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Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Florida poll: Scott leads Nelson; Trump approval 53%; most oppose family separations

Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. (Photos by George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Likely Florida voters favor Gov. Rick Scott over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson by a 46-to-41 percent margin in their nationally watched U.S. Senate contest, according to a new online poll for CBS by YouGov. The poll also finds 53 percent of likely...
Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

Ron DeSantis opens $12 million TV ad campaign, highlights Trump support

New TV ad for Republican Ron DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign highlights his support from President Donald Trump. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis has launched the TV phase of his Republican campaign for Florida governor with a 30-second spot that touts his biography and conservative credentials and, in a mild surprise, waits a full 20 seconds before mentioning his...
Is Glenn Beck’s network collapsing? He walked out of a CNN interview when asked.

Is Glenn Beck’s network collapsing? He walked out of a CNN interview when asked.

There was a time, a rather long time, when it seemed that Glenn Beck would never not have something to say.  He drew massive audiences to Fox News a decade ago, when he rambled for hours about conspiracy theories in which a Jewish billionaire controlled the world, and coded Bible messages revealed that Muslims sought the Antichrist.  And in person, Beck often spoke like a prophet. ...
In speech at Trump-related event, Corey Stewart says he disavows racism, bigotry

In speech at Trump-related event, Corey Stewart says he disavows racism, bigotry

In his first major speech since winning Virginia's Republican Senate primary, Corey Stewart faced a friendly crowd in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, promising to "end the scourge of illegal immigration" while also defending himself against charges of bigotry and racism.  Fresh from his June 12 primary victory over two opponents, including GOP-supported Del. Nick Freitas, R-Culpeper, Stewart...
Trump wades into more GOP contests, backs an incumbent who slammed him for ‘Access Hollywood’ tape

Trump wades into more GOP contests, backs an incumbent who slammed him for ‘Access Hollywood’ tape

President Donald Trump has offered his support to a pair of contested Republicans in Alabama and Florida, endorsing a congressional candidate who was highly critical of Trump's alleged sexual improprieties and a gubernatorial candidate who is trailing in the polls.  In Friday morning tweets, Trump announced his backing for Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, who is seeking re-election, and Rep. Ron...
New emails suggest Pruitt discussed hiring a friend of lobbyist landlord

New emails suggest Pruitt discussed hiring a friend of lobbyist landlord

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, discussed hiring a friend of a lobbyist family that owned a condominium he was renting for $50 a night, newly released emails suggest. The files also show communications involving the lobbyist’s client interests that have not previously been disclosed, suggesting a closer relationship between the lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, and the...
Democratic insurgents want to ‘abolish ICE.’ Democrats aren’t there yet.

Democratic insurgents want to ‘abolish ICE.’ Democrats aren’t there yet.

Toward the end of his speech to Nevada Republicans on Saturday, President Donald Trump issued a warning: Democrats were working to abolish Immigration and Customs and Enforcement, or ICE.  "They want to get rid of ICE!" the president said. "Our ICE people are so tough. They're so much tougher than the MS-13 people."  On Sunday morning, CNN's Jake Tapper put the question...
The latest sign of political divide: shaming and shunning public officials

The latest sign of political divide: shaming and shunning public officials

Anger and division in American politics are creating a rising phenomenon: the public shaming and shunning of political figures while they are going about their private lives.  Few laws expressly prohibit a business from refusing service to a customer because of political views. Civil rights lawyers said that while there have been many cases in recent history involving establishments barring black...
Flake hints at slowing down Senate work to extract concessions from Trump

Flake hints at slowing down Senate work to extract concessions from Trump

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., suggested that he may use his perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee to extract concessions from the White House, saying on ABC News' "Face the Nation" that he could team up with other pro-trade Republicans to delay judicial nominees.  "I do think that unless we can actually exercise something other than just approving the president's executive calendar...
President Erdogan declares victory in Turkish elections

