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What happened when factory jobs moved from Ohio to Mexico

What happened when factory jobs moved from Ohio to Mexico

Chris Wade reached into the darkness to silence his blaring alarm clock. It was 4:30 on a frigid winter morning in Warren, Ohio, and outside a fresh layer of snow blanketed the yard. Thank God, Wade thought to himself. He would be able to get out his plow and make some quick cash. Money never used to be a problem for Wade, 47, who owned a house with a pool back when he worked at Delphi Automotive...
Reagan and Trump and the swift transformation of the GOP

Reagan and Trump and the swift transformation of the GOP

"We cannot escape our destiny, nor should we try to do so," Ronald Reagan told one of the first CPAC gatherings in January 1974. "The leadership of the free world was thrust upon us two centuries ago in that little hall of Philadelphia." Quoting Pope Pius XII after World War II, Reagan said, "Into the hands of America, God has placed the destinies of an afflicted mankind."...
These angry voters are telling Republicans: Repeal health care law

These angry voters are telling Republicans: Repeal health care law

Congressional Republicans got an earful at rowdy town halls this past week. But many of the voters who say they got those very same lawmakers elected to office are delivering their own message: Ignore the rabble-rousers and fulfill your campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "I know they're looking at those folks and worrying that it's like the tea partiers who kicked out Democrats...
In Bulgaria, a businessman who talks (and acts) like Trump

In Bulgaria, a businessman who talks (and acts) like Trump

Veselin Mareshki is a self-promoting tycoon who emblazons his last name on the hundreds of pharmacies he owns across Bulgaria. He’s also a blunt-talking anvil of a populist who preaches patriotism, strict immigration controls, friendlier relations with Moscow and, above all, the need to “sweep away the garbage” of a corrupt political establishment. Mareshki, 49, recognizes that the...
Sure the media is biased. But the enemy? Not quite

Sure the media is biased. But the enemy? Not quite

Biased? Probably. Oppositional? Maybe. Essential? In theory. But the enemy? Not so much. President Donald Trump last week called the news media “the enemy of the American people.” But in interviews around the country this week, Americans of varying political affiliations, even those with serious misgivings about the media, largely allowed that the president’s characterization had...
Trump ruled the tabloid media; Washington is different story

Trump ruled the tabloid media; Washington is different story

The White House press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet he sees as the epitome of low-road, New York Post-style gossip: “Page Six reporter.” Whether the New England-bred spokesman realizes it or not, the expression is perhaps less an insult than a reminder of an era when now President Donald Trump mastered the New...
The Trump-like figures popping up in Central Europe

The Trump-like figures popping up in Central Europe

Political outsiders across Central Europe, preaching a populist message and promising to overturn the establishment, have felt the wind at their backs since the election of President Donald Trump. Many of them embrace their resemblance to him, whether it is their backgrounds in business, their bombastic personalities or their canny use of celebrity and social media. ANDREJ BABIS, 62, Czech Republic...
GOP Congress returns with big blanks to fill on health care

GOP Congress returns with big blanks to fill on health care

After talking for the past six years about why they would repeal and then replace the Obama health law, Republicans lawmakers in the Congress return to Washington this week with many in both parties still waiting to see exactly what choices the GOP will make on changes to the nation’s health care system. “Republican Senators are leading the charge to repeal Obamacare,” said Sen....

Trump pick for Navy Secretary withdraws nomination

For the second time in recent weeks, a choice for a top Pentagon leadership job by President Donald Trump has withdrawn, as Philip Bilden on Sunday evening gave up his nomination for Secretary of the Navy, unable to get around financial ethics restrictions related to his own personal investments. “This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in...

