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Report: Paul Ryan in Palm Beach Thursday; Dem already attacking

Report: Paul Ryan in Palm Beach Thursday; Dem already attacking

Ryan U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t in the Sunshine State yet, but gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is already throwing some shade his way.
Florida House pitches $297 million in tax cuts, half what Scott wanted

Florida House pitches $297 million in tax cuts, half what Scott wanted

A wide-ranging $296.8 million tax cut package from the House would eliminate sales taxes on diapers and feminine hygiene products, offer tax “holidays” for purchasing school and hurricane supplies and trim a commercial lease tax. The package, introduced Wednesday by the House Ways & Means Committee, is smaller than the $618 million collection of tax cuts proposed by Gov. Rick Scott. The...
NEW: Lake Park man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

NEW: Lake Park man pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

One of three Palm Beach County men charged in July with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges. Dayne Christian, 32, of Lake Park, pleaded guilty in federal court in West Palm Beach to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, in connection with what FBI agents said was a failed plot to help the...
See the new pro-Donald Trump TV ad airing in Florida

See the new pro-Donald Trump TV ad airing in Florida

A super PAC supporting President Donald Trump has begun running ads in Florida and nine other states, Bloomberg News reports, with the apparent aim of rallying Trump voters against Sen. Bill Nelson and other Democratic senators on the ballot next year.   Making America Great is spending $1 million on TV and $300,000 on digital ads in 10 states and Washington, D.C.   The...

House, Senate go different ways on probe of election meddling by Russia

Leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections vowed at a joint news conference on Wednesday to conduct a thorough and bipartisan probe, clearly setting themselves apart from their House counterparts, who are locked in a bitter, partisan struggle over the course of their review. “The committee will go wherever the intelligence leads...
Florida House offers enactment plan that limits medical marijuana use

Florida House offers enactment plan that limits medical marijuana use

Pledging that it is only a start, a Florida House panel gave a thumbs-up Tuesday to a medical-marijuana proposal castigated by supporters of a constitutional amendment that legalized cannabis for a broad swath of patients with debilitating conditions. The House Health Quality Subcommittee overwhelmingly approved the measure (HB 1397), sponsored by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, with just one...
6 things to know about Jared Kushner

6 things to know about Jared Kushner

When it comes to the Donald Trump administration, the president is keeping it in the family, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who serves as his senior adviser. >> Read more trending news In the coming weeks, he’ll speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee as a part of an investigation into the Russian’s involvement with the U.S. election. Additionally, he’ll be...
Palm Beach County considers czar, spending $1 million in opioid fight

Palm Beach County considers czar, spending $1 million in opioid fight

Palm Beach County commissioners will consider a variety of options next Tuesday to combat the rampaging opioid epidemic, including the hiring of a senior-level administrative staffer, creating two new positions with the Medical Examiner’s Office and pouring $1 million into a range of treatment programs. Those options are among the recommendations of a 72-page report outlining the scope of the...

Florida House scales back school vouchers plan

A wide-ranging school choice bill was stripped down before passing a key subcommittee Tuesday, but the shape of the final legislation is still in flux as it nears the House floor. The proposal (HB 15), filed by Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, began the day as a bill that would touch the state’s three major school-choice programs. But after a pair of amendments offered by Sullivan, the...

2018: Andrew Gillum endorsed by longtime Palm Beach County Dem

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has been endorsed by Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon in the Democratic 2018 race for governor.
Melania Trump: A cipher in sky-high stilettos

Melania Trump: A cipher in sky-high stilettos

The paparazzi no longer stake her out at her son's private school or search for her on the streets surrounding the black tower that her husband, the president of the United States, named for himself. Like legions of New Yorkers who hibernate in their apartments, Melania Trump is a virtual shut-in, her refuge 58 stories above Manhattan's hoi polloi and laden with enough gold to embarrass a Saudi prince...
Which country are Trump officials talking to the most? (It's not Russia)

Which country are Trump officials talking to the most? (It's not Russia)

In its first two months, the Trump administration arguably has spent more time with the Mexican government than with any other. But experts are divided on whether that augurs well or poorly for U.S. relations with a nation that has been on the receiving end of President Donald Trump's harshest and most humiliating rhetorical attacks. "It's better if we cooperate, talk to each other, instead of...
US travel industry fears a 'lost decade' under Trump

