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  • His likely resignation shines light on another dark episode.
  • A person who has spoken to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to resign over allegations he covered up an affair with an aide.
  • On January 15, then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence went on Fox News and was asked by Chris Wallace whether there had been communication between the Trump campaign and Russian officials before the election.
  • Jan 23 2017
    The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence
    The optics were good. About 100 Carrier factory workers in Indianapolis sat in folding chairs awaiting President-elect Donald Trump, who had announced, via Twitter, he'd saved their jobs. Well, not all their jobs – 730 were saved while another 550 were heading to Mexico – but that was a small detail. (Trump also kept saying he had saved air-conditioning jobs, though the factory makes furnaces.) After a while, a silver-haired man resembling the guy on top of a wedding cake strode to the podium.
  • For the past week, women have been calling and emailing the office of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to tell him about their periods. In detail.
  • Several women have called the office of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sharing information that the Republican might consider "TMI" -- detailed descriptions of their menstrual cycles.
  • Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican and former federal judge, is among candidates being considered by President Barack Obama for appointment to the Supreme Court, a source close to the process said on Wednesday, as Obama sought to overcome Senate Republican resistance to any nominee.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker went to a crisis pregnancy center in Waukesha to sign two bills that will cut Planned Parenthood's funding in the state. "Certainly, over the past year there's been a lot of controversy nationally about Planned Parenthood," Walker said before signing the legislation. "For those of us who are pro-life, this is important…taxpayer dollars at the federal and state level should not be spent…particularly when there are noncontroversial alternatives."
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will reportedly announce Wednesday that he will end his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, after coming in a distant sixth in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. A week earlier, he had won no delegates in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.
  • “Vice President Nikki Haley,” blared the blunt headline on Eric Erickson’s paean to the South Carolina governor after her Tuesday night State of the Union response. Erickson is not a Donald-bro, to put it mildly, so Haley’s obvious swipes that the GOP front-runner sent him over the moon. And he’s not entirely wrong to write: “Then there was Nikki Haley. She hit it out of the park. It was one of the best responses to a State of the Union address ever and the absolute best since Barack Obama’s election.
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was the first of more than 30 primarily Republican governors who are attempting to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees. When asked about his specific concerns regarding the two-year screening process for refugees seeking to enter the U.S., however, Snyder was unable to point to a single problem with the current system. “I wouldn’t single out any specific problem I have with it,” the Republican governor said. Snyder said he would like to see a review of the process in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, a twin suicide bombing in Beirut, and the bombing of a plane over Egypt.
  • In the wake of last Friday's attacks in Paris, Republican governors across the country have made their positions clear—they want nothing to do with the Syrians fleeing ISIS. On Sunday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announced that his state won't accept any Syrian refugees. On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence followed suit. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to halt the flow of Syrian refugees to his state (it has accepted 14).
  • As he hit the trail in Iowa this week in an attempt to save his struggling campaign for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie once again spoke out against the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama, blaming the two for inspiring both peaceful demonstrations and violence across the country. When asked Thursday morning for his thoughts on the recent student protests for racial justice at Yale, the University of Missouri, and other colleges, Christie called the demonstrations ” a product of the president’s own unwillingness and inability to bring people together.”
  • For months, Republican presidential candidates with dwindling bank accounts and negligible support in polls have been finding reasons to stay in the 2016 race. Now, a few must weigh whether they can keep competing after being downgraded or excluded from Tuesday's fourth GOP debate. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have been bumped to the undercard debate because of low poll numbers, while South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki didn't qualify for either event.
  • Chris Christie has officially been banished to where no successful candidate has gone before: the undercard debate. Fox Business announced Thursday night that the New Jersey governor has been cut from the primetime debate stage due to low poll numbers.
  • Chris Christie could be bumped from the main stage at next week's GOP presidential debate, and Bobby Jindal and George Pataki risk being left out altogether. They're potential victims of poor showings in national polling and the way those surveys are being used. Fox Business is to announce Thursday evening the candidates who will appear on stage in Milwaukee next Tuesday, a decision based on a selection of polls.
  • When Chris Christie got into the quiet car of an Amtrak train from Washington on Sunday morning and allegedly (although not necessarily) yelled into his phone and got himself kicked out of Amtrak’s quiet car, journalists and politicos were finally talking about the New Jersey governor again. Christie was on the train returning from an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, where he went further than most Republican presidential candidates by alleging that the Black Lives Matter movement calls for killing cops. But that extraordinary comment about a critical American civic issue was lost as Gawker’s account of Christie screaming on his phone, drinking a McDonald’s strawberry smoothie—and just being so Christie—lit up political Twitter.
  • The New Jersey Senate will vote on Thursday whether to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of a bill that requires courts and law enforcement to exchange information before people trying to purchase a firearm can have their medical records expunged. Christie, who is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, rejected the bill in August after it passed unanimously in both the state Senate and Assembly.
  • Unlike Rick Perry’s (first) presidential flameout, Scott Walker’s on Monday came not with an “oops” but with a whimper. His debate performances were poor but not memorably so. His polls (according to CNN) went from 10 percent to 5 percent to, as of Sunday, essentially zero percent. He pulled the plug a day later. What went wrong? Well, pretty much everything. Walker came across as a waffler to the base and a zealot to the big donors, exactly the opposite of the “unite all factions” reputation with which he began the race. And Donald Trump stole a big chunk of the working-class white electorate that was crucial to Walker’s prospects. But the truth is that the once-presumed frontrunner was never anywhere near as strong a candidate as he was imagined to be.
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to ditch his Midwestern-nice persona and show a sharper edge at the CNN Republican debate next week. "I think we're going to step it up and be more aggressive this time," Walker told CNN Saturday, in between playing a game of cornhole and meeting tailgaters ahead of Iowa's biggest football rivalry: the Iowa/Iowa State game.