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Before American Legion, Trump urges unity to conquer American political divisions

Before American Legion, Trump urges unity to conquer American political divisions

A day after a scorching attack on the news media and Republicans in the Senate, President Trump used a speech to an American Legion convention to call for unity in America, arguing there is “no division too deep for us to heal,” as the President signed into law the latest bipartisan bill from Congress to reform work at the VA. “We are not defined by the color...
Palm Beach Zoo, which bolted from Mar-a-Lago, now set for The Breakers

Palm Beach Zoo, which bolted from Mar-a-Lago, now set for The Breakers

It’s same date, different place for the zoo’s fundraiser next year. RELATED: See a list of all the charities that have moved their events in recent months. The Palm Beach Zoo said Tuesday that its Tropical Safari fundraiser gala will be at The Breakers resort on Palm Beach, on Feb. 2, 2018, the same day it had previously scheduled its now-withdrawn gala at Mar-a-Lago. The West Palm Beach...
Florida to resume executions with first use of triple-drug injection

Florida to resume executions with first use of triple-drug injection

Florida’s death penalty hiatus is slated to end Thursday, when the state plans to execute the first Death Row prisoner in more than 19 months. But the execution of Mark James Asay — a white supremacist accused of targeting black victims — won’t just be the first lethal injection since early 2016 in a state that was killing Death Row prisoners at a record-breaking...
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

Like many events that end up with a person in handcuffs, my story begins in a bar. I was in Atlanta earlier this month for Netroots Nation, the annual meeting of progressive organizers and writers, when I overheard friends discussing how to resist President Trump's first visit to Trump Tower. I jumped into the conversation: "Well, you call me, of course." Twenty minutes later, we had a rough...
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast to hold town hall meeting in Jupiter

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Palm City) plans a town hall meeting on Thursday in Jupiter The Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, is the site for a town hall meeting Thursday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, (R-Palm City). The meeting is free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. To make a reservation or for information, go to ...
Kennedy family members arrested after loud party, noise complaints 

Kennedy family members arrested after loud party, noise complaints 

Two members of the Kennedy family were  arrested in Massachusetts after complaints about a loud party and fireworks. Barnstable police said officers responded to a home near the family compound in Hyannis Port early Sunday morning on noise complaints. Police say Matthew "Max" Kennedy, 52, and his daughter, Caroline R. Kennedy, 22, were taken into custody and charged with disorderly...
Florida lieutenant governor shutout streak continues with Lopez-Cantera decision

Florida lieutenant governor shutout streak continues with Lopez-Cantera decision

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (right) and Florida’s 10 previous lieutenant governors. Since Florida re-established the office of lieutenant governor in 1969, the job has been a political dead end. Eight men and two women have held the job before current Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. None has gone on to win another elected office. And the streak probably won&rsquo...
Trump leans on Afghanistan tactics that failed under Bush, Obama

Trump leans on Afghanistan tactics that failed under Bush, Obama

President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy — more troops, pressure on Pakistan and diplomatic outreach to the Taliban — relies on tactics his predecessors tried without success to get out of America's longest-running war. There's little reason to think Trump's approach will produce better results. But with Afghanistan's government losing control of wide swaths of the country and...
Naval collision adds to fears about US decline in Asia

Naval collision adds to fears about US decline in Asia

For decades, the U.S. Navy has served as the foremost symbol of America’s power in the Asia-Pacific. With bases from South Korea to Japan to Guam and a fleet of warships bristling with modern weaponry, it has been a physical reminder of the nation’s strength and vigilance in the region to friends and foes alike. Few images could have been as damaging to that reputation as that of the guided-missile...
Should church named for Robert E. Lee keep his name?

Should church named for Robert E. Lee keep his name?

