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Air Force sends fighter jets to enforce no-fly area near Mar-a-Lago

Air Force sends fighter jets to enforce no-fly area near Mar-a-Lago

The Air Force twice this weekend has intercepted planes flying too close to Mar-a-Lago while President Donald Trump is in town.
‘Star is born’: Trump fan, called onstage, is a Boynton car salesman

‘Star is born’: Trump fan, called onstage, is a Boynton car salesman

By being first in line at a rally for President Donald Trump on Saturday, Gene Huber figured he’d earn some bragging rights among fellow Trump supporters. By the end of the day, the 47-year-old car salesman had shared the stage with the president himself, appeared in interviews on CNN and Fox News — and found himself in some internet conspiracy theories. Read: Full transcript of Trump&rsquo...
Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida for a number of debilitating ailments such as HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s in the state Constitution, thanks to Amendment 2, swept in by 71 percent of voters in November. But the law, enacted on Jan. 3, has barely gone into effect. Under the amendment’s terms, the Florida Legislature is supposed...
Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

Trump in Palm Beach: Another golf club visit, national security adviser interviews

President Donald Trump in his private citizen days of 2011 playing golf at his Trump International Golf Club outside West Palm Beach.
Counties, voters eager for lawmakers’ medical pot implementation rules

Counties, voters eager for lawmakers’ medical pot implementation rules

A pair of medical marijuana bills filed in the Florida Senate would regulate everything from how much it would cost to get a license to grow and sell marijuana to who can prescribe and acquire it. Meanwhile, counties across the state — including Palm Beach County — are waiting for the state to act before deciding what additional restrictions they will impose on the cultivation, sale and...
Inspector General seeks 10 new staffers from Palm Beach County

Inspector General seeks 10 new staffers from Palm Beach County

While Palm Beach County fought in the courts over how cities would pay for their share of the Office of Inspector General, the office operated at half its staffing level. Now that the county has abandoned that legal fight after losing on appeal, Inspector General John A. Carey is calling on the county to hire ten new staffers over the next three years, and cover it from their general budget. That...
NEW: ‘A star is born,’ says Trump of Boynton Beach man at rally

NEW: ‘A star is born,’ says Trump of Boynton Beach man at rally

President Donald Trump with Boynton Beach resident Gene Huber at a Saturday rally in Melbourne. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MELBOURNE — The man President Donald Trump summoned from the crowd at his Saturday rally is a Boynton Beach car salesman who keeps a life-size cardboard cutout of Trump at his house and regularly praises Trump on social media.
Risky business for CEOs: An invitation from Trump

Risky business for CEOs: An invitation from Trump

For the nation’s top executives, a summons to the White House has long been a much-coveted honor. Now, less than a month into President Donald Trump’s administration, it’s become something to be ducked, at least for some. As the Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “It’s a tough situation for CEOs. You want to make nice with the...

Senate silence speaks volumes about Russia probe

A surprise meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday with the FBI Director yielded a surprise reaction from Senators, as normally chatty members of the Senate said next to nothing about their closed door meeting, raising eyebrows over that discussion and that panel’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Usually, the appearance of someone as senior as FBI Director...
Trump returns to campaign mode, brings Boynton man on stage

Trump returns to campaign mode, brings Boynton man on stage

For those who somehow missed candidate Donald Trump’s raucous 2016 campaign rallies, Trump — now the 45th president of the United States — reprised most of his greatest hits Saturday in a campaign-style appearance before 9,000 cheering supporters at an airplane hangar. There were no shots at vanquished 2016 foe Hillary Clinton or “Lock her up” chants from the crowd. But...
UPDATE: Two F-15s flew at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace

UPDATE: Two F-15s flew at supersonic speed into Palm Beach airspace

Less than fourteen minutes. That’s how long it took for two F-15 fighter jets to fly from Homestead Air Reserve Base to Palm Beach on Friday night, a trip spanning about 110 miles. Their mission? Intercept an unresponsive aircraft flying through restricted airspace above Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s part-time residence and winter White House, according to the North American Aerospace...
In Melbourne, thousands line up early for Trump rally

In Melbourne, thousands line up early for Trump rally

Supporters of President Donald Trump outside Orlando-Melbourne International Airport today before a 5 p.
Trump in Palm Beach: Morning trip to golf club, Melbourne rally later

