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vice president pence meets with billionaire charles koch


the high-level meeting offers another sign that an influential billionaire is willing to throw his money behind key parts of the trump agenda        






mike pence just had a secret meeting with gop money-man charles koch


according to new york times reporter maggie haberman, vice president mike pence had a secret meeting with conservative donor charles koch while the two were in colorado springs friday. “they met privately without aides for several minutes after that,” haberman tweeted friday night. “topics – tax reform, healthcare bill, va efforts, others.”she went on to report that the two have had a long relationship. pence started his own leadership pac in may and quickly began raising money that can be used for his own legal defense of the russia investigation.the koch brothers have an umbrella group that held a seminar over the weekend. they met privately without aides for several minutes after that. topics – tax reform, healthcare bill, va efforts, others.— maggie haberman (@maggienyt) june 24, 2017p






koch brothers' conservative network to hold retreat in colorado springs


the conservative koch network will host a three-day retreat starting saturday in colorado springs as the organization develops a strategy ahead of the 2018 election.the exclusive event will draw hundreds of the nation’s top conservative donors to the broadmoor resort as part of the seminar network, one of the umbrella organizations by the billionaire brothers, charles and david koch.a number of major republican politicians also will attend. a year ago, u.s. house speaker paul ryan was the featured guest at the koch event in colorado springs.phelan m. ebenhack, associated press filein this aug. 30, 2013 file photo, david koch speaks in orlando, fla.earlier this year, at another koch retreat in california, the network outlined a plan to spend $300 million to $400 million in the 2017-18 elect






here’s why the koch brothers have so much influence on trump


billionaire oil and gas magnates charles and david koch may not have supported president donald trump on the campaign trail, but the reality-star-turned-commander-in-chief is filling his senior white house official positions with people linked in some way to the brothers’ network: 70 percent of his filled senior white house official positions, to be exact. that’s according…






here’s how a crowd-sourced investigation found secret white house hires — includ


mike roman, a longtime republican opposition researcher who worked for billionaire brothers charles and david koch before joining the trump campaign, is now the white house’s director of special projects and research. he is one of a half-dozen unannounced hires the white house has made since president trump took office. roman, who led the kochs’ surveillance…






kochs condemn trump's immigration crackdown


indian wells, calif. — charles koch first likened candidate donald trump's plan to ban muslim immigrants to something adolf hitler would have done in nazi germany.the billionaire industrialist and his chief lieutenants offered a more delicate response this weekend when asked about president trump's plan to block immigration from seven muslim-majority countries. they described trump's plan as "the wrong approach" that violated its dedication to "free and open societies."the criticism comes as the koch network, among the most powerful conservative groups in the nation, works to strike a delicate balance in the early days of the new administration. the kochs refused to support trump's candidacy last fall, but they now see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence the white house and the r






kochs condemn trump’s immigration crackdown


indian wells, calif. (ap) — charles koch first likened candidate donald trump’s plan to ban muslim immigrants to something adolf hitler would have done in nazi germany.the billionaire industrialist and his chief lieutenants offered a more delicate response this weekend when asked about president trump’s plan to block immigration from seven muslim-majority countries. they described trump’s plan as “the wrong approach” that violated its dedication to “free and open societies.”the criticism comes as the koch network, among the most powerful conservative groups in the nation, works to strike a delicate balance in the early days of the new administration. the kochs refused to support trump’s candidacy last fall, but they now see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to influence the white house and






tensions flare as koch promises to hold trump accountable


indian spring, calif. — conservative patriarch charles koch and his vast network is vowing to oppose president donald trump if and when he deviates from their dedication to "free and open societies."this weekend alone, koch raised concerns about whether the republican president will adopt an "authoritarian" governing style. koch's chief lieutenants condemned the nascent administration's plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. and the koch network's many donors lashed out at trump's push to block immigration from several muslim-majority countries."it doesn't do any good for us to be positioned as hating whole cl es of people," said erick brimen, who, like the other 550 or so donors who gathered at a luxury california el this weekend, will pay at least $10