Police shootings. Charleston church killings. The public resurgence of the KKK. As recent years engulfed America in intense debate about race, the genteel Gothic stone parish in little Lexington, Virginia, quietly debated its name. Could "R.E. Lee Memorial Church" commemorate the post-war fence-mender who had led their church and city out of destitution? Or could it only conjure the wicked...
Tech goes from White House to doghouse in Trump's Washington

Tech goes from White House to doghouse in Trump's Washington

Google once had Barack Obama's ear, served as a revolving door for White House staff and saw its political agenda advance. In Donald Trump's Washington, some conservatives say it's gotten so powerful it should be regulated like a public utility. Google is not alone in a fall from grace. Tech companies — including Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. — that were previously lauded as innovators...
Why recent tax overhaul efforts failed and this one may, too

Why recent tax overhaul efforts failed and this one may, too

The last time Republican tax writers unveiled legislation for overhauling the tax code, it elicited this telling response from the Speaker of the House: "Blah, blah, blah, blah." It was February 26, 2014, and the House Ways and Means Committee had just unveiled a tax overhaul discussion draft, with full legislative text and both dynamic and static scores from the Congressional Budget Office...
Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

President Donald Trump's road to getting legislation through Congress this year to restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure appears increasingly precarious.  Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects. Administration officials have said a plan will be released in the third...
Mnuchin's wife to pay for trip as furor erupts over comments

Mnuchin's wife to pay for trip as furor erupts over comments

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife are reimbursing the government for transportation costs when she travels with him on official business, a department official said. Louise Linton, a Scotland-born actress who married Mnuchin in June, stirred up controversy on social media Monday when she responded condescendingly to a critic on Instagram, where Linton had posted a photo of herself exiting...
For Asians used to North Korean threats, Guam is still a getaway

For Asians used to North Korean threats, Guam is still a getaway

After North Korea threatened to lob missiles toward Guam, the people of this American territory in the Western Pacific stayed calm. One thing that certainly helped the mood: Its tourists aren’t the kind to shy away. Tourism is big business in Guam, an island of 162,000 residents that welcomed 1.5 million visitors last year. Japanese are the single biggest group, and South Koreans aren&rsquo...
Trump threatens possible government shutdown if Congress won’t fund border wall

Trump threatens possible government shutdown if Congress won’t fund border wall

At a raucous campaign rally in Arizona, President Donald Trump demanded that Congress fund his request for money to build a wall along the border with Mexico, saying that if lawmakers won’t go along with his plan, then it could mean a federal government shutdown showdown with Congress this fall, as Mr. Trump . “Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not...
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach sticks with Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for invite-only event

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach sticks with Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for invite-only event

The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach has no plans to move its invitation-only event later this year from the president’s Mar-a-Lago club, council President and CEO Celeste Simon wrote in an email today. “Our WAC December 19 event will be held at Mar-a-Lago,” Simon wrote, referring to the Dec. 19 discussion of “The U.S. Economy and the Trump Agenda” with Stephen...
Commentary: Fight against school vouchers hurts low-income parents

Commentary: Fight against school vouchers hurts low-income parents

Vouchers put educational choices for children in the hands of the people who care most: the parents. The voucher program was developed in the 1980s to give low-income families more choice in where their kids go to school. Rich people already have this choice. Why should this choice be denied to low-income kids who especially need a school environment that will help them acquire the skills needed to...
Commentary: On vouchers, the evidence is in, and it’s not good

Commentary: On vouchers, the evidence is in, and it’s not good

The continued push for school vouchers, which transfer scarce taxpayer dollars out of public education and into private schools, is “a triumph of ideology over evidence that should worry anyone who wants to improve results for children.” That’s how one scholar described President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education. DeVos has been...

POINT OF VIEW: Today’s GOP needs another William F. Buckley Jr.

After the neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., William F. Buckley Jr. must have been rolling over in his grave. As the founder of the National Review magazine, Buckley was an important catalyst for the modern conservative movement. Perhaps his greatest service was marginalizing extremists to prevent them from gaining ascendancy within Republican ranks. In his bid to make conservative politics...
Palm Beach Chamber prez apologizes to Mar-a-Lago for director’s remarks

Palm Beach Chamber prez apologizes to Mar-a-Lago for director’s remarks

The president of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Mar-a-Lago’s executive on Monday apologizing for comments made by Executive Director Laurel Baker, who recently urged charities to “have a conscience” about holding events at the Palm Beach venue owned by President Donald Trump. Baker told The Palm Beach Post last week that she had received...
South Florida Jewish groups denounce hatred in full page ad in Post

