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Truce in Visit Florida feud? Lawmaker says agency cleaned up its act

Truce in Visit Florida feud? Lawmaker says agency cleaned up its act

House Speaker Richard Corcoran said Visit Florida apparently listened to state lawmakers’ criticism, as the tourism-marketing agency has canceled an auto racing sponsorship and is negotiating for a better deal with an English football club. “It’s clear that Visit Florida has heard us loud and clear and are beginning the process of cleaning up their act and ceasing the waste...
Ted Deutch wants role probing whether Donald Trump obstructed justice

Ted Deutch wants role probing whether Donald Trump obstructed justice

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BboQ3dEyKIg&w=492&h=307] U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are stepping up efforts to get their committee to look into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the ongoing probe over Russian influence in the 2016 election. Rep. Ted Deutch,, D-Boca...
Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday calling the newly named crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Less than 24 hours after King Salman elevated Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his 31-year-old son, Trump offered congratulations and celebrated the monarchy’s cooperation in rooting out terrorist financing and other issues. Even more than Karen Handel, the Republican who won a hotly contested House...
Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Despite initial relief among Georgia's 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long. "Now we know what New Hampshire looks like," said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. The question is, with 2018 just around the corner, will this year's astronomical spending, much of it on TV, become a pattern in this suburban...
Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “There&rsquo...
GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

Fiscal restraint has long been part of the Republican Party's brand, but GOP lawmakers have made little progress on reducing the amount of money the federal government spends. And frankly, they're sick of it. That's the impetus for what has become a serious push by rank-and-file House Republicans to use the budget reconciliation process to enact mandatory spending cuts. Various targets have been thrown...
Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that's not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less. Part of the blame for the slowdown may be higher pump prices, but Barclays Capital Inc. says another possible...
Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed calls from some in her party who say it's time for her to step aside. A handful of Democrats have publicly said that after losing four special elections since January, especially a race in the Atlanta suburbs earlier this week, and failing to regain the majority in the House in the last four national elections, their party needs new leadership...
With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

During the months of snarled traffic, choked sidewalks and tightened police checkpoints that clogged the streets of Manhattan around Trump Tower after the building’s best-known resident was elected president, Charelric Lenglain noticed a dismaying change in the foot traffic to his nearby salon. Namely, hardly anyone came for a haircut. This spring, Lenglain, who said he had lost over 40 percent...
History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

"Twenty-five days of consecutive session on a bill that was partisan in the sense that Republicans were angry with it, but we still had the courage of our convictions to have a debate on the floor." — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., remarks on the Senate floor, June 19, 2017 --- To highlight the secrecy of the GOP health-care deliberations, many Senate Democrats...
Collapse? Six insurers eye return to Florida’s 2018 Obamacare market

Collapse? Six insurers eye return to Florida’s 2018 Obamacare market

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Obamacare is “on the edge of collapse” after unveiling a new health plan Thursday, but six companies gave notice they want to return to Florida’s Affordable Care Act individual marketplace in 2018, state officials said. A total of nine insurers filed rates for individual plans compliant with the health law, on or off the exchange, according...
NEW: Six insurers return to Florida Obamacare market in 2018

NEW: Six insurers return to Florida Obamacare market in 2018

Big drama in Washington over the future of health care will not stop six companies from returning to Florida’s Affordable Care Act individual marketplace in 2018, according to a summary from state officials Thursday. And an average requested rate increase of 17.8 percent among a total of nine insurers offering ACA-compliant plans comes in slightly below last year’s approved average hike...
Why Bill Clinton is coming to South Florida…

Why Bill Clinton is coming to South Florida…

Former President Bill Clinton with U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, in Belle Glade in October. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post) Former President Bill Clinton will be in Miami Beach on Saturday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting. Clinton will speak at the “City Livability Luncheon” at the Fountainebleau Hotel. More than 250 mayors...
Rubio a maybe, Nelson a no on Republican health care bill

