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What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

WASHINGTON — Ted Kennedy liked to tell a favorite story about Sen. John McCain. The Massachusetts Democrat and the Arizona Republican were on the floor of the Senate and became distracted by a heated debate between two freshmen senators. Just for the fun of it, Kennedy and McCain launched into the fray. As one spoke, the other circled the chamber, pretending to be agitated. They bellowed...
Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Trump shake-up: Sean Spicer, Anthony Scaramucci both have Palm Beach County ties

Sean Spicer, left, and Anthony Scaramucci Sean Spicer resigned as President Donald Trump‘s communications director, reportedly because he disagreed with Trump  naming Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Like part-time Palm Beacher Trump, both Spicer and Scaramucci have Palm Beach County connections. Spicer worked for...
Your A-to-Z guide to the media mayhem during President Trump’s first six months in office

Your A-to-Z guide to the media mayhem during President Trump’s first six months in office

The media has been the message for President Donald Trump almost every day of his presidency. And the message hasn't been warm and encouraging.   Trump's demonization of reporters and news organizations - fake news! failing media! failing fake news media! - has become as routine as a morning coffee. His supporters expect it, delight in it, celebrate it. It's a rallying cry and a unifying...
Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe heading to Palm Beach County

Conservative guerilla videographer James O’Keefe heading to Palm Beach County

Guerilla videographer James O’Keefe will headline the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual Lobsterfest next month. Conservative activist James O’Keefe — whose Project Veritas Action has released controversial undercover videos targeting CNN, the  Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal group ACORN — will keynote the...
Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Negron: Need- and merit-based aid boosted for Florida college students

Despite the governor’s veto of a wide-ranging higher-education policy bill, Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday that many of the initiatives embedded in the legislation, including an expansion of Bright Futures scholarships, will still benefit state university and college students as fall terms begin next month. In a memo to senators, Negron, R-Stuart, said a major benefit will be a &ldquo...
Scott files defense for outgoing appointment of Supreme Court justices

Scott files defense for outgoing appointment of Supreme Court justices

Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office. In a 38-page reply to a filing last month by a pair of voting rights organizations, Scott’s office said the League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause jumped...
Trump DOJ gives Harley-Davidson $3 million discount on Obama-era pollution fine

Trump DOJ gives Harley-Davidson $3 million discount on Obama-era pollution fine

The Department of Justice announced on Thursday it had dropped a requirement that Harley-Davidson spend $3 million to fight air pollution as part of a settlement reached with the Obama Administration.   The Milwaukee-based company will remain responsible for $12 million in fines for selling illegal "Screaming Eagle" motorcycle tuners. But it will no longer be compelled to pay $3...
Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump

Sessions learns loyalty can be a one-way street with Trump

Nothing is more important to President Donald Trump than loyalty — to him.   In business and in politics, he has demanded it from the people closest to him. Some employees who abandoned him were never welcomed back. Politicians who failed to defend him after the most politically damaging moments of the 2016 campaign are still suspect in his eyes. And after six months as president,...
U.S. says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO

U.S. says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Tillerson was CEO

Two of President Donald Trump's most senior cabinet members became embroiled Thursday in an unusual legal battle over whether ExxonMobil under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's leadership violated U.S. sanctions against Russia.   Treasury officials fined ExxonMobil $2 million Thursday morning for signing eight business agreements in 2014 with Igor Sechin, the chief executive of Rosneft...
Durbin, Graham file Dream Act, hoping to ward off legal challenge to DACA

Durbin, Graham file Dream Act, hoping to ward off legal challenge to DACA

Hoping to fend off a legal challenge to a program that has spared nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation, two veteran senators made a long-shot appeal to President Donald Trump on Thursday to support legislation that would put those immigrants and thousands of others on a path to U.S. citizenship.   Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., introduced "...
Cloud of confusion hangs over health-care bill

Cloud of confusion hangs over health-care bill

 Senate Republican leaders' latest attempt to salvage support for a GOP health-care bill floundered Thursday as leaders struggled to explain to rank-and-file members what exactly they would be voting on next week.   Senators left town for the weekend under a cloud of confusion after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reopened talks on a discarded plan to repeal and replace...
Trump’s lawyers seek to undercut Mueller’s Russia investigation 

Trump’s lawyers seek to undercut Mueller’s Russia investigation 

Some of President Donald Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president's authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.   Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members...

SFWMD chief Antonacci picked to lead Enterprise Florida

Described by Gov. Rick Scott as someone who can “get deals done,” South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Pete Antonacci has been tapped as the next leader of the business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida. Enterprise Florida’s executive committee Wednesday unanimously approved a recommendation by agency Vice Chairman Stan Connally to offer the president and...
What Florida says about O.J. Simpson’s potential return

What Florida says about O.J. Simpson’s potential return

A CNN image of O.J. Simpson at his Nevada parole hearing. O.J. Simpson was granted parole by a Nevada board today, paving the way for his possible return to Florida. Simpson lived in Kendall after he was acquitted of murder charges for the 1994 deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman. He was jailed on armed robbery charges in Nevada...
Baker Co. commissioner reaches out to McKinlay on opioids

Baker Co. commissioner reaches out to McKinlay on opioids

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay Baker County Commissioner Cathy Rhoden reached out to Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay for tips on how to start an opioids task force, an email exchange between the two commissioners shows. “Our county, Baker County, is heavy into meth addiction and now we are seeing heroin move in,” Rhoden wrote to...
Mast rips media in roundtable discussion

Mast rips media in roundtable discussion

Rep. Brian Mast Forget Russia. Forget WikiLeaks and its document dumps. Forget, even, all of those undocumented residents who, according to President Donald Trump, voted illegally and cost him the popular vote. U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, said the press was “the greatest saboteur” in the 2016 election. Mast, whose district includes northern...
Why is Trump surprised Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia investigation?

Why is Trump surprised Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia investigation?

Four months after the fact, President Donald Trump is still frustrated that his political ally and attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that is haunting the president.   "Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody...
Trump has now attacked basically everyone who is in charge of the Russia investigation

Trump has now attacked basically everyone who is in charge of the Russia investigation

President Donald Trump has declared the Russia investigation to be a "witch hunt" and a "hoax," but he sure seems to be concerned about all the people who are leading it.   Trump in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday made crystal-clear his previously reported distaste for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from oversight of the Russia...
Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Could multiple drug overdoses by the same person prompt first responders to stop giving that person Narcan? One Martin County commissioner raised that prospect during a budget meeting this week. He isn’t the first to do so nationwide, as counties, cities and towns grapple with the opioid epidemic and the soaring cost of the antidote, which saves lives by blocking the effects of heroin and other...
6 months of President Trump, in 7 issues

6 months of President Trump, in 7 issues

On Thursday, President Trump will have been in office for 181 days, a.k.a. 4,344 hours, a.k.a. 260,640 minutes, a.k.a. six months.   My first reaction is: "Only six months?" Perhaps it's because so much has happened in those six months. And perhaps it feels like time has slowed down because, paradoxically, Trump has not overseen many tangible policy changes since becoming president...
Big German bank, a key to Trump’s finances, faces new scrutiny

Big German bank, a key to Trump’s finances, faces new scrutiny

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump pointed to his relationship with Deutsche Bank to counter reports that big banks were skeptical of doing business with him.   After a string of bankruptcies in his casino and hotel businesses in the 1990s, Trump became somewhat of an outsider on Wall Street, leaving the giant German bank among the few major financial institutions willing to...
Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests, Cyprus records show

Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald Trump's presidential campaign in March 2016.   The money appears to have been owed by shell companies...
Rep. Ted Deutch: Tax the rich to extend Social Security

Rep. Ted Deutch: Tax the rich to extend Social Security

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, calls for extending Social Security payroll taxes to incomes above $127,200. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) With Social Security facing solvency problems in less than 20 years, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, is reintroducing his bill to extend the life of the program by hitting higher-income earners with a payroll ...
Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

Florida judge gives state more time to defend abortion waiting period

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis gave Deputy Solicitor General Denise Harle 60 days to make her case on behalf of the state, after chastising her for...
NEW: Cities balk at idea of helping PB County pay for inspector general

