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With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight

With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight

Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies. "You have to stand for something," Trump declared Tuesday, as he defended his administration's immigration policy amid mounting criticism over the forced separation of children...

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...
Letters Post readers express outrage over family separations at border

Letters Post readers express outrage over family separations at border

Judging by our letters to the editor, Palm Beach Post readers are outraged over the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” enforcement at the U.S. southern border resulting in migrant children being separated from their parents. We are receiving many letters denouncing the policy, and none defending it. Here is a sampling. More can be found online at mypalmbeachpost.com/opinion...
Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's envoy to the U.N., said the U.S. had given the human rights body "opportunity after opportunity"...
Judge denies Stormy Daniels' request to reverse case delay

Judge denies Stormy Daniels' request to reverse case delay

A federal judge on Tuesday denied porn actress Stormy Daniels' request to reconsider delaying her legal fight against President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer. U.S. District Judge S. James Otero's decision came weeks after Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, argued that the judge should reconsider his order from April delaying the case and force Trump to answer questions under oath and allow...
Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

Google, Facebook, others speak out against child separation

Some business leaders are condemning the Trump administration's decision to separate children from parents who are accused of crossing the border illegally, but it's unclear what impact — if any — they will have. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was donating money to groups that help immigrant families get legal advice and translation services at the border. He asked others to do the...
Fox News Channel faces backlash from Hollywood creators

Fox News Channel faces backlash from Hollywood creators

Fox News Channel faces a growing backlash among Hollywood creators that intensified Tuesday following Laura Ingraham's description of "zero tolerance" detention facilities for children separated from their parents as "essentially summer camps." "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan raised the possibility of no longer working with the 20th Century Fox television studio...
The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:35 p.m. The European Union says the Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a champion and supporter of democracy on the world stage." EU spokeswoman Maia Kocijancic says the 28-member...
Sharpton, other leaders plan to visit children at border

Sharpton, other leaders plan to visit children at border

Calling on the Trump administration to end its "insensitive policy," the Rev. Al Sharpton and a coalition of social justice leaders announced Tuesday that they plan to visit immigrant children separated from their families at the U.S. border with Mexico. In a Capitol Hill news conference, Sharpton accused U.S. officials of applying a different standard to the children "because these...

White House deputy chief of staff to leave in July

The White House aide who led the planning for President Donald Trump's meeting last week with North Korea's Kim Jong Un has decided to leave the Trump administration to return to the private sector. Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, has served in every Republican White House since the Reagan administration. He held the same title in George W. Bush's White House. Hagin's...
Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

The sights and sounds are wrenching: A boy's cries of "Papa! Papa!" for the father he had been separated from. Youngsters placed in chain-link cages in an old Texas warehouse. Parents begging to know what will happen to their children. Child welfare has always been a challenging profession; state and local agencies across America make difficult decisions every day to separate children from...
Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Cerabino: Gov. Rick Scott crosses rhetorical border on caged children

Every once in a while, it’s worth translating Gov. Rick Scott into English. Scott has a tendency to string words together in ways that defy meaning, mask intent or signify nothing. For example, here is Scott’s take on President Donald Trump’s recent zero-tolerance policy that is separating children from their undocumented parents at the Mexican border. These isolated children are...
Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally is becoming for Republicans facing voters this fall. The Texas senator, who has become a frequent ally of President Donald Trump, initially blasted criticism...
Iran rebuffs Trump's call for OPEC to increase oil output

Iran rebuffs Trump's call for OPEC to increase oil output

Iran lashed out Tuesday against U.S. President Donald Trump's call on OPEC to increase oil production and limit global energy prices, saying the cartel "is not an American organization." The OPEC oil ministers began arriving in Vienna on Tuesday ahead of their official meeting Friday, when they will also confer with Russia, a non-OPEC country that since late 2016 has cooperated with the...

Sens. McCain, Coons urge Trump to withdraw migration nominee

Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons called on President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday to withdraw its nominee for a key State Department position over his "lack of empathy" for immigrants. The appeal comes as the president faces mushrooming outrage over treatment of migrant families at the border. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the pair wrote...

AP sources: Trump Jr cancels appearance at Bush fundraiser

A dispute between two political families escalated Tuesday as Donald Trump Jr. canceled plans to raise money for the eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Donald Trump Jr. decided to withdraw from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush in New York City next week after Jeb Bush criticized President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their families at...
'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son

'Say bye to him': Detainee recounts agents taking her son

The call came at mealtime — an anonymous threat demanding $5,000 or her son's life. So Blanca Orantes-Lopez, her 8-year-old boy and his father packed up and left the Pacific surfing town of Puerto La Libertad in El Salvador and headed for the United States. Two months later, she sits in a federal prison south of Seattle. The boy, Abel Alexander, is in custody at a children's home across the...
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...
Couple raises more than $4.7 million to help reunite migrant children, parents

Couple raises more than $4.7 million to help reunite migrant children, parents

A California couple has raised millions of dollars to help families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Charlotte and Dave Willner told the San Jose Mercury News that they launched their Facebook fundraiser, called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” on Saturday morning after...
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...
Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at...
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...
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...
SEE: Image of Trump in the clouds really does look like him

