White Out: Downtown park turns white for outdoor charity dinner party

The green grass of the Meyer Amphitheater was covered in white Saturday night when more than 500 people converged for the annual Dreyofoos in White charity dinner. All of the guests wore white outfits and hosted their own al fresco dinners, sitting at tables elaborately decorated with different themes — from New York City’s Central Park to Halloween-themed skeletons and skulls. &ldquo...
GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

GL Homes mounts email campaign for its Ag Reserve development plan

Palm Beach County commissioners are getting an earful — actually, an email in-box full — from backers of a controversial GL Homes development plan. The developer has asked county residents to let county commissioners know they support the builder’s plan to preserve 4,900 acres in The Acreage/Loxahatchee area in exchange for a rule change that would allow it to build more on land...
Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

Planning commissioner quits, citing GL Homes plan, other development

A member of the Palm Beach County Planning Commission has resigned, citing frustration with large-scale development projects that have been recommended by the commission. Domenic R. Guarnagia’s resignation comes two months before the Planning Commission takes up a controversial development proposal from GL Homes, which wants the county to change the rules of its Agricultural Reserve so GL can...
Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

Kelly, whose son died in combat, defends president’s call to Gold Star widow

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly unequivocally defended President Donald Trump's calls to the families of four fallen soldiers, on Thursday using his credibility as a retired general who lost a son on the battlefield to try to help his boss contain a public relations crisis.  In an extraordinary, emotional appearance in the White House briefing room, Kelly described in painful detail the...
Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

Senate approves budget in crucial step forward for Republican tax cuts

The Senate approved the Republican-backed budget Thursday night, a major step forward for the GOP effort to enact tax cuts.  The budget's passage will allow the GOP to use a procedural maneuver to pass tax legislation through the Senate with 50 or more votes, removing the need for support from Democratic senators.  "Tonight, we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax...
Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio’s conviction despite Trump pardon

A federal judge on Thursday shot down former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's bid to sweep his criminal record clean.  Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona's Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found in criminal contempt after a five-day bench trial earlier this year and faced the possibility of up to six months in jail. After the pardon,...
The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Fed claims to be independent. That’s mostly a myth.

The Federal Reserve’s inner workings are a mystery to most Americans. Presidents can’t order it around, nor can Congress — that much is generally believed. Along with its reputation for independence, the Fed can seem economically omnipotent.  But in truth, our research shows, Fed independence is largely a myth.  With President Donald Trump having met with the Fed Chairwoman...
Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it easier for future oil and gas drilling to take place there.  Sen. Maria Cantwell, Wash., the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, offered an budget amendment that would have removed instructions...
Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Sen. John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the runup to the 2016 election with no disclosure required.  But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such...
Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

Paul Ryan’s zingers at Trump spice up fundraiser

When Paul Ryan, the House speaker, rose to deliver the keynote address at the Al Smith charity dinner Thursday night, he immediately let it be known that he wouldn’t shy away from jokes about a president who doesn’t react well to jokes.  “Enough with the applause,” he told the annual white-tie gathering of New York’s political and Catholic elite, which raises money...
Democrat Philip Levine close to entering Florida governor’s race

Democrat Philip Levine close to entering Florida governor’s race

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine‘s political committee announced more hires today that make it appear all but certain Levine will be launching a Democratic campaign for governor soon. Already announced Democratic candidates for...
Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka weighs in on Florida GOP post

Ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka weighs in on Florida GOP post

Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka with Karen Giorno in a picture from Giorno’s website for her campaign for Republican national committeewoman. The Sebastian Gorka primary is over in the race for Florida’s vacant Republican national committeewoman post. Gorka, the frequent Fox News guest and former adviser to President Donald Trump, is endorsing...
Palm Beach billionaire not ruling out run for governor

Palm Beach billionaire not ruling out run for governor

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene hasn’t shut the door on a Democratic bid for governor. Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene — ranked 62 spots higher than Palm Beach neighbor Donald Trump on the latest Forbes 400 list — says he’d like to be Florida governor and thinks he’d be effective in the job. “It would be...
Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

