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Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania host their first state dinner and the White House on Tuesday evening that Palm Beach was well represented. Among the guests with ties to Palm Beach: Stephen Schwarzman, chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, who  owns an estate $32.9 million estate at 1768 S. Ocean Blvd. Schwarzman, who has a net worth of $12.6 billion, is ranked 117th on the Forbes&rsquo...
Sessions declines to recuse himself from probe into Trump lawyer

Sessions declines to recuse himself from probe into Trump lawyer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided against recusing himself from the investigation into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, but will consider stepping back from specific questions tied to the probe, according to a person familiar with the matter.  By contrast, Sessions recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election that's now...
Amazon’s critics get new life with Trump’s attacks on the company

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

One of Amazon’s antagonists seized the moment last month with an unusual newspaper advertisement addressed to President Donald Trump. The ad, from a nonprofit that advocates less government, attacked a Defense Department technology contract that Amazon intends to bid on, calling it a lucrative handout for the company.  A top think tank critic of Amazon’s market power also credited...
Democrats fear Grassley special counsel bill amendment will let GOP tip off Trump about Mueller probe

Democrats fear Grassley special counsel bill amendment will let GOP tip off Trump about Mueller probe

Democrats are warning that the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman's proposed changes to a bill to protect special counsels from undue firing would give the GOP the ability to tip off President Donald Trump about developments in Robert Mueller's probe of him — the latest flash point on the legislation's rocky road to a committee vote, expected Thursday.  Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa...
Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s OT bill for feds $3.3 million and growing

Trump in Palm Beach: Sheriff’s OT bill for feds $3.3 million and growing

President Donald Trump greets motorcycle cops from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens at Palm Beach International Airport on Sunday. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies who help protect President Donald Trump when he visits Mar-a-Lago racked up...
After Parkland shooting, NRA posts biggest fundraising haul in nearly 20 years

After Parkland shooting, NRA posts biggest fundraising haul in nearly 20 years

The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund raised $2.4 million in donations in March, setting a 21st-century fundraising record for the group in the month after a gunman killed 17 students and educators at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  The unprecedented fundraising haul came as gun control advocates, led by student survivors of the shooting, saw legislative victories in a...
Senate Republicans call for greater scrutiny of Pruitt’s management, spending decisions

Senate Republicans call for greater scrutiny of Pruitt’s management, spending decisions

Several Senate Republicans said Tuesday that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's management and spending decisions should be subject to greater congressional scrutiny, though nearly all of them stopped short of asking him to resign.  The increasingly critical comments from Senate Republicans across the ideological spectrum — from longtime ally James Inhofe of Oklahoma...
Kanye West fell for the worst black Republican sales pitch there is. Here’s why.

Kanye West fell for the worst black Republican sales pitch there is. Here’s why.

The best black Republican sales pitch I ever heard was from Niger Innis, then the spokesman for the Council on Racial Equality, or CORE, the civil rights-era organization founded by his father, Roy Innis. The GOP "is not for rich people," he said during our conversation at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, "It's for people who want to be rich."  There are...
‘Brilliant beyond all precedent’: A look back at the first White House state dinner

‘Brilliant beyond all precedent’: A look back at the first White House state dinner

The French, food lovers that they are, have been particularly good at getting free meals in Washington. President Donald Trump's gala sit-down Tuesday for President Emmanuel Macron will be the 14th White House state dinner for a French head of state.  But the first visiting foreign leader ever honored by the extravagant black-tie blowout that has become America's highest diplo-social ceremony...
U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump travel order 3.0

U.S. Supreme Court takes up Trump travel order 3.0

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday wades into one of the more controversial policy matters of the Trump Administration, as the Justices will hear arguments on the merits of the revised effort by President Donald Trump to block certain foreign nationals from traveling to the United States, what critics often deride as his “Muslim ban.” Before the Court is the third...
Commentary: Raising legal age limits won’t solve gun violence

Commentary: Raising legal age limits won’t solve gun violence

A national debate over gun violence has erupted in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Unlike past mass shootings, grieving and evidence-gathering have been superseded by fervent demands for gun control, with a particular emphasis placed on increasing age limits required to buy certain weapons. Under federal law, the minimum age to buy a handgun from...
Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Along with turning up the heat in the national debate over gun laws, the horrific attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14 has introduced the nation to a new generation of articulate, passionate teenagers. Days after watching classmates get gunned down in their school, the Parkland massacre’s young survivors confronted the president at the White House and successfully...

