President Trump in Palm Beach: Season 2 begins this week

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania outside Trump International Golf Club watching the Palm Beach Central band on Feb. 5 before a Super Bowl party. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago this week to kick off another season of golfing and governing. The 2017-18 Winter White House season...
NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

NEW: Florida moped riders under 21 would need helmet under proposed law

The days of young adults in Florida under age 21 tooling around on mopeds and scooters without helmets may be numbered.  A bill filed in late September passed the state Senate’s transportation committee Tuesday and is on track for a vote on the Senate floor, the Gainesville Sun reports.  Under the current law, those 16 and older do not need to wear a helmet while riding or operating...
SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

SWA accused of delaying minority study until after trash contracts set

Firms owned by women and minorities may not be assured of getting a piece of garbage hauling contracts worth as much as $450 million from the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority because it has failed to respond promptly to a study that found women- and minority-owned firms have not had a fair shot at SWA contracts in recent years. That’s the contention of County Commissioner Mack Bernard...
Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)

Johnson says Senate tax bill would hurt small businesses (like his own)

Here's what Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the first Republican to oppose the Senate tax bill, doesn't like about the measure: It would slash tax rates for conventional corporations and give a much smaller tax cut to firms like the four in which he has millions of dollars in investments.  Johnson's office says he does not support the Senate bill because it would roughly double the gap between corporate...
Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

Touring photo booth puts a face on DACA repeal

On Sunday, a day after anti-Trump protesters swarmed the streets of downtown, the Inside Out Project set up its photo booth truck on Flagler Shore for an art exhibit on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  If you walk down Flagler Drive, you’ll see dozens of black-and-white pictures on the road. They’re the portraits of “dreamers”...
The curious journey of Carter Page, the former Trump adviser who can’t stay out of the spotlight

The curious journey of Carter Page, the former Trump adviser who can’t stay out of the spotlight

Carter Page, PhD, is texting us in big paragraphs, from somewhere in New York, about his upended life.  "It's sort of like an extended plebe year ..." he writes.  (At Page's alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy, first-year plebes endure a humbling boot-camp-style orientation.)  "... bringing the humiliation to a national and global level courtesy of the U.S. Government's...
Lawmakers slam Secretary of State Tillerson’s bungled State Department reforms

Lawmakers slam Secretary of State Tillerson’s bungled State Department reforms

A growing bipartisan group of top lawmakers are frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's efforts to reform the State Department, questioning his fitness for leadership and leaving the already embattled former oil executive in a politically precarious position.  "Tillerson has not been an effective voice to represent the State Department through reorganization," Sen. Ben Cardin...
Sen. Al Franken championed a Minnesota rape survivor’s bill. Now she wants a new sponsor.

Sen. Al Franken championed a Minnesota rape survivor’s bill. Now she wants a new sponsor.

It was on a November evening in 2014, after a tailgate party on her University of Minnesota campus, that Abby Honold was brutally raped by a fellow student. Despite going to the hospital in an ambulance with bruises and bite marks, despite reporting everything to police, it would take more than a year for Honold to find justice.  In August 2016, her rapist, Daniel Drill-Mellum, pleaded guilty...
Analysis shows tax bill would increase the cost of college by $71 billion over a decade

Analysis shows tax bill would increase the cost of college by $71 billion over a decade

The repeal or revision of higher education tax benefits in the House Republican bill would cost students and families more than $71 billion over the next decade, according to an official analysis by Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation.  In a letter obtained by The Washington Post, the committee provides specific individual scores of the education provisions in the House bill. Those that directly...
Senate Judiciary panel: Kushner had contacts about WikiLeaks, Russian overtures he did not disclose

Senate Judiciary panel: Kushner had contacts about WikiLeaks, Russian overtures he did not disclose

President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner received and forwarded emails about WikiLeaks and a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" that he kept from Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to panel leaders demanding that he produce the missing records.  Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif...
Decades after Bill Clinton allegations, Democrats have a chance to finally get it right

Decades after Bill Clinton allegations, Democrats have a chance to finally get it right

All eyes have been on the Republican Party following the growing sexual misconduct allegations against their Senate candidate in Alabama.  Most Democratic lawmakers who have spoken publicly about the allegations have called for an end to former judge Roy Moore's political career. Capitol Hill has no place for politicians accused of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, they say.  But the...
Florida Gov. Scott: Moore needs to get out of Alabama U.S. Senate race

Florida Gov. Scott: Moore needs to get out of Alabama U.S. Senate race

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker did not hesitate for a second Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association when asked what Alabama U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore should do amid allegations he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with girls as young as 14 when he was in his 30s. “He should get out,” Walker, the association’s...
Christie: Moore sex controversy throws moral test for political candidates out the window

