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Echoing Reagan, Trump pushes Congress to act swiftly on tax reform

Echoing Reagan, Trump pushes Congress to act swiftly on tax reform

Pushing the House to take another step this week on the road to major tax reforms, President Donald Trump used an op-ed in USA Today to argue that GOP tax plans will “ignite America’s middle class miracle once again,” as he channeled former President Ronald Reagan, saying with “tax reform, we can make it morning in America again.” “Revising...
Donald Trump: Only modern president without pets in the White House

Donald Trump: Only modern president without pets in the White House

The Trump White House is likely to become known for many things, but cute and cuddly is apparently not one of them. Breaking from tradition, the First Family has not welcomed pets into their lair. "There are no plans at this time" to add animals to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., communications director Stephanie Grisham told CNN. That would make the Trumps "the only first family in modern...
Jimmy Carter: 'The media have been harder on Trump than any other president'

Jimmy Carter: 'The media have been harder on Trump than any other president'

In a must-read interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, former President Jimmy Carter offered President Donald Trump his services to negotiate with North Korea’s leader. But her sit-down with the Georgia native at his home in Plains was chock-full of other tidbits. The 93-year-old repeated that he and his wife Rosalynn voted for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton...

POINT OF VIEW: Protect Florida from illegal hotel operators

All Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association lodging members must register with the state, collect taxes, and protect Florida consumers through adequate insurance — rules that prevent substandard operators from exposing travelers and residents to senseless risk and gaining unfair advantages in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the same does not necessarily ring true for short-term rentals here...
Commentary: Focus on real issue behind NFL protests: racial injustice

Commentary: Focus on real issue behind NFL protests: racial injustice

Editor’s note: A version of this column originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post’s Opinion Zone blog on Sept. 28. UPDATE: In the weeks following the blog post, discussion has increasingly returned to the original reason for the anthem protests — calling attention to racial injustice, and a rash police shootings of unarmed black men. For example, this past week, National Football...

POINT OF VIEW: Pay attention, revise Florida Constitution with caution

Every 20 years, the state’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens. Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government...
A job for voters – get yourself ready for the details of tax reform

A job for voters – get yourself ready for the details of tax reform

As the Congress gets moving in coming weeks on the first serious effort at tax reform since the mid-1980’s, it is important for the folks back home to remember one thing – while the focus for many Americans will be on the individual tax rates and changes that impact every day taxpayers, this package is likely to be about so much more than just that, as a look back...
House aims for quick final budget vote next week to accelerate tax reform

House aims for quick final budget vote next week to accelerate tax reform

A day after Senate approval of a budget outline for 2018 that authorizes expedited work on a tax reform plan- without the threat of a Senate filibuster – House GOP leaders set the table for a vote next week on the budget measure, instead of engaging in House-Senate negotiations that could take several weeks, as Republicans look to generate more momentum for the first...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county to change the rules of its Agricultural Reserve so GL can...
Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly unequivocally defended President Donald Trump's calls to the families of four fallen soldiers, on Thursday using his credibility as a retired general who lost a son on the battlefield to try to help his boss contain a public relations crisis.  In an extraordinary, emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, Kelly described in painful detail the...
Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.  The budget's passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.  "Tonight, we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax...
Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

A federal judge on Thursday shot down former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his criminal record clean.  Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona's Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found in criminal contempt after a five-day bench trial earlier this year and faced the possibility of up to six months in jail. After the pardon,...
The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Federal Reserve’s inner workings are a mystery to most Americans. Presidents can’t order it around, nor can Congress — that much is generally believed. Along with its reputation for independence, the Fed can seem economically omnipotent.  But in truth, our research shows, Fed independence is largely a myth.  With President Donald Trump having met with the Fed Chairwoman...
Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there.  Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions...
Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.  But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such...
Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