US travel industry fears a 'lost decade' under Trump

Like many Washington lobby groups, the U.S. Travel Association was quick to congratulate the new president on his victory last November. "We are encouraged that Mr. Trump's extensive business and hospitality background ... will make him a ready and receptive ear," the trade organization said. Upon the Republican's inauguration, the USTA's chief executive, Roger Dow, pledged the industry...
Fame, fortune and an itch to run for office

Fame, fortune and an itch to run for office

In Florida, they know John Morgan from his law firm’s colorful personal injury ads and 1-800-number billboards. In New Orleans, Sidney Torres IV became a local celebrity after parlaying his real estate fortune and flashy lifestyle into crime-fighting and a reality TV career. And in Nevada, Stephen J. Cloobeck, the gregarious founder of Diamond Resorts, vaulted into popular culture on the TV...
In health bill’s defeat, Medicaid comes of age

In health bill’s defeat, Medicaid comes of age

When it was created more than a half century ago, Medicaid almost escaped notice. Front-page stories hailed the bigger, more controversial part of the law that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed that July day in 1965 — health insurance for elderly people, or Medicare, which the American Medical Association had bitterly denounced as socialized medicine. The New York Times did not even mention...

James Polk: The dead president who never rests in peace

A few months after leaving office in 1849, President James K. Polk died at the Nashville mansion that he called Polk Place. Because the 11th president came down with a lethal bout of cholera, his body was buried for a year in a mass grave in the Nashville City Cemetery, in adherence to laws meant to prevent infectious diseases spreading from corpses. The cemetery was the first of Polk's "final"...
Here's when we'll know the future of Obamacare

Here's when we'll know the future of Obamacare

President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have failed, at least for now, in their bid to repeal Obamacare entirely, but they still have plenty of ways to cripple the law without pulling it off the books. By blocking funding for subsidies or refusing to enforce the individual mandate, the administration and congressional Republicans could undermine the law's insurance exchanges — government-established...
2018 dilemma for Republicans: Which way now on Obamacare?

2018 dilemma for Republicans: Which way now on Obamacare?

As they come to terms with their humiliating failure to undo the Affordable Care Act, Republicans eyeing next year’s congressional campaign are grappling with a new dilemma: Do they risk depressing their conservative base by abandoning the repeal effort or anger a broader set of voters by reviving a deeply unpopular bill even closer to the midterm elections? The question is particularly acute...
Delaney wins council seat over Klug in Jupiter

Delaney wins council seat over Klug in Jupiter

Ron Delaney Incumbent Ron Delaney narrowly won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug. “We ran an honest campaign. We did not do any negative campaigning. I just told the truth,” said Delaney, who spent Tuesday night at his Egret Cove home with his family. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.  
Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

Property tax debate looms for Florida education budget

The House and Senate made opening bids Tuesday on boosting public-school spending, with the Senate unveiling a proposal to increase per-student funding by roughly 10 times what the House is offering. But the upper chamber’s heftier increase is built in large part on allowing local property taxes to increase with property values, something that is a non-starter for the House and could become...
Delaney wins race for Jupiter town council against Klug

Delaney wins race for Jupiter town council against Klug

Ron Delaney Ron Delaney narrowly has won the race to in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug. Delaney has about 51 percent compared to Klug’s 49 percent, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.  Stay with The Palm Beach Post for more election results.
Delaney defeats Klug for second year in row, keeps Jupiter seat

Delaney defeats Klug for second year in row, keeps Jupiter seat

Incumbent Ron Delaney narrowly won Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug. “We ran an honest campaign. We did not do any negative campaigning. I just told the truth,” said Delaney, who spent Tuesday night at his Egret Cove home with his family. Klug, who was at a campaign gathering at Cheeseburgers and More restaurant on Indiantown...
Delaney off to early lead in Jupiter council election

Delaney off to early lead in Jupiter council election

  Ron Delaney has jumped off to a lead over Ben Klug in early absentee ballots in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat. Delaney has about 59 percent compared to Klug’s 41 percent of absentee ballots, the only ones that have been counted so far by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Stay with The Palm Beach Post for election...
Litt touts organization, experience in defeating Russo in Gardens race