Trump in Palm Beach: Morning trip to golf club, Melbourne rally later

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport on Friday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump departed Mar-a-Lago at 8:28 a.
2020 campaign begins with Trump rally in Florida

2020 campaign begins with Trump rally in Florida

The announcement of President Trump’s visit to Melbourne, Florida today didn’t come from the White House. What rolled into my email inbox this week was from “Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.,” the official campaign arm of President Trump, as the 2020 campaign for the White House gets underway with 1,354 days to go until November 3, 2020. “I’ll be in Melbourne...
Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

Hawaii dealt with its own presidential flight restriction hassles

When Barack Obama vacationed on the island of Oahu, in his native Hawaii, temporary flight restrictions — TFRs — severely hampered small plane traffic and commerce at Honolulu International Airport and two municipal airports. “Lengthy island-wide TFR disrupting training…thanks Obama!” one person posted in a 2013 newsletter of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association...
Like Democrats before them, GOP dismisses town hall threat

Like Democrats before them, GOP dismisses town hall threat

Ask Republican lawmakers about the specter of protests in their districts next week, and they'll likely shrug off constituent outbursts as "manufactured" or "scripted." The GOP is largely adopting the Democratic posture from the summer of 2009 that angry voices at town halls don't represent a political threat. That may be true. The question is how Republicans now, and Democrats...
Booms linked to military intercepting aircraft near Palm Beach

Booms linked to military intercepting aircraft near Palm Beach

Two F-15s intercepted an “unresponsive general aviation aircraft” near Palm Beach causing the sonic boom as they traveled from Miami-Dade County, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The air space around Mar-a-Lago is restricted while President Donald Trump is in town. The planes made their way up from Homestead Air National Guard Base and needed to travel...
Trump returns to supporters bearing gifts — and maybe one throwing rocks

Trump returns to supporters bearing gifts — and maybe one throwing rocks

President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago Friday for a holiday weekend that will include a campaign-style rally in Melbourne today and potential interviews with candidates for the vacant national security adviser’s post. After stopping at a Boeing facility in South Carolina for the unveiling of the new 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Trump arrived at Palm Beach International Airport aboard Air Force...
Photos: President Trump visits Palm Beach for third straight weekend

Photos: President Trump visits Palm Beach for third straight weekend

President Donald J. Trump returns to Palm Beach county for the third week in a row.

Trump frustrates supporters with inaction on immigration “Dreamers”

In the face of widespread calls from Republicans to end a special Obama Administration plan that allowed certain younger illegal immigrants to avoid being deported, President Donald Trump signaled again this week that he is not yet ready to simply shut down the “DACA” program, disappointing some of his supporters, but drawing hopeful expressions of support from lawmakers in both parties...
Trump arrives in Palm Beach; vets give president a T-shirt

Trump arrives in Palm Beach; vets give president a T-shirt

After landing in Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport, President Donald Trump greets supporters before heading to Mar-a-Lago.

Taylor hosting meeting to oppose Glades land bill

Former Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor is putting together a breakfast meeting Saturday to call attention to legislation she argues will harm residents of the Glades, an impoverished area along the banks of Lake Okeechobee. The object of Taylor’s ire is a bill filed in the Florida Senate (SB 10) that calls for the purchase of land south of the lake for a reservoir project that...
LIVE UPDATES: Trump arrives in Palm Beach for third weekend stay

LIVE UPDATES: Trump arrives in Palm Beach for third weekend stay

6:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office confirmed it is working with the Secret Service to investigate an incident in which object was thrown at President Donald Trump’s limousine as it drove from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago this afternoon. 5:00 p.m. UPDATE: Traffic is beginning to move more smoothly — as smoothly as it can near...

Senate approves Pruitt for EPA as Democrats delay other Trump picks

Brushing aside complaints from critics, the Senate on Friday approved President Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Administration, as Democrats blocked quick votes on four other Trump nominations, delaying action on them until later this month. The vote for Pruitt was 52-46, as another all-night debate forced by...
Coast Guard issues boating restrictions for Trump visit this weekend

Coast Guard issues boating restrictions for Trump visit this weekend

The Coast Guard has issued boating restrictions around Palm Beach ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club this weekend. The Coast Guard has set three security zones, all of which are in effect from 2 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. The zones, which are expanded from those set when Trump visited as president-elect, include...
White House: No plan for Nat Guard to round up immigrants

White House: No plan for Nat Guard to round up immigrants

The White House is denying an Associated Press report that the administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,00 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants in 11 states. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the AP report was “100 percent not sure” and “irresponsible.” ”There is no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round...

