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Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

Congress waits to see what President Trump does on various gun control plans

As several hundred high school students rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to press for gun controls, there were more calls in the halls of Congress for action on gun violence, with both parties waiting to see what the President might do on guns, as the White House did not immediately reject some of the ideas, like age limits for people buying high-powered...
Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns.  But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush...
Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he is tougher than former president Barack Obama. He is smarter than Obama — more shrewd, more effective, more respected. The 45th president is, by his own accounting, superlative to the 44th in almost every way.  In private and in public, while devising policies and while crafting messages, Trump frequently draws flattering comparisons with his predecessor...
As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

Driven by rage and grief over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, students from across the country were taking action in hopes of pushing their lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control, even as the Florida House rejected a move on Tuesday to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles.  From California to Florida, teenagers walked out of classes, stopped...
Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

He called it "heartbreaking" and said he was devastated. Dozens killed or injured in a shooting rampage that shook Florida and the nation - and "deeply impacted" him as he considered his political future.  Twenty months passed. Then, it happened again. Another mass killing.  Now, Marco Rubio has become the face of congressional inaction on tougher gun restrictions, especially...
Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

President Donald Trump, who spent months belittling charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, has managed to revive questions about how his predecessor, President Barack Obama, handled suspicions about Russia in the months before the election.  Some former Obama officials now confess to misgivings about Obama’s reluctance to act, or speak out more forcefully, even as the evidence...
Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

The son-in-law of a Russia-based billionaire admitted Tuesday to lying to investigators about his communications with a former Trump campaign aide. The guilty plea by the defendant, a lawyer at a powerful New York-based law firm, broadened the scope of the special counsel’s inquiry into Russia’s election interference.  The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged...
Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on the matter.  Kushner is one...
Christie: Parkland students getting a hard lesson about #thoughtsandprayers in Tallahassee

Christie: Parkland students getting a hard lesson about #thoughtsandprayers in Tallahassee

Buses pick up the kids to take them back to West Boca. West Boca High School students walked to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (Melanie Bell / The Palm Beach Post) In the immediate aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board quickly published an emotionally raw piece aimed at...
Editorial: Quick action: More money for school resource officers

Editorial: Quick action: More money for school resource officers

A week after the worst school shooting in modern Florida history, parents and public school children are mad as hell and are sounding increasingly like they’re not going to take it anymore. And our state leaders are still, well, talking… and talking… and talking. On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott held a series of meetings with agencies — including the departments of Education,...
Commentary: Why the ‘War’ on college is justified

Commentary: Why the ‘War’ on college is justified

Writing in The New York Times recently, Frank Bruni declared it “unsettling” and “dangerous” that college is “regarded with skepticism by many Americans and outright contempt by no small number of them.” This widespread attitude toward college is not unfounded. It’s based on years of true education taking a beating from progressive elitists who have infiltrated...
VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but...
Scott holds Parkland shooting meetings; House rejects assault gun ban

Scott holds Parkland shooting meetings; House rejects assault gun ban

A flurry of meetings took place in Florida’s capital on Tuesday in response to last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with dozens of leaders in education, law enforcement, and mental health pouring into the city to participate in a trio of workshops organized by Gov. Rick Scott. Some of those same leaders were to later attend a round-table discussion hosted...
Tom Rooney: Family the factor in leaving Congress; may run for judge

Tom Rooney: Family the factor in leaving Congress; may run for judge

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said guilt about missing time with his family was a big factor in his decision not to seek a sixth term in Congress this year. Rooney said he hasn’t decided what he wants do when his term expires in January, but he mentioned the possibility of running for elections as a judge in Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit, which is composed of Martin, St. Lucie...
Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

Trump sends memo to DOJ asking for bump stock ban after Parkland massacre 

In a newly-signed memorandum less than a week after a teenage gunman killed 17 people inside a Florida high school not too far from President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate, Trump has ordered the Department of Justice to propose regulations to ban “all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” like bump stocks. >> Read more trending news  “I expect that...
Florida Medicaid program limits opioid prescriptions