South Florida Jewish groups denounce hatred in full page ad in Post

A series of South Florida Jewish groups pushed back against racial and religious hatred Tuesday, taking out a full page advertisement in The Palm Beach Post urging readers to “Stand With the Jewish Community Against Hate.” The push-back comes as the nation is still coping with the trauma caused by the racial and religious hatred expressed during protests in Charlottesville, Va. &mdash...
Editorial: PBC leaders must speak out against racism, bigotry

Editorial: PBC leaders must speak out against racism, bigotry

Once again, our nation’s internal struggle with racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry has found its way to the surface of our collective conscience. And once again, we’re struggling with how to address these poisons. Even here in Palm Beach County. Encouragingly, we’ve seen local citizen vigils and demonstrations. We’ve witnessed an exodus of charity fundraisers from President...
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal to end 29-year career

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal to end 29-year career

The longest-serving judge on Palm Beach County’s circuit bench has announced he will retire at the end of the year. Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal this month announced he will leave the bench on Dec. 31 after more than 29 years of service. “While I look forward to my upcoming retirement, I will miss no longer being a member of the outstanding judiciary of the 15th Judicial Circuit,&rdquo...
Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Stuart, fields questions at a town hall meeting in Stuart in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, will host town hall meetings in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter and Stuart on Thursday. Mast’s last town hall, in June, drew hundreds of constituents angry about Mast’s support for a GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare...
Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

Vice President Mike Pence attends a morning service at the Church By the Glades in Coral Springs in March. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post) Vice President Mike Pence is returning to South Florida. The White House announced late Monday night that Pence will travel to Arizona today to join President Donald Trump at a rally in Phoenix. Afterward, Pence ...
START program aims to keep kids with mom

START program aims to keep kids with mom

After Raven Mosser gave birth six years ago, she woke up to a social worker in her hospital room. Her newborn son had been born exposed to opioids — drugs she had been abusing for years. If she didn't get clean, she was at risk of losing him. Mosser, 26, is one face of the nation's opioid crisis. But the epidemic is also touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance...
More charities cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

More charities cancel fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

With its ornate 20,000-square-foot ballroom and manicured lawns, President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, is often the site of elaborate fundraisers, drawing big charities — and big dollars. But several organizations are having a change of heart since Trump blamed “both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white nationalist...
Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantánamo

Pentagon wants to spend almost $500 million on Guantánamo

Behind the scenes, the U.S. military is planning for nearly a half-billion dollars in new construction during the Trump administration, including a Navy request to build a $250 million, five-bed hospital here that has been singled out for study by a Senate committee. Despite President Donald J. Trump's campaign promise to reduce costs at the remote U.S. Navy base — at one point he mused that...
Malia Obama, after a gap year, heads to Harvard

Malia Obama, after a gap year, heads to Harvard

Malia Obama was 10 years old and in the fifth grade when her father became president, and this week she will start a new chapter. She's off to Harvard, ending a gap year that sparked a national conversation about the trend and unfolded across multiple continents. Harvard's dorms open to freshmen Tuesday, and classes begin Aug. 30. The university is a familiar place for Obama's alumni parents, who...
Unfilled Pentagon jobs worry government services firms

Unfilled Pentagon jobs worry government services firms

Top executives at four of the nation's biggest government services firms have publicly griped in calls with investors about the slow pace at which key federal leadership positions are being filled, saying the vacancies are causing a slowdown in the pace of contract awards and making it difficult to plan for the future. They alternately blamed the White House for failing to offer up candidates and...
Behind a internment camp's barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond

Behind a internment camp's barbed wire, two Scouts forged a bond

When they are together, it's not hard to see the Boy Scouts they were when they met seven decades ago, in the barbed-wire Japanese internment camp that sprawled over desolate fields. One was imprisoned here; one belonged to the only troop that agreed to a jamboree on the inside. Norman Mineta went on to become a mayor, a Democratic congressman and a Cabinet secretary to two presidents. Alan K. Simpson...
Bannon was set for a graceful exit. Then came Charlottesville