Litt touts organization, experience in defeating Russo in Gardens race

Pharmacist Rachelle Litt soundly beat political scion Joe Russo Jr. for the City Council Group 5 seat Tuesday. It had been a tight race between Litt, 61, who lives in PGA National, and Russo Jr., 27, a Midtown resident who is executive director of Palm Beach Tech and son of longtime council member Joe Russo. Litt attributed the win to a well organized campaign and to the advantage she had over...
Incumbent McCray wins Boynton runoff in huge voter turnout

Incumbent McCray wins Boynton runoff in huge voter turnout

A bigger turnout for Tuesday’s runoff than Election Day two weeks ago played into incumbent Mack McCray’s favor in the Boynton Beach commission race. McCray, a licensed funeral director who works in Broward County, beat political newcomer Dr. James DeVoursney, a Boynton Beach dermatologist, to represent District 2 residents. “They are letting people know that politics in Boynton...

POINT OF VIEW Price controls won’t work in post-PIP world

However well intentioned, price controls will not work in Florida, if the Legislature moves to finally repeal the No-Fault/Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) auto insurance system this spring. While the concept of No-Fault/PIP may sound reasonable — $10,000 of personal injury protection made available regardless of fault in an accident — many state leaders have thrown up their hands in...
Judge backs Scott’s removal of prosecutor who won’t use death penalty

Judge backs Scott’s removal of prosecutor who won’t use death penalty

Siding with Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit judge Tuesday signed off on the removal of Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala in the high-profile case of accused cop-killer Markeith Loyd, refusing to put the case on hold while the prosecutor seeks a ruling on whether the governor overstepped his authority with her ouster. Ayala, elected last year as state attorney in Orange and Osceola counties, immediately...

Government watchdog to review Trump travel costs to Mar-a-Lago

At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida. The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will...
Scott praises Gorsuch, urges foes (cc: Bill Nelson) to ‘stop playing games’

Scott praises Gorsuch, urges foes (cc: Bill Nelson) to ‘stop playing games’

Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump in the White House last month. Florida Gov. Rick Scott praises President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court in a Miami Herald letter to the editor today.
Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

A bill called the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act,” wending through the Florida Legislature, hit a roadblock Tuesday morning when it was pulled from the agenda of a House subcommittee. That’s a good thing because the bill is misnamed. It should be the “Stop Brightline in Its Tracks Act.” The legislation is aimed, of course, at the soon-to-debut high-speed...
Tom Rooney rips Bill Nelson on Gorsuch; ‘weighing all his options for 2018’

Tom Rooney rips Bill Nelson on Gorsuch; ‘weighing all his options for 2018’

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson‘s announcement Monday that he opposes President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court drew immediate fire from Republicans.
PBC residents get chance to weigh in on state constitution

PBC residents get chance to weigh in on state constitution

Should Florida’s constitution be amended? How should it be amended? Palm Beach County residents will have a chance to weigh in on that statewide discussion on April 7, when the Constitution Commission swings through the county to get input. The commission, which hears testimony, performs research and identifies important issues, will hold a public hearing at Florida Atlantic University&rsquo...

House Republicans struggle to revive health care overhaul plan

Still smarting from last week’s meltdown on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, House Republicans used a closed door “family meeting” in the U.S. Capitol to both clear the air, and see if there was a way to push forward again on a plan to make major changes to Obamacare. “We had a very constructive meeting with our members,” said Speaker Paul Ryan about the focus...
Editorial: Litt, Klug, McCray best picks in today’s runoffs

Editorial: Litt, Klug, McCray best picks in today’s runoffs

Today’s three municipal runoff elections have one thing in common: issues that come with the next phase of growth management. For Boynton Beach, it’s reinvigorating and redeveloping a problem area that is the “heart” of the city. For Palm Beach Gardens, it is bringing proposed far-flung communities smoothly into the city. And for Jupiter, it’s finding a compromise for...
Chinese president to stay in Manalapan for Trump visit

Chinese president to stay in Manalapan for Trump visit

Chinese President Xi Jenping and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet in Palm Beach next week. Chinese President Xi Jinping will stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan next week when he visits President Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post’s Alexandra Seltzer reports.
Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Claims bill would raise caps on court awards against local governments

