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Trump at UN Security Council: 'Most watched meeting ever'?

The U.N. Security Council tends to proceed in a scripted, measured way. U.S. President Donald Trump does not. But Trump is set to preside Wednesday over the U.N.'s most powerful body, one that incarnates the very concept of global governing that he swatted aside in a speech Tuesday. The meeting in the sanctum of shared decision-making will put the "America First" president around a table...
The Latest: GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

The Latest: GOP bringing in Arizona prosecutor for hearing

The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. A news release from committee chairman Chuck Grassley's office describes Mitchell as...
At UN this year, it's Trump versus the world

At UN this year, it's Trump versus the world

A gaping ideological divide cuts through this year's gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. It's not between capitalists and communists, rich and poor, East and West. It's between multilateralists who advocate nations working together and unilateralists who are pushing for national sovereignty. Despite near-universal hand-wringing about the U.N.'s failings, it was clear who was in the minority...
US judge repeats Trump vulgarity during immigration hearing

US judge repeats Trump vulgarity during immigration hearing

A U.S. judge Tuesday repeated President Donald Trump's vulgar description of African countries while questioning his administration's motives for ending a program that lets immigrants from four countries live and work legally in the U.S. Judge Edward Chen during a hearing in a lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program also cited a memo that he said suggested the decision to end it was driven by the...
Hearing on Kavanaugh allegations puts #MeToo to the test

Hearing on Kavanaugh allegations puts #MeToo to the test

No matter what ultimately happens to Brett Kavanaugh and the women who accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct, the Senate hearing on the allegations will offer a historic test of the #MeToo movement, which began only a year ago. Since it coalesced around accusations against Harvey Weinstein, the movement has toppled many prominent abusers in Hollywood, journalism and politics. But #MeToo...
Trump blasts Democrats, judge’s accuser, as GOP rallies behind Kavanaugh

Trump blasts Democrats, judge’s accuser, as GOP rallies behind Kavanaugh

In the midst of his visit to the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Democrats and some of the allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh, as the President accused Democrats of playing a ‘very dangerous game’ in their opposition to the judge’s nomination. “This is a con game being played by the Democrats,&rdquo...
Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Quinnipiac poll: Shifts in Scott-Nelson race, Trump approval; genders split on Kavanaugh

Republican Gov. Rick Scott (left) and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, rivals in the November race for U.S. Senate. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Three weeks after calling Florida’s U.S. Senate race a dead heat between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new Quinnipiac University poll gives Nelson a...
Vote on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh set for Friday by Senate committee

Vote on SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh set for Friday by Senate committee

Controversy continues to swirl around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by a pair of women. What was expected to be a simple nomination process has become mired in allegations involving incidents alleged to have occurred while Kavanaugh was in high school or college. Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker he made...
WATCH: Disney pass holder hangs Trump re-election banner in Magic Kingdom

WATCH: Disney pass holder hangs Trump re-election banner in Magic Kingdom

Those visiting Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday might have noticed something unusual hanging in Main Street, U.S.A. – a banner calling for President Donald Trump's re-election in 2020. Dion Cini, 49, of New York, said he unfurled the banner and briefly hung it from a balcony overlooking the park's Town Square with the help of a bystander to garner attention for Trump's...
Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in TV interview: ‘I never did any such thing’

Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations in TV interview: ‘I never did any such thing’

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh used an interview on Fox News Monday night to defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct ahead of a planned hearing on the matter by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning. >> Read more trending news  Kavanaugh, who was seen as a shoo-in for the high court when President Donald Trump first announced his pick for the seat vacated...
Kavanaugh won’t withdraw as judge heads for Thursday showdown hearing

Kavanaugh won’t withdraw as judge heads for Thursday showdown hearing

Defiantly denouncing new allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him as a political ‘smear,’ Judge Brett Kavanaugh went on a media offensive on Monday to tell Senators and the nation that he will not withdraw from consideration for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh heads for a historic hearing on Thursday, which draws obvious parallels to the Clarence...
Judge appears likely to toss Stormy Daniels' defamation suit