Trump speech to Congress this week offers chance to push agenda

While President Donald Trump has spent a good chunk of time in recent days battling with the news media, his speech to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday will give him the chance to spur some momentum for his legislative agenda, as Republicans struggle to find final agreement on a plan to repeal and replace the Obama health law. “The theme of the address will be the renewal of the American...
Rick Scott eats lunch, dinner with Trump after scoring key RGA post

Rick Scott eats lunch, dinner with Trump after scoring key RGA post

Florida guys hangin’ in the Oval — Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump on Saturday.
Trump used to live-tweet the Oscars; guess how much he liked them

Trump used to live-tweet the Oscars; guess how much he liked them

In February 2015, Donald Trump had an idea. "The Academy Awards last night were absolutely terrible," he said in an Instagram video. "Terrible, boring, ugly sets, everything. I have the perfect host for next year: me." Trump announced his candidacy for president just four months later, and by the time the 2016 Oscars rolled around, Trump was in Alabama for a political rally. Chris...

POINT OF VIEW Ride-booking legislation strikes the right balance

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) applauds state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Clearwater, for pushing forward with both Senate Bill 340 and House Bill 221 this session to protect Floridians. The number of Floridians using transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft, has certainly exploded in recent years. Yet despite...
Democrats select Tom Perez as DNC chair

Democrats select Tom Perez as DNC chair

UPDATE: After two ballots, the Democratic National Committee has selected former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the party's new leader. The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

“Whose child has to die before somebody does something?” That was the question my former aide, Johnnie Easton, asked me shortly after I was elected. It was one of what would become many sleepless nights she had to call me to tell me she would be late because she was out searching the streets for her daughter, Tasha. In mid-November of 2016, she got the answer to that question. Hers. Since...

Governors gather amid uncertainty on future of Obama health law

As the nation’s Governors assemble in Washington, D.C. this weekend for their annual winter meeting, not all Republicans are united behind a big drive in the Congress to repeal the Obama health law, as some in the GOP are worried about what would change with Medicaid and the coverage provided to millions of low income Americans. “I’m very optimistic that the President heard my concerns...
Palm Beach County aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs

Palm Beach County aims to weigh benefits of Trump visits against costs

Much has been made of the escalating costs of providing additional security during President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago, which he has dubbed the “winter White House.” But having the president in your midst brings benefits, too. And Palm Beach County wants to know how they stack up. The county is conducting a review of the benefits and costs of having the president...
Immigrants hide, fearing capture on ‘any corner’

Immigrants hide, fearing capture on ‘any corner’

No going to church, no going to the store. No doctor’s appointments for some, no school for others. No driving, period — not when a broken taillight could deliver the driver to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is happening in the Central Valley of California, where unauthorized immigrants pick the fields for survival wages but are keeping their children home from school; on Staten...
Con: Trump’s too smart to fall for harmful GOP Establishment tax plan

Con: Trump’s too smart to fall for harmful GOP Establishment tax plan

By H. Sterling Burnett Some old-guard Republicans are floating the idea of a national tax on carbon-dioxide emissions. The newly minted Climate Leadership Council (CLC), composed of aged establishment Republicans who’ve seen their stature diminish with the rise of the tea-party movement and election of Donald Trump as president, tried to appear relevant by pitching the worn-out idea of a carbon...
Pro: Tax carbon, give rebates to public: The Gipper would be proud

Pro: Tax carbon, give rebates to public: The Gipper would be proud

By Peter Bryn Climate alarmism has a familiar tune: the sky is falling and seas are rising, so stop using fossil fuels now! But that’s countered by economic alarmism: the unmistakable drumbeat that anything to address climate change will grind the economy to a halt and destroy every job in America. Those in the center recognize both that we need affordable energy and that climate change presents...
'Are you Muslim?' Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at S. Fla. airport

'Are you Muslim?' Muhammad Ali Jr. detained at S. Fla. airport

Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the legendary boxer and a resident of Deerfield Beach, was detained for hours at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month after returning from Jamaica, the Louisville Courrier-Journal reports. Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, were singled out and pulled aside by customs officials on Feb. 7 due to their Arabic-sounding names...
Video: Mast faces fire in marathon town hall from constituents angry at Trump