NEW: Cities balk at idea of helping PB County pay for inspector general

Municipal officials on Wednesday strongly rebuffed Palm Beach County’s effort to have them join in paying for the Office of Inspector General, whose funding was the subject of a recent, protracted legal battle. During a joint meeting between the Palm Beach County League of Cities and the County Commission in Wellington, mayors and council members from the county’s cities threw...
Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Senate budget chief plans opioid fact-finding in Palm Beach County

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has scheduled a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis for Aug. 8 at the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College. Latvala said he’s been urged to hold such a meeting by two Palm Beach County Democrats — state Sen. Kevin Rader, of Delray Beach, and County Commissioner...
Opioid crisis: Latvala schedules roundtable in Palm Beach County

Opioid crisis: Latvala schedules roundtable in Palm Beach County

Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, will host an opioid roundtable in Palm Beach County next month before making announcement about the 2018 governor’s race. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Senate Appropriations Chairman and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate  Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, has scheduled...
Iran says new U.S. sanctions may violate nuclear deal

Iran says new U.S. sanctions may violate nuclear deal

Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, charged on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s attempt to reimpose sanctions on his country is a violation of the accord signed two years ago that sharply limited Iran’s ability to produce nuclear material in return for its reintegration in the world economy.   “It is not clear what the administration is trying to...
Will health bill’s collapse force GOP to work with Democrats?

Will health bill’s collapse force GOP to work with Democrats?

 Republicans in Congress may be faced with working with Democrats to improve the Affordable Care Act after a last-ditch plan — to repeal the law with no replacement — ended in failure Tuesday.   The question is whether they'll take the opportunity, or leave the exchange markets alone, under the assumption that they will collapse and Democrats will take the blame.  ...
The 3 Republican women who doomed a Senate repeal of the health law

The 3 Republican women who doomed a Senate repeal of the health law

It was men who started it. It may be women who finished it.   The Senate effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a process that began with 13 Republican men drafting a plan behind closed doors, collapsed Tuesday, as three Republicans said they would not support an ultimately futile attempt to simply roll back the current health care law without a replacement.   Though all three...
Analysis: Three theories about why Trump met secretly with Putin

Analysis: Three theories about why Trump met secretly with Putin

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 summit two weeks ago in an informal meeting that had been kept secret until Tuesday night. The meeting, which the White House insists was much ado about nothing but which reportedly lasted as long as an hour, came after an official one that had been made public. The informal meeting included just Trump, Putin and Putin's...
‘Three easy things’ that Schumer thinks can shore up Obamacare 

‘Three easy things’ that Schumer thinks can shore up Obamacare 

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump's vow to "let Obamacare fail," saying it shows a "lack of leadership" and could be politically perilous for Republicans in next year's congressional elections.   Speaking just hours after the dramatic collapse of GOP plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Schumer said Democrats...
Analysis: A White House dinner as a case study for Trump’s inability to close a health-care deal

Analysis: A White House dinner as a case study for Trump’s inability to close a health-care deal

As the blame game launches on the Senate health-care bill, there is perhaps no more illustrative example of President Donald Trump's role in the negotiations than this:   It's Monday evening. A second version of the Republicans' bill is in danger of flatlining. Two GOP senators are opposed to it, almost a dozen have expressed serious concerns with it, and if just one more Republican opposes...
How Trump and Republicans failed on their health-care bill 

How Trump and Republicans failed on their health-care bill 

 Vice President Mike Pence arrived at the National Governors Association summer meeting with one mission: to revive support for the flagging GOP plan to rewrite the nation's health-care laws.   He failed.   Instead of rousing cheers on the Providence, Rhode Island, waterfront, Pence was greeted with an icy air of skepticism Friday as he pitched the legislation, which would...
Trump’s promises to ‘very, very quickly’ repeal Obamacare run into reality

