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Republican Presidents more often the target of big Inauguration protests

Republican Presidents more often the target of big Inauguration protests

As opponents of President-Elect Donald Trump get ready to rally opposite his swearing-in on Friday, a look back at inaugural protests shows there have been a number of major demonstrations in the last forty years – with the larger protests all targeting Republicans entering the White House. Historically, inaugurals were celebratory affairs that had little in the way of demonstrators; some cite...
Before the swearing-in, a lengthy dress rehearsal

Before the swearing-in, a lengthy dress rehearsal

For a brief moment on Sunday morning, a 53-year-old man named Greg stood on the balcony of the U.S. Capitol, being sworn in as president of the United States of America. Greg's only qualification? He's the same height as Donald Trump (aka the real president-elect). Greg — Sgt. Major Greg Lowery, that is, a performer in the U.S. Army Band — joined a cast of dozens who recreated the presidential...
A Camden address with a link to Martin Luther King Jr.

A Camden address with a link to Martin Luther King Jr.

Jeanette Lilly Hunt was 18 when her father-in-law rented a room in his Camden, New Jersey, home to two students who were studying across the Delaware River at the Crozer Theological Seminary. Hunt, who is now 85, said she did not pay much attention to either student until her father-in-law, Benjamin Hunt, and Ulysses Wiggins, president of the Camden County branch of the NAACP, helped the students...
Republican states face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

Republican states face big health care costs as Obamacare is unwound

States that fought and shunned the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, hoping to avoid the cost of covering millions of working-poor families, will be left with substantial growth in the program even after the Republican-led Congress unwinds the law. From Florida and Texas to Georgia and North Carolina, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program has soared since the passage...
One hand on light switch, Obama isn’t flipping to ‘off’ just yet

One hand on light switch, Obama isn’t flipping to ‘off’ just yet

Just days before Donald Trump raises his hand to take the oath of office, police departments in Chicago and Baltimore have agreed to federal overhauls, Cubans no longer have an easy route to residency in the United States, and new civil rights monuments in Alabama and South Carolina are on the books. Still in the works as the seconds tick by for President Barack Obama: a negotiated release of U.S...
Trump revives Clinton's idea about kicking media out of White House

Trump revives Clinton's idea about kicking media out of White House

Twenty-four years ago, newly minted first lady Hillary Clinton wanted to boot journalists out of the White House. Reporters threw a fit, and the Bill Clinton administration abandoned the idea. It even gave up on a less-extreme plan of walling off a door connecting the media workroom to the rest of the West Wing. Now, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is talking about doing what the woman...
Trump cancels MLK Day visit to National African American Museum

Trump cancels MLK Day visit to National African American Museum

President-elect Donald Trump has scrapped a plan to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day after his comments disparaging U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights hero who worked closely with King and who has been closely involved with the museum. ABC and other outlets reported the Republican president-elect’s change...
John Lewis on Donald Trump: 'Almost impossible for me to work with him'

John Lewis on Donald Trump: 'Almost impossible for me to work with him'

U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ comment that he doesn’t see President-elect Donald Trump as a “legitimate president” was just one of many uncharacteristically pessimistic things the Atlanta Democrat had to say about the state of politics on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. Asked by host Chuck Todd about whether he could accept working with...

Now for the details – Republicans move to forge Obamacare replacement

With quick action by the House and Senate in the first two weeks of this year to approve a budget outline allowing for expedited action on plans to repeal chunks of the Obama health law, now comes the much more difficult part for Republicans, forging legislation that will not only get to President Trump’s desk – but also work for the American people. “This resolution gives us the...
Rick Scott, party host, says Trump presidency ‘a new opportunity for Florida’

Rick Scott, party host, says Trump presidency ‘a new opportunity for Florida’

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York in November and posted this selfie on his Twitter account.
Trump still says he'll make Mexico pay for his border wall, but can he?

Trump still says he'll make Mexico pay for his border wall, but can he?