Judge appears likely to toss Stormy Daniels' defamation suit

A federal judge appeared poised Monday to toss out a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels. Judge S. James Otero said in U.S. District Court that a tweet the president wrote in April appears to be "rhetorical hyperbole" and speech protected under the First Amendment. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said...
As Trump arrives at UN, world leaders honor Mandela

As Trump arrives at UN, world leaders honor Mandela

World leaders kicked off their annual gathering at the United Nations on Monday by honoring a global icon of peace and reconciliation — drawing some pointed contrast with a U.S. president who has shaken up the international order with his assertion of "America First." A statue of Nelson Mandela, who led South Africa's transition from the apartheid system of white minority rule over...
Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office

Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office

President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself an "absolute no" on statehood for Puerto Rico as long as critics such as San Juan's mayor remain in office, the latest broadside in his feud with members of the U.S. territory's leadership. Trump lobbed fresh broadsides at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a critic of his administration's response to hurricanes on the island last year...
Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez?

Second Kavanaugh accuser: Who is Deborah Ramirez?

A second woman has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that she alleges happened decades ago.  Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker over the weekend that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while the two were freshmen at Yale University in the early 1980s. >> Read more trending news   Ramirez’s allegations came a week after Christine...
Reports: Rosenstein considered resigning, will meet Thursday with Trump 

Reports: Rosenstein considered resigning, will meet Thursday with Trump 

President Donald Trump and Rod Rosenstein spoke Monday amid reports that the deputy U.S. Attorney General was considering resigning from his post. The New York Times reported Monday that Rosenstein was considering resigning after reports surfaced last week that he floated the idea of secretly recording Trump and removing him from office using the 25th Amendment. Update 3:05 p.m. EDT Sept...
White House denounces ‘smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh

White House denounces ‘smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh

As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by...
Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter's rules. The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet "has the potential to be misleading in...
The Latest: Committee to look into second woman's accusation

The Latest: Committee to look into second woman's accusation

The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee staff say they will look into a report that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy says Republican committee staff found out about...
Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein's fate

As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had suggested wearing a wire to secretly record Trump, and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president from...
Commentary: North Korea is now under minimum pressure

Commentary: North Korea is now under minimum pressure

Last week, the leaders of the two Koreas made progress toward rapprochement, concluding a dramatic summit in Pyongyang. Though President Donald Trump was not in attendance, he sought to take credit for the latest diplomatic gains. In remarks to reporters Wednesday morning, the president suggested that, before his arrival on the political scene, war on the Korean Peninsula was “inevitable.&rdquo...
Rally for Puerto Rico draws hundreds to Mar-a-Lago, West Palm

Rally for Puerto Rico draws hundreds to Mar-a-Lago, West Palm

As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico a year ago, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour into her home through the electrical outlets in the walls. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters gathered at the Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, protesting...
Maria protest draws crowd of 800; rally starts with Mar-a-Lago caravan

Maria protest draws crowd of 800; rally starts with Mar-a-Lago caravan

As Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, Sylvia Chaluissant watched water pour out of her home’s electrical outlets. Soon after, her home was flooded and her furniture was ruined. “And I was one of the lucky ones,” the Puerto Rican native said Saturday. Chaluissant was one of about 800 protesters gathered Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, protesting the...
PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

PHOTOS: Baby Trump balloon makes appearance at protest in West Palm Beach

fThe Baby Trump balloon made the first of what likely will be many appearances in Palm Beach County at a protest and rally Saturday at the Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit to Puerto Rico. Below are embedded Tweets. If you don't see that content please, follow Ian Cohen and Carla Trivino on Twitter. <div>...
LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

LIVE: Around 800 including Gillum, Nelson at anti-Trump, pro-Puerto Rico rally in West Palm Beach