Two House members are seeking to make far-reaching changes to the process by which the state and local governments pay out claims for deaths, injuries, and wrongful imprisonment. Under current law, a legal doctrine known as “sovereign immunity” requires the Legislature to approve payment of any claim against the state or local governments in excess of $300,000 before it can be paid. Though...
Gov. Scott takes aim at House Speaker Corcoran over legal work

Gov. Scott takes aim at House Speaker Corcoran over legal work

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday upped his personal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the future of the state’s business-recruitment agency. Kim McDougal, Scott’s chief of staff, sent a memo to state agency heads directing a review of legal contracts in response to a Tampa Bay Times report last week that Enterprise Florida has contracted with Broad & Cassel, a law firm...
Boynton, Gardens, Jupiter voters head to polls in city council runoffs

Boynton, Gardens, Jupiter voters head to polls in city council runoffs

Light turnout at Independence Middle School in Abacoa for the Jupiter Town Council runoff election is reported, and there were no lines to vote at St. Peter’s Church on Central Blvd. this afternoon. But Some Jupiter precincts are reporting voter turnout in today’s contest between Ben Klug and Ron Delaney as high — or higher — than in the March 14 election. Palm Beach County...
Young progressives lead Indivisible, the resistance to Trump

Young progressives lead Indivisible, the resistance to Trump

In the weeks after Donald Trump won last year's presidential election and Republicans kept control of Congress, Sarah Dohl, with a of friends and former Capitol Hill colleagues, wanted Americans — mostly distraught Democrats — to know that their voices could still be heard. Not expecting much, they published online a 26-page document in mid-December, outlining a succinct idea: resist....
Trump puts a presidential-size spotlight on his brand

Trump puts a presidential-size spotlight on his brand

President Donald Trump’s Saturday started with a trip to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia. By Saturday night, on one of the few weekends since the inauguration that Trump remained in Washington, the president was dining at the Trump International Hotel a few blocks from the White House. He was greeted by well-wishers as he entered and exited the hotel’s steakhouse restaurant...
After helping to deport undocumented immigrants, lawyer now fights for them

After helping to deport undocumented immigrants, lawyer now fights for them

In a tiny hearing room at one of the country's most remote and unforgiving immigration courts, Elena Albamonte walked right past the table she had used for years as the government's highest-ranking prosecutor here. Instead, she put her briefcase on the other table, taking a seat next to an Armenian man in prison garb who had illegally crossed into the United States. After a three-decade career overseeing...
Dying patients want easier access to experimental drugs

Dying patients want easier access to experimental drugs

Former firefighter Mike DeBartoli is a man desperate to rescue himself. He suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the degenerative nerve disorder better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, which usually kills within five years. He has already spent one year in a clinical trial, taking four pills a day that may have been a placebo. It didn't help. DeBartoli walks with difficulty and falls frequently...
California's clean-air problem is a lot bigger than just Trump

California's clean-air problem is a lot bigger than just Trump

No state is tougher on dirty air than California. How tough? So tough that, if trends hold, it may fall short of its own goals. As President Donald Trump moves to roll back decades worth of regulation, the Golden State has positioned itself as America's bulwark of environmental protection. The reality behind that is complex, and not only because the Trump administration has signaled it wants to put...
Billionaire raises ethics flags as investor and Trump adviser

Billionaire raises ethics flags as investor and Trump adviser

Since Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor, was named by President Donald Trump as a special adviser on regulatory matters, he has been busy working behind the scenes to try to revamp an obscure Environmental Protection Agency rule that governs the way corn-based ethanol is mixed into gasoline nationwide. It is a campaign that fits into the charge Trump gave Icahn, to help the nation “break...
You can now call your congressman through Facebook

You can now call your congressman through Facebook

Since the election last November, U.S. lawmakers have seen a deluge of phone calls from Americans weighing in on the GOP's congressional agenda. Now, those floodwaters may rise even higher as Facebook rolls out new tools making it easier for users to contact their representatives. The tools, which were being beta-tested but went live to all Facebook users Monday, could lead to a lot more calls from...

