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Trump card: Democrat Bill Nelson invokes president 7 times in money plea

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and President Donald Trump are teaming up against Sen. Bill Nelson, says Nelson in a new fundraising appeal. When President Donald Trump paused at a Miami rally last week to urge Florida Gov. Rick Scott to run for U.S. Senate next year, he pretty much wrote Sen. Bill Nelson‘s next fundraising appeal to...
White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the rift. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil chief executive with no prior government experience, gets some of the blame...
Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Mosquito population — and complaints — up; aerial spraying to begin

Palm Beach County is getting bitten on both ends of its mosquito control program, with one resident saying the county has not done enough to control the burgeoning population while another has raised concerns about a chemical used when the county does spray. Jean Bacon said standing water from recent heavy rains has spawned a bumper crop of biting bugs that are posing an increasing health threat to...
Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll ‘fight for Florida’ in Washington next week

Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll ‘fight for Florida’ in Washington next week

Florida Gov. Rick Scott during a January visit to Washington for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he’ll visit Washington next week to “fight for Florida” on the details of a Senate health care bill. Scott  joins Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in publicly professing wariness over...
Resident says PBC has failed to control mosquitoes

Resident says PBC has failed to control mosquitoes

Palm Beach County has not done enough to control a burgeoning mosquito population in rain-soaked northern neighborhoods, says a resident who claims the pests are more numerous now than they have ever been in her 38 years in the Caloosa subdivision northeast of Bee Line Highway. Jean Bacon said the large lots of her neighborhood are dotted with standing water from...
Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

Obama's secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin's election assault

WASHINGTON — Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried "eyes only" instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that...
Dem candidate says he talked to FBI, is ‘not the focus of an investigation’

Dem candidate says he talked to FBI, is ‘not the focus of an investigation’

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gathering in Hollywood last week. Tallahassee Mayor and 2018 Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum said he spoke to the FBI last week about  corruption allegations in his city and was assured he is “not the focus of an investigation.” The Associated Press reported that the FBI...
NEW: What Trump said as he signed new VA accountability act

NEW: What Trump said as he signed new VA accountability act

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that will make it easier to fire Veteran Affairs employees. Below is the full text of Trump’s remarks at the signing ceremony: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much, everybody. That's really greatly appreciated.   And thank you to Secretary Shulkin for...
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...
Goodman: Delray Beach: All American City and ‘relapse capital’ all at the same time

Goodman: Delray Beach: All American City and ‘relapse capital’ all at the same time

Suzanne Spencer, executive director of the Delray Beach Drug Taskforce, and Delray Beach Police Chief Jeffrey Goldman speak at a press conference about heroin overdoses and deaths in the city. . Delray Beach this week became the first city in the state to win the All America City Award for a third time. This same week, the city also gained national attention for being &ldquo...
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...
Ronaldo, under fire, strikes quickly before slipping away

Ronaldo, under fire, strikes quickly before slipping away

There was a collective murmur of surprise on Wednesday night when Cristiano Ronaldo swept into the interview room at Spartak Stadium in Moscow. So many of these journalists had so many questions for Ronaldo, the Portuguese superstar, and now here he was, rather unexpectedly, sitting right in front of them. But the moment was short-lived. “We’re not going to have questions,” the moderator...
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...
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...
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...
Goodman: Florida’s ‘war on citrus canker’ continues bearing bitter fruit

Goodman: Florida’s ‘war on citrus canker’ continues bearing bitter fruit

This 2000 file photo shows crews removing citrus trees in Boca Raton. It seems hard to believe, but 10 years after the state cut down millions of healthy trees in a hapless effort to halt citrus canker disease, lots of Floridians still haven’t been reimbursed for the loss of their beloved fruit-bearing trees.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Watch live: Trump returns to Florida to unveil Cuba policy

Watch live: Trump returns to Florida to unveil Cuba policy

Donald Trump campaigning at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami in October. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald) President Donald Trump, a South Florida fixture during his first three months in office, ends two months of exile from the Sunshine State today today to announce he’s reversing some of former President Barack Obama‘s policies toward communist Cuba.
Kelly revokes Obama order shielding immigrant parents of U.S. citizens 

Kelly revokes Obama order shielding immigrant parents of U.S. citizens 

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced late Thursday that he has rescinded an Obama-era memo that sought to shield millions of parents of U.S. citizens and others from deportation.   Kelly's act fulfills part of a campaign promise that President Donald Trump had made to overturn two of Obama's controversial memos on illegal immigration. The rescinded memo was never implemented...
Don’t believe anonymously sourced reports, deputy attorney general says

Don’t believe anonymously sourced reports, deputy attorney general says

Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, encouraged Americans in a statement issued late Thursday to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” after a string of recent news reports about the evolving focus of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s associates.   &ldquo...
Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Florida Supreme Court upholds property tax shield for public marinas

Rejecting arguments by a private marina that said it was put at a competitive disadvantage, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that city-owned marinas are not required to pay property taxes. The unanimous decision, which focused on marinas owned by the city of Fort Pierce and the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency, raised constitutional questions about whether property-tax exemptions for government...
Scott signs fentanyl mandatory minimum, pollution notification bills

Scott signs fentanyl mandatory minimum, pollution notification bills

Gov. Rick Scott signed measures Wednesday that will impose minimum mandatory sentences on people who traffic in the dangerous drug fentanyl and require increased public notification of pollution incidents. The bills were among 28 that Scott signed into law late Wednesday. Scott also vetoed a higher-education measure (SB 374) that was a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. The measure...
PBC looks to limit impact of Trump visits on Lantana Airport