UPDATE 5 p.m.: Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum addressed with crowd, saying: "We shouldn’t have to remind this country to do right by the people in this country."  UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.: Police are estimating the crowd at around 750 to 800 people. UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Trump supporters arrived at the Meyer Amphitheater and were escorted by police to another...
Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Trump picks combat over caution in court fight

Combat won out over caution. White House aides and congressional allies worked all week to keep President Donald Trump from unloading on the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. But as Kavanaugh's nomination hung in the balance, Trump couldn't contain his frustration any longer and unleashed a direct Twitter attack on the credibility of Christine Blasey...
Baby Trump balloon to appear at Puerto Rico protest rally in West Palm

Baby Trump balloon to appear at Puerto Rico protest rally in West Palm

It’s big, angry and orange all over. The Baby Trump balloon will make the first of what likely will be many appearances in Palm Beach County at a protest and rally Saturday in a West Palm Beach amphitheater to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s direct hit to Puerto Rico. The devastating storm resulted in severe power outages and the deaths of nearly 3,000 residents...
Rod Rosenstein proposed invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, reports say

Rod Rosenstein proposed invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, reports say

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year discussed removing President Donald Trump from office using the 25th Amendment and proposed secretly taping him, according to reports Friday from The New York Times and The Washington Post. In a statement, Rosenstein said that the Times report was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” The Post report was published after the statement...
DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

DeSantis camp blasts donor’s N-word tweet; won’t return past contributions

Ron DeSantis and President Donald Trump at a Tampa rally on July 31. (Zac Anderson/The Sarasota Herald-Tribune) Republican Ron DeSantis‘s campaign for Florida governor has condemned a campaign donor’s recent tweet that called former President Barack Obama the N-word and pledged not to accept any more contributions from the donor. But DeSantis is rejecting...
Woodward book renews watchdogs’ fear about Trump Mar-a-Lago conflicts

Woodward book renews watchdogs’ fear about Trump Mar-a-Lago conflicts

President Donald Trump’s activities at Mar-a-Lago have been widely reported — golf, meetings with world leaders and tweeting — but the recently released bestseller by Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Bob Woodward offers a deeper look, with unprecedented and unflattering details, about how the president governs from his lavish home and private club in Palm Beach. Now, two government...
Trump on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation: 'Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?'

Trump on Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation: 'Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?'

President Donald Trump criticized a woman who claims his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, questioning in a series of tweets Friday her failure to report the incident decades earlier. “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement...
GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

GOP sets Friday deadline in standoff over Kavanaugh accuser

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday publicly pressed a California woman to agree to testify about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as Democrats and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford insisted instead on an FBI investigation of her claims, arguing a hearing set for Monday was not a satisfactory review. “The rush to a hearing...
SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations

SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh in first TV interview repeatedly denies sexual assault accusations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is under fire as accusations of sexual misconduct cloud what was expected to be a simple nomination process.   >> Read more trending news  The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, in which a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers will testify...
Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety from April through June...
Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

Bredesen backs Senate vote if Kavanaugh accuser won't appear

Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Wednesday that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault "has a very credible story." But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath. "She has put herself out there," Bredesen said of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting...

Judge sets Dec. 18 sentencing for Michael Flynn

After months of delay, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn now has a sentencing date. A federal judge on Wednesday set Flynn's sentencing for Dec. 18, more than a year after the retired U.S. Army lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the presidential transition. The move comes just days after prosecutors working for special counsel Robert...
Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Florence shows how storm coverage is politicized

Donald Trump Jr.'s attack tweet this week showing CNN's Anderson Cooper waist-deep in flood waters has driven home the point that politics — not just weather — was an important subtext of the media's coverage of Hurricane Florence. "Stop lying to make @realDonaldTrump look bad," the president's son admonished Cooper, triggering a harsh response from the CNN journalist, who was...
How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

How 65 women came to Kavanaugh's defense in matter of hours

It started as a series of phone calls among old high-school friends and ended up embroiling 65 women in the firestorm over a sexual assault allegation that could shape the Supreme Court. In a matter of hours, they all signed onto a letter rallying behind high court nominee and their high school friend Brett Kavanaugh as someone who "has always treated women with decency and respect." And...
Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence. With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized...
Trump's tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