President Erdogan declares victory in Turkish elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a pivotal election Sunday, saying voters had "handed him" the presidency.  Speaking early Monday, Supreme Election Council head Sadi Guven said 97.7 percent of votes had been counted and declared Erdogan the winner, according to the Associated Press.  The election was one of the most consequential votes in years and saw...
Trump demands major change in how U.S. legal system deals with illegal aliens

Trump demands major change in how U.S. legal system deals with illegal aliens

As Republicans struggled again to gather a majority in the House this week for an immigration reform bill, President Donald Trump on Sunday seemed to hint that the effort might be a waste of time, blaming Democrats for their opposition to GOP plans, and demanding major changes in how the U.S. legal system deals with those illegally entering the United States. “When somebody...
Commentary: Teens talk Parkland impact; toddlers abused by separation

Commentary: Teens talk Parkland impact; toddlers abused by separation

Christie: Yes, separating migrant children from parents at U.S.-Mexico border is child abuse UPDATE: Days after the following blog post, President Trump signed an executive order reportedly fixing his own zero-tolerance immigration policy that had resulted in more than 2,300 migrant children being separated from their parents who had illegally crossed the U.S. southern border. Some children were reunited...
Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

Editorial: Courts must protect Florida’s environment from lawmakers

A Tallahassee judge has affirmed what most of us already knew: Florida lawmakers have flouted the will of voters by failing to comply with a constitutional amendment meant to buy and preserve fragile lands. Score one each for state’s environment and voters. It shouldn’t be this way, of course — our courts having to so publicly spank the hands of our lawmakers. But our Republican-dominated...
Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

Political ad by Texas war hero running for Congress goes viral

A decorated Air Force veteran is running for Congress, and the Texas Democrat released a political video that went viral since its release Thursday, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, who won a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in Afghanistan, is running for the District 31 seat held by eight-term Republican...
POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

I strongly disagree with the two implied conclusions in Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie’s recent “Opinion Zone” blog post and column, “Christie: Follow the money in heated West Palm Beach commission race.” First, I completely disagree that there is a comparison to be made between the alleged illegal activity of political consultant Rick Asnani and his Cornerstone...
Gulf grows between Trump and Congress on trade

Gulf grows between Trump and Congress on trade

As President Donald Trump this week threatened $200 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports, and then warned Europe that he would slap a 20 percent tariff on imported automobiles, members of both parties Congress accused the administration of starting a trade war which could cause collateral economic damage across the United States. The differences were on display at a hearing...

State and local candidates on 2018 ballot

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, three county school board incumbents and two local state House members automatically won re-election on Friday when no one filed to run against them before Florida’s candidate qualifying deadline. Boynton Beach City Commissioner Joseph Casello, a Democrat, also walked into a state House seat without opposition — a rare occurrence for a non-incumbent...
Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but lands Trump endorsement

President Donald Trump gave his “full endorsement” on Friday to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor — embracing a candidate who, according to Trump’s preferred news network, faces a double-digit deficit against Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. A Fox News poll released late Thursday shows Putnam with a 32-to-17 percent lead over DeSantis...
Shaking up cabinet to shrink the government

Shaking up cabinet to shrink the government

President Donald Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, on Thursday unveiled a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.  Produced over the past year by Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, it would reshuffle social welfare programs in a way that would make them easier...
House approves big, bipartisan bill to deal with opioid crisis

House approves big, bipartisan bill to deal with opioid crisis

In a fresh reminder that political cooperation is not dead on Capitol Hill, the House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a sweeping package of over fifty bipartisan bills to address the misuse of prescription opioid pain medicine, as lawmakers voted to expand a variety of services under Medicare and Medicaid to deal with the drug scourge. “We can do things when we put...
Who is Dolly Gee, the judge deciding the fate of Trump’s executive order?

Who is Dolly Gee, the judge deciding the fate of Trump’s executive order?