Christie: Moore sex controversy throws moral test for political candidates out the window

NEW YORK — Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on Monday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) There is no more moral test for political candidates. There is only hypocrisy. That’s about the...
Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process

Trump administration pulls back curtain on secretive cybersecurity process

The White House on Wednesday made public for the first time the rules by which the government decides to disclose or keep secret software flaws that can be turned into cyberweapons — whether by U.S. agencies hacking for foreign intelligence, money-hungry criminals or foreign spies seeking to penetrate American computers.  The move to publish an unclassified charter responds to years of...
Moore says he’s a ‘witch hunt’ victim; tell that to thousands of women killed in real ones

Moore says he’s a ‘witch hunt’ victim; tell that to thousands of women killed in real ones

By now, five women have accused Roy Moore of misdeeds, enough that the Republican Senate candidate can finally — without a whiff of intentional irony — compare his plight to the deadly persecutions of tens of thousands of women at the hands of delusional men.  Moore's wife slammed the media organizations that have been reporting on her husband's campaign on Wednesday, calling it a...
GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won’t back it

GOP tax plan in trouble after Republican senator says he won’t back it

The Republican effort to overhaul the tax code suffered serious setbacks Wednesday after a conservative senator unexpectedly said he opposed the Senate plan and a GOP moderate raised major concerns about it. The announcements cast doubt whether Republicans would be able to quickly pass what would be their first significant legislative achievement under President Donald Trump.  Sen. Ron Johnson...
Senate Republicans look to Trump to restore order amid Alabama upheaval

Senate Republicans look to Trump to restore order amid Alabama upheaval

Senate Republicans turned to President Donald Trump on Wednesday in hopes he would join their urgent attempt to force GOP nominee Roy Moore out of the Senate race in Alabama following allegations of sexual misconduct — but Trump did not oblige.  Instead, back in Washington after a 12-day Asia trip, Trump was silent on Moore, who has been accused by two women of initiating unwanted sexual...
Internet mocks Treasury secretary and his wife for posing with a sheet of money

Internet mocks Treasury secretary and his wife for posing with a sheet of money

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did what just about anyone would do when presented with a newly minted sheet of American currency bearing their name and signature on Wednesday: he posed for a photo.  Coming in the midst of tax-reform plans by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans that nonpartisan analysts say would disproportionately benefit corporations and wealthy individuals...
Kayla Moore emerges as husband’s fiercest defender

Kayla Moore emerges as husband’s fiercest defender

Hours after a tearful Alabama woman accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her nearly 40 years ago, the former judge gathered with supporters at a volunteer fire department near his home in northeastern Alabama to label the allegations "absolutely false."  By his side, as always, was his wife of 32 years, Kayla Moore. But this time, she spoke up. ...
Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Mayor: State of county good but housing scarcity, opioids of concern

Palm Beach County’s economy is thriving, but the continuing scarcity of affordable housing and the spiraling opioid crisis are major concerns, County Mayor Paulette Burdick said Wednesday morning in her “State of the County” address. “Things are good in Palm Beach County,” Burdick said, “but we have some emerging issues.” Burdick noted that the county has...
Analysis: Pence’s NFL protest cost police $14,000, but does that matter to Trump supporters?

Analysis: Pence’s NFL protest cost police $14,000, but does that matter to Trump supporters?

Despite post-election surveys that tell a different story, many supporters of President Donald Trump say their decision to back the president was not because of "cultural anxiety" — disappointment with societal changes in the areas of race, gender and sexual orientation.  Instead, they claim that "economic anxiety" — a concern that "out-of-control" government...
‘Why aren’t the other hands up?’ A top Trump adviser’s startling response to CEOs not doing what he expected

‘Why aren’t the other hands up?’ A top Trump adviser’s startling response to CEOs not doing what he expected

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, looked out from the stage at a sea of CEOs and top executives in the audience Tuesday for The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting. As Cohn sat comfortably on stage, a Journal editor asked the crowd to raise their hands if their company plans to invest more if the tax reform bill passes.   Very few hands went up.   ...
Why repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate is so crucial for tax reform

Why repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate is so crucial for tax reform

Senate Republicans slipped the repeal of a key Affordable Care Act provision into their tax bill on Tuesday, adding a provision that would allow them to declare a victory on health care while gaining more than $300 billion to offset the cost of tax reform.  The individual mandate is one of the most unpopular parts of the ACA — a requirement that people either buy health insurance or pay...
Trump in Asia kept one eye on re-election, with push for deals