Is Trump violating the Constitution? In absentia, he defends himself in court

The defendant was elsewhere, stirring and twittering in his new city, his name rarely spoken — just the title sufficed — but always top of mind inside an overstuffed Manhattan courtroom.  “The president” is a businessman, the plaintiffs’ lawyer reminded the judge. “The president” refuses to leave the marketplace. This is hardly a fair fight, the logic...
Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

Russian socialite enters race to challenge Putin

A young socialite and television journalist whose father was a close ally of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, declared her intention Wednesday to challenge him in the presidential election scheduled for next March, a move liable to split the already feeble liberal opposition.  The journalist, Ksenia A. Sobchak, 35, announced her presidential run in a video online on YouTube and also...
5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

5 takeaways from Xi Jinping’s marathon speech

As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years.  Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after...
The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  "It's against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an interview with Time magazine. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."  Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.  The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in...
White nationalist’s speech at UF has students angry, wary, curious

White nationalist’s speech at UF has students angry, wary, curious

Part Pakistani and part culturally Jewish, Shaaz Feldman says he’s the type of person Richard Spencer likely wants dead. The 21-year-old University of Florida student from Delray Beach plans to pack up some things from his campus dormitory and stay with a friend Thursday, when the white nationalist delivers a speech on campus. As Spencer and his National Policy Institute plan their event...
Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

Florida Constitution Commission advances four more public proposals

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday voted to advance four public proposals, including a measure dealing with homestead exemptions and another potentially impacting abortion rights. The commission, which meets every 20 years and has the power to place constitutional amendments directly on the 2018 ballot, has voted to formally consider a total of six measures proposed by the public...
Boca Mayor Haynie files for Abram’s Palm Beach County Commission seat

Boca Mayor Haynie files for Abram’s Palm Beach County Commission seat

Residents in southern Palm Beach County currently have a former Boca Raton mayor, Steven Abrams, serving as their county commissioner. Boca Raton’s current mayor, Susan Haynie, hopes to follow in Abrams’ footsteps. Haynie, re-elected to a second three-year term as mayor in March, filed Wednesday to run for Abrams’ District 4 county commission seat in 2018. Abrams, who has served...
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in...
Gillum puts Trump-Gold Star widow controversy into Florida governor’s race

Gillum puts Trump-Gold Star widow controversy into Florida governor’s race

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at the Florida Democratic Party’s Leadership Blue gathering in Hollywood in June. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum is putting the uproar over President Donald Trump‘s remarks to a Gold Star widow from Miami Lakes into the Florida governor&rsquo...
‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

President Donald Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in African this month that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."  The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was "astonished" by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday.  Rep...
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices.  In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released Justice Department document that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the...
Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the NFL, accusing the league of "total disrespect for our great country" following a meeting of team owners that did not adopt a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem.  Trump sparked a national controversy over the issue last month when he called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the anthem, and teams...
Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Senators may have struck a bipartisan deal to prop up Obamacare's insurance exchanges, but it faces a tortuous path to becoming law.  As soon as the deal was announced Tuesday, the Trump administration was sending conflicting signals about the pact reached by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, which also faces ambivalence from some Republican...
Trump-Gold Star widow controversy: Rep. Lois Frankel offers thoughts

Trump-Gold Star widow controversy: Rep. Lois Frankel offers thoughts

In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket in Miami of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger. (WPLG via AP) As President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, trade accusations over what Trump said to the widow of a South Florida soldier killed in Niger...
Christie: PBC school teacher may have answer to post-Hurricane Irma blues

Christie: PBC school teacher may have answer to post-Hurricane Irma blues

John I. Leonard High School teacher Xi Bajipura (standing second from right) hamming it up with other shelter volunteers and residents. (Photo courtesy of Xi Bajipura) As we continue to dig ourselves out from under about 3 million cubic yards of debris, the memories of our time with Hurricane Irma remain fresh on our minds. A friend of mine is fond of saying that many Palm...
Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County OKs borrowing up to $35 million for debris removal

