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POINT OF VIEW: Our elections are in danger. Congress must defend them.

While the 2016 election may have left our country divided on many issues, it exposed one critical problem that should unite all Americans: Our democratic process is vulnerable to attacks by hostile foreign powers. As our intelligence community unanimously assessed, Russia used social media channels to influence and mislead voters. It also hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards...
Congress back at work on Sunday, still searching for deal to end shutdown

Congress back at work on Sunday, still searching for deal to end shutdown

With no signs of any deal to restore funding for the federal government, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will be back for a rare Sunday session, with no real signs of an agreement to end the first government shutdown since 2013, as both parties continued to point the finger of blame at each other. The main stumbling block continues to be immigration, and what to do about hundreds...
Trump protesters mark one-year anniversary with South Ocean shutdown

Trump protesters mark one-year anniversary with South Ocean shutdown

Usually known as a scenic and tranquil stretch of oceanfront mansions and palm trees, South Ocean Boulevard took on a far different look Saturday when it was briefly taken over by hundreds of feisty marchers protesting President Donald Trump’s first year in office. Holding colorful signs and yelling into bullhorns with chants like “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Donald Trump has got to go,&rsquo...
Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining

Shutdown nixes Trump visit; party goes on with son Eric headlining

The federal government shutdown led President Donald Trump to cancel plans to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office at a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. As of Saturday evening, the fundraiser was still set to go on with presidential son Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel as headliners. About...
Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

Mar-a-Lago fundraiser to go on as scheduled; Trump stays in D.C.

President Donald Trump will not attend a $100,000-per-couple political fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach tonight because of the federal government shutdown. “There is no plan to go to Florida while there is a shutdown,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Palm Beach Post. The fundraiser will go on with presidential son Eric Trump, his wife Lara...
Eric Trump says dad would be ‘hugely impeded’ if Dems take Congress

Eric Trump says dad would be ‘hugely impeded’ if Dems take Congress

Eric Trump and wife Lara speaking to Republican activists at the West Palm Beach Marriott today. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — Eric Trump thanked local Republican activists for their grass-roots efforts today and warned that his father’s agenda would be “hugely, hugely impeded” if the GOP loses its majorities in...
Congress at work on a Saturday as lawmakers try to end shutdown quickly

Congress at work on a Saturday as lawmakers try to end shutdown quickly

Hours after funding lapsed for the federal government at midnight, lawmakers in both parties returned for an unusual Saturday session of the House and Senate, as both parties quickly launched themselves into finger pointing over who is to blame for the first government shutdown since 2013, with few signs that a deal was near on the major spending and immigration issues ...
Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Shutdown: Some Senate Dems from Trump states vote with GOP; Florida’s Bill Nelson does not

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (left) supported a short-term spending measure to avert a federal government shutdown; Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson was opposed. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Five Democratic senators from states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016 broke with party leadership late Friday and voted for a spending plan to avert a federal...
Congress slides into a government shutdown, as Democrats derail temporary budget in Senate

Congress slides into a government shutdown, as Democrats derail temporary budget in Senate

In a high stakes game of legislative chicken, the U.S. Senate on Friday night blocked a House-passed bill to fund operations of the federal government for the next four weeks, as most Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to filibuster the spending measure, demanding faster action on immigration matters, driving the Congress toward the first federal government ...
Here's what has happened during previous government shutdowns

Here's what has happened during previous government shutdowns

It’s fairly certain the government will shut down. If the Senate doesn’t pass the short-term spending bill —passed earlier by the House — by midnight Friday, it will happen. Under a shutdown, thousands of federal employees would go without pay and national parks would close, among other things.  Here's a look at the key players and fallout from recent government shutdowns...
House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker: Florida lawmakers to weigh oversight of high-speed rail

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said a push by some lawmakers for state oversight of high-speed passenger rail will get consideration during this year’s legislative session. But he offered little detail, as opponents want to put the brakes on a controversial new rail service in South Florida following a second recent death on the tracks. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news Corcoran...
Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former PBC Fire Rescue chief Collins says he wants his job back

Former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeffrey Collins, who resigned in the aftermath of sexual harassment and retaliation complaints that have rocked the department, said Friday he wants his job back. During a 22-minute press conference at the law offices of his attorneys in Boca Raton, Collins, a 21-year veteran of the department, said County Administrator Verdenia Baker forced him out as &ldquo...
Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