Trump in Asia kept one eye on re-election, with push for deals

President Donald Trump had one question for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc: Why wasn't his country buying more American military equipment?  For Trump, a self-styled traveling salesman, crisscrossing the region to reverse decades of trade deficits, Vietnam's decision to buy arms from Russia was incomprehensible, almost insulting. Never mind that U.S. law prevented such sales until...
House confronts sexual abuse by its own

House confronts sexual abuse by its own

Rep. Barbara Comstock's calm, deliberate tone and the stately Longworth House Office Building hearing room where she spoke belied the depravity of the story she told.   The northern Virginia Republican said a current male member of Congress had a young, female staffer deliver materials to his home.  He greeted his employee clad in a towel.  "He invited her in," Comstock...
Four key takeaways from Sessions memory-lapse-filled congressional hearing

Four key takeaways from Sessions memory-lapse-filled congressional hearing

Meetings he had with the Russian ambassador during the campaign. Campaign-related conversations he had with the Russian ambassador. Shutting down campaign aide George Papadopoulos after Papadopoulos suggested then-candidate Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin get together.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he couldn't remember any of these events — that is until the media or Robert Mueller's...
Playing down Trump’s effort to get Clinton

Playing down Trump’s effort to get Clinton

President Donald Trump did not need to send a memo or telephone his attorney general to make his desires known. He broadcast them for all the world to see on Twitter. The instruction was clear: The Justice Department should investigate his defeated opponent from last year’s campaign.  However they were delivered, Trump’s demands have ricocheted through the halls of the Justice Department...
Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

Scott’s state budget seeks tax cuts, money for education

With a backdrop of generators, chainsaws and pressure washers in a Duval County hardware store, Rick Scott on Tuesday unveiled his final budget proposal as Florida’s governor, releasing an $87.4 billion plan that calls for $180 million in tax cuts and increased education spending. “In 2010, when I (first) ran for election most people doubted that a business person could come in and try...
NEW: President Trump expected to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago

NEW: President Trump expected to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump is expected to spend Thanksgiving in Palm Beach, according to new advisory from the Federal Aviation Administration issued Tuesday evening. The FAA issued the “VIP Movement Notification” stating it is in effect from Nov. 21 until Nov 26. The advisory act as a “heads-up” to pilots that there will be flight restrictions in the area for a period of time. Trump...
Grosso to address COBWRA delegates on GL Homes plan for Ag Reserve

Grosso to address COBWRA delegates on GL Homes plan for Ag Reserve

Richard Grosso, an environmental and land use lawyer, will address delegates of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations Wednesday at the Villaggio residential development on Hypoluxo Road west of Florida’s Turnpike. COBWRA hired Grosso to help it combat a plan by GL Homes to build more in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone...
Trump picks Alex Azar to lead the Health and Human Services Department

Trump picks Alex Azar to lead the Health and Human Services Department

President Donald Trump has selected Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive and a top health official during the George W. Bush administration, to lead the Health and Human Services Department.  In announcing that he is nominating Azar to be secretary of the government's largest civilian department, the president turned to a health policy insider and conservative thinker. Azar spent a decade...
From Myanmar to the Philippines, Trump largely ignores human rights on Asia trip

From Myanmar to the Philippines, Trump largely ignores human rights on Asia trip

      The Washington Post · · NATIONAL, WORLD, ASIA-PACIFIC · Nov 13, 2017 - 7:31 PM  MANILA - As his first official trip to Asia neared its end Monday, President Donald Trump had yet to utter a word about the vicious military campaign against the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, which the United Nations' top human rights official has called a "...
Trump asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of basketball players arrested in China

Trump asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of basketball players arrested in China

President Donald Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men's basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week, people familiar with the situation said Monday.  Trump raised the arrests during a two-day state visit to Beijing, arriving a day after the three freshmen players had been accused...
Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign

Donald Trump Jr. communicated with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign

President Donald Trump's eldest son exchanged private messages with WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign at the same time the website was publishing hacked emails from Democratic officials, according to correspondence made public Monday.  Donald Trump Jr. did not respond to many of the notes, which were sent using the direct message feature on Twitter. But he alerted senior advisers on...
The GOP officials who have spent the most at Trump properties

The GOP officials who have spent the most at Trump properties

Since President Donald Trump won last year's election, his company — the Trump Organization — has experienced an increase in one particular line of business: Hosting fundraisers and receptions for Republican lawmakers.  These events have mostly happened at Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, which opened last year. The luxe hotel has a large ballroom, two smaller banquet...
Trump to visit House GOP for in-person tax push

