was the spice of life, and the key to victory if they were to win the White House again. Party leaders embarked on a fact-finding mission to figure out ways to make the GOP appeal to a broader spectrum of the electorate, and the results of that mission were shocking to no one but the GOP – the party needed to be more diverse.
So with the results of that mission in hand and the 2016 Presidential election right around the corner, what would be the best winning strategy for the GOP? To appeal to more white people… apparently!
There has been a debate within the party — and the political class — about whether Republicans need to diversify to win or whether it just needs to attract even more of its core constituencies. So far in 2016, led by Cruz and Donald Trump, the election has moved decisively toward the latter. The exceptions, such as Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham, are either out of the race or on the edges of it.
Trump is making the most visceral, raw appeal to people who feel left out of the economic recovery and ignored by the political establishment. He espouses hard-line views on immigration that border on nativism, protectionist trade policies and a tough approach with countries like China, Japan and Mexico that he portrays as thieves of U.S. manufacturing jobs.
Cruz, a Texas senator, is taking a similar tack, especially on immigration, airing a provocative television ad last week that depicts illegal immigrants racing across the U.S. border in suits and high heels to steal jobs from Americans.
If you’ve been paying attention over the last few uears you’ve already come to the realization that Republicans love Ronald Reagan. Forget Mike, Reagan is the man they all want to be like. Republicans Want you to believe that he is them and them is he.
But do Republicans really want to be like Reagan? Do they aspire to follow in Reagan’s footsteps like they often claim? And although his name is interjected at every juncture, do Republicans really believe Reagan would approve of their tactics?
According to Reagan’s daughter, the answer is a HUGE “NO!” In fact, according to Patti Davis, her dad would be “appalled” by what is going on in today’s Republican Party.
“My father would be so appalled at what’s going on, and he would be so appalled at probably all of these candidates,” Patti Davis said in a Sirius XM interview. “I don’t think he would be a Republican. And if another Ronald Reagan came along, I don’t think the Republican Party would accept him.”
Neff said. I mean, what else could you add to that?
The Republican Party is a national and international disgrace.
I’ll second that notion. I want my money back! I did not sanction this and the politics behind this committee stink!
In a letter sent to the Republican National Committee (RNC), Democratic leaders are demanding a reimbursement for the over $4.7 million already spent on the political witch-hunt called The Benghazi Special Committee.
“We write today to demand that the Republican National Committee reimburse the federal taxpayer for the costs incurred by the Select Committee on Benghazi. Over the past several weeks, several House Republicans have made clear what many observers have suspected all along: that the Select Committee has conducted a political inquisition aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
The letter continued;
“Due to the political nature of the committee, we believe it is inappropriate that a reported 4.7 million taxpayer dollars were used to finance its operations and that the RNC subsequently orchestrated numerous fundraising opportunities in its wake.”
If you haven’t signed the petition yet, well here’s your chance. The petition is here, just click on this link.
The petition is accusing the 47 Republicans who sent a letter to Iran, with treason.
The petition, created on Monday, accuses these Republicans of violating the Logan Act (which, if you’ve been following the news at all this week, you’ve heard about at least once). The Logan Act forbids unauthorized American citizens from “carr[ying] on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof.”
The petition reads, “This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.”
The news website reported that one post, which included a video of a woman who appeared to be arguing with someone off-screen, read “so apparently the closing of the National Zoo has forced the animals to conduct their mating rituals on my street. #gentrifytoday Pt. 1.”
The race of the woman is unclear in the screenshot.
A second post reportedly read “#gentrifytoday Pt. 3. This is where she finds another glass bottle, and breaks it on their stoop to use as a weapon.” The race of the woman is also unclear from that screenshot.
In a more recent post dated Jan. 29, Cole allegedly described an experience he had with a black police officer when he went to file an assault report against a black woman he said threw an elbow at him on the street.
“‘Do you have a problem talking to me?’ That’s what the Black Metro police officer said to me when he began asking me to explain what happened,” Cole wrote, according to a screenshot of the post obtained by ThinkProgress.
Cole did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TPM on Thursday.
While dishing out soup the other day, Sarah Palin told a reporter that she is considering a run for the White House in 2016. On Friday, the Washington Post got Palin to say again that she really wants to be president…. like “seriously!”
“You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested,” Palin said, when asked to clarify her thinking about a possible presidential bid.
Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice-presidential nominee, said she stood by comments she made Thursday in Las Vegas to ABC News, where she first expressed enthusiasm about potentially competing for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I am. As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point,” Palin said Friday, as former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, a potential 2016 rival, looked on.
The Republican clown car is gassed up. The engine is revving as the last few clowns jump on board. Sarah don’t know where the White House is, but she wants to be president. Sarah’s next stop? ‘
1400′ Pennsylvania Ave or somewhere in Philadelphia.