It’s Pence!


After a couple of days of will-he-or-won’t-he, Donald Trump has finally announced that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be his running mate. Trump was going to postpone the announcement in light of the attack in Nice, but I guess he reconsidered. However, he is postponing the press conference, so for now all we have is a tweet.

Pence is a hardline conservative and a ferocious opponent of abortion. There was a time when he was one of the most conservative men in Congress, but time passed and now he’s just a run-of-the-mill lunatic conservative. He’s really unpopular in Indiana, so I guess the VP spot seemed like something of a life raft to him.

Pence is not especially bright or quick on his feet, which means he might have trouble defending Trump’s frequent idiocies and backflips. It should be fun to watch him squirm.

UPDATE: Presented without comment:

One More Thing

And it's a big one. Mother Jones is launching a new Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on the corruption that is both the cause and result of the crisis in our democracy.

The more we thought about how Mother Jones can have the most impact right now, the more we realized that so many stories come down to corruption: People with wealth and power putting their interests first—and often getting away with it.

Our goal is to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We're aiming to create a reporting position dedicated to uncovering corruption, build a team, and let them investigate for a year—publishing our stories in a concerted window: a special issue of our magazine, video and podcast series, and a dedicated online portal so they don't get lost in the daily deluge of headlines and breaking news.

We want to go all in, and we've got seed funding to get started—but we're looking to raise $500,000 in donations this spring so we can go even bigger. You can read about why we think this project is what the moment demands and what we hope to accomplish—and if you like how it sounds, please help us go big with a tax-deductible donation today.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate