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Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

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Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to D.C. after day of golf with Sen. Lindsey Graham
 UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at 7:14 p.m. UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: While supporters of the president congregated toward Palm Beach, about 25 protesters braved what constitutes a Florida cold snap near to Interstate 95 on Sunday as his motorcade headed to the airport to return to Washington...

Posted: 17 hours ago

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.: Air Force One touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at 7:14 p.m. UPDATE, 6:15 p.m.: While supporters of the president congregated toward Palm Beach, about 25 protesters braved what constitutes a Florida cold snap near to Interstate 95 on Sunday as his motorcade headed to the airport to return to Washington...
UPDATE: Man tries to cut into motorcade; Trump reported golfing with Jack Nicklaus
 Update 8:45 p.m.: Donald and Melania Trump will leave Palm Beach International airport for Washington on Sunday afternoon, the White House announced today. A press schedule lists a departure time of 4:20 p.m. and arrival time of 6:45 at the White House. Update 5:15 p.m.: President Trump teed off with another golf celebrity today...

Posted: 15 days ago

Update 8:45 p.m.: Donald and Melania Trump will leave Palm Beach International airport for Washington on Sunday afternoon, the White House announced today. A press schedule lists a departure time of 4:20 p.m. and arrival time of 6:45 at the White House. Update 5:15 p.m.: President Trump teed off with another golf celebrity today...
Motorcade incident brings moment of drama to Trump’s quiet day
 An incident involving the presidential motorcade and a round of golf with one of the greats marked an otherwise quiet Saturday in Palm Beach for President Donald Trump, as he prepares to wrap up his first visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club since Easter. The fourth day of President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to Palm Beach...

Posted: 15 days ago

An incident involving the presidential motorcade and a round of golf with one of the greats marked an otherwise quiet Saturday in Palm Beach for President Donald Trump, as he prepares to wrap up his first visit to his Mar-a-Lago Club since Easter. The fourth day of President Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving visit to Palm Beach...
Trump in Palm Beach: President makes another round of golf, Twitter silent
 A Friday that began with a morning golf date with two of the sport’s biggest names concluded with a focus on international security after a devastating terrorist attack in Egypt. President Donald Trump’s golf outing with Tiger Woods and PGA champ Dustin Johnson, both of whom have significant roots in Palm Beach County, was interrupted...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Friday that began with a morning golf date with two of the sport’s biggest names concluded with a focus on international security after a devastating terrorist attack in Egypt. President Donald Trump’s golf outing with Tiger Woods and PGA champ Dustin Johnson, both of whom have significant roots in Palm Beach County, was interrupted...
UPDATE: Trump ‘Man of the Year’? Only Time Magazine knows for sure
 Update 9:20 p.m.: President Trump tweeted a response to Time Magazine saying he was “probably” going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year.” He claimed he “took a pass.”  Time, however, responded with a tweet of its own to refute Trump’s statement:  Update 5 p.m.: President Trump...

Posted: 16 days ago

Update 9:20 p.m.: President Trump tweeted a response to Time Magazine saying he was “probably” going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year.” He claimed he “took a pass.” Time, however, responded with a tweet of its own to refute Trump’s statement: Update 5 p.m.: President Trump...
Tweets, work, golf: President Trump back in Florida groove
 Although he’s been away from Mar-a-Lago for more than seven months, it didn’t take President Donald Trump very long on Wednesday to get back into the familiar rhythms of South Florida presidential life: setting Twitter ablaze before sunrise, conducting some official business and visiting his nearby golf course. The president...

Posted: 18 days ago

Although he’s been away from Mar-a-Lago for more than seven months, it didn’t take President Donald Trump very long on Wednesday to get back into the familiar rhythms of South Florida presidential life: setting Twitter ablaze before sunrise, conducting some official business and visiting his nearby golf course. The president...
Trump in Palm Beach: President ends 5-hour golf trip, returns to Mar-a-Lago
 President Trump and his wife Melania and son Barron arrived at Palm Beach International Airport about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to begin their Thanksgiving holiday. The president, who is visiting his Mar-a-Lago estate for the first time since April, was briefed early this morning on a Navy crash into the sea near Japan and fired off some ...

Posted: 18 days ago

President Trump and his wife Melania and son Barron arrived at Palm Beach International Airport about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to begin their Thanksgiving holiday. The president, who is visiting his Mar-a-Lago estate for the first time since April, was briefed early this morning on a Navy crash into the sea near Japan and fired off some ...
Trump in Palm Beach: President and family begin holiday at Mar-a-Lago
 President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 6:29 p.m. after leaving Washington aboard Air Force One just before 4 p.m.   Before boarding a flight to Palm Beach International Airport, the president pardoned the national turkey and then stated support for embattled GOP U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. He appeared energized by...

Posted: 19 days ago

President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago at 6:29 p.m. after leaving Washington aboard Air Force One just before 4 p.m.   Before boarding a flight to Palm Beach International Airport, the president pardoned the national turkey and then stated support for embattled GOP U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. He appeared energized by...
Trump in Palm Beach: President devotes 18 minutes to well-wishers at airport
 President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago Tuesday night for a Thanksgiving visit and appeared energized by a crowd of more than 100 supporters who welcomed him and first lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport. Trump’s visit, which is scheduled to run through Sunday, is his first trip to his Palm Beach estate...

Posted: 19 days ago

President Donald Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago Tuesday night for a Thanksgiving visit and appeared energized by a crowd of more than 100 supporters who welcomed him and first lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport. Trump’s visit, which is scheduled to run through Sunday, is his first trip to his Palm Beach estate...
NEW: Will Manafort spend Thanksgiving in PBG?
 Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III have agreed to allow former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. Court papers filed on Monday do not disclose where Manafort wants to spend Thanksgiving. However, his primary residence is in BallenIsles, a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens. The $1...

Posted: 20 days ago

Attorneys for Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III have agreed to allow former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort travel over the Thanksgiving holiday. Court papers filed on Monday do not disclose where Manafort wants to spend Thanksgiving. However, his primary residence is in BallenIsles, a gated community in Palm Beach Gardens. The $1...
Trump in Palm Beach: Road closures and other alerts to know
 After an absence of more than seven months and about 1,700 tweets, President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago Tuesday evening to begin a Thanksgiving visit at his winter White House. Air Force One is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 5:15 p.m., according to a Federal Aviation Administration...

Posted: 21 days ago

After an absence of more than seven months and about 1,700 tweets, President Donald Trump is expected to return to Mar-a-Lago Tuesday evening to begin a Thanksgiving visit at his winter White House. Air Force One is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport sometime after 5:15 p.m., according to a Federal Aviation Administration...