Video: Mast faces fire in marathon town hall from constituents angry at Trump

For four rough hours Friday, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast was jeered and, less frequently, cheered during a packed, raucous town hall meeting at the Havert L. Fenn Center here. The Palm City Republican was the most recent member of Congress to face constituents infuriated by policies supported by President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Mast, a double amputee Army veteran elected in November...
ANALYSIS: Trump nudges conservatism toward his brand of nationalism

ANALYSIS: Trump nudges conservatism toward his brand of nationalism

President Donald Trump has had a bumpy history with the conservative movement. The part-time Palm Beacher is a former Hillary Clinton donor who once said George W. Bush should have been impeached and whose variegated ideological past includes support for abortion rights, universal health care, an assault weapons ban and a massive “wealth tax.” Only a year ago, as Trump was emerging as...
Donald Trump: Boca lawyer appeals mental health case against president

Donald Trump: Boca lawyer appeals mental health case against president

Although a judge this week tossed the second attempt by a Boca Raton guardianship attorney to declare President Donald Trump mentally unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, the case is not over. Attorney James Herb filed his notice to appeal the ruling of Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Jaimie Goodman on Wednesday — a day after the judge dismissed Herb’s second petition on the same...
Mast gets earful as hundreds pack town hall meeting in Fort Pierce

Mast gets earful as hundreds pack town hall meeting in Fort Pierce

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast was jeered and, at times, cheered during a packed, raucous, four-hour town hall meeting at the Havert L.
Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Rory McIlroy: Golf with Trump wasn’t ‘endorsement nor a political statement’

Rory McIlroy and President Donald Trump golfed Sunday at Trump International Golf Club (both photos by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) It sounds like golfer Rory McIlroy has been taking some heat for teeing up with President Donald Trump last weekend at Trump International Golf Club.
Trump at CPAC: ‘I love the First Amendment’ but hate ‘fake news’

Trump at CPAC: ‘I love the First Amendment’ but hate ‘fake news’

President Donald Trump speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, via CSPAN. President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on “fake news” in front of cheering conservative activists today while saying he’s not against all media or the First Amendment.

Trump at CPAC: “The era of empty talk is over”

Appearing before an excited gathering of conservatives just outside of Washington, D.C., President Trump celebrated his ascent to the White House, vowing to press ahead with his legislative agenda, and declaring that his 2016 win was a “victory was a victory and a win for conservative values.” In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Mr. Trump made the case...
When Trump is in town, drones can’t — and won’t — fly. Here’s why

When Trump is in town, drones can’t — and won’t — fly. Here’s why

When President Donald Trump is in town, drone owners might notice their devices acting a little strange. That’s because the larger drone manufacturers build their devices with software to keep them from flying into areas where presidential and other flight restrictions are in place — as one local hobbyist learned recently. “I was prevented from even starting the rotors on the...
LIVE VIDEO: Trump at CPAC today — a history of an unlikely alliance

LIVE VIDEO: Trump at CPAC today — a history of an unlikely alliance

Donald Trump as a not-yet-declared presidential candidate at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.
From Trump, the nationalist, a trail of global trademarks

From Trump, the nationalist, a trail of global trademarks

Donald Trump has cast himself as the antiglobalist president. But Donald Trump, the businessman, is a different story. During the campaign, Trump’s organization continued to file dozens of new trademarks, in China, Canada, Mexico, the European Union and Indonesia, and one of his companies applied for trademark protection in the Philippines more than a month after the election, a review of foreign...
State uses I-95 signs to warn of Trump-related road closures

State uses I-95 signs to warn of Trump-related road closures

“NB A1A CLOSED AT MAR-A-LAGO,” the sign warned. “EXPECT DELAYS.” Call it a sign of the times: The Florida Department of Transportation displayed this message on its electronic boards along Interstate 95 and on Southern Boulevard near West Palm Beach during President Donald Trump’s most recent visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club. They’re part of a joint effort with local...
Fight Trump, not his voters