It's by now a predictable pattern. Every few days, President-elect Donald Trump repeats his threat to build a massive border wall — and force Mexico to pay for it. And each time, Mexican leaders respond the same way. "Neither today, nor tomorrow nor never Mexico will pay for that stupid wall. If Trump wants a monument to his ego, let him pay for it!!" former Mexican President Vicente...
Florida Dems pick new chairman; GOP makes Palm Beach County’s Barnett state vice chair

Florida Dems pick new chairman; GOP makes Palm Beach County’s Barnett state vice chair

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia, left, with Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Michael Barnett in Tallahassee in December.
Atlanta mayor to Trump: 'John Lewis an American hero'

Atlanta mayor to Trump: 'John Lewis an American hero'

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back Saturday on President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ district. In a series of tweets, Reed said: “John Lewis is an American hero & a national treasure. Period. Full stop." “That PEOTUS Trump would attack Congressman Lewis on MLK Day weekend for 'all talk…no action' when he...
Rick Scott: Trump inaugural a ‘new opportunity for Florida’

Rick Scott: Trump inaugural a ‘new opportunity for Florida’

As part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump prepares to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president on Friday, Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans are heading to Washington, D.C., for days of celebration. Scott is hosting a “Florida Sunshine Ball” on Wednesday night and a watch party at a restaurant along the inaugural parade route on Friday. The governor’s wife, Ann...
In Iowa, Trump voters are unfazed by controversies

In Iowa, Trump voters are unfazed by controversies

The Table of Knowledge was delving into President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to upend government, and marveling at how he had forced his fellow Republicans in the House to reverse themselves on gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics. “He’s getting responses; things are happening,” Jerry Retzlaff, a retiree, said. “He got Congress to turn themselves around with one...
Goodman commentary: Combat ‘fake news’ with discipline, verification

Goodman commentary: Combat ‘fake news’ with discipline, verification

Back in journalism school, and in all the newsrooms where I’ve worked since, the professors preached and the pros practiced one cardinal rule: You don’t print anything that isn’t verified. Or as generations of city editors put it: “If your mama says she loves you, check it out.” If you hear a tip, it isn’t a story until you have evidence to back it up. That&rsquo...

House gives final approval to first GOP step to repeal Obamacare

Amid a hailstorm of verbal broadsides, Republicans in the House joined the Senate in approving a plan that lays the ground work for future GOP efforts to repeal the Obama health law, as Democrats accused the GOP trying to take away health care insurance coverage from millions of Americans. The 227-198 vote was mainly along party lines, as nine Republicans voted against the budget outline; no Democrats...

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, got his wish with an assignment to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Freshman U.
Should it be illegal for teens to text and drive? Lawmaker says yes

Should it be illegal for teens to text and drive? Lawmaker says yes

New state Rep. Emily Slosberg takes teen driver safety personally. Her sister, Dori, was 14 years old when she was killed in a horrific crash in 1996 that took the lives of four other people and injured seven others — including Emily. Every person involved in the crash was a teenager. The wreck spurred their father, Irv Slosberg, to spend 12 years in the state Legislature and start the Dori...
Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

It could be a busy legislative session for transportation issues in Florida. Already, several bills have been filed addressing controversial topics ahead of the session’s March 7 opening. Here’s a quick look at a few you’ll hear about in the coming weeks. Express lanes A bill proposed in the Florida Senate would prevent the creation of more express lanes on the state’s highways...
Trump offers morning tweets on Cabinet, ‘fake news,’ Hillary Clinton, Obamacare

Trump offers morning tweets on Cabinet, ‘fake news,’ Hillary Clinton, Obamacare

President-elect Donald Trump speaks Wednesday at a news conference at Trump Tower as family members and Vice President-elect Mike Pence look on.
Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

Barricades won't solve new challenges at the Southwest border

The surge of people from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean who have been trekking in ever-greater numbers across the Americas in hopes of reaching the United States presents the new U.S. administration with a conundrum. Most of them arrive without identification or travel documents, and U.S. security officials worry that global terrorist networks could use the illicit flows as cover to smuggle operatives...
US, Mexico business leaders: Trade good for both countries

US, Mexico business leaders: Trade good for both countries

Mexican and U.S. business leaders are quietly strengthening coalitions from America’s heartland to North Texas to persuade a skeptical Donald J. Trump to maintain strong ties between the two countries. The president-elect has sent ambiguous signals over future and past trade deals and building a wall, or perhaps just a fence along the border with Mexico. The plan is to make the case that Mexico...
58 percent of Americans think Trump decisions will be too 'impulsive'

58 percent of Americans think Trump decisions will be too 'impulsive'

During last year's darkly divisive campaign, as candidate Donald Trump said he wanted to punch a protester in the face and told a cable news host "I have to" hit back when hit against, poll after poll showed that voters were concerned about his temperament. Now a new Pew Research Center survey has asked whether Americans think President-elect Trump will be too "impulsive" when...
Residents of Bronzeville watch Obama's farewell with pride

