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Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Bowing to demands from Republicans in the House, the Justice Department on Thursday night gave lawmakers memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump, with the resulting leaks only amplifying Comey’s story that Mr. Trump had pressed him repeatedly about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections...
Trump in Palm Beach: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

Trump in Palm Beach: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

The White House announced today that Donald Trump would not attend former first lady Barbara Bush's memorial service Saturday "to avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service." The president is expected to stay at Mar-a-Lago while first lady Melania Trump flies to Houston for the funeral, the Associated Press reports. Flags...
Shake up in PBC judicial races: McAuliffe switches seats; Tendrich out

Shake up in PBC judicial races: McAuliffe switches seats; Tendrich out

With more than a week to go before candidates officially begin qualifying for the August elections, there has already been some shake-ups in Palm Beach County’s judicial races. Former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe has switched seats and will no longer run against Scott Kerner, the brother of County Commissioner David Kerner. Instead of challenging Kerner for the seat being...
Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

Trump in Palm Beach: Takes ‘incredible education’ trip to Key West

President Donald Trump took a side trip from Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to get “an incredible education” at a military facility that combats drug trafficking and criminal networks in Key West. Trump, who is spending the week at his Palm Beach estate and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe there on Tuesday and Wednesday, left Mar-a-Lago about 10:50 a.m. Thursday. He made the 5-mile trip...
Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

After operating for almost fourteen months with acting leadership, NASA finally has a new Administrator, as the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as the new head of the space agency, overcoming reluctance among some Republicans, and strong opposition from Democrats who said Bridenstine who too political for the job. “”It is an honor...
Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Embroiled in a new legal dispute after an FBI raid earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed news, and the head of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which spearheaded the development of the Steele Dossier. “Michael Cohen hereby voluntarily dismissed the...

POINT OF VIEW: Love in classroom essential to transformational growth

When I taught in public schools, I was once asked why my students tended to perform so well on standardized tests. The answer was obvious to me — with the help of love in the classroom. I showed my students love every day, and I used that love to motivate and relate to them. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Unfortunately, due to horrific events...
Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Democratic candidates for Florida governor square off at debate

Three of the four Democrats vying to replace Rick Scott as governor of the third-largest state in the nation get their news first from The New York Times, and only one, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, relies on his hometown paper to find out what’s going on in the world. The insight into who’s reading what was among the lighter moments of an hour-long debate Wednesday in Tampa, the first...
Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

Donald Trump makes a rare concession of defeat in eulogizing Barbara Bush

President Donald Trump speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump often compares himself to other presidents — and often finds his predecessors lacking. At a joint press conference Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister...
Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

Florida Gov. Scott, Seminoles reach deal on gambling money

As legislative leaders hold behind-the-scenes talks about revamping the gambling industry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday announced a deal that will lead to the Seminole Tribe continuing to pay more than $300 million a year in casino money to the state. The tribe would continue making the payments, which are rooted in a 2010 gambling agreement, through the 2019 legislative session. In exchange...
Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration...
Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Trump, Abe end Mar-a-Lago summit stressing future trade, Korea talks

Standing in a grand ballroom that bears his name at his Mar-a-Lago estate, President Donald Trump on Wednesday seemed mindful of the legacy-defining potential of his planned denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his side after two days of meetings, Trump said his tough stance on Kim’s regime had helped create the potential for...
Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

Melania Trump hosts Japan’s first lady on tour of Flagler Museum

First ladies Melania Trump of the United State and Akie Abe of Japan toured Flagler Museum on Wednesday — another gilded, Palm Beach mansion coincidentally completed a few decades before Mar-a-Lago opened for the 1927 winter season. The first ladies arrived at the museum, the former winter residence of industrialist Henry Flagler, about 11:20 a.m., while President Donald Trump and Japanese...
With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