Trump’s Year One: There’s much more to his time in Palm Beach than just golf

President Donald Trump is gaining fast on John F. Kennedy for most time spent here by a commander-in-chief. Approaching Saturday’s one-year anniversary of his taking the oath of office, Trump has spent about 10 percent of his presidency in Palm Beach County. Through last weekend, the president had made 11 visits totalling about 37 days in Palm Beach County. Most of that time has been...
Trump Administration official says Florida could still see new offshore drilling

Trump Administration official says Florida could still see new offshore drilling

Ten days after Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke told the Governor of Florida that his state was “off the table” for new offshore oil and gas exploration, the official in charge of the review of offshore waters told Congress that no final decision has been made, no matter what was publicly declared by the Secretary. “So, right now, Florida’s shores are...
Revised Trump travel and refugee order to go before U.S. Supreme Court

Revised Trump travel and refugee order to go before U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would hear argument on the third version of President Donald Trump’s travel and refugee plan, which would limit visits to the United States by people from certain Muslim-majority nations, and slow down the number of refugees accepted into the country. Arguments will take place in April, with a ruling expected by the end...
Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

Kelly’s remarks unsettle a tense alliance at the White House

The one thing sure to make President Donald Trump angry, as anyone who has ever worked closely with him knows, is any suggestion that his staff is managing him.  Yet early Wednesday evening, after learning from a White House aide that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, had described his views about his signature campaign pledge to build a wall on the Mexico border as “not informed,&rdquo...
Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

Miami’s Haitians, accustomed to being shunned, rally after Trump slight

When Jacques Despinosse lost a primary for the Florida House of Representatives in the 1990s, he chalked up his drubbing to the skepticism many voters had for candidates from what was then a relatively small Haitian diaspora.  But since then, Haitian-American politicians have made one electoral stride after another in the state, winning commission seats in the counties encompassing greater Miami...
Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

Trump’s travel expenses test boundaries of policy and politics

President Donald Trump has reveled in smashing political precedent, but on Thursday he followed his White House predecessors in one of Washington's usually unspoken traditions: blurring the lines between a campaign trip and official business.  Jetting aboard Air Force One for a quick day trip to western Pennsylvania, Trump delivered a 25-minute speech at a heavy equipment manufacturing company...
As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

As federal shutdown looms, GOP struggles to show that it governs

The federal government late Thursday faced increasing odds of a partial shutdown, the culmination of a long period of budget warfare that has now imperiled what most lawmakers agree is the most basic task of governance.  The immediate challenge Thursday was a refusal by Senate Democrats to join with Republicans in passing legislation that would keep the government open for 30 more days while...
Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

Under tax law, affordable rents may take a hit

The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some 3 million apartments for low-income residents.  But the Republican tax plan approved last month amounts to a vast cutback...
Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka listed as ‘wanted’ on Hungarian police website

Hungarian media reported Thursday that former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, a Hungarian citizen, was listed as "wanted" for arrest on the website of the country's policy.  The entry listed few details, but it appeared to indicate that the warrant stemmed from an incident of "firearm or ammunition abuse" and was issued in September 2016, less than two months before President...

Money for Gardens storm shelter, Glades roads clear early hurdles

Bills that would provide millions of dollars for several projects in Palm Beach County on advanced out of two House appropriations subcommittees on Thursday. “It was a successful week for Palm Beach County,” said Rebecca de la Rosa, the county’s legislative affairs director via email. “I am appreciative of the collaboration between the Palm Beach County Delegation.” »...

At odds on immigration and spending, Congress stares at a Friday night government shutdown

Unable to bridge the partisan divide on immigration, federal spending levels and more, Republicans and Democrats in the Congress were on the verge of letting funding for the government lapse at midnight on Friday night, as members of both parties eagerly pointed the finger of blame at each other for the spending impasse, which could trigger the first federal shutdown in over...
Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers advance new loan type sought by payday-loan industry

Florida lawmakers have started moving forward with a proposal to revamp rules for the payday-loan industry, allowing customers to borrow larger amounts of money over longer periods of time. The House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee unanimously approved the changes Wednesday, a day after a Senate committee backed the Senate version. The proposal, in part, would allow a new type of “installment&rdquo...
House Republicans overcome differences, approve 4-week funding bill for Uncle Sam

House Republicans overcome differences, approve 4-week funding bill for Uncle Sam

After a full day of uncertainty, the House of Representatives on Thursday evening approved a plan to fund the federal government until February 16, sending the measure to the Senate, where the bill is likely to be derailed by strong opposition from Democrats and a few Republicans. The final House vote was 230-197 in favor of the plan to fund the federal government to February...
The Stormy Daniels story is a reminder of Trump’s imperviousness to traditional scandals

