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Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets about Parkland shooting, Russia

President Donald Trump skipped golf Saturday but kept busy with tweets about Russian interference in the 2016 election and phone calls to officials about the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including one to the school’s principal. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport Friday evening and went directly to...
Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

On Wednesday morning, Alyssa Alhadeff was, in her mother’s description, “a talented soccer player, an incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love.” Nicholas Dworet was a hard-working swimmer with a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. Carmen Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Wednesday afternoon, the teenagers were dead. They...
Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering...
Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Transcript, photos: Trump, Melania, Rubio, Scott meet cops after Parkland school shooting

Sen. Marco Rubio (near American flag at left), first lady Melania Trump, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, President Donald Trump, Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi with first responders in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) FORT LAUDERDALE — President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump...
Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" The FBI received...
Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Kelly overhauls White House clearance procedure

Under pressure over his handling of abuse allegations against a top aide, White House chief of staff John Kelly has ordered sweeping changes in how the White House clears staff members to gain access to classified information, acknowledging that the administration "must do better" in how it handles security clearances. Kelly issued a five-page memo Friday that acknowledged White House mistakes...
Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Melania Trump breaks with tradition again after new affair allegations

Once again, first lady Melania Trump gave off the impression that all is not well in her marriage to President Donald Trump when she broke presidential protocol on Friday following a report alleging the president had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal. As the Trumps headed to Florida to meet with the victims of this week’s mass shooting at a high school, they began...
Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

Trump, first lady visit Parkland shooting victims at Broward hospital

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited recovering victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting on Friday and met with law enforcement officers who responded to the massacre that claimed 17 lives. Trump made the unannounced visit to Broward Health North Hospital shortly after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport west of West Palm Beach for a three-day...
President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders

UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting  the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania. UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with first-responders and Broward County Sheriff officers.  UPDATE...
Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Indictment: Florida, West Palm play role in Russian election-meddling

Using fake Twitter accounts and false identifications, Russian nationals organized rallies in Florida to help the candidacy of Donald Trump, an indictment unsealed Friday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges. Florida in general — and West Palm Beach in one bizarre reference — played a prominent role in a sprawling, sophisticated and well-funded election-meddling operation by the Russians...
Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

Magazine obtains ex-playmate's notes on alleged Trump affair

President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife's bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman's eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained by The New Yorker magazine. The woman, Karen McDougal, confirmed in the...
Mitt Romney announces US Senate run

Mitt Romney announces US Senate run

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Friday his plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah. Rumors swirled that Romney would announce his candidacy after Sen. Orrin Hatch, who currently holds the Senate seat, said last month that he would not run for re-election in November. “I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I can...
Presidents Day weekend busiest time for Palm Beach real estate pros

Presidents Day weekend busiest time for Palm Beach real estate pros

Palm Beach real estate brokers are revving up for what traditionally is their busiest weekend of the year, the high point of the winter season when house hunters get driven to properties in freshly detailed Mercedes-Benzes and Range Rovers by agents eager to ink deals. And this Presidents Day weekend promises to have an actual president in town, with President Donald Trump scheduled to...
Roads close near Mar-a-Lago ahead of Trump’s 13th presidential visit

Roads close near Mar-a-Lago ahead of Trump’s 13th presidential visit

Roads closed and security checkpoints opened around Mar-a-Lago in preparation for President Trump’s expected arrival later today, Palm Beach officials announced at 6:20 this morning. The alert reminds drivers to expect delays through Monday and suggests drivers find alternate routes around the president’s winter home. The president and first lady Melania Trump will arrive this evening...
Today: Trump hints at Parkland visit during Mar-a-Lago weekend

Today: Trump hints at Parkland visit during Mar-a-Lago weekend

President Donald Trump could visit families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting this weekend as he and first lady Melania Trump arrive today to spend President’s Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. “I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on earth - but people whose lives have been totally shattered. Am also working with Congress...
NRA cash helps keep gun violence laments from becoming gun control law

NRA cash helps keep gun violence laments from becoming gun control law

The National Rifle Association has pushed back – successfully – against nearly every gun control measure Congress has contemplated in recent years. High-profile mass shootings – in Colorado, Connecticut, California, Virginia, Texas, Nevada and now three here in Florida – led to a predictable lament from many that the nation’s gun...
Mass shooting fix: Trump, Scott stress mental health; Dems, gun laws

