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...
Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Will potential Democratic governor candidate cash in on the eclipse?

Trial lawyer and potential Democratic governor candidate John Morgan is promoting eclipse-viewing safety, and offering his firm’s services if things go bad. Trial lawyer and potential Florida Democratic candidate for governor John Morgan is cautioning people to be safe when viewing today’s solar eclipse — and promoting his firm’s litigatory...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
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...
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...
Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Budget and Appropriations members rack up travel time

Members of the Budget and Appropriations committees have spent about $2 million on foreign travel since the start of 2016, including trips to Argentina, Tanzania, Italy and the United Kingdom, according to an analysis of congressional records. Appropriations Committee members far outpace their colleagues on the Budget Committee in the number of trips and how much they've spent on travel outside the...
Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Overview of firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations

Jeb Bush once famously argued against Donald Trump's presidential candidacy by calling Trump a "chaos candidate," who, if elected, would be a "chaos president." That's a subjective descriptor. But here is a brief overview of the firings, resignations and disruptions under President Trump: Jan. 20. Trump is inaugurated. Non-career diplomats who were given ambassador positions by...
Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Donald Trump would love what Arnold Kamler's doing. One of the president's top campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Kamler is on a quest to revive a decimated industry: American-made bicycles. Almost all of the roughly 18 million bicycles sold each year in the U.S. come from China and Taiwan. This year, about 130 workers at Kamler's new factory in Manning, S.C.,...
The eclipse's really early birds

The eclipse's really early birds

Thousands of eclipse oglers eager to secure their viewing spots have been pouring into rural towns on Oregon's arid east side and craggy coast for days. But some Oregon residents have been preparing for Monday's total solar eclipse for much, much longer. Kay Wyatt and her husband, Steven, moved to Depoe Bay, Oregon, 15 years ago, in no small part because it lies on the centerline of the path of totality...
US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

US has struggled with love-hate relationship with immigrants

Oddly for a nation made up mostly of immigrants, the United States has always had a problem with immigration. Long before President Donald Trump called for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, generations of Americans have advocated limiting immigration. In the 1800s, the Irish were a favorite target, and newspaper want ads commonly included the phrase, "No Irish need apply." Also...
Japan seeks US protection but quietly stakes its own path

Japan seeks US protection but quietly stakes its own path

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has never seemed to waver in his support for President Donald Trump, seeking out meetings and regularly speaking by telephone. He is one of a few world leaders who rarely criticize or even comment on Trump’s political turmoil at home. That approach, as much as a personal relationship, reflects Japan’s keen awareness that it needs the United States as...
Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Seven days a week, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., workers flock to the hiring center a few blocks from the Mississippi River and line up against the chain-link fence according to their seniority.  They bow their heads as they recite the Lord's Prayer. "Give us this day our daily bread," the union leader intones. Then the dockworkers lift their union cards high in hopes of securing work that...
Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Circling the square of President Trump’s relationship with race

Kara Young, a biracial model who dated Donald Trump for two years before he married another model named Melania Knauss, remembers clearly bringing up her race with the real estate tycoon early in their relationship. As with so many issues, he steered the conversation to celebrity. “I didn’t hide my race from Donald Trump. He knew,” Young said in a rare interview. “He would...
Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Death penalty: Rick Scott yanks prosecutor from case of two slain Kissimmee police officers

Gov. Rick Scott wants a prosecutor who supports the death penalty to handle the case of two slain Kissimmee police officers. Gov. Rick Scott has removed a Central Florida prosecutor who opposes the death penalty from the case involving the slayings of two Kissimmee police officers. Scott issued an executive order Saturday night replacing State Attorney ...
Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists. Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? "This is not who we are,"...
New PBC Engineer Ricks ready to shoulder weighty role

New PBC Engineer Ricks ready to shoulder weighty role

It will take a lot to ably succeed George Webb as Palm Beach County engineer. Webb served in that capacity for 26 years, weighing in on where roads — and thus development — can be placed or expanded. Want to know what it feels like on the underside of a lawn mower? Offering up roadway guidance as environmentalists and developers duke it out over some controversial project must come close...
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 ...
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...
Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

Offering land for school won’t get development built, commissioners say

GL Homes’ offer of land and money for schools in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve sweetens the pot, but county commissioners who will make the final decision on the developer’s controversial plans say it is not a game-changer. “It wouldn’t influence my decision in any sense,” Commissioner Hal Valeche said. Another commissioner, Mack Bernard, had the same...
‘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...
Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Fire fight: Unions already taking sides in Republican governor primary