Judge Dolly M. Gee has called the treatment of immigrant children in detention “deplorable” in a legal opinion. She has castigated the federal government for “fear mongering” when it argued that the detention of migrant families at the border was a necessary deterrent.  And that was during the Obama administration.  Soon, the national crisis over immigration, which...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after a Fox News poll showed DeSantis trailing Agriculture...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in several polls, spent...
Trump: GOP should give up on immigration until after 2018 elections

Trump: GOP should give up on immigration until after 2018 elections

A day after Republicans in the House defeated one more conservative immigration reform plan, and delayed action until next week on a second bill because of a lack of GOP votes, President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a different avenue entirely – urging Republicans in Congress to drop the issue until after the November elections. “Republicans should stop wasting...
Study: Republicans see ‘misinformation’ in media at twice the rate of Democrats

Study: Republicans see ‘misinformation’ in media at twice the rate of Democrats

Fresh data affirm a long-running crisis for U.S. media organizations: Republicans and conservatives just don't trust them. A May 2017 Pew Research Center noted in stark terms how the media-trust gap is widening between the parties. Now comes a Gallup/Knight Foundation survey with a finding that cements common wisdom on the topic.  Asked to estimate the percentage of news on TV, radio and newspapers...
Tabloid allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing

Tabloid allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing

During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid's articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents to Trump's attorney Michael Cohen in advance of publication, according to three people with knowledge of the matter — an unusual practice that speaks to the close relationship between Trump and David Pecker, chief executive...
A chaotic attempt to reunite parents with their children

A chaotic attempt to reunite parents with their children

Each of the mothers had a different memory of the moment she was separated from her child.  For some, it was outside a Border Patrol station just north of the Rio Grande, shortly after being apprehended. For others, it was after an interrogation by federal authorities in a bitterly cold air-conditioned office.  Jodi Goodwin, an attorney in Harlingen, Texas, has heard more than two dozen...
U.S. returns boy taken at border from Guatemalan mom

U.S. returns boy taken at border from Guatemalan mom

A 7-year-old Guatemalan boy was scheduled to be reunited Thursday night with his mother after they were detained and separated upon seeking asylum at the U.S. border, U.S. authorities told a federal judge in Washington.  The pledge by government lawyers — in a hearing challenging the Trump administration's immigrant family separation process — came less than 24 hours after President...
White House proposes federal government overhaul

White House proposes federal government overhaul

The White House on Thursday proposed a radical overhaul of the federal government that, if implemented, would transform the swath of agencies that manage Americans' food, public education, social services and even air travel.  Other presidents have met mixed success in their attempts to streamline government functions, but Trump administration officials said they intend to shake up what one called...
GOP effort to pass immigration bill falls apart in House

GOP effort to pass immigration bill falls apart in House

House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill intended to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, acknowledging they lack the votes to pass the measure despite a growing uproar over separating migrant families at the border.  A fractious GOP conference and President Donald Trump's equivocations hamstrung leadership as they tried to rally support for their Republicans-only...

POINT OF VIEW: Combat societal vileness with ‘kindergarten rules’

Children today can hear or read horrifying reports about despicable things. They want to know what those unfamiliar words mean. Our society is trading in childhood innocence, a time of guilelessness and purity of emotion, in order for so-called adults to behave badly and licentiously in public. Some historians say Victorians invented childhood by coddling their children. Of course, that would refer...
House defeats one GOP immigration bill, delays vote on second plan

House defeats one GOP immigration bill, delays vote on second plan

Struggling to find consensus on immigration reform, the House on Thursday rejected a more conservative Republican immigration reform bill, and then in a bid to salvage the effort, GOP leaders delayed action on a second immigration reform measure until Friday. 41 House Republicans voted against the first GOP bill, which was defeated on a vote of 231-193, as the plan received...
Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others talk about the...
Supreme Court: States can force online sellers to collect sales taxes