On hold for months, President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was finally given the green light by a pair of GOP Senators, as the Senate voted 50-48 to overcome a possible filibuster, and advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA. A final vote to confirm Bridenstine’s nomination could come as early as Thursday in...
PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

PEACE calls for community IDs, slams commissioners who skipped meeting

More than 2,000 people attended a community meeting at the Palm Beach County Convention Center Monday evening, but organizers were miffed that figure wasn’t a little larger. Officials from the social activism group People Engaged in Active Community Efforts called out six of the county’s seven commissioners for skipping the gathering, saying the commissioners’ absences underscored...
Busy Twitter morning at Mar-a-Lago as Trump-Abe summit continues

Busy Twitter morning at Mar-a-Lago as Trump-Abe summit continues

President Donald Trump arriving at Palm Beach International Airport on Monday. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) Before he begins the second day of an international summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump has confirmed a top-secret meeting between CIA Director Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader...
Trump in Palm Beach: Summit ends with questions on North Korea, Russia sanctions and Mueller’s fate 

Trump in Palm Beach: Summit ends with questions on North Korea, Russia sanctions and Mueller’s fate 

UPDATE 7:35 p.m.: President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe summarized their two-day summit during a joint news conference in the ballroom at the Mar-a-Lago. Both Trump and Abe opened their remarks with condolences to the Bush family for the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania Trump will attend her funeral in Texas on Saturday.  Trump said he plans...
The fight with the West is isolating Russia. But that isn’t stopping Putin.

The fight with the West is isolating Russia. But that isn’t stopping Putin.

At least one bright spot stands out in the Russian economy, even as its prospects darken in the face of escalating sanctions: the manufacture of work uniforms.  The production of specialized work clothes, including bulletproof vests, is one of the lone growth areas in the economy, up by 27 percent, said Igor Nikolaev, director of the Strategic Analysis Institute at the FBK auditing and consulting...
Will Donald Trump and Rick Scott meet in Florida this week?

Will Donald Trump and Rick Scott meet in Florida this week?

President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16 — two days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott was in Palm Beach Gardens for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday about 17½ miles from his friend and political...
GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a leader of the GOP's moderate bloc in the House, said Tuesday that he will resign from Congress within weeks. His decision could set up a costly special election if the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania orders one.  Dent had already announced his retirement from Congress in September, citing personal reasons...
Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Confirming press reports about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone “very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.” In the middle of his own summit with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said on Twitter this morning that details of a meeting...
Mattis wanted congressional approval before striking Syria. He was overruled.

Mattis wanted congressional approval before striking Syria. He was overruled.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said.  Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an...
President pulls support of trade pact for 2nd time

President pulls support of trade pact for 2nd time

After publicly flirting last week with having the United States rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Donald Trump appeared to rebuff the idea once and for all late Tuesday.  In a Twitter post at 10:49 p.m. Eastern time, Trump said that although Japan and South Korea would like the United States to join the 11 other nations in the multilateral trade agreement, he had no intention of...
Sandy Hook parents sue Alex Jones for defamation

Sandy Hook parents sue Alex Jones for defamation

Three parents whose children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who has long claimed the shooting was “completely fake” and a “giant hoax” perpetrated by opponents of the Second Amendment.  Jones, the popular radio show host who also operates the conspiracy theory...
Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place.’

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place.’

The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he's off the phone, Trump is known to cite...
Sanctions flap erupts into open conflict between Haley and the White House

Sanctions flap erupts into open conflict between Haley and the White House

President Donald Trump was watching television Sunday when he saw Nikki Haley, his ambassador to the United Nations, announce that he would impose fresh sanctions on Russia. The president grew angry, according to an official informed about the moment. As far as he was concerned, he had decided no such thing.  It was not the first time Trump has yelled at the television over something he saw Haley...
After Cohen raid, Trump turns sour on talking to Mueller

