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Medical marijuana in Palm Beach County? Rules coming soon

Medical marijuana in Palm Beach County? Rules coming soon

Thinking legislators in Tallahassee would come up with some statewide guidelines on the sale of medical marijuana, Palm Beach County officials held off on writing their own ordinance. But this year’s session came and went, and no such statewide guideline emerged. So, the county is moving ahead on its own. “We are working on an ordinance,” Zoning Director John MacGillis told commissioners...
In Brussels, Trump appears to push aside prime minister of Montenegro

In Brussels, Trump appears to push aside prime minister of Montenegro

Pity tiny Montenegro.   The Balkan state is in the process of formally joining NATO, but membership, it seems, does not earn it a spot at the front of the line.   Video footage of world leaders at a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday shows President Donald Trump appearing to push his way past the Montenegrin prime minister, Dusko Markovic, as he made his way to the front of the...
What Rick Scott did in Boca Raton today could help your pocketbook

What Rick Scott did in Boca Raton today could help your pocketbook

Gov. Rick Scott signed a $180 million package of tax cuts here Thursday and offered few clues on whether he’ll veto an $83 billion state budget or an education bill opposed by the Palm Beach County School Board and many educators. Scott visited the motorcycle- and guitar-decorated headquarters of the mobile marketing company 3Cinteractive to sign the tax cut legislation, which was approved by...
Ben Carson calls poverty 'a state of mind'

Ben Carson calls poverty 'a state of mind'

Retired neurosurgeon and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is certainly no stranger to controversial statements. >> Read more trending news Carson’s latest controversial comment was captured during a Wednesday appearance on a Sirius XM radio show. “I think poverty, to a large extent, is also a state of mind,” he said. “You take somebody that has...

Federal appeals court keeps Trump travel and refugee order on hold

In another legal setback for President Donald Trump, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals refused on Thursday to lift an injunction against his revised travel and refugee order, preventing the White House from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries, as this decision took another step on the way to a likely showdown on the matter at the U.S. Supreme Court. As in earlier rulings...
Who is Greg Gianforte? Some background on the Montana candidate accused of assault

Who is Greg Gianforte? Some background on the Montana candidate accused of assault

Greg Gianforte, a wealthy former software executive who is running for Congress in Montana, was charged with misdemeanor assault and accused of attacking a news reporter on the eve of the election. Gianforte, a Republican, has been seen as the favorite to fill the vacant House seat, though his Democratic opponent, Rob Quist, has been an unexpectedly tenacious challenger.   Gianforte, 56...
Yates tells Harvard students why she defied Trump

Yates tells Harvard students why she defied Trump

In a fierce, sometimes personal speech, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to defend his travel ban, told the graduating class at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that her decision was a surprising but crucial moment when “law and conscience intersected.”   Yates has become a hero to many Democrats for standing up to the president...

Trump orders investigation of leaks related to Manchester terror attack

After an outcry from the British government, President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an internal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, to find out who leaked information about the probe into this week’s terrorist attack in England, saying those responsible for the leaks should be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” “The alleged leaks coming out of government...
Despite promise, Trump’s business offers little information about foreign profits 

Despite promise, Trump’s business offers little information about foreign profits 

Despite President Donald Trump's promise to donate all profits from foreign-government sources at his Washington hotel and other businesses, recently released internal documents reveal that Trump's private company has made only a limited effort at identifying foreign funds.   An undated document sent throughout the Trump Organization, called "Donations of Profits from Foreign Government...
Former Trump campaign chairman submits Russia-related documents to intelligence panels 

Former Trump campaign chairman submits Russia-related documents to intelligence panels 

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, turned over 305 pages of documents related to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election to the House and Senate intelligence committees this week, according to people familiar with the ongoing inquiries.   Manafort's submission came in response to letters the congressional panels sent in recent weeks to a...
Five startling things DeVos just told Congress

Five startling things DeVos just told Congress

Does this sound familiar? Betsy DeVos went to Capitol Hill to testify before U.S. lawmakers. She didn't answer a lot of direct questions and engaged in some contentious debates with some members.   That happened in January when she went before the Senate Education Committee for her confirmation hearing, during which she said schools needed guns to protect against grizzly bears. This time...