POINT OF VIEW: A chance to get pension reform right

There is a crisis looming that has the potential to dramatically affect both the retirement benefits of millions of retirees as well as multiple states and communities. I am referencing the Multi-Employer Pension Plan crisis. What is a MEPP? They are pension plans collectively bargained (i.e., union pension plans) maintained by more than one employer. An estimated 100 MEPPs could fail in the next...
Editorial: Plans bode well for a more vibrant, livable downtown WPB

Editorial: Plans bode well for a more vibrant, livable downtown WPB

There’s been a burst of good news for West Palm Beach. City Place 2.0 is about to become a reality, The Post’s Tony Doris reports. The once-groundbreaking shopping, dining, residential downtown district, under pressure from the collapse of brick-and-mortar retail stores, is getting a remake, and it looks like an intelligent one. We’ll see more trees and greenery, nicer walkways,...
Jeff Greene for governor?: If I ran, I’d ‘spend whatever it would take’

Jeff Greene for governor?: If I ran, I’d ‘spend whatever it would take’

Two Palm Beach County Democrats – former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene – are not ruling out making late entrances into a Florida governor’s race that so far hasn’t produced a clear favorite for either party’s nomination. Murphy, a two-term House member from Jupiter who lost a 2016 challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio...
Adam Putnam coming to Forum Club next week

Adam Putnam coming to Forum Club next week

Adam Putnam at the Riviera Beach Marina last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a 2018 candidate for Florida governor, will appear next Monday at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch that organizers originally hoped would pair him with GOP rival Ron DeSantis. DeSantis, however, had a scheduling conflict...
Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing

Trump pick to head VA in trouble as Senators postpone hearing

President Donald Trump’s decision to elevate the White House physician to lead the Veterans Administration was in peril on Tuesday, as top Senators in both parties announced that a confirmation hearing set this week for Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson would be ‘postponed until further notice,’ as the Senate requested all documents on “allegations or incidents&rdquo...
Patrick Murphy, Jeff Greene not ruling out late Democratic bids for Florida governor

Patrick Murphy, Jeff Greene not ruling out late Democratic bids for Florida governor

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (left) gave his OK to a poll testing his name as a candidate for governor, with former Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Jolly (center) as running mate; Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene (right) isn’t ruling out a Democratic run for governor, either. Two Palm Beach County Democratic figures – former U.S. Rep. ...
In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

The Supreme Court's final oral argument of the term will be one of its most important and potentially far-reaching, an examination of the president's authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry.  But, similar to a debate that has consumed Washington, D.C., for the past 15 months, a major issue for the court is separating "the president" from "this...
Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Since he entered office last year, there has been persistent talk of President Donald Trump visiting Britain. The United Kingdom is one of the United States' strongest allies, and a trip to London is often on the schedule for any president. Like many of his predecessors, Trump has familial ties to Britain: His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.  But as his...
“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

Don Blankenship likes to believe he knows something about rough justice and who deserves it.  “We don’t need to investigate our president. We need to arrest Hillary,” one of his campaign ads proclaims, mimicking President Donald Trump’s crude 2016 rallying cry, “Lock her up!”  Blankenship, who has a respectable chance of winning the Republican nomination...
In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