After Cohen raid, Trump turns sour on talking to Mueller

The FBI seizure of records from President Donald Trump's personal attrney last week deeply rattled the president - souring him on his long-stated preference to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller III and prompting him to renew efforts to hire more legal firepower, people familiar with the discussions said.  Trump, who had previously expressed a desire to submit to a...
Trump requests extension to file 2017 taxes

Trump requests extension to file 2017 taxes

For decades, presidents have publicly released their tax returns each year — an act of transparency and a way to connect and commiserate with Americans on Tax Day.  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump did not even file his taxes.  White House officials said Trump, who has steadfastly refused to make any of his previous tax returns public, requested a six-month extension because of the...
CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Donald Trump to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.  The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump's most trusted emmisaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for...
Commentary: Comey should have never been FBI director

Commentary: Comey should have never been FBI director

I believe former FBI director James Comey is an able and sincere man. But by his own admissions, he is a timid leader who lacks poise when he needs it most. Comey’s own retelling of his encounters with President Donald Trump suggests that he was intimidated by the president. After watching Comey’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, I felt a little sorry for him. To me, the...

Commentary: Is Comey a hero or villain? That’s the wrong question.

With former FBI director James Comey everywhere in the media right now, what his new book has to say about President Donald Trump is being quickly slotted into a partisan narrative. One of the consequences is that those of his comments getting the most attention may be the least important. There’s a better way to understand Comey: to separate the facts he relates from his opinions. The former...
Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

A long-overdue cleanup and overhaul of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority is well underway. But common sense tells us that’s not enough. There must be policies, procedures and people to deter it from happening again. This is what Palm Beach County and its state representatives sought from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers proposed a “local bill” (HB 1113) allowing county...
Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday gave Americans an extra day to file tax returns for 2017, after troubles surfaced for a number of hours with an online payment system, causing troubles for those trying to finish filing and paying their taxes just before the deadline. “This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system...
Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Constitution revision panel adds 8 questions to five on Florida ballot

Florida voters will get a chance to decide in November whether 13 is a lucky or unlucky number. The state Constitution Revision Commission, which meets every 20 years, finished its work Monday night after approving eight proposed constitutional amendments for the Nov. 6 general-election ballot. Those eight proposals will join five other measures already on the ballot, including three approved...
Trump’s likely agenda with Japan’s Abe: Trade, North Korea, golf

Trump’s likely agenda with Japan’s Abe: Trade, North Korea, golf

The U.S. and Japan “are locked and we are very unified on the subject of North Korea,” President Donald Trump declared Tuesday at Mar-a-Lago, as he began two days of meetings — and possibly some golf — with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, landed at Palm Beach International Airport at about 1:20 p.m. amid some questions about whether the U.S....
Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Greyhound racing ban approved for Florida ballot; court fight likely 

Florida voters will be asked this fall to ban greyhound racing, a staple for decades of the state’s gambling industry. After repeated and heavily lobbied legislative debates in recent years about the future of the greyhound industry, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission on Monday voted 27-10 to put the proposed ban on the Nov. 6 ballot. However, before the measure appears on the...
Barbara Bush, former first lady and matriarch of Bush family, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, former first lady and matriarch of Bush family, dies at 92

Barbara Pierce Bush, the former first lady whose cloud of white hair and strands of fake pearls became her signature, died at her Houston home Tuesday after a long struggle with congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease. The down-to-earth matriarch, who could trace her ancestry to the Mayflower and saw both her husband and son win the White House, was 92.  ...
GOP confidence grows for Senate vote on Trump’s NASA nominee

GOP confidence grows for Senate vote on Trump’s NASA nominee

Republicans in the Senate were increasingly optimistic on Tuesday that they would be able to approve President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA Administrator this week, as GOP backers say they believe there is finally a 50th Republican ready to vote for Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). “Who moved? I’ll let them speak for themselves,” said Sen. James Lankford...
Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets response to death of Barbara Bush