Rubio a maybe, Nelson a no on Republican health care bill

Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will decide whether to support a Senate GOP health care bill “on the basis of how it impacts Florida,” his office said Thursday. Rubio’s office characterized the just-unveiled legislation as a work in progress as four other Senate Republicans — Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin &mdash...
Health care: Marco Rubio wants Florida input; Bill Nelson slams GOP bill

Health care: Marco Rubio wants Florida input; Bill Nelson slams GOP bill

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will decide whether to support a Republican health care bill “on the basis of how it impacts Florida,” his office said this afternoon. Rubio’s office characterized the just-unveiled legislation as a work in progress as four other Senate Republicans ...
Donald Trump: No Comey ‘tapes’ — at least not by me

Donald Trump: No Comey ‘tapes’ — at least not by me

President Donald Trump stops his motorcade to greet supporters on Bingham Island near Mar-a-Lago in March. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) It was one of the most talked-about tweets of President Donald Trump‘s time in office. A few days after firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump took to Twitter in what proved to be an unsuccessful effort to head...
12 times Donald Trump tweeted about his Mar-a-Lago Club

12 times Donald Trump tweeted about his Mar-a-Lago Club

President Donald Trump loves his Mar-a-Lago Club.  Within his first 100 days in office, Trump made seven trips to his part-time Palm Beach home, and on two of those trips he hosted world leaders: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February, and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Trump purchased the estate in 1985 from the estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and...
Senate Republicans release details of GOP health overhaul bill

Senate Republicans release details of GOP health overhaul bill

After weeks of closed door negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their plan to overhaul the Obama health law, as GOP leaders again signaled they are ready to push ahead with a vote in the full Senate as early as next week. The 142 page bill – labeled a ‘discussion draft’ – was posted online by the GOP, as the Senate Majority Leader made clear he’s ready...
Here’s how much Trump made on his Jupiter property

Here’s how much Trump made on his Jupiter property

President Donald Trump’s northern Palm Beach County golf course is making more money, according to recently filed financial documents. Trump last Friday voluntarily submitted his personal financial disclosure form to the Office of Government Ethics, offering the first look at his finances since taking office this year. According to the 98-page federal disclosure document, Trump National...
Could State Attorney Dave Aronberg challenge Rep. Brian Mast?

Could State Attorney Dave Aronberg challenge Rep. Brian Mast?

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, left, and U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. When Democrat Dave Aronberg was a state Senator in 2009, some Dems tried to recruit him to run for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat then held by Republican U.
At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

The smaller diamond at Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park — Little Simpson, to locals — attracted a reported 4,000 people when it opened for the city's Little Major Leaguers in 1953. The field's dimensions were laid out by the head groundskeeper at Griffith Stadium. The diamond had a $9,500 lighting system, attracted major leaguers like Bob Feller and Mickey Vernon, and was, according...
Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party’s campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power, and some lawmakers questioning anew the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader. By fiercely contesting a congressional...
In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama's message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences. While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President Donald Trump — or perhaps in reaction to that obsession _ a new market for Obama nostalgia...
Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

A Wisconsin congressional campaign ad has politicos buzzing. It opens with footage from President Trump's victory lap news conference in early May, when he and House Speaker Paul Ryan jubilantly celebrated the House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then it cuts to sprawling sunrise shots of open fields and grain silos in southeastern Wisconsin, finally landing in a living room where a woman who...
Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Republican congressional staffers remain hopeful that they'll enact significant legislation in 2017, but their Democratic counterparts are gaining confidence that they can block the GOP agenda, according to the June Capitol Insiders Survey of Hill aides. Two-thirds of the Republican respondents expected it's at least somewhat likely they'll enact legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care...
China’s Trump honeymoon: Unexpected, and at risk of ending

China’s Trump honeymoon: Unexpected, and at risk of ending

The short, unexpected honeymoon that China enjoyed with President Donald Trump seems to be in trouble, dashing hopes in Beijing that the two countries had embarked on a new, businesslike relationship. Trump’s assertion that China had failed to pressure North Korea into curbing its nuclear and ballistic missile program means that Beijing must now confront the prospect of a stormier relationship...
Health subsidy cuts could hurt middle class the most

Health subsidy cuts could hurt middle class the most

Jane and Abe Goren retired here five years ago to escape the higher cost of living they had abided for decades in the suburbs of New York City. They did not anticipate having to write monthly checks for health insurance that would exceed their mortgage and property taxes combined. Jane Goren, 62, is paying nearly $1,200 a month for coverage through the individual insurance market (her husband, 69...