Trump’s promises to ‘very, very quickly’ repeal Obamacare run into reality

One week before the election, Donald Trump traveled to the Philadelphia suburbs to deliver a health-care policy speech that was light on details and heavy on grand promises and dramatic warnings.   In a hotel ballroom in King of Prussia, his running mate Mike Pence introduced him as a dealmaker, fighter and winner "who never quits, who never backs down." Trump promised to "...
Why Gov. Rick Scott is returning to Boca Raton today

Why Gov. Rick Scott is returning to Boca Raton today

Gov. Rick Scott during a May visit to the offices of 3Cinteractive in Boca Raton. He’s returning to another nearby corporate headquarters today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott returns to Boca Raton this afternoon to highlight job growth at the corporate headquarters of Orangetheory Fitness in Boca Raton. Scott is expected...
Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Florida’s abortion waiting period goes back to court

Whereas the Florida Supreme Court for more than a year has put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, a Tallahassee judge on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional. A majority of the Supreme Court blocked the law from going into effect in April 2016, and in another decision continued to block it in...
Buying Ivanka Trump: Fans embrace her brand as a political statement

Buying Ivanka Trump: Fans embrace her brand as a political statement

Leslie Koth was scrolling through her Facebook feed in early February when she saw the news that Nordstrom, citing low sales, had decided to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing line. She immediately went online and snapped up a Trump-branded plum-and-pink sunburst dress selling for $138.   "I want her to continue to be a good role model for women in business and forge on," said...
Former Clinton and Romney campaign chiefs join forces to fight election hacking

Former Clinton and Romney campaign chiefs join forces to fight election hacking

The former managers of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns are leading a new initiative called "Defending Digital Democracy" in the hopes of preventing a repeat of Russia's 2016 election interference.   Robby Mook, Clinton's 2016 campaign chief, and Matt Rhoades, who managed the 2012 run of GOP nominee Romney, are heading up the project at the Harvard Kennedy...
Is the presidency good for Trump’s business? Not necessarily at this golf course.

Is the presidency good for Trump’s business? Not necessarily at this golf course.

At President Donald Trump's golf club in Southern California, there is a driving range on a cliff, with a stunning view of the blue Pacific. There's room for 24 golfers.   But, on a recent afternoon, there was only one.   And he was playing with a guilty conscience.   "I feel like I'm cheating on my wife," said Richard Sullivan, a 59-year-old doctor.  ...
Is Vladimir Putin a judo fraud?

Is Vladimir Putin a judo fraud?

Vladimir Putin's martial arts skills are the stuff of legend. Thanks to a steady stream of fawning coverage from Russian state media — often repeated uncritically in American news outlets — Putin is widely reputed to be some sort of high-level expert in judo, his abilities so impressive and so well-known that they have become a metaphor for his governing style.   Putin does possess...
Finally, a poll Trump will like: Clinton even more unpopular

Finally, a poll Trump will like: Clinton even more unpopular

 For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse.   Trump's 2016 Democratic rival is viewed favorably by just 39 percent of Americans in the latest Bloomberg National Poll, two points lower than the president. It's the second-lowest score for Clinton since the poll started tracking her in September 2009...
Why Kushner has had to update his disclosure of foreign contacts more than once

Why Kushner has had to update his disclosure of foreign contacts more than once

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is likely to be interested in Jared Kushner's evolving disclosure of foreign contacts during the security clearance process, legal analysts said, and it is possible that the president's son-in-law could be in legal jeopardy for not fully detailing the interactions from the start.   Kushner, one of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, has filed three updates...
What Mitch McConnell is doing next on health care, explained

What Mitch McConnell is doing next on health care, explained

For Mitch McConnell, Monday night was as embarrassing a blow as they come for a Senate majority leader. Two more Republican senators came out against his bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, effectively dooming the latest version. That forced the Kentucky Republican to confront a difficult question with no good options: What now?   The answer he came up with and then articulated in...
Trump administration unveils goals in renegotiating NAFTA

Trump administration unveils goals in renegotiating NAFTA

 The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, advancing an effort to rewrite the terms of trade that could transform the U.S. economy for decades to come.   Items on the administration's agenda include a U.S. push to reduce its trade deficit with Mexico, further restrictions on the amount of imported material in goods...