Trump in Palm Beach: President tweets response to death of Barbara Bush

UPDATE 10:30 p.m.: President Trump tweeted photos of himself and the Japanese Prime Minister. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It is my great honor to host <a href="https://twitter.com/JPN_PMO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JPN_PMO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AbeShinzo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Boca lawyer’s motion to declare Trump unfit

A Boca Raton attorney’s more than two-year legal quest to have President Donald Trump declared incompetent has ended. The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear attorney James Herb’s claims that neither presidential immunity from lawsuits nor the First Amendment shields Trump from a state probate court petition that would determine whether the real estate mogul is competent to serve...
Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Broadcast giant, Sinclair, sues two former WPEC-Channel 12 reporters

Tired of what he described as “consistent right-wing bias” and bumbling management, Jonathan Beaton in 2015 quit his job as a reporter at WPEC-Channel 12 in West Palm Beach to launch a public relations company. Moving back to Orlando, where he had gone to college, Beaton was busy building his firm when he was hit with a lawsuit from Sinclair Communications, the owner of CBS affiliate...
Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that part of a federal law which requires the deportation of certain criminal aliens was too vague, as Justice Neal Gorsuch, nominated to the Court by President Donald Trump, joined with the four more liberal justices to provide the majority opinion, upholding a ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the process. “Vague...
In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

"Are there any Hispanics in the room?"  President Donald Trump grinned. "No, I doubt it," he said with a chuckle, but he knew there were. His was a rhetorical question. On stage with him here at Bucky Dent Park were Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, the only Latino cabinet member, and several local Hispanic business...
No-title Rick Scott pushes term limits in first TV ad of Senate campaign

No-title Rick Scott pushes term limits in first TV ad of Senate campaign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the first TV ad of his Senate campaign against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who emphasized an outsider theme when he launched his U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson last week, continues to do so with a debut TV ad advocating term limits for members of Congress to rid Washington of “career...
Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, but a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that edge has narrowed since January, a signal to party leaders and strategists that they could be premature in anticipating a huge wave of victories in November.  The poll finds that the gap between support for Democratic vs. Republican House candidates dropped by more than half since the beginning...
Independent New York prosecutors pose potential risk for Trump

Independent New York prosecutors pose potential risk for Trump

Faced with a sprawling investigation by the special counsel in Washington, President Donald Trump must also contend with an independent-minded office of federal prosecutors in his hometown, New York, who are investigating his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.  Trump’s administration had fired the Obama-era leader of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District...
Eyeing 2020, Trump fundraisers return to familiar well: Small donors

Eyeing 2020, Trump fundraisers return to familiar well: Small donors

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has ramped up its fundraising this year, bringing in $20.2 million, while investing heavily in cultivating a wide base of small donors, according to reports filed Sunday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission.  Trump’s campaign apparatus spent nearly $8.2 million through the end of last month, with more than 60 percent of that...
Nursing election grievances, Hillary Clinton supporters curse Comey 

Nursing election grievances, Hillary Clinton supporters curse Comey 

When it comes to James Comey’s book-tour crusade against President Donald Trump, the question for hard-core Hillary Clinton fans boils down to this: Curse Comey, or cheer him?  Curse him, mostly.  They may be card-carrying members of “the Resistance,” who oppose everything that the president stands for, but Clinton’s former aides and advisers are still too angry at...
Pruitt's $43,000 phone booth broke the law, Congressional auditors say

Pruitt's $43,000 phone booth broke the law, Congressional auditors say

The Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it installed a soundproof phone booth for the administrator, Scott Pruitt, at a cost of roughly $43,000, a congressional watchdog agency ruled Monday.  The congressional agency, the Government Accountability Office, said in a report that the EPA had not notified Congress as required before spending more than $5,000 on office equipment...
The gaping hole in Sean Hannity’s story about being Michael Cohen’s client