Mass shooting fix: Trump, Scott stress mental health; Dems, gun laws

President Donald Trump pledged to visit the families of victims, Florida Gov. Rick Scott promised a “real conversation” about school safety and mental health and Democrats renewed calls for gun control in the aftermath of Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. Trump, who was already planning to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach...
Trump, ahead of Mar-a-Lago visit, vows to visit Parkland families

Trump, ahead of Mar-a-Lago visit, vows to visit Parkland families

A day ahead of a planned visit to his island home, President Donald Trump pledged to visit the families of victims Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead. In an address to the nation, Trump said he is “making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.&rdquo...
Read: Trump addresses nation after deadly Florida high school shooting

Read: Trump addresses nation after deadly Florida high school shooting

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Thursday, one day after a gunman opened fire on students and staff at a high school in Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others. Authorities had a suspect in custody after the attack, identified as former student Nikolas Cruz, 19. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder...
Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to oppose gun control. Will he do so after Broward shooting?

Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to oppose gun control. Will he do so after Broward shooting?

For years President Donald Trump has used Twitter to express his condolences after mass shootings and opinions on gun control.  The president has tweeted three times about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland yesterday. None of the tweets mention gun control or banning assault rifles, like the gun used in the shooting Wednesday. As of 7:45 a.m. today, neither of the president&rsquo...
Democrat wins Trump district in special Florida House election

Democrat wins Trump district in special Florida House election

Democrat Margaret Good won a special Florida House election in Republican Sarasota County on Tuesday night in a race that drew national attention as the latest indicator of a potential Democratic anti-Donald Trump wave in the 2018 midterm elections. In state House District 72, where Republicans have a 9-point registration advantage and Trump won in 2016, liberal Good got 52.2 percent to 44.8 percent...
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Trump proposes overhauling food stamps: 5 things to know about SNAP

Trump proposes overhauling food stamps: 5 things to know about SNAP

An unorthodox proposal from Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to replace some federal food stamp payments with “harvest boxes” this week left many local stakeholders scrambling to understand the plan and what it could mean.  >> Read more trending news  Combined with other changes requested in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget, the proposal would constitute...
Trump’s personal attorney admits paying porn star out of own pocket

Trump’s personal attorney admits paying porn star out of own pocket

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to porn movie actress Stormy Daniels,  who claimed she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to the New York Times. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment. Cohen’s statement...
NEW: No sonic booms during Trump air-security exercise, Air Force says

NEW: No sonic booms during Trump air-security exercise, Air Force says

Numerous people who hadn’t read or heard reports that military jets would be roaring low over Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, took to social media to describe unsettling flyovers. But if anyone insisted they heard a sonic boom, they’re mistaken, a military spokesman said Wednesday. “Sonic booms would be shattering glass,&rdquo...
Bill Clinton’s frequent Florida appearances could be a #MeToo casualty

Bill Clinton’s frequent Florida appearances could be a #MeToo casualty

Bill Clinton at an October 2016 appearance in Belle Glade for Hillary Clinton. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) Former President Bill Clinton has been a frequent election-year presence in Palm Beach County and elsewhere in Florida — stumping for such Democrats as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Charlie Crist, Patrick Murphy, Lois Frankel and ...
Fear, tweeting in S. Florida as fighter jets rumble overhead

Fear, tweeting in S. Florida as fighter jets rumble overhead

Military jets flew low above South Florida Wednesday morning, and while it was just a drill, many people were a bit concerned.  From Deerfield Beach to Jupiter, Twitter users posted about spotting F-15  jets, which were supposed to be flying 3,500 feet off the ground.  The twin-engine fighter planes are able to soar at more than 1,900 mph, or 2½ times the speed of sound...
NEW: Road closures near Mar-a-Lago begin Friday morning for Trump visit