Trump to visit House GOP for in-person tax push

President Donald Trump plans to head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to make a final pitch to House Republicans just before they vote on a sweeping tax cut bill, hoping to keep lawmakers focused on his top legislative priority.  Trump will speak Thursday with the Republican members of the House of Representatives, before a planned vote later in the day on the chamber's tax bill.  Some Republicans...
Sessions mulling second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows

Sessions mulling second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns - including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia - and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter...
How Senate Republicans have reacted to the Moore allegations

How Senate Republicans have reacted to the Moore allegations

Allegations that Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Alabama, pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teenagers while he was in his 30s have upended a race in a state that has not had a Democratic senator since 1997.  While Alabama Republicans, by and large, defended Moore against what many of them described as a partisan plot, national officials have reacted with shock...
Scott stops in Riviera, talks up money for veterans in budget proposal

Scott stops in Riviera, talks up money for veterans in budget proposal

Florida Gov. Rick Scott touted his proposed state budget for 2018 as a boon to military veterans during a post-Veterans Day stop in Riviera Beach Monday morning. The governor’s proposed budget — which the Legislature usually considers but is under no obligation to use when it creates the state’s annual spending plan — includes $178 million for programs and initiatives aimed...
Hispanic students, artists join Trump protesters downtown West Palm

Hispanic students, artists join Trump protesters downtown West Palm

About 100 people from around South Florida gathered at the entrance of Trump Plaza on Flagler Drive on Saturday to voice their thoughts on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), civil rights, police brutality and the lack of aid for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, among other issues. Everyone had their own reasons for showing up on a wet, windy night and marching through downtown...
One way Donald Trump hopes to be like George W. Bush in 2018

One way Donald Trump hopes to be like George W. Bush in 2018

Presidents Donald Trump and George W. Bush waving from limousines in Palm Beach County. (Trump photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post; Bush photo by Bob Shanley/The Palm Beach Post)   Democrats are crowing about a potential anti- Donald Trump wave in 2018 after scoring victories Tuesday in a pair of blue states, Virginia and New Jersey, and in the mayor’s...
Streeter: Please, don’t blame the women for what Louis C.K. did

Streeter: Please, don’t blame the women for what Louis C.K. did

Louis C.K. arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) The surprising admission by comedian Louis C.K. to allegations that he exposed himself to fellow female comedians and writers prompted the following post Palm Beach Post Entertainment writer Leslie Streeter: On Friday, comedian Louis C.K., the latest in a cavalcade of...
Despite Trump’s pleas, China’s online opioid bazaar is booming

Despite Trump’s pleas, China’s online opioid bazaar is booming

President Donald Trump is looking to President Xi Jinping to “do something” about America’s opioid epidemic, for which he blames China. That won’t be easy.  Buying opioids from China, despite legal prohibitions, remains as easy as providing money and a shipping address. A drug bazaar thrives on Chinese websites, providing one-stop shopping for users around the world. ...
Christie: Do Palm Beach County Millennials really want micro-apartments?

Christie: Do Palm Beach County Millennials really want micro-apartments?

Billionaire developer Jeff Greene’s seemingly abrupt decision to scrap his much-anticipated plans to build Banyan Place is doing nothing to stifle concerns about a reputation for not following through on big project ideas. (The Palm Beach Post) Well, that was disappointing. I’m talking about billionaire West Palm Beach developer Jeff Greene’s seemingly abrupt decision...
Moore used Breitbart to try to get in front of allegations that he pursued teenage girls

Moore used Breitbart to try to get in front of allegations that he pursued teenage girls

It is not unusual for a political figure to try to get in front of bad news. Recall that in July, when the New York Times was about to report on the contents of emails Donald Trump Jr. sent before meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign, Trump Jr. decided to post the emails on Twitter "in order to be totally transparent."  The idea was to make the Times' report...
Pace of sign-ups under Affordable Care Act blows past prior years

Pace of sign-ups under Affordable Care Act blows past prior years

More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace of prior years as consumers defied President Donald Trump’s assertion that the marketplace was collapsing.  In a report on the first four days of open enrollment, the Trump administration said Thursday, 601,462 people had selected health plans in the federal marketplace...
Alabama state official defends Moore, citing Joseph and Mary: ‘They became parents of Jesus’

Alabama state official defends Moore, citing Joseph and Mary: ‘They became parents of Jesus’

An Alabama state official on Thursday dismissed a Washington Post report alleging that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore had initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago, saying there was an age gap between the biblical Joseph and Mary. The Post also alleged that Moore had pursued three others when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.  "Take...
Trump, aiming to coax Xi, bets on flattery