Palm Beach County commissioners approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the reserves of the Solid Waste Authority. The line of credit, obtained through Wells Fargo, reflects both the high costs of storm cleanup and the slow pace of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has yet to pay the state of Florida and...
Donald Trump falls 92 places on Palm Beach-heavy Forbes 400 list

Donald Trump falls 92 places on Palm Beach-heavy Forbes 400 list

President Donald Trump at Palm Beach International Airport in February. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) President and part-time Palm Beach resident  Donald Trump is the 248th wealthiest person in America, down from 156th place last year, in the latest Forbes 400 rankings. As Darrell Hofheinz of The Palm Beach Daily News reports, the latest list is...
Melania Trump urges Americans to donate, volunteer for hurricane relief

Melania Trump urges Americans to donate, volunteer for hurricane relief

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go734MgUAM8&w=492&h=307] The White House has released a public service ad today featuring First Lady and part-time Palm Beach resident  Melania Trump urging Americans to donate and volunteer to help victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. First lady Melania Trump in April talking to girls from HomeSafe in...
Palm Beach County approves $35M line of credit for debris removal

Palm Beach County approves $35M line of credit for debris removal

The board of the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County approved a $35 million line of credit Tuesday to help pay for Hurricane Irma debris removal and to replenish the authority’s reserves. So far, the SWA, which oversees garbage, recycling and debris collection in unincorporated parts of the county, has spent $23 million removing 1.6 million of the estimated 3 million cubic yards of vegetative...
Christie: No surprise Spencer speech at UF raising safety concerns

Christie: No surprise Spencer speech at UF raising safety concerns

White Nationalist leader Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday ahead of Spencer’s planned speech at the University of Florida. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) I hate to say we told you so… but we told you so. Back in August, the Post Editorial...
Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Scott in Boca: Wants $1 million for Jewish school security in 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, a 53 percent increase over this year’s precedent-setting appropriation of $654,491 for safety measures. Scott made the announcement on Monday at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered...
Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

It is unlike President Donald Trump to cheer when stocks fall, but early on Saturday he did just that.  “Health insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” he tweeted.  On Thursday, the administration announced it would stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help cover costs...
NEW: State of emergency declared ahead of UF white nationalist speech

NEW: State of emergency declared ahead of UF white nationalist speech

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a white nationalist’s speech Thursday at the University of Florida — an event that has led the school to spend $500,000 to “enhance security on campus” and in Gainesville. The declaration covers Alachua County through the visit of Richard Spencer. It allows the state to direct resources to the area and to...
Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

President Donald Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a marathon trip to Asia next month, the White House announced Monday.  "The President's travel will underscore his commitment to long-standing United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region," White House press secretary Sarah...
Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Here's a snapshot of the Republican Party's crisis of leadership: On Saturday, former White House adviser Stephen Bannon took the stage at the Values Voter Summit in Washington and exhorted conservative activists to join him in a war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in order to unlock President Donald Trump's agenda. Also on Saturday, Trump reportedly called McConnell to coordinate...
Palm Beach County climate change czar leaving her post

Palm Beach County climate change czar leaving her post

Palm Beach County is losing its climate change czar. Natalie Schneider, hired in April 2015 to serve as the county’s climate change and sustainability coordinator, is leaving that post to accept a job in private industry. “Natalie has done an outstanding job representing the county in our four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, and helping us build our local resilience...
In West Boca, Gov. Rick Scott calls for $1 million for Jewish school security

In West Boca, Gov. Rick Scott calls for $1 million for Jewish school security

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to students at Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott dropped by the Katz Hillel Day School west of Boca Raton this morning to call for increased state spending on security at Jewish schools. Florida legislators approved $654,000 for security measures for Jewish schools...
Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

President Donald Trump's re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according campaign finance disclosures.  Trump's campaign made two payments — one in mid July, the other in early August -- to the law firm of Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer...
Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Scott wants $1 million for security at Jewish schools