NEW: Road closures near Mar-a-Lago begin Friday morning for Trump visit

Road closures in and around Mar-a-Lago will go into effect no later than 6 a.m. on Friday in advance of President Donald Trump’s arrival on Friday afternoon. The president is expected to arrive about 4 p.m. on Friday and leave no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Presidents’ Day. No official activities have been announced. However, the president is expected to make an appearance at a gala at Mar-a-Lago...
Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Four days into the new year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a plan to open more than 90 percent of federal offshore waters to new oil and gas development, affecting virtually every mile of coastline along the continental United States and Alaska. The single largest expansion ever proposed, this Draft Proposed Program calls for auctioning off ocean territories of the National Outer Continental...
Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Offshore development plays a critical role in U.S. energy security, supplying more than 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past 20 years. And that’s with 94 percent of federal offshore acreage closed to exploration. Imagine how much more natural gas and oil we could develop if additional coastal resources were accessible. If the Trump administration’s proposed offshore expansion...
Wave watch: Democrat wins Trump district in Sarasota special election

Wave watch: Democrat wins Trump district in Sarasota special election

Democrat Margaret Good won a special state House election in a Sarasota district that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. Democrat Margaret Good won a special state House election in Republican Sarasota County on Tuesday night in a race that drew national attention as the latest indicator of a potential Democratic anti- Donald Trump wave in the 2018 midterm...
Omarosa says U.S. would be 'begging' for Trump's return if Mike Pence became president

Omarosa says U.S. would be 'begging' for Trump's return if Mike Pence became president

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide who quickly transitioned to the CBS reality show “Celebrity Big Brother,” dropped more bombshells on the program, this time sharing a warning about Vice President Mike Pence. The woman who became a household name on “The Apprentice” told her reality show housemates on Monday’s episode that they ought to think...

Democrat wins Florida House seat in Republican district

A Democrat has won a Florida House special election in a legislative district that Republican President Donald Trump carried in 2016. Uncertified results from the Sarasota County elections office show that Margaret Good took more than 52 percent of the vote in Tuesday's race, while Republican James Buchanan had nearly 45 percent. Libertarian Alison Foxall received just over 3 percent. The Herald-Tribune...
Trump fights releasing details on national monument decision

Trump fights releasing details on national monument decision

The U.S. government says it does not have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments because they are protected presidential communications. The Department of Justice made a more detailed request of a federal judge in Idaho last week to dismiss a lawsuit from an environmental law firm, one of several tied to the monument reductions...

Nazis, Stormy Daniels topics in Florida's pornography bill

A Democratic Florida lawmaker tried using Nazis, guns and porn star Stormy Daniels, among other topics, to try to thwart a proposed resolution recognizing pornography as a health risk. Rep. Jared Moskowitz filed nine amendments to the resolution on Wednesday as it was heard in its final committee stop. Among them were amendments recognizing Nazis, various diseases, gun violence and Daniels as health...
Trump's budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform

Trump's budget sheds light on plans for welfare reform

The Trump administration in recent months has made its stance clear on public assistance and welfare programs: If you're able-bodied and want benefits, you have to work. President Donald Trump's proposed budget, released Monday, makes reference to legislative reforms to programs like food stamps and housing assistance that include adding or tightening work requirements. Simultaneously, the budget...
Trump adviser denies he cheered end of tunnel funding deal

Trump adviser denies he cheered end of tunnel funding deal

A prominent New York City developer who has advised the Trump administration on infrastructure denied Tuesday that he cheered the president's decision not to pay half of the $13 billion price tag for a new commuter rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey. Vornado Realty Trust CEO Steven Roth said in a conference call with investors that the media had "incorrectly reported" on an email...
Cerabino: Lake Worth bar buddies seek package deal with Trump Cheeto

Cerabino: Lake Worth bar buddies seek package deal with Trump Cheeto

So, it was another Friday night at Harry’s Banana Farm in Lake Worth, and Gerard Campbell was sitting at the bar with his two friends sipping a Miller High Life and listening to the jukebox. The only thing to eat at that Dixie Highway watering hole are bags of chips and snacks. Campbell, 61, got a bag of Cheetos and shared them with his semi-retired friend, Gary Wilson, 69, who aimlessly...