The Stormy Daniels story is a reminder of Trump’s imperviousness to traditional scandals

By our count, at least six media outlets were aware of the alleged affair between porn star Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump before the 2016 election.  - InTouch magazine spoke with Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) in 2011 - before she allegedly signed an agreement with Trump's team in which she was paid $130,000 not to discuss the incident.  - Slate's Jacob Weisberg wrote...
Trump, GOP leaders take aim at Senate Democrats in government funding fight

Trump, GOP leaders take aim at Senate Democrats in government funding fight

The political finger pointing over government spending dramatically accelerated Thursday in Washington, a day before funding runs out for the federal government, as top Republicans joined with President Trump in an effort to blame Democrats for any government shutdown, accusing Democrats of trying to use talks over extra money for the military to win unrelated provisions ...
Angela Rye to host her own political show on BET

Angela Rye to host her own political show on BET

Get ready for the perfect blend of "Lemonade" and political tea-spilling: Angela Rye, the Beyoncé-quoting cable news commentator, is set to headline her own show on BET.  Rye, a fixture on CNN, will host and executive-produce a quarterly show tentatively titled "Angela Rye's State of the Union," according to the website Blavity.  "Working with BET always provides...
Trump’s plans to remake the Federal Reserve hit snags

Trump’s plans to remake the Federal Reserve hit snags

In less than three weeks, the Federal Reserve, which is widely credited with playing a major role in leading the United States out of the Great Recession, will be under new leadership. Current Fed chair Janet L. Yellen is leaving, and Jerome Powell is President Donald Trump's nominee to take her place. But Trump's efforts to remake the Federal Reserve will soon face key tests.  The first hurdle...
Reliable Source: New poll shows Oprah Winfrey with a slight lead over Trump in a 2020 matchup

Reliable Source: New poll shows Oprah Winfrey with a slight lead over Trump in a 2020 matchup

President Donald Trump seemed confident he could trounce Oprah Winfrey in 2020, if the TV host-turned-media mogul were to drop her designer hat into the political ring. But a new poll suggests otherwise: Oprah would beat Trump by 40 percent to 38 percent, according to the data collected by the Morning Consult and Politico.  Not that she should start measuring those Oval Office drapes just yet...
Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

Trump administration creating civil rights division to shield health workers with moral or religious objections

The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.  Specific details are scheduled to be announced Thursday. But the new policy appears to be broad and aimed at protecting...
The first congressional election of 2018 is a test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

The first congressional election of 2018 is a test of Trump in western Pennsylvania

It snowed the night before Conor Lamb's campaign rally, coating most of the 18th Congressional District and keeping some voters at home. But 70 loyal Democrats shoveled out and drove to the American Legion hall to meet their candidate for Congress in a district that gave Donald Trump a 19-point victory in 2016.  "I'm not running against the president," Lamb said. "But a coal mine...
Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ are shaping up to be a total flop

Trump’s ‘Fake News Awards’ are shaping up to be a total flop

President Donald Trump, former star of "The Apprentice," knows how to put on a show. Yet his "Fake News Awards" are shaping up to be a total flop.  Trump will name "the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media" on Wednesday, according to a Jan. 7 tweet, but he appears to have done little preparation for the event — if there even is an event.  "...
The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The New York Times gives its editorial page over to Trump supporters, sparking a debate

The New York Times will do away with its op-ed page on Thursday temporarily to run a full-page of letters from supporters of the president, a move that comes amid a tense climate in the country between the media and President Donald Trump, who has constantly assailed supposed biases at many publications since well before he was elected.  The Times' publication of the letters predictably set off...
Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort likely to face trial no sooner than September, judge suggests

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will face trial no sooner than September, the judge hearing his case indicated after an hour-long hearing Tuesday in which prosecutors and defense attorneys sparred over his continuing house arrest and a separate lawsuit challenging the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Prosecutors told the court Friday that they intended to ask for a...
Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Nelson, Mast voice bipartisan concern over Brightline train deaths

Boynton Beach Fire Rescue personnel prepare to cover the body of a bicyclist who was struck and killed by a Brightline train on Wednesday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — The second death in less than a week involving a Brightline train drew a call for an investigation by Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday and a plea...
Bill to create state community colleges board advances in Senate

