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

BREAKING: 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.  ...
Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

President Donald Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.   Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting-match of a news conference in...
Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound about why President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that “many sides” are to blame for the white supremacist-fueled violence in Virginia over the weekend.   Some suggested the president does not want to alienate whites who voted for him out of a sense of racial grievance. Others said he was offering his white nationalist supporters a wink and a nod. Yet another...
What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame shared for recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead and 19 injured.   He also used a term that some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities have for months advancedof a violent wing of liberal activists — the alt-left.   "What about the alt-left that...
Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."   But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, "Which Trump?"   Was it the Trump...
Wasserman Schultz wants Florida Confederate statue out of U.S. Capitol

Wasserman Schultz wants Florida Confederate statue out of U.S. Capitol

With Confederate symbols drawing renewed scrutiny after Saturday’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature on Tuesday to make good on their 2016 decision to remove a statue of a Confederate general that represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran...
Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson criticized President Donald Trump‘s remarks today suggesting white supremacists weren’t the only ones to blame for Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. “You had a...
Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard repeated his call Tuesday to give the county some oversight of the county Housing Authority, whose chief executive was fired last month amid allegations of financial mismanagement. Meanwhile, a firm that once employed Bernard is attempting to get nearly $339,000 from the authority for work on an aborted development project in Boynton Beach, records obtained...
Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Seventy years after the end of World War II, 32-year-old Heather Heyer died fighting Nazis. On American soil. Fifty years after passage of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died protecting the right of white supremacists to demonstrate. On American soil. The pain of this seminal moment fresh on Saturday, President Donald J. Trump, instead of identifying...
Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Editor’s note: Our mailbox is overflowing with letters about the weekend’s hate-group rally in Charlottesville, Va., a high proportion of them criticizing President Donald Trump for his response to the violence. Here is a sample. Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially During last year’s election, I supported Donald Trump with serious reservations. Since he took office...
Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

With legislative committees poised to start meeting again in less than a month in preparation for the 2018 session, Florida Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday revamped the leadership of several key Senate panels. Negron, R-Stuart, appointed new heads of five budget subcommittees, while changing the leaders of committees that oversee policy areas involving the environment, agriculture, utilities...
Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump said he has other chief executives ready to succeed the "grandstanders" who stepped down from his manufacturing council in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," the president tweeted. "Grandstanders...
Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue representing Florida at the U.S. Capitol is slated for removal under a 2016 measure — but lawmakers haven’t picked a replacement. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, today urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to meet in a special session in Tallahassee to make good...
The story behind Trump's attempt to lure Don Shula from the Dolphins

The story behind Trump's attempt to lure Don Shula from the Dolphins

NOTE: As the Miami Dolphins get ready to begin the 2017 season — their first regular-season game is Sept. 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — we’re taking a look back at what could have been a milestone in Dolphins history. That would be the moment in 1983 when now-President Donald Trump was almost successful in luring coach Don Shula to Trump’s USFL team, the New Jersey...
‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach in March. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Miami on Wednesday to commend Miami-Dade County for not being a “sanctuary city” and cooperating with President Donald Trump‘s administration by extending detentions of local inmates who are being...
Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Late Monday, after thousands of protesters flocked to Trump Tower for the president's first trip back to the Manhattan penthouse in seven months, the president took to Twitter.   First, he wrote that it felt "good to be home." Next, he retweeted a post from an eyebrow-raising Twitter account: that of right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter known for advancing a...
Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

 When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up.   But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active...
Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will hit the 2018 campaign trail today in Jacksonville. Republican Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, but he hasn’t opened a campaign. Instead, Scott will appear at a printing business this afternoon to highlight...
GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

The push for Internet businesses to remove hateful speech spread to an influential corner of the tech industry on Monday as Web registration service GoDaddy delisted a prominent neo-Nazi site in the wake of violent clashes over the weekend in Charlottesville.   The move by GoDaddy, which registers domain names for 71 million websites globally, is the latest and perhaps the broadest indication...
North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees."   But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by...
FLASHBACK: Remember when Trump’s Mar-a-Lago caught fire?