Trump's tariffs could sow trouble for GOP in farm districts

In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he's no fan of President Donald Trump's trade policy. "We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements," Dube said last week as local farmers gathered to hear Democratic House candidate Lisa Brown. Dube says China is buying less wheat from eastern Washington farmers and Trump's policies have...
Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, "They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville."...
The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest: Trump assures South Carolina as flooding lingers

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 4 p.m. President Donald Trump says South Carolina is in for a "rough few days" in the aftermath of Florence, but assures the state that the federal government "is behind you." Trump spoke Wednesday at an emergency management center in the city of Conway, near Myrtle...
Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

Trump casts doubt on Kavanaugh accuser: 'Very hard for me to imagine anything happened'

President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that it’s “very hard … to imagine anything happened” between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who claims the judge attempted to rape her when they were both teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, have been invited to testify Monday in a public hearing by the Senate Judiciary...
Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

As Democrats called for a full FBI investigation of sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Senators on Wednesday said that if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford decides not to testify at a hearing set for next Monday, then the GOP should move forward to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination. “It is imperative the Judiciary...
Commentary: Affordable clean energy rule — improving the state of play

Commentary: Affordable clean energy rule — improving the state of play

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation to replace the prior administration’s Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy rule is another step in the right direction for federal regulatory reform. A brief review of the CPP frames the issues and puts the new EPA proposal in context. The CPP was a sweeping effort to transform how electricity is produced and distributed...
Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wants FBI investigation before testifying in Senate

Attorneys for California college professor Christine Blasey Ford are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee for an FBI investigation before she testifies about an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh 36 years ago when the pair was in high school, according to news reports.  >> Read more trending news  In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman...
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Woodward's "Fear" already a million-seller

Bob Woodward's "Fear" is already a million-seller. Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that Woodward's takedown of President Donald Trump has sold more than 1.1 million copies just a week after publication. It is among the fastest selling hardcover books in memory and had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster, which also publishes Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mary...
Puerto Ricans to mark Hurricane Maria anniversary with Trump protest

Puerto Ricans to mark Hurricane Maria anniversary with Trump protest

Puerto Rican protesters from around Florida plan to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Maria by driving past President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in a caravan next weekend, then gathering for a rally and vigil across the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach. Organizers have told local governments to expect about 30 vehicles with signs and flags for the drive past Mar-a-Lago on Sept...
Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain

President Donald Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.  Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave...
Report: ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ members are steering VA

Report: ‘Mar-a-Lago Crowd’ members are steering VA

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz...
Trump targets anti-Trump, Palm Beach billionaire Koch brothers

Trump targets anti-Trump, Palm Beach billionaire Koch brothers

The list of Palm Beach billionaires with memberships at Mar-a-Lago who have ticked off President Donald Trump grew by two on Tuesday when Trump bashed Koch industries’ powerful donor network in a 2-part, early morning tweet. Twin brothers Bill and David Koch, whose family founded Koch industries Inc., both own oceanfront estates in Palm Beach - one just north of of the president’s private...
Report: Ivanka Trump’s clothing company shutting down

Report: Ivanka Trump’s clothing company shutting down

Ivanka Trump’s clothing company is shutting down and all its employees are being laid off, according to news reports. The New York Post is reporting that its sources say the company “will be shuttered ‘ASAP’ and that staff have been informed that they’re being laid off.” Ivanka Trump, who is a senior adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, has recently been...
Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

Trump-owned house in Palm Beach available to rent for $100,000 a month

The Palm Beach beachfront house belonging to President Donald Trump’s two eldest sons is up for rent — for $100,000 a month, according to the local multiple listing service. Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump two months ago paid their aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, $18.25 million for her eight-bedroom house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. The deed was recorded...
Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Putin: Missile-strike video does not target Florida

