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Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast hosts Thursday town halls in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter, Stuart

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Stuart, fields questions at a town hall meeting in Stuart in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, will host town hall meetings in Port St. Lucie, Jupiter and Stuart on Thursday. Mast’s last town hall, in June, drew hundreds of constituents angry about Mast’s support for a GOP plan to overhaul Obamacare...
Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

Tonight: Mike Pence joins Donald Trump in Arizona, heads to South Florida

Vice President Mike Pence attends a morning service at the Church By the Glades in Coral Springs in March. (Michael Ares / The Palm Beach Post) Vice President Mike Pence is returning to South Florida. The White House announced late Monday night that Pence will travel to Arizona today to join President Donald Trump at a rally in Phoenix. Afterward, Pence ...
Secret Service says Trump’s travel, large family have depleted funds to pay agents, report says

Secret Service says Trump’s travel, large family have depleted funds to pay agents, report says

What happens if the Secret Service can’t afford to pay its agents? Those agents might soon find out, according to a USA Today report. The director of the Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents have already maxed out their salary and overtime allowances — allowances that were supposed to last all year. Alles said the service...
Donald Trump’s plan in Afghanistan: Transcript from his speech 

Donald Trump’s plan in Afghanistan: Transcript from his speech 

On Monday, President Donald Trump gave a speech in which he discussed U.S. policy in Afghanistan The remarks indicate that the 16-year war, the longest conflict in American history, may continue for some time, as Trump declined to give a specific timeline of when troops will pull out and would not discuss troop numbers. Read a full transcript of Trump’s remarks, from Fort Meyer in Arlington...
BREAKING: Other Trump venues lose events as charities flee Mar-a-Lago

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

It may not be just Mar-a-Lago that could be losing business. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach is on the outs with 20 charities that have pulled their upcoming winter fundraisers, following Trump’s controversial remarks in the aftermath of the deadly violence in the Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month. Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach and...
Donald Trump looks at sun during solar eclipse, sans protective glasses

Donald Trump looks at sun during solar eclipse, sans protective glasses

President Donald Trump ignored the advice of optometrists and scientists nationwide Monday when he squinted to look up at the sun during the 2017 solar eclipse. The president and first lady Melania Trump took in the eclipse with their son, Barron, on the White House’s Truman Balcony.  The trio wore protective glasses, though Trump took his pair off long enough to squint up at the sky. &ldquo...
Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

Part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump, Melania reveal eclipse watch plans

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on April 6. (Rich Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump will watch today’s solar eclipse from the Truman Balcony at the White House, according to a White House pool report. He will be joined by first lady Melania Trump. The president...
Kravis Center becomes 20th organization to leave Mar-a-Lago

Kravis Center becomes 20th organization to leave Mar-a-Lago

The Kravis Center late Sunday became the 20th organization to cancel a charity event scheduled for President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Its annual wine auction, a fundraiser for the Kravis Center, will be Feb. 1 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, officials announced this morning. "The executive committee of the Kravis Center’s board met this morning and formalized...
Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

Charities bail on Mar-a-Lago after Trump Charlottesville comments

“Where is everybody?” The main Mar-a-Lago ballroom, shown here before a 2016 Palm Beach County GOP dinner, could be empty for much of the 2017-18 social season. PALM BEACH — Two more charities announced Sunday they won’t hold their annual fundraisers at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club and the Kravis Center added its name...
Protesters march to Mar-a-Lago, denounce Trump comments

Protesters march to Mar-a-Lago, denounce Trump comments

Men and women from Palm Beach and Martin counties came together Sunday to march toward Mar-a-Lago and protest Donald Trump’s recent comments about the racially-charged violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week. The 70 or so people in attendance chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A” as they crossed the Intracoastal Waterway on Southern Boulevard. “Rule number one is...
NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

