Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at

Articles by Cristina

Vice President Mike Pence triggered an awkward moment during his speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

Pence told attending international allies and foreign policy officials: “I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.”

Not a peep was heard from the audience in response.

After a full four seconds of silence, Pence continued on with his speech.

Watch the video captured by Axios below:

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R.E.M. wants President Donald Trump’s hands off their music, thank you very much.

The publisher of the rock band asked Twitter to remove a video Trump tweeted of his State of the Union speech that included their hit song “Everybody Hurts” late Friday night, according to CNBC. The video was originally created by pro-Trump Twitter account @CarpeDonktum.

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During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said that “no one” has benefited more from the “thriving economy” than women.

After Democratic women stood to applaud, Trump reacted with pleasant surprise. “You weren’t supposed to do that,” he said.

“Don’t sit down yet, you’re gonna like this” Trump continued. “One century after Congress passed a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any other time before.”

Democratic women cheered and high-fived each other as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestured to their section. The hall then filled with chants of “USA! USA! USA!”

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Fox News has hired former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) as a contributor on both the news channel and Fox Business, the network announced on Wednesday. According to Fox’s statement, Gowdy will provide “political and legal analysis.”

Fox hired former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) for a similar contributing role after he resigned in 2017.