Residents of Bronzeville watch Obama's farewell with pride

As President Barack Obama said farewell on Chicago's lakefront Tuesday, not far from where he accepted the election results eight years ago in Grant Park, Erik Laudermilk, 36, runs a pair of clippers along the top of a man's head and watches from a television on the wall of his barbershop. He, like many living on the "Black Belt" of Chicago's South Side, says that Obama's presidency was...
Caroline Kennedy, an ambassador whose role transcended the embassy

Caroline Kennedy, an ambassador whose role transcended the embassy

TOKYO — The handwritten note was short, just three sentences long. But it had a profound effect on Ayaka Shiomura, a legislator in Tokyo who had been taunted publicly by male colleagues for speaking out about the problems of working mothers in Japan. “We never know when our actions will have the greatest impact,” Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, wrote, “and it&rsquo...
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 7 DAYS The first series of U.S. Senate confirmation hearings on President Trump’s nominees have concluded.
Justice Department watchdog to review FBI, DOJ handling of Clinton email probe

Justice Department watchdog to review FBI, DOJ handling of Clinton email probe

In a surprise announcement, the Inspector General of the Justice Department on Thursday laid out plans to review allegations of misconduct surrounding the handling of the investigation into the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, looking at everything from the actions of top officials to questions about the release of certain documents before the 2016 elections. The office of Inspector...
Joe Biden wipes away tears as Obama surprises him with nation's highest civilian honor

Joe Biden wipes away tears as Obama surprises him with nation's highest civilian honor

During a surprise event Thursday, President Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Obama went a step further by awarding the honor with distinction, an honor that has only been bestowed upon Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan and former Secretary of State Colin Powell over the last...
Case of ex-county analyst set for ethic board’s first full hearing

Case of ex-county analyst set for ethic board’s first full hearing

The first-ever full-blown public hearing for someone cited by the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics has been set for March 2. The commission set the date for the four-hour hearing at its monthly meeting on Thursday. In November, the commission cited Rowan Hughes, a former analyst for Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, alleging he tried to intimidate a...
Jupiter Police Chief could be named interim town manager in Jupiter

Jupiter Police Chief could be named interim town manager in Jupiter

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is under consideration to be interim town manager if current Town Manager Andrew Lukasik leaves the position. Lukasik is one of three finalists to be the new village manager in North Palm Beach. Lukasik has been Jupiter town manager since 2004. “I support our current town manager. If he leaves, I would be willing to serve...

Trump pick for Defense Secretary takes hard line on Russia

In his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate, retired Marine General James Mattis said he had stark concerns about Russia, directly labeling that country an adversary of America, and accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of having one main goal with regards to the United States. “The most important thing is that we recognize the reality of what we deal with, with Mr. Putin, and we recognize...

Senate takes first step on GOP road to repeal Obamacare

In a flurry of votes that stretched into the early hours of Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate forced through a budget outline that envisions the repeal of the Obama health law, as GOP lawmakers took the first step of what is expected to be a politically difficult effort to reverse President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The final vote in the Senate – which wrapped up...
Bill would ban unrestrained dogs in pickup truck beds

Bill would ban unrestrained dogs in pickup truck beds

A new bill proposed in Florida could change how some people travel with their pets. The measure, SB 320, would make it illegal for most motorists to keep a dog in the bed of a pickup truck or open area of a trailer unless that dog is restrained, either in a kennel or with a tether.
Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal his interests, insecurities

Trump unfiltered: Tweets reveal his interests, insecurities

His message came at the start of one of the busiest weeks of Donald Trump's transition to the White House. It's a week when he and his team are preparing eight Cabinet picks for confirmation hearings, finalizing appointments and gearing up for his first news conference as president-elect. But at 6:29 a.m. on Monday, Trump was focused on what seemed like a less presidential problem: a five-minute Golden...
Will leaving Twitter make life better for these outspoken liberals?

Will leaving Twitter make life better for these outspoken liberals?

On Jan. 1, Sherman Alexie logged onto Twitter to announce he was logging off. The site's "negatives," the award-winning Native American novelist wrote, "increasingly outweigh its positives."  The following day, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed politics and culture writer, declared that he, too, was outta there: He plans to spend his mental energy in 2017 working on a book,...
Fish on a treadmill and other government waste, according to Sen. Flake

Fish on a treadmill and other government waste, according to Sen. Flake

Sen. Jeff Flake highlights 50 examples of questionable, even frivolous federal spending in the latest edition of his government wastebook. Flake calls the latest volume "Wastebook: PORKemon Go." All told, the Arizona Republican's office says it details more than $5 billion in inappropriate spending by federal departments and agencies. "Government boondoggles come in all shapes and sizes...
Pink hats, pins: What's the point of these anti-Trump protests?