Bannon was set for a graceful exit. Then came Charlottesville

John F. Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, told Stephen K. Bannon in late July that he needed to go: No need for it to get messy, Kelly told Bannon, according to several people with firsthand knowledge of the exchange. The two worked out a mutually amicable departure date for mid-August, with President Donald Trump’s blessing. But as Trump struggled last week to contain a growing public...
Trump vowed to hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. It never happened

Trump vowed to hire 5,000 Border Patrol agents. It never happened

Five days after President Donald Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration — immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared...
WATCH: President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan

WATCH: President Trump’s speech on Afghanistan

Going against his own gut feeling that he should pull military forces out of Afghanistan, President Donald Trump on Monday night vowed to intensify American actions against terrorists based in the region, though he gave few details on how U.S. policy would change or on how many more soldiers would be sent in, as the American presence in Afghanistan seems likely to continue...
Other Trump venues lose events as charities flee Mar-a-Lago

Other Trump venues lose events as charities flee Mar-a-Lago

It may not be just Mar-a-Lago that could be losing business. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach is on the outs with 20 charities that have pulled their upcoming winter fundraisers, following Trump’s controversial remarks in the aftermath of the deadly violence in the Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and...
Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on April 6. (Rich Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump will watch today’s solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House, according to a White House pool report. He will be joined by first lady Melania Trump. The president...
Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Trial lawyer and potential Democratic governor candidate John Morgan is promoting eclipse-viewing safety, and offering his firm’s services if things go bad. Trial lawyer and potential Florida Democratic candidate for governor John Morgan is cautioning people to be safe when viewing today’s solar eclipse — and promoting his firm’s litigatory...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

“Where is everybody?” The main Mar-a-Lago ballroom, shown here before a 2016 Palm Beach County GOP dinner, could be empty for much of the 2017-18 social season. PALM BEACH — Two more charities announced Sunday they won’t hold their annual fundraisers at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club and the Kravis Center added its name...
Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Members of the Budget and Appropriations committees have spent about $2 million on foreign travel since the start of 2016, including trips to Argentina, Tanzania, Italy and the United Kingdom, according to an analysis of congressional records. Appropriations Committee members far outpace their colleagues on the Budget Committee in the number of trips and how much they've spent on travel outside the...
Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Jeb Bush once famously argued against Donald Trump's presidential candidacy by calling Trump a "chaos candidate," who, if elected, would be a "chaos president." That's a subjective descriptor. But here is a brief overview of the firings, resignations and disruptions under President Trump: Jan. 20. Trump is inaugurated. Non-career diplomats who were given ambassador positions by...
Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Donald Trump would love what Arnold Kamler's doing. One of the president's top campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Kamler is on a quest to revive a decimated industry: American-made bicycles. Almost all of the roughly 18 million bicycles sold each year in the U.S. come from China and Taiwan. This year, about 130 workers at Kamler's new factory in Manning, S.C.,...
The eclipse's really early birds

The eclipse's really early birds

Thousands of eclipse oglers eager to secure their viewing spots have been pouring into rural towns on Oregon's arid east side and craggy coast for days. But some Oregon residents have been preparing for Monday's total solar eclipse for much, much longer. Kay Wyatt and her husband, Steven, moved to Depoe Bay, Oregon, 15 years ago, in no small part because it lies on the centerline of the path of totality...
US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

Oddly for a nation made up mostly of immigrants, the United States has always had a problem with immigration. Long before President Donald Trump called for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, generations of Americans have advocated limiting immigration. In the 1800s, the Irish were a favorite target, and newspaper want ads commonly included the phrase, "No Irish need apply." Also...
Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Seven days a week, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., workers flock to the hiring center a few blocks from the Mississippi River and line up against the chain-link fence according to their seniority.  They bow their heads as they recite the Lord's Prayer. "Give us this day our daily bread," the union leader intones. Then the dockworkers lift their union cards high in hopes of securing work that...
Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Kara Young, a biracial model who dated Donald Trump for two years before he married another model named Melania Knauss, remembers clearly bringing up her race with the real estate tycoon early in their relationship. As with so many issues, he steered the conversation to celebrity. “I didn’t hide my race from Donald Trump. He knew,” Young said in a rare interview. “He would...
How times have changed – Reagan vs Trump on major tax reform

