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Omarosa Says We’d Beg To Have Trump Back If Mike Pence Became President

In a preview for the latest episode of Celebrity Big Brother, former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said that Vice President Mike Pence would make an even more terrifying president than Donald Trump. “Can I just say this? As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence,” she said, surrounded by […]

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America Doubles Over In Laughter As Mike Pence Says There Is Zero Tolerance For Domestic Violence In The White House

Vice President Mike Pence claimed that there is no place in the White House for domestic abuse, while he is working for a president who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault. Video: As he works for Trump, Mike Pence says the White House has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. #RobPorter https://t.co/kOl8Maj5Q5 […]

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Fit Family! Carrie Underwood Hits the Gym with 'Her Boys' — Son Isaiah and Husband Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood has the cutest workout buddies!

The country music superstar’s 2½-year-old son Isaiah Michael and husband Mike Fisher — who recently announced he was coming out of retirement to re-join National Hockey League team the Nashville Predators — joined the 34-year-old for a family-filled workout on Saturday.

“My boys make workouts fun,” she wrote on social media alongside snaps from their sweat session, before adding that they also made things “a bit less productive.”

“But that’s ok,” she added.

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The “Blown Away” singer has been keeping out of the public eye since she had a “hard fall” on steps outside her home in November, which left her suffering from several injuries, including a broken wrist and “40 and 50 stitches” to her face.

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“There is also another part of the story that I haven’t been ready to talk about since I have still been living it and there has been much uncertainty as to how things will end up,” she wrote in the note obtained by PEOPLE. “It’s crazy how a freak random accident can change your life.”

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She continued: “In addition to breaking my wrist, I somehow managed to injure my face as well. I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in.”

On Jan. 19, the star gave another update on her progress.

Last check up on the old wrist this morning!! Thanks, Dr. Wurthand my PT angel, Renee, a.k.a. “Bulldog” for fixing me up!!!,” she updated fans in an Instagram picture just weeks ago, showing an X-ray of her wrist with a flat metal plate and screws that were surgically placed to hold the broken bone as it heals. “I’m good to go!”

Despite Mike Pence’s sabotage, North Korea’s ‘charm offensive’ appears to be working

Against the background of the Winter Olympics in PyongChang, North and South Korean leaders are planning to meet for the first time in over a decade, Seoul announced on Saturday.

So, while Vice President Mike Pence has made no effort to extend a diplomatic hand — he actually avoided shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attending the Winter Games — and refused to stand up for any national anthem other than that of the U.S., North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korea’s Jae-in Moon are planning to meet in Pyongyang.

The invitation, reports Reuters, was delivered by Kim Yo Jong, and has been “practically” accepted by Moon. Leaders of the Koreas last met in 2007.

This meeting would be a diplomatic high-water mark on the Korean Peninsula since President Donald Trump has increased tensions with North Korea over it’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Since July, Trump has engaged in a campaign of name-calling and outright threats, vowing to “totally destroy” North Korea before the U.N. General Assembly.

Meanwhile, Pence, who was sent to PyongChang for the opening of the Winter Games, preceded his arrival there with a number of public appearances in Asia during which he criticized North Korea’s diplomatic attempts as a ruse to “cloud the reality” of the regime. He took with him the parents of Otto Warmbier, the university student who died late last year after suffering horrific injuries while in North Korean detention, and promised more sanctions against Pyongyang.

Bloomberg reported that Pence made a five-minute appearance at a Friday night reception held by Moon, and didn’t speak to North Korea’s ceremonial head of state at the Winter Games, Kim Yong Nam, who was supposed to be seated at the same table as Pence.

The vice president returned to the U.S. on Saturday having made no effort to ease the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. In fact, it seems like every move he made was designed to heighten hostilities.

Although Pence said that he is open to the idea of talking to North Korean officials, he had not asked for such a meeting. And while the vice president seems to be dodging diplomatic engagement, the U.S.’s disarmament envoy at the U.N. accused North Korea of a “charm offensive” that is “frankly fooling no one.”

Regardless of U.S. response, North and South Korea seem more interested in finding an off-ramp from these tensions — in January, North Korea opened up a phone line that had been closed for about two years. The line — used as a hotline to South Korea — originates in what is known as the “truce village”  of Panmunjom and the 20-minute call made on it was the first public sign of a detente between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Certainly no one has accused the U.S. of mounting a charm offensive: While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he’s interested in speaking to his North Korean counterpart, President Trump has thwarted those efforts, calling them “a waste of time.”

Amid talks of pre-emptive and preventive strikes against North Korea — both of which, experts have told ThinkProgress, could result in a catastrophic loss of life on the Korean Peninsula — the Trump administration also backed away from appointing Victor Cha to the ambassadorial post in Seoul after Cha spoke out against a “bloody nose” strike against North Korea, leaving the crucial diplomatic post unfilled.


Grade A suck-up Mike Pence praises Trump's military parade, condemns North Korea's

Mike Pence proved on Friday that he can suck up to Donald Trump from anywhere in the world and at any cost to logic. Speaking to reporters in South Korea, where he was attending the Olympics opening ceremonies, Pence simultaneously praised Trump’s desire for a big military parade and attacked a North Korean military parade:

“I think any opportunity we have to celebrate the men and women of the armed forces of the United States is a great day,” Pence said, supporting Trump’s request to plan a military parade. “I heartily support the president’s call to celebrate our military.”

But Pence continued, calling the North Korean parade “an ongoing provocation.”

“Make no mistake about it, what we witnessed in Pyongyang, and we witnessed again yesterday, on the eve of the Olympics — what [South Korean] President Moon [Jae-in] said last night, he hopes will be an Olympics of peace — was once again an effort on the part of the regime in Pyongyang to display their ballistic missiles, to display a military that continues to make menacing threats across the region and across the wider world.