Fight Trump, not his voters

A few days ago, I blithely tweeted a warning that Democrats often sound patronizing when speaking of Trump voters. That provoked a vehement reaction. “Sorry,” Jason tweeted back, “but if someone is supporting a racist ignoramus who wants to round up brown ppl and steal my money, I’m gonna patronize.” “This is normalization of a hateful ideology and it’s shameful...
Trump  turns to Wall Street for  jobs. Democrats hope to use that against him

Trump turns to Wall Street for jobs. Democrats hope to use that against him

As a candidate, Donald Trump lumped Wall Street in with Washington as part of a "corrupt" system he pledged to fight against on behalf of everyday Americans. But as president, he has plucked Wall Street executives for top administration jobs and launched a rollback of regulations considered onerous by the industry. Now Democrats are trying to seize on the contradiction in hopes winning back...
Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico

Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico

Few international relationships have gotten off to a rockier start for the Trump administration than the one with Mexico. Days after he took office, President Donald Trump argued on Twitter with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto over Trump's demand that Mexico pay billions of dollars to build a massive wall along the border. The Mexican leader angrily rebuffed Trump by canceling a planned visit...
Police fear Trump immigration plan may hinder effort to fight gangs

Police fear Trump immigration plan may hinder effort to fight gangs

After five teenagers were found dead in this town last year, murdered by the members of a transnational gang with ties to El Salvador, a local problem turned into a national flashpoint, a referendum on illegal immigration. Now, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s broad executive orders on deporting immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Suffolk County police officials are wrestling with a conundrum...
White House: Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies active?

White House: Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies active?

First lady Melania Trump has several companies that are still active enterprises, raising questions about whether they will be used for profit while she is in the White House. Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump's May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife. All but one of her companies had been listed in the disclosure as active, and five...
State Department sidelined in Trump's first month

State Department sidelined in Trump's first month

The Trump administration in its first month has largely benched the State Department from its long-standing role as the preeminent voice of U.S. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to a mostly offstage role. Decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a White House often wary of the foreign policy establishment...

POINT OF VIEW Ag Commissioner Putnam’s selective concerns

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam seems quite selective when it comes to his concerns — suspiciously so. Surprising, no. Disappointing, absolutely. At last month’s Associated Press Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee, he spoke of citrus greening, pythons in the Everglades, screwworms, the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the Giant African Land Snail. But the toxic blue-green...

In switch for Trump, White House signals opposition to recreational marijuana use

A day after touting “states’ rights” in moving to lift an Obama Administration directive on transgender bathroom use in public schools, the Trump Administration signaled on Thursday that while it supports the legalization of medical marijuana, it might be ready to clamp down on states that have legalized personal marijuana use. “I think there’s a big difference between...
Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

Board OKs manure recycling facility, medical-pot-dispensary moratorium

It could take as long as a year before Palm Beach County begins accepting zoning applications for medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries now that commissioners have approved a moratorium. Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the moratorium during a zoning hearing Thursday, when they also backed a land use change that would allow a horse manure recycling facility to open between...
Trump vows to increase deportations, starting with “bad dudes”

Trump vows to increase deportations, starting with “bad dudes”

Two days after rolling out brand new guidelines for deporting people who are illegally in the United States, President Trump vowed on Thursday to follow through on his promise to more strictly enforce existing immigration laws, starting with those immigrants who have committed crimes in the United States. “We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, at a rate that nobody has ever...
Visit the Palm Beach Post at Honda Classic!

Visit the Palm Beach Post at Honda Classic!