Bill to create state community colleges board advances in Senate

A bill that would create a new governance board for the state college system and impose a limit on the number of four-year degrees awarded by the colleges advanced in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 6-1 vote, the Senate Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved the bill (SB 540), sponsored by Senate Education Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange. The bill, in part, would create a 13-member...
Baker makes clear her interim pick, not Collins, leads Fire Rescue

Baker makes clear her interim pick, not Collins, leads Fire Rescue

Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker made it clear Wednesday that interim Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mackey — not former chief Jeffrey Collins — leads the department now in the wake of sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuits filed by several employees. Collins resigned on Friday, but he rescinded that resignation on Monday, saying Baker and other county executives had coerced...
Anti-gambling measure will go on November ballot in Florida

Anti-gambling measure will go on November ballot in Florida

Florida voters could make decisions in the future about casino-style gambling, including slot machines, under a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the November ballot. The “Voter Control of Gambling Amendment,” largely bankrolled by a Disney company and the Seminole Tribe of Florida, would require voter approval for any form of casino gambling, an issue now largely controlled...
Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

Lawmakers grill water manager on start of Lake Okeechobee reservoir

A multi-billion-dollar reservoir construction plan to protect Treasure Coast waterways got a boost Wednesday from the House Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee but not before legislators grilled the South Florida Water Management District’s executive director on a start time for the project. Committee members approved a bill that would let the state Department of Environmental Protection...
Trump to stump for Pennsylvania GOP candidate amid Republican election year worries

Trump to stump for Pennsylvania GOP candidate amid Republican election year worries

Making his first foray on to the campaign trail in 2018, President Donald Trump goes to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to stump for a GOP candidate running for Congress, as Republicans have encountered some troubling signs in this mid-term election year, struggling with an election playing field that seems tilted against their party. In stops near Pittsburgh, Mr. Trump...
Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Bill would require intellectual freedom survey at Florida universities

Adding a mandate for an annual survey of “intellectual freedom” on state university campuses, a House panel Wednesday approved a wide-ranging higher education package that would expand Bright Futures merit scholarships. The bill (HB 423), approved on a 12-1 vote by the Post-Secondary Education Subcommittee, is similar to legislation (SB 4) passed unanimously by the Senate last week. RELATED...
Editorial: Congress’ fumbles jeopardize health of millions of kids

Editorial: Congress’ fumbles jeopardize health of millions of kids

With the parties as antagonistic as ever, Washington looks to be on the verge of another government shutdown. Once again, furloughs loom for many federal employees. National parks and monuments could be shut to the public that owns them. Once again, the world might gaze upon the inability of our republic to fulfill its most basic duties in this age of hyperpartisanship. Much attention has thus far...
Thiessen: With cameras in Cabinet Room, Trump proves he’s presidential

Thiessen: With cameras in Cabinet Room, Trump proves he’s presidential

Last week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for nearly an hour they watched as President Donald Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and congressional Democrats made real progress on immigration reform. And it snowed in the Sahara Desert. The reason for the Saharan snow was a rare blast...
Scarborough: Recent days prove that Trump is unfit to be president

Scarborough: Recent days prove that Trump is unfit to be president

The past few days have matched some of the Trump era’s most frantic and maniacal weeks. Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff’s Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” and the slew of revelations that emerged in its turbulent wake. On one side of the political divide, Trump antagonists clutched Wolff’s book to their breasts...
Miami appeals court weighs whether priest can sue Palm Beach diocese

Miami appeals court weighs whether priest can sue Palm Beach diocese

A state appeals court on Wednesday wrestled with the thorny legal question of whether a Catholic priest can sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation or whether the lawsuit is barred by the constitutional separation of church and state. In a spirited discussion about the Rev. John Gallagher’s claims that the diocese slandered him by calling him a liar who needed “serious professional...
Palm Beach County ‘on fire’ in economy, housing, Baker says

Palm Beach County ‘on fire’ in economy, housing, Baker says

The economy — and the housing market — are “on fire” in Palm Beach County, Administrator Verdenia Baker said in her annual ‘State of the County’ address at the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Wednesday morning. “No one wants to go to a location where nothing’s happening,” Baker told audience members at the Marriott Hotel...
Trump administration to ask Supreme Court to intervene on DACA

Trump administration to ask Supreme Court to intervene on DACA

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it would take the "rare step" of asking the Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling and allow the Trump administration to dismantle a program that provides work permits to undocumented immigrants raised in the United States.  The Trump administration said it has appealed the judge's injunction — which said the Obama-era program must continue...
Artist illustrated President Trump tweets to help “understand him”