As outgoing Cuban president Raúl Castro tells it, even too many of the radio and television newscasters in Cuba are white.  It “was not easy” getting the few black broadcasters now on the air hired, Castro said in his retirement speech Thursday, a remarkable admission considering the state controls all the stations.  So it was all the more extraordinary to see last week...
China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepares for his meetings with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, China has found itself in an unaccustomed place: watching from the sidelines.  Worse, many Chinese analysts say, North Korea could pursue a grand bargain designed not only to bring the isolated nation closer to its two former Korean War opponents, but also diminish its reliance...
A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

Rapper Kanye West returned to Twitter last week, announcing that he was writing a philosophy book and that we were all already reading that book, because the book was just his tweets. But one Saturday morning tweet was a bit different, because West was endorsing thoughts from a mind that was not his own:  "I love the way Candace Owens thinks" — April 21, 2018  Those familiar...
Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., offered faint praise on Sunday for the Republican likely to win the nomination to replace him, telling interviewers on two Sunday talk shows that his party was making trouble by questioning his loyalty.  "It's the most ridiculous thing I've seen politically in recent times, but apparently they want you to ask me about the Tennessee race," Corker said...
Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Hip-hop artist Kanye West was criticized by the left for his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race. But anyone who thought that would lead him to walk away from conservative ideas found out recently that he instead may be doubling down.  Less than a week after returning to Twitter, following a nearly year-long break, the rapper who once claimed that then-President George W...
Pompeo nomination clears hurdle after another late GOP switch

Pompeo nomination clears hurdle after another late GOP switch

For the second time in a week, late decisions by a pair of GOP Senators provided the margin of victory for a nominee of President Donald Trump, as after fears of a rare confirmation rebuke, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday got in line behind the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State, setting up a vote later this week for his confirmation...
A year after re-starting political career, McAuliffe shakes up judicial races

A year after re-starting political career, McAuliffe shakes up judicial races

Nearly a year after former Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe announced he would try to jump-start his abandoned political career by running for circuit judge, he is roiling election waters again. McAuliffe, who stepped down from his powerful position as the county’s top prosecutor in 2012 to work for an energy company headed by Palm Beach billionaire Bill Koch, has decided not...
Jim Bridenstine sworn in as new Administrator of NASA

Jim Bridenstine sworn in as new Administrator of NASA

Ending almost fourteen months of temporary leadership at NASA, Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma was sworn in Monday afternoon as the new leader of the space agency, as Trump Administration officials vow that Bridenstine will help revive manned space exploration efforts by the United States. After taking the oath – with his wife and three children at...
Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Ahead of his state visit to Washington this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has attracted international praise for being the only European — perhaps even the only Western — head of state willing to confront head-on the rise of anti-democratic regimes.  "I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past," Macron said Tuesday in...
Trump still trails John F. Kennedy for Palm Beach visits, Truman for Florida stays

Trump still trails John F. Kennedy for Palm Beach visits, Truman for Florida stays

Before boarding Air Force One on Sunday, President Donald Trump stopped for a picture with motorcycle cops from the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. (Melanie Bell/The Palm Beach Post) PALM BEACH — President Donald Trump wrapped up a six-day Florida trip on Sunday — pausing before he boarded...
“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.  But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists...
China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

If China calls for a boycott of U.S. goods, Chinese workers like David Xu could be in trouble.  Xu is one of thousands of residents of this port town who cash paychecks from U.S. companies. He works as a technician at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing and distribution center here, one of the company’s biggest in China. Across town, Nike has opened a huge distribution center, its largest...
Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

If a person is convicted of first-degree murder in the state of Vermont, he or she will retain the right to vote — even while incarcerated. But a person who commits perjury in Mississippi could be permanently barred from casting a ballot there.  It is up to states — not the federal government — to say whether felons can vote, and which ones, and when. So the rules for convicted...
Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