Florida Medicaid program limits opioid prescriptions

As lawmakers consider proposals to limit opioid prescriptions, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration is taking steps to do the same in the Florida Medicaid program. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced last week that, effective Monday, prescriptions for narcotics in the Medicaid program will be limited to a maximum seven-day supply. Medicaid also is no longer requiring prior authorization...
Republican Trump critic Jetta ends challenge of U.S. Rep. Frankel

Republican Trump critic Jetta ends challenge of U.S. Rep. Frankel

Delray Beach businessman Kurt Jetta faced long odds in his 2018 campaign for Congress. He hoped to win the Republican nomination in District 21 as a critic of President Donald Trump. If he succeeded in that, he faced the tough task of unseating three-term U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, in a heavily Democratic district. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Jetta concluded...
Florida Senate, House at odds on what vote needed to raise taxes

Florida Senate, House at odds on what vote needed to raise taxes

In an issue that could be part of the mix of end-of-session negotiations, a Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would make it harder to raise taxes — but didn’t go as far as House leaders and Gov. Rick Scott want. The House last month overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 7001) that would require two-thirds votes of both legislative chambers to raise...
White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

White House: President Trump open to series of gun control ideas

In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Florida last week, the White House told reporters on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is ready to discuss a range of gun restrictions that have been championed by Democrats in Congress, while also stressing that there is no quick legislative answer to such mass shootings. Asked about the President’s past support...
National Democratic committee to give Baer help in race against Mast

National Democratic committee to give Baer help in race against Mast

Palm Beach Gardens attorney Lauren Baer is among the candidates singled out by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to receive extra campaign support for meeting organizational and fundraising goals in the run up to this fall’s pivotal mid-term elections. Baer is taking on U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, the Palm City Republican who represents Florida District 18, which encompasses Martin,...
Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state. Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice. Driven enough to be president.  Until Porter resigned as a White House aide amid domestic abuse accusations, plunging the Trump administration into a scandal over the vetting...
Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

The boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. have been unexpected ones. Surviving students at the school quickly spoke out on social media and to news cameras both about the incident and, more broadly, about political leadership which they saw as having let them down.  In the days since, those voices have only...
Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is making what's been dubbed an unofficial visit to India to promote his family's real estate projects. But he's also planning to deliver a foreign policy speech on Indo-Pacific relations at an event with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Beginning Tuesday, the junior Trump will have a full schedule of meet-and-greets with investors and business...
The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

Mallory Hagan's Christmas was rather intense. Days before the holiday, emails about the former Miss America were made public, illuminating the abuse Hagan had absorbed at the hands of pageant officials. One email discussed her sexual partners, another ridiculed her body, saying she was preparing "for her new career . . . as a blimp in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade."  Eight weeks later...
The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story seemed to begin innocuously - a tale of a White House romance, delivered in gossipy style, with the help of paparazzi who caught the attractive staffers canoodling around town.  But it gave only a hint of a darker intrigue that was percolating - as reporters for strikingly different publications chased a story about domestic abuse allegations against the male half of the couple, Rob...
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

The White House was under siege.   Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extramarital affair with the president. And the special counsel's Russia investigation was intensifying. The tumult was so intense that there...
Ron DeSantis: Enlist retired military, cops to prevent school shootings

Ron DeSantis: Enlist retired military, cops to prevent school shootings

U.S. Rep. and Republican governor candidate Ron DeSantis appearing on Fox Business Network with a West Palm Beach background behind him. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, a candidate for Florida governor, says schools could enlist retired military and law enforcement officers to protect schools from mass shootings like last week’s massacre...
Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and Internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The...
Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.    In the poll conducted after a gunman killed 17 people at a...
Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a "worthy successor" to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.  The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had been among the most vocal Republican critics of Trump's...
Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

Mueller unveils new indictment, charging lawyer with lying to investigators

The probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections produced another indictment on Monday, as the feds charged a man with making false statements to investigators working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also accusing the lawyer of deleting emails, and not cooperating with the probe. The initial document released by a Washington, D.C. federal court showed Alex Van...
Republican Trump critic Kurt Jetta quits congressional race, promises donor refunds

Republican Trump critic Kurt Jetta quits congressional race, promises donor refunds