Trump, aiming to coax Xi, bets on flattery

President Donald Trump heaped praise on President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday, blaming past U.S. administrations for China’s yawning trade surplus with the United States and saying he was confident that Xi could defuse the threat from North Korea.  Trump’s warm words, on a state visit to China replete with ceremony but short of tangible results, showed a president doubling down...
Senate tax plan diverges from House version, highlighting political pressures

Senate tax plan diverges from House version, highlighting political pressures

Senate Republicans outlined their vision on Thursday for overhauling the tax code, proposing a one-year delay in President Donald Trump’s top priority of cutting the corporate tax rate while reinstating some prized tax breaks used by middle-class families.  The Senate bill differs significantly from the House version approved by the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday: It would preserve...
How could a tax change affect you? This is what the Senate and House propose

How could a tax change affect you? This is what the Senate and House propose

On Thursday, Senate Republicans will issue a tax bill. It differs from last week’s House of Representatives bill on a number of important issues. For instance, the Senate plan will completely eliminate the ability to deduct state and local taxes; there is no exception for up to $10,000 in property taxes each year, as there is in the House bill.  It’s still too soon to predict what...
A middle-class tax cut? It depends who and where you are

A middle-class tax cut? It depends who and where you are

Republicans promised a middle-class tax cut. So far, they have created mostly middle-class confusion.  Both the evolving House bill and the emerging Senate plan would slash taxes for businesses and many wealthy individuals. What they would mean for the middle class, however, is less clear. The plans feature a spider web of intersecting and offsetting changes to the tax code that many taxpayers...
Florida readies for more Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico

Florida readies for more Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico

Florida stepped up its emergency-operations activities Thursday as the federal government plans to offer short-term relocation to Florida or New York for Puerto Ricans still homeless after Hurricane Maria. Noting that more than 140,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since the powerful storm devastated the U.S. territory in September, Gov. Rick Scott directed the Division of Emergency Management...
Florida Supreme Court tosses out part of state medical malpractice law

Florida Supreme Court tosses out part of state medical malpractice law

Saying that changes approved by lawmakers “have gashed Florida’s constitutional right to privacy,” a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected parts of a controversial 2013 medical-malpractice law. Justices, in a 4-3 decision, said the 2013 law — which involved an issue known as “ex parte” communications between doctors and defense attorneys &mdash...
Republican Jetta slams Democrat Frankel on opioid response

Republican Jetta slams Democrat Frankel on opioid response

In a new digital ad, Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta accuses Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, of failing to lead on the opioid crisis. Republican congressional candidate Kurt Jetta is making the opioid crisis a centerpiece of his campaign for the Palm Beach County-based U.S. House seat of Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach. In ...
A politician cracked that women belong in the kitchen. A ‘furious’ woman just took his job.

A politician cracked that women belong in the kitchen. A ‘furious’ woman just took his job.

Ashley Bennett didn't make it to the Women's March on Washington in January. She badly wanted to be there, but couldn't take the day off her job, screening a 24-hour emergency crisis hotline in New Jersey.  Still, the 32-year-old Egg Harbor Township resident watched the march on television, inspired by the droves of women flooding the streets in protest.  Two days later, a friend emailed...
The private school tax break in the middle-class tax bill

The private school tax break in the middle-class tax bill

If we are to believe the Republican policymakers who control the current attempt to overhaul our tax system, a big point of the exercise is to help the middle class. So how best to explain a possible tax break of more than $30,000 per child for wealthy families who send their kids to private school?  That number is the potential net tax savings, under the House tax plan, for parents who deposit...
Election losses could snarl GOP’s tax push, Hatch says

Election losses could snarl GOP’s tax push, Hatch says

House Republican leaders scrambled Wednesday to patch a $74 billion hole they had created in their own tax plan, leaving them with a painful choice between scaling back the bill's benefits for individuals or reducing their proposed tax cuts for businesses.  The decision leaves lawmakers caught between nonpartisan estimates showing the bulk of the bill's tax cuts would go to businesses and the...
A new day for women, Democrats across the nation

A new day for women, Democrats across the nation

As of Tuesday, only 17 of the 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates were women. Now, the number will surge to nearly 30.  Women racked up victories across the country on Tuesday and are being credited with the Democrats' big night overall. It is a testament to the remarkable explosion of female candidates who have entered the political stage since Donald Trump was elected president one...
On the golf course, Japan’s Abe did a ninja stunt — and Trump didn’t even notice