Stop and say hi at the Honda Classic to Palm Beach Post reps Ron Carr & Deanna Hamilton at the Palm Beach Post. The booth is near the driving range.  
Trump in Palm Beach: Not this weekend; March visit(s) coming

Trump in Palm Beach: Not this weekend; March visit(s) coming

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Feb. 17. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — There’s been no official guidance from the White House on President Donald Trump‘s plans for this weekend, but all signs suggest he will not be coming to his second home at Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump plans return to Palm Beach — but not this weekend

President Trump plans return to Palm Beach — but not this weekend

President Donald Trump may not visit his Palm Beach home this weekend — but he’s already planning his next trip. On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory for pilots cautioning that flight restrictions will be in effect in Palm Beach County from March 3-5. » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Donald Trump in Palm Beach In addition, Politico reported that while in town then...
Congressional town hall: Tums, death panels and ‘shut your hole’

Congressional town hall: Tums, death panels and ‘shut your hole’

Republicans home for the congressional recess have been greeted with an earful at town hall-style meetings. Many lawmakers have no such meetings scheduled — sparing them the possibility of a YouTube moment — but opening them up to criticism that they are ducking their constituents. ‘Democracy in action’ met by boos in Florida The angry placards were everywhere inside the raucous...
ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales

ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales

Working from an office suite behind a Burger King in southern Virginia, operatives used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account. They weren’t known smugglers, but rather agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to...
'California is a nation': Fringe movement wants break from US

'California is a nation': Fringe movement wants break from US

About 15 people huddled in a luxury apartment building, munching on danishes as they plotted out their plan to have California secede from the United States. "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of an independent California," Geoff Lewis said as he stood in a glass-walled conference room adorned with California's grizzly-bear flag and a sign reading "California is a nation, not a state...
Federal workers grapple with the era of Trump

Federal workers grapple with the era of Trump

A Veterans Affairs employee is confused about whether he can display a bobblehead doll of President Donald Trump on his desk. A Federal Aviation Administration staffer wonders whether parking a car with a blue "Bernie" bumper sticker is allowed in the agency lot. Another federal worker is demanding that a colleague who called Trump a "70-year-old blond playboy" in the office be...
In first month, Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0

In first month, Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0

Dwayne Snurr, a janitor and lifelong resident of this rural, working-class town 60 miles from the White House, was eating chicken wings in a cafe off Main Street last week when he began chewing over a locally important subject: President Donald Trump's taste in vacations. "I guess he's got that place down in Florida," Snurr said, referring to Mar-a-Lago, Trump's Palm Beach resort. "...
US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised...
Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut. Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements — Donald Trump. The plight of this community in northern Arizona will put...

White House delays issuing new travel order until next week

The Trump Administration has again pushed back plans to release an updated version of an executive order that temporarily blocked all refugee admissions along with visits to the United States by residents of seven different Muslim-majority countries, as the White House again signaled it would keep fighting for the original order in court, even while releasing a new one. A White House official told...

POINT OF VIEW Florida needs 5G now

What do smart cities, driverless vehicles, autonomous drones, and instantaneous 3-D downloads all have in common? The need for 5G wireless technology. Under Senate Bill 596 and House Bill 687, which create the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act, Floridians have the opportunity to bring ultra-fast speeds — speeds that were previously available only through a wired connection &mdash...
The 96 hours that brought down Milo Yiannopoulos

The 96 hours that brought down Milo Yiannopoulos

Before Milo Yiannopoulos gained (and lost) a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) invitation, a book deal and a job, the now-former Breitbart News writer had already said and written many offensive things.  That's his appeal to the people who admire and elevate him: "Milo," the personality, is built on the idea of triggering liberals. His Breitbart archives contain a regular...
Ellen rips security at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in new commercial

Ellen rips security at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in new commercial

Ellen DeGeneres has waded into the debate surrounding President Donald Trump’s travel to and security at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. In a recent segment on her eponymous TV show, DeGeneres aired a faux commercial for Mar-a-Lago. While it touts the club’s position along the Atlantic Ocean and "luxurious poolside massages,” it also makes reference to speculation...
Where’s Rubio? Unknown group wants to know