FLASHBACK: Remember when Trump’s Mar-a-Lago caught fire?

Remember when flames scorched Mar-a-Lago?   Yes, you heard right — but it wasn’t much of a blaze. When the small fire left then-businessman Donald Trump’s estate smoldering in June of 1990, the damage didn’t extend past the servants’ wing.   And though Trump was big in the news at the time — his marriage to his first wife, Ivana, was all over the...
Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Just a month ago, President Donald Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the "great, great leaders of business in this country." On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical executive's abrupt decision to resign from the president's American manufacturing council. ...
Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum Monday afternoon that will likely trigger an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a measure that could eventually result in a wide range of penalties as the administration seeks a new way to deal with what it calls Chinese violations of the rules of international trade.   "The theft of intellectual...
For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

Protesters rallied for the second consecutive evening in front of the White House on Monday, condemning white supremacy and calling on the Trump administration to take a more hard-line stance against it.   The rally, organized on Facebook by local college students, comes in response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that claimed the...
Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran — potential 2018 candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, respectively — called Monday for amending the state constitution to make it tougher for legislators to increase taxes and fees. Scott and Corcoran, Republicans who clashed bitterly this year over state money for economic and tourism incentives, appeared together in Lake...
Palm Beach Circuit Judge James Ferrara resigns, cites personal reasons

Palm Beach Circuit Judge James Ferrara resigns, cites personal reasons

Just six months after Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the bench, Circuit Judge James T. Ferrara has announced that he is resigning from office at the end of this week, citing personal family reasons. Ferrara, previously a commercial litigator from Boca Raton, turned in his resignation letter to 15th Circuit Chief Judge Krista Marx and Gov. Scott on Friday, Marx confirmed Monday. In his short...
Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and Gov. Rick Scott in West Palm Beach in June. Florida Gov. and likely U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott joined House Speaker and potential governor candidate Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, today to call for state constitutional amendment to make it tougher for the Florida Legislature to raise taxes...
Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama wields an endorsement from the president of the United States, is the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar campaign from allies of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and has the backing of influential conservative interest groups like the National Rifle Association.   But Strange is wheezing into Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary here. He...
National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQS_L9l9G8o&w=492&h=307] With Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson up for re-election next year, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is weighing in with a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses Nelson of being soft on communist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, left, is expected to challenge...
A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

The Justice Department’s announcement that it is opening a civil rights investigation into a deadly car crash into a crowd of people protesting white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put a spotlight on what the department’s role may be under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   Sessions was an outspoken conservative senator from Alabama before President Donald Trump...
Venezuelan leader may have plotted to assassinate Marco Rubio 

Venezuelan leader may have plotted to assassinate Marco Rubio 

A powerful Venezuelan leader may have made orders for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to be assassinated, according to local reports.  Last month U.S. intelligence obtained information about the possible death threat, but were unable to confirm if it was real, the Miami Herald reported. Diosdado Cabello, a former military chief and lawmaker from the Venezuelan socialist party, is the one who is...
Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

A candlelight vigil drew more than 100 people to mark the deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The Florida Democratic Party hopes the events in Virginia spur voter registrations. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post) Within hours of Saturday’s car-ramming death at a demonstration against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Florida Democratic...
House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote to simply repeal the health-care law without a replacement.   Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health-care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold a vote on a version of a repeal...
New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

Over two months, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has dodged bullets on a baseball field, buried his elderly father and watched one of his political mentors, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., battle terminal brain cancer.   And that was all before he published a book that doubles down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump, which in less than two weeks since its release, has once again put him at...
Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump's unwillingness to single out white nationalist and white supremacy groups in addressing the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville.   "I wouldn't have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that...
Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

  The 30-second spot, airing on cable news shows, targets Democrats and the media.      A new television ad unveiled Sunday by President Donald Trump's campaign accuses "the president's enemies" of trying to undermine his success in office.   The 30-second spot, produced six months into Trump's term, targets Democrats and the news media, and touts what the campaign...
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