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 leaves after a little golf, a lot of tweets and visit with shooting victims 
 UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews at 6:14 p.m., according to White House pool reporters. The president, first lady and Barron Trump left the plane 9 minutes later. Trump didn’t answer a shouted question about gun control. The family then left  in the presidential motorcade. The motorcade arrived at the...

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UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Air Force One landed at Joint Base Andrews at 6:14 p.m., according to White House pool reporters. The president, first lady and Barron Trump left the plane 9 minutes later. Trump didn’t answer a shouted question about gun control. The family then left  in the presidential motorcade. The motorcade arrived at the...
Pence to visit Kennedy Space Center Tuesday
 Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Tuesday evening for a tour of the launch facilities and leave Wednesday after a meeting with the National Space Council. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued an alert to pilots of “VIP Movement&rdquo...

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Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Tuesday evening for a tour of the launch facilities and leave Wednesday after a meeting with the National Space Council. »RELATED: The latest in Florida political news The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued an alert to pilots of “VIP Movement&rdquo...
Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons
 Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced...

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Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced...
North Palm Republican mega-donor issues ultimatum on assault weapons
 Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced...

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Al Hoffman Jr., a North Palm Beach real estate developer and major Republican donor, is cutting off donations to candidates who do not support a ban on assault weapons, according to a report in the New York Times. Hoffman said he would urge other Republican donors to support an assault weapons ban, according to the report. Hoffman announced...
Trump in Palm Beach: Motorcade passes Stormy Daniels marquee en route to golf club
 UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: The president has returned from his golf club in West Palm Beach to Mar-a-Lago. The president’s schedule for tomorrow, Presidents Day, is not known. UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: After being cooped up in Mar-a-Lago for two days, the president has decided to spend the evening at Trump International Golf Club, his private...

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UPDATE 9:25 p.m.: The president has returned from his golf club in West Palm Beach to Mar-a-Lago. The president’s schedule for tomorrow, Presidents Day, is not known. UPDATE 7:28 p.m.: After being cooped up in Mar-a-Lago for two days, the president has decided to spend the evening at Trump International Golf Club, his private...
Trump in Palm Beach: President criticizes FBI over handling of shooting suspect tip
 UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion...

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UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: President Trump tweeted late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect in the Parkland school shooting. "This is not acceptable," he said. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion...
Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets about Parkland shooting, Russia
 President Donald Trump skipped golf Saturday but kept busy with tweets about Russian interference in the 2016 election and phone calls to officials about the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including one to the school’s principal. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach...

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President Donald Trump skipped golf Saturday but kept busy with tweets about Russian interference in the 2016 election and phone calls to officials about the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, including one to the school’s principal. The president and first lady Melania Trump arrived at Palm Beach...
President visits Parkland shooting victims, thanks first-responders
 UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting  the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania.  UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with...

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UPDATE 11:59 p.m.: After returning from visiting  the victims and their familes, President Trump tweeted about the Parkland shooting late Friday. His tweet included photos from his visit to Broward Health North Hospital in Deerfield Beach along with first lady Melania. UPDATE 9:14 p.m.: The president and first lady meet with...
POLL: Should Florida ban assault weapons?
 Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including...

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Connecticut lawmakers passed strict gun laws in 2013 after a gunman with a AR-15-style, semi-automatic rifle killed 27 young children and teachers during a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary school. The legislation banned the sale of gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds and requires background checks for private gun sales, including...
Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to oppose gun control. Will he do so after Broward shooting?
 For years President Donald Trump has used Twitter to express his condolences after mass shootings and opinions on gun control.  The president has tweeted three times about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland yesterday. None of the tweets mention gun control or banning assault rifles, like the gun used in the shooting Wednesday...

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For years President Donald Trump has used Twitter to express his condolences after mass shootings and opinions on gun control.  The president has tweeted three times about the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland yesterday. None of the tweets mention gun control or banning assault rifles, like the gun used in the shooting Wednesday...
Trump’s personal attorney admits paying porn star out of own pocket
 Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to porn movie actress Stormy Daniels,  who claimed she had  an affair with Mr. Trump, according to the New York Times. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade...

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Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he had paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to porn movie actress Stormy Daniels,  who claimed she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to the New York Times. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade...