Apr 11, 2019

Pence pushes back on Buttigieg's criticism: "He knows better"

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg and Vice President Mike Pence. Photos by Derek Henkle and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence pushed back against South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's recent questioning of his religious faith, views on LGBTQ rights and silence on the President’s conduct, telling CNBC in an interview on Wednesday that he "had a great working relationship” with the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful.

Catch up quick: Pence, the former Indiana governor, has long been targeted by the left for his stance on gay marriage. Buttigieg, who's openly gay and has been the mayor of South Bend, Indiana since 2012, said at an event over the weekend: "If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade. And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. ... It's something that really frustrates me because the hypocrisy is unbelievable. Here you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture in church."

What they're saying:

"He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. And he knows better. He knows me. ... But I get it. You know, it's look, again, 19 people running for president on that side in a party that's sliding off to the left. And they're all competing with one another for how much more liberal they can be."
— Pence said in a CNBC"Squawk Box" interview to be aired Thursday

Go deeper: Pete Buttigieg: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Kenan Thompson and Hasan Minhaj to headline White House Correspondents' Dinner

Kenan Thompson on "SNL" in 2018. Photo: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC via Getty Images

Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured "Saturday Night Live" cast member, will host the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on April 25.

And Hasan Minhaj — host of Netflix’s "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," and the entertainer at the 2017 dinner — will return as featured entertainer.

"Billions": Season 2020

Mike Bloomberg speaks at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. Photo: James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP

Money alone can’t buy a presidential election, but it surely gets you VIP access.

Why it matters: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is duking it out with Billionaire Donald Trump, often on Billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter and in ads on Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, all chronicled in Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post. 

Biometrics invade banking and retail

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Banks have been quietly rolling out biometrics to identify customers — verifying them by their fingerprint, voice or eye scan — and retailers like Amazon are getting into the game.

Why it matters: These companies are amassing giant databases of our most personal information — including our gait, how we hold our cellphones, our typing patterns — that raise knotty questions about data security and privacy.