After CBO, what’s next on GOP health care plan in Congress

Now that the Congressional Budget Office has weighed in on a House-passed GOP health care bill, Republicans must still do a lot of work to not only forge a plan in the Senate, but also figure out how to get it to the President’s desk for his signature. The CBO report found the revised GOP plan, which was approved earlier this month, would save $119 billion over ten years, and would result in...
Could Trump issue himself a pardon?

Could Trump issue himself a pardon?

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, an interesting constitutional thought experiment emerged: If Hillary Clinton did deserve to be locked up, in the eloquent articulation of Donald Trump supporters, could she use the power of the presidential pardon on . . . herself?   On Nov. 8, the question became pointless, as we learned that Clinton would not have that authority or any power...
NEW: CBO says revised health bill still leaves 23M without coverage

NEW: CBO says revised health bill still leaves 23M without coverage

It was 24 million. Now it’s 23 million. Fewer people would be pushed out of health coverage over 10 years under a revised House bill that gives states more options, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report released late Wednesday afternoon. The bill would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years, $32 billion less than before. Just don’t count on the latest report...
Melania Trump follows Princess Diana, Mother Teresa with Rome hospital visit

Melania Trump follows Princess Diana, Mother Teresa with Rome hospital visit

First lady Melania Trump visits the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu in Vatican City. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images) First lady and part-time Palm Beach resident Melania Trump visited a children’s hospital in Vatican City today as President Donald Trump‘s five-nation tour continued.
READ: President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day proclamation

READ: President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day proclamation

President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a proclamation declaring Monday to be Memorial Day. The proclamation notes a law passed by Congress in 2000 that sets a National Moment of Remembrance for one minute beginning at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day. Trump’s proclamation also follows tradition by directing all U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised...

CBO: GOP health bill saves $119 billion, 23 million fewer would be insured

A review of a Republican health care overhaul plan which passed the House earlier this month found it would result in 23 million fewer people having health insurance over the next ten years, as the Congressional Budget Office questioned whether some GOP changes might promote instability in state health insurance markets. The most important figure from the CBO review was that the plan would reduce...
Al Franken is back to joke writing with this sick burn on Ted Cruz

Al Franken is back to joke writing with this sick burn on Ted Cruz

Since coming to the Senate, Al Franken has taken great pains to be seen as a serious lawmaker and not the goofy "Saturday Night Live"-writing comedian he once was.   But old habits die hard. In his new book, "Giant of the Senate," Franken reveals that he hasn't left his comedy-crafting days behind. In one passage, he relays a story about his fellow Minnesota Democrat...
Former Senator Lieberman no longer front-runner for FBI director 

Former Senator Lieberman no longer front-runner for FBI director 

Former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman, who had risen to the top of President Trump's list of candidates to serve as the next FBI director, has fallen from the top tier amid concerns about bipartisan pushback to his nomination.   Lieberman, who met with Trump last week and was said to be a surprise favorite for the job, has no law enforcement experience. But Trump favored him after their meeting...
Trump's executive orders: Complete list of each one he's signed

Trump's executive orders: Complete list of each one he's signed

On Inauguration Day, Donald Trump kicked off his presidency by signing his first executive order, designed to help lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act. Since then he has signed another 35, with the most recent coming ahead of his first trip abroad since taking office. Here is a look at each of Trump’s executive orders, with the most recent listed first. This list will be updated...
Kasich wants ‘voice’ in 2020; tuning it up now with book, West Palm talk

Kasich wants ‘voice’ in 2020; tuning it up now with book, West Palm talk

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was the last Republican standing against Donald Trump in 2016 and refused to endorse him in the general election, says in a new book that it’s time for “thinking, feeling Americans to come together in support of the Trump administration.” But Kasich — who will appear in West Palm Beach at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Friday to promote...
New law designed to curb frivolous public records lawsuits

New law designed to curb frivolous public records lawsuits

Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a bill aimed at curbing public records lawsuits that Gulf Stream officials claim have crippled the tiny, affluent Palm Beach County town. The law, backed by the Florida League of Cities, would allow judges to decide whether those who file public records lawsuits against governments should recover their attorney fees. Formerly, judges had no discretion. Attorneys&rsquo...
NEW: The local artist behind President Trump’s gift to Pope Francis