Florida-bound: Ivanka, Jared leave D.C. with Donald Trump

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and their children leaving Marine One for Air Force One outside Washington, D.
Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

Trump’s emerging Florida Cabinet: Carson, Ross, Acosta, Lighthizer

President Donald Trump has tapped four Floridians for Cabinet-level posts. Clockwise from top left: Ben Carson (HUD), Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Robert Lighthizer (U.
Gardens driver: PIP ‘a joke’ state leaders should stop protecting

Gardens driver: PIP ‘a joke’ state leaders should stop protecting

Count Dick Natalizio of Palm Beach Gardens among Florida drivers who are sick of the government mandate forcing them to buy $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection to cover minor injuries in car accidents. Why? They see PIP as a costly, fraud-prone albatross that needlessly duplicates coverage they already have from Medicare or private health plans. Florida drivers pay among the five highest car insurance...
President Trump in Palm Beach, Round 3: Things to know

President Trump in Palm Beach, Round 3: Things to know

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017.
Rand Paul in 2020? He's showing that independent streak again

Rand Paul in 2020? He's showing that independent streak again

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is quickly positioning himself again as a starkly independent Republican, the sort of political branding that fueled his presidential campaign last year. Paul has a clearly conservative voting record. But just six weeks into the new Congress, he's taken some high-profile steps away from party orthodoxy. He didn't get very far in his bid for the Republican presidential...

Kutcher testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Everyone agreed on two things in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Human trafficking should be stopped and Ashton Kutcher should be swooned over. The actor, co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, an organization that works to combat human trafficking, testified at the committee's Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success hearing on Wednesday. Before the "That '70s Show"...
Israeli settlement sees friendly face in Trump ambassador pick

Israeli settlement sees friendly face in Trump ambassador pick

There’s the Friedman Faculty House, the Rabbi Morris Friedman Center for Computer Sciences, a Friedman fitness room at a pre-army academy, a playground and a plaza. The plaques dedicating sites around Beit El, a religious Jewish settlement deep in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, attest to years of financial, emotional and family bonds nurtured by an American lawyer, David M. Friedman, and his...
Gerrymandering is biggest obstacle to genuine democracy in US

Gerrymandering is biggest obstacle to genuine democracy in US

There is an enormous paradox at the heart of American democracy. Congress is deeply and stubbornly unpopular. On average, between 10 and 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress - on a par with public support for traffic jams and cockroaches. And yet, in the 2016 election, only eight incumbents — eight out of a body of 435 representatives — were defeated at the polls. If there...
Republicans identify vulnerable members for 2018

Republicans identify vulnerable members for 2018

The National Republican Congressional Committee named 10 members to its Patriot Program for incumbents who are expected to face tough re-elections in 2018.  “Our Patriots are a group of battle-tested members who won hard fought races in 2016 and are ready to win once again,” NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers said in a statement Wednesday.  “The NRCC stands squarely behind each...
Trump voters show President they can complain on Twitter, too

Trump voters show President they can complain on Twitter, too

When President Donald Trump is ready to let the world know that he is disappointed with the intelligence community, the United States judiciary, individual journalists, department stores or whatever else lands on his radar, he uses Twitter to blast his targets. It was only a matter of time until his supporters adopted his style. “I voted for you but you’re still acting like a baby,&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW ‘Mr. President, you can fix this’

Welcome back to the winter White House, Mr. President. We are grateful you call Florida your second home. But we are in trouble. Too much polluted water is dumped from Lake Okeechobee onto the communities along the east and west coasts. This has been going on for decades, but the effects are becoming critical. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 242 days last year because of toxic algae...
Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

I know a lot of you were saying in December that this administration wouldn’t last a month. But I’ll bet you didn’t actually have “worry about collapse of the government” written down on your schedule for February. Americans who went into a state of shock after the election are now floating in new, hitherto-uncharted realms of worry. We’ve learned that Donald Trump&rsquo...
Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still...

No shortage of notable moments in Trump’s first solo news conference

President Trump created all sorts of headlines in his over one hour news conference at the White House on Thursday, as he strongly defended the work of the new administration, using almost every chance he had to slam the press corps, accusing reporters of doing all they could to undermine his efforts to turn the nation in the right direction. “To be honest, I inherited a mess. It’s a mess...