The gaping hole in Sean Hannity’s story about being Michael Cohen’s client

It's not what it looks like. That's the refrain from Sean Hannity, after lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court on Monday that the Fox News host is one of only three clients that Cohen represented this year and last.  Cohen's previous work included arranging a $130,000 payment to prevent porn star Stormy Daniels from talking publicly about her...
Hannity had a lot to say about Cohen lately, but he left a few things out

Hannity had a lot to say about Cohen lately, but he left a few things out

On his prime-time show last week, Fox News host Sean Hannity repeatedly criticized a federal raid on the office and home of Michael Cohen, the embattled personal attorney for President Donald Trump.  He never mentioned anything to his viewers about his own dealings with Cohen.  Hannity's name unexpectedly came up in court Monday as a judge hearing a motion brought by Cohen's legal team to...
Notable moments in ABC’s interview with ex-FBI chief

Notable moments in ABC’s interview with ex-FBI chief

ABC News aired an hourlong interview on Sunday with James B. Comey, the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump last year. George Stephanopoulos spoke with Comey, who is promoting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” for five hours in all. Here are highlights and analysis of the conversation.  “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages...
Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

After waiting for months to get enough votes to win confirmation, Senate Republicans have decided to press ahead this week with the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the first procedural step on Monday evening to force a final vote on President Trump’s pick to lead the space agency by late in the ...
Trump in Palm Beach: Top aides join Trump before Japan summit

Trump in Palm Beach: Top aides join Trump before Japan summit

President Donald Trump touted his signature tax cut law and took a break from trashing former FBI Director James Comey in Hialeah on Monday before arriving at Mar-a-Lago with a slew of top advisers to prepare for this week’s “working visit” with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Air Force One landed at Palm Beach International Airport around 2:45 p.m. A crowd of...

Federal judge refuses to grant restraining order over evidence seized from Trump’s lawyer

A federal judge in New York on Monday refused a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump to stop federal investigators from going through evidence seized from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, but the judge held off on deciding how best to review those materials for questions of possible attorney-client privilege involving the President, and whether that should keep ...
In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

In Hialeah, Trump touts tax cuts, jabs Bill Nelson before Palm Beach visit

Before heading to Palm Beach to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump told a Hialeah crowd Monday that the U.S. economy is “starting to rock” because of tax cuts he signed into law in December. Trump was joined by Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Labor Secretary Alex Acosta and...
POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

More than 20,000 students attend 48 charter schools in Palm Beach County. The majority of those schools and their nonprofit board members do an excellent job of providing parents with a public school choice. Charter schools exist because parents choose to send their children there — if parents withdrew their children the schools would close down. Recently, I have been reading The Palm Beach...
GAO: $43,000 soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

GAO: $43,000 soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

Congressional investigators reported Monday that the installation of a soundproof communications booth in the office of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law, because it spent more money than allowed by Congress for changes to the office of a Presidential appointee. “There are few greater examples of government waste than a $43...
Should the U.S. rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Should the U.S. rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

WEST PALM BEACH: President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe on Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport for a weekend together at Mar-a-Lago resort on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) With Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, coming back to Palm Beach...
Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.  The request underscores the high stakes in an ongoing legal fight in federal court in New York, where Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, is also fighting to get a chance to review...
Trump in Palm Beach: President, top advisers arrive; billboard battle ends...for now.

Trump in Palm Beach: President, top advisers arrive; billboard battle ends...for now.