Judge rules against Trump in case over immigration program

President Donald Trump's administration didn't offer "legally adequate reasons" for ending a program that spared many young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children, a judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the program to continue. U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn said in a written order that the Republican president "indisputably"...
Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels

The Trump administration is targeting federal funding for studying and tracking climate change while boosting the continued burning of planet-warming fossil fuels. The White House's 2019 spending plan seeks to reduce or eliminate climate science programs across an array of federal agencies, from gutting efforts to track greenhouse gas emissions and research to eliminating funding for NASA satellites...
NEW: Military jets to fly as low as 3,500 feet over county today

NEW: Military jets to fly as low as 3,500 feet over county today

Military jets will fly over Palm Beach County this morning, some of them just 3,500 feet off the ground, in training related to their patrols when President Donald Trump spends the weekend in Palm Beach, authorities said Tuesday. The “Falcon Hawk 18” exercise is set for 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said a release from Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida’s Panhandle. Tyndall coordinates...
DeSantis’ strong debut trails Putnam in Florida governor money chase

DeSantis’ strong debut trails Putnam in Florida governor money chase

Backed by President Donald Trump’s Twitter account and a finance team that includes Sheldon Adelson and other national Republican heavyweights, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis turned in an impressive debut fundraising month in his quest for Florida governor. But DeSantis collected less new money in January than Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, according to reports filed this week. DeSantis&rsquo...
Reports: Rob Porter close to promotion when he resigned after abuse allegations

Reports: Rob Porter close to promotion when he resigned after abuse allegations

CNN has discovered that Rob Porter, now former White House staff secretary, was on the path to promotion when he resigned last week after allegations of domestic abuse came to light. The news network was told by two unidentified sources that Porter was trying to expand his role as staff secretary, including adding speech writing and a role in rolling out policy.  >> Read more trending...
Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

The Trump administration may be looking at revamping the program that ensures that low-income families have the food they need. During a briefing Monday, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney introduced a service that is similar to Blue Apron, or a food delivery service, the Washington Post reported. The administration is looking to cut aid to the families, called Supplemental...
Rival Democrats Pam Keith, Lauren Baer spar over clip in campaign video

Rival Democrats Pam Keith, Lauren Baer spar over clip in campaign video

Democrat Pam Keith’s congressional District 18 primary foe, Lauren Baer, appears briefly in a new Keith campaign video. Democrat  Lauren Baer‘s congressional campaign isn’t pleased that Baer shows up briefly in a new campaign video by her Democratic primary rival,  Pam Keith. Keith’s campaign says the concern over the video suggests...
Florida governor money chase: Putnam outraises DeSantis in first head-to-head month

Florida governor money chase: Putnam outraises DeSantis in first head-to-head month

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, shown campaigning for governor in Riviera Beach last year, remains the top fundraiser in the 2018 race for governor. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis‘ campaign for Florida governor has the Twitter backing of President Donald Trump and a finance team that...
Trump’s military parade could cost $30 million

Trump’s military parade could cost $30 million

President Donald Trump’s military parade will not come cheap.  Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, estimated Wednesday that the public display of America’s military might that Trump has called for could cost between $10 million and $30 million, and said the government would have to come up with a way to cover the cost.  Funding for the parade was not included in the...
Trump, a week after Porter resigned, says he’s “totally opposed” to spousal abuse

Trump, a week after Porter resigned, says he’s “totally opposed” to spousal abuse

One week after Rob Porter, his staff secretary, resigned amid spousal abuse allegations, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was “totally opposed to domestic violence,” his first condemnation of the alleged conduct behind a scandal that has engulfed the White House.  His statement, which members of both parties had said was long overdue, came as John F. Kelly, Trump&rsquo...
Trump threatens to veto immigration bills that don’t meet his demands

Trump threatens to veto immigration bills that don’t meet his demands

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on lawmakers to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts to address immigration and resolve the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, demanding fealty to his hard-line approach and increasing the odds of political gridlock as the Senate debates the issue.  Senators in both parties are racing against a self-imposed, end-of-the-week...
Trump’s infrastructure plan emphasizes private funding over public interest

Trump’s infrastructure plan emphasizes private funding over public interest

President Donald Trump’s $200 billion plan to rebuild America upends the criteria that have long been used to pick ambitious federal projects, putting little emphasis on how much an infrastructure proposal benefits the public and more on finding private investors and other outside sources of money.  Unveiled Monday, the infrastructure program that Trump has championed since the campaign...
Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

A longtime personal attorney for President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 to an adult-film star who had told people she had an affair with Trump a decade before he won the presidency.  Michael Cohen, who had previously dismissed stories about the payment, said he paid Stormy Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - using his own money, rather than involving the Trump...
White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled from sworn testimony by the FBI chief that directly contradicted what President Donald Trump's aides had presented as the official version of events.  FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the agency completed...
Trump rewrites GOP playbook in his own image