Artist illustrated President Trump tweets to help “understand him”

Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler  was trying to put together a book of his work that had been published in “The New Yorker,” “Mad” magazine and “The Onion.” “But my heart wasn’t in it,” said Wheeler, who said at the time he was still thunderstruck by Trump’s election. “I was...
New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

New U.S. embassy, which Trump mocked on Twitter, opens in London

The gleaming new U.S. embassy in London opened on Tuesday with little fanfare and no official ribbon cutting. President Donald Trump sparked a furor here last week when he tweeted that he wasn't coming to open the $1 billion building — the most expensive embassy every built — because it was a bad real estate deal and in an "off location."  Many of those who live nearby took...
FBI detains man it says betrayed U.S. spies in China

FBI detains man it says betrayed U.S. spies in China

A former CIA officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the U.S. government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years.  The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense FBI inquiry that...
Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up

Adult-film star reportedly spoke to journalist in 2016 about Trump settlement, fearing he wouldn’t pay up

An adult-film star who was reportedly paid to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Donald Trump a decade before he became president spoke to a journalist because she feared he would not pay up, according to a new account.  Stephanie Clifford, whose professional name is Stormy Daniels, spoke to the online magazine Slate multiple times in 2016 before breaking off contact a week before...
Trump’s embrace of earmarks spurs push for congressional revival

Trump’s embrace of earmarks spurs push for congressional revival

There is a 14-mile gap in Interstate 49 outside Fort Smith, Arkansas, and local Republican congressman Steve Womack would very much like to secure the estimated $300 million in federal taxpayer dollars needed to fill it.  A decade ago, it would have been fairly easy: Womack sits on the House Appropriations Committee, where he could have tucked a provision into a massive spending bill locking...
Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Florida bill increases women’s non-hospital options for labor, delivery

Women with low-risk pregnancies would not have to deliver at hospitals to get epidurals or to have cesarean sections, under legislation overwhelmingly approved by a House panel Tuesday despite safety concerns raised by Florida hospitals. Bill sponsor MaryLynn Magar, R-Tequesta, touted the proposal (HB 1099) as a potential way to help lower health-care costs while giving pregnant women more choices...
DACA deal on sidelines as GOP floats new short term funding plan to avoid shutdown

DACA deal on sidelines as GOP floats new short term funding plan to avoid shutdown

Waving off a push by Democrats to force action this week on a compromise over the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” Republicans in Congress said they wanted to wait for further negotiations on DACA, as House GOP leaders unveiled a short term funding plan that would keep the federal government running into mid-February, but that plan faced immediate resistance...
Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Bill hikes pension contributions for state agencies, local governments

Florida counties would have to contribute an additional $66 million to the state pension fund in the new budget year, according to legislation that has started moving in the Senate. As a result of a decrease in the assumed rate of investment return on the $160 billion pension fund, counties, school boards, state agencies, universities, state colleges and other government entities will have to increase...
After Irma: Lawmakers to weigh blocking rebuilding in high-risk areas

After Irma: Lawmakers to weigh blocking rebuilding in high-risk areas

Requiring nursing homes to have adequate backup power, blocking storm-damaged properties from being rebuilt in “high-risk” areas, and looking into changes in highway traffic flow during evacuations are among hurricane proposals that moved forward Tuesday in a Florida House select committee. The House Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness advanced 78 recommendations from...
Son of late Florida justice enters race for state Attorney General

Son of late Florida justice enters race for state Attorney General

State Rep. Sean Shaw, a Tampa Democrat and the son of the first black chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, entered the campaign for attorney general Tuesday and took issue with the performance of outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi. Shaw announced his candidacy outside the Florida Supreme Court, where his father, the late Leander Shaw Jr., was a justice from 1983 to 2003, serving as chief justice...
Letter from female firefighters urged chief’s firing before he resigned

Letter from female firefighters urged chief’s firing before he resigned

All sides in what is now a mushrooming scandal of alleged sexual harassment, retaliation and cover-up within Palm Beach County Fire Rescue were girding Tuesday for what could become a bitter legal battle after Chief Jeffrey Collins rescinded the resignation his lawyer said he was forced to offer last week. The resignation, the rescinding of that resignation and a set of lingering lawsuits bring the...
Santino: Removal from office for election infraction unconstitutional

Santino: Removal from office for election infraction unconstitutional

In what is likely Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino’s last chance to convince the Florida Supreme Court not to remove her from office, she insisted on Tuesday that other judges have been allowed to keep their jobs after committing far more serious infractions. Removing Santino for blasting her 2016 opponent for representing “murderers, rapists, child molesters and other criminals&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Tweeting damages Trump’s presidency. So why do it?