NEW: The local artist behind President Trump’s gift to Pope Francis

His art has been displayed in museums across the country. His iconic sculpture represents the city where he lives. And his artwork has earned him international acclaim. Now, one of his pieces sits in the Vatican, a gift from President Donald Trump to Pope Francis. Stuart-based artist Geoffrey Smith’s “Rising Above” sculpture was one of several items given by the president...
Gov. Rick Scott signs bill giving $3.75 million to Barahona children

Gov. Rick Scott signs bill giving $3.75 million to Barahona children

Putting a hopeful coda on a horrific story that ended in 2011 with the discovery of the decomposing body of a 10-year-old girl in a truck along I-95 near Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a bill giving Victor Barahona and his adopted siblings $3.75 million to rebuild their lives. Scott’s approval of the bill came as no surprise to those who pushed the Florida Department...
Trump meets Pope Francis, gives him sculpture from Treasure Coast artist

Trump meets Pope Francis, gives him sculpture from Treasure Coast artist

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool) President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis today at the Vatican and gave the pontiff a sculpture made by Stuart artist Geoffrey Smith.
What Trump book got this Palm Beach author a quick publishing deal?

What Trump book got this Palm Beach author a quick publishing deal?

Got a good story about President Trump in Palm Beach? Journalist and author Laurence Leamer wants to hear it. The ink is still drying on the part-time Palm Beach resident’s new contract to write “Trump’s Palm Beach,” a book about Donald Trump and the Town of Palm Beach. “The arc of the book is Trump’s journey in Palm Beach, how he changed and how Palm...
Even some Republicans balk at Trump’s plan for steep budget cuts

Even some Republicans balk at Trump’s plan for steep budget cuts

President Donald Trump's proposal to cut federal spending by more than $3.6 trillion over the next decade — including deep reductions for programs that help the poor — faced harsh criticism in Congress on Tuesday, where even many Republicans said the White House had gone too far.   While some fiscally conservative lawmakers, particularly in the House, found a lot to praise in...
Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call

Trump calls Kim Jong Un a ‘madman with nuclear weapons,’ according to transcript of Duterte call

President Donald Trump labeled North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a "madman with nuclear weapons" during a private phone conversation with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last month, just days before stating publicly that he would be "honored" to meet with Kim.   In the April 29 call, Trump sought Duterte's input on whether Kim is "stable or not stable"...
Trump retains outside lawyer to help with Russia investigations

Trump retains outside lawyer to help with Russia investigations

President Donald Trump has retained the services of a trusted lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year's election, according to people familiar with the decision.   Kasowitz, who has known Trump for decades, has represented Trump in numerous cases, including on his divorce records, real estate transactions and...
Trump leaves Middle East with hope for peace, but no plan for it

Trump leaves Middle East with hope for peace, but no plan for it

In case there was any doubt, President Donald Trump made it exceedingly clear: He wants a deal. “I intend to do everything I can,” he said on Tuesday.   Moreover, he left after a 28-hour visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank convinced that he has partners in peace after meeting with the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Deep in the details of the Trump 2018 budget plan

Deep in the details of the Trump 2018 budget plan

While some of the plans proposed in President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 seem unlikely to be approved by the Congress, the document sets out a unique road map of how the Trump Administration views a variety of functions within the federal government, and what items the White House would like to get rid of – big and small. Here are eight things you might have missed in...
Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

A commanding majority of Florida voters – 71.3 percent — said in no uncertain terms in November that they wanted access to medical marijuana to relieve a wide range of painful and debilitating conditions. Amendment 2 outperformed Donald Trump on the ballot by nearly 2 million votes. The measure carried in every one of Florida’s 67 counties, even the most conservative. In Palm Beach...
POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Many thousands of children in the United States, including many in Palm Beach County, finish third grade without learning to read proficiently — and that puts them on a dreaded track of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and his or her potential to contributing to our nation’s economy and security...
The key spending cuts and increases in Trump's budget

The key spending cuts and increases in Trump's budget

The White House released more details of its federal budget proposal on Monday. It includes substantial cuts to Medicaid and other aid to the poor. Because it comes packaged with tax cuts, it assumes the economy will grow faster as a result and ultimately balance the budget by 2027. It is, however, unlikely to pass Congress as is.      As outlined in March’s “skinny budget...
Power struggle intensifies between White House, ethics office

Power struggle intensifies between White House, ethics office

White House officials are seeking to stop the federal government's top ethics officer from getting details about waivers granted to lobbyists and other appointees working in the administration, intensifying a power struggle between President Donald Trump and the ethics agency.   Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics, sent a memo in April to the White House and federal...