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state to spend $1 million next year to help pay security costs at Jewish schools, up from $654,000 approved by legislators this year. Scott made the announcement at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton, where many of the school’s 510 students lined walkways on the campus with hand-lettered signs to greet the governor. “I know many Floridians have been...
Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

President Donald Trump's reelection committee spent more than $1 million on legal bills last quarter as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pressed on through the summer, according to a disclosure filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.  The filing shows the committee's "legal consulting" expenditures came to $1.1 million between July and September,...
Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply remained a labor dispute within the NFL. But then President Donald Trump tweeted that tax breaks should be revoked for a league that disrespects "our Anthem, Flag and Country."  Those words threatening government action to financially penalize the league injected a new dimension into...
Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Donald Trump's team wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.  During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a...
How will Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch and Hastings spend $2.4 million in campaign cash?

How will Reps. Mast, Frankel, Deutch and Hastings spend $2.4 million in campaign cash?

Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. The four members of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation began October with a combined $2.4 million to spend on their 2018 re-election...
Upset about remaining Irma debris? Have some patience, officials say

Upset about remaining Irma debris? Have some patience, officials say

On some streets, where leaves and branches blown down by Hurricane Irma have turned brown and brittle, it might not look like much progress has been made in the long slog to clear Palm Beach County of the estimated three million cubic yards of vegetative debris left by the storm. But based on numbers tracked for the county’s Solid Waste Authority, just under half of the debris generated by Irma...
Donald Trump tells evangelicals what’s on his Christmas list

Donald Trump tells evangelicals what’s on his Christmas list

President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump — who typically spends “that beautiful Christmas season” at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach — made a Yuletide promise and issued a Christmas challenge to Congress today in a speech to the Values Voters Summit in Washington. “Something...
Nate Boyer, ex-Green Beret and NFL player, pens letter to Trump, Kaepernick

Nate Boyer, ex-Green Beret and NFL player, pens letter to Trump, Kaepernick

Ex-Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper took a central role when Colin Kaepernick began his protest during the national anthem and with that issue now dividing the country, he’s doing so again. Boyer penned an open letter published by ESPN on Friday that to President Donald Trump, Kaepernick, the NFL and every other American laying out a plan for action...
Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

The Trump administration is cutting tens of millions of dollars from organizations that help Americans enroll in Obamacare health plans, leaving some of the groups scrambling to shrink their operations weeks before enrollment for 2018 coverage opens on Nov. 1.  The organizations, called navigators, say the funding cuts have been arbitrary, opaque and don't follow the Trump administration's stated...
European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

In a decision that could deepen the transatlantic rift, President Donald Trump may "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, or later this week ahead of a Sunday deadline. Trump previously called the 2015 agreement disastrous and has argued that it isn't in the United States' best interests, though he did reluctantly certify Iran's compliance in the past.  The deal's decertification...
Former Trump Florida campaign director, from West Palm Beach, seeks key GOP post

Former Trump Florida campaign director, from West Palm Beach, seeks key GOP post

Karen Giorno chats with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera at the Palm Beach County GOP’s 2016 Lobsterfest in Boca Raton. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) West Palm Beach resident Karen Giorno, the state director for Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign when he won the Florida GOP primary by carrying 66 of 67 counties, has ...
Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

On more than one occasion, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been spotted with his head down, arms crossed and his face locked in a steely expression that many an observer has interpreted as physical evidence of his exasperation at serving under President Donald Trump.  Rumors that the former Marine general is not long for a job he took only a few short months ago persist.  But on...
Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Donald Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces' time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.  The bugle call occurred during Trump's interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar...
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Until recently, the Trump SoHo hotel served as a kind of luxe clubhouse for NBA teams visiting New York.  At least 12 teams — more than a third of the league — had stayed there since it opened in 2010. The players loved it so much they became walking ads for the Trump brand: Superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder praised the hotel in the press. Toronto Raptors all-star...
Trump to end ACA subsidies