How times have changed – Reagan vs Trump on major tax reform

As Republicans talk about the need to act on major tax reform, the preparation for that mammoth undertaking pales in comparison to the last effort during the Reagan Administration, an exercise that took time to first develop legislative proposals, and then to wind their way through the House and Senate, as the bill experienced several near-death experiences before finally ...
Protesters march to Mar-a-Lago, denounce Trump comments

Protesters march to Mar-a-Lago, denounce Trump comments

Men and women from Palm Beach and Martin counties came together Sunday to march toward Mar-a-Lago and protest Donald Trump’s recent comments about the racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week. The 70 or so people in attendance chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A” as they crossed the Intracoastal Waterway on Southern Boulevard. “Rule number one is...
NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

And then there were two. Or maybe four, depending on what happens when a couple of boards meet this week. Today, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and MorseLife both announced a change of venue for their annual Palm Beach fundraisers, from the Mar-a-Lago Club to – well, not the Mar-a-Lago Club. That brings to 19 the number of charities that have decided to leave Mar-a-Lago in recent...
Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Gov. Rick Scott wants a prosecutor who supports the death penalty to handle the case of two slain Kissimmee police officers. Gov. Rick Scott has removed a Central Florida prosecutor who opposes the death penalty from the case involving the slayings of two Kissimmee police officers. Scott issued an executive order Saturday night replacing State Attorney ...
Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, citing serious concerns about the safety and security of students, last week denied a white nationalist leader’s request to rent space for a speech on the campus. Fuchs’ decision, which was a surprise reversal from just days prior, was understandable. It was also right. We don’t come to this decision lightly. As an editorial board, we,...
New PBC Engineer Ricks ready to shoulder weighty role

New PBC Engineer Ricks ready to shoulder weighty role

It will take a lot to ably succeed George Webb as Palm Beach County engineer. Webb served in that capacity for 26 years, weighing in on where roads — and thus development — can be placed or expanded. Want to know what it feels like on the underside of a lawn mower? Offering up roadway guidance as environmentalists and developers duke it out over some controversial project must come close...
Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Steve Bannon, near the lamp behind President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago when Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria in April. (White House photo) Steve Bannon is out as senior political adviser to President Donald Trump, but two Floridians close to Trump say he could remain influential. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart website, joined ...
Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been...
Absentee ballot fraud: Candidates could be breaking the law

Absentee ballot fraud: Candidates could be breaking the law

Buried in the state attorney’s recent memo about voter fraud in a 2016 primary election were a few lines that left political observers scratching their heads: Collecting absentee ballots, it said, is illegal. For years, local campaigns and organizations have gone door to door collecting people’s vote-by-mail ballots to deliver to election headquarters, with the assumption that as long...
Lawsuit against Jupiter police chief settled

Lawsuit against Jupiter police chief settled

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow A lawsuit filed against Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, who owed about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, has been settled, according to Palm Beach County Court records. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post
Jupiter top cop settles lawsuit over $1,600 in unpaid HOA fees

Jupiter top cop settles lawsuit over $1,600 in unpaid HOA fees

A lawsuit filed against Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, who owed about $1,600 in homeowner association fees, has been settled, according to Palm Beach County Court records. The homeowner’s association lawsuit against Kitzerow also asked for attorney, accrued interest and other fees. That brings the total Kitzerow was told to pay to about $2,300, according to the lawsuit filed April 19....
Ex-Riviera Beach councilman pleads guilty to Sunshine law violation