Ex-Everglades Foundation staffer named as Florida environmental chief

With Gov. Rick Scott describing him as “passionate about the environment,” Noah Valenstein was named Tuesday as Florida’s next environmental secretary after a short interview with Scott and members of the state Cabinet. Valenstein, a former Scott aide who is executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, will take over at the Department of Environmental Protection...
Is this the last extension of temporary protected status for Haitians?

Is this the last extension of temporary protected status for Haitians?

Temporary “protected status” has been extended for another six months for thousands of Haitians who fled to the United States after their island was ravaged by an earthquake in 2010. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday said “after a careful review of the current conditions in Haiti and conversations with the Haitian government,” he has agreed to extend...
Letter says Trump’s former National Security Adviser Flynn misled Pentagon

Letter says Trump’s former National Security Adviser Flynn misled Pentagon

  Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, misled Pentagon investigators about his income from companies in Russia and contacts with officials there when he applied for a renewal of his top-secret security clearance last year, according to a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House oversight committee.   Flynn, who resigned...

Ex-CIA Director worried by 2016 contacts between Russia and certain U.S. persons

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on Tuesday that he was so concerned about intelligence that showed contacts between Russian officials and people linked to the campaign of President Donald Trump, that he warned key members of Congress and other intelligence agencies about the Russian actions, and sent that information on to the FBI for further investigation. It became very clear to me...
The night in Havana I wasn’t expecting: When I shook Fidel Castro’s hand

The night in Havana I wasn’t expecting: When I shook Fidel Castro’s hand

In 1999, The Palm Beach Post dispatched me to Havana to photograph a historic baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuba All-Stars. A Major League Baseball team had not played in Cuba since 1959 because of the tension between the two governments. RELATED: CUBA’S HISTORY BELONGS TO ME, MY FAMILY But the countries also share a love for baseball. So restrictions were eased for this...
Trump seeks to sell off half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Trump seeks to sell off half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

As part of its 2018 budget, the Trump administration is proposing to reduce by half the size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a cushion against global price shocks and supply disruptions. The administration said it expects the drawdown to reduce the federal deficit by $16.6 billion, part of a package of deficit reduction measures over the next 10 years.   The proposal will likely run...
What was that glowing orb Trump touched in Saudi Arabia?

What was that glowing orb Trump touched in Saudi Arabia?

A mysterious glowing orb is exerting uncanny power over the world’s social media.   President Donald Trump, King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt entered a darkened room filled with row after row of computers in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, on Sunday evening.   They placed their hands atop a radiant whitish sphere, which illuminated their...
Lawyers are the big winners in the 2016 election interference investigation

Lawyers are the big winners in the 2016 election interference investigation

The appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of possible Russian involvement in the 2016 election means that White House staff members and others connected to President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will need to do one thing quickly: Lawyer up.  The investigation can be expected to unfold like others involving...

Trump would add over $3 trillion in debt before balancing budget in 2027

President Donald Trump is sending Congress a spending plan for 2018 that would increase money spent on defense and border security, cut many areas of non-defense spending by Uncle Sam, and achieve a balanced budget by 2027, though it would add several trillion dollars to the national debt along the way. Here are some of the early highlights from the Trump budget. 1. Over $3.1 trillion in new debt...
Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

Can Okeechobee Blvd. be made more safe? Summit seeks answers

As both a runner and a driver, Taniel Shant understands the multiple nightmares confounding thousands of motorists and pedestrians who use Okeechobee Boulevard daily. As a motorist, he fumes over the time it takes trains and traffic to clear so he can turn onto Okeechobee from Parker Avenue. As a jogger, who lives in the nearby Flamingo Park neighborhood, he worries a car will jump the curb...
U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

U.S. justices essentially lock in unanimous death penalty in Florida

Bolstering a state law requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Attorney General Pam Bondi on the issue. The court’s decision to deny what is known as a “writ of certiorari” essentially cements a state law enacted this year in response to a seminal Florida Supreme Court decision in a case involving...

Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment, decries “public frenzy” over Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on Monday, as his lawyers refused to honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the first time that someone with close ties to President Trump has refused to cooperate in the course of this politically charged investigation. “In these circumstances...
White House trying to dupe media with phony leaks

White House trying to dupe media with phony leaks

Conservative talk show host Bill Mitchell has hatched an ingenious plot to destroy the credibility of major newspapers.   "You know what we should do? Start flooding the NYTimes and WAPO tip lines with all kinds of crazy "leaks." Then laugh when they print them!" he posted on Twitter.   Simple, right? Mitchell's theory is that the media is so hungry for unflattering...
Another core Trump campaign promise falls by the wayside

Another core Trump campaign promise falls by the wayside

There's a social media parlor game that's emerged over the past several months. When President Donald Trump makes an unorthodox statement or announces a policy initiative, the race is on to find a tweet in which he expressed the opposite opinion or plan. They are often easy to come by.   On Sunday night, though, there was a particularly remarkable example. Our time-machine Twitter tool Trumphop...
Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Publix, package stores urge veto of ‘liquor wall’ bill

Opponents have mobilized to try to convince Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would a repeal a decades-old law requiring hard spirits to be sold in separate facilities from groceries and other goods — an issue that has become known as the “liquor wall.” But Scott, who faces a Wednesday deadline to decide whether to sign, veto or let the measure become law without his signature...
Anderson Cooper apologizes for conjuring image of Trump defecating on his desk

Anderson Cooper apologizes for conjuring image of Trump defecating on his desk

  "If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it," Anderson Cooper told conservative pundit and Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord.   During an interview on his show Friday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper interrupted a conservative pundit with a not-so-subtle jab that he later regretted.   Cooper told Jeffrey Lord, a supporter of the president, that if Trump "...

POINT OF VIEW: Preserving our South Florida soils, uplands, wetlands

Currently, Southeast Florida continues to destroy many of its remaining open areas for development. These areas hold native plants, soils and habitat for migratory birds. We continue to focus on growth rather than quality of life. A large amount of the water in our area is ground water. In order to have clean ground water we need to have open areas where water can reside and percolate into our aquifer...

AP: Flynn to assert Fifth Amendment rights, won’t honor subpoena in Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will not honor a subpoena for documents from a U.S. Senate panel investigating election interference by Russia, as the one-time aide to President Donald Trump will instead assert his Fifth Amendment rights, the Associated Press reported on Monday. That report came several days after the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr...
Twitter co-founder: I’m sorry if we made Trump’s presidency possible

Twitter co-founder: I’m sorry if we made Trump’s presidency possible

If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president.   "Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here," he told the Financial Times last month.   To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world.   Evan Williams, who still sits on the company's board of directors, recently told The New York Times that he wants to repair the damage...
Gingrich spreads conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer

Gingrich spreads conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a stalwart supporter of President Trump, used a Sunday morning appearance on "Fox and Friends" to spread the conspiracy theory that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was killed last year to cover up the true story of how WikiLeaks obtained tens of thousands of hacked Democratic Party emails.   "We have this very strange...
Trump's first trip abroad: Everything that's happened so far and upcoming schedule 

Trump's first trip abroad: Everything that's happened so far and upcoming schedule 

President Donald Trump will be traveling to several countries during his first trip abroad as the commander in chief. Here's a quick look at where he's going and the highlights of the trip:    What happened so far: In his speech to leaders of Muslim-majority nations on Sunday, Trump urged nations to "drive out" terrorists and called the fight against terrorism "a battle between...
Washington's portable toilet industry is flush, thanks to Trump

Washington's portable toilet industry is flush, thanks to Trump

President Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to boost economic growth and be the "greatest jobs producer that God ever created."   His economic legacy in this young presidency is far from sealed, but it's safe to say he has made at least one industry flush: The Washington region's portable toilet industry.   The Trump presidency has brought an increased number of...
5 questions Congress needs to answer about Trump and Russia

5 questions Congress needs to answer about Trump and Russia

The past week and a half has been dizzy with developments:    A senior White House official is under investigation by the FBI related to Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.   President Donald Trump told Russian officials that firing FBI Director James Comey relieved "great pressure" on him.   Notes have surfaced from Comey saying Trump asked...