Trump basks in glow of election wins, presses Democrats to cooperate in Congress

Back in Iowa for the first time since the November elections, President Donald Trump used a campaign rally in the Hawkeye State to reaffirm his vow to supporters that he will pursue a battery of plans to force change in the federal government and Washington, D.C., as Mr. Trump said his early successes are driving his critics “crazy.” “All we do is win, win, win,” the President...
NEW: 14 times Donald Trump has tweeted about Palm Beach

NEW: 14 times Donald Trump has tweeted about Palm Beach

President Donald Trump has made Palm Beach his part-time home, spending weekends there during the ritzy town’s social season and hosting charity events at his Mar-a-Lago Club. Through the years, Trump has taken to Twitter — his favorite form of social media — to talk about the island and nearby West Palm Beach. From commenting on the price of gas, to touting his Trump International...
EXCLUSIVE: Mast vulnerable in DCCC poll, could face Aronberg challenge

EXCLUSIVE: Mast vulnerable in DCCC poll, could face Aronberg challenge

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee won’t say if Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is the candidate its polling shows leading U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, but an internal memo indicates the DCCC believes recapturing a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 is still a possibility despite losing a high-profile race in Georgia on Tuesday. Aronberg was mentioned...
JUST IN: How much did Mar-a-Lago rake in? Trump documents disagree

JUST IN: How much did Mar-a-Lago rake in? Trump documents disagree

According to last week’s financial disclosure, the exclusive club took in $37 million over a 15-month period that ended this spring, up significantly from the $20.7 million in income the club reported in a similar federal financial document in July 2016 — two months before the end of its fiscal year, the documents show. But net profits were likely far less than the reported income...
Noted Boynton Beach Trump fan Gene Huber in Iowa for rally

Noted Boynton Beach Trump fan Gene Huber in Iowa for rally

President Donald Trump with Boynton Beach resident Gene Huber at a rally in Melbourne n February. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Boynton Beach man Gene Huber, who gained instant fame in February when President Donald Trump called him onstage at a rally in Melbourne, doesn’t limit his support of the president to Florida events.
Donald Trump on Twitter: The president’s latest tweets

Donald Trump on Twitter: The president’s latest tweets

President Donald Trump uses Twitter unlike anyone in politics before him. Because of his unconventional approach to communicating with his constituents, Trump’s Twitter feed has become a must-follow for supporters and opponents alike, with the 45th president of the United States amassing a following of nearing 33 million as of mid-June.  Trump posts daily to his Twitter account, taking...

FBI: Congressional baseball gunman acted alone, no ties to terrorism

A week after an Illinois man shot a top Republican in Congress and wounded several others, law enforcement officials said the investigation has found that the gunman acted alone when he fired dozens of bullets at lawmakers gathered for a Republican baseball practice, and that no links to any wider plot had been found by the FBI. “At this time, the FBI has assessed that the deceased shooter,...
Trump vows Cuba tourism curb, but biggest hold-up is exile reticence

Trump vows Cuba tourism curb, but biggest hold-up is exile reticence

Two takeaways from President Donald Trump’s Cuba speech in Miami on June 16. One, when it comes to Cuba, it’s very hard for one American president to undo what the previous one did. Trump said he was “canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” But in reality, he ratified two major pieces of President Barack Obama’s Cuba opening &mdash...
GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.  The central issue is that the House health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid...
In cattle country, rare wind gusts upend the Texas energy market