In reflecting on America’s politics of the last year, it is impossible not to conclude that the president’s tweeting has been momentous. So far, I am unaware of any organization that has quantified exactly how much damage President Donald Trump has caused by tweeting, but I think some substantial percentage of his problems and negative ratings must be directly attributable to his tweets...
Senators spar over Trump’s words while trying to save DACA negotiations

Senators spar over Trump’s words while trying to save DACA negotiations

Still battling over what President Donald Trump did – or didn’t – say during a tense White House immigration meeting last week with lawmakers, Senators used a hearing with the Homeland Security Secretary on Tuesday to publicly appeal for compromise on DACA and a series of politically difficult immigration issues, as one Republican urged the President to &ldquo...
Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

Lewandowski says he will testify this week in House Russia probe

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump's former campaign manager, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he will give testimony this week to a House committee probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Lewandowski said on WABC-AM radio in New York that he expects to appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday or Thursday to discuss the...
A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

When President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Sen. Richard Durbin around 10:15 a.m. last Thursday, he expressed pleasure with Durbin's outline of a bipartisan immigration pact and praised the high-ranking Illinois Democrat's efforts, according to White House officials and congressional aides.  The president then asked if Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., his onetime foe turned ally, was on board...
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

President Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., were alone in the presidential suite on Air Force One, flying east toward Washington in early October, when the president reached for a handful of Starbursts, the fruit-flavored, box-shaped chewy candies.  But instead of unwrapping all of the treats, the president was careful to pluck out and eat two particular flavors...
‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

‘What do we want? Apology!’ Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

  About 500 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-black countries.  "What do we want? Apology!" the protesters chanted.  Many wore shirts proclaiming "I love Haiti," while they carried Haitian flags, sang hymns and shouted...
Who was the only candidate for governor at Everglades Coalition conference?

Who was the only candidate for governor at Everglades Coalition conference?

Democratic governor candidate Chris King at a Palm Beach County Democratic meeting last year. Chris King, the Winter Park businessman seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination for Florida governor, scored some points with Everglades advocates by being the only gubernatorial hopeful to attend the recent Everglades Coalition Conference in Stuart. King impressed attendees by appearing &ldquo...
Too old for DACA, Michigan father deported after three decades in the US

Too old for DACA, Michigan father deported after three decades in the US

With two immigration agents hovering nearby, Jorge Garcia pulled his family close for one final hug by security gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. His wife and 15-year-old daughter sobbed in his arms. His 12-year-old son stood stoically. Garcia was silent. Soon after, the 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Michigan, boarded a plane bound for Mexico, deported to his home country on Monday...
Trump in Palm Beach: President back in Washington after protests near Mar-a-Lago

Trump in Palm Beach: President back in Washington after protests near Mar-a-Lago

Update 3:03 p.m. President Trump did not tweet about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today but did re-tweet a White House tweet with comments from the president about Dr. King. Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump family members also tweeted today.   Update 1:55 p.m.: Trump has arrived back at Mar-a-Lago and is expected to leave for PBIA in a couple hours.  Update 1:40 p.m.: ...
Haitian protesters voice outrage, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago

Haitian protesters voice outrage, march across bridge to Mar-a-Lago

The West Palm Beach approach to the President’s so-called Winter White House was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday recognizing the nation’s most recognized activist, Martin...
Congress faces tricky political week as shutdown fight looms

Congress faces tricky political week as shutdown fight looms

With a temporary funding plan for Uncle Sam set to run out Friday night, there was no clear path forward as yet for Congress and the White House, as the President and Democrats remained on a collision course over efforts to secure a deal on spending levels for the 2018 federal budget, as well as an agreement on the status of certain illegal immigrants brought here as children...
Oprah for president? She’s already shared the power of validation

Oprah for president? She’s already shared the power of validation

Oprah Winfrey for president? That possibility has caused a stir since last week’s Golden Globe awards, but as viewers of Winfrey’s show for spiritual seekers — “Super Soul Sunday” on her OWN network — know, Oprah will run only if she sets her intention to do so. “Intention” is one of Oprah’s top words. “The No. 1 principle that rules...
24-year-old helps lead Trump drug policy office

24-year-old helps lead Trump drug policy office

In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John's University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.  Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the White House office responsible...
Romney’s role: Ally to Trump, or adversary?