Garcia becomes fifth candidate in Palm Beach County Commission race

Alex Garcia, a real estate agent who founded an online blood products company, has become the fifth candidate in the packed race for Palm Beach County’s District 2 County Commission seat. Others in the race are: Lori Berman, a term-limited member of the Florida House of Representatives; Emmanuel Morel, a labor consultant who lost against state Sen. Jeff Clemens in the August 2016 Democratic...
Americans feel good about the economy, not so good about Trump

Americans feel good about the economy, not so good about Trump

Almost six months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans are feeling fairly optimistic about their jobs, the strength of the U.S. economy, and their own fortunes. That should be welcome news for the president, except for one thing: The public's confidence largely appears to be in spite of Trump, not because of him.   The latest Bloomberg National Poll shows 58 percent of Americans believe...
Ivanka Inc.’s global reach 

Ivanka Inc.’s global reach 

 On Inauguration Day, President Trump stood in front of the U.S. Capitol and vowed that his "America First" agenda would bring jobs back to the United States.   "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs," he declared, adding: "We will follow two simple rules — buy...
How Bill Clinton and George W. Bush got over their politics and became BFFs

How Bill Clinton and George W. Bush got over their politics and became BFFs

At his presidential library in Dallas on Thursday, George W. Bush sat for an hour with his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and tried to convey the depths of their friendship.   Bush called Clinton humble, and respectful. He went further. He called the former president his "brother with a different mother" — not the first time he's used that term for the man who unseated his father...
Where’s Melania? A reluctant first lady finds her comfort zone overseas

Where’s Melania? A reluctant first lady finds her comfort zone overseas

Melania Trump seemed at ease during her brief trip to Paris last week. She spoke French with sick children during a visit to Necker hospital, toured the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte and garnered positive reviews for her reserved demeanor and adherence to diplomatic protocols on Bastille Day.   This despite her husband's social goof: The president made headlines for commenting on the French...
McCain’s blood clot surgery may be more serious than thought, experts say

McCain’s blood clot surgery may be more serious than thought, experts say

 The condition for which Sen. John McCain had surgery Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said Sunday.   The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has announced that votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will not begin until McCain’s return. A statement...
Sen. Warner wants more investigation into Trump digital campaign role

Sen. Warner wants more investigation into Trump digital campaign role

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee called for more investigation into the digital activities of Donald Trump's campaign, amid concerns about Russian-directed misinformation efforts to influence the election, even as the president's lawyer vigorously defended his client.   Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia said he wants to look into the activities of Cambridge Analytica, a data...
Trump lawyer: Nothing ‘nefarious’ about Russia meeting 

Trump lawyer: Nothing ‘nefarious’ about Russia meeting 

A senior member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team said Sunday that there was nothing improper in the meeting that Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, took with a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.   "Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in," Jay Sekulow, a lawyer for the...
White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas

White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas

President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling "Made in America" week at the White House to promote products made in the United States.   In keeping with the "America First" theme of Trump's inauguration, the administration will highlight U.S. manufacturing in the coming week, the latest of its theme...
Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans dying each year from opioid overdoses has quadrupled. In the hardest-hit state, West Virginia, where the overdose death rate is about three times the national average, the crisis has resulted in an overwhelmed foster-care system and a state burial program for the poor that ran through its entire annual budget three months into the year. This epidemic...
Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Brian Mast amassing money for re-election bid

Rep. Brian Mast U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, figures to have a tough re-election battle. He’s already drawn one opponent, former U.S. Navy attorney Pam Keith, and another formidable candidate, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, is rumored to be considering a run. If they get in, they better have some generous supporters. The Mast campaign will report raising $734...
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz to critic: ‘Watch your back ... I already know where you live’

Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz to critic: ‘Watch your back ... I already know where you live’

Marc E. Kasowitz, President Donald Trump's longtime attorney representing him in the Russia investigations, reportedly sent angry, threatening and profane emails to a random stranger who criticized him this week, cursing at the man and telling him, "I already know where you live, I'm on you."   Kasowitz, speaking through a spokesman, did not dispute the account, which was reported...
Congressional Budget Office casts doubt on Trump spending plan