POINT OF VIEW: I’m a deplorable, and I’m glad I voted for Donald Trump

My views on most issues are not fashionable or attractive to the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities, educators or Democrats. I am weary of lectures about what values I should have and how insensitive I am. I am tired of being “guilted” for having a job, finding a way to live comfortably and having a practical sense of priority on global warming. I make choices and decisions based...
Trump in Palm Beach: President will be in and out of town this weekend

Trump in Palm Beach: President will be in and out of town this weekend

After two consecutive weekends of mixing work and recreation at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump returns Friday for a weekend that will also include some politics. Trump is expected to arrive on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in the afternoon, sometime after he makes a 12:30 p.m. visit to a Boeing plant in South Carolina. Trump’s plans include a Saturday rally at 5 p.m....
Labor nominee targeted public corruption in PB County

Labor nominee targeted public corruption in PB County

His may not be a household name, but residents of Palm Beach County know the work of Alex Acosta, the former U.S. attorney set to be the first and only Hispanic in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet if confirmed as labor secretary. Acosta, a Cuban-American, served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2006 to 2009 and spearheaded public corruption prosecutions here...
Trump in Palm Beach: Expect more than one helicopter when he visits

Trump in Palm Beach: Expect more than one helicopter when he visits

President Donald Trump, who once sued Palm Beach County over noisy jets flying over Mar-a-Lago, got final approval on Thursday to build a helipad at the winter White House despite a neighbor’s complaint that the president’s helicopters would far exceed the town’s noise limits. “Nobody is questioning the right of the president to come to a place he loves and calls the winter...
Nelson announces opposition to Trump’s EPA pick

Nelson announces opposition to Trump’s EPA pick

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson has announced his opposition to President Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, shut down his office’s environmental protection unit. Critics fear he will curtail the EPA’s enforcement authority. Nelson said he won’t vote to confirm Pruitt because of his ties to the oil and gas...

Trump defends his work in office, spars with press over coverage

In a wide ranging White House news conference, President Donald Trump defended the work in the first four weeks of his administration, as he repeatedly accused the news media of doing all they can to fight against his plans. “In other words, the media is trying to attack our administration because they know we are following through on pledges that we made – and we’re not happy about...
Trump’s new Labor pick, Alex Acosta, prosecuted 3 Palm Beach County commissioners

Trump’s new Labor pick, Alex Acosta, prosecuted 3 Palm Beach County commissioners

Former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta of Miami, tapped by President Donald Trump to be Labor secretary. President Donald Trump‘s new choice to head the Department of Labor, Alexander Acosta of Miami, is a familiar figure in Palm Beach County politics.
Alexander Acosta: Trump Labor pick’s history in South Florida

Alexander Acosta: Trump Labor pick’s history in South Florida

Editor’s Note: This story originally was published in The Palm Beach Post on Feb. 1, 2009. As President Donald Trump names Alexander Acosta as his nominee for labor secretary, we are posting this article from our archives to provide our readers with more insight into Acosta’s lengthy history in Palm Beach County and South Florida. Three out of seven county commissioners...
Trump in Palm Beach: Local impact beyond security, traffic

Trump in Palm Beach: Local impact beyond security, traffic

President Donald J. Trump arrives aboard Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 3, 2017.

Hearings for Trump Supreme Court pick to start March 20

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced today that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch will begin on March 20, likely pushing the start of a Senate floor fight over his confirmation until after Easter, and maybe into the summer, if Democratic opponents filibuster that nomination. In a release issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles Grassley...
Trump, Rubio meet wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

Trump, Rubio meet wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with Lilian Tintori in the White House on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump is a TV addict

President Donald Trump is a TV addict

There's a case building that television — more than wealth or family or real estate, certainly more than politics - is what President Donald Trump loves most.  The evidence was there all along. A camera in the room is the only thing that seems to truly animate him, for it brings with it the promise of big (or easily inflatable) ratings. A television show is the only thing that ever offered...
Pot industry is on edge as it braces for possible crackdown

Pot industry is on edge as it braces for possible crackdown

Marijuana mogul Seibo Shen is accustomed to fighting — but it is usually on the jiujitsu mat, where the undefeated 40-year-old prefers to engage completely baked. "You know that movie 'Drunken Master'?" he said, nodding to the cult film about a martial arts master whose secret weapon is inebriation. "It's like that. I like to consume so much before a competition that they are...
In Flynn’s resignation, some in Moscow see ‘Russophobia’