Trump to end ACA subsidies

President Donald Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision follows an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law's requirements.  The White House confirmed late Thursday that...
Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week.  President Donald Trump hasn't been shy expressing his distaste for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under his predecessor. He has called the 2015 agreement disastrous, horrible, and one-sided, and he has vowed to get rid of it or renegotiate the terms. Trump has already given his approval...
Rubio joins Nelson in seeking Senate probe of Broward nursing home deaths

Rubio joins Nelson in seeking Senate probe of Broward nursing home deaths

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson in Belle Glade last month after Hurricane Irma. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio wants the Senate Finance Committee to investigate the recent deaths of 14 seniors who were residents of a Broward County nursing home that lost air conditioning when Hurricane Irma hit. Democratic Sen. ...
Rep. Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Rep. Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Houston Democrat Al Green filed an impeachment resolution on the House floor Wednesday, making official his recent calls that Congress take action against President Donald Trump.  However he was not present to vote on the impeachment articles.  Among the grounds for Green's impeachment bid was Trump's response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. as well as...
The president has long talked about scrapping NAFTA. Even skeptics are starting to believe him.

The president has long talked about scrapping NAFTA. Even skeptics are starting to believe him.

The North American Free Trade Agreement, long disparaged by President Donald Trump as bad for the United States, was edging closer toward collapse as negotiators gathered for a fourth round of contentious talks here this week.  In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sparred with American businesses that support NAFTA and has pushed for significant changes that negotiators from Mexico and...
Kelly aide picked to lead Homeland Security Dept.

Kelly aide picked to lead Homeland Security Dept.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, elevating a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration who has lately worked to impose order in Trump’s chaotic West Wing.  Trump announced his choice in a statement that noted Nielsen’s “extensive professional...
Trump says Kaepernick’s protests would have ended if NFL had ‘suspended’ the QB

Trump says Kaepernick’s protests would have ended if NFL had ‘suspended’ the QB

President Donald Trump offered his latest critique Wednesday evening of the protests NFL players have been staging, saying that Colin Kaepernick, the ex-49ers quarterback who was the first to kneel during the national anthem last year, would never have continued to do so if he had been "suspended" by the league.  "I watched Colin Kaepernick, and I thought it was terrible, and then...
Trump says minorities ‘want’ and ‘need’ more police protection than other Americans

Trump says minorities ‘want’ and ‘need’ more police protection than other Americans

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that minorities "want" and "need" more police protection than other Americans, and blamed Democrats for a "crazy" number of murders in Chicago and other large cities.  In an interview with Sean Hannity, the Fox News Channel anchor who also is a friend and informal adviser to the president, Trump said police in big cities are...
Conservatives want to make Mitch McConnell the symbol of a toxic Washington

Conservatives want to make Mitch McConnell the symbol of a toxic Washington

For Republicans trying to rally their base, no political villain has been more effective than Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the longtime Democratic leader. In campaign after campaign, they made her the symbol of the Washington they claimed to be running against.  Now a renegade group of anti-establishment Republicans is adapting that model and turning it against their own party. They are replacing Pelosi...
In Pennsylvania, Trump hunts for Democratic support for tax plan

In Pennsylvania, Trump hunts for Democratic support for tax plan

President Donald Trump took his campaign for tax cuts to another key battleground state on Wednesday in search of elusive Democratic votes as he argued that his plan would benefit middle-class Americans, like truck drivers, more than it would help his fellow business tycoons.  At a rally in an airport hangar reminiscent of his fiery events during last year’s presidential campaign, Trump...
NBC nuclear arsenal story leads to threat by Trump

NBC nuclear arsenal story leads to threat by Trump

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves to target NBC in response to a report by the network’s news division that he contemplated a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.  In a story aired and posted online Wednesday morning, reported that Trump said during a meeting in July that he wanted...
On the eve of Trump delivering decision on Iran deal, Congress plans strategy