SEE: Image of Trump in the clouds really does look like him

Who hasn’t played the cloud game? It’s a rite of childhood, but usually the fluffy white clouds tend to look like familiar shapes and objects.  >> Read more trending news  For a South Carolina man, it was quite different. AJ Brackins snapped a photo of a giant dark cloud that resembled a profile of President Donald Trump and posted it to Facebook last Thursday. The cloud...
Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

Upping ante, Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese imports

President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 percent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Trump recently ordered tariffs...
All 5 first ladies speak out on family separations at border

All 5 first ladies speak out on family separations at border

All four former first ladies have joined the current one, Melania Trump, in an unusual united political front expressing horror at children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Mrs. Trump did not go as far as some of her predecessors, though, and criticize the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has led to the separations. But Michelle Obama took to Twitter...
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...
Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. "Papa! Papa!" one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported by the...
June 17, 2018 Editorial Cartoon

June 17, 2018 Editorial Cartoon

If you’re curious about the offbeat view of local history my past editorial cartoons offer, why not check out my 20-year retrospective book,  Billionaires and Butterfly Ballots, a 20-Year ‘Cartoonspective’ currently on sale, along with original cartoons and prints, at  PalmBeachCartoons.com?
June 10, 2018 Editorial Cartoon

June 10, 2018 Editorial Cartoon

If you’re curious about the offbeat view of local history my past editorial cartoons offer, why not check out my 20-year retrospective book,  Billionaires and Butterfly Ballots, a 20-Year ‘Cartoonspective’ currently on sale, along with original cartoons and prints, at  PalmBeachCartoons.com?  
Before Trump policy, immigrant families arrested at border were detained together

Before Trump policy, immigrant families arrested at border were detained together

Before the Trump administration started separating parents and children caught illegally crossing the border, immigrant families were held together in two facilities in South Texas.  Human rights activists were outraged by the Obama administration’s decision to lock up the families, calling the practice inhumane and psychologically harmful. Immigrant watchdogs, meanwhile, argued...
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...
Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy: 4 things to know

Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy: 4 things to know

The national debate over immigration has ramped up in recent weeks after reports surfaced that authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border are separating migrant children from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to deal with people who come into the country illegally. This spring, the Trump administration ordered prosecutors to charge every person illegally crossing the border...
Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Records: Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never followed state rules governing the protection of the river's fish. State records indicate that the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons (76 million liters) a day for its cooling systems before pumping water back into the river at up to 35 degrees hotter...
Trump border policy: How to help immigrant children separated from families

Trump border policy: How to help immigrant children separated from families

A new immigration policy implemented by the administration of President Donald Trump in May has led to an significant increase in migrant children being separated from their families. The “no tolerance policy” attempts to crack down on illegal boarder crossings and allows border security agents in the Southwest to separate children of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally...
H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis'

H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border "a moral and humanitarian crisis." Speaking at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of New York, Clinton said what was happening to families at the U.S.-Mexico border is "horrific." "...

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...
Immigration: Babies and children held in 'tender age' shelters according to report (live updates)

Immigration: Babies and children held in 'tender age' shelters according to report (live updates)

Top Republicans responded Tuesday to the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, a “zero tolerance” policy implemented six weeks ago. Many Republicans responded publicly to the harsh criticism over the policy, saying they support keeping migrant children and parents together. Update 11:07 p.m. EDT June 19: Trump administration...
All 5 living first ladies speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

All 5 living first ladies speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

Every living first lady has weighed in on the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico. Update 7:17 a.m. EDT June 19: Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter are reacting to the separation of immigrant children and their parents at the border. On Monday afternoon, Obama retweeted former first lady Laura Bush, who criticized...
Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

From the Opinion Zone blog … After Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris reported last week that West Palm Beach “took another step Wednesday toward encouraging Okeechobee Boulevard office construction all the way to the waterfront, despite continued criticism for the plan’s potential to block roads and views,” the question raised in the following June 4 post once again...
Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The 500-page report, which was more than a year in the making, offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling...
Black religious leaders criticize Sessions' use of scripture

Black religious leaders criticize Sessions' use of scripture

Several prominent members of the black clergy on Friday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from parents. The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber, in separate statements, called Sessions' use of biblical scripture incorrect. "The Bible does not justify...

Eric Trump's charity remains under investigation

New York's attorney general isn't done taking on Trump family charities after suing the president over allegations he treated his nonprofit like a personal piggy bank. Barbara Underwood's spokeswoman said Friday that a separate investigation remains open into the Eric Trump Foundation, run by Donald Trump's son. The Associated Press reported in 2016 that the children's charity flouted nonprofit standards...
Trump says North Korea has begun returning remains of US soldiers

Trump says North Korea has begun returning remains of US soldiers

President Donald Trump said Friday that North Korean officials have started to return the remains of U.S. soldiers who went missing in the country during the Korean War. Trump told reporters gathered Tuesday in Singapore that he and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un discussed bringing the remains of American soldiers back to the U.S. during their historic meeting. “They are already starting to...
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