And then there were two. Or maybe four, depending on what happens when a couple of boards meet this week. Today, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and MorseLife both announced a change of venue for their annual Palm Beach fundraisers, from the Mar-a-Lago Club to – well, not the Mar-a-Lago Club. That brings to 19 the number of charities that have decided to leave Mar-a-Lago in recent...
Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, citing serious concerns about the safety and security of students, last week denied a white nationalist leader’s request to rent space for a speech on the campus. Fuchs’ decision, which was a surprise reversal from just days prior, was understandable. It was also right. We don’t come to this decision lightly. As an editorial board, we,...
UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE: Preservation Foundation, H.O.W. pull events from Mar-a-Lago

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and H.O.W. appear to be the latest nonprofits to pull an event from the Mar-a-Lago Club, the Palm Beach winter home of President Donald Trump. The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their...
Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors

The White House announced in a statement Saturday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend this year's Kennedy Center Honors. The statement said that the president made the decision to not participate to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction.” The statement said the president and first lady “extend their sincerest congratulations...
Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Bannon could be influential outside Trump White House, Floridians say

Steve Bannon, near the lamp behind President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago when Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria in April. (White House photo) Steve Bannon is out as senior political adviser to President Donald Trump, but two Floridians close to Trump say he could remain influential. Bannon, the former head of the right-wing Breitbart website, joined ...
Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been...
UPDATED: Keeping track at home? Here’s a list of 20 charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

UPDATED: Keeping track at home? Here’s a list of 20 charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

* Here’s a look at the charities and organizations that are coming and going from President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. These groups all held events at Mar-a-Lago during the 2016-17 social and fundraising season. So far, 20 charities have decided to move or cancel their events planned for Mar-a-Lago this season. Two have have committed to stay, and one is still deciding. We...
UPDATED: Red Cross, Komen join Salvation Army in departing Mar-a-Lago

UPDATED: Red Cross, Komen join Salvation Army in departing Mar-a-Lago

The Salvation Army is marching away from The Mar-a-Lago Club. Following in the footsteps of Cleveland Clinic Florida, the American Cancer Society, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and several others, the organization will be shaking its tambourine someplace else this season. Joining in the formation today are Susan G. Komen, the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, and the...
Steve Bannon out as White House strategist

Steve Bannon out as White House strategist

Almost exactly one year after Steve Bannon left his position as executive chair of the conservative website Breitbart News in favor of joining Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the 63-year-old is leaving the White House. The White House confirmed in a statement that Friday would be Bannon’s last day as part of the administration.
For Palm Beach chamber head, a flurry of headlines and one crank call

For Palm Beach chamber head, a flurry of headlines and one crank call

The head of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce grabbed national headlines with her call for charities to boycott President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. But the flurry of attention already seemed to be subsiding as of Friday morning. Laurel Baker said she had not been booked for any television appearances and was the recipient of just one crank call. “By and large, everyone has...
Trump pays off mortgage on Palm Beach home; Rare glimpse of billionaires taking home loans

Trump pays off mortgage on Palm Beach home; Rare glimpse of billionaires taking home loans

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pay off a $1.2 million loan on a home he owns in Palm Beach raises an intriguing question -- namely, why would a billionaire bother with a relatively tiny mortgage? True, Trump was in a tough financial spot back in 1994, when he took the 25-year mortgage from Merrill Lynch Credit Corp. But Trump kept the loan even as his finances rebounded nicely....
Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events

Five more philanthropic organizations said Friday they have pulled their fundraising events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club following an intense social media push calling on people to boycott charities that use the venue. A total of eight groups have now pulled their events from Mar-a-Lago since the president’s off-the-cuff, combative and controversial news conference on...
Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Brian Mast, Adam Putnam, others weigh in on Trump and Charlottesville at GOP dinner

Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe signing books at Thursday’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest in Boca Raton. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and some other Republicans have criticized President Donald Trump‘s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, says Trump...
UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch event, co-chaired by Lara Trump, pulls out of Mar-a-Lago