When Paul Ryan, the House speaker, rose to deliver the keynote address at the Al Smith charity dinner Thursday night, he immediately let it be known that he wouldn’t shy away from jokes about a president who doesn’t react well to jokes.  “Enough with the applause,” he told the annual white-tie gathering of New York’s political and Catholic elite, which raises money...
Senate approves budget outline, as GOP takes next step for tax reform

Senate approves budget outline, as GOP takes next step for tax reform

The GOP push for a major tax reform bill in Congress took an important step forward on Thursday night, as the Senate approved a Republican budget outline for 2018, authorizing work on a tax reform bill that cannot be derailed by a filibuster, as President Donald Trump urged Congress to move quickly on a tax package. “Tonight we completed the first step to replacing our...
Democrat Philip Levine close to entering Florida governor’s race

Democrat Philip Levine close to entering Florida governor’s race

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine‘s political committee announced more hires today that make it appear all but certain Levine will be launching a Democratic campaign for governor soon. Already announced Democratic candidates for...
Pentagon still gathering details on Niger ambush as McCain suggests subpoena

Pentagon still gathering details on Niger ambush as McCain suggests subpoena

As a key U.S. Senator said again on Wednesday that the Trump Administration was not being forthcoming about an ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers in the African nation of Niger, the Secretary of Defense told reporters that an investigation is ongoing into the October 4 incident, which military officials believe was linked to a group that is backed by the Islamic ...
Trump meets with Puerto Rico Governor, praises recovery work post-Maria

Trump meets with Puerto Rico Governor, praises recovery work post-Maria

Repeatedly praising the work of the military and federal emergency officials, President Donald Trump used a Thursday meeting at the White House with the Governor of Puerto Rico to proclaim the disaster relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria to be a success, pushing back against critics who say much still needs to be done to restore power and other basic services. &ldquo...
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka weighs in on Florida GOP post

Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka weighs in on Florida GOP post

Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka with Karen Giorno in a picture from Giorno’s website for her campaign for Republican national committeewoman. The Sebastian Gorka primary is over in the race for Florida’s vacant Republican national committeewoman post. Gorka, the frequent Fox News guest and former adviser to President Donald Trump, is endorsing...
Commentary: Don’t let politics ruin ‘Saturday Night Live’

Commentary: Don’t let politics ruin ‘Saturday Night Live’

“Saturday Night Live,” now in its 43rd season, is an American pastime. The show has produced such incredible talent as Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, as well as classic sketches like those mocking “Celebrity Jeopardy” and the Coneheads. The show is probably best known for its political impersonations, with actors portraying Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and, of course...
Commentary: Politics, with a dash of humor

Commentary: Politics, with a dash of humor

Every year when the new season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres, an age-old debate pops up: Which season of “SNL” is the best? Everyone has their favorite sketches and cast of characters. And there are, of course, those who say every year that “SNL” isn’t what it used to be — while they continue to watch the show every week. Regardless of where you...

POINT OF VIEW: Poll numbers divide shows why Congress is on the spot

The daily horror that is the Trump presidency seems to make no sense. He’s at war with the press, football players, Sen. Bob Corker, women, Puerto Rico, Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal (partial list). For his disastrous efforts, the latest Gallup tracking poll puts Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent. A massive online survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult shows...
Palm Beach billionaire not ruling out run for governor

Palm Beach billionaire not ruling out run for governor

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene hasn’t shut the door on a Democratic bid for governor. Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene — ranked 62 spots higher than Palm Beach neighbor Donald Trump on the latest Forbes 400 list — says he’d like to be Florida governor and thinks he’d be effective in the job. “It would be...
Senate moves forward on budget, still stalled on Obama health law

Senate moves forward on budget, still stalled on Obama health law

With the strong support of President Donald Trump, the U.S. Senate was poised on Thursday to approve a budget framework for 2018 that would authorize an expedited effort in Congress on tax reform, but the President’s public reluctance had seemingly scrapped quick action on a separate bipartisan deal involving a small piece of the Obama health law, a move that experts...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...
Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