Adam Putnam today with firefighters in Palm Beach County (left); Jack Latvala Wednesday with firefighters in Hialeah. Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Republican candidate for governor  Adam Putnam, who will attend tonight’s Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest, was in Palm Springs this morning to collect the endorsement of the 2,500-member Professional...
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...
Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes.   "The last few days have been hard to process," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. "As a...
Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump's relatives — go through him to reach the president.   But none of those attempts at...
Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

President Donald Trump's lawyer on Wednesday fanned an already-incendiary racial debate by forwarding an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists.   Trump's lawyer John Dowd told The Washington Post he "shares a lot of things with people" and said it was unfair to equate forwarding...
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...
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all.   The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach...
Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

The two guests on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends" had been invited to talk about the toppling of a North Carolina Confederate monument Wednesday morning in the way cable news often sets up: talking heads at opposite ends of the political spectrum bickering over partisan talking points.   Wendy Osefo, a policy and social justice expert and Johns Hopkins University professor...
FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

FAU uses new state money to increase summer courses, hire deans

Florida universities are hiring more faculty, providing more scholarships and expanding course offerings and academic counseling with a $121 million boost in funding provided by the Legislature this year. In letters to Gov. Rick Scott, the 12 state university presidents outlined plans for using their shares of $71 million in the “world class faculty and scholar” program and $50 million...
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...
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...
UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

UF says no to white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer

The University of Florida is refusing to allow white nationalist leader Richard Spencer to speak on campus next month, citing “serious concerns” about safety in the aftermath of a deadly weekend clash in Charlottesville, Va. In a message to staff Wednesday morning, university President Kent Fuchs said the decision to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent space on campus...
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,...
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...
Goodman: On opposing Trump on bigotry, Marco Rubio sets an example

Goodman: On opposing Trump on bigotry, Marco Rubio sets an example

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks to reporters as he walks toward the Senate floor on July 18 (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) I’m usually quick to slam Marco Rubio for a lack of spine, so it’s only fair to applaud him when he shows some. On Wednesday, he became the first Republican member of the Senate to slam President Donald Trump, blazing on Twitter: I particularly like Number 3. To watch...
Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Donald Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.   The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing...
Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

The Kennedy Center Honors have always been about prestige, not politics — but this year, as the newest batch of honorees ponder the first such celebration to be held under the Trump administration, several are finding it difficult to set politics aside.   During an appearance on the "Today" show Tuesday, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie became the latest 2017 Kennedy Center...
Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

President Donald Trump angrily denounced the so-called alt-left at a news conference on Tuesday, claiming that the group attacked followers of the so-called alt-right at a white supremacist rally that exploded into deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.   “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Do...
Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Like old times: Trump ripped by Rubio, Bush; puzzled by David Duke

Then-candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 rally west of Boca Raton. (Daniel Owen / The Palm Beach Post) For Floridians in particular, the latest controversy surrounding President Donald Trump and white nationalists has a familiar ring. Trump took bipartisan heat Saturday for blaming “many sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. But on Monday,  ...
Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Sen. Luther Strange emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in a special Senate primary in Alabama, according to The Associated Press. They will face off for their party’s nomination next month in a runoff election, a contest that will test President Donald Trump’s clout in a deeply conservative state.  ...
Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

President Donald Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.   Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting-match of a news conference in...
Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound about why President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that “many sides” are to blame for the white supremacist-fueled violence in Virginia over the weekend.   Some suggested the president does not want to alienate whites who voted for him out of a sense of racial grievance. Others said he was offering his white nationalist supporters a wink and a nod. Yet another...
What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame shared for recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead and 19 injured.   He also used a term that some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities have for months advancedof a violent wing of liberal activists — the alt-left.   "What about the alt-left that...
Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."   But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, "Which Trump?"   Was it the Trump...
Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson slam Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson criticized President Donald Trump‘s remarks today suggesting white supremacists weren’t the only ones to blame for Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. “You had a...
Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Commissioner formerly worked for firm seeking housing authority money

Palm Beach County Commissioner Mack Bernard repeated his call Tuesday to give the county some oversight of the county Housing Authority, whose chief executive was fired last month amid allegations of financial mismanagement. Meanwhile, a firm that once employed Bernard is attempting to get nearly $339,000 from the authority for work on an aborted development project in Boynton Beach, records obtained...
Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

Negron gives Florida Senate committees a makeover

With legislative committees poised to start meeting again in less than a month in preparation for the 2018 session, Florida Senate President Joe Negron on Tuesday revamped the leadership of several key Senate panels. Negron, R-Stuart, appointed new heads of five budget subcommittees, while changing the leaders of committees that oversee policy areas involving the environment, agriculture, utilities...
Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