Pink hats, pins: What's the point of these anti-Trump protests?

Some 60 days later, Jayna Zweiman still cannot utter the words "election" or "President-elect Trump."  "Nov. 8 happened, and it was a really big shock," she recalls by phone from her home in a sunny, undeniably Democratic state. "We live in Los Angeles, where, honestly, I saw, like, one Trump bumper sticker."  Stunned by the election that made Donald...
Obama races to overhaul police in Baltimore and Chicago

Obama races to overhaul police in Baltimore and Chicago

With just days until Donald Trump is sworn in as president, the Obama administration is making a last-minute push for police overhauls in two of the nation’s most violent cities, Baltimore and Chicago, where officers have been accused of routinely mistreating African-Americans. In Chicago, where a city task force appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel concluded that “the police have no regard...
Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 8 DAYS LATEST NEWS Confirmation hearings continue today.
Trump rips Russia embarrassing info story, reveals business trust plan

Trump rips Russia embarrassing info story, reveals business trust plan

President-elect Donald Trump dismissed allegations that Russia holds embarrassing information about him as “fake news” and ripped intelligence agencies and some media outlets for the story’s “disgraceful” release during a wide-ranging news conference Wednesday. In his first news conference in more than 160 days, Trump and an attorney also outlined a plan to remove Trump...
Trump tees off on news media in first post-election news conference

Trump tees off on news media in first post-election news conference

President-Elect Donald Trump’s news conference had only been over for a few minutes when an email arrived from one of my bosses, asking me to write a story about the clash between the next President and the press. “I’d really like to read your take,” the email said. My basic take would be this – President-Elect Trump obviously won the day over the press, using a familiar...
Donald Trump blasts ‘disgraceful’ Russia claim; cedes control – not ownership – of business

Donald Trump blasts ‘disgraceful’ Russia claim; cedes control – not ownership – of business

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower as family members and Vice President-elect Mike Pence look on.
No ruling, more motions in Jupiter vs. Harbourside court case

No ruling, more motions in Jupiter vs. Harbourside court case

Music at Harbourside Place’s outdoor amphitheater is the center for the controversy (File photo) Almost four months after court hearings, Jupiter files a motion stating Harbourside Place’s first amendment rights have not been violated. Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post. Residents Waters Edge Estates and others have complained about too-loud music from Harbourside Place. Outdoor...

Trump sets out plan to have sons run family businesses while he is President

President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will give control of his business empire to two of his adult sons, and put other assets in a trust, in a bid to ward off criticism about possible conflicts of interest when he enters the Oval Office as President later this month. In his first formal news conference since July, Mr. Trump said current laws don’t require him to make any...

Former business owner kicks off Lake Worth Commission campaign

Ellie Whittey LAKE WORTH — Ellie Whittey, a Lake Worth City Commissioner candidate running for the District 4 seat held by Ryan Maier, is holding a campaign kickoff Thursday at Brogue’s Downunder.
How you can meet the Lake Worth Commission candidates

How you can meet the Lake Worth Commission candidates

LAKE WORTH — The Neighborhood Association Presidents Council is scheduled to host a Candidate Forum on Jan. 30 at the Lake Worth Playhouse. In District 2, Omari Hardy, a civics teacher at Roosevelt Middle School and William Joseph, a private investigator, will face off against  Christopher McVoy. Meanwhile, former TV and film actress Maryann Polizzi, Herman Robinson, a community organizer...
Women significantly under-represented in county workforce, report says

Women significantly under-represented in county workforce, report says

The person at the top of Palm Beach County’s organizational chart is a woman. So are two of the five deputy and assistant county administrators who work under her. But women are significantly under-represented in the county’s overall workforce, according to a report commissioners reviewed Tuesday. The report, compiled to identify areas where the county needs to adjust its staffing...
Today: Donald Trump holds news conference, blasts new Russia claim

Today: Donald Trump holds news conference, blasts new Russia claim

Donald Trump, shown here at a March news conference in Jupiter, meets the press in New York today for his first news conference since July.
Ethics groups alarmed by Trump team’s secrecy

Ethics groups alarmed by Trump team’s secrecy

The first casualty of the new government taking over Washington may be information about the government itself, ethics watchdogs say. The new Republican-led Congress is moving toward confirming several of President-elect Donald Trump’s choices to run executive-branch departments even though they have not had their financial disclosures vetted and cleared by ethics officials. The first act by...