With the President on the road, what’s next for the Trump agenda in Congress

Even as President Donald Trump is on an extended foreign trip, there will be a lot of domestic news developing this week as his budget for 2018 is released, though action on the Trump spending plan and a number of other major agenda items is still uncertain on Capitol Hill. Here is where we are on major issues in the Congress, as lawmakers get ready to leave Washington later this week for a ten day...

From an old newspaper column, echoes of current political arguments

In recent weeks, I’ve been compiling a list of frequent arguments that are being made to me on social media about the troubles of the current administration, thinking I would put together a blog about the daily reaction of President Donald Trump’s supporters, as backers of both parties do battle over the Trump Presidency. And then an old column from Art Buchwald surfaced, with threads...

POINT OF VIEW:

The Florida Legislature passed an $82.4 billion budget and received a well-deserved grade in a recent Palm Beach Post editorial (Legislature earns an ‘A’ for boosting universities, May 3). This legislature’s $587 million increase in higher education funding deserves applause, indeed. However, proponents and sponsors of this significant boost seem to have overlooked a vital economic...

Comey agrees to testify before Senate panel on Russian election interference

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before Congress, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced late on Friday, as the panel will schedule a hearing with Comey after Memorial Day. “I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), the Chairman of the Senate...
Democrats Frankel, Deutch: Rosenstein briefing to House unsatisfactory

Democrats Frankel, Deutch: Rosenstein briefing to House unsatisfactory

Two Palm Beach County Democrats accused U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of being evasive after Rosenstein gave a closed-door briefing to U.S. House members Friday on President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. “What briefing? It was disappointing,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach...
The many faces of possible FBI head Joe Lieberman in Palm Beach County

The many faces of possible FBI head Joe Lieberman in Palm Beach County

Former Connecticut U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, getting strong consideration from President Donald Trump for the vacant FBI director’s job, has been a familiar figure in Palm Beach County — campaigning for presidential tickets but also playing a role in local elections. Lieberman was the first Jewish candidate on a major-party presidential ticket when Democrat Al Gore tapped him as his running...
Jeb Bush: I told you Trump would be ‘chaos president’

Jeb Bush: I told you Trump would be ‘chaos president’

Jeb Bush campaigning in Iowa last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Florida Gov. and Donald Trump punching bag Jeb Bush said Trump’s presidency is playing out as he predicted during the 2016 campaign.
Amid Russia probe, Trump’s former lawyer says president ‘needs a good lawyer’

Amid Russia probe, Trump’s former lawyer says president ‘needs a good lawyer’

A longtime private attorney for President Donald Trump said he has advised the White House that Trump should hire a "tough Washington lawyer" to help navigate an increasingly complex legal strategy in response to the special counsel investigation of alleged ties between the presidential campaign and Russia.   "He needs a good lawyer, someone who is strong, not that he would...
Trump health action ‘critical,’ regulators warn as Fla. uninsured grow

Trump health action ‘critical,’ regulators warn as Fla. uninsured grow

As Obamacare deadlines loom, insurance regulators are pleading with President Donald Trump’s administration and Congress to end a money drama that threatens the “viability and stability” of health markets and could hurt millions of consumers by chasing insurers away and pushing premiums up 25 percent in Florida. The effort comes as new federal numbers show Florida adults lacking...
Trump won’t be silent on Russia probe, even at his peril

Trump won’t be silent on Russia probe, even at his peril

President Donald Trump's silence lasted just over 12 hours. Then, he let it all out.   The appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between his campaign and Russia was the "single greatest witch hunt in American history," he tweeted.   Hours later, during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Trump revisited the topic...
Spicer in the bushes. Now, Comey in the drapes. What is going on?