Provocation, he said?

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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018

Right, Donald Trump would never ever use military displays as a provocation.

Asked about White House abuse scandal, Mike Pence has no answers

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly tried to cover up a White House domestic abuse scandal, and may have jeopardized national security in the process.

On Tuesday, The Daily Mail published accounts from two of White House secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives, who claimed he had previously abused them. In the wake of those allegations, Kelly released a  statement unequivocally defending Porter, but backtracked later, releasing a second statement in which he claimed he was “shocked by the new allegations.”

However, according to sources who spoke to CNN and Politico this week, Kelly and senior White House staffers reportedly knew about the domestic abuse allegations for months, but allowed Porter to keep his job handling highly classified documents anyway.

The controversy has sparked calls for Kelly’s resignation. On Thursday, the National Organization for Women released a statement blasting him as an enabler and calling on him to step down.

“Women who work for John Kelly are asking themselves today if they can trust General Kelly to protect them from sexual predators. Clearly, they can’t,” spokespersons wrote.

Despite the backlash, some Republicans would still rather talk about anything else.

Mike Pence

Speaking with reporters in Japan, Pence — who’s on his way to the Winter Olympics in South Korea — said he had just learned of the accusations against Porter that morning and wouldn’t comment on them until he was back in the states.

A reporter followed up by asking the vice president if he could explain why he “often seem[ed] a little bit out of the loop on some of this major news,” indirectly referencing several instances, including Pence’s claim last year that he had made false statements to the press about former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s contacts with Russia because other officials had misinformed him.

Pence ignored the question entirely, replying, “It’s a great honor for me to serve as vice president.”

Mac Thornberry

During a CNN interview, House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry (R-TX) responded with extreme skepticism to host Brianna Keilar’s question about whether he thought Kelly should resign.

“I don’t know what General Kelly or anybody else knew,” Thornberry said.

Keilar pointed to CNN’s and Politico’s reporting indicating that Kelly had known about the abuse for some time. Thornberry immediately tried to change the topic by insisting he was devoting all of his energy to making sure Congress passes a large military spending increase.

“No look — I am fixed on trying to fix on planes and ships, and do the right thing by the military,” he said.

Later during the interview, Thornberry said he hadn’t invested much thought in the White House abuse scandal because “if you are a soldier on a mountaintop in Afghanistan right now, or standing near the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea, you are not concerned about the to-ing an fro-ing of all of this politics.”

Like Thornberry, Trump’s favorite cable network has desperately been trying to change the topic and shift focus to other issues. While the White House abuse scandal has been a dominant story for most major outlets, Fox News has mostly ignored it, pushing debunked conspiracy theories about the Obama administration instead.


Mike Pence Publicly Responds After Gay Figure Skater Adam Rippon Reportedly Turns Down Meeting

Adam Rippon, openly gay figure skating champion, reportedly turned down an offer to meet with Mike Pence hours after lambasting him for his position on LGBT rights — prompting the vice president to publicly respond.

According to a report published by USA Today on Wednesday, a member of Pence’s staff reached out to the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a conversation between the 58-year-old politician and the 28-year-old athlete back in January.

The alleged request came the same day USA Today published an interview with Rippon in which he said he wanted to skip the standard meet-and-greet event between Team USA athletes and the American delegation, which is being led by Pence for this year’s opening ceremony.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon, who publicly came out as gay in 2015, said in the Jan. 17 piece. “I’m not buying it.”

Jarrod Agen, the vice president’s deputy chief of staff and communications director, refuted that a meeting was requested in a statement given to PEOPLE.

“The USA Today report is false and should be corrected. The vice president’s office did not reach out to set up a conversation with Mr. Rippon,” Agen said. “As we’ve said before, the Vice President is supporting all the U.S. athletes in the Olympics and is hoping they all win medals. But this story is just not accurate.”

Rippon’s rep declined to comment to PEOPLE on the USA Today report, as did USOC officials.

In a statement to PEOPLE back in January, Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said that the vice president does not and has never supported conversion therapy. “The accusation is totally false with no basis in fact,” Farah said.

“Despite these misinformed claims , the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang,” Farrah said.

But LGBT advocates have pointed to a 2000 statement on Pence’s congressional campaign website where he noted that Congress should reauthorize a law funding HIV/AIDS treatment but “resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

Beyond the issue of gay conversion therapy, Pence — a self-described religious conservative — has taken multiple anti-LGBT positions over the years.

“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon told USA Today. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.”

Pence also responded, himself, to USA Today‘s latest report on Wednesday, taking a cue from President Donald Trump’s playbook and calling their claims “fake news.”

“Headed to the Olympics to cheer on #TeamUSA,” he tweeted. “One reporter trying to distort 18 yr old non-story to sow seeds of division. We won’t let that happen! #FAKENEWS. Our athletes are the best in the world and we are for ALL of them! #TEAMUSA”

He also wrote to Rippon directly on Twitter, saying, “I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”

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In his original conversation with USA Today, Rippon said he would be open to meeting with Pence after the Olympic games.

“If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation,” Rippon said. “He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump. … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”

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Rippon stood by his views when speaking to PEOPLE.

“I just don’t think that’s right,” he said, “and I think there are so many people who also don’t think that’s right and I think right now more than ever I have this window of time to say what I feel and hopefully make a change.”

“My mom has always taught me to stand up for people who don’t have a voice,” Rippon added. “Sharing my story in 2015, I remember thinking if just one person hears this and reads it and it makes them feel like they aren’t alone, that would be awesome. Now to be headed to the Olympics, my story now has a bigger platform and I’ve heard from so many different kinds of people.”

He continued: “It’s so amazing and it makes me feel like coming out — it was way more important than I even realized.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics will air live starting Feb. 8 on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.