Supreme Court: States can force online sellers to collect sales taxes

In a decision that will impact online shopping for all Americans, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a South Dakota law which required online companies to collect and remit state sales taxes, even if that company did not have a ‘physical presence’ in the state. “Each year, the physical presence rule becomes further removed from economic reality and...
House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail

House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail

After months of internal wrangling over how best to deal with illegal immigration, the House is poised on Thursday to debate and vote on two immigration reform bills written by Republicans – but because of fissures inside the GOP – it’s possible both measures may go down to defeat on Thursday afternoon. “This is very good compromise legislation,&rdquo...
Trudeau has billions of reasons to dig in against Trump on dairy

Trudeau has billions of reasons to dig in against Trump on dairy

Justin Trudeau's defense of Canadian dairy tariffs isn't just about farmers and politics — it's about debt, too.  The prime minister squared off with Donald Trump this month over Canada's "supply management" system, which sets quotas for dairy, eggs and poultry and charges high tariffs above that threshold. Despite a U.S. surplus on dairy trade with Canada, the president wants...
Ethics spotlight is back on Wilbur Ross

Ethics spotlight is back on Wilbur Ross

As a wealthy and experienced investor, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was expected to bring polish and sagacity to his job in the Trump cabinet.  But a Forbes magazine report this week has suggested Ross has brought tarnish and imprudence. The magazine disclosed that Ross had kept stakes in Chinese-owned companies, a shipping firm tied to leading Russians, and a Cypriot bank while holding public...
Why Republicans have long wanted to shut Education Department

Why Republicans have long wanted to shut Education Department

On April 4, 2016, Fox host Sean Hannity asked Donald Trump if he would eliminate any federal departments if he were to become president. Trump responded by saying that the Department of Education "is massive and it can be largely eliminated."  Actually, it is the smallest Cabinet-level department in terms of employees, but Republicans have opposed it ever since it began operations in...
Trump’s executive order on family separation, explained

Trump’s executive order on family separation, explained

President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to quell the uproar over his administration’s systematic separation of immigrant children from their families at the border, signing an executive order he portrayed as ending the problem.    Previously, many families caught sneaking across the border — especially those seeking asylum — were released into the United States while...
In Trump’s America, the conversation turns ugly and angry, starting at the top

In Trump’s America, the conversation turns ugly and angry, starting at the top

President Donald Trump has railed against unauthorized immigrants in recent days, branding many of them “murderers and thieves” who want to “infest our country.” Not long ago, he referred to them as “animals,” although he insisted he meant only those who join a violent gang.  The president’s unpresidential language has become the standard for some on...
What’s behind the ‘tender age’ shelters opening for young migrants

What’s behind the ‘tender age’ shelters opening for young migrants

The shelters were intended for children under the age of 12, referred to as “tender age” detainees, who are entering the detention system in ever-larger numbers under the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents who enter the country illegally.  Many are toddlers and babies and require special care, and their numbers have been rising since last month...
Trump airs his grievances and demands more credit — for just about everything

Trump airs his grievances and demands more credit — for just about everything

President Donald Trump feels wronged.  Standing at center stage in a hockey arena here, delivering a rollicking speech that harkened back to the glory days of his 2016 campaign, Trump was simmering with frustration.  Trump said he felt wronged that he was not given more credit for his historic meeting last week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Wronged that his administration's...
Hundreds of separated children have quietly been sent to New York

Hundreds of separated children have quietly been sent to New York

Under cover of darkness and in the custody of the federal government, migrant children have been coming in waves to New York, taken from their parents after crossing the southern border.  Even as President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating parents and children who have illegally crossed the border, the crisis was already spreading...
Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Wednesday to re-establish race- and gender-conscious assistance programs for the Solid Waste Authority, pleasing women and minority business owners who complained they have been largely shut out of contract opportunities. The 5-2 vote capped a racially divisive debate and offered a possible preview of discussions commissioners are expected to have this fall, when...
Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