Republican Kurt Jetta has ended his campaign for the seat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel. Delray Beach businessman Kurt Jetta faced a pair of difficult tasks in his 2018 campaign for Congress — winning a Republican nomination as a critic of President Donald Trump , then unseating Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, in...
Trump departs PBIA after press pool driver replaced because he had gun

Trump departs PBIA after press pool driver replaced because he had gun

President Donald Trump wrapped up Presidents Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago on Monday by signalling cautious support for a bill to improve federal gun background checks, visiting his golf club and Twitter-blasting former President Barack Obama over Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The president, who departed from his normal routine by not playing golf on Saturday or Sunday, spent about 4½...
Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney will not seek re-election in 2018

Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney will not seek re-election in 2018

Five-term U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, announced Monday he will not seek re-election this year — a decision his brother believes was partly influenced by the June shooting at a practice of the Republican congressional baseball team. “I’m shocked,” said Peter Feaman, Florida’s Republican National Committeeman and a Boynton Beach resident. “I’m dismayed...
Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

Florida governor, GOP lawmakers weigh options after mass shooting

A second gun-related bill has been postponed in the Florida Senate in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Parkland high school, as legislative leaders craft a multi-pronged response to the massacre and Gov. Rick Scott plans a series of workshops about school safety and ways to keep guns away from people struggling with mental illnesses. The scramble by lawmakers to react to the deaths...
Trump supporters not in usual place at foot of Southern bridge

Trump supporters not in usual place at foot of Southern bridge

As President Donald Trump’s motorcade leaves Mar-a-Lago, sign-wielding supporters usually stand at the base of the Southern Boulevard Bridge. But not on Monday. Instead, about 25 Trump supporters stood further back — about 150 feet behind the bridge. Cindy Falco-DiCorrado, a Trump supporter from Boynton Beach, said police dressed in SWAT gear told a group of Trump supporters waiting for...
Gun control could become key issue in Florida in November

Gun control could become key issue in Florida in November

An aversion to gun-rights restrictions has been a bedrock of Republican campaigns in Florida — a testing ground for model NRA-backed legislation — for years. But a 19-year-old killer, armed with a semi-automatic rifle he purchased legally and used to fatally gun down 14 students and three faculty members at a Broward County high school, may have changed that. »RELATED: The latest...
While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

While Trump backs bipartisan gun bill, there’s no guarantee of action in Congress on guns

The White House on Monday signaled that President Donald Trump is willing to back at least one bipartisan measure to strengthen the national instant check system for those who buy firearms, as Democrats in the House and Senate continued to argue that action by the Congress on gun violence is long overdue. “While discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered...
Pence to visit Kennedy Space Center Tuesday

Pence to visit Kennedy Space Center Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Tuesday evening for a tour of the launch facilities and leave Wednesday after a meeting with the National Space Council. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued an alert to pilots of “VIP Movement” near Fort Lauderdale International Airport in Broward...
Education issues key to end of session for Florida Legislature

Education issues key to end of session for Florida Legislature

Florida lawmakers will use the last three weeks of the 2018 session to decide the fate of a number of major education bills that address everything from school bullying to teachers to university tuition. The decisions will begin unfolding Tuesday when the Senate Education Committee takes up a nearly 200-page bill (HB 7055) that is important to House leaders. The legislation includes provisions that...
Drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after one brings ‘personal firearm’

Drivers in Trump motorcade replaced after one brings ‘personal firearm’

The three drivers of the press vans scheduled to join President Donald Trump’s motorcade were abruptly replaced this morning after one of the drivers brought a firearm in his bag. The incident occurred in a parking lot across the street from Mar-a-Lago about an hour before Trump’s motorcade left Mar-a-Lago for Trump International Golf Club. During a routine Secret Service sweep of members...
President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Donald Trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on Monday, five days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured. "The president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, wrote in a statement Monday morning. Sanders said the president...
Trump passes on golf for second straight day, tweets, meets with Ryan

Trump passes on golf for second straight day, tweets, meets with Ryan

President Donald Trump hunkered down at his Mar-a-Lago estate for most of Sunday, forgoing golf for a second straight day, unleashing a fusillade of tweets that downplayed Russian influence on the 2016 election and meeting late in the afternoon with House Speaker Paul Ryan. After joining first lady Melania Trump on Friday night for visits to hospitalized victims and law enforcement officers who responded...
Parkland school shooting: Trump to meet with students this week

Parkland school shooting: Trump to meet with students this week

President Donald Trump will reportedly hold a listening session with students this week following Wednesday's deadly school shooting that took the lives of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.  A White House schedule says Trump will host students and teachers Wednesday. He’s also scheduled to meet Thursday with state and local officials on school...
Father of Sandy Hook victim: ‘Did Vegas change the national discussion?’