Congressional Budget Office casts doubt on Trump spending plan

 President Donald Trump had promised that his mix of tax cuts, deregulation and reductions in wasteful spending would spur economic growth and cure the United States’ ailing fiscal health. On Thursday, an independent government analysis of those proposals effectively said, “Not so much.”   The Congressional Budget Office cast Trump’s inaugural budget as overly...
Lawmakers can use campaign funds for home security, FEC says

Lawmakers can use campaign funds for home security, FEC says

Congressional leaders, shaken by last month’s shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice and a spike in threats to their members, want to be able to use campaign funds to tighten lawmakers’ home security.   The Federal Election Commission, after some debate, said on Thursday that given the threats, it would approve that use, so long as the improvements were &ldquo...
Who Republicans were trying to win over with changes to health care bill

Who Republicans were trying to win over with changes to health care bill

Republican senators have added a set of changes to their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in an effort to appease different groups of senators and move the bill closer to a vote. (At least 50 of the 52 Republican senators must support the bill for it to pass.) Here is a look at four key changes in the bill and which senators pushed for them to be made.   WHO WANTED THIS...
Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida not backing expansion of federal ban on shark fin possession

Florida wildlife officials want to look at banning the importation of shark fins through the state’s ports. But without support from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, they are not getting behind a federal proposal to prohibit possession of shark fins. »RELATED: Read The Post’s coverage of the Florida Legislature Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick...
President Trump’s lawyer will apologize after sending email threats 

President Trump’s lawyer will apologize after sending email threats 

Marc E. Kasowitz, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, said on Thursday that he would apologize for a series of threatening and profane emails he sent to a stranger who had suggested that he resign.   In a statement released by a spokesman, Kasowitz said that his response to the man was “inappropriate” and that he wished he could take back his words.   ProPublica...
Email chain puts focus on Trump’s Miss Universe ally in Moscow

Email chain puts focus on Trump’s Miss Universe ally in Moscow

He's a real estate mogul with a pop-star son whose Trump Tower-sized ambitions helped bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.   But now, Aras Agalarov's cameo appearance in the emails released by President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., has drawn him into the firestorm around alleged Kremlin meddling in the U.S. election last fall.   The emails say Agalarov met in June...
Christie: No easy answer for fate of undocumented Palm Beach restaurant manager

Christie: No easy answer for fate of undocumented Palm Beach restaurant manager

In this undated photograph Francisco Javier Gonzalez, manager of Pizza Al Fresco, with his wife Tara Gonzalez, and daughter Aviana, left, Bianca, center, and Karina, right. (Photo curtesy Gonzalez family) The question of what should be the fate of  Francisco Javier Gonzalez has made its way onto the Post’s Opinion pages. In today’s Letters to the Editor...
Driving of a different sort coming to Belvedere and Australian

Driving of a different sort coming to Belvedere and Australian

  Drive Shack Palm Beach has leased 12 acres at the southwest corner of Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue for a golf-related entertainment venue featuring outdoor terraces and golf-hitting suites. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images) The 60,000-square foot complex will also include event, lounge and restaurant space, according to Palm Beach County documents. Drive Shack will...
UPDATE: Palm Beach, Martin voters worried about Trump voter-data panel

UPDATE: Palm Beach, Martin voters worried about Trump voter-data panel

Local elections officials are trying to talk voters out of unregistering, as privacy concerns continue to mount in response to a special commission created by President Donald Trump. Fears about data breaches and identity theft — or flat-out aversion to what many perceive as a Big Brother-ish information gathering activity — continued even as a representative of the commission on...
Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures. The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge by Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs Inc., a...
Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Florida justices reject challenge to Scott veto of citrus tree payout

Despite clear frustrations of some justices, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to invalidate Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $37.4 million that lawmakers approved to compensate homeowners whose healthy citrus trees were cut down by the state more than a decade ago. The ruling pointed to circuit-court cases in Broward and Lee counties aimed at forcing the state to pay judgments in class-action...
WATCH: Donald Trump to first lady of France: ‘You’re in such good shape’ 

WATCH: Donald Trump to first lady of France: ‘You’re in such good shape’ 