In cattle country, rare wind gusts upend the Texas energy market

As attractive a renewable-energy concept as wind power is, it's plagued by a fundamental flaw. It blows the most in the dead of night, precisely when there's the least demand for electricity. That's true for just about every windblown spot nationwide, from the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains in California to the coastal plains of North Carolina. And then there's South Texas. It is to wind, engineers...
On the Mexican border, a case for technology over concrete

On the Mexican border, a case for technology over concrete

From a compact, portable shed on the outskirts of this border town, Jonathan Hoyt has an expansive field of vision. His computer is linked to cameras and surveillance equipment that allow him to see rubber rafts on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande nearly three miles away, simply by moving a tiny joystick. Hoyt, a Border Patrol agent, is using equipment that the Defense Department brought back from...
Beer industry's bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved

Beer industry's bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved

The beer industry, from the smallest craft brewers to the giant Anheuser-Bush InBev, is behind a long-awaited rewrite of the federal tax code on beer. More than half the members of the U.S. House have signed on as co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill to do that, and nearly half the U.S. Senate has put its name on that body's version. So why hasn't it happened? Like many other pieces of legislation in...
At Montpelier, slaves’ lives matter as much as man who owned them

At Montpelier, slaves’ lives matter as much as man who owned them

In 2007, while the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier, in Orange, Virginia, was underway, a group of the estate's African-American stakeholders came to make a visit. Giles Morris, Montpelier's vice president for marketing and communications, found himself on the terrace overlooking the South Lawn with Iris Ford, an associate professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland who is...
In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule

In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule

Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality has become something of a national pastime. Some in the professional psychiatric community have been moved to join in, offering their own expert analysis on why the president says what he says and does what he does. But should they? Not according to the American Psychiatric...
World leaders wary of Trump may have an ally: Congress

World leaders wary of Trump may have an ally: Congress

President Donald Trump threatens to upend the post-World War II foreign policy order, but Congress is working to ensure that U.S. foreign policy remains rooted in the trans-Atlantic alliance against traditional rivals like Russia. Republicans have been careful not to frame their foreign policy moves as a counterweight to the president, who has doled out insults to foreign leaders on Twitter, bailed...

Democrats struggle to find election formula to dent Trump, Republicans

Determined to derail President Donald Trump, Democrats thought they had a good chance to spin an upset victory in a special election runoff in Georgia for the U.S. Congress on Tuesday. Instead, they watched in disbelief as the Republican candidate, Karen Handel, won handily in a race that some Democrats had said might well be a ‘referendum’ on the Trump Administration. It left some Congressional...
McKinlay rips housing director for poor communication about complex

McKinlay rips housing director for poor communication about complex

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay was sharply critical of Palm Beach County Housing Authority Director Van Johnson Tuesday, using a routine vote to issue a rare public rebuke of an official she said has failed repeatedly to communicate about delays surrounding a troubled apartment complex in Belle Glade. “Communication is a two-way street,” McKinlay told Johnson, whose agency...

Republicans to unveil revised Senate GOP health care bill on Thursday

Senate GOP leaders told reporters that they should be ready on Thursday to publicly release a revised plan to overhaul the Obama health law, even as some Republican Senators acknowledged their concern about the development of the bill, which has taken place behind closed doors and with no public hearings. “I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
VIDEO: Chinese protester tells tale behind desperate act near Trump summit

VIDEO: Chinese protester tells tale behind desperate act near Trump summit

On April 6, as fans and protesters alike anticipated the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s motorcade on Lantana Road during his summit with President Donald Trump, a 52-year-old woman darted into the road and into oncoming traffic — surprising even the protesters with her. A Palm Beach County sheriff’s major quickly pulled Yong Tian Ma out of the path of a car in the...
NEW: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago could get permanent Coast Guard security zones

NEW: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago could get permanent Coast Guard security zones

The Coast Guard wants citizen and boater input on permanent security zones it plans to put in place in the waters around President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. For each of the president’s Palm Beach visits since taking office in January, the Coast Guard has issued a notice with three temporary security areas: Boaters are barred from traveling in the Intracoastal...
One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