A young socialite and television journalist whose father was a close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, declared her intention Wednesday to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for next March, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition.  The journalist, Ksenia A. Sobchak, 35, announced her presidential run in a video online on YouTube and also...
5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years.  Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after...
The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  "It's against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an interview with Time magazine. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."  Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.  The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in...
Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday voted to advance four public proposals, including a measure dealing with homestead exemptions and another potentially impacting abortion rights. The commission, which meets every 20 years and has the power to place constitutional amendments directly on the 2018 ballot, has voted to formally consider a total of six measures proposed by the public...
Boca Mayor Haynie files for Abram’s Palm Beach County Commission seat

Boca Mayor Haynie files for Abram’s Palm Beach County Commission seat

Residents in southern Palm Beach County currently have a former Boca Raton mayor, Steven Abrams, serving as their county commissioner. Boca Raton’s current mayor, Susan Haynie, hopes to follow in Abrams’ footsteps. Haynie, re-elected to a second three-year term as mayor in March, filed Wednesday to run for Abrams’ District 4 county commission seat in 2018. Abrams, who has served...
Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Broward lawyer drops emoluments clause suit against President Trump

Recognizing that others are already accusing President Donald Trump of running afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clauses, a Broward County lawyer has dropped his lawsuit that makes similar claims. “(The) argument is being adequately made by others, and with best wishes for their success,” attorney Patrick Goggins wrote last week, alerting U.S. District Judge Robin...
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in...
Gillum puts Trump-Gold Star widow controversy into Florida governor’s race

Gillum puts Trump-Gold Star widow controversy into Florida governor’s race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gathering in Hollywood in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum is putting the uproar over President Donald Trump‘s remarks to a Gold Star widow from Miami Lakes into the Florida governor&rsquo...
Palm Beach County relief effort for Puerto Rico, V.I. seeks volunteers

Palm Beach County relief effort for Puerto Rico, V.I. seeks volunteers

Palm Beach County Cares wants you — and whatever baby formula, cleaning supplies, first aid kits, flashlights and batteries you can spare. The group, formed to aid disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, is looking for volunteers and donations. It has set up a total of 13 donation sites in Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach and Jupiter...
‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

President Donald Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in African this month that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."  The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was "astonished" by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday.  Rep...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Florida to take a closer look at charters

Florida’s charter school movement had humble beginnings in the 1990s, as pioneers promised tailored programs. Along the way, the lucrative for-profit industry convinced Florida’s Legislature and governor, through House Bill 7069, that their privately owned facilities should be funded at equal levels to Florida’s 4,200 public schools. This comes despite research showing charters have...
Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Florida’s nursing home industry, which has been whining ever since Gov. Rick Scott ordered facilities to install enough generator power to keep elderly people from dying of heat after the next hurricane, is now asking for permission to be excused from Scott’s emergency deadline. As of Monday, 54 providers of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities requested variances from the compliance...
Trump leaves both parties confused on Senate health care deal

Trump leaves both parties confused on Senate health care deal

A day after seemingly endorsing a legislative effort in Congress to formally approve money for insurance companies that would pay for health insurance subsidies for certain consumers, President Donald Trump indicated on Wednesday that while he backed the idea of bipartisan negotiations related to the Obama health law, he did not support a deal on “Cost Sharing Reduction&rdquo...
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices.  In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released Justice Department document that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the...
Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the NFL, accusing the league of "total disrespect for our great country" following a meeting of team owners that did not adopt a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem.  Trump sparked a national controversy over the issue last month when he called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the anthem, and teams...
EXCLUSIVE: Susan G. Komen’s Palm Beach gala opts for cruise ship event