Family separations still flashpoint in Nelson-Scott Senate race

President Donald Trump reversed course Wednesday on separating children from parents who try to enter the U.S. illegally — but the issue remains a lightning rod in Florida’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott had criticized the policy Monday and did so in stronger terms Tuesday before Trump signed an order suspending...
Trump caving on family separation ends win streak on major feuds

Trump caving on family separation ends win streak on major feuds

Wednesday’s retreat from the policy of separating families seeking entry to the United States at the border marks the first time President Trump has backed down in the face of vocal opposition. Here are previous controversies in which the White House pushed through in the face of staunch opposition. The travel ban: Trump’s executive order banning access to America for people...
Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid global criticism of the practice. Update 10:30 p.m. EDT June 20: Senate Democrats took a stand on the floor of the U.S. Senate against President Donald Trump’s immigration plan just hours after the president signed an executive...
Trump stops family separations, keeps ‘zero tolerance’ at border

Trump stops family separations, keeps ‘zero tolerance’ at border

Under growing pressure from lawmakers in both parties, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order that would allow illegal immigrant families detained by U.S. border authorities to remain together in many situations, ending an outcry over forced separations which took young children from their parents. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of...
President Trump to reverse course on immigrant family separations

President Trump to reverse course on immigrant family separations

Under pressure from lawmakers in both parties, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would sign a new executive order to stop the forced separation of illegal immigrant children and parents at the southern border with Mexico, a ‘zero tolerance’ policy that had been put in place by his administration in early May. “We want to keep families together, it&rsquo...
Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Sen. Bill Nelson speaking on the Senate floor this morning. A day after being denied access to a facility in Homestead that houses some children who were separated from their families by immigration enforcement officials, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said in a Senate floor speech that a total of 174 such minors are being housed across Florida. Nelson said the Department...
Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sharpened his opposition to the federal government’s separation of children from adults who attempt to illegally enter the U.S., specifically linking the policy to President Donald Trump and declaring...
From Hollywood to public office: Cynthia Nixon tests a role played by men

From Hollywood to public office: Cynthia Nixon tests a role played by men

Arnold Schwarzenegger. Al Franken. Ronald Reagan. Sonny Bono. Fred Thompson. Jesse Ventura. Donald Trump.  All were celebrities of a sort. All won high office. All were men.  As Cynthia Nixon, the actress made famous from her turn on “Sex and the City,” runs for governor of New York, she isn’t just bidding to become the first woman and first openly gay governor in the state&rsquo...
Senate Republicans just rebuked Trump on family separations

Senate Republicans just rebuked Trump on family separations

After a GOP policy lunch on Tuesday, the leader of the Senate Republicans walked out to reporters and said something remarkable for this political moment: They don't agree with President Donald Trump's policy of separating families at the border, and the caucus supports a plan to end the practice.  "I support, and all of the members of the Republican conference support, a plan to keep families...
FBI agents gave Trump a weapon against Mueller. Republicans are wielding it.

FBI agents gave Trump a weapon against Mueller. Republicans are wielding it.

President Donald Trump’s congressional allies trained their fire on the special counsel investigation on Tuesday, armed anew with a damaging report showing that the lead FBI agent assigned to the case held strong anti-Trump views when the inquiry began.  Trump’s loyalists in the House and other Republicans used the report, released last week by the Justice Department’s inspector...
Angered by family separations at border, advocacy groups plan D.C. protest June 30

Angered by family separations at border, advocacy groups plan D.C. protest June 30

Protests are planned in 132 cities across the country June 30 to demonstrate outrage at the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the border and detaining children apart from their parents.  Activists will descend on city centers, state capitols and, in Washington, at Lafayette Square across from the White House.  It wasn't clear Tuesday how many people are expected...
Trump campaign manager calls for firing Sessions, ending Russia probe