UPDATE: Big Dog Ranch event, co-chaired by Lara Trump, pulls out of Mar-a-Lago

A day after reiterating its intent to hold its 2018 fundraising event at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, Big Dog Ranch Rescue did an about face and pulled its luncheon from the Palm Beach club. Instead, the organization will hold its event at a new facility in Loxahatchee Groves. The move follows the decision by eight other charities to bail on Mar-a-Lago in the wake of of...
Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

Inside philanthropists’ decision to quit Trump, Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump’s statements that “both sides” were at fault in the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, were troubling to philanthropists who give money to organizations that hold events at Trump properties, including Mar-a-Lago. And especially so for Jewish donors and philanthropic groups particularly offended and unnerved by images of torch-carrying neo-Nazis and...
Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

Application period begins for reimbursement for Trump security costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now accepting applications for grants to repay local government for costs associated with protecting President Donald Trump, and Palm Beach County is expected to make a pitch for $3.5 million of that money. “More relief is on the way for local law enforcement agencies that have provided protection for the president,” U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West...
Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

Spokesman: Charlottesville didn’t come up at Scott lunch with Trump

President Donald Trump hosted Florida Gov. Rick Scott for lunch Thursday and discussed repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee and the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, Scott’s office said. Scott visited Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where he also had a meeting with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. The meeting came a day after Scott decried any suggestion...
Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

Cerabino: University of Florida fails history with neo-Nazi ban

If you care at all about government intrusion on free speech, you shouldn’t be applauding the University of Florida’s decision to ban white nationalist leader Richard Spencer from speaking on campus next month. As American scholar Noam Chomsky once put it: “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” University...
Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, minced no words Thursday about whether charities should continue to hold their events at Mar-a-Lago this season following President Donald Trump’s statements about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. “If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there,” Baker...
‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

‘Trump Train to Trash Fire Mountain’ — riffs from a GOP strategist

As the Republican field running for governor grows, a top GOP strategist offered some advice Wednesday to candidates seeking to follow term-limited Gov. Rick Scott. “Just don’t be Trump’s mini-me, a simple rule,” Rick Wilson told the Capital Tiger Bay Club in a luncheon speech. RELATED: President Trump headlines in The Palm Beach Post Wilson, a Tallahassee-based national Republican...
NEW: A third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

NEW: A third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Three major philanthropic organizations said Thursday they are pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, with one already in discussions to move its 2018 fundraiser to another A-list oceanfront setting. Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Clinic and American Cancer Society announced they were leaving the president’s Palm Beach estate. » COMPLETE COVERAGE:...
Trump calls efforts to remove Confederate monuments 'so foolish'

Trump calls efforts to remove Confederate monuments 'so foolish'

President Donald Trump on Thursday again criticized recent decisions to remove Confederate monuments across the country, calling the moves “so foolish” and the monuments irreplaceable. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Trump wrote in the first of a series of tweets. “You...
Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens man Ben Carson on Charlottesville, Trump and race

Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson announcing his support for Donald Trump’s presidential bid at Mar-a-Lago in March 2016. (Meghan McCarthy / Palm Beach Daily News) Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the Palm Beach Gardens resident who is the only black member of President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet, has defended Trump and recalled...
Trump slams Lindsey Graham, media over Charlottesville backlash

Trump slams Lindsey Graham, media over Charlottesville backlash

Update:  Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to President Donald Trump’s tweets Thursday morning. Graham, also using Twitter as a forum, has challenged the president, saying, “Mr. President, like most I seek to move our nation, my state and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness.” Original story: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday...
Republican 'Fox & Friends' guest breaks down over Trump's Charlottesville response

Republican 'Fox & Friends' guest breaks down over Trump's Charlottesville response

President Donald Trump is known to be an avid viewer of “Fox & Friends,” but on Wednesday morning, the show wasn’t entirely kind to him. Republican strategist Gianno Caldwell, who heads up Caldwell Strategic Consulting in Washington, D.C., broke down when talking about Trump’s response to the deadly Charlottesville violence. Host Abby Huntsman first asked Johns Hopkins...
After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