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin needs a lesson in U.S. geography. In an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday, Putin denied that Florida was depicted in a propaganda video released last year showing Russian super missiles targeting Florida.  Florida, arguably the country’s most identifiable state, is clearly depicted on the map, with Russian intercontinental...
Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Art of the Disruption: Trump, the Red Cross gala and the season

Before he was a disruptive force in American politics, Donald Trump was recasting and remaking relationships in Palm Beach’s winter social season. Take the case of Trump and the season’s most prestigious gala — the International Red Cross. In 2005, shortly after a new ballroom opened, the International Red Cross Ball decided to leave The Breakers, its home for 40 years...
Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago

Trump Foundation donated to charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago

Nearly all of the $706,000 in donations made by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County since 2008 went to charities that hosted lavish fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago — the president’s highest-profile business in the county. While the timing and frequency of the donations suggest charities that fete at Mar-a-Lago — especially those that return after fundraising at other...
COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

COMMENTARY: Words on clothing mean things, whether it’s what you want them to mean or not

About 15 years ago, around the time I began writing for this paper, message T-shirts -- some political, some pithy and others just punny -- were  a thing. I was in my early 30s at the time and probably a few years north of the target age, but they were cute and I bought a few. My favorite was an homage to my devotion to the “Law and Order” franchise, the words “Chung...
First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention center

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order ending his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Update 3:10 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump was criticized for the coat she chose to wear while boarding the plane en route to McAllen on Thursday...
Trump Foundation lawsuit cites Palm Beach flag fight, Bondi donation

Trump Foundation lawsuit cites Palm Beach flag fight, Bondi donation

President Donald Trump’s long ago dispute with Palm Beach over the American flag flying over Mar-a-Lago came back to skewer the real estate tycoon Thursday when New York’s top law enforcer said it exemplified how Trump misused millions of dollars from his charitable foundation to pay off personal, business and political debts.  “Mr. Trump ran the foundation according to...
Will Donald Trump invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago?

Will Donald Trump invite North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to Mar-a-Lago?

In what would be an unprecedented event even for a president who seems to relish the unprecedented, President Donald Trump is considering inviting North Korean President Kim Jong-un to his Mar-a-Lago mansion if talks between the two leaders in June go well, according to a report by Bloomberg on Wednesday.  The Florida summit would likely happen in the fall, according to Bloomberg, citing an unnamed...
Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Jeff Greene and Donald Trump: Billionaires and … politicians?

Another Palm Beach billionaire businessman with ties to Mar-a-Lago but virtually no political experience has decided to go big and run for an office traditionally held by veteran politicians. Jeff Greene, a member of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club, has filed paperwork to enter the Democratic primary for governor. Greene, 63, has said he considers Trump a friend. They...
Read Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un canceling North Korea summit

Read Trump’s letter to Kim Jong Un canceling North Korea summit

President Donald Trump on Thursday sent a letter to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, canceling their highly anticipated summit on June 12 to discuss denuclearization.  The following is the text of that letter, as released by the White House.  —  His Excellency Kim Jong Un Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Pyongyang ...
White House lawyer’s presence at briefings on FBI’s Russia source roils lawmakers

White House lawyer’s presence at briefings on FBI’s Russia source roils lawmakers

Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI's use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.  After hours of discussion, though, there seemed to be little in the way of resolution. Instead, the meetings...
Courting Kim and coming up short highlights the limits of Trump’s me-first diplomacy

Courting Kim and coming up short highlights the limits of Trump’s me-first diplomacy

At the core of President Donald Trump's foreign policy is a belief that he can use his personal charisma to charm his way to world peace.  The collapse Thursday of the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shows the limits of Trump's me-first approach to diplomacy.  Trump's letter to Kim canceling the meeting on North Korea's nuclear program neatly summed up his view. In it...
White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began

White House commitment to summit ended as spontaneously as it began

The historic nuclear disarmament summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — the one that Trump thought might earn him the Nobel Peace Prize — crumbled nearly as quickly as it came together, in a sudden and startling decision Thursday morning by the American president.  Inside the White House residence, the first alarm sounded about 10 p.m. Wednesday...
In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