Romney’s role: Ally to Trump, or adversary?

A few days after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch of Utah announced that he would conclude his tenure after serving 42 years in office, the state’s governor, Gary Herbert, was growing anxious about whether Mitt Romney would run for the seat.  “Let’s not be coy about this,” Herbert said he told a close Romney friend and prominent business leader, Kem Gardner. “If he’s going...
In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump’s media attacks to comments by Stalin

In planned speech, Sen. Jeff Flake compares Trump’s media attacks to comments by Stalin

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., plans to give a speech in the coming days that compares President Donald Trump's public criticism of the news media to similar comments once made by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.  A spokesman said that Flake, who will retire after this year amid intense political pressure sparked by his criticism of the president, plans to deliver the speech Wednesday before Trump announces...
Haley for president? UN diplomats bet Trump envoy has ambitions

Haley for president? UN diplomats bet Trump envoy has ambitions

Nikki Haley keeps delivering for Donald Trump.  Whether leading efforts to isolate North Korea or hailing cuts to the United Nations budget, Haley's ability to channel Trump's blunt style is prompting fellow U.N. envoys and foreign policy specialists to wonder whether the 45-year-old former South Carolina governor is laying the groundwork to succeed her boss in the Oval Office.  U.N. ambassadors...
How a congressional harassment claim led to a secret $220,000 payment

How a congressional harassment claim led to a secret $220,000 payment

Winsome Packer had a plum overseas assignment, an apartment in Vienna and a six-figure salary as an adviser to a Washington congressman when it all came crashing down.  Her boss, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., suggested that he should stay with her when he was visiting Austria, she claimed. He made comments she considered sexually suggestive and hugged her in a way she felt inappropriate. ...
White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump on relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

White House claims Wall Street Journal misquoted Trump on relationship with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump claimed Sunday that the Wall Street Journal deliberately misquoted him as saying he probably has a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  The White House is disputing the newspaper's story from an interview last week in which Trump claimed some success in countering the nuclear threat from North Korea and said he could be open to talks under the right...
Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and Trump declares dreamer program ‘probably dead’

Hopes for immigration deal fade as lawmakers trade barbs and Trump declares dreamer program ‘probably dead’

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not a racist" and denied that he had spoiled chances for an immigration overhaul in Congress by using a vulgarity to describe poor countries as relations between key Republican and Democratic lawmakers turned poisonous.  With the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the balance, Trump blamed Democrats for fouling chances...
Four days from shutdown deadline, no deals in sight on budget or DACA

Four days from shutdown deadline, no deals in sight on budget or DACA

President Donald Trump on Monday once again charged that Democrats in Congress were trying to force a government shutdown later this week by refusing to negotiate an acceptable budget deal for the military, and by not budging on what to do with hundreds of thousands of younger illegal immigrants in the U.S. under the Obama Administration’s DACA program, as that issue...
‘I’m not a racist,’ Trump declares; his Palm Beach weekend ends today

‘I’m not a racist,’ Trump declares; his Palm Beach weekend ends today

President Donald Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speak to reporter before dinner at Trump International Golf Club on Sunday Night. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump pushed back Sunday night against accusations that his disparagement of Haiti and African nations during recent immigration talks reflects...
Trump’s Sunday in Palm Beach: Golf, private dinner with Rep. McCarthy

Trump’s Sunday in Palm Beach: Golf, private dinner with Rep. McCarthy

“I’m ready, willing and able to make a deal on DACA, but the Democrats aren’t willing,” President Donald Trump said Sunday night to reporters in West Palm Beach. The black-suited Trump stopped to answer a few questions as he entered his Trump International Golf Club. He was speaking about the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals program, which helps young undocumented immigrants...
Trump in Palm Beach: “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump tells reporters

Trump in Palm Beach: “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump tells reporters

Update 8:47 p.m.: The president’s motorcade left Trump International Golf Club and headed back to Mar-a-Lago. Update 8:15 p.m.: The president took questions from reporters before dining with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. The president was quick to blame Democrats when asked about a possible, bipartisan agreement on DACA, an...

POINT OF VIEW: Another use for the state’s Sadowski Housing funds

There may be a better use for the state’s Sadowski Housing Trust Fund revenue than handing it over to local officials. While Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick has a point about the need for affordable housing, which the fund was meant to provide, I have little faith that the counties and cities in need of affordable housing will use the money wisely. RELATED: Editorial...
Trump blasts Democrats over immigration as feds resume DACA renewals

Trump blasts Democrats over immigration as feds resume DACA renewals

With a federal court order from last week temporarily blocking President Donald Trump’s move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the immigration agency in charge of that effort announced that it would again accept applications to renew DACA requests, as President Trump chided Democrats on Sunday over the political impasse on the issue...