Trump tweets he knows CEOs to replace the 'grandstanders' who resigned from council

In a tweet Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump said he has other chief executives ready to succeed the "grandstanders" who stepped down from his manufacturing council in the aftermath of the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," the president tweeted. "Grandstanders...
Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Wasserman Schultz, Dem candidate take aim at Confederate statues

Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue representing Florida at the U.S. Capitol is slated for removal under a 2016 measure — but lawmakers haven’t picked a replacement. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, today urged Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature to meet in a special session in Tallahassee to make good...
‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

‘Beleaguered’ or not, AG Jeff Sessions coming to Miami

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach in March. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Miami on Wednesday to commend Miami-Dade County for not being a “sanctuary city” and cooperating with President Donald Trump‘s administration by extending detentions of local inmates who are being...
Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Late Monday, after thousands of protesters flocked to Trump Tower for the president's first trip back to the Manhattan penthouse in seven months, the president took to Twitter.   First, he wrote that it felt "good to be home." Next, he retweeted a post from an eyebrow-raising Twitter account: that of right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter known for advancing a...
Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

 When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up.   But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active...
Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Today: Undeclared candidate Rick Scott hits the 2018 campaign trail

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Florida Gov. Rick Scott will hit the 2018 campaign trail today in Jacksonville. Republican Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson next year, but he hasn’t opened a campaign. Instead, Scott will appear at a printing business this afternoon to highlight...
GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

The push for Internet businesses to remove hateful speech spread to an influential corner of the tech industry on Monday as Web registration service GoDaddy delisted a prominent neo-Nazi site in the wake of violent clashes over the weekend in Charlottesville.   The move by GoDaddy, which registers domain names for 71 million websites globally, is the latest and perhaps the broadest indication...
North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees."   But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by...
Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Just a month ago, President Donald Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the "great, great leaders of business in this country." On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical executive's abrupt decision to resign from the president's American manufacturing council. ...
Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum Monday afternoon that will likely trigger an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a measure that could eventually result in a wide range of penalties as the administration seeks a new way to deal with what it calls Chinese violations of the rules of international trade.   "The theft of intellectual...
For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

Protesters rallied for the second consecutive evening in front of the White House on Monday, condemning white supremacy and calling on the Trump administration to take a more hard-line stance against it.   The rally, organized on Facebook by local college students, comes in response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that claimed the...
Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Governor, House speaker propose making it harder to increase taxes

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran — potential 2018 candidates for U.S. Senate and governor, respectively — called Monday for amending the state constitution to make it tougher for legislators to increase taxes and fees. Scott and Corcoran, Republicans who clashed bitterly this year over state money for economic and tourism incentives, appeared together in Lake...
Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

Rick Scott, Richard Corcoran want higher hurdle for tax hikes

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and Gov. Rick Scott in West Palm Beach in June. Florida Gov. and likely U.S. Senate candidate Rick Scott joined House Speaker and potential governor candidate Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, today to call for state constitutional amendment to make it tougher for the Florida Legislature to raise taxes...
Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama wields an endorsement from the president of the United States, is the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar campaign from allies of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and has the backing of influential conservative interest groups like the National Rifle Association.   But Strange is wheezing into Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary here. He...
National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

National GOP slams Bill Nelson on Cuba, Venezuela in Spanish-language radio ad

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQS_L9l9G8o&w=492&h=307] With Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson up for re-election next year, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is weighing in with a Spanish-language radio ad that accuses Nelson of being soft on communist dictators in Cuba and Venezuela. Republican Gov. Rick Scott, left, is expected to challenge...
A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

The Justice Department’s announcement that it is opening a civil rights investigation into a deadly car crash into a crowd of people protesting white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put a spotlight on what the department’s role may be under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   Sessions was an outspoken conservative senator from Alabama before President Donald Trump...
Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

Florida Democratic Party seizes on Charlottesville for voter registration push

A candlelight vigil drew more than 100 people to mark the deadly weekend in Charlottesville, Va. The Florida Democratic Party hopes the events in Virginia spur voter registrations. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post) Within hours of Saturday’s car-ramming death at a demonstration against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., Florida Democratic...
House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote to simply repeal the health-care law without a replacement.   Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health-care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold a vote on a version of a repeal...
New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

Over two months, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has dodged bullets on a baseball field, buried his elderly father and watched one of his political mentors, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., battle terminal brain cancer.   And that was all before he published a book that doubles down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump, which in less than two weeks since its release, has once again put him at...
Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump's unwillingness to single out white nationalist and white supremacy groups in addressing the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville.   "I wouldn't have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that...
Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