EXCLUSIVE: Susan G. Komen’s Palm Beach gala opts for cruise ship event

Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit in the fight against breast cancer, will hold its major fundraising event in January aboard a cruise ship docked at the Port of Palm Beach, a first for the organization, which in August pulled its gala planned for President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club on Palm Beach. In another first, Komen’s founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, said...
Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Senators may have struck a bipartisan deal to prop up Obamacare's insurance exchanges, but it faces a tortuous path to becoming law.  As soon as the deal was announced Tuesday, the Trump administration was sending conflicting signals about the pact reached by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, which also faces ambivalence from some Republican...
Trump-Gold Star widow controversy: Rep. Lois Frankel offers thoughts

Trump-Gold Star widow controversy: Rep. Lois Frankel offers thoughts

In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. (WPLG via AP) As President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, trade accusations over what Trump said to the widow of a South Florida soldier killed in Niger...
Trump presses tax reform as Senate begins debate on GOP budget outline

Trump presses tax reform as Senate begins debate on GOP budget outline

President Donald Trump urged conservative activists on Tuesday night to help lobby Senators in favor of a GOP tax reform package, as despite some infighting, Republicans seemed like they would be able to approve a budget outline this week in the Senate, a plan which would allow for future legislative action on a tax bill – without the threat of a Senate filibuster. &ldquo...
Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the reserves of the Solid Waste Authority. The line of credit, obtained through Wells Fargo, reflects both the high costs of storm cleanup and the slow pace of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has yet to pay the state of Florida and...
U.S. OKs reimbursing Palm Beach County $1 million for Trump security

U.S. OKs reimbursing Palm Beach County $1 million for Trump security

Palm Beach County taxpayers will get a $1 million reimbursement from the federal government for helping the Secret Service protect Donald Trump when he stayed in Palm Beach as president-elect. Now the county is waiting to hear on a separate application for about $3.5 million in federal reimbursements for costs racked up by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and local police departments...
With backing of Trump, key Senators reach deal to fund health subsidy payments

With backing of Trump, key Senators reach deal to fund health subsidy payments

Key Senators say they have reached a deal – backed by the President – which would fund payments to health insurance companies for two years, while also giving states more flexibility in how they deal with the underlying requirements of the Obama health law. “Yes, we have been involved,” President Donald Trump told reporters when asked about the negotiations...
Trump in Palm Beach: $1 million reimbursement coming, Frankel says

Trump in Palm Beach: $1 million reimbursement coming, Frankel says

Palm Beach County taxpayers will get a $1 million reimbursement from the federal government for the costs of protecting Donald Trump when he stayed in Palm Beach as president-elect. The money was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice last month and announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, whose district includes Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Frankel and...
Donald Trump falls 92 places on Palm Beach-heavy Forbes 400 list

Donald Trump falls 92 places on Palm Beach-heavy Forbes 400 list

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport in February. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) President and part-time Palm Beach resident  Donald Trump is the 248th wealthiest person in America, down from 156th place last year, in the latest Forbes 400 rankings. As Darrell Hofheinz of The Palm Beach Daily News reports, the latest list is...
Melania Trump urges Americans to donate, volunteer for hurricane relief

Melania Trump urges Americans to donate, volunteer for hurricane relief

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go734MgUAM8&w=492&h=307] The White House has released a public service ad today featuring First Lady and part-time Palm Beach resident  Melania Trump urging Americans to donate and volunteer to help victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. First lady Melania Trump in April talking to girls from HomeSafe in...
Christie: No surprise Spencer speech at UF raising safety concerns

Christie: No surprise Spencer speech at UF raising safety concerns

White Nationalist leader Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of Spencer’s planned speech at the University of Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) I hate to say we told you so… but we told you so. Back in August, the Post Editorial...
Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more...
Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, a 53 percent increase over this year’s precedent-setting appropriation of $654,491 for safety measures. Scott made the announcement on Monday at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered...
2018 campaign cash: Mast raises most among Palm Beach County U.S. reps

2018 campaign cash: Mast raises most among Palm Beach County U.S. reps

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has raised big bucks for his closely watched 2018 re-election bid while also spending some serious money to do it. Mast’s campaign has collected more than $1.5 million through Sept. 30 — far more than the other three incumbents in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation. And Mast’s campaign has already spent $622,816, including...
VIDEO: Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting

VIDEO: Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting

With a lot of work still needed in Congress on key items of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Mr. Trump met for lunch on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving off no signs of any ill will despite some sparring in the past, as both men vowed to push ahead on plans for major tax cuts and reform, emphasizing the need to get that done by ...
Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

It is unlike President Donald Trump to cheer when stocks fall, but early on Saturday he did just that.  “Health insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” he tweeted.  On Thursday, the administration announced it would stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help cover costs...
Trump turns up pressure on GOP Congress to act on health care, tax reform

Trump turns up pressure on GOP Congress to act on health care, tax reform

President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare dead, as he urged Republicans in Congress to lead the way on solutions to overhaul the Obama health law, and to find a way to deliver a major tax reform package as well, making clear that he should not be blamed for any of the legislative miscues by GOP leaders in the House and Senate. “I’m not going to blame myself...
Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

President Donald Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a marathon trip to Asia next month, the White House announced Monday.  "The President's travel will underscore his commitment to long-standing United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region," White House press secretary Sarah...
Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Here's a snapshot of the Republican Party's crisis of leadership: On Saturday, former White House adviser Stephen Bannon took the stage at the Values Voter Summit in Washington and exhorted conservative activists to join him in a war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in order to unlock President Donald Trump's agenda. Also on Saturday, Trump reportedly called McConnell to coordinate...
Palm Beach County climate change czar leaving her post

Palm Beach County climate change czar leaving her post

Palm Beach County is losing its climate change czar. Natalie Schneider, hired in April 2015 to serve as the county’s climate change and sustainability coordinator, is leaving that post to accept a job in private industry. “Natalie has done an outstanding job representing the county in our four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, and helping us build our local resilience...
In West Boca, Gov. Rick Scott calls for $1 million for Jewish school security

In West Boca, Gov. Rick Scott calls for $1 million for Jewish school security

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to students at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott dropped by the Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning to call for increased state spending on security at Jewish schools. Florida legislators approved $654,000 for security measures for Jewish schools...
Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

President Donald Trump's re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according campaign finance disclosures.  Trump's campaign made two payments — one in mid July, the other in early August -- to the law firm of Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer...
Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, up from $654,000 approved by legislators this year. Scott made the announcement at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered signs to greet the governor. “I know many Floridians have been...
Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

President Donald Trump's reelection committee spent more than $1 million on legal bills last quarter as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pressed on through the summer, according to a disclosure filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.  The filing shows the committee's "legal consulting" expenditures came to $1.1 million between July and September,...
Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply remained a labor dispute within the NFL. But then President Donald Trump tweeted that tax breaks should be revoked for a league that disrespects "our Anthem, Flag and Country."  Those words threatening government action to financially penalize the league injected a new dimension into...
Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Donald Trump's team wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.  During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a...
How will Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch and Hastings spend $2.4 million in campaign cash?

How will Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch and Hastings spend $2.4 million in campaign cash?

Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. The four members of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation began October with a combined $2.4 million to spend on their 2018 re-election...
Congressional campaign cash: Mast tops locals in fundraising, spending

Congressional campaign cash: Mast tops locals in fundraising, spending

Freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, has raised big bucks for his closely watched 2018 re-election bid while spending some serious money to do it. Mast’s campaign has collected more than $1.5 million through Sept. 30 — far more than the other three incumbents in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation. Mast’s campaign has spent $622,816, including more than $400,000...
Trump ready to press Senate to act on budget outline, tax reform

Trump ready to press Senate to act on budget outline, tax reform

As the U.S. Senate returns to work in Washington, D.C. from a ten day break, President Donald Trump is ready to press for action this week on a sweeping package of tax cuts, meeting on Monday to talk strategy with the top Republican in the Senate, and then sitting down on Wednesday with members of the Senate committee which will write a tax reform bill in coming weeks. &ldquo...
Rex Tillerson responds to ‘castration’ comment on CNN, ‘I’m fully intact’