Trump campaign manager calls for firing Sessions, ending Russia probe

President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, brashly called Tuesday for the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ending the investigation into Russian election interference led by special counsel Robert Mueller III.  It was not immediately clear whether Parscale — who shared his views in a tweet — was speaking for the president.  His tweet was sent as Michael...
In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer

In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer

On a simple flier printed in Spanish and English, the Trump administration now provides migrant parents who cross into the United States illegally with a step-by-step guide explaining what to do after they have been separated from their children.  What it does not tell them is whether they will get their kids back.  In the deepening crisis over the Trump administration's decision to separate...
Trump aide who planned North Korea summit is leaving the White House

Trump aide who planned North Korea summit is leaving the White House

The White House aide who planned President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea in Singapore and served as a behind-the-scenes operations guru during the turbulent beginning of the administration is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman said Tuesday.  Joseph Whitehouse Hagin, the deputy chief of staff for operations for Trump, will leave next month. He orchestrated the administration's...
Trump tells GOP to fix immigration system but offers little clarity on the way forward

Trump tells GOP to fix immigration system but offers little clarity on the way forward

President Donald Trump implored anxious House Republicans to fix the nation's immigration system but did not offer a clear path forward amid the growing uproar over his administration's decision to separate migrant families at the border.  Huddling with the GOP at the Capitol on Tuesday evening, Trump stopped short of giving a full-throated endorsement to immigration legislation meant to unite...
After Trump visit, Republicans try to rally behind immigration bill

After Trump visit, Republicans try to rally behind immigration bill

President Donald Trump tried on Tuesday evening to push Republicans in the House to pass an immigration reform bill later this week, basically telling GOP lawmakers he would support whatever they could pass, as Republicans struggled to find the votes to do that, and pressed the White House to back off a new policy that separates some illegal immigrant kids from their ...

Commentary: A job market this tight should deliver bigger raises

With the economy strong and unemployment low, why is wage growth so sluggish? Lots of economists and pundits are debating this vexing question. When the labor market gets tight, wages are supposed to rise faster. Instead, median wage growth is slower than it was back in 2016. The most benign explanation is that there’s no mystery here — total compensation, which includes both wages and...
Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

They don’t call it the dismal science for nothing. Remember Paul Krugman predicting the apocalypse in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. And now with the economy clipping along at nearly 3 percent, deregulation and lower taxes reviving manufacturing, and consumers confidently spending again, some two-thirds of private-sector prognosticators see a recession beginning as early 2020. The...
Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks. First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Then the Scott administration...
Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Sea-level rise is making Miami’s “high ground” mighty interesting to investors. Two recent studies found that property sales in Miami have begun to factor in elevation as savvy investors heed the new mantra “sell low, buy high.” As low-income neighborhoods at higher elevations evolve into hot properties, “climate equity” and “climate gentrification&rdquo...
Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Race, gender program issue raises tensions as county’s meeting nears

Palm Beach County commissioners will meet Wednesday in another attempt to decide whether race- and gender-conscious business assistance programs should be re-established at the Solid Waste Authority. The meeting comes at a tense juncture marked by increasing acrimony among contractors, dueling studies and racially-charged allegations of favoritism and discrimination. A decision on the programs could...
What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at a news conference today denouncing the government’s separation of minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The decision by President Donald Trump‘s administration to separate minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally...
In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

President-elect Donald Trump and billionaire Jeff Greene from a video clip that Greene says was a heated December 2016 conversation about Greene’s support for Hillary Clinton. After making a late entrance into the Democratic race for Florida governor, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene is putting $2.9 million into a week of statewide TV and online...
Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women’s conference

Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women’s conference

The young women had come from 48 states across the country, yearning for moments of belonging they rarely found at home.  Cheyenne Martin, a 19-year-old student at Georgetown University, described being ridiculed by classmates for her desire to lead the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency one day. But this weekend, she was met with a standing ovation.  Kyasia Benjamin used stealth...
Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum often describes himself as the only non-millionaire in the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor. Financial disclosure reports released Monday underscore his point. As Florida&rsquo...
Colombia elects populist conservative as president