On the golf course, Japan’s Abe did a ninja stunt — and Trump didn’t even notice

It seemed like President Donald Trump's visit to Japan went without any mishaps.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feted and flattered his American counterpart with golf games and hamburgers. They both repeatedly talked about the strength of the alliance (and their bromance.)  Now, video footage of emerged that the trip did not, in fact, pass without any spills. Literally.  While they were...
Roem’s victory inspires transgender community

Roem’s victory inspires transgender community

As Democrats across the county cheered election victories on Tuesday, transgender individuals and their advocates fixated on a handful of down-ballot races.  There was Danica Roem, the Democrat from Northern Virginia who stunned the political establishment by trouncing 13-term incumbent Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William, to become the state's first openly transgender elected official. Two...
Republicans fear Democratic wins mean more losses to come

Republicans fear Democratic wins mean more losses to come

A wave of Democratic victories ignited a ferocious debate across the Republican Party Wednesday over whether President Donald Trump's unorthodox behavior and polarizing agenda is jeopardizing the GOP's firm grip on power in Congress, governors' mansions and state legislatures.  The recriminations sparked by Tuesday's results — a decisive rebuke of Trump and his policies in Virginia and...
In Beijing, Trump lavishes praise on Chinese leader, touts ‘great chemistry’ between them

In Beijing, Trump lavishes praise on Chinese leader, touts ‘great chemistry’ between them

President Donald Trump lavished praise on Chinese leader Xi Jinping ahead of a formal bilateral meeting here Thursday, touting "great chemistry" between them and declaring their relationship a "great one."  In brief remarks, Trump said the two nations could work together "to solve world problems for many, many years to come," and he thanked Xi for hosting him and...
Legislative sex scandals lead McKinlay to seek women’s board revival

Legislative sex scandals lead McKinlay to seek women’s board revival

Palm Beach County is re-establishing a panel it scrapped 23 years ago: its Commission on the Status of Women. At Tuesday’s County Commission meeting, Commissioner Melissa McKinlay cited “recent media coverage” and said, “I think it’s more important than ever that we look at reinstating this much-needed advisory board.” The issue of sexual misconduct has dominated...
Donald Trump, Marco Rubio differ on Chinese communist Xi’s ‘political victory’

Donald Trump, Marco Rubio differ on Chinese communist Xi’s ‘political victory’

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April. (Doug Mills/New York Times) As President Donald Trump visits Chinese President and former Mar-a-Lago guest Xi Jinping in Beijing, he and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are expressing decidedly different views of China’s communist leader. Trump, in a Wednesday tweet, said...
A year after defeating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s approval at 41% in Florida

A year after defeating Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s approval at 41% in Florida

A new Florida Atlantic University poll has some good numbers for Gov. Rick Scott and better approval ratings for President Donald Trump than he gets nationally. A year after Florida flipped from blue to red and helped Republican Donald Trump to his stunning presidential victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, President Trump has a 41 percent approval rating...
Analysis: Democrats get needed jolt with thrashing in Virginia

Analysis: Democrats get needed jolt with thrashing in Virginia

Ralph Northam's decisive victory in the Virginia governor's race delivers Democrats a much-needed win, a jolt of momentum heading into next year's congressional elections and a taste of the potential energy that could be generated from President Donald Trump's historic unpopularity.  Northam's triumph — along with upset victories by Democrats over Republican incumbents in the state legislature...
North Korea shot down a U.S. spy plane in 1969. Trump might be appalled by the response.

North Korea shot down a U.S. spy plane in 1969. Trump might be appalled by the response.

On April 15, 1969, a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane took off in from an airbase in Japan on a routine mission to spy on an increasingly belligerent threat — North Korea.  The flight commander was nervous. Four months earlier, North Korea had captured the USS Pueblo spy ship, holding more than 80 crewmen hostage at a prison camp. Preflight intelligence reports indicated the North Koreans...
‘I will be president for all Americans.’ One year ago, Trump promised a presidency that hasn’t happened.

‘I will be president for all Americans.’ One year ago, Trump promised a presidency that hasn’t happened.

When a triumphant Donald Trump finally took the stage a year ago to claim victory over Hillary Clinton, cheering from the crowd was Jesse Blanco — dressed in a blazer, bow tie and a "Make America Great Again" hat — ready for the president-elect to let loose like he had during so many rallies during the campaign.  But a very different politician showed up than the one who...
Trump’s CIA director keeps doing controversial — and suspiciously pro-Trump — things

Trump’s CIA director keeps doing controversial — and suspiciously pro-Trump — things

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly met with the purveyor of a disputed theory about the internal Democratic National Committee emails that were released last year — a theory that runs counter to the intelligence community's own long-standing conclusions about the matter — according to a report in the Intercept.  It's not the first example of Pompeo doing something that has been put...
Democrats want investigation into reports that Commerce secretary has Russian business ties