Rex Tillerson responds to ‘castration’ comment on CNN, ‘I’m fully intact’

If you’ve been paying attention to outgoing Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and President Donald Trump’s heated back and forth, you know that Corker threw Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s name into the discussion. Corker went so far as to say that Trump had “castrated” his secretary of state, in an interview with the Washington Post. “You cannot publicly castrate...
Today: Florida Sen. Nelson in Puerto Rico to see Hurricane Maria aid

Today: Florida Sen. Nelson in Puerto Rico to see Hurricane Maria aid

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson will visit Puerto Rico today to inspect recovery efforts from last month’s Hurricane Maria. Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Marco Rubio have also visited Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on Sept. 20. About 1 million Puerto Ricans live in Florida, and more are expected to arrive in the state after Maria. Scott on Oct. 2 declared a state of emergency...
Searching for details of the Trump/GOP tax reform plan

Searching for details of the Trump/GOP tax reform plan

While President Donald Trump and Republicans in the Congress continue to call for approval of the first major tax reforms since 1986, the GOP still has not released a piece of legislation with all of the many details of what would actually be changed in the tax code, leading Capitol Hill reporters on a daily trek to see what they can squeeze out of Republican lawmakers about...
Upset about remaining Irma debris? Have some patience, officials say

Upset about remaining Irma debris? Have some patience, officials say

On some streets, where leaves and branches blown down by Hurricane Irma have turned brown and brittle, it might not look like much progress has been made in the long slog to clear Palm Beach County of the estimated three million cubic yards of vegetative debris left by the storm. But based on numbers tracked for the county’s Solid Waste Authority, just under half of the debris generated by Irma...
Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Almost 40 years ago, the Florida Legislature tried to take politics out of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC), the agency that’s supposed to act in the public interest in overseeing electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater services. And so it turned the elected, three-member PSC into a five-member appointed body. It hasn’t worked as planned. Quite the opposite...
Trump called a ‘one-man wrecking ball’ on Obamacare as subsidies halted

Trump called a ‘one-man wrecking ball’ on Obamacare as subsidies halted

The Trump administration announced at 11:23 p.m. Thursday it will stop paying billions of dollars to hold down health costs for consumers, a move that has helped drive up premium increases on government exchange plans an average of 45 percent in Florida in 2018. “The Democrats ObamaCare is imploding,” President Donald Trump tweeted Friday. “Massive subsidy payments to their pet insurance...
Blasting Iran deal, Trump adds even more to a crowded Congressional agenda

Blasting Iran deal, Trump adds even more to a crowded Congressional agenda

Already asking Congress to approve landmark tax reforms, a controversial package of health care changes, and a series of hot button immigration actions, President Donald Trump on Friday added yet another major item to the Congressional to-do list in 2017, asking lawmakers to pass new legislation in coming weeks adding conditions to the Iran nuclear deal. “The flaws in...
Trump sets new conditions for US to stay in Iran nuclear deal, tossing issue to Congress

Trump sets new conditions for US to stay in Iran nuclear deal, tossing issue to Congress

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday officially disavowed the international nuclear deal with Iran, but did not terminate an agreement he called weak and poorly constructed.  Instead, the president asked Congress to attach new caveats that could either alter the pact or lead to its rupture.  “We will not continue down the path whose predictable conclusion is more violence...
'Shark Tank' billionaire Mark Cuban considers presidential bid

'Shark Tank' billionaire Mark Cuban considers presidential bid

“Shark Tank” billionaire Mark Cuban said Thursday he is “seriously considering” running for president and that he might do so as an independent.  Cuban was asked about his political aspirations during an appearance at the Venture Atlanta business conference in Georgia.  In recent months, the Dallas Mavericks owner has indicated a presidential run might be in...
Donald Trump tells evangelicals what’s on his Christmas list