Trump rewrites GOP playbook in his own image

President Donald Trump is remaking the Republican economic playbook in his own image, abandoning ideological consistency in favor of a debt-busting strategy that will upend how Washington taxes and spends trillions of dollars each year.  After pushing a $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress late last year, the president last week signed a two-year budget deal that lifts federal spending caps...
How Trump plans to turn $200 billion into $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending

How Trump plans to turn $200 billion into $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending

President Donald Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan proposes that the federal government put up $200 billion in incentives and investments over 10 years, leaving state and local governments and private industry to come up with the rest.  Here’s a look at how the plan may pan out, and what the challenges will be in turning $200 billion into $1.5 trillion.  The premise is...
Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff

Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff

Fresh on the heels of the costliest year on record for weather disasters, with economic damages exceeding $300 billion in the U.S., the Trump administration has proposed cutting the National Weather Service's budget by about 8 percent. It also recommends eliminating 355 jobs at the agency, including 248 forecasting positions  The overall budget decrease for fiscal 2019 totals just over $75 million...
Obamas’ portraits aren’t the first to draw mixed reviews

Obamas’ portraits aren’t the first to draw mixed reviews

Just a few hours since the Obamas' portraits were officially unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington the keyboard critics wasted no time chiming in. It doesn't look like her! It's beautiful. What's up with the bush?  Who knew a presidential portrait could draw so much fire and fury? Actually, we all knew. The official canvas snapshots of each commander in chief have been easy...
Trump: U.S. expenditures in Middle East have been ‘a mistake’

Trump: U.S. expenditures in Middle East have been ‘a mistake’

President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. aid expenditures in the Middle East were "a mistake," undercutting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he pursues a round of complicated diplomacy in Arab capitals this week.  The president's erroneous claim that the United States has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East over the past 17 years signals a return to a frequent theme for Trump...
Trump’s budget hits poor Americans the hardest

Trump’s budget hits poor Americans the hardest

President Donald Trump proposed a budget Monday that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on moves by some states to require Medicaid and food stamp recipients to work.  The Trump budget...
White House declines to provide detailed account of aide’s firing over abuse allegations

White House declines to provide detailed account of aide’s firing over abuse allegations

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled Monday to explain the administration's shifting response to spousal abuse allegations against former senior aide Rob Porter, providing answers in the daily press briefing that were incomplete or that conflicted with the accounts of other aides or previous White House comments.  Sanders would not provide detailed answers on why a senior...
White House divided over aide’s departure amid claims of abuse

White House divided over aide’s departure amid claims of abuse

The furor over spousal abuse allegations that forced the resignation of one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers last week has exposed fissures within the White House that had been papered over since John Kelly took over last summer as chief of staff with a mandate to end the dysfunction.  Aides to the president said they remained confused and upset over the handling of the accusations...
UPDATE:  Trump Jr. tweets that his wife is fine after opening letter with white powder

UPDATE:  Trump Jr. tweets that his wife is fine after opening letter with white powder

Updated 6:21 a.m.: The Trump family took to Twitter Monday to provide updates about the well-being of Vanessa Trump and to thank first-responders. In a tweet posted Monday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. says his family is fine. The couple also tweeted their thanks to first-responders. Ivanka Trump also tweeted  her concerns for her sister-in-law. Updated 2:25 p.m.: Authorities have tested the...
Trump expected Friday afternoon: Three more visits likely in next few weeks

Trump expected Friday afternoon: Three more visits likely in next few weeks

UPDATED 9:26 a.m.:  President Donald Trump is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 3:15 p.m. on Friday and leave by 5 p.m. on Monday, according to an alert issued by the FAA this morning.  President Trump is likely to visit Palm Beach on Friday for the three-day Presidents Day weekend, according to a Federal Aviation Administration advisory. The "...
Trump takes ‘shackles’ off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe

Trump takes ‘shackles’ off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe

A week after he won the election, President Donald Trump promised that his administration would round up millions of immigrant gang members and drug dealers. And after he took office, arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers surged 40 percent.  Officials at the agency commonly known as ICE praise Trump for putting teeth back into immigration enforcement, and they say their agency...
Reliable Source: President Trump and Melania Trump spotted at dinner together