  The 30-second spot, airing on cable news shows, targets Democrats and the media.      A new television ad unveiled Sunday by President Donald Trump's campaign accuses "the president's enemies" of trying to undermine his success in office.   The 30-second spot, produced six months into Trump's term, targets Democrats and the news media, and touts what the campaign...
White House: Trump’s condemnation includes ‘white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups’

White House: Trump’s condemnation includes ‘white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups’

The White House on Sunday sought to quell criticism of President Trump's failure to denounce by name the white supremacists behind a spate of violence in Charlottesville, a response that associates said was based largely on Trump's own read of the hate-fueled melee with counterprotesters.   In a statement, and through aides appearing on Sunday talk shows, the White House defended Trump's...
Charlottesville: Florida governor candidates react to events and Trump

Charlottesville: Florida governor candidates react to events and Trump

Top row: Florida Democratic governor candidates Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Chris King. Bottom row: Potential Republican candidate Richard Corcoran, announced GOP candidates Jack Latvala and Adam Putnam. Candidates for Florida governor took to Twitter throughout Saturday to comment on the racially charged protests and deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. &ldquo...
Numbers game: Analytics spreading through college football

Numbers game: Analytics spreading through college football

The game still nags at Tulane coach Willie Fritz. The big upset that got away.  Fritz was head coach at Georgia Southern when the Eagles took a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter of their 2014 opener against North Carolina State. The Wolfpack rallied to win 24-23 after Fritz made a fourth-down decision — a gut call he is still kicking himself about.  Fritz is no longer interested in...
Republican running for Florida governor says he’ll be the pragmatic one

Republican running for Florida governor says he’ll be the pragmatic one

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala of Clearwater opened a Republican campaign for governor on Friday, positioning himself as a pragmatic figure in what could become an ideologically charged GOP primary. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam already has launched a conservative-themed Republican campaign. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis...
Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

Ousted Housing Authority chief had hired niece without telling board

The recently fired Palm Beach County Housing Authority chief executive had hired his niece as a consultant and employed her for four years before his board members knew about his family connection to her, documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post show. Housing Authority board members fired Van Johnson on July 29, saying his leadership was marked by “financial malfeasance, gross mismanagement...
Republican Jack Latvala enters Florida governor’s race

Republican Jack Latvala enters Florida governor’s race

State Sen. and Republican governor candidate Jack Latvala at Palm Beach State College on Tuesday. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Post) The worst-kept secret in Florida politics is out: Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, filed paperwork today as a 2018 candidate for governor. He joins Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in a GOP...
Similar cash piles, different sources in Palm Beach County Commission race

Similar cash piles, different sources in Palm Beach County Commission race

State Rep. Lori Berman and community activist Gregg Weiss are among five Democrats running for the Palm Beach County Commission District 2 seat. State Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, and community activist Gregg Weiss began August with similar bank accounts — but from vastly different sources — in their 2018 race for the Palm Beach County...
Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation, a four-day conference of left-leaning activists, opened Thursday in Atlanta.  “Part pep rally and part insurgency training,” according to a preview on MyAJC.com,  “the conference includes nearly 200 panels and training sessions designed to teach progressive activists how to reclaim state legislatures, advance LGBT rights in the South and master social media...
Meet Kim Jong Un, a moody young man with a nuclear arsenal

Meet Kim Jong Un, a moody young man with a nuclear arsenal

In China, the man threatening to fire missiles at the United States is often derided as a chubby brat. In the United States, a senator recently referred to him as “this crazy fat kid.” President Donald Trump once called him “a total nut job.”   But the target of all that scorn, Kim Jong Un, the 33-year-old leader of North Korea, has long been underestimated. ...
Trump attacks on McConnell bring rebukes from fellow Republicans

Trump attacks on McConnell bring rebukes from fellow Republicans

  President Donald Trump aimed a fresh barrage of criticism at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday, escalating an extraordinary fight with a key Republican leader that could undermine the party's ability to regroup and pass shared legislative priorities this fall.   In a series of demeaning tweets and public statements, Trump blamed the Kentucky Republican, who remains...
Munoz: Teens taking fewer summer jobs, but don’t call them lazy

Munoz: Teens taking fewer summer jobs, but don’t call them lazy

Palm Beach Skate Zone employee Heather Shapiro, 18, of Loxahatchee, carries ice cream to a freezer on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Shapiro said this was her first job. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post) By Valeria Munoz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Fewer teens are working summer jobs. Although it’s easy to assume that teens are lounging by the pool rather than filling out...
On cable, ‘all Trump, all the time’ isn't going away — the networks are addicted

