‘Bummed out’: SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the risk of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The spacecraft — designed, built […]

Biden walks back praise for Pence following criticism

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s tendency to talk about his good relationships with Republicans landed him in trouble Thursday when he called his successor, Mike Pence, a “decent guy.” The comment was quickly criticized by fellow Democrats, including actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, who tweeted that Biden had complimented “America’s most […]

Trump and Pence both traveling outside US on Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to be abroad at the same time for a day, an unusual bit of scheduling for the nation’s top two officials. On Monday, Trump will leave for a summit in Vietnam with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. On the same day, Pence […]

Pence set to accuse China of trying to undermine Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday plans to accuse China of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic, and foreign policies. In a speech to the Hudson Institute, Pence will say China is using its power in “more proactive and coercive ways […]

Pence rips Democrats on immigration, defends ICE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Friday accused Democrats of making opposition to the federal immigration agency central to their party, calling for an end to “spurious attacks” on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an address at ICE headquarters infused with electoral politics, Pence noted that some prominent Democrats had called for the […]

VP Pence tells Central America to do more to stop migrants

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the leaders of three Central American nations Thursday that they must do more to stop the flow of migrants who enter the United States illegally. He made the comments to the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where economic struggles and violent crime have pushed […]

Pence’s Mideast trip still on as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is making his fourth visit to Israel, returning to a region he’s visited “a million times” in his heart. An evangelical Christian with strong ties to the Holy Land, Pence this time comes packing two key policy decisions in his bags that have long been top priorities for […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Planet Earth, August 8 – Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PENCE LOYAL, BUT WITH AN EYE TOWARD FUTURE Between traveling overseas, fundraising and being Trump’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill, the vice president has been carving out his own political identity. 2. […]

US VP Mike Pence: Balkans future is ‘in the West’

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the future of the Balkans belongs in the West, reaffirming U.S. commitment to the still-tense European region amid strong Russian pressure to assert its historical influence there. Pence was speaking in Montenegro — a small Balkan country that joined NATO this year despite Moscow’s anger. […]