opinion Amanda Kingsbury Indianapolis Star Published 8:00 p.m. UTC Aug 14, 2018 Glenda Ritz never thought about adopting the "Mike Pence Rule" during her four years as Indiana public schools' chief. And even if she'd wanted to, she couldn't have: "It's totally impractical." Pence Rule, part A: Don't travel or dine alone with a person of the opposite sex who isn't your spouse. A male driver transported Ritz to schools around the state. She and her chief of staff — a man — had weekly closed-door lunches in her office to discuss confidential matters. Pence Rule, part B: Don't attend functions that serve alcohol without your spouse by your side. "There aren't a lot of functions you can attend that don't have alcohol, and I don't drink alcohol," said the former state superintendent, now president and CEO for Advancing Public Schools. Plus: "My husband would probably have a fit if I said, 'Hey, I have to go to all these functions and I need you to … [Read more...] about Here’s why powerful women don’t use the ‘Mike Pence rule.’ Spoiler alert: They can’t.
Maureen Groppe Indianapolis Star Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 23, 2018 WASHINGTON – A new biography of Mike Pence opens by calling him a paradox and closes by describing his “biggest enigma” as vice president. “How could a biblically based Christian so readily align himself with a man prone to flout the most recognized rules of civility?” author Andrea Neal asks in her book “Pence: The Path to Power,” which becomes available Aug. 1. While Neal leaves the answer to that question to the reader, the biography provides a good overview of the path the politically ambitious Pence took to get to his current position, including his early influences, key mentors, successes and setbacks. Got politics? Get more. Sign up for IndyStar's Hoosier Politics newsletter.Another book: Why Mike Pence's selection as VP was seen as a reward for his faithfulness From interviews with some of those closest to Pence – but not Pence himself – Neal … [Read more...] about Book traces Mike Pence’s ‘path to power’
Three Americans held captive for more than a year in North Korea arrived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington well before dawn Thursday to a hero's welcome featuring President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump. Shortly before 3 a.m., in pitch black skies, a U.S. government plane made its approach to the runway with Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, having been preceded by a jet carrying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A large American flag suspended by two fire engine cranes was arranged on the tarmac, which was lit by banks of spotlights. The plane carrying the three Americans pulled up in front of the giant flag. The president and first lady boarded the plane, while Pence, his wife, Karen, and Pompeo waited on the tarmac. Then Trump emerged followed by the three men, two of whom raised their arms in triumph and relief as they exited the plane. The men, dressed in sports coats and slacks, with button-down shirts, walked down the staircase … [Read more...] about Trump, Pence offer hero’s welcome to three Americans freed by North Korea
CBS News confirms that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and his deputy Joe Hagin were aware of concerns that Dr. Ronny Jackson made the Vice President's doctor feel uncomfortable with his "accusatory" tone, "unprofessionalism," and "intimidating" and "aggressive" behavior stemming from a medical incident in September 2017 involving second lady Karen Pence, according to memos reviewed by a source familiar. First reported by CNN, the doctor assigned by the U.S. military to the vice president wrote the series of memos documenting concerns about Jackson's behavior. The medical situation required Mrs. Pence to be transported from Camp David to Walter Reed hospital. Jackson had asked for reports on Mrs. Pence's condition from physicians who initially treated her at Camp David. While the vice president's physician wrote this was done "without malicious intent to circumvent their medical knowledge," the doctor also noted Jackson went on to share the information with senior medical … [Read more...] about Mike Pence’s doctor’s expressed concerns about Ronny Jackson last fall
Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 7:42 PM EDT President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are hosting their first State Dinner Tuesday night at the White House, with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as the guests of honor. Other guests included high-profile names in business and government.The state dinner follows two days of meetings between Mr. Trump and the French president, after discussing the Iran nuclear deal, trade, terrorism and a number of other crucial topics for the two nations."We have a very special relationship, in fact I'll get that little piece of dandruff off," Mr. Trump said earlier Tuesday as he brushed dandruff off Macron's suit, according to pool reporters present in the room. "We have to make him perfect — he is perfect." Guests spotted entering the White House for the dinner include: Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner; assistant to the president and daughter Ivanka Trump; nationals security adviser John … [Read more...] about Trumps host French President Emmanuel Macron in elegant first state dinner