On cable, ‘all Trump, all the time’ isn't going away — the networks are addicted

Last year was a busy one for Hank Bargine, a freelance TV-news cameraman based in Colorado. The networks kept calling as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the country on the campaign trail. Bargine worked and traveled constantly, shooting rallies and other political events.   Now? Things are as slow as Bargine can remember in his 20 years as a news photographer. Bargine estimates...
Analysis: Kim Jong Un wants to stay in power — and that is an argument against nuclear war

Analysis: Kim Jong Un wants to stay in power — and that is an argument against nuclear war

Between American threats of "fire and fury" and North Korea's vow to unleash a "historic enveloping fire" on a U.S. territory, the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has suddenly raised fears of escalating into an actual war.   It also has brought a rush of speculation about the brinkmanship at play — including trying to understand the moves and motives...
Adam Putnam and undeclared candidates have most cash for Florida governor’s race

Adam Putnam and undeclared candidates have most cash for Florida governor’s race

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam rolling out his 2018 campaign for governor in Bartow on May 10. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) In his 2018 campaign for governor, Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is simply in a different financial league from any of the other declared candidates in the race. Reports filed Thursday show Putnam...
Trump’s Washington hotel turning big profit

Trump’s Washington hotel turning big profit

Donald Trump's company turned a $1.97 million profit at its opulent Trump International Hotel so far in 2017, dramatically beating its expectations and giving the first hard numbers to critics who charge that Trump is profiting from his presidency.   The Trump Organization had projected that it would lose $2.1 million during the first four months of 2017 as it established a new hotel and...
CNN severs ties with pundit Jeffrey Lord over his use of Nazi phrase on Twitter

CNN severs ties with pundit Jeffrey Lord over his use of Nazi phrase on Twitter

CNN fired prominent commentator Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after he tweeted the Nazi salutation "Sieg Heil!" in response to a feud with a liberal activist.   "Nazi salutes are indefensible," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network."   Lord, a former official in the Reagan administration, has been featured on...
Trump goes off-script, leaving new chief of staff Kelly hoping for the best 

Trump goes off-script, leaving new chief of staff Kelly hoping for the best 

 Midway through President Donald Trump's second media availability in a single afternoon here Thursday, his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, held up a sign signaling to the boss that it was time to drop the curtain on the show.   "One more question," it read.   The president either did not see her plea or opted to disregard it, because he kept answering questions...
Florida issues license to 12th medical marijuana firm

Florida issues license to 12th medical marijuana firm

A longtime Jacksonville nursery has received approval for a coveted medical-marijuana license, as state health officials continue carrying out a new law that resolved key issues about the rapidly emerging cannabis industry. Loop’s Nursery & Greenhouses Inc. and the Florida Department of Health have reached a settlement to end a legal dispute about the license, according to documents posted Thursday...
Donald Trump on FBI raid of Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort

Donald Trump on FBI raid of Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort

Palm Beach Gardens resident Paul Manafort at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) President Donald Trump said today that a pre-dawn FBI raid on the Northern Virginia home of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was “a very, very strong signal, or whatever.” Trump also said he hasn’t spoken...
Another Rick Scott business recruiting trip, but you won’t believe where

Another Rick Scott business recruiting trip, but you won’t believe where

Florida Gov. and frequent business visitor Rick Scott usually confines his out-of-state recruiting trips to places with Democratic governors. Florida Gov. Rick Scott often looks beyond his state’s borders to try to attract businesses to the Sunshine State. So his five “business development meetings” in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday...
Democrats inject Donald Trump into two Florida races

Democrats inject Donald Trump into two Florida races

Democrats are running TV ads in St. Petersburg and Miami linking Republicans to President Donald Trump. Democrats who hoped nationally watched special congressional elections in Kansas, Montana and Georgia would deliver rebukes of President Donald Trump came away disappointed. Now two races in Florida — a nonpartisan mayoral election...
Christie: Boynton Beach girl’s death reminder of Internet dangers for kids

Christie: Boynton Beach girl’s death reminder of Internet dangers for kids

Ki’ari Pope died July 31 after drinking boiling water out of a staw on a dare. The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the 8-year-old Boynton Beach girl’s death. (Photo courtesy of the family) Kids do can and will the darndest, most dangerous things. These things can make us laugh at how silly they are. Until a child is hurt, that is. And then there...
Trump backs senator’s bid in Alabama

Trump backs senator’s bid in Alabama

President Donald Trump intervened Tuesday in the special Senate election in Alabama, bestowing a coveted endorsement on Sen. Luther Strange a week before a Republican primary that has been fought, in part, over who has been most loyal to the president.   In a surprise move that caught many in the Republican Party off guard, Trump tweeted that Strange “has done a great job representing...