Migrant workers arrive here every spring to work in the “muck,” which is what everybody calls the fertile soil that makes this part of Ohio the perfect place to grow radishes, peppers, cucumbers and leafy greens. The temporary workers can be seen planting, weeding and, later in the season, harvesting crops that will be sold at national supermarket chains. But there is trouble in the muck...
Donald and Melania Trump give Camp David a good review

Donald and Melania Trump give Camp David a good review

President Donald Trump and Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, didn't seem like a great fit. Camp David has been described as "rustic," and Trump notoriously loves glitz. It has only a small golf green, while Trump loves to play top courses (those bearing his name, of course). But the Trump family's first foray to the woodsy compound went well, according to the...
At height of tensions, Manafort met with associate from Ukraine

At height of tensions, Manafort met with associate from Ukraine

In August, as tension mounted over Russia's role in the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sat down to dinner with a business associate from Ukraine who once served in the Russian army.  Konstantin Kilimnik, who learned English at a military school that some experts consider a training ground for Russian spies, had helped run the Ukraine office for Manafort's...
EPA chief vows to speed the nation's Superfund cleanups

EPA chief vows to speed the nation's Superfund cleanups

Dawn Chapman had listened with surprise and skepticism as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency vowed to clean up West Lake, the nuclear waste dump that has filled her days and nights with worry. "The past administration honestly just didn't pay attention to [it]," Scott Pruitt stressed on a local radio show in April. "We're going to get things done at West Lake. The days...
Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

Jay Sekulow had a hectic day Sunday, bouncing from one news show to another to beat back reports that President Donald Trump was under investigation for obstruction of justice. In media blitz through four networks, Sekulow, a new member of Trump's legal team, repeatedly insisted that there was no such probe — an assertion at odds with stories published last week in The Washington Post and elsewhere...

Budget cuts threaten forests' roads, hunting, fishing

The roads to the national forests could get bumpier. Trails could get messier. Maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites could become tougher under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The White House is seeking only about $100 million in funding for capital improvement and maintenance by the National Forest Service, down from $363 million this year...
High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in Georgia election

High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in Georgia election

Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here. “The out-of-state money is crazy,” said Price, whose vacated congressional seat is up for grabs on Tuesday. Following Price, Sonny...
The road to a GOP health care deal – is it really that different?

The road to a GOP health care deal – is it really that different?

As Democrats took to the Senate floor on Monday evening to denounce closed door Republican negotiations on a GOP plan to overhaul the Obama health law, both parties traded barbs over how this bill was being put together, with Democrats once more zeroing in on a lack of public hearings, as it still wasn’t clear when the full Senate would vote on the top agenda item for Republicans in 2017. &ldquo...
Florida health officials move forward with medical marijuana plans

Florida health officials move forward with medical marijuana plans

Florida health officials have laid out a new process to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana, as they attempt to meet deadlines included in the November ballot measure. The latest proposed rule came as the Department of Health awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature of a medical-marijuana bill adopted by lawmakers during a special session this...
Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

Court dismisses suit against Army Corps over Lake Okeechobee releases

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway. A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court — in a case described in one document as a “procedural thicket” — upheld a lower...
Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Bill expanding renewable energy tax break in Florida becomes law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott late Friday signed 13 bills, including a measure that will carry out a constitutional amendment aimed at boosting the use of solar energy in the state. Lawmakers passed the renewable-energy bill (SB 90), after nearly 73 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment during last August’s primary elections. The amendment called for extending a renewable-energy...
LOOK: Mike Pence got a puppy for Father’s Day

LOOK: Mike Pence got a puppy for Father’s Day

Vice President Mike Pence got quite the Father’s Day surprise this weekend. The second lady and daughters presented the vice president with a puppy named Harley. The family also adopted a gray tabby kitten named Hazel. The Pences spent the weekend in Indianapolis and brought their new pets to Washington, D.C., for the first time when the family returned to the vice president’s residence...
Trump, first lady pose with gay RI Teacher of the Year holding lace fan 

Trump, first lady pose with gay RI Teacher of the Year holding lace fan 

A memorable photo of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania in the Oval Office with the Rhode Island Teacher of the Year is raising an eyebrow or two. That’s because Nikos Giannopoulos, an openly gay teacher, struck a slightly cocky pose while holding a black lace fan, wearing a rainbow LGBTQ pin, a ring through his nose and a gold anchor around his neck for the photo last week....