On the eve of Trump delivering decision on Iran deal, Congress plans strategy

Members of Congress who have squared off on the Iran nuclear deal since its inception strategized Wednesday in preparation for President Donald Trump's highly anticipated announcement on its fate.  Leading House Republicans huddled with national security adviser H.R. McMaster Wednesday evening for a classified briefing on the administration's plan for the 2015 agreement. Emerging from the meeting...
Florida Cabinet race drawing biggest bucks is one for Attorney General

Florida Cabinet race drawing biggest bucks is one for Attorney General

Ashley Moody, a former Hillsborough County circuit judge, has crossed the $1 million mark in contributions for her run to be Florida’s next attorney general, according to new campaign-finance numbers. But her Republican primary opponent, Rep. Jay Fant of Jacksonville, nearly matched Moody’s total by infusing his campaign with $750,000 of his own money on Sept. 30, the last day of the most...
Governor’s race: GOP candidates outpace Democrats 5-1 in September

Governor’s race: GOP candidates outpace Democrats 5-1 in September

Hurricane Irma put the brakes on fundraising for a few days, but the major announced and potential candidates for Florida governor ended up collecting nearly as much campaign cash in September as they did the month before. Candidates and committees raised a combined $3.1 million in September after collecting $3.4 million in August. The difference was almost entirely attributable to one committee...
Republican critic of Trump hopes to unseat Democrat Lois Frankel

Republican critic of Trump hopes to unseat Democrat Lois Frankel

Republican Kurt Jetta has opened a campaign for the seat of Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel. A Republican businessman who’s critical of President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leadership has launched a campaign for the Democrat-tilted seat of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and says he has put $250,000 of his own money behind...
The Hurricane Irma effect on Florida’s campaign money chase

The Hurricane Irma effect on Florida’s campaign money chase

Top row, from left: Democrats Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King and Philip Levine. Bottom row, from left: Republicans Richard Corcoran, RonDeSantis, Jack Latvala and Adam Putnam. For a few days around the Sept. 10 landfall of Hurricane Irma, fundraising for the 2018 Florida governor’s race nearly came to a standstill. By the end of the month, however, most declared...
Hurricane Irma brings only brief pause to Florida campaign money chase

Hurricane Irma brings only brief pause to Florida campaign money chase

Hurricane Irma put the brakes on fundraising for a few days, but the major announced and potential candidates for Florida governor ended up collecting nearly as much campaign cash in September as they did the month before.. Candidates and committees raised a combined $3.1 million in September after collecting $3.4 million in August. The difference was almost entirely attributable to one committee...
Trump scores a win in the culture war as NFL asks players to stand for national anthem

Trump scores a win in the culture war as NFL asks players to stand for national anthem

Three weeks ago, President Donald Trump was widely criticized for fanning racial divisions and inflaming the culture wars after he denounced a black NFL player for kneeling during the national anthem, casting the move as unpatriotic and an affront to the country.  The player had intended the demonstration to call attention to police brutality against African-Americans.  What began as an...
Trump hires Hogan Gidley as a White House spokesman

Trump hires Hogan Gidley as a White House spokesman

President Donald Trump has hired Hogan Gidley, a longtime Republican campaign operative with deep roots in the conservative movement, to serve as a deputy White House press secretary, officials said Tuesday.  Gidley, whose first day on the job will be Wednesday, will serve under White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and alongside principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah and deputy...
U.S. Supreme Court wades into Florida-Georgia water war

U.S. Supreme Court wades into Florida-Georgia water war

The legal fight between Florida and Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River will move before the full U.S. Supreme Court. The nation’s highest court announced Tuesday that it will be setting a date for oral arguments in the case during its current term, which runs through June. RELATED: More Florida news “The exceptions to the special master’s report are set for oral...
North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole a huge trove of classified U.S. and South Korean military documents last year, including a plan to "decapitate" the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of war, a lawmaker in Seoul said Tuesday.  The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea. President Donald Trump recently said that "only one thing will work" when...
Trump’s bogus claim that the New York Times ‘set Liddle Bob Corker up by recording his conversation’