A comment made by President Donald Trump today is sparking debate on the internet, and it’s going viral. President Trump was heard telling France’s first lady Brigitte Macron: “You’re in such good shape ... Beautiful.”  The interaction took place at a photo-op during President Trump’s first official visit to Paris, where he met French President Emmanuel Macron...
Meeting renews scrutiny on Trump’s actions during 2016 campaign 

Meeting renews scrutiny on Trump’s actions during 2016 campaign 

  At 6:14 p.m. Eastern time on June 7, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. clicked the send button on an email to confirm a meeting with a woman described as a “Russian government attorney” who would give him “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.”   Three hours later, his father, Donald J. Trump, claimed victory in the final primary...
Trump contradicts his son’s emails, suggests Russia preferred Hillary Clinton

Trump contradicts his son’s emails, suggests Russia preferred Hillary Clinton

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's son released emails in which he was told that the Russian government was working to elect Trump — something U.S. intelligence services long ago concluded.   And on Wednesday, the elder Trump doubled down on his past doubts about that conclusion — even going so far as to suggest that it was Hillary Clinton that Vladimir Putin wanted.  ...
House Democrat files first articles of impeachment against President Trump

House Democrat files first articles of impeachment against President Trump

A California Democrat has followed through on threats to file impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, but there remains little indication that the effort will progress in the near future.   The resolution filed Wednesday by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., is largely identical to a draft Sherman floated last month — one that accuses Trump of obstructing justice by "threatening...
Trump: ‘I will be very angry’ if GOP senators don’t pass a health care bill

Trump: ‘I will be very angry’ if GOP senators don’t pass a health care bill

President Donald Trump put the onus squarely on Senate Republicans on Wednesday to pass a health-care bill, declaring that he will be "very angry" if the chamber falls short on a long-standing promise of his party.   The comments, coming in an interview at the White House with televangelist Pat Robertson of CBN News, intensified public pressure on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
Inside Trump's campaign when Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer

Inside Trump's campaign when Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer

 It was June 7, 2016, and Donald Trump stood on the stage at his Westchester County, New York, golf club to launch his general election race against Hillary Clinton with a big promise.   "I am going to give a major speech," Trump declared, before his gaze drifted away from the prepared remarks on the teleprompter at the close of an unusually subdued primary election-night...
Goodman: Palm Beach County is right to weigh suing opioid makers. Pam Bondi should, too.

Goodman: Palm Beach County is right to weigh suing opioid makers. Pam Bondi should, too.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay at a workshop on the opioid crisis organized by state officials, May 1. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinley has the right idea in exploring legal action against Big Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis. Several counties, in New York and California, and states including Ohio...
Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

Potential Florida gov candidates’ $2M club: Putnam, Corcoran, Levine

While Adam Putnam raised another $2 million in June for his gubernatorial campaign, the three leading declared Democratic contenders hoping to succeed Gov. Rick Scott could not even match half of that total. Putnam, the Republican agriculture commissioner, raised more than $1.3 million for his “Florida Grown” political committee last month, while he collected another $795,000 for his regular...
Trump nominee to head FBI vows need for independence

Trump nominee to head FBI vows need for independence

Repeatedly stressing the need for the FBI Director to be independent of partisan influence and political favoritism, President Donald Trump’s choice for FBI Director, Christopher Wray, vowed to a Senate committee that he would insure the agency is not being pulled by by either major political party “I will never allow the FBI’s work to be driven by anything...
Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. has long history fighting sanctions 

Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. has long history fighting sanctions 

 The photograph is striking: There sits Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 9, 2016, seated a few days later in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing at which witnesses discussed U.S. sanctions against her country.   Then, a few hours after the hearing, there was Veselnitskaya again...
‘Morning Joe’ co-host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party

‘Morning Joe’ co-host Joe Scarborough is leaving the Republican Party

Joe Scarborough, the conservative co-host of MSNBC's political commentary show "Morning Joe," is leaving the Republican Party.   He made the announcement Tuesday night during an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" alongside his co-host Mika Brzezinski. A two-minute clip of the segment was teased on the program's Twitter account earlier Tuesday.  ...
Trump Jr.’s emails contradict denials 