In Flynn’s resignation, some in Moscow see ‘Russophobia’

The rosy new chapter in Russian-American relations that many Russian lawmakers were hoping for has lost some of its initial shine. Some senior Russian lawmakers were quick to read the resignation of Michael T. Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, on Monday evening, after 25 days on the job, as a tremendous blow to hopes for improved ties between with the United States....
Airlines appeal to Trump in push to get government out of US airspace

Airlines appeal to Trump in push to get government out of US airspace

Major airlines and their trade associations are pushing hard to overhaul the nation's air traffic control system, urging the Trump administration to take it out of government hands for the first time in nearly 60 years. They have taken their effort to the White House, meeting last week with President Donald Trump. His administration has not yet said whether it will back the plan to transfer the system...
‘Unbelievable turmoil’: Trump’s first month leaves Washington reeling

‘Unbelievable turmoil’: Trump’s first month leaves Washington reeling

The resignation Monday night of Michael T. Flynn as national security adviser caps a remarkably tumultuous first month for President Donald Trump’s White House that has burdened the early days of his presidency with scandal, legal challenges, personnel drama and questions about his temperament during interactions with world leaders. Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, lasted only 24 days...
Congress quietly working to undo Obama-era regulations

Congress quietly working to undo Obama-era regulations

While President Donald Trump's daily activities continue to consume much of the nation's attention, Congress has quietly launched a legislating spree at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The House and Senate are churning out a steady stream of bills — not the big-ticket items Trump promised on the campaign trail, but a hand-picked collection of discrete measures aimed at dismantling the...

Republicans plow ahead with repeal of late Obama regulations

Using a rarely used legislative power, the Senate on Wednesday joined the House in voting to reverse an Obama Administration rule that funneled information from Social Security about people with mental health issues to the instant background check system for gun purchases, all part of a broader effort by Republicans to roll back regulations unveiled late last year by the Obama Administration. &ldquo...
President Trump won't fill out NCAA brackets on ESPN

President Trump won't fill out NCAA brackets on ESPN

President Donald Trump will be skipping March Madness this year. The White House said Wednesday that the president will not pick brackets for the 2017 men's and women's tournaments, ESPN reported. "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket,” ESPN said in a statement. “They have respectfully declined." In an email to the Washington Post...

Florida bill aims to reduce time students spend on standardized tests

Leading members of the House and Senate unveiled legislation Wednesday that they said could help reduce the amount of time Florida public school students spend on standardized tests during the school year. But lawmakers admitted that the proposal (HB 773, SB 926), dubbed the “Fewer, Better Tests” legislation, would not explicitly do away with any exams. The proposal would require the state&rsquo...

Florida death penalty fix on the fast track in Legislature

A proposal that would require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences to be imposed sailed through its first House vetting Wednesday, receiving unanimous approval from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. The legislation (HB 527), and a similar Senate measure (SB 280), is the latest attempt to get the state’s death penalty — on hold for more than a year — back on track...
Boca Raton commercial litigator appointed to circuit bench

Boca Raton commercial litigator appointed to circuit bench

A commercial litigation attorney who successfully represented the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office in a civil rights suit is Palm Beach County’s newest circuit judge, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced. Scott on Tuesday appointed Boca Raton attorney James T. Ferrara, 53, to replace the circuit court vacancy created by retiring Circuit Judge Moses Baker, Jr. The governor chose Ferrara...
Trump’s Palm Beach weekend to include side trip to Melbourne for rally

Trump’s Palm Beach weekend to include side trip to Melbourne for rally

President Donald Trump intends to put a few more miles on Air Force One this weekend with a short side trip from Mar-a-Lago to Melbourne on Saturday for a rally. The president announced the 5 p.m. rally with a tweet Wednesday afternoon that read, “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5 p.m. for a rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport!” Tickets to the rally are free but registration...
Gov. Scott tells county leaders to back business, tourism agencies

Gov. Scott tells county leaders to back business, tourism agencies

Gov. Rick Scott gathered with Palm Beach County business and municipal leaders Wednesday to rally support for two state agencies facing elimination, Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The visit came as local tourism leaders announced a record-breaking 7.35 million visitors traveled to Palm Beach County in 2016 — a milestone they said shows the power of tourism marketing groups like Visit...