Colombia elects populist conservative as president

Iván Duque, a populist young conservative who tapped into dissatisfaction with the economy and a controversial peace deal with rebels, won Colombia’s presidential vote on Sunday.  Duque, a former senator from the right-wing Democratic Center party, won about 54 percent of the vote in the balloting on Sunday, the second and last round of elections, election officials said. He defeated...
Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate nominee, evokes Trump on racial issues

Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate nominee, evokes Trump on racial issues

Speaking to a racially mixed audience in August 2016, Corey Stewart, the far-right provocateur who won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia last week, hailed the renaming of a middle school to honor a local black philanthropist instead of a former governor with segregationist roots.  “As we’ve become safer, as we have become more educated, as we have become more prosperous...
Why many white evangelical Christians are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border

Why many white evangelical Christians are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border

At pulpits across the country this weekend, pastors, priests, rabbis and imams gave impassioned sermons, fiercely denouncing the morality of the U.S. government separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.  But one major faith community's response is more muted, and more conflicted: White evangelical Christians.  Pastor Brent Gentzel, for instance, finds the images of...
Trump threatens expansive tariffs

Trump threatens expansive tariffs

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to levy tariffs on nearly all of China's products shipped to the United States unless Beijing agrees to a host of sweeping trade concessions, a dramatic escalation that would enlist American consumers in the brewing U.S.-China commercial conflict.  In a statement, Trump said he had ordered his chief negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...
Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided answering the central questions in two closely watched challenges to partisan gerrymandering. In a pair of unanimous decisions, the court instead ruled on technical grounds, turning potential constitutional blockbusters into minor rulings.  The decisions left the door open to further challenges. But they were nonetheless a setback for critics of partisan gerrymandering...
Romney calls for ‘disturbing’ family separations to stop

Romney calls for ‘disturbing’ family separations to stop

Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney called on the Trump administration on Monday to stop separating immigrant families at the southern border, calling the controversy a "humanitarian crisis" that will require Congress to devise a permanent solution.  Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, declined to blame President Donald Trump or the Department of Homeland Security specifically...
Trump repeats assertion that Democrats are to blame for separating children at border

Trump repeats assertion that Democrats are to blame for separating children at border

President Donald Trump remained resistant Monday in the face of growing public outcry over his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, repeating the false assertion that Democrats were the ones to blame for it, and suggesting that criminals — not parents — were toting juveniles to the United States.  “They could be murderers and...
Trump to meet House GOP amid furor over immigrant families

Trump to meet House GOP amid furor over immigrant families

As President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats on Monday, demanding again that Congress act to tighten federal immigration laws, more Republicans in the Congress began to distance themselves from a recent Trump Administration policy change, which has resulted in the separation of some 2,200 illegal immigrant families detained by border authorities. “As the son of a...
Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

Trump defends family separations; Frankel hits ‘racist’ policies

As President Donald Trump and top administration officials steadfastly defended the practice of separating children from adults who try to enter the U.S. illegally, U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, on Monday accused the president of “racist” immigration policies and announced plans to visit the border this week. The liberal Frankel, a frequent critic of the president whose district...

Poll: Should Palm Beach County raise taxes to pay teachers more, boost school security?

Florida teachers are underpaid. Our state ranks eighth from the bottom in per-pupil spending in elementary-secondary education, according to  Census Bureau statistics. Elementary-secondary teachers in Florida earn an average $49,199. (That’s $9,154 less than the U.S. average.)  Teachers are going into their own pockets an average of $479 every year for classroom...
Trump orders new Space Force: ‘We must have dominance in space’

Trump orders new Space Force: ‘We must have dominance in space’

President Donald Trump announced the formation of the Space Force, a new branch of the military, during a meeting Monday of his National Space Council at the White House. >> Read more trending news  Trump said getting ahead in space is integral to the nation’s national security. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space...