Where’s Rubio? Unknown group wants to know

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio It’s Wednesday afternoon. Do you know where one of your U.S. senators is?
Military officials blame Trump hiring freeze for cuts in child care services

Military officials blame Trump hiring freeze for cuts in child care services

Even as President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his decision to impose a hiring freeze on the federal government as a way to save taxpayer dollars, that move was being directly blamed by some military officials for a reduction in child care services at two Army bases, drawing complaints from veterans groups and Democrats in the Congress. “This closure is a result of staff shortage due to...
UPDATE: No flight restrictions yet for possible Trump visit; will he stay in D.C.?

UPDATE: No flight restrictions yet for possible Trump visit; will he stay in D.C.?

By this time last week, Palm Beach County was preparing for a third weekend visit in a row from President Donald Trump.
UPDATE: No arrests yet after student threw wood at Trump motorcade

UPDATE: No arrests yet after student threw wood at Trump motorcade

No arrests have been made yet in last week’s incident where a middle-school student threw a block of wood at President Donald Trump’s motorcade, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told The Palm Beach Post. The youth confessed to throwing the pece of wood, which measured about 2 inches-by-4 inches, at Trump’s motorcade as it moved from Palm Beach International Airport to...

Trump’s pick for National Security Advisor will need Senate confirmation

While President Donald Trump’s choice of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his National Security Advisor has drawn praise from both political parties, the Trump Administration will have to jump over one more hurdle to put McMaster in that job on a permanent basis, because as a high-ranking military officer, he actually needs the Senate to sign off on his job change. Normally, the position of National...
Two-thirds of Americans stressed about the nation's future, study says

Two-thirds of Americans stressed about the nation's future, study says

The American Psychological Association said many Republicans and Democrats are stressed out over politics. The APA published a report last Wednesday that reads, in part: "Two-thirds of Americans say they are stressed about the future of our nation, including a majority of both Democrats and Republicans. "More than half of Americans (57 percent) say the current political climate...
Editorial: Trump’s crackdown on undocumented threatens PBC economy

Editorial: Trump’s crackdown on undocumented threatens PBC economy

The Trump administration’s new policy guidelines on cracking down on illegal immigration — if acted upon in full — could be a crippling punch to South Florida’s economy. Undocumented immigrants make up a huge amount of the labor force in agriculture, construction and tourism. These just happen to be pillars of the economy of Palm Beach County. Imagine the workers in these industries...
Border wall would cleave tribe, and its connection to ancestral land

Border wall would cleave tribe, and its connection to ancestral land

The phone calls started almost as soon as President Donald Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico. Verlon M. Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation, whose reservation extends along 62 miles of the border, heard from people he knew and those he had never heard of. All of them were outraged and offered to...
Gorsuch, like previous Supreme Court nominees, keeps views hidden

Gorsuch, like previous Supreme Court nominees, keeps views hidden

As he met with Neil Gorsuch in the Capitol last week, Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois posed to the Supreme Court nominee what he considered a fairly basic question on the relationship between the executive and judicial branches. “He really backed away from it,” recalled Durbin, an influential Democratic voice on judicial issues with long service on the Judiciary Committee. “Even...
Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria

Trump wigs in big demand during Carnival season in Austria

So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable hairstyle.  Shop owner Manuela Plank, recognizing a business opportunity, went to work making her own toupees a la Trump.  Plank thought she was ready to meet demand with the 10 Trump wigs she had stocked for Austria's pre-Lenten season...
Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.  Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned...
Obamacare launched start-ups.  They're bracing for what's next

Obamacare launched start-ups. They're bracing for what's next

Four years ago, Noah Lang saw an opportunity in Obamacare. With an eye toward the millions of people set to purchase health insurance on their own for the first time, the 29-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur founded a start-up, Stride Health, that helps them compare and choose between plans — and do it all from a smartphone. Steadily and without fanfare, the Affordable Care Act has created...
For-profit schools, an Obama target, see new day under Trump