Senate Democrats try to turn up political heat over GOP health care bill

In a bid to derail GOP efforts to overhaul the Obama health law, Democrats are vowing to use the rules to slow legislative work in the Senate, trying to call more attention to closed door Republican negotiations on a GOP health care plan, and the lack of public details on how the Senate might change a health bill approved by the House in May. “Here’s the order of people seeing the healthcare...
Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering

Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declared Monday that it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted. The justices regularly are called to invalidate state electoral maps that have been illegally drawn to reduce the influence of racial minorities...
NEW: Trump mystique could boost sales at West Palm condo tower

NEW: Trump mystique could boost sales at West Palm condo tower

President Donald Trump has put Palm Beach County on the map. And now professionals in the real estate market are starting to see a business opportunity. In the 10 months since Great Gulf of Canada submitted plans to build a 27-story tower on South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, a certain part-time winter resident has continued his seasonal treks to Palm Beach, turning what was once...
Q&A: Trump's new guidelines on Cuba

Q&A: Trump's new guidelines on Cuba

It's a policy change President Donald Trump insists will correct what he called a "terrible and misguided deal" by his predecessor. Trump's recent announcement on new travel and trade restrictions with Cuba aim to fulfill a campaign promise. "Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people," he said at an event in Miami on Friday. "They only enrich...
Some Trump supporters are tuning out

Some Trump supporters are tuning out

It was the garish start to a politics-as-reality-show that no one — whether for or against him — could stop watching. As the summer progressed, he hit No. 1 in the polls and attracted thousands to mega-rallies in cities from Mobile, Alabama, to Phoenix on his unlikely journey to the White House.  But two years later, President Donald Trump is struggling to keep his viewers engaged...
GOP senators work behind closed doors to repeal health care law

GOP senators work behind closed doors to repeal health care law

Senate Republicans are facing increasing criticism for ducking public scrutiny as they craft legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act with little input from outside experts, patients, physicians and others most affected by health care legislation. The GOP's secretive process marks a sharp departure from the traditional way the Senate has developed large, complex bills, which are often debated...
Flynn’s disdain for limits led to a legal mire

Flynn’s disdain for limits led to a legal mire

Michael Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In summer 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would...
A small-town American turned his weapons on Washington

A small-town American turned his weapons on Washington

On the western edge of town, where midcentury suburban streets give way to cornfields and farms, a weathered barn sits among neat rows of soybeans. This bucolic stretch was long accessible only via a gravel lane, and the barn was one of the only buildings. A few miles to the east, a renaissance has been transforming Main Street after decades of decline. A stately fountain marks the official seat of...
Squatters in paradise

Squatters in paradise

The $4,085 check is delivered each year in April, addressed to the Treasurer General of the Republic of Cuba. That position ceased to exist decades ago. The Cuban government last cashed it in 1959. Yet by submitting that paltry payment year after year, knowing it won’t be accepted, the United States continues to feel entitled to its oldest overseas naval base, a 45-square-mile sliver of prime...
Unable to arrest opioid epidemic, red states warm to needle exchanges

Unable to arrest opioid epidemic, red states warm to needle exchanges

Former heroin user Kendra Williams, 24, knows she's lucky. She recalls sharing dirty syringes to shoot up, risking hepatitis C and HIV. More than two years into recovery, she knows about 30 people who have died from drug overdoses — this year. Over the past five, she guesses, it's close to 50. Against that grim backdrop, Williams has joined an unlikely coalition — composed of public health...
Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.  A dispute over Wisconsin's Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put...
Biden: Democrats ‘need to refocus our attention’ on uniting America

Biden: Democrats ‘need to refocus our attention’ on uniting America

More than seven months after Donald Trump’s presidential victory stunned Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden offered yet another critique of his party’s failings — and perhaps a rationale for his own 2020 candidacy — in a Saturday night speech that faulted Democrats for losing touch with a crucial segment of voters. Biden accused Trump of appealing to “some...