PBC looks to limit impact of Trump visits on Lantana Airport

Trump (Getty Images) Palm Beach County has drafted a resolution seeking relief from temporary flight restrictions that impact the Lantana Airport during President Trump’s trips to his Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach.
Harriet Tubman statue may come to Capitol

Harriet Tubman statue may come to Capitol

The state of Maryland is moving closer to having a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman built for display in the United States Capitol.  The state's junior senator, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, said at a recent hearing that his staff has been working with the Architect of the Capitol to plan for the creation and donation of the sculpture.  Calling Tubman a "great Marylander and a great...
Former mayor of Alexandria was acquaintance of congressional shooter

Former mayor of Alexandria was acquaintance of congressional shooter

Former Mayor Bill Euille of Alexandria, Va., was making his way to the city's YMCA for his ritualistic morning workout Wednesday when his cell phone lit up with text messages from friends asking if he was all right.  "They said, there was an active shooting incident in the 400 block of East Monroe," Euille said. "I said, 'That's the Y!'"  Euille, whose city rarely makes...
Why Cabinet flattery is a big problem for Trump 

Why Cabinet flattery is a big problem for Trump 

President Donald Trump's first full Cabinet meeting Monday included a gusher of effusive praise, a virtual round-robin of complimentary remarks that set social media ablaze and drew mockery from Democratic corners. One by one, starting with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members around the table weighed in, with most offering effusive praise of the president or gratitude for the opportunity. ...
Their own targeted, Republicans want looser gun laws, not stricter ones

Their own targeted, Republicans want looser gun laws, not stricter ones

  Shaken and angry, Republican members of Congress seized on the brazen daytime shooting of their colleagues on Wednesday to demand that existing restrictions on gun access be loosened so that people facing similar attacks are able to defend themselves.   Past shootings have brought calls for more gun control, especially for restrictions on the kind of rifle used in Wednesday&rsquo...
Tillerson: U.S. gave China a list of firms, people, doing illicit business with N. Korea

Tillerson: U.S. gave China a list of firms, people, doing illicit business with N. Korea

The Trump administration has asked China to act against several Chinese entities suspected of doing illicit business with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.   North Korean ally China is the "capstone" of an international pressure campaign to hold North Korea to account for rogue missile and nuclear development, Tillerson said during testimony before the...
Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left

Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left

Four days ago, at the left-wing People's Summit in Chicago, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ended a speech to 4000-odd activists with a 15-minute Q&A. The final question dealt with the political anger that Democrats, according to Sanders, had failed to grapple with in 2016. The left's response to that anger was obvious: it had to be channeled into "constructive change."   "All...
Trump is expected to visit Supreme Court this week

Trump is expected to visit Supreme Court this week

President Donald Trump is expected to pay his first visit to the Supreme Court on Thursday. His words and actions precede him.   Trump's planned drop-by for the official investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch comes as the president's lawyers make almost daily filings with the justices in an attempt to revive his ban on refugees and travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.   The...
Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida governor approves pay raises for state workers

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation Wednesday providing across-the-board pay raises to state employees for the first time since 2013, but remained mum on whether he would also approve a wide-ranging and controversial education bill. In a ceremony for veterans at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee, Scott signed the compensation legislation (SB 7022), a key priority...
Why a Florida road near you may have new honorary name

Why a Florida road near you may have new honorary name

Fifty Florida roads, highways and bridges have new honorary names, after Gov. Rick Scott signed SB 368 into law on Wednesday. The measure, which goes into effect July 1, creates new designations for facilities around the state, naming them in honor of fallen soldiers, law enforcement officials and community members. The bill also directs the Florida Department of Transportation to put up &ldquo...
Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Exiting Atwater pushes for benefits-assignment bill sought by insurers

Readying to leave the state Cabinet at the end of the month, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said Wednesday that lawmakers need to address an insurance practice that critics argue is driving up homeowners’ rates. Lawmakers this spring could not agree on changes to the practice known as “assignment of benefits.” RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature...
Goodman: Alexandria shooting shows ‘there’s too much hate’ in our politics, GOP congressman says

Goodman: Alexandria shooting shows ‘there’s too much hate’ in our politics, GOP congressman says

We don’t yet know the motives of the gunman who opened fire on Republican congressmen and staffers who were practicing at a peaceful park in Alexandria, Va., for a charity baseball game. But the vitriol in Washington, D.C., is so intense over our politics, the divisions in America so bitter, that it is easy to jump to the same conclusion as Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who was at the practice...
Amid investigation, new sanctions punishing Russia set to land on Trump’s desk

Amid investigation, new sanctions punishing Russia set to land on Trump’s desk

President Donald Trump appears all but certain to be confronted in coming weeks with a wrenching decision about Russia: whether to veto new, bipartisan sanctions against Moscow, partly for election interference that Trump has said is a fiction created by Democrats.   The sanctions, which would make it impossible for Trump to act alone to lift economic penalties imposed by President Barack...
Trump adds more trademarks in China

Trump adds more trademarks in China

President Donald Trump is poised to add six new trademarks to his expanding portfolio in China, in sectors including veterinary services and construction, potentially renewing concerns about his possible conflicts of interest.   The latest trademarks expand Trump’s business interests in China, the world’s second-largest economy and a country he frequently blamed during the election...
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