UPDATE 4:21 p.m.: Air Force One touched down at Palm Beach International Airport shortly before 3 p.m. today.  A group of supporters on the tarmac chanted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!” when they saw the president. Although the president waved, he did not go over and shake hands, as he has done in the past. The president exited the aircraft through a lower door of  the 757...
Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it will impose new sanctions as soon as this week on Russia for supporting the Syrian regime as it allegedly conducted a deadly chemical attack against its own people.  The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Sunday announced the sanctions and President Donald Trump's commitment to staying involved in the Syria crisis, hours before...
Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year

Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign spent more than $1 out of every $5 on attorney fees this year as the president contended with the ongoing special counsel investigation and a new legal challenge from an adult-film star.  Of the $3.9 million Trump's committee spent in the first quarter of 2018, more than $834,000 went to eight law firms and the Trump Corp. for legal fees, according...
Pence’s tone toward refugees, oppressed contrasts with Trump’s harsher rhetoric

Pence’s tone toward refugees, oppressed contrasts with Trump’s harsher rhetoric

As Vice President Mike Pence addressed fellow world leaders at the Summit of the Americas this weekend, he told the story of a grandmother he met in Colombia who fled her home in Venezuela with her five grandchildren.  "She told me, with tears in her eyes, how the poverty had become so acute, her grandchildren had to stand in line at five in the morning to get a ticket to buy a piece of...
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

President Donald Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration's plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.  The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter...
One major area where Comey has some explaining to do

One major area where Comey has some explaining to do

Former FBI director James Comey enjoys higher public trust than President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, but there is one major area where Comey's honesty is sure to be questioned in a gantlet of interviews that begins Sunday with ABC's "20/20."  In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May, shortly before Comey's firing, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa...
Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first televised interview since being fired that he believed Donald Trump was "morally unfit to be president" and that it was "possible" that the Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him.  In a wide-ranging conversation with George Stephanopoulos broadcast on ABC late Sunday, Comey took aim at Trump in no uncertain...
Documents make clear Trump’s personal lawyer squarely under investigation

Documents make clear Trump’s personal lawyer squarely under investigation

The personal lawyer of President Donald Trump will be in a federal court in New York on Monday, as his lawyers – with the backing of the President – try to stop federal prosecutors from going through materials seized in a surprise raid last week that involved documents and electronic devices from the long time legal and personal ally of Mr. Trump. “Attorney...
In the annals of weird Florida, Stormy and Trump create a vortex

In the annals of weird Florida, Stormy and Trump create a vortex

That it was within spitting distance of the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago and the golf course that bears Donald Trump’s name, made Stormy Daniels’ stop on her “Make America Horny Again” tour a perfect fit in the bizarre news that regularly emanates out of Palm Beach County. And so, as President Trump addressed the nation on U.S. bombs dropping on Syria on Friday, Stormy...
Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

It is a rare week indeed when disparate opinion pieces help to cut through the fog of a national debate. However, such is the current nature of our polarized society that separate issues raised in two Opinion Zone blog posts managed to combine in one reprehensible story. You may have missed the story last week (and count yourself lucky if you did) about a conservative commentator at a Sinclair Broadcast...

POINT OF VIEW: Why do so many veterans kill themselves?

Why do so many soldiers continue to take their own lives at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts, whether young or old? I’ve spent a lot of time stewing about this over the past few days. It began Monday morning, when I got a note from a vet in a very dark place and contemplating the act. He’d served in Vietnam. His risk of suicide is about 22 percent higher than that of his...
Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

It’s already a very long ballot in a supercharged election year. This November, Floridians will vote for governor, attorney general and other Cabinet posts. We’ll have a marquee Senate race in Bill Nelson vs. Rick Scott. We’ll be voting for members of Congress and state Legislature and for three Palm Beach County commissioners. The ballot also includes five proposed amendments, any...
US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

The decision by President Donald Trump to authorize military action along with France and Britain to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons drew strong bipartisan support in Congress, though members of both parties also called for votes in the House and Senate to specifically authorize such action. “I support the attack because Assad must be held accountable for...
Stormy Daniels in Palm Beach County: Live updates

Stormy Daniels in Palm Beach County: Live updates

Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had a 2006 affair with President Donald Trump, appeared at a strip club right next to Trump’s West Palm Beach-area golf club on Friday night and is expected back Saturday night. The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News are providing real-time updates:
Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