Ex-Riviera Beach councilman pleads guilty to Sunshine law violation

Ex-Riviera Beach councilman Bruce Guyton pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor charge of violating Florida’s Sunshine Law by having a private conversation with another councilman about city business. Under the terms of a plea agreement for Guyton, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser ordered the 56-year-old to pay a $500 fine and agreed to hold a finding of guilt, which means Guyton can...
Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more philanthropic organizations said Friday they have pulled their fundraising events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club following an intense social media push calling on people to boycott charities that use the venue. A total of eight groups have now pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago since the president’s off-the-cuff, combative and controversial news conference on...
Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe signing books at Thursday’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest in Boca Raton. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and some other Republicans have criticized President Donald Trump‘s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, says Trump...
UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch event, co-chaired by Lara Trump, pulls out of Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch event, co-chaired by Lara Trump, pulls out of Mar-a-Lago

A day after reiterating its intent to hold its 2018 fundraising event at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, Big Dog Ranch Rescue did an about face and pulled its luncheon from the Palm Beach club. Instead, the organization will hold its event at a new facility in Loxahatchee Groves. The move follows the decision by eight other charities to bail on Mar-a-Lago in the wake of of...
Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Donald Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. If the permitting...
Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump’s statements that “both sides” were at fault in the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were troubling to philanthropists who give money to organizations that hold events at Trump properties, including Mar-a-Lago. And especially so for Jewish donors and philanthropic groups particularly offended and unnerved by images of torch-carrying neo-Nazis and...
Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for grants to repay local government for costs associated with protecting President Donald Trump, and Palm Beach County is expected to make a pitch for $3.5 million of that money. “More relief is on the way for local law enforcement agencies that have provided protection for the president,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West...
Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

GL Homes’ offer of land and money for schools in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve sweetens the pot, but county commissioners who will make the final decision on the developer’s controversial plans say it is not a game-changer. “It wouldn’t influence my decision in any sense,” Commissioner Hal Valeche said. Another commissioner, Mack Bernard, had the same...
Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

President Donald Trump hosted Florida Gov. Rick Scott for lunch Thursday and discussed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee and the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, Scott’s office said. Scott visited Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where he also had a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. The meeting came a day after Scott decried any suggestion...
Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

If you care at all about government intrusion on free speech, you shouldn’t be applauding the University of Florida’s decision to ban white nationalist leader Richard Spencer from speaking on campus next month. As American scholar Noam Chomsky once put it: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” University...
Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, minced no words Thursday about whether charities should continue to hold their events at Mar-a-Lago this season following President Donald Trump’s statements about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. “If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there,” Baker...
Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still president. Hard to know what to do with this, people. In less than a week he’s managed to put on one of the most divisive, un-helpful, un-healing presidential performances in American history. It’s been a great stretch for fans of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan. On Wednesday, Trump had to dissolve his business advisory councils because the CEOs were fleeing like...
‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

As the Republican field running for governor grows, a top GOP strategist offered some advice Wednesday to candidates seeking to follow term-limited Gov. Rick Scott. “Just don’t be Trump’s mini-me, a simple rule,” Rick Wilson told the Capital Tiger Bay Club in a luncheon speech. RELATED: President Trump headlines in The Palm Beach Post Wilson, a Tallahassee-based national Republican...
Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Adam Putnam today with firefighters in Palm Beach County (left); Jack Latvala Wednesday with firefighters in Hialeah. Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor  Adam Putnam, who will attend tonight’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest, was in Palm Springs this morning to collect the endorsement of the 2,500-member Professional...
NEW: A third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

NEW: A third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Three major philanthropic organizations said Thursday they are pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, with one already in discussions to move its 2018 fundraiser to another A-list oceanfront setting. Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Clinic and American Cancer Society announced they were leaving the president’s Palm Beach estate. » COMPLETE COVERAGE:...
Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson announcing his support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid at Mar-a-Lago in March 2016. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Daily News) Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the Palm Beach Gardens resident who is the only black member of President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet, has defended Trump and recalled...
Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes.   "The last few days have been hard to process," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. "As a...
Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump's relatives — go through him to reach the president.   But none of those attempts at...
Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

President Donald Trump's lawyer on Wednesday fanned an already-incendiary racial debate by forwarding an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists.   Trump's lawyer John Dowd told The Washington Post he "shares a lot of things with people" and said it was unfair to equate forwarding...
After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