Democrats want investigation into reports that Commerce secretary has Russian business ties

Several Senate Democrats are calling for new hearings and an inspector general's investigation into Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after a trove of leaked documents showed he has interests in a company with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law.  The calls from Democratic members of the Senate Commerce Committee were prompted by reports detailing how shipping company Navigator...
Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘did not embrace me,’ Trump tweets

Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate ‘did not embrace me,’ Trump tweets

President Donald Trump on Tuesday quickly sought to distance himself from Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor's race as Democrat Ralph Northam was projected to win by multiple news outlets.  "Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for," Trump said on Twitter in the midst of his visit to South Korea, as Virginia results continued...
Roem will be Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official

Roem will be Virginia’s first openly transgender elected official

Virginia's most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office on Tuesday by Danica Roem, a Democrat who is poised to become the nation's first openly transgender state lawmaker and embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond. The race focused on traffic and other local issues in suburban Prince William County but also exposed the nation's fault lines over...
Republican tax rewrite helps some millionaires but hurts others

Republican tax rewrite helps some millionaires but hurts others

The Republican tax bill picks winners and losers across the income scale, including among millionaires. It is good news for people like President Donald Trump but bad news for professional athletes.  The bill delivers large breaks to high-earning owners of certain businesses, known as pass-through entities, which comprise most of Trump’s business empire, and to heirs of large estates, such...
Winners and losers from Election Day 2017

Winners and losers from Election Day 2017

We now have new governors-elect of New Jersey and Virginia — along with a whole bunch of new data on where the Democratic and Republican parties currently stand in American politics.  Election Day 2017 is just about in the books, with Democrats Phil Murphy and Ralph Northam winning the governor's mansions in New Jersey and Virginia, respectively. The latter won the biggest and most closely...
Court orders Riviera Beach respond to demand for public info on firing city manager

Court orders Riviera Beach respond to demand for public info on firing city manager

A circuit court judge Tuesday gave the City of Riviera Beach 24 hours to respond to a request for documents that Councilman Terence Davis said spell out the reasons for City Manager Jonathan Evans’ firing in September. In response to legal action by Riviera resident Tradrick McCoy, Judge Peter Blanc at 4:25 p.m. ordered the city to respond to McCoy’s public information demand...
Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime

Florida female lawmakers push to make sex coercion in Capitol a crime

Kentucky’s speaker of the House resigned from his leadership post amid reports he had secretly settled a staff member’s sexual-harassment claims. A state senator from Illinois stepped down from his spot as the leader of the Democratic caucus after a victim rights advocate accused him of sexually harassing her. RELATED: Florida Legislature news from The Post In Massachusetts, legislative...
Sen. Nelson, Florida tangle over Irma disaster jobless benefits

Sen. Nelson, Florida tangle over Irma disaster jobless benefits

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants the federal Department of Labor to provide help to the state as he’s heard “multiple accounts” of Floridians put out of work by Hurricane Irma unable to apply for disaster assistance. The state Department of Economic Opportunity, which oversees Florida’s unemployment system, disputes the claim. AFTER HURRICANE IRMA: Complete coverage from The Post...
West Palm commission race draws competitors for incumbents

West Palm commission race draws competitors for incumbents

City Commissioners Shanon Materio and Sylvia Moffett have fielded competitors in their race for re-election in March, a race that will no doubt be overshadowed by the drive to shape West Palm Beach’s growth. In Moffett’s race, real estate executive Kelly Shoaf has jumped in to seek the District 1 seat. Shoaf is vice president of purchasing for Chatham Lodging Trust, a hotel real estate...
Rep. David Silvers will not run in special Senate election to replace Clemens

Rep. David Silvers will not run in special Senate election to replace Clemens

A special election will fill the District 31 Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Jeff Clemens. Freshman state Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach, said today he has decided not to run in the special election to replace former Democratic Sen. Jeff Clemens in a Palm Beach County Senate district. State Rep. Lori Berman and former state Rep. Irving Slosberg are vying for the...
Rick Gates, charged in Mueller probe, granted permission to vote in Virginia election

Rick Gates, charged in Mueller probe, granted permission to vote in Virginia election

Rick Gates, a senior aide for Donald Trump's presidential campaign who was indicted as part of the special counsel's Russia investigation, received permission from a federal judge to leave house arrest on Tuesday in order to vote in Virginia's high-stakes election.  The Richmond, Virginia, resident's request comes after GOP gubernatorial contender Ed Gillespie has spent weeks pounding his Democratic...
Palm Beacher and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross: Faux billionaire?