In reversal, Giuliani now says Trump should do interview with Mueller team

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani switched gears Wednesday, saying that he would prefer the president grant an interview to special counsel Robert Mueller's office and that a decision would be made within "the next couple weeks."  "I guess I'd rather do the interview. It gets it over with it, it makes my client happy," he said. "The safe course you hear every...
Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

Trump’s cryptic China tweet threatens another course change on trade

President Donald Trump has sent outraged tweets and combative tweets and happy tweets and tricker tweets (covfefe). There have been tweets in all capital letters and with multiple exclamation points. There have even been tweets that seemed to threaten a preemptive nuclear strike.  But there haven't been many tweets like the one Trump sent Wednesday morning, where he was both cryptic and subtle...
When it comes to Trump, men and women remain far apart

When it comes to Trump, men and women remain far apart

The evidence continues to pile up. When it comes to Donald Trump, there's a big difference between men and women.  Yes, many women voted for Trump in 2016 and continue to support him as president almost without reservation. They are women like Janelle Lutgen, whom I met during intermittent travels through counties in the Midwest over the past year-plus. She's a Republican official in Iowa and...
Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort

The Miami-Dade Police Department has released dramatic body-cam video from an officer who rushed into the lobby of the Trump Doral resort during a shootout with an armed man at 1:39 a.m. on May 18. Police identified the shooter as Jonathan Oddi, 42. Four days later, a motive for the bizarre incident has not been revealed. The video begins with the officer raising his gun and pointing it towards...
Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

By the time U.S. negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Donald Trump’s ambitions for a multibillion-dollar trade agreement had, for the time being, shriveled into a blandly worded communiqué without any dollar figures. It was not clear that the talks set a path to success.  Ceaseless infighting and jockeying for influence on...
Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Frustrated and impatient, fed up with waiting and eager to fight back, President Donald Trump has embarked on what amounts to a two-prong strategy to contain the threat and undercut the credibility of the escalating investigations targeting him and his associates.  The blizzard of Twitter messages combined with a string of public statements by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in recent days seemed...
By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

When President Donald Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the FBI’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.  “It’s an incredible historical moment,” said...
Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

China has called President Donald Trump’s bluff.  Chinese negotiators left Washington this weekend with a significant win: a willingness by the Trump administration to hold off for now on imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports. China gave up little in return, spurning the Trump administration’s nudges for a concrete commitment to buy more goods from the United States...
UPDATE: Police probe motive for Trump resort shooting; All quiet at PBC Trump sites

UPDATE: Police probe motive for Trump resort shooting; All quiet at PBC Trump sites

While police investigators probe a shooting this morning at the Trump resort west of Miami, there is little evidence of heightened security at the Trump Organization’s golf clubs in Jupiter and West Palm Beach or the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago. “I cannot provide any information,” said a security guard at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. At Mar-a-Lago, where...
Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

President Donald Trump's allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be "bigger than Watergate!"  The extraordinary push begun...
UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: President’s sister sells Palm Beach house to company headed by nephews Eric, Donald Trump Jr.

UPDATE: Eric and Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s sons, are officers of the company that just paid $18.25 million for the Palm Beach oceanfront vacation home of one of the president’s sisters, records show. The house at 1125 S. Ocean Blvd. was sold by Eric and Donald Jr.’s aunt, federal appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, according to the deed recorded this week. Eric Trump signed...
Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

The Winter White House is pretty green for  President Donald Trump. Mar-a-Lago, along with Trump’s two golf clubs in Palm Beach County earned income of $52.2 million in 2017, according to the president’s financial disclosure report released on Wednesday. Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club in Palm Beach, was the biggest earner, bringing in $25...
Trump billboard battle heats up, again