Trump praises Flynn, denounces leaks by Intelligence Community

Angered by leaks about the investigation of his former National Security Advisor and questions about the ties of his campaign to Russia, President Donald Trump again strongly criticized the U.S. Intelligence Community, as Mr. Trump charged that Flynn was the victim of a smear campaign by both the press and intelligence insiders. “People are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that Democrats...
Tonight: Trump, Rubio and their wives dine at White House

Tonight: Trump, Rubio and their wives dine at White House

Donald Trump displays his hands during a GOP debate after Sen. Marco Rubio (below) suggested they were unusually small President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host Sen.

Mar-a-Lago dinner: House Oversight chair probes security

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, asking for information on the Trump administration’s handling of potentially secure documents at Mar-a-Lago this past weekend.
Part of Obama White House will endure: Michelle's vegetable garden

Part of Obama White House will endure: Michelle's vegetable garden

It was less than a year ago that Michelle Obama referred to it as "her baby." She wasn't talking about her youngest daughter, Sasha, or the Obama's pet dog Bo, but something undoubtedly dear to her during her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the White House vegetable garden. Her comments were made during her eighth and final spring planting, but "hopefully," she added, "this...
For religious conservatives, success and access at Trump White House

For religious conservatives, success and access at Trump White House

The people who filled the pews of St. John’s Episcopal Church for a private service on the morning of the inauguration were a testament to the ascendancy of the religious right in Donald Trump’s Washington: James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family; Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council; James Robison, the Christian television preacher. Right after Dobson blessed...
It's probably a bad idea to sell stocks because you fear Trump

It's probably a bad idea to sell stocks because you fear Trump

“So should I cash out of the stock market?” This is the question I’ve heard from several liberal-leaning friends in the last few months. I get a few emails in this vein every time the stock market hits new highs, as it did Friday. They are worried that the combination of high share prices and an erratic president mean that the only direction for stocks is down. They are considering...
Michael Flynn is gone and everything is fine, just fine, great

Michael Flynn is gone and everything is fine, just fine, great

To call this past weekend in the Trump administration a garbage fire would be a disservice to garbage fires, which at least shed light and get rid of garbage. The Trump administration is doing exactly what I do when I try to assemble Ikea furniture, in the sense that it has clearly not consulted any instructions and now before it has finished its cabinet a big piece has fallen off. Also in the sense...
Relief in Japan after Abe's visit with Trump

Relief in Japan after Abe's visit with Trump

In many respects, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s trip to Washington and Florida to meet and play golf with President Donald Trump went as well as the Japanese leader could have hoped. Sure, there was an awkward handshake between the two leaders that may have gone on for too long (and unleashed a meme of Abe’s uncomfortable facial expression). But after an election campaign in which Trump...
Memo to Trump: Iraq is too big to fail

Memo to Trump: Iraq is too big to fail

The first few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency have been a political roller coaster for Iraq. On Jan. 21, the newly minted commander in chief raised his oft-repeated mantra that the United States might have offset the costs of the Iraq War by somehow seizing Iraqi oil. Six days later, he signed an executive order banning Iraqi nationals from entering the United States for 90 days and Iraqi refugees...
Senate chaplain reflects on Parks, being first African-American in role

Senate chaplain reflects on Parks, being first African-American in role

For Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, this month is an "important reminder." Roll Call recently sat down with this nonpartisan fixture of the Senate — the first African-American to hold the role. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Roll Call: What does it mean to you to serve the whole Senate, the whole institution, as the first African-American chaplain? Your prayers...

Democrats demand broader focus in Congress on Trump-Russia ties

Galvanized by the resignation of a top White House official and news reports on possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign for President and Russia, Democrats on Tuesday night demanded that GOP leaders in Congress back the creation of a blue ribbon panel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. “The need for an independent commission to investigate grows more urgent...

Editorial: Tougher oversight needed to curb condo board corruption

With no income tax and low business taxes, Florida has earned its reputation as one of the lowest-taxed states in the nation. Or has it? There’s a dirty little secret about the cost of living here that doesn’t show up on those “Top-10 Lowest Tax State” lists: New residential developments usually require association dues — sometimes very large, unpredictable dues that...
Voters will head to the polls March 14 in 21 cities, towns

Voters will head to the polls March 14 in 21 cities, towns

Voters in 21 of Palm Beach County’s 39 cities and towns will head to the polls on March 14, while others will see their elected leaders return to office unopposed. As the qualifying period for most municipal elections ended Tuesday, no one filed paperwork to challenge 42 candidates, including 35 incumbents. That means 12 of the county’s cities and towns won’t hold elections next...