Spicer in the bushes. Now, Comey in the drapes. What is going on?

"All the President's Men," it is not. Perhaps "Bulworth" or "Wag the Dog."   It's as if the made-for-TV movie about the Trump administration's scandals is being scripted in real time, in real life.   Surely there will be a scene showing White House press secretary Sean Spicer huddled in - sorry, "among" - the bushes near his office, deflecting...
Why obstruction of justice is a hard crime to prove

Why obstruction of justice is a hard crime to prove

The report in The New York Times that President Donald Trump in February asked James B. Comey, the former FBI director, to stop the investigation of his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, by saying “I hope you can let this go” has fueled talk of possible obstruction of justice.   Add this to Trump’s firing of Comey a week ago for his persistence in the...
Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

Update 11:39 a.m.: Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner on Thursday pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor as part of an investigation into a sexting scandal. Federal prosecutors in New York said Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit photos and “directions to engage in sexual conduct” to a 15-year-old girl. He was aware of her age, said acting...
Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem

Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem

There are more than a few people who look at Vice President Mike Pence and see President Pence — possibly sooner than later. For wistful Democrats, it would be the end result of President Donald Trump stepping aside or being impeached; for wistful Republicans, some dream of a more serious, less error-prone Republican president actually succeeding at passing a conservative agenda.  ...
Joe Biden says he could be open to presidential run

Joe Biden says he could be open to presidential run

Former Vice President Joe Biden might seek the highest office in the land, but he has yet to make a firm decision. While speaking Thursday at the SALT Conference in Las Vegas, he told the crowd htat “he may very well run” for president in 2020, Newsweek reported. He said he didn’t think that Hillary Clinton, who ended up as the Democratic nominee and lost to President Donald Trump...
Behind closed doors, Franken, Gillibrand blast Rosenstein for withholding info

Behind closed doors, Franken, Gillibrand blast Rosenstein for withholding info

 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's meeting with senators on Thursday grew especially heated when he faced questions from two frustrated liberal Democrats, according to multiple people familiar with the meeting.   Rosenstein came to Capitol Hill to discuss the firing of former FBI director James Comey and his decision to hire Robert Mueller as a special counsel to probe Russian...
Tillerson puts onus of drug trafficking crisis on consumption by Americans

Tillerson puts onus of drug trafficking crisis on consumption by Americans

It has long been a Mexican talking point.  But on Thursday, it was the top U.S. diplomat who said the root of the deadly drug trafficking crisis killing thousands of people on both sides of the border was American drug habits.  "Americans must confront the reality that we are the market," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. "We Americans must own this problem." ...
Trump’s business ties to Middle East precede him

Trump’s business ties to Middle East precede him

As President Donald Trump sets off on his first international trip as president today, his itinerary will include two Middle Eastern countries, Israel and Saudi Arabia, where he explored business deals before taking office.   In Israel, Trump has long sought a tower project in Tel Aviv. But he has shelved that ambition for now, given his self-imposed ban on foreign deals during his presidency...

Trump focus on domestic policy suffers amid FBI, Russia controversies

After celebrating House approval of a GOP health care bill with a pep rally in the White House Rose Garden on May 4, political fallout from the firing of the FBI Director and the investigation into Russia’s election meddling have pushed President Donald Trump’s focus away from his domestic agenda, as he leaves for his first overseas trip on Friday. Following an active first 100 days in...

Krauthammer: The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet — were keeping...

Collins: Trump’s version of keeping us safe

Wow, Donald Trump can’t even give a commencement speech to the military without making it all about him. “Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve,” the president warned as he was addressing the Coast Guard Academy graduating...

Special Counsel appointment: Florida politicians react

Wednesday’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign drew a restrained initial response — followed by angry tweets — from Trump and cautious approval from Florida members of Congress. Here’s a rundown: • President Donald Trump (Wednesday night)...

Trump slams Comey, once more dismisses Russia probe as “witch hunt”

In his first substantive comments about the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, President Donald Trump denied that his campaign had been involved in any collusion with Moscow, as he declared that the probe “divides the country.” “I think it’s totally ridiculous, everybody thinks so,” the President said about the investigation...
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