More students are looking to head to Canada

Khaled Almilaji has been stranded in Turkey since January. His wife, pregnant with their first child, is waiting at their home in Rhode Island. His classes at Brown University's School of Public Health are well into the second semester. Ever since his student visa was revoked he has been trying to keep up, somehow, from across the ocean. After a federal judge froze President Donald Trump's executive...
Trump to return for sixth time, this time with Chinese president

Trump to return for sixth time, this time with Chinese president

President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach next week, according to Lantana Police Chief Sean Scheller. Scheller made the announcement Monday at the Lantana Town Council meeting, and said the Chinese president plans to stay at the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan. He will be in town April 6 (Thursday) and 7 (Friday). RELATED...
Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Florida Senate delays school testing bill amid GOP rift

Republican divisions on standardized testing temporarily scuttled a bill aimed at cutting back on the number of exams students face in public schools, though Senate leaders said they believed a vote Monday would not completely derail action on the issue. The Senate Education Committee voted narrowly Monday to postpone action on the measure (SB 926), one of several dealing with testing during this...

House plan would end state pay for university foundations’ staff

The Florida House is pushing for $164 million in budget cuts in its initial higher-education budgets. Under a plan outlined by the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Monday, universities would see a $110 million cut, while state colleges would face $61 million in reductions. Small increases in other higher-education programs, including workforce education and private colleges, lowers...
House committee backs revamping Florida trauma hospital system

House committee backs revamping Florida trauma hospital system

After years of hospital-industry legal battles about opening new trauma centers, a Florida House panel Monday approved a bill that would repeal limits on the numbers of trauma facilities across the state. The vote by the House Health Innovation Subcommittee would eliminate a system that allows a maximum of 44 trauma centers statewide and also caps the numbers in 19 different regions. RELATED: Complete...
West Palm joins county in seeking U.S. money for Trump security costs

West Palm joins county in seeking U.S. money for Trump security costs

Standing within sight of President Donald Trump’s weekend White House at Mar-a-Lago, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, urged Trump Monday to “step up” and help Palm Beach County taxpayers recover as much as $5.8 million in expenses associated with the president’s frequent visits here. Frankel was joined by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, who said cyberattacks and...
Boca woman arrested on disorderly charge at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Boca woman arrested on disorderly charge at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

A Boca Raton woman was arrested Friday on a disorderly intoxication charge at Mar-a-Lago after Palm Beach police said she tried to rush toward a Secret Service-restricted zone inside the club and was talking to empty cars. Amanda Ayres Kerwin, 37, is charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors, according to a police report. The report said a Mar-a-Lago...
Jupiter residents complain alot, but will they vote on Tuesday?

Jupiter residents complain alot, but will they vote on Tuesday?

Indiantown Road traffic is one of many issues facing Jupiter (Photo/Lannis Waters) “Complaining on Facebook is easy. We live in such a lovely place. Too many people take it for granted,” said Jupiter resident Cheryl Schneider, one of many locals who want a big turnout in Tuesday’s runoff Jupiter town council election between Ron Delaney and Ben Klug.. See the full story in The Palm...

White House: Trump not giving up on overhaul of Obama health law

Three days after a GOP health care bill melted down in the U.S. House before a vote, the White House said President Trump is not giving up on his desire to overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans in the Congress also urged the President to keep pushing ahead on major health insurance changes. “I don’t think it’s dead,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said...
Post Endorsements: Litt, Klug, McCRay best picks in Tuesday’s runoffs

Post Endorsements: Litt, Klug, McCRay best picks in Tuesday’s runoffs

An election worker sets out signs at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church on Florida Mango Road. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post) Tuesday’s three municipal runoff elections have one thing in common: issues that come with the next phase of growth management.
Commentary: Big issues in Jupiter, so will today’s runoff get votes?

Commentary: Big issues in Jupiter, so will today’s runoff get votes?

Many Jupiter voters who cast ballots today want other residents to vote in the runoff between Ron Delaney and Ben Klug for town council. “Complaining on Facebook is easy. We live in such a lovely place. Too many people take it for granted,” said Jupiter resident Cheryl Schneider, one of many locals who want a big turnout. Development, beaches, crime, bridges, parks, rivers, boats, traffic...
Bill Nelson: No on Gorsuch, yes to Democratic filibuster

Bill Nelson: No on Gorsuch, yes to Democratic filibuster

Sen. Bill Nelson says he’ll vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Nelson photo by Rich Graulich/Palm Beach Post; Gorsuch vote by Susan Walsh/AP) Florida Democratic Sen.
Frankel, Muoio say Trump visits cost local taxpayers millions

Frankel, Muoio say Trump visits cost local taxpayers millions

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio on Bingham Island near President Donald trump’s Mar-a-Lago.