vp pence meets indonesian president on asia tour


jakarta, indonesia (ap) — vice president mike pence is meeting indonesia’s president and other top officials in jakarta on thursday with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda.the two-day stop in muslim-majority indonesia comes as president joko “jokowi” widodo deals with a serious political setback after a political ally was defeated by islamic conservatives in the election for jakarta governor.indonesia is on president donald trump’s trade hit list, and u.s. company freeport-mcmoran inc., which operates the world’s largest copper mine in the indonesian province of papua, is in a protracted dispute with the indonesian government.pence’s first engagement was morning tea at the presidential palace with jokowi. it will be followed by an official meeting with the indonesia






vp pence meets indonesian president on asia tour


jakarta, indonesia — vice president mike pence is meeting indonesia's president and other top officials in jakarta on thursday with trade and commercial disputes expected to be on the agenda.the two-day stop in muslim-majority indonesia comes as president joko "jokowi" widodo deals with a serious political setback after a political ally was defeated by islamic conservatives in the election for jakarta governor.indonesia is on president donald trump's trade hit list, and u.s. company freeport-mcmoran inc., which operates the world's largest copper mine in the indonesian province of papua, is in a protracted dispute with the indonesian government.pence's first engagement was morning tea at the presidential palace with jokowi. it will be followed by an official meeting with the indonesian pre






ukraine’s poroshenko meets with trump, pence at white house


washington—ukraine’s president met tuesday with president donald trump and vice president mike pence in a u.s. visit that comes as he pushes for more u.s. pressure on moscow, which backs pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine.petro poroshenko met with mr. pence and saw mr. trump in the oval office, the white house said. he also was expected to meet defense secretary jim mattis and secretary of state rex tillerson.for...






ukraine’s poroshenko meets with trump, pence at white house


washington—ukraine’s president met with president donald trump and vice president mike pence in a u.s. visit that comes as he pushes for more u.s. pressure on moscow, which backs pro-russian separatists in eastern ukraine.petro poroshenko met on tuesday with mr. pence and saw mr. trump in the oval office, the white house said. he also was expected to meet defense secretary jim mattis and secretary of state rex tillerson.for...






koch network spending millions to stop gop health care bill


washington (ap) — the conservative koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by president donald trump and top house republicans.the network’s leading organizations, americans for prosperity and freedom partners, announced late wednesday the creation of a special fund to support house members who vote against the health care bill.the announcement, which comes on the eve of the house vote, marks the influential conservative network’s most aggressive move against the health care proposal, which is under attack from the right and the left.“the bill as it stands today is obamacare 2.0,” said james davis, executive vice president of freedom partners, in a statement announcing the new fund. he added, “we will stand with lawmakers who keep th






adorable grade schooler demands justice after vice-president pence ‘bopped’ him


jezebel’s the slot reported that during what would have been a regular speech and photo-op on national military spouse appreciation day, vice president mike pence accidentally elbowed a kid in the face — and rather than turning the other cheek, that kid trailed the vp until he got an apology.a video edited by huffpost reveals that after getting the vice presidential elbow, the young boy followed pence around saying “excuse me,” and at one point politely said “you owe me an apology” to the vice president who was busy posing for photos with less irked children.the video reveals at the end that vp pence eventually did apologize to the boy, saying “oh i’m very sorry, i didn’t mean to bop you”.watch the entire exchange below, with subtitles, via huffpost.






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






vice president pence meets with his "second-favorite" reagans


vice president mike pence and small business administrator linda mcmahon arrive at yeager airport in charleston, w.va., on saturday, march 25, 2017 to travel by motorcade to putnam county for a meeting with small business operators. (photo: chris dorst, ap)vice president pence has long said ronald reagan was his inspiration for becoming a republican.on saturday, he met with the next best thing.ronald reagan foster and nancy reagan foster, a couple who legally changed their middle names in 2012 to honor the late president and his wife, presided over a sit down pence held with small business owners in charleston, w. va.pence called them “my second-favorite ron and nancy.”pence took his oath of office in january using the reagan family bible, with the book open to the same verse reagan chose






serena williams wins record 23rd major, beats sister venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september af