For-profit schools, an Obama target, see new day under Trump

Since Election Day, for-profit college companies have been on a hot streak. DeVry Education Group’s stock has leapt more than 40 percent. Strayer’s jumped 35 percent and Grand Canyon Education’s more than 28 percent. You do not need an MBA to figure out why. Top officials in Washington who spearheaded a relentless crackdown on the multibillion-dollar industry have been replaced by...
For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringe to center of power

For a Trump adviser, an odyssey from the fringe to center of power

On the night of President Donald Trump's inauguration, Sebastian Gorka attended the celebratory balls in a high-necked, black Hungarian jacket. Pinned on his chest was a Hungarian coat of arms, a tribute to his father who had been tortured by the communists, and a civilian commendation from the U.S. military. For years, Gorka had labored on the fringes of Washington, D.C., and the far edge of acceptable...
What’s next on the new Trump Administration enforcement plans on illegal immigration

What’s next on the new Trump Administration enforcement plans on illegal immigration

While the Trump Administration has now set in motion new guidelines to be used by border and immigration agents in dealing with the detention and removal of people who are in the United States illegally, there could still be hurdles for the President’s plan to more thoroughly enforce existing U.S. immigration laws – not only politically, but also in Congress, and in the courts. Let&rsquo...
County budget wishes, including $3 million for drug crisis, top income

County budget wishes, including $3 million for drug crisis, top income

Palm Beach County is contemplating additional spending — as much as $1 million this year and another $2 million in 2018 — to combat the heroin and opioid crisis that has devastated families and put added strains on first responders and hospitals here and across the country. The idea of spending the additional money was presented by county staff members Tuesday as they gave commissioners...
President Trump won’t return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, report says

President Trump won’t return to Mar-a-Lago this weekend, report says

It looks like President Donald Trump may break his streak of weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Trump, who returned to Washington, D.C., on Monday after spending a third weekend at his oceanside estate, will stay at the White House this weekend as he prepares to address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, according to CNN. It will be the president’s first speech before...
Lawmaker wants to make recess mandatory for schools

Lawmaker wants to make recess mandatory for schools

The bill that would require school districts to allow those children recess time
Trump Administration issues new guidelines on tougher enforcement of immigration laws

Trump Administration issues new guidelines on tougher enforcement of immigration laws

The Trump Administration on Tuesday issued two new memos from the Department of Homeland Security, outlining the basic guidelines for stepped-up enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, ending the policy known as “catch and release” and pledging to hire hundreds of new border and immigration agents. The plans detail a decision to detain people found to be in the U.S. illegally, and to keep...
Donald Trump’s secret Palm Beach weekend

Donald Trump’s secret Palm Beach weekend

From left: Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney with President Donald Trump on Saturday night; Sunday golf partner Rory McIlroy; Trump at a Monday charity lunch; Trump with Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
Trump’s visits bring empty tables, idle planes to Mar-a-Lago

Trump’s visits bring empty tables, idle planes to Mar-a-Lago

For some of the businesses and government agencies that surround President Donald Trump’s “Winter White House,” the effects of his frequent weekend getaways to Mar-a-Lago can best be told in numbers. $200,000 in lost fuel sales at a large local airport in a single four-day visit this month. 75 no-shows at a new restaurant in just one night. $60,000 a day to pay overtime to sheriff&rsquo...
At World Trade Center Memorial, a bombing is forgotten

At World Trade Center Memorial, a bombing is forgotten

They came to Lower Manhattan from around the world to visit the 9/11 Memorial on an unseasonably warm winter day. They came to see where it had happened — where terrorists had crashed two jetliners into the World Trade Center towers, destroying them in horrific plumes of ash, flames and pulverized concrete. But many did not realize they were also visiting the site of an earlier attack that,...