Democrats force delay in Senate committee vote on Gorsuch nomination

Democrats used rules on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to force a one week delay in a vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democratic opponents sent mixed signals on whether or not they would lead an all-out filibuster against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The delay by Democrats – which they can do only once before the Judiciary...

Democrats for delay in Senate committee vote on Gorsuch nomination

Democrats used rules on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to force a one week delay in a vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democratic opponents sent mixed signals on whether or not they would lead an all-out filibuster against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The delay by Democrats – which they can do only once before the Judiciary...
Sick Vietnam vets blame exposure to Agent Orange, but VA won't pay

Sick Vietnam vets blame exposure to Agent Orange, but VA won't pay

Sam Genco, at age 19, narrowly survived one of the United States' worst military aircraft carrier fires. Today, 50 years later, it's that ship's drinking water he says could be killing him. Genco was diagnosed last year at a North Carolina veterans' clinic with ischemic heart disease — a common condition the federal government says is linked to Agent Orange exposure. He suffers from severely...
GOP, unified against Obama, struggles for consensus under Trump

GOP, unified against Obama, struggles for consensus under Trump

Whenever a major conservative plan in Washington has collapsed, blame has usually been fairly easy to pin on the Republican hard-liners who insist on purity over practicality. But as Republicans sifted through the detritus of their failed effort to replace the Affordable Care Act, they were finding fault almost everywhere they looked. President Donald Trump, posting on Twitter on Sunday, saw multiple...
Pelley is pulling no punches — and people are taking notice

Pelley is pulling no punches — and people are taking notice

With the words "credibility questioned" prominent on the screen, Scott Pelley once again is doing what network evening-news anchors generally don't do: abandoning careful neutrality in favor of pointed truth-telling.  He is talking Thursday night about President Donald Trump. And here are some of the words he is using: "his boasting and tendency to believe conspiracy theories."...
Frankel seeks federal money for local costs when Trump visits

Frankel seeks federal money for local costs when Trump visits

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies assist the Secret Service when President Donald Trump visits Palm Beach.

Drugmakers take to airwaves to counter Trump's charge

The top trade association for U.S. drugmakers is spending more on television advertising than any other special-interest group, part of a multi-year campaign to repair the industry's reputation and counter President Donald Trump's claims that it's "getting away with murder" on pricing. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, commonly known as PhRMA, has already spent an...
Study: U.S. may not need a wall to keep immigrants out

Study: U.S. may not need a wall to keep immigrants out

The White House is already moving forward with its plan to construct a massive wall along the southern border of the country. But new research suggests the influx of low-skilled immigrants is already dropping, as forces that are far more powerful than a wall act to keep immigrants out. In a new paper, economists at the University of California San Diego argue one of the main factors boosting immigration...
First, a word from our A-list podcasters

First, a word from our A-list podcasters

Katie Couric gets a great night’s sleep on the Casper mattress she and her husband, John Molner, share, and sipping Dunkin’ Donuts coconut coffee makes her feel as if she is vacationing in the islands. At holiday time, Couric is thrilled to receive a package of Omaha Steaks as a gift. Listeners of “Katie Couric,” Couric’s podcast, already know these tidbits. Before diving...
What David Rockefeller wanted built got built

What David Rockefeller wanted built got built

David and Nelson were not just the names of two Rockefeller brothers. They were the names of the twin towers at the World Trade Center. More accurately, they were nicknames given to the towers — David, because David Rockefeller, as chairman of the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, originated the idea; Nelson, because Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York signed the legislation that made...

After health care bill failure, Trump has few legislative victories on the horizon in Congress

After a Republican push in Congress on a GOP health care overhaul bill melted down last Friday, there are not many opportunities for President Donald Trump to turn things around on Capitol Hill right now, as with little of his agenda in the pipeline, it is possible that the President may have to waits months for a significant legislative achievement to make it through the Congress. Here is where things...
Tragedy pushes family to brink of homelessness before help arrives

Tragedy pushes family to brink of homelessness before help arrives

Only a handful of the glitterati who will gather Saturday night for the Mayor’s Ball at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will have met Carnell Olofin. In suits and sequin, they will exchange pleasantries and smiles, secure and happy in the knowledge that, again, their efforts have raised lots of money to combat homelessness. But they, like most people, probably don’t know what homelessness...
Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

Milestone: Trump plays first presidential golf outside Florida

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach.
Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.  For about an hour, the agents mix discussions about border security with shoptalk and freewheeling news commentary in a show that airs...