A new report from internal investigators at the Justice Department says former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe wrongly leaked information just before the 2016 election to the Wall Street Journal, and then told different stories to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey when pressed for answers. The investigation found that McCabe – who was fired from his...
Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

As U.S. warships were headed toward Syria and the president’s personal lawyer went to court Friday to try to stop federal prosecutors from using materials seized from his law office by the FBI, Donald Trump’s administration cut his planned visit to Palm Beach next week by half. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued Friday afternoon puts the president in Palm Beach on Monday...
With new book out, Trump attacks Comey as “slime ball”

With new book out, Trump attacks Comey as “slime ball”

With a new tell-all book out from former FBI Director James Comey painting an unflattering picture of the Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Comey as a “slime ball,” arguing that Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information. “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Trump declared in a pair of breakfast-time...
Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

In the Oval Office on Tuesday, as fears of a trade war with China roiled markets and panicked U.S. farmers and lawmakers, Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s new top economic adviser, scored what passes for a major coup in a White House whipsawed by angry presidential tweets.  He helped get the president to say something nice on Twitter about President Xi Jinping of China.  &ldquo...
GOP campaign seeks to brand ex-FBI director Comey a liar as he touts book critical of Trump

GOP campaign seeks to brand ex-FBI director Comey a liar as he touts book critical of Trump

- In advance of a publicity tour by James Comey to promote his new book, the Republican National Committee is preparing a widespread campaign to undercut his credibility, including a new website that dubs the former FBI Director as "Lyin' Comey."  The website prominently features quotes from Democrats highly critical of Comey before his firing by Trump nearly a year ago as the president...
Pentagon urges greater caution on imminent strike against Syria

Pentagon urges greater caution on imminent strike against Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria, reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted bombing campaign could escalate into a wider conflict between Russia, Iran and the West.  During a closed-door White House meeting, officials said Mattis pushed for more evidence of President Bashar Assad’s role in a suspected chemical attack...
Trump orders review of Postal Service’s business model

Trump orders review of Postal Service’s business model

President Donald Trump, who has assailed Amazon.com and falsely accused the online retail giant of cheating the U.S. Postal Service by taking advantage of bulk delivery rates, on Thursday night ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Postal Service's business model.  Trump issued an executive order forming an administration task force, to be chaired by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and directed...
Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Donald Trump ordered top administration officials Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sprawling trade pact he rejected three days after taking office.  The move would mark a stunning reversal for Trump, who sharply criticized the pact as a "disaster" and made opposition to global trade deals a centerpiece of his economic agenda as a candidate. ...
Search warrant for Trump’s lawyer sought info on bank loans linked to taxi business

Search warrant for Trump’s lawyer sought info on bank loans linked to taxi business

A federal investigation into what role President Donald Trump's personal attorney played in facilitating payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump is also examining the lawyer's interactions with a bank that gave him loans against his taxi business.  When they raided the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, FBI agents sought his communications with New York-based Sterling...
Before learning of raid, Trump’s legal team convened to discuss Mueller interview

Before learning of raid, Trump’s legal team convened to discuss Mueller interview

Shortly before news became public Monday of an FBI raid on the hotel room and office of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Trump’s legal team met in Washington to draft a proposal that would allow him to be interviewed by the special counsel in the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter.  The proposal included details on where and under...
Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false

Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false

The nation's intelligence chiefs had just finished briefing Donald Trump on Russia's interference in the 2016 election when FBI Director James Comey stayed behind to discuss some especially sensitive material: a "widely circulated" intelligence dossier containing unconfirmed allegations that Russians had filmed Trump interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.  The president-elect...
After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

Days after charging – some said inaccurately – that the U.S. Postal Service was losing money delivering packages for online retail shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump on Thursday night ordered the establishment of a new task force to figure out how to end years of operating losses at the Postal Service, which have stretched into the billions of dollars...
Trump pardons Scooter Libby: Who is he and what did he do?