Palm Beacher and Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross: Faux billionaire?

Forbes magazine says U.S. Commerce Sec. and Palm Beach resident Wilbur Ross, shown here in 2013 at The Beach Club, is not a billionaire. (Meghan McCarthy/The Palm Beach Daily News) Attentive readers of the PostOnPolitics blog will recall that Palm Beach resident and U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross was flagged as “noticeably absent” when Forbes released...
How Obama, Trump, Jefferson figure in Florida candidate’s new radio ad

How Obama, Trump, Jefferson figure in Florida candidate’s new radio ad

Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump (with lapel pins) and Thomas Jefferson. Miami Beach Mayor and Democratic governor candidate Philip Levine quoted Martin Luther King and Gloria Estefan in his kickoff speech last week in a room splashed with larger-than-life paintings of John F. Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Cesar Chavez...
Behind Rand Paul’s broken ribs: A ‘trivial’ dispute, lawyer says

Behind Rand Paul’s broken ribs: A ‘trivial’ dispute, lawyer says

The violent altercation last week that left Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., nursing bruised lungs and broken ribs began over a landscaping dispute between the senator and his longtime next-door neighbor, according to neighbors and three Kentucky Republicans familiar with what transpired.  The precise provenance of the dispute was still a matter of disagreement Monday. But the back story of the fracas...
Shocker! Gov. Rick Scott rejects Dem chair’s plea on special election date

Shocker! Gov. Rick Scott rejects Dem chair’s plea on special election date

One of these Democrats — state Rep. Lori Berman, former state Rep. Irving Slosberg or state Rep. David Silvers — could be the next state senator in District 31, but probably not in time for the 2018 legislative session. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday set the dates for a special primary and general election to replace Palm Beach County Democrat...
Trump tells Japan it can protect itself by buying U.S. arms

Trump tells Japan it can protect itself by buying U.S. arms

President Donald Trump said Monday that Japan could protect itself from a nuclear-armed North Korea by buying billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment, drawing an explicit link between trade and security as he began a complex, politically charged tour of Asia.  By turns generous and challenging, Trump saluted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as among his best friends in the club of world leaders...
Cerabino: Marco Rubio’s spine to be tested in new tax bill

Cerabino: Marco Rubio’s spine to be tested in new tax bill

Uh, oh. Marco Rubio’s talking about his parents again. Florida’s junior U.S. Senator usually invokes his father the bartender, and his mother the maid, when he’s running for office and delivering a stem-winder on the American Dream. Rubio’s parents came to the United States in pre-Castro Cuba with little skills, but through hard work, they earned a living, and raised children...
Republican plan would raise taxes on millions

Republican plan would raise taxes on millions

Nearly half of all middle-class families would pay more in taxes in 2026 than they would under current rules if the proposed House tax bill became law, and about one-third would pay more in 2018, according to a New York Times analysis, a striking finding for a bill promoted as a middle-class tax cut.  President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pitched the plan unveiled last week...
Cyclist lost her job after raising middle finger at Trump’s motorcade

Cyclist lost her job after raising middle finger at Trump’s motorcade

A Virginia cyclist who was photographed extending her middle finger at President Donald Trump’s motorcade as it drove past her last month has lost her job because of the gesture, she said Monday.  The woman, Juli Briskman, 50, was riding her bicycle on Lowes Island Boulevard after 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 when she found herself sharing a lane with Trump’s motorcade, which was leaving the...
Wooing Trump, Xi casts China as co-superpower

Wooing Trump, Xi casts China as co-superpower

Chinese leaders have long sought to present themselves as equals to American presidents. Xi Jinping has wanted something more: a special relationship that sets China apart, as the other great power in an emerging bipolar world.  The Obama administration declined to play along, worried that it implied an American retreat from Asia. But Xi, the most powerful Chinese leader in decades, may find...
Trump adviser sent email describing ‘private conversation’ with Russian official

Trump adviser sent email describing ‘private conversation’ with Russian official

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign whose visit to Moscow during the election has drawn scrutiny, sent an email to fellow Trump aides during his trip describing "a private conversation" with a senior Russian official who spoke favorably of the Republican candidate, according to records released late Monday by congressional investigators.  Page...
Governor sets date for Clemens seat elections

Governor sets date for Clemens seat elections

Gov. Rick Scott has set a Jan. 30 primary and April 10 general election to replace former state Sen. Jeff Clemens, the Palm Beach County Democrat who resigned Oct. 27 after admitting to an affair with a lobbyist. The Florida Legislature’s regular 2018 session runs from Jan. 9 to March 9, so voters in Clemens’ former Senate District 31 could go through the session without representation...