Trump’s bogus claim that the New York Times ‘set Liddle Bob Corker up by recording his conversation’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday leveled a charge against the New York Times that was puzzling, on a number of levels.  The conversation to which Trump referred took place on Sunday, when Bob Corker, a Republican senator from Tennessee, told the Times that the president could be setting the United States "on the path to World War III" with reckless threats toward other countries. (Naturally...
Chinese president presses military overhaul as two top generals disappear

Chinese president presses military overhaul as two top generals disappear

He was one of China’s most prominent commanders, with hopes of rising higher. So when Gen. Fang Fenghui disappeared from public view, it sent a clear warning to the top leaders of the People’s Liberation Army: President Xi Jinping was not done shaking up their once-unassailable ranks.  Fang, the chief of the army’s Joint Staff Department, was not the only military leader to...
Now House Democrats are under pressure to return Weinstein donations

Now House Democrats are under pressure to return Weinstein donations

The political ramifications of the Harvey Weinstein scandal expanded Tuesday as the National Republican Congressional Committee called on its Democratic counterpart to return money that the Hollywood superproducer donated to elect Democrats to the House.  Weinstein's donations to support House Democrats have been far outstripped by the sums he gave to elect Democratic Senate and presidential...
Trump’s bold declarations don’t always lead to the results he promises

Trump’s bold declarations don’t always lead to the results he promises

Should President Donald Trump announce later this week that he will "decertify" the Iran deal he has derided as a historic "embarrassment" to the United States, he in effect would be passing along to Congress responsibility for the fate of the international nuclear accord.  In so doing, Trump would be taking a page out of his own playbook: Make a showy declaration of transformational...
Florida House bill would ban pro-sports stadiums on public land

Florida House bill would ban pro-sports stadiums on public land

A ban on professional sports franchises building or renovating stadiums on publicly owned land is ready to go to the full Florida House, after speeding through only one committee in advance of the 2018 legislative session. The House Government Accountability Committee on Tuesday voted 15-6 to approve the measure (HB 13), which would also prohibit the state or local governments from leasing existing...
Florida Senate committee pushes to expand Bright Futures

Florida Senate committee pushes to expand Bright Futures

An additional 44,000 Bright Futures students would have their scholarships expanded under a bill approved Monday by the Senate Education Committee. The legislation (SB 4), sponsored by Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, would increase scholarship coverage for “medallion scholars” in state universities from the current $77 per credit hour to $159, or roughly 75 percent of the cost of tuition...
House panel: Replace Confederate statue with one of black educator

House panel: Replace Confederate statue with one of black educator

A statue of civil-rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune moved closer Tuesday to replacing a statue of a Confederate general in representing Florida in the U.S. Capitol. The House Government Accountability Committee voted 20-1, with Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant opposed, to approve a measure (HB 139) that calls for a statue of Bethune to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in...
Bills seek pain prescription limits and help for addicted babies

Bills seek pain prescription limits and help for addicted babies

A bipartisan effort to combat the opioid epidemic is underway in Tallahassee with lawmakers having filed five bills that address the crisis from multiple fronts. Prescriptions - SB 458, filed by Sen. Aaron Beach, R-Jacksonville, would limit opioid prescriptions for temporary pain. The bill would allow a 30-day renewal of an opioid prescription after the initial seven-day prescription. The bill also...
Trump’s relationship with Latino voters keeps fraying

Trump’s relationship with Latino voters keeps fraying

When President Donald Trump said a few weeks ago that he wanted to find a way to continue protecting young "dreamers" from deportation, some Republicans touted the possibility of a "Nixon-goes-to-China" moment that could reset the president's deeply frayed relationship with Latino voters.  But ever since, Trump has returned to antagonizing this growing segment of the electorate...
If President Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