Trump billboard battle heats up, again

How much would you pay to own a piece of a billboard -once located on the presidential motorcade route - that called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump? An unidentified buyer has paid $2,500 for the section of the sign that spells out the word “NOW” - as in “IMPEACHMENT NOW.” The eleven letters in the word impeachment are going for $500 apiece, while an 5&rdquo...
Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Senior U.S. officials struggled Monday to explain and act on President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rescue Chinese telecom giant ZTE — a move that caught many of them by surprise.  ZTE said last week that it would shutter major operations after the United States announced punitive measures in response to the company's failure to comply with a settlement of charges for violating sanctions...
To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

When President Donald Trump tunes into “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, he may see a familiar face delivering a gentle warning that tariffs are “B-A-D economics.”  In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Trump to back away from his trade approach, the National Retail Federation has enlisted Ben Stein, the comedic economist famous for his role in the 1980s film “Ferris...
Insider: Who was at same party with Donald Trump Jr. in New York?

Insider: Who was at same party with Donald Trump Jr. in New York?

Just because the car carriers are loading up all over Palm Beach and the hurricane shutters are in place at all the Midtown condos doesn’t mean the party scene is over. It’s just that there might be some travel involved to get to one. In New York, Palm Beacher Terry Allen Kramer joined GOP stalwarts Kathleen and Wayne Newton, Donald Trump Jr. and the comely Kimberly...
Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Mar-a-Lago is about to close its gilded doors for the summer, meaning Palm Beach’s most famous snowbird - President Donald Trump - likely won’t be seen in Palm Beach until the fall. The president made 10 visits to Mar-a-Lago during the 2017-2018 winter season - beginning Nov. 21, 2017 with a six-day visit to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. But the controversy over Mar-a-Lago&rsquo...
Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal this week and will reverse decades of policy in Israel next week, in each case acting on a campaign pledge and intuition that he argues has already proved more successful than traditional diplomacy.  He is aggressively moving forward with his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This week Trump sent Secretary...
Trump made high drug prices his issue. Democrats think they can take it back.

Trump made high drug prices his issue. Democrats think they can take it back.

Democrats are trying to take back an issue Donald Trump effectively stole from them during the 2016 presidential campaign: the high cost of prescription drugs.  Trump repeatedly railed against pharmaceutical companies during the campaign and after taking office, promising prices would drop and accusing drug companies of "getting away with murder." But more than a year into his tenure...
All the different ways Trump could go on the Iran deal

All the different ways Trump could go on the Iran deal

On Monday afternoon, President donald Trump declared via Twitter that his decision on the Iran deal will come Tuesday.  The 2015 accord — signed by the United States, the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran — lifts economic sanctions against Iran. In exchange, Tehran gave up its ability to produce enriched uranium, which could be used in a nuclear weapon. The president is...
Giuliani says Trump would not have to comply with Mueller subpoena

Giuliani says Trump would not have to comply with Mueller subpoena

Rudy Giuliani, reeling after a chaotic first week as President Donald Trump’s lawyer, tried again Sunday to straighten out his client’s story. But Giuliani raised new questions about whether Trump had paid hush money to other women and suggested the president might invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying in the special counsel’s Russia investigation.  Giuliani, a former...
Mar-a-Lago events raise money for politicos, revenues for Trump

Mar-a-Lago events raise money for politicos, revenues for Trump

In March, the Republican National Committee paid $224,857 to Mar-a-Lago — President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach — to host fundraisers for his prospective 2020 re-election bid as well as the 2018 campaigns of other Republicans. The fundraisers on the weekend of March 3 are believed to have raked in about $5 million — a big chunk of the record $13...
First lady fashion: See Melania Trump’s looks of the Palm Beach season

First lady fashion: See Melania Trump’s looks of the Palm Beach season

From deboarding Air Force One to hosting international first ladies, Melania Trump carries out her political responsibilities in style. This Palm Beach season, the former model was photographed wearing designers such as Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, and Dolce & Gabbana, but mostly Michael Kors. And what’s an outfit without the right shoes? Melania almost always pairs her classic looks with...
Kelly finds himself in a familiar place in the Trump White House — eyeing the exits