Still slow going in Congress on Trump legislative agenda

With two legislative work weeks left this month, Republicans in the Congress have yet to find the magic formula to unleash action on President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, as most of the big ticket items are still stalled behind a GOP push on health care legislation, which remains the subject of closed door Republican negotiations in the U.S. Senate. Here’s where we stand on Capitol...
Leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor agree on big issues

Leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor agree on big issues

It was literally a love fest on Saturday when the three leading Democratic candidates for Florida governor — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham and businessman Chris King — got together for a forum. “I love you, Andrew. I don’t know Chris as well, but I love you, too …We need a whole lot more love in this world,” Graham said at one point...
Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

With one stroke of his pen last week, Gov. Rick Scott set back progress for Florida’s public universities. And with another stroke, he did astounding damage to the state’s K-12 public schools. Nice work, Governor. In the first instance, Scott vetoed most of the policy initiatives sought by Senate President Joe Negron in hopes of catapulting Florida campuses into the nation’s top...
Scientists: Rapid sinking of Louisiana's coast already counts as a 'worst case scenario'

Scientists: Rapid sinking of Louisiana's coast already counts as a 'worst case scenario'

It's common knowledge that the coast of Louisiana is quietly sinking into the balmy Gulf waters. But new research suggests we may have been underestimating how quickly it's happening. A new paper, published Wednesday in the Geological Society of America's bulletin GSA Today, includes an updated map of the Louisiana coastline and the rate at which it's sinking into the sea, a process scientists call...

Trump continues to hold off on changes for immigration “Dreamers”

Despite repeatedly making a campaign pledge to fully reverse executive actions on immigration from the Obama Administration, President Donald Trump has so far left in place one controversial plan from his predecessor, which allows young people – known as immigrant “Dreamers” – who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents to stay here, without the threat...
Democrat Pam Keith to seek U.S. House seat of GOP’s Brian Mast

Democrat Pam Keith to seek U.S. House seat of GOP’s Brian Mast

Democrat Pam Keith, a former U.S. Navy and NextEra Energy attorney who impressed progressive activists with her 2016 U.S. Senate bid, will run for the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast congressional seat held by freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City. Keith announced in May that she was exploring a campaign for Mast’s District 18 seat, and she plans to make her candidacy official today. Mast won...
READ: President Donald Trump’s Father’s Day proclamation

READ: President Donald Trump’s Father’s Day proclamation

President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proclamation declaring Sunday to be Father’s Day. Presidents historically issue proclamations for holidays, noting the importance of the day and making remarks on the holiday’s significance. » COMPLETE COVERAGE: Latest news on President Donald Trump » To cheers in Miami, Trump attacks Obama, tightens some Cuba policies Trump has five...
NEW: How Trump’s Cuba policy could affect your travel plans

NEW: How Trump’s Cuba policy could affect your travel plans

President Donald Trump announced his Cuba policy today in Miami. Since President Barack Obama began taking steps to loosen travel and trade restrictions on the island nation in late 2014, there has been an increase in people heading there from the U.S. If you plan to travel to Cuba, here are six things you should know, based on early reports on Trump’s policy: One policy Trump is reinstating...
To cheers in Miami, Trump attacks Obama, tightens some Cuba policies

To cheers in Miami, Trump attacks Obama, tightens some Cuba policies

A thousand miles from the special counsel and other tumults of Washington, President Donald Trump basked in the adoration of cheering Cuban Americans here Friday as he reversed former President Barack Obama by signing an order to tighten some travel and trade restrictions with communist Cuba. In a sweltering theater in the city’s Little Havana community, Trump shared a stage with Cuban...
NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