POINT OF VIEW: Cartoonist fired for skewering Trump won’t be the last

“Oh, good lord.” That was my reaction the day after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, when it dawned on me that I would be serving my year as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists during the same time as the guy who wanted to “open up” libel laws and weaken the First Amendment so he could sue journalists more easily. Instead of the usual...
Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at City Hall today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will travel to Texas this week to visit detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries...
State, local political candidates must file this week

State, local political candidates must file this week

Whether they’re running for governor of Florida or a seat on the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District, this is the week for candidates to submit paperwork, disclose their finances and pay filing fees to secure a spot on the 2018 ballot. The candidate qualifying period for state and county offices begins at noon today and ends at noon Friday. Federal and judicial candidates had their...
Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent.  The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential...
Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he is convicted — but only after special counsel Robert Mueller III has completed his investigation.  "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States, he retains his pardon power, nobody's taking that away from him," Giuliani said...
For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

In the run-up to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement last May, President Donald Trump wanted the opinion of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. But when the president's personal secretary called the EPA, Pruitt wasn't around.  As it turned out, he was already in the White House, having just ordered the ice cream special in the Mess, where he often dined...
Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

The Northern Neck Regional Jail, where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has the outward appearance of being a small local jail holding street thugs and assorted misdemeanants.  But it also houses federal prisoners awaiting trial — including a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. And it held NFL star Michael Vick and musician...
President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration - just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP's carefully-laid strategy into chaos.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and was confirmed by two House Republican aides who requested anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.  Confronted by moderate Republicans demanding...
Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

In the aftermath of his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Americans have a more measured view, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. But their impressions of what happened in Singapore are nonetheless more positive than pre-summit attitudes earlier in the spring.  The president and the North Korean dictator signed...
Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday that President Donald Trump doesn't have to "justify" his highly criticized policy of separating parents who enter the U.S. illegally on the southern border with Mexico from their children.  "He went to a zero-tolerance policy," Bannon said on ABC's "This Week." "It's a crime to come across illegally...
Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

They divided the young children who had been separated from their parents, placing 20 or more in a concrete-floor cage and providing foil blankets, thin mattress pads, bottled water and food.  The migrant children, some confused or expressionless, watched as uniformed officials led the news media on a brief tour Sunday of a processing center and temporary detention facility here. Some 1,100 undocumented...
POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

The summer of 2018 is already looking a lot like the summer of 2016. I don’t need to remind anyone of the shuttered businesses, the “No Swimming” signs that littered our community or the regular occurrence of fish kills. It’s only June and already we’re experiencing the putrid stench of another lost summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently discharging nearly...
Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Florida’s foster care system is under siege from an unexpected, unrelenting enemy: the opioid crisis. As a result, child welfare agencies statewide are grappling with a looming crisis of their own. Palm Beach County alone has seen a 115 percent increase in the number of children removed from homes in the last three months. “The amount of kids coming into the (foster care) system as a result...
State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

Already reeling from a drop in affordable housing money, community activists across Florida now fear losing key funding for homeless programs — apparently because of a misstep by the Legislature. The state budget set to take effect July 1 includes $4.1 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. But lawmakers this year left something out of the budget: language directing...
Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced this afternoon he will oppose President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Florida Judge Allen Winsor for the federal bench — months after Nelson joined Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in supporting Winsor to the administration. Winsor has come under attack from liberal groups...
Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

Trump and Cuba: A year after big speech, what’s changed?

A year after President Donald Trump came to South Florida to announce he was “canceling” his predecessor’s “one-sided deal with Cuba,” not much seems to have changed. “What it did was make people think, ‘I can’t go to Cuba,’” said Renee Radabaugh, CEO of Paragon Events, a Delray Beach agency that offers Cuba tours. “But it really didn&rsquo...
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