Donald Trump tells evangelicals what’s on his Christmas list

President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump — who typically spends “that beautiful Christmas season” at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach — made a Yuletide promise and issued a Christmas challenge to Congress today in a speech to the Values Voters Summit in Washington. “Something...
Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

The Trump administration is cutting tens of millions of dollars from organizations that help Americans enroll in Obamacare health plans, leaving some of the groups scrambling to shrink their operations weeks before enrollment for 2018 coverage opens on Nov. 1.  The organizations, called navigators, say the funding cuts have been arbitrary, opaque and don't follow the Trump administration's stated...
European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

In a decision that could deepen the transatlantic rift, President Donald Trump may "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, or later this week ahead of a Sunday deadline. Trump previously called the 2015 agreement disastrous and has argued that it isn't in the United States' best interests, though he did reluctantly certify Iran's compliance in the past.  The deal's decertification...
Former Trump Florida campaign director, from West Palm Beach, seeks key GOP post

Former Trump Florida campaign director, from West Palm Beach, seeks key GOP post

Karen Giorno chats with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at the Palm Beach County GOP’s 2016 Lobsterfest in Boca Raton. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) West Palm Beach resident Karen Giorno, the state director for Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign when he won the Florida GOP primary by carrying 66 of 67 counties, has ...
Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

On more than one occasion, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been spotted with his head down, arms crossed and his face locked in a steely expression that many an observer has interpreted as physical evidence of his exasperation at serving under President Donald Trump.  Rumors that the former Marine general is not long for a job he took only a few short months ago persist.  But on...
Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Donald Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces' time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.  The bugle call occurred during Trump's interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar...
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Until recently, the Trump SoHo hotel served as a kind of luxe clubhouse for NBA teams visiting New York.  At least 12 teams — more than a third of the league — had stayed there since it opened in 2010. The players loved it so much they became walking ads for the Trump brand: Superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder praised the hotel in the press. Toronto Raptors all-star...
Trump to end ACA subsidies

Trump to end ACA subsidies

President Donald Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision follows an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law's requirements.  The White House confirmed late Thursday that...
Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week.  President Donald Trump hasn't been shy expressing his distaste for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under his predecessor. He has called the 2015 agreement disastrous, horrible, and one-sided, and he has vowed to get rid of it or renegotiate the terms. Trump has already given his approval...

POINT OF VIEW: Give Florida teachers a raise; pay the national average

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently launched an interesting and useful website for Floridians called Launch My Career Florida. This new website helps people set their career goals by looking at their educational attainment and the kind of lifestyle they would like to lead. It then calculates how much they must earn to achieve that lifestyle goal. Not to be critical of the news site, but it points...
Trump moves to end insurance subsidies for low income Americans under Obama health law

Trump moves to end insurance subsidies for low income Americans under Obama health law

Hours after President Donald Trump unveiled a series of executive actions that could force changes in the Obama health law, the White House announced late Thursday night that it would end the practice of making government “cost-sharing reduction” payments to health insurance companies, which help pay the insurance premiums of low income Americans who get health...
Some Republicans grumble as House approves $36.5 billion hurricane aid bill

Some Republicans grumble as House approves $36.5 billion hurricane aid bill

As the U.S. House voted Thursday in favor of a package of disaster relief to help those hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, a number of GOP lawmakers voiced their budgetary displeasure, with over five dozen Republicans voting against the bill, as they called for budget cuts, changes in the federal flood insurance program, and other measures to avoid increasing the ...
House approves $36.5 billion hurricane disaster relief package

House approves $36.5 billion hurricane disaster relief package

The U.S. House on Thursday approved a second batch of federal disaster assistance to help victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, sending the Senate a package that included almost $19 billion for FEMA’s disaster relief fund, $16 billion to help pay out claims from the federal flood insurance program, and extra money that could be funneled to help U.S. territories...
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