NEW: Latest effort to ease the flight ban when Trump visits Palm Beach

Palm Beach County has drafted a resolution calling on the federal government to exempt the Lantana airport from some temporary flight restrictions imposed during President Donald Trump’s visits to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach. The resolution, up for discussion when commissioners meet on Tuesday, directs County Administrator Verdenia Baker or her designee to work with the county&rsquo...
READ: President Donald Trump’s remarks announcing Cuba policy

READ: President Donald Trump’s remarks announcing Cuba policy

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his new policy on Cuba. Below is the full text of his remarks, provided by the White House: THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. Thank you very much. Great honor. And thank you to my truly great friend, Vice President Mike Pence — he’s terrific. (Applause.) And thank you to Miami. We love Miami. Let me start by saying that I’m glad Secretary...
In Miami, Trump predicts Cuban regime’s ‘end is within the very near future’

In Miami, Trump predicts Cuban regime’s ‘end is within the very near future’

MIAMI — President Donald Trump announced a tightening of some restrictions on communist Cuba today as he shared  a stage with Cuban dissidents, Bay of Pigs veterans and family members of those killed 21 years ago when Cuba’s military shot down a civilian plane belonging to a pro-refugee group.
Trump to Little Havana crowd: ‘You wouldn’t move to Palm Beach?’

Trump to Little Havana crowd: ‘You wouldn’t move to Palm Beach?’

President Donald Trump made a stop in Miami on Friday to announce his new Cuba policy. And while he stopped short of visiting his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, he still dropped a mention of his part-time hometown into his speech. The Palm Beach nod came toward the close of Trump’s time onstage. “I want to thank Little Havana,” he said, then opened his arms wide and smiled...
Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth

Art, culture of Guatemala on display in Lake Worth

With about 55,000 former residents of Guatemala now living in Palm Beach County —  about 7,000 in Jupiter and about 8,000 in the Lake Worth/Greenacres area — there is a growing cultural connection. The OneJupiter project is celebrating that connection through art at an exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. See the full story in The Palm Beach Post...
Trump will allow ‘Dreamers’ to stay in U.S., reversing a campaign promise

Trump will allow ‘Dreamers’ to stay in U.S., reversing a campaign promise

President Donald Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children.   The Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday night that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them work permits so they can find legal...
Trump again lashes out at Russia probe, says he is being investigated

Trump again lashes out at Russia probe, says he is being investigated

For a second straight day, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to vent his frustration at the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as he publicly said that he was “being investigated” for firing FBI Director James Comey last month, appearing to confirm news reports that he is facing a possible probe dealing with obstruction of justice. “I am being investigated...
Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Buyback of conservation zone near Boynton lauded by environmentalists

Preservationists and environmentalists are on the verge of another victory in their quest to limit building in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and land conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach that has been under increasing development pressure. County commissioners advanced a proposed budget Tuesday that includes $3 million to begin...
Foreign leaders poke fun at Trump

Foreign leaders poke fun at Trump

Two weeks ago in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump declared that under his leadership, foreign leaders won't be "laughing at us anymore."   Since then, he's been the butt of jokes in capitals across the globe.   In Mexico, former President Vicente Fox posted a profane video on YouTube mocking Trump's taste for taco bowls ("they're not even Mexican!") and...
GOP Senate leaders aim to bring health-care legislation to the floor by the end of June

GOP Senate leaders aim to bring health-care legislation to the floor by the end of June

Senate Republican leaders are aiming to bring a major revision to the nation's health-care laws to the Senate floor by the end of June even as lingering disagreements, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail their efforts, several Republicans familiar with the effort said Thursday.   President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are both pressing for an...
Cuba action could set back Trump’s hotel rivals 

Cuba action could set back Trump’s hotel rivals 

By rolling back Obama-era policies that allowed more private business investment in Cuba, President Donald Trump would be leveraging the power of his office, like others who came before him, to shift Washington, D.C.'s approach to the communist island.   But as the owner of a real estate company with a big stake in hotels and resorts, Trump brings an added element to an issue that is unique...
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