Father of Sandy Hook victim: ‘Did Vegas change the national discussion?’

As events unfolded Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Len Pozner was “transported right back” to December 14, 2012 when his 6-year-old son Noah and 25 others were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Law enforcement authorities in Broward County said that Nikolas Cruz, 19, confessed using an assault rifle to kill 17 people, the largest death toll in a mass...
North Palm Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons

North Palm Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons

Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced the ultimatum in an email to half a dozen Republican...
County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

County fighting the same gender- and race-based battles 16 years later

Sixteen years ago, when Palm Beach County was considering ending its gender- and race-based contracting assistance program, women and minority business owners warned against the move, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Women and minority business owners said their opportunities to get county contracts — already limited by what they described as a pervasive good ol’ boy system...
Trump in Palm Beach: Motorcade passes Stormy Daniels marquee en route to golf club

Trump in Palm Beach: Motorcade passes Stormy Daniels marquee en route to golf club

UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: The president has returned from his golf club in West Palm Beach to Mar-a-Lago. The president’s schedule for tomorrow, Presidents Day, is not known. UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: After being cooped up in Mar-a-Lago for two days, the president has decided to spend the evening at Trump International Golf Club, his private club in West Palm Beach. En route, the motorcade passed...
After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

After latest indictments, President Trump vents on Twitter about Russia investigation

In the wake of a fresh round of indictments in the wide-ranging investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday and Sunday to repeatedly express his frustration with the probe, again proclaiming his innocence, attacking his critics, and demanding attention instead on actions of the Obama Administration...
Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Rubio visits Parkland mass shooting site, sees ‘changes we can make’

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio visited the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Saturday, including the building where Nikolas Cruz carried out the attack that left 17 people dead. Rubio was briefed by Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. “It was important for me to be reminded that the school is just...
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...
Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Editor’s note: Readers have reacted vehemently to the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We received more than 100 letters by Friday afternoon; virtually all demanded stronger gun laws. * The National Rifle Association and all our politicians will offer their condolences, their sympathies, their prayers and their best wishes. And not one will stand up, speak up...
EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

EXCLUSIVE: Parents of teen killed by Conniston classmate again try claims bill

For years, Ashraf Kamel and his ex-wife, Marguerite Dimitri, tried to persuade Florida lawmakers to award them more of the $1.6 million verdict they won in 2002 for the 1997 shooting death of their 13-year-old son, Jean Pierre, at Conniston Middle School in West Palm Beach. They received the $200,000 statutory limit from the Palm Beach County School District after the verdict, but their hopes...
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...
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. ...
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...

POINT OF VIEW: Broward school shooting shows affluence no protection

This is my first letter to a newspaper. But in the wake of this week’s tragic shootings as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I’m motivated to share my thoughts and feelings. I retired two years ago as a Broward County guidance counselor who worked my last 6½ years at that school in Parkland. I am distraught over the carnage in my old school, but I’m not surprised. The...
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...
Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

Digging inside the details of the new indictments in the Russia probe

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for President on Friday presented some of the first official government evidence of actions taken in the campaign, as a federal grand jury returned an indictment against 13 Russians and 3 Russian entities, alleging that they used social media to support President Donald Trump, and oppose Democratic nominee ...
Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

Mueller investigation charges 13 Russians in investigation over 2016 election interference

The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced Friday that thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian groups had been charged with violating U.S. criminal laws for interfering with the 2016 election, detailing a string of efforts to help President Donald Trump’s campaign, and sew doubt about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Defendants, posing as U...
With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