If President Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

Some House Democrats are raising the specter of withholding support for must-pass spending legislation later this year in response to President Donald Trump's hard line immigration proposals — meaning the fate of roughly 690,000 younger undocumented immigrants could become a major factor in negotiations to keep the government open after December.  Democrats on Monday dismissed Trump's calls...
“I have the energy”: Dianne Feinstein makes case for a 6th term

“I have the energy”: Dianne Feinstein makes case for a 6th term

She is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate. She has lasted through four presidents, at least two wars, one impeachment and the election of Donald Trump.  And now, eight months short of her 85th birthday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wants to do it again.  Yet Feinstein’s decision to seek her sixth term, which she disclosed on Twitter on Monday, comes as Democrats are being...
Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda

Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda

Frustrated by his Cabinet and angry that he has not received enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes, President Donald Trump is now lashing out, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda, numerous White House officials and outside advisers said Monday.  In a matter of days, Trump has torched bridges all around him; nearly imploded an informal deal with Democrats...
Analysis: Pence once called a protest the sound of freedom, but he labeled the NFL’s disrespectful

Analysis: Pence once called a protest the sound of freedom, but he labeled the NFL’s disrespectful

With his decision to leave Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game after players knelt during the national anthem, it appears that Vice President Mike Pence is becoming well-versed in the art of walking out.  Just less than a year ago, in November, he arrived for a performance of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, greeted by a mix of boos and cheers. After...
How Russia harvested American rage to reshape U.S. politics

How Russia harvested American rage to reshape U.S. politics

YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.  All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company...
Ivana Trump says she’s the ‘first lady.’ Melania Trump’s office responds.

Ivana Trump says she’s the ‘first lady.’ Melania Trump’s office responds.

Things are getting a little "Real Housewives" around the White House.  In one of the stranger sideshows to his presidency, President Donald Trump's first and third wives, Ivana and Melania, respectively, on Monday had a very public war of words — and his second wife, Marla Maples, is getting some shade out of the spat, to boot.  Here's a breakdown: To promote her new book...
Following Trump-Corker flap, Hill Republicans choose a simple strategy: avoidance

Following Trump-Corker flap, Hill Republicans choose a simple strategy: avoidance

Senate Republicans avoided weighing in on Monday on the fiery fracas between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, and aides and allies to those lawmakers privately worried that a prolonged fight would hurt the GOP's already threatened legislative priorities.  A day after Corker and Trump traded some of the sharpest intraparty blows of the year, Republican senators were mostly quiet. Those...
Scott administration eyes hospitals in proposed Medicaid spending cuts

Scott administration eyes hospitals in proposed Medicaid spending cuts

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s administration continues to target hospitals for potential Medicaid spending reductions in the coming year. The Agency for Health Care Administration’s top four proposed budget cuts for the Legislature to consider during the 2018 session would reduce Medicaid payments to hospitals by nearly $1 billion. Those reductions would be on top of nearly $500 million in...
Senate panel advances bill to set aside $50 million a year for beaches

Senate panel advances bill to set aside $50 million a year for beaches

Millions of voter-approved dollars would go annually for beach restoration, the St. Johns River and a boost to the state’s natural springs, under measures that would continue to divide up a pool of environmental preservation money. The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee on Monday unanimously approved a pair of bills (SB 174 and SB 204) for the 2018 legislative session...
Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles late Sunday that could threaten to derail a deal in Congress to allow of hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the country.  The administration's wish-list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs...
Trump to ease health insurance rules

Trump to ease health insurance rules

Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their own, administration officials said Saturday.  One official said the directive could move the president a step closer to one of his goals: allowing consumers...
Trump campaign’s embrace of Facebook shows company’s growing reach in elections

Trump campaign’s embrace of Facebook shows company’s growing reach in elections

At the final debate of last year's presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton ridiculed Donald Trump as a "puppet" of the Russians and denounced his treatment of women. She was widely seen as the winner that night in Las Vegas and the favorite to win the presidency weeks later.  On Facebook, however, a different story was unfolding for millions of Americans, whose feeds were being saturated...
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