Gov. Rick Scott with Donald Trump in New York during the presidential transition. Florida Gov. Rick Scott — who on Wednesday said there’s “no moral equivalence” between white supremacists and their opponents — will have lunch today with President Donald Trump, who’s been under fire for his blame-sharing assessment...
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all.   The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach...
Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

The two guests on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends" had been invited to talk about the toppling of a North Carolina Confederate monument Wednesday morning in the way cable news often sets up: talking heads at opposite ends of the political spectrum bickering over partisan talking points.   Wendy Osefo, a policy and social justice expert and Johns Hopkins University professor...
FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

Florida universities are hiring more faculty, providing more scholarships and expanding course offerings and academic counseling with a $121 million boost in funding provided by the Legislature this year. In letters to Gov. Rick Scott, the 12 state university presidents outlined plans for using their shares of $71 million in the “world class faculty and scholar” program and $50 million...
Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction’s “sanctuary city” status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his “ambiguity” about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Sessions scheduled Wednesday’s visit to highlight the Trump Administration&rsquo...
FHP sending message: No ticket quotas allowed

FHP sending message: No ticket quotas allowed

A prohibition on ticket quotas will become part of training for supervisors and higher-ups in the Florida Highway Patrol, a top highway-safety official told Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet on Wednesday. Terry Rhodes, executive director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said the move is part of a response to a report that Maj. Mark Welch of the patrol’s Troop...
Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida’s governor and attorney general, both strong supporters of President Donald Trump, decried racism and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as reverberations continued Wednesday across the country after a deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. “I served in the Navy. My dad served in the Second World War,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “I didn’t serve...
AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Miami. MIAMI — Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to town to commend Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for cooperating with the federal government by holding jail inmates who have been targeted for deportation, but most of Sessions’ remarks were aimed at Chicago, which is challenging the policy. Sessions...
Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally rolled out his Republican bid for governor here Wednesday by drawing contrasts with current Republican Gov. Rick Scott and GOP primary foe Adam Putnam but declining to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s remarks about Charlottesville. Latvala cast himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who will “never sell out...
UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to staff Wednesday morning, university President Kent Fuchs said the decision to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent space on campus...
Yes, there is a Trump Winery in Charlottesville. Here’s a look inside.

Yes, there is a Trump Winery in Charlottesville. Here’s a look inside.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump capped a volatile, wide-ranging, off-the-cuff Q&A with reporters on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend by saying that he has a home there. “I own a house in Charlottesville,” he said, speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City. “Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?&rdquo...
Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala talks to reporters in Hialeah after kicking off his campaign. HIALEAH — State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally launched his Republican bid for governor here by casting himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who’s neither a career politician like former Gov. Charlie Crist...
Goodman: On opposing Trump on bigotry, Marco Rubio sets an example

Goodman: On opposing Trump on bigotry, Marco Rubio sets an example

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks to reporters as he walks toward the Senate floor on July 18 (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) I’m usually quick to slam Marco Rubio for a lack of spine, so it’s only fair to applaud him when he shows some. On Wednesday, he became the first Republican member of the Senate to slam President Donald Trump, blazing on Twitter: I particularly like Number 3. To watch...
Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Donald Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.   The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing...
Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

The Kennedy Center Honors have always been about prestige, not politics — but this year, as the newest batch of honorees ponder the first such celebration to be held under the Trump administration, several are finding it difficult to set politics aside.   During an appearance on the "Today" show Tuesday, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie became the latest 2017 Kennedy Center...
Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

President Donald Trump angrily denounced the so-called alt-left at a news conference on Tuesday, claiming that the group attacked followers of the so-called alt-right at a white supremacist rally that exploded into deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.   “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Do...
Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Then-candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 rally west of Boca Raton. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post) For Floridians in particular, the latest controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and white nationalists has a familiar ring. Trump took bipartisan heat Saturday for blaming “many sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. But on Monday,  ...
Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Sen. Luther Strange emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in a special Senate primary in Alabama, according to The Associated Press. They will face off for their party’s nomination next month in a runoff election, a contest that will test President Donald Trump’s clout in a deeply conservative state.  ...