Reliable Source: President Trump and Melania Trump spotted at dinner together

Hey, isn't that ... President Donald Trump and wife Melania spending a rare night out on the town?  On Saturday, POTUS and FLOTUS were spotted having a date night at BLT Prime by David Burke, the steakhouse inside Trump International Hotel, which is just a few blocks from the White House. The telltale sign that something was afoot? A huge Secret Service presence. Our source had to make it past...
In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime GOP goal of eliminating deficit

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime GOP goal of eliminating deficit

President Donald Trump on Monday will offer a budget plan that falls far short of eliminating the government's deficit over 10 years, conceding that huge tax cuts and new spending increases make this goal unattainable, three people familiar with the proposal said.  Eliminating the budget deficit over 10 years has been a North Star for the Republican Party for several decades, and GOP lawmakers...
Trump ‘not actively looking’ for Kelly replacement, Conway says

Trump ‘not actively looking’ for Kelly replacement, Conway says

Senior White House aides insisted Sunday that President Donald Trump retains confidence in Chief of Staff John Kelly in the midst of staff turmoil and said the president is not looking to replace the retired four-star general hired six months ago with a mandate to corral chaos.  "I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and he wanted me to re-emphasize to everyone, including...
Trump’s big infrastructure plan has a lot of detail on everything but how to pay for it

Trump’s big infrastructure plan has a lot of detail on everything but how to pay for it

President Donald Trump is poised to unveil a long-awaited plan Monday that aims to stimulate $1.5 trillion in new spending on the country's ailing infrastructure over the coming decade, but many lawmakers in both parties say the president isn't providing a viable way to pay for his initiative.  A year in the making, the proposal is an attempt to fulfill a marquee campaign promise and would rely...
Trump likely in Orlando next week. Will he also visit Mar-a-Lago?

Trump likely in Orlando next week. Will he also visit Mar-a-Lago?

President Trump is likely to be visiting Orlando next Friday, Feb. 16, according to an advisory issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. The “VIP Movement Notification” was issued today. There will be temporary flight restrictions in the Orlando area during his stay. The purpose of the trip and exact time of the Air Force One’s arrival in Orlando are not known. Also unknown...
Top Trump aides knew of abuse allegations

Top Trump aides knew of abuse allegations

White House Counsel Donald McGahn knew one year ago that staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wives had accused him of domestic violence but allowed him to serve as an influential gatekeeper and aide to President Donald Trump, according to two people familiar with the matter.  Chief of Staff John Kelly learned this fall about the allegations of spousal abuse and that they were delaying Porter's security...
Defender of Trump’s travel ban also approved surveilling former Trump aide

Defender of Trump’s travel ban also approved surveilling former Trump aide

This time a year ago, Dana Boente was something of a conservative darling. The veteran federal prosecutor had just stepped in to defend President Donald Trump's entry ban after the acting attorney general was fired over her refusal to do so. He would go on to serve, temporarily, in the country's two top law enforcement jobs and seemed to earn Trump's gratitude. "Dana, I just want to thank you...
Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won’t fix their problems.

Trump wants a grand military parade. Some veterans say that won’t fix their problems.

President Donald Trump is receiving quite a bit of pushback for his plan for a grand military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.  According to a Washington Post report:  "Surrounded by the military's highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump's seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly...
Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation.

Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation.

  In the fall of 2016, a little more than a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Christopher Steele had the undivided attention of the FBI.  For months, the British former spy had been working to alert the Americans to what he believed were disturbing ties Trump had to Russia. He had grown so worried about what he had learned from his Russia network about the Kremlin's plans...
Court upholds $25 million settlement in suits against Trump University

Court upholds $25 million settlement in suits against Trump University

A federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a $25 million settlement Tuesday to students of the now-defunct Trump University, who said they were charged up to $35,00 and promised the secrets of real estate success but were given little more than sales pitches to take more seminars.  The settlement of two class-action suits and a third suit by the state of New York against Donald Trump's school...
Congress, tuning out Trump’s threats, focuses on compromise

Congress, tuning out Trump’s threats, focuses on compromise

President Donald Trump called on Tuesday for shutting down the federal government if Congress does not crack down on illegal immigration, even as congressional negotiators closed in on a major budget deal that would set spending levels for two years and break the cycle of fiscal crises that has bedeviled the nation’s capital.  On Tuesday night, the House approved a stopgap spending bill...
Trump in Palm Beach: Melania’s fashionable jacket is ‘rock n’ roll luxury’ chic 