In more ways than one, followers of traditional Republican orthodoxy are facing an emotional inflection point this week.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, will not attend this weekend's Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy leaders from NATO nations that has become a central clearinghouse for global security matters and...
Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Hey, isn't that . . . Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday night dropping by a retail spot known for its selection of gifts every woman loves? The Veep was spotted on Valentine's Day making his way out of the CVS at Pennsylvania Avenue and 19th Street NW. And it seemed he hadn't just made the drugstore run for a pack of gum.  CBS White House reporter Jacqueline Alemany tweeted about the sighting...
Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence less than 24 hours after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida.  "I will say, personally, I think the gun violence — it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues," Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee...
Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Preliminary polling showed that there was high interest among women in an Oprah Winfrey presidential candidacy in 2020. According to a Quinnipiac poll in January, women would back the former talk-show host 58 percent to 33 percent against President Trump. Men were evenly divided, with 45 percent supporting each.  But Winfrey shared that some influential men have encouraged her to consider a run...
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...
Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

As his fellow Republicans offer thoughts and prayers after yet another mass shooting, former Florida congressman David Jolly wants to burn the gun policy impasse to the ground.  "Republicans are not going to do anything on gun control," Jolly told The Washington Post on Thursday as the nation reeled from 17 deaths across the peninsula from his former district. "And history shows...
GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

House Republican leaders are weighing "further steps" to force former top White House strategist Steve Bannon to answer investigators' questions in their probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — including potentially declaring him in contempt of Congress — after a Thursday interview they called "frustrating."  Bannon came to speak with the House Intelligence...
The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, the military-style rifle that a gunman used to kill 17 people at a south Florida high school Wednesday, is at once a ferociously powerful weapon, a symbol of freedom and individualism, and an object of despairing worry about the future of democracy.  It is, depending on which political and social camp you belong to, "America's rifle," a way to "Control Your Destiny"...
The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

Republican former congressman David Jolly took to CNN on Wednesday night - hours after 17 students were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida - and delivered a commentary on gun control that has since gone viral. "There is a lot that is perhaps unknown, politically," the Floridian began, "but let's be brutally honest about what we do know, and I say this as a Republican: Republicans...
Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Donald Trump's immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.  In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal...
Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

Congress goes home for 10 day break with no deal on DACA, Dreamers

With the Senate failing to make any headway on how to deal with the status of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” lawmakers in the Congress went home for a ten day break Thursday with no clear path forward on the politically difficult issue of immigration, with a deadline to deal with DACA set by the President less than three weeks away. “It’s safe to say...
Assault gun limits not even scheduled for Florida Legislature hearing

Assault gun limits not even scheduled for Florida Legislature hearing

One day after a gunman shot and killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Senate President Joe Negron said his interest would be focused on improving school safety and access to mental health treatment – not restricting gun laws. At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Negron, R-Stuart, said there could be some interest among senators in increasing the $40 million it has already carved...
After Broward shooting Florida senator seeks school mental-health cash

After Broward shooting Florida senator seeks school mental-health cash

Less than 24 hours after a troubled gunman killed 17 people — most of them teenagers — at a Broward County high school, a top state senator released a plan Thursday to steer $100 million to public schools for mental-health screening and services and to boost funding for school safety programs. Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, is also exploring what, if anything, lawmakers can do to prevent...
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...
Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

So Florida now follows Connecticut as the state with the second-worst mass school shooting in modern U.S. history. Here’s a better way that the “Gunshine State” can follow its northern sibling: ban high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle reportedly used by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to kill at least 17, and wound another 14 people at Marjory...
How Florida’s gun laws compare to those in Connecticut

How Florida’s gun laws compare to those in Connecticut

Although Connecticut toughened its gun law immediately after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 27 in 2012, it already was one of only three states in the nation that had at least a partial ban on assault weapons. Florida, on the other hand, has a reputation for being generally accommodating to gun owners, although it does not allow the open carry of handguns as Connecticut does...
Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Does every terrible employee in America work for the Trump White House? O.K., probably not. Donald Trump didn’t hire the guy who told Hawaiians they were about to be hit by a ballistic missile. Or the airline representative who was accused of pressing a passenger to flush her hamster down the toilet. But for overall ineptitude and ability to create crises at the highest level, you have to go...
Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

This coming week, we recognize the federal holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday. Many states now recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the same day. For retail advertisers, it’s more about the sales than anything else, and for some school systems that had snow days earlier in the year, it’s a chance to make up a day of instruction. My challenge to you...
POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?

POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?

Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including those at gun shows. It also expands the state&rsquo...
Watch Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio address Parkland mass shooting

Watch Florida Sens. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio address Parkland mass shooting

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio both gave Senate speeches today addressing Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. Here is Nelson’s speech: And here...
NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

NO DEAL: Senate hits immigration deadlock on DACA, Dreamers

Unable to find an acceptable middle ground on the politically explosive issue of immigration, and the future of well over a million illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Senators of both parties on Thursday voted to filibuster a pair of plans from each side, as a high profile legislative effort achieved only failure. “This is it. This is your last chance to vote for...
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...
School shooting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledges ‘to keep our kids safe’

School shooting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott pledges ‘to keep our kids safe’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’s “furious” over the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead and pledged this morning to have “a real conversation about how we’re going to stop it.” Scott made the comments during a morning interview with Fox and Friends. After visiting with families of hospitalized shooting victims...
Maldives crisis could stir trouble between China and India

Maldives crisis could stir trouble between China and India

As the Maldives’ autocratic president, Abdulla Yameen, cracks down on opposition to consolidate power before another election, analysts and diplomats warn that the small nation’s troubles could provoke a larger crisis that draws in China and India, which have long competed for influence in the Indian Ocean region.  Yameen, who this month declared a state of emergency and rounded up...
After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

After Florida school shooting, Democrats in Congress plead for action on gun violence

The mass shooting that killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida plunged Capitol Hill back into a debate over gun restrictions, as Democrats cried out for some type of legislative response, criticizing the response of President Donald Trump and GOP leaders in the Congress. “Mr. President, are you listening?” said Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) on the House...
How one Congressman is responding to bad press

How one Congressman is responding to bad press

There are many ways elected officials can respond to criticism from their local newspaper: A letter to the editor. A call to the publisher. A tweet. Or they can just ignore it.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican at the center of the storm over the release of a classified memorandum challenging the FBI investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia, has come up with a response particularly...
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...
Romney to announce bid for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

Romney to announce bid for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

Mitt Romney plans to announce his long-expected U.S. Senate bid on Thursday in his adopted state of Utah with a low-key rollout intended to duck roiling Republican divisions and avoid signaling that he will play the role of foil to President Donald Trump.  Wednesday night, however, Romney said he would delay Thursday's announcement because of the Florida school shooting in which at least 17 people...
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...
White House admits it knew of red flags in aide’s record

White House admits it knew of red flags in aide’s record

The White House changed its story on Tuesday about how it handled allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace last week, conceding that the FBI told White House career officials last summer about problems in Porter’s background check. But members of President Donald Trump’s team said top advisers in the West Wing were kept in the dark. ...
With deadline looming, Senate making no progress on immigration bill

With deadline looming, Senate making no progress on immigration bill

Democrats and Republicans are maneuvering to blame each other for any failure to resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, as the Senate inches toward votes on various immigration proposals that all appear to lack enough support to pass.  President Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying he would oppose any plan that fell short of a bill sponsored by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley...
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...
Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

Corcoran, Gillum debate immigration, ‘sanctuary cities’ in Tallahassee

In a production filled with political theater, a Democratic candidate for governor and a legislative leader who’s toying with a run for the same office took the stage Tuesday night in a debate over immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican who hasn’t announced whether he’s in the gubernatorial...
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...
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...
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...
VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

VA chief faces call to resign after report questions why feds paid for his wife to go on 2017 trip to Europe

Veterans Secretary David Shulkin is facing increased scrutiny from Congress, after the Wednesday release of an internal watchdog report, which found Shulkin’s 9-day government trip to Europe in the summer of 2017 at times was more like a personal vacation, as investigators said Shulkin’s top aide misled ethics officials at the VA, which allowed his wife’s...
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