POINT OF VIEW: Folly to increase waters exposed to oil drilling’s risks

Having proposed to open nearly all U.S. oceans to the potential hazards of oil and gas production, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did an about-face last week, pledging to keep Florida’s waters off limits to drilling because, as he put it, the state’s “coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.” Clean and healthy oceans are, indeed, an economic driver for Florida&rsquo...
Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Trump in Palm Beach: President rips Democrats, briefed on Hawaii missile mishap

Tweeting from his Mar-a-Lago estate and from his motorcade on the way to his golf club on Saturday, President Donald Trump tried to regain the initiative in immigration talks with Democrats after his vulgar disparagement of Haiti and Africa caused an international uproar. The president, spending the three-day Martin Luther King Day weekend at his tropical White House, was also briefed on...
Trump in Palm Beach: President briefed on Hawaii’s ballistic missile scare

Trump in Palm Beach: President briefed on Hawaii’s ballistic missile scare

  UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: From the White House regarding the false-alarm ballistic missile warning in Hawaii. UPDATE 2:26 p.m. Apparently, the president did a lot of work on the golf course this morning. No word on when and where he learned about false-alarm ballistic missile warning in Hawaii and his reaction. UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: The president has finished golfing and is headed back to Mar-a-Lago. UPDATE...
Hawaiian officials demand answers after false alarm of missile attack

Hawaiian officials demand answers after false alarm of missile attack

The state of Hawaii was jolted Saturday morning by a warning of an imminent incoming missile attack, which was sent to cell phones, and local television and radio stations, as it took almost 40 minutes for officials to confirm that it was a false alarm. “What happened today was totally inexcusable,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) “The whole state was terrified...
Five reasons why $1 trillion deficits may not be far away for Uncle Sam

Five reasons why $1 trillion deficits may not be far away for Uncle Sam

It wasn’t that long ago that Republicans denounced four consecutive yearly deficits of over $1 trillion during the Obama Administration, but now that the GOP is fully in charge of the White House and Congress, it’s possible the deficit may be heading back into the territory of that very large figure. The federal deficit in 2017 was $666 billion; the Congressional...
Trump arrives in Palm Beach amid storm over remarks

Trump arrives in Palm Beach amid storm over remarks

After departing Washington amid another self-ignited firestorm, President Donald Trump arrived at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Friday evening to begin a three-day weekend. Air Force One landed at Palm Beach International Airport at about 6:45 p.m. with the president, first lady Melania Trump and son Barron drawing cheers from a crowd of about 40 supporters who gathered on the tarmac. Trump waved...
Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

Florida House targets stadiums, cameras, car insurance

A measure intended to keep professional sports teams from building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land and a separate proposal to repeal Florida’s red-light camera law were among numerous bills set up Thursday for House votes. The House also teed up proposals that would place new lobbying restrictions on state and local lawmakers as they leave office (HB 5 and HB 7003) and eliminate...
Local Haitians, politicians denounce Trump’s use of the ‘S’ word

Local Haitians, politicians denounce Trump’s use of the ‘S’ word

Haitian-American pastor Jean Bruny feels betrayed, sad and angry. “President Trump told us he was our champion when he was campaigning,” said Bruny, the head of the First Haitian Church of God in West Palm Beach, referring to a meeting candidate Trump had in Miami’s Little Haiti in September, 2016, when he told Haitian-American community leaders “I want to be your biggest champion...

POINT OF VIEW: Regarding the Trump-Russia probe, follow the money

Timothy O’Brien of Bloomberg writes: “The Trump family has had longstanding real estate and licensing dealings with questionable business associates, some of them Russian and some of them not, as I and reporters like the late Wayne Barrett have written about for years… . “While Trump allies have recently targeted [Robert] Mueller’s probe as ill-founded, tainted with...
Rep. Joe Abruzzo away from legislature because of illness

Rep. Joe Abruzzo away from legislature because of illness

It’s a man down situation with Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, who’s absent from the House for the second day in a row. In a telephone interview Friday, Abruzzo said he’s returned to Palm Beach County where he’s under a doctor’s care after being diagnosed with both the flu and pneumonia. The illnesses could have him missing in action from the House floor for up to...
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