Trump in Palm Beach: Melania’s fashionable jacket is ‘rock n’ roll luxury’ chic 

When first lady Melania Trump showed up at a Super Bowl party Sunday near West Palm Beach wearing a patriotic-looking jacket, some may have assumed she was rooting for the New England Patriots. That we don’t know, but we do know the red, white and blue jacket is from a company called Amiri. The jacket, which Melania wore buttoned up with white pants and high heels, goes for about...
How Trump replied to a 7-year-old’s anguished letter

How Trump replied to a 7-year-old’s anguished letter

The manila envelope arrived on Mary Olsen's doorstep the day after Christmas, and in its top left corner were three words that stopped her: "THE WHITE HOUSE."  It was addressed to her daughter, Ava, but Olsen opened it and scanned the letter first to make sure the message didn't include anything that might trigger her second-grader's debilitating anxiety. Olsen then called her little...
The judge Trump disparaged as ‘Mexican’ will preside over an important border wall case

The judge Trump disparaged as ‘Mexican’ will preside over an important border wall case

The federal judge whom President Donald Trump disparaged as a "Mexican" during his campaign will preside over a case brought against one of the president's most highly touted initiatives: the U.S-Mexico border wall.  District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was targeted by the president while he was the judge of a class-action lawsuit against the president's now-defunct Trump University,...
Ethics training reminds White House staff not to use encrypted messages for government business

Ethics training reminds White House staff not to use encrypted messages for government business

White House lawyers have been reminding President Donald Trump's staff not to use encrypted messaging apps for official government business as the administration seeks to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal records laws.  The warnings were issued during mandatory ethics training sessions held for White House personnel in the past several weeks. During the hour-long briefings, deputy...
House panel votes to release Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo, forcing showdown with Trump

House panel votes to release Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo, forcing showdown with Trump

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously Monday to release a Democratic rebuttal to GOP accusations that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court. President Donald Trump now has five days to decide whether the information will become public.  The vote means the political rancor roiling Congress is likely to continue. Each party has accused the other of misrepresenting sensitive intelligence...
New bipartisan immigration plan surfaces in the Senate and Trump labels it a ‘a total waste of time’

New bipartisan immigration plan surfaces in the Senate and Trump labels it a ‘a total waste of time’

Talks to resolve the legal status of young undocumented immigrants and enact new border security measures remain stalled in the closely-divided Senate Monday as a new bipartisan proposal to resolve the impasse was dismissed by the White House as insufficient.  The proposal by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Christopher Coons, D-Del., would grant permanent legal status to undocumented immigrants...
Trump, Republicans discover the perils of touting the stock market

Trump, Republicans discover the perils of touting the stock market

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have spent much of the past year trying to connect a giddy stock market rally with their economic agenda, but its precipitous plunge in the past five days has delivered a sobering reality: What goes up can come back down - quickly and with little warning.  With Monday's steep fall, Trump has now presided over the biggest stock market drop in...
Trump back in Washington after weekend in Palm Beach

Trump back in Washington after weekend in Palm Beach

UPDATE, 11:07 p.m.: Air Force One landed at Andrews Air Force base at 10:53 p.m. Due to bad weather, President Trump was headed to the White House via a motorcade. UPDATE, 9:17 p.m.:   UPDATE, 8:52 p.m. The president left his Super Bowl party at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach at the beginning of the third quarter. The motorcade is headed to Palm Beach International...
UPDATE: Trump golfs for 5 hours, returns to Mar-a-Lago; set to host fundraiser in March

UPDATE: Trump golfs for 5 hours, returns to Mar-a-Lago; set to host fundraiser in March

UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: After five hours at Trump International Golf Club, the president is back at Mar-a-Lago. There is no word of whom Trump was at the golf course with.  UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: While there is no Red Cross Ball tonight, Trump is set to headline a fundraiser on March 3. This is supposed to be a make-up for the fundraiser Trump missed on Jan. 20 due to the government shutdown...
TAKE OUR POLL: Does memo prove FBI and Justice Department bias in Russia investigation?

TAKE OUR POLL: Does memo prove FBI and Justice Department bias in Russia investigation?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee has released a memo based on classified information that alleges the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference. President Donald Trump cleared the way for publication of the controversial memo despite objections from the FBI. The four-page memo was drafted by Republicans...
The State of the Union got teleprompter Trump. The GOP retreat got real Trump.