EXCLUSIVE: Who’s running for municipal office in Palm Beach County

Here are the municipal office candidates who qualified for the March 14 election in Palm Beach County. Those marked with an asterisk (*) have no opposition and are automatically elected. Incumbents are indicated with an (i). ATLANTIS City Council Group 2 Aaron Rinker (i)* City Council Group 4 Michael LaCoursiere (i)* BELLE GLADE City Commission Seat B Steve B. Wilson (i) Yousef Muslet BOCA RATON Mayor...
Know your Palm Beach Gardens Council candidates: Two forums planned

Know your Palm Beach Gardens Council candidates: Two forums planned

The North County Neighborhood Coalition and PBG Watch are separately hosting candidate forums for the Palm Beach Gardens City Council election.

After Flynn resignation, Democrats push larger probe of Russia-Trump ties

Hours after the resignation of President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Democrats in Congress demanded a broader investigation of Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, as well as the actions of the Trump Administration, accusing Republicans of conducting “no oversight of President Trump.” “Do you hear the silence?” asked Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) at a news conference...
Florida congressman gets little traction on legislation to abolish EPA

Florida congressman gets little traction on legislation to abolish EPA

A Florida congressman has filed legislation to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, underscoring Republican antipathy toward an agency that has out-sized importance in the Sunshine State in general and in South Florida in particular. The bill by U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, is not likely to become law. Even if it passes the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats in the U.S...

The latest on the legal fight over the Trump immigration order

The Trump Administration on Monday suffered two more legal setbacks on President Donald Trump’s plan to slow refugee admissions, as well as visits from seven different Muslim-majority countries, as despite concerns voiced by Mr. Trump about the need to swiftly address terrorism threats to the U.S. coming from refugees and immigrants, the White House was in no legal rush to appeal the matter...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s costs around $1.5 million and growing

Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s costs around $1.5 million and growing

A Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy outside Trump International Golf Club while Donald Trump golfed there in December as president-elect.
Q&A: Trump has limited authority to 'send in the Feds'

Q&A: Trump has limited authority to 'send in the Feds'

A few days after moving into the White House, President Donald Trump put the third-largest city in the country on notice. "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24 percent from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" he posted on Twitter. The president's ominous — if vague — message to Chicagoans, echoed back decades to when...
World’s diplomats, seeking a bridge to Trump, eye Haley

World’s diplomats, seeking a bridge to Trump, eye Haley

The shock is gone. Panic is subsiding. Now, diplomats who represent the nations of the world are entering what one described as the third stage of grief: figuring out how to deal with President Donald Trump. They’re scrambling to speak with his advisers and poring over his Twitter posts — or if they’re old school, ordering their minions to print out twice-daily lists of presidential...
Dakota pipeline protesters face the inevitable

Dakota pipeline protesters face the inevitable

The main camp here, once home to thousands of Native Americans and their allies who gathered to protest the completion of the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline, is quickly turning into a gooey pit of mud. Unseasonably warm temperatures over the weekend melted giant mounds of snow, and many of the remaining 200 or so pipeline protesters — self-described "water protectors" — are...

GOP lawmakers like what they see in Trump; they just have to squint

Republican congressional aides have set their iPhones to flutter every time President Donald Trump hurls a thunderbolt on Twitter. The congressional morning briefing literature now includes a rundown of social media missives from the commander-in-chief. After three weeks in the White House, Trump has made clear that he is going to continue promulgating conspiracy theories, flinging personal insults...
Increasing numbers of Muslim migrants trek north to Canada

Increasing numbers of Muslim migrants trek north to Canada

Out of fear that he would be persecuted for his bisexuality, Seidu Mohammed fled from Ghana in an attempt to find a new home in the U.S. The 24-year-old man was denied asylum in late 2016. Mohammed and another Ghanaian native, Razak Iyal, decided to illegally cross from the U.S. into Canada, as the AP reported recently. The two took a bus from Minneapolis to Grand Forks. On a bitterly cold Christmas...
Ivanka Trump navigating Washington social, political worlds