Trump pardons Scooter Libby: Who is he and what did he do?

President Donald Trump has pardoned Scooter Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, according to The Washington Post and other outlets. >> Read more trending news  Libby, a lawyer whose full name is I. Lewis Scooter Libby Jr., was indicted by a federal grand jury on five charges related to the leaking of CIA officer Valerie Plame...
James Comey’s new book ‘A Higher Loyalty’ scathing account of Trump presidency, character

James Comey’s new book ‘A Higher Loyalty’ scathing account of Trump presidency, character

Former FBI director James Comey has some harsh words for President Donald Trump in his new tell-all memoir “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” which is due out next week. >> Read more trending news  “This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values,” Comey writes. “His leadership is transactional, ego driven and about...
Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

The Palm Beach County School Board gave Eagle Arts Academy 90 days to clean up its act or the financially struggling Wellington charter school would be shut down at the end of the school year. The School Board should shut it down now. Don’t allow Gregory Blount, Eagle Arts’ founder and executive director, access to one more tax dollar. Put an end to the nightmarish atmosphere the students...
EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

Crocker Partners built many of Boca Raton’s most important commercial buildings. Now the company is threatening to sue its hometown community for $138 million. “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had working with a municipality. It’s shocking. They pushed us to sue them,” said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. »RELATED: The latest in Florida...
Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

A day after using Twitter to tell Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missile attacks on Syria, President Donald Trump on Thursday softened his tone on Thursday morning, raising the possibility that despite his tough warnings from earlier this week, there might be no U.S. military response over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, as Pentagon leaders...
Investigators focus on another Trump ally: The National Enquirer

Investigators focus on another Trump ally: The National Enquirer

President Donald Trump has long had ties to the nation’s major media players. But his connections with the country’s largest tabloid publisher, American Media Inc., run deeper than most.  A former top executive of Trump’s casino business sits on AMI’s four-member board of directors, and an adviser joined the media company after the election. The company’s chairman...
Senate Republicans express concerns about Trump’s choice to lead Veterans Affairs

Senate Republicans express concerns about Trump’s choice to lead Veterans Affairs

Ronny L. Jackson, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, is facing mounting skepticism from Senate Republicans over whether he has the management experience to lead the nation's second-largest bureaucracy.  The comments from several GOP senators, particularly those with influence on veterans' issues, signal Jackson will have to work overtime to persuade not...
John Boehner was a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Here’s what changed his mind.

John Boehner was a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Here’s what changed his mind.

John Boehner, the former Republican speaker of the House who once said he was "unalterably opposed" to decriminalizing marijuana laws, has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations.  The former Ohio congressman has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, invoking the need for veterans to access the drug legally...
In red-state races, Democrats seek and edge by defying the NRA

In red-state races, Democrats seek and edge by defying the NRA

It has been an iron rule for candidates in rural areas and red states for decades: Do not antagonize the National Rifle Association.  But that was before the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, galvanized gun politics across the country. Now, a striking number of Democratic candidates in coming midterm elections, from congressional contests in the Rocky Mountains to governor&rsquo...
As advisers mull Syria, Trump favors impulse

As advisers mull Syria, Trump favors impulse

In a White House known for chaos, the process of developing the U.S. response to the Syrian government's alleged latest gas attack was proceeding with uncharacteristic deliberation, including several national security briefings for President Donald Trump.  But then Wednesday morning, Trump upended it all with a tweet — warning Russia, the Syrian government's backer, to "get ready"...
Trump’s tweets on Syria, Russia and China: The triumph of contradiction

Trump’s tweets on Syria, Russia and China: The triumph of contradiction

President Donald Trump’s fusillade of tweets about Syria, Russia and China this week set a new standard for contradictory and inconsistent positions in Trump’s approach to war, trade and relations with adversaries.  The president promised never to telegraph military action against an enemy, yet all but showcased a coming missile strike on Syria. He threatened Russia and called its...
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