The State of the Union got teleprompter Trump. The GOP retreat got real Trump.

Standing before Republican lawmakers at a luxury resort in West Virginia on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump delivered a Trump-ified version of the State of the Union speech.  Instead of stiffly reading from a teleprompter as he did Tuesday night, Trump was excited and animated, using his hands to illustrate his points as he went off script. He still rattled through his policy priorities...
Trump to meet with North Korean defectors in bid to raise pressure on Kim Jong Un

Trump to meet with North Korean defectors in bid to raise pressure on Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump will meet North Korean defectors in the Oval Office today, a provocative action meant to highlight human rights violations and one that could raise alarms in Pyongyang.  Trump is expected to meet with up to eight defectors two days after he punctuated his State of the Union address by praising Ji Seong-ho, a defector from North Korea who had been invited to watch the address...
U.S. ‘taking steps’ to prevent future Russian election interference, Haley says

U.S. ‘taking steps’ to prevent future Russian election interference, Haley says

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, renewed her attacks on Russia in a speech delivered Thursday to Republican lawmakers as the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign reached a new level of intensity.  Haley directly acknowledged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, calling it "outrageous" and claiming the Trump administration is...
As shutdown deadline looms, Congress eyes yet another short-term spending bill

As shutdown deadline looms, Congress eyes yet another short-term spending bill

With a shutdown deadline looming Feb. 8 and no long-term deal at hand, congressional Republican leaders said Thursday they will have to pass yet another short-term spending bill next week to keep the government open.  House GOP leaders are eyeing a spending bill through March 22, aides said, though that date could change. It would have to pass early next week, as government funding is set to...
Trump confuses community colleges and vocational schools

Trump confuses community colleges and vocational schools

President Donald Trump said Thursday that community colleges should be called "vocational schools" because "a lot of people" don't really know what community college "means or represents."  The first problem with the suggestion: The two are not the same thing.  The second problem: A lot of people do know what community colleges offer to Americans.  Trump...
Nunes memo centers on a 40-year-old law written to prevent surveillance abuses

Nunes memo centers on a 40-year-old law written to prevent surveillance abuses

At the center of the firestorm over a congressional memo that President Donald Trump and his allies say reveals federal authorities' missteps is a 40-year-old law passed in the wake of explosive domestic spying scandals.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) grew from congressional investigations into spy agencies' eavesdropping on Americans, including civil rights activists and protesters...
President Trump quickly gave support to declassification

President Trump quickly gave support to declassification

President Donald Trump was only vaguely aware of a controversial, classified memo about the FBI's Russia investigation when two House conservatives brought it to his attention in a Jan. 18 phone call.  The conversation piqued Trump's interest.  Over the next two weeks, according to interviews with eight senior administration officials and other advisers to the president, he tuned in to cable...
Here’s what you need to know about the Nunes memo

Here’s what you need to know about the Nunes memo

If you've caught even a few minutes of cable news in the past week, you've probably heard about the "Nunes memo," and the controversy it has stirred. The document, which could be released as soon as Thursday, has created a massive fissure between Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, and even pitted President Donald Trump against his own FBI director, who has publicly...
EXCLUSIVE: Why a West Palm Beach man took a 20-inch knife into Mar-a-Lago

EXCLUSIVE: Why a West Palm Beach man took a 20-inch knife into Mar-a-Lago

It just might be West Palm Beach knife-maker Jim Barry’s most-cherished photograph. He’s at Mar-a-Lago, standing beside a grinning President Donald J. Trump. In Trump’s hands is the knife Barry spent months crafting by hand just for him: 20 inches, 4 pounds, 3/8-of-an-inch thick of cold, sharpened steel. Barry looks at the photograph now, about a month after it was taken on New Year&rsquo...
Trump enters 2018 with more than $32 million for his reelection bid, the Republican Party

Trump enters 2018 with more than $32 million for his reelection bid, the Republican Party

President Donald Trump entered 2018 with more than $32 million in the coffers of his reelection campaign and two affiliated committees, according to new Federal Election Commission filings made Wednesday evening.  Trump's campaign committee and two fundraising committees that are joint operations with the Republican National Committee — Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again...
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