Kelly finds himself in a familiar place in the Trump White House — eyeing the exits

When President Donald Trump learned this week that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, reportedly called him “an idiot” on several occasions, he expressed little in the way of frustration or anger, an uncharacteristically low-key response from someone with little tolerance for slights.  Attending a fundraising dinner on Monday, Trump told a confidant that he did not believe Kelly would...
Trump repaying the Stormy Daniels money doesn’t mean there were no campaign finance violations

Trump repaying the Stormy Daniels money doesn’t mean there were no campaign finance violations

It didn't take former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani long to make his mark after joining President Donald Trump's legal team. Unfortunately, the mark Giuliani left was on his client.  During an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Giuliani volunteered a startling bit of information. That $130,000 that Trump's attorney Michael Cohen admitted having paid to porn star Stormy Daniels?...
Roy Moore lawsuit claims ‘political conspiracy’ against him in Senate race

Roy Moore lawsuit claims ‘political conspiracy’ against him in Senate race

Roy Moore, whose campaign for the U.S. Senate foundered amid allegations he pursued teenage girls in Alabama decades ago, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that he was the victim of what he called a "political conspiracy."  The defamation case names four women, including Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14 years old and he was a 32-year-old assistant...
‘Fake news’ might have saved Trump from awkward confrontation over his vulgar remark about African countries

‘Fake news’ might have saved Trump from awkward confrontation over his vulgar remark about African countries

Just a few months ago, President Donald Trump grew frustrated during a meeting in the Oval Office about protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries and asked, "Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?"  The African Union condemned the remark at the time. On Monday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari became the first of its members...
Korean unity pressures Trump as bargaining chips slip away

Korean unity pressures Trump as bargaining chips slip away

President Donald Trump lost no time hailing the historic nature of Friday’s meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. But the gauzy images and vows of peace by Kim Jong Un and his counterpart from the South, Moon Jae-in, have complicated Trump’s task as he prepares for his own history-making encounter with Kim.  While the two Korean leaders pledged to rid the heavily armed...
How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world

How Trump’s mixed signals complicate America’s role in the world

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, his approach to North Korea and Iran, marked by unpredictability and opposition to the diplomacy and compromise of his predecessors, will end the nuclear programs of both countries once and for all.  Imposing “maximum pressure” on North Korea will persuade it to dismantle its arsenal, Trump has said. And a decision by the United States to withdraw...
Trump’s loyalty tests cause hiring headaches

Trump’s loyalty tests cause hiring headaches

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then the star of President Donald Trump's early Cabinet, was assembling his staff and picked Sarah Isgur Flores as his top spokeswoman.  There was just one problem: She had criticized Trump, repeatedly, during the 2016 Republican primaries. Flores' prospects for a Justice Department job stalled, and Trump's advisers knew there was only one way Sessions would be...
President Trump to visit to Britain in July

President Trump to visit to Britain in July

President Donald Trump will travel to Britain in July for a working visit, the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Thursday, making good on an invitation delayed in part by the threat of protests and unrest in London.  The trip will include talks with British leaders but will be a lower-key working visit and not a full state visit, a spokesman for Downing Street confirmed. ...
Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania host their first state dinner and the White House on Tuesday evening that Palm Beach was well represented. Among the guests with ties to Palm Beach: Stephen Schwarzman, chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, who  owns a $32.9 million estate at 1768 S. Ocean Blvd.  Schwarzman, who has a net worth of $12.6 billion, is ranked 117th on the Forbes&rsquo...
Amazon’s critics get new life with Trump’s attacks on the company

Amazon’s critics get new life with Trump’s attacks on the company

One of Amazon’s antagonists seized the moment last month with an unusual newspaper advertisement addressed to President Donald Trump. The ad, from a nonprofit that advocates less government, attacked a Defense Department technology contract that Amazon intends to bid on, calling it a lucrative handout for the company.  A top think tank critic of Amazon’s market power also credited...
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