Trump Jr.’s emails contradict denials 

 For months, President Donald Trump and his aides have forcefully rejected any suggestion that they sought or received help from Russia to win last year's election.   But the release Tuesday of a 2016 email exchange in which the president's eldest son welcomed the assistance of a "Russian government lawyer" offered the clearest contradiction of the White House's denials &mdash...
White House under siege by Trump Jr.’s Russia revelations

White House under siege by Trump Jr.’s Russia revelations

The White House has been thrust into chaos after days of ever-worsening revelations about a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer characterized as representing the Russian government, as the president fumes against his enemies and senior aides circle each other with suspicion, according to top White House officials and outside advisers.   President Donald Trump — who has been...
Russia story refuses to let the page turn 

Russia story refuses to let the page turn 

If President Donald Trump emerged from his meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia last week hoping he had begun to “move forward” from the controversy over the Kremlin’s election meddling, as advisers put it, his flight home the next day made clear just how overly optimistic that was.   As Air Force One jetted back from Europe on Saturday, a small cadre of Trump&rsquo...
Analysis: Sean Hannity provides a hospitable TV forum for embattled Donald Trump Jr.

Analysis: Sean Hannity provides a hospitable TV forum for embattled Donald Trump Jr.

There weren't many revelations in Donald Trump Jr.'s prime-time TV defense of his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign last year, and there was even less surprise in where Trump Jr. decided to make his comments.   President Donald Trump's eldest son chose Sean Hannity's program on Fox News for his first interview since the New York Times published a devastating...
Trump Jr. emails bring more scrutiny to Trump-Russia contacts

Trump Jr. emails bring more scrutiny to Trump-Russia contacts

The admission by President Donald Trump’s oldest son that a June 2016 meeting between top Trump campaign officials and a “Russian government attorney” was focused on possible dirt on Hillary Clinton, added new fuel to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, as Democrats swiftly called for Donald Trump Jr. and others to testify in...
Palm Beach County considers suing drug companies over opioid crisis

Palm Beach County considers suing drug companies over opioid crisis

At the suggestion of Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, the county is looking into suing drug companies whose products are at the heart of the opioid crisis. County Attorney Denise Nieman said she will have her staff examine the legal landscape to determine if pharmaceutical companies have been successfully sued, which jurisdictions have been involved and what law firms have taken...
Palm Beach County sets tentative tax rate, predicts shortfalls ahead

Palm Beach County sets tentative tax rate, predicts shortfalls ahead

New year. Same old property tax rate. Palm Beach County commissioners tentatively approved a property-tax rate of $4.78 per $1,000 in taxable property value Tuesday, moving forward with a nearly $4.5 billion budget that would give county employees a raise and add 15 new sheriff’s deputies. If given final approval after a pair of public hearings in September, the property-tax rate would remain...
BREAKING: Stiffer penalties for fentanyl possession signed into law

BREAKING: Stiffer penalties for fentanyl possession signed into law

Peggy Hernandez sat close Tuesday afternoon as Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that sets mandatory minimums for drug dealers who carry fentanyl. The Wellington mother thought of her son, Christian “Ty” Hernandez, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016. She might have thought of the man who was convicted for selling her son the fatal drug, a first-of-its-kind conviction in Palm...
Trump’s Russian business partner said his election would be ‘an amazing breakthrough’

Trump’s Russian business partner said his election would be ‘an amazing breakthrough’

Weeks before a Russian father-and-son business team offered dirt on Hillary Clinton to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, the son, Emin Agalarov, said that Trump's election would be "an amazing breakthrough" that would forge peace between Russia and the United States.   Agalarov, 37, who is also a Russian pop star, helped broker a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump...
Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida hunting, fishing licenses not keeping up with population

Florida may proclaim itself the “fishing capital of the world,” but wildlife officials say they need more anglers to help cover costs of running state programs. The same goes for hunters. The number of people buying hunting and fishing licenses hasn’t kept pace with population growth in the state, and wildlife officials are concerned that could impact the future management of public...