In its 110 years, the FBI has weathered storm and scandal. It has had moments that make Americans proud of its crime-fighting and anti-terrorist activities. Yet its most celebrated and longest-serving leader, J. Edgar Hoover, for whom the imposing headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue is named, is remembered in large part for the many abuses of power that took place during his long reign. ...
The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.  But when Trump built his West...
Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.  As Democrats try to regain control of Congress in the November elections and make gains in state races, some party strategists are wagering that being firmly on the side of easing marijuana laws will help...
A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

He has a reputation as a principled lawyer. He has worked for both Republican and Democratic attorneys general. He has a jugular instinct in courtroom battles but a distaste for political ones.  Now Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is confronting the political fight of his career. Amid sustained criticism by President Donald Trump and rumors that he will be fired, Rosenstein is...
Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now seeking a Senate seat from Utah, was dealt a setback Saturday after his party's delegates denied him their nomination, forcing him into a June 26 primary.  Romney, who bid for the seat was endorsed by President Donald Trump and retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came in second place after a lengthy and contentious party convention in Utah's...
The biggest stories in American politics last week

The biggest stories in American politics last week

James Comey’s memos were released, and the war of words between former FBI officials and the president continued.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey’s redacted, declassified memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump were released late Thursday after the Justice Department sent them to Congress.  The memos offer an intimate look at the interactions between officials...
Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Mitt Romney seemed to be on a smooth path to Utah's U.S. Senate seat, with the backing of President Donald Trump, the blessing of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R, and a popularity unique to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Until Saturday.  Delegates at the GOP's state convention denied Romney their nomination as Mike Kennedy, a three-term state representative who entered the race...
Trump closes latest Palm Beach visit by posing with police on tarmac

Trump closes latest Palm Beach visit by posing with police on tarmac

President Donald Trump normally makes it out the door of his limousine and up the steps into Air Force One in a few uneventful seconds when he concludes a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But the president took his time Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach International Airport as he wrapped up a six-day Florida trip. Trump walked over to a group of 33 motorcycle officers from the Palm Beach...
Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

Trump in Palm Beach: President praises, poses with PBSO officers before leaving PBIA

UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: President Trump posed with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office officers on the tarmac at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon before leaving on Air Force One. Later, while en route to Washington, he tweeted a photo and praised the “incredible”officers who “keep us safe and are very cool about it!” Air Force One arrived in Washington around...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott should partner with Parkland teens

What is the purpose of the Florida governorship if not to uplift Florida’s youth? That’s a question that should vex Gov. Rick Scott even after signing major gun legislation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, to address the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. A wise governor would recognize the political and moral value inherent in inviting the Parkland...
Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

The Boca Raton City Council wants to consider some reasonable regulations on firearms, like restricting guns in city facilities or parks, a recent resolution states. But the council hasn’t done so — and for a troubling reason. The members are afraid of running afoul of an extreme state law that has worked like a National Rifle Association hammerlock on local governments across Florida...
CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

Jake Tapper doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. He’s got a TV anchor’s unflappable poise and immovable hair, and radiates an almost eerie calm when a dozen explosive stories break during his daily CNN show. He’s weathered relentless online attacks from the right for his interrogations of Trump administration officials, and seemed unruffled when the president attacked him as...

POINT OF VIEW: Recognizing apprenticeships in HS grad requirements

In the fall of 1999, when I was a junior at the University of Florida, my professor, Julian Pleasants, inspired me to dedicate my life to public service. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized our education system was the primary issue I wanted to tackle when I jumped into the political arena. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup In 2006...
Trump in Palm Beach: President to pardon boxer? Melania at Barbara Bush funeral

Trump in Palm Beach: President to pardon boxer? Melania at Barbara Bush funeral

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Prodded by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after he was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Trump tweeted this afternoon from Mar-a-Lago that “I am considering a Full Pardon!" for the late Jack Johnson...
Trump says Cohen won’t ‘flip’ on him, rips media before hitting the links