After trashing ‘moral equivalence,’ Rick Scott to have lunch with Donald Trump

Gov. Rick Scott with Donald Trump in New York during the presidential transition. Florida Gov. Rick Scott — who on Wednesday said there’s “no moral equivalence” between white supremacists and their opponents — will have lunch today with President Donald Trump, who’s been under fire for his blame-sharing assessment...
Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction’s “sanctuary city” status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his “ambiguity” about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Sessions scheduled Wednesday’s visit to highlight the Trump Administration&rsquo...
Taunting or tribute? Locally, Civil War symbols confuse, stir emotions

Taunting or tribute? Locally, Civil War symbols confuse, stir emotions

Shaun Mosier of Loxahatcheesays he will keep displaying his two Confederate flags — along with his American flag — on his pickup truck. Mosier said he isn’t budging despite the flames of the long-running debate over Confederate symbols fanned again from the weekend tragedy in Charlottesville, Va., and President Donald Trump’s combative news conference Tuesday. “I&rsquo...
Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida Gov. Scott says he didn’t serve in Navy ‘to defend neo-Nazis’

Florida’s governor and attorney general, both strong supporters of President Donald Trump, decried racism and groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis as reverberations continued Wednesday across the country after a deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. “I served in the Navy. My dad served in the Second World War,” Gov. Rick Scott said. “I didn’t serve...
AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

AG Jeff Sessions visits Miami to blast Chicago on ‘sanctuary city’ policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Miami. MIAMI — Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to town to commend Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for cooperating with the federal government by holding jail inmates who have been targeted for deportation, but most of Sessions’ remarks were aimed at Chicago, which is challenging the policy. Sessions...
What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

What Palm Beach County school was once monument to Confederate leader?

As the nation confronts the issue of Confederate monuments in the wake of Charlottesville and President Trump’s divisive comments, it’s a reminder that Palm Beach County grappled with another aspect of the Confederate legacy in 2005. RELATED: RICK CHRISTIE: Removing Confederate monuments is not removing history
Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally rolled out his Republican bid for governor here Wednesday by drawing contrasts with current Republican Gov. Rick Scott and GOP primary foe Adam Putnam but declining to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s remarks about Charlottesville. Latvala cast himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who will “never sell out...
Christie: Removing Confederate monuments is not erasing history

Christie: Removing Confederate monuments is not erasing history

This is a view of the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/TNS) There are more than 700 Confederate monuments in the U.S. — the vast majority in the South — according to the latest figures. And there are many in Florida cities like Fort Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville and yes,...
Trump disbands 2 key business councils after Charlottesville backlash

Trump disbands 2 key business councils after Charlottesville backlash

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he is disbanding a pair of White House councils after a receiving a rash of resignations in response to his failure to immediately and forcefully denounce white supremacists in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the manufacturing council (and) strategy (and) policy...
Lois Frankel on Trump’s Charlottesville remarks: ‘He’s not my president’

Lois Frankel on Trump’s Charlottesville remarks: ‘He’s not my president’

Congresswoman Lois Frankel voiced her disappointment in President Donald Trump’s comments regarding this weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. and said “he’s not the president of my United States.” She added: “I hope I’m not insulting too many people.” Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, spoke at the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations...
Yes, there is a Trump Winery in Charlottesville. Here’s a look inside.

Yes, there is a Trump Winery in Charlottesville. Here’s a look inside.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump capped a volatile, wide-ranging, off-the-cuff Q&A with reporters on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend by saying that he has a home there. “I own a house in Charlottesville,” he said, speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City. “Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville?&rdquo...
Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Jack Latvala draws contrasts with GOP rival Putnam, punts on Trump comments

Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala talks to reporters in Hialeah after kicking off his campaign. HIALEAH — State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally launched his Republican bid for governor here by casting himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who’s neither a career politician like former Gov. Charlie Crist...
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