POINT OF VIEW Negative signals from Legislature suppress job numbers

Headlines across Florida recently highlighted the strong private-sector jobs created in January. It’s true, January was a banner month for jobs with 51,000 new jobs added in Florida. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news turns to concern. That’s because brand-new U.S. labor statistics show Florida created fewer jobs in 2016 than in 2015 — 60,800 private-sector jobs fewer...
At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Republicans shrug off health care failure

At Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Republicans shrug off health care failure

Within the walls of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound, Friday’s implosion of a long-promised Republican health care overhaul was not seen as a legacy-shaping humiliation for the new president but as a trifling interruption on the path to making America great again. Trump’s pledge to obliterate Obamacare — a central theme of his 2016 candidacy and a staple of Republican campaign...
Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

State Senate President Joe Negron walked into a lion’s den last weekend at Pahokee High School. A spillover crowd wanted their district’s Republican senator to see how strongly they oppose a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, and how fearful they are that agricultural land would go out of production, taking their jobs and sinking their struggling communities. The anguish is understandable...
Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

BROWNSVILLE, TX — Most mornings, 19-year-old Greg Garcia passes through an opening in a rusting, 18-foot-high steel fence on his way to classes at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, where he studies the air conditioning sciences. On his way home, he drives south past the border fence. More often than not he is waved through by Border Patrol agents stationed at the opening who have come...

What’s next for Trump, GOP agenda after health care debacle

After the collapse of health care reform legislation in the House on Friday, Republicans in the Congress and President Donald Trump now must decide what’s next on their respective agendas, as the GOP tries to pick up the pieces from a very public legislative failure over an issue that had been their central political focus for the last seven years. Here’s the look from Capitol Hill. 1...
Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump makes cameo as Palm Beach County GOP raises money at Mar-a-Lago

Melania Trump leaves a VIP reception before the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago Club Friday in Palm Beach.
Candidates helping voters vote? Legislator pushes to make it illegal

Candidates helping voters vote? Legislator pushes to make it illegal

State Rep. Emily Slosberg has proposed legislation to make it illegal for candidates to go into people’s homes and help them fill out their vote-by-mail ballot, closing a loophole revealed in a recent Palm Beach Post investigation. Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, cited The Post’s story when she proposed an amendment Wednesday to make the practice a third-degree felony. But she withdrew the...
Political scandals aren't what they used to be — just ask Trey Radel

Political scandals aren't what they used to be — just ask Trey Radel

In late 2013, federal agents arrested Rep. Trey Radel after he attempted to buy $250 worth of cocaine near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Three months later, the Florida Republican resigned from Congress. Now, three years after that, he's back with a book about his experience. Such is the cycle of a Washington scandal. "Democrazy" is the story of Radel's journey from TV reporter...
Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.  The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night...
Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

You may have noticed that one thing folks in power dislike most is being checked. And the more authoritarian they are, the more they dislike it. To understand this is to understand why our judiciary — on county, state and federal levels — has come under increasing attack in recent years from their brethren in the executive and legislative branches. Sometimes, to the point of it becoming...
Constituents as divided on Obamacare repeal as congressional lawmakers

Constituents as divided on Obamacare repeal as congressional lawmakers

President Donald Trump not so long ago remarked, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” and its complexities came back to bite the House plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act 64 days into his term. The core compaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare collapsed in a staggering defeat under crossfire from very different directions: From conservative GOP members who thought...
McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

McCray-DeVoursney runoff in Boynton ‘boiling down’ along racial lines

Minister Bernard Wright thinks Dr. James DeVoursney is qualified enough to trust him as his dermatologist, but not enough to vote for the doctor to represent him as his city commissioner. That job should remain with a black man — specifically Vice Mayor Mack McCray — said Wright, who recently posted the opinion on his Facebook page, leading to it being shared and widely discussed. &ldquo...