Trump says Cohen won’t ‘flip’ on him, rips media before hitting the links

On his way to a golf outing Saturday morning, President Donald Trump predicted his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” against him as federal authorities investigate Cohen’s business dealings. Trump made a shorter-than-normal trip to his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach on Saturday, returning to his Mar-a-Lago estate shortly...
Trump, en route to golf club, predicts Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’

Trump, en route to golf club, predicts Michael Cohen won’t ‘flip’

President Donald Trump’s motorcade arrives at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post) Moments after he arrived at Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach this morning, President Donald Trump blasted a New York Times article that said his personal attorney,...
Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

Florida’s medical marijuana registry hits 100,000

In a sign that Floridians are embracing the state’s freshly minted medical marijuana program, the state’s official cannabis registry has topped 100,000 patients. The Florida Department of Health counted 100,576 patients as of Friday, and about 2,500 people join the list each week. “Hitting 100,000 patients in Florida really shows us that people are being helped by medical marijuana...
Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

The legal fight over the 2016 elections expanded further on Friday, as the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, top aides, one of Mr. Trump’s son, as well as his son-in-law, the Russian government, and others caught up in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race for the White House...
Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

Trump in Palm Beach: President returns to Mar-a-Lago after 5 hours at golf club

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The president tweeted that “North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site.”  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North...
Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris W. Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and face of the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on supposed voter fraud, was found by a federal judge on Wednesday to have disobeyed orders to notify thousands of Kansans in 2016 that they were registered to vote.  Kobach, who served last year as the vice chairman of the Trump administration’s short-lived presidential commission...
Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

Always a Palm Beach connection: Mar-a-Lago gets passing mention in Comey memos

View from the west of Mar-a-Lago during last month’s Palm Beach County GOP fundraiser there. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump was tweeting from Mar-a-Lago late Thursday night and early this morning about fired FBI Director James Comey, his book tour and the release of 15 pages of redacted memos Comey wrote after meetings...
Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

The morning after memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were delivered to Congress – and then immediately leaked to the news media – President Donald Trump blasted both Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, denying that he had done anything wrong, and defending a top aide who had been caught up in...
Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Here in the largest soybean-producing county in the country, a snowy winter has left North Dakota farmers like Robert Runck with time on their hands before spring planting — time they have spent stewing over how much they stand to lose if President Donald Trump starts a trade war with China.  “If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he&rsquo...
Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement. “The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete victory,” said attorney Seth Lehrman, who represented 65 members...
Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

 Judge Kimba M. Wood had barely finished a hearing this week that involved both Michael D. Cohen, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, and — in a stunning revelation — Fox News host Sean Hannity, when the right-wing media machine started going after her.  InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website run by Alex Jones, posted an article that distilled Wood’s 30-year career...
Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Mississippi's governor just signed a law, more restrictive than in any state, banning abortions after 15 weeks. Iowa's state Senate is trying to go even further and stop abortions at around six weeks. And 20 Ohio legislators have proposed outlawing all abortions, even if the woman's life is in danger.  In many state capitols, Republican lawmakers are backing unusually strict antiabortion laws...
Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

For the first time in decades, Cubans have a president whose last name is not Castro.  But as the new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who turns 58 Friday, takes his first strides to govern an economically distressed country that is perennially in crisis, he will do so with a ring of Castros, and their various spouses and children, around him.  Fidel Castro died in 2016...
Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

President Donald Trump expressed concerns about the judgment of his national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before forcing him to resign, according to memos kept by former FBI director James Comey that recount in detail efforts by Trump to influence the bureau's expanding investigation of Russia.  The memos also reveal the extent of Trump's preoccupation with unproven allegations that he...
Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

As soon as Cuba and the Obama administration decided to restore diplomatic relations, decades of bitter stagnation began to give way. Embassies were being reopened. Americans streamed to the island. The curtain was suddenly pulled back from Cuba, a nation frozen out by the Cold War.  But one mystery remained: While nearly everyone knew of Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, his hand-picked...
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 today: First lady but not president will attend Barbara Bush funeral

Trump today: 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...
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.  ...
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