Gwen and the men: Will year of women candidates boost Graham?

The four men seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor wore dark suits to a Wednesday night debate in Fort Myers. READ MORE: Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Gwen Graham wore a pink jacket. “You may notice I look a little different than my other friends up here on stage,” Graham said in her opening statement. “I’m a mom, a...
Trump criticizes Federal Reserve, breaking long-standing practice

Trump criticizes Federal Reserve, breaking long-standing practice

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he's "not thrilled" the U.S. central bank under Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is continuing to raise interest rates, suggesting the Fed may be undercutting his efforts to grow the economy.  "I don't like all of this work that we're putting into the economy and then I see rates going up," he said.  Presidents have long declined to comment...
Trump says ‘I told you so!’ after Europe fines Google $5 billion

Trump says ‘I told you so!’ after Europe fines Google $5 billion

President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union over its decision to fine Google $5 billion for harming its competitors, tweeting that the incident proved the regional bloc has "taken advantage of the U.S., but not for long!"  To Trump, the fine appeared to be the latest evidence of Europe's exploitation of the United States on a variety of matters, including trade and...
Could the Trump hotel lose its liquor license because of the president’s character?

Could the Trump hotel lose its liquor license because of the president’s character?

Last week, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted unanimously to support a petition that seeks to revoke the Trump International Hotel's liquor license on the grounds that its owner - you know, the president of the United States - is not of "good character."  The ANC is not even the one where the luxury hotel is located.  During its July 11 meeting, the commissioners of ANC...
Who heard what Trump said to Putin? Only one other American

Who heard what Trump said to Putin? Only one other American

Marina Gross, the only other American in the room during President Donald Trump’s meeting on Monday with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, was the interpreter for Laura Bush at the Russian resort of Sochi in 2008 and interpreted for former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Moscow in 2017. She appears to live in an apartment in Arlington, Virginia, is an employee of the State Department...
Putin invited to U.S. amid growing furor over summit

Putin invited to U.S. amid growing furor over summit

The White House announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin has been invited to Washington this fall, even as leaders in Washington tried to fully understand what happened when President Donald Trump and the Russian leader met earlier this week in Helsinki.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the planned visit in a tweet, saying that national security adviser John Bolton...
Putin appears to be targeting U.S. officials who worked to sanction Russia

Putin appears to be targeting U.S. officials who worked to sanction Russia

Almost from the day he arrived in Moscow as the U.S. ambassador in 2012, Michael McFaul and his family were subjected to a campaign of surveillance and harassment.  According to McFaul's book, "From Cold War to Hot Peace," Russian authorities followed him to his son's soccer game and outings to McDonald's. They trailed his children's bus to school and sat behind the family at church...
Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy

Justice Department plans to alert public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy

The Justice Department plans to alert the public to foreign operations targeting U.S. democracy under a new policy designed to counter hacking and disinformation campaigns such as the one Russia undertook in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.  The government will inform American companies, private organizations and individuals that they are being covertly attacked by foreign actors attempting...
American allies move to bolster global systems that Trump has attacked

American allies move to bolster global systems that Trump has attacked

From trade to regulation to security, America’s traditional allies are accelerating their efforts to buttress a global system that President Donald Trump has seemed prepared to tear down.  After months of indecision, they have undertaken a flurry of efforts intended to preserve the rules-based order the United States created after World War II and championed ever since.  The most obvious...
Two lawsuits against Ohio State keep Jim Jordan in the crosshairs

Two lawsuits against Ohio State keep Jim Jordan in the crosshairs

In a sign that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is unlikely to shake a sexual misconduct scandal anytime soon, five former wrestlers sued Ohio State University this week, accusing university officials of knowing that a team doctor was abusing student athletes and doing nothing to stop him.  One of the lawsuits specifically mentions Jordan, who served as the wrestling team’s assistant coach in the...
Kavanaugh’s role in Bush-era detainee debate now an issue in his Supreme Court nomination

Kavanaugh’s role in Bush-era detainee debate now an issue in his Supreme Court nomination

Brett Kavanaugh was adamant as he sat in the witness chair at his 2006 confirmation hearing to be an appeals court judge. Kavanaugh was being questioned by Democrats about his knowledge of President George W. Bush's torture policy and treatment of detainees while he served as associate White House counsel.  He responded that he was "not involved" in "questions about the rules governing...
From the start, a muddied message on Russia

From the start, a muddied message on Russia

Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 election.  The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Putin, who had described to the CIA how the Kremlin decided...
Reporters, facing a hostile White House, try a new tactic: solidarity

Reporters, facing a hostile White House, try a new tactic: solidarity

It was a subtle exchange, about 20 minutes into yet another clamorous White House press briefing, and a casual viewer of Wednesday’s proceedings would be forgiven for missing it.  But an unusual show of solidarity between rival journalists seemed to signal a new approach by the White House press corps toward an administration that regularly uses briefings to deride, and divide, the news...
U.S. officials in dark about talks with Putin

U.S. officials in dark about talks with Putin

Two days after President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved.  "Important verbal agreements" were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and...
House GOP refuses to renew election security funding as Democrats fume over Russian meddling

House GOP refuses to renew election security funding as Democrats fume over Russian meddling

House Republicans plan to vote Thursday on a spending bill that excludes new money for election security grants to states, provoking a furious reaction from Democrats amid a national controversy over Russian election meddling.  At issue is a grants program overseen by the federal Election Assistance Commission and aimed at helping states administer their elections and improve voting systems;...
U.S. outlines web of sex, lies and ties to Russian operatives

U.S. outlines web of sex, lies and ties to Russian operatives

For four years, a Russian accused of being a covert agent pursued a brazen effort to infiltrate conservative circles and influence powerful Republicans while she secretly was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, a senior Russian official and a billionaire oligarch close to the Kremlin whom she called her “funder,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.  The woman, Maria...
Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Jeff Greene joins Democratic governor debate - did he stand out?

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene joined the stage for the fourth debate between the Democratic candidates for governor Wednesday night. “I will fight for Florida families if you let me,” said Greene. The debate was particularly important for Greene, who was going head-to-head with his opponents for the first time since shaking up the race when he declared his candidacy shortly before...
Haulers oppose race, gender targets in bid specs for garbage contracts

Haulers oppose race, gender targets in bid specs for garbage contracts

Garbage haulers tore into a new set of Solid Waste Authority standards that would require them to share future contracts with firms owned by women and minorities and form a joint venture with them to service a specific portion of the county. Unveiled publicly for the first time Wednesday, the new standards would require haulers bidding to collect garbage and recycling to share 20 percent of their...
Jeff Greene joins Democratic gubernatorial debate tonight — how to watch

Jeff Greene joins Democratic gubernatorial debate tonight — how to watch

Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene joins the stage for the fourth debate between the Democratic candidates for governor. Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago The debate will take place this evening in Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center in Fort Myers at 7 p.m. You can watch it by clicking here at that time. Greene joined...
First Lady’s spokeswoman may have misused official position in tweet about Trump's 2016 campaign, complaint alleges

First Lady’s spokeswoman may have misused official position in tweet about Trump's 2016 campaign, complaint alleges

A tweet by the first lady's spokeswoman from her official account containing a photo from the president's 2015 campaign rally and his campaign slogan may have violated a federal law that prohibits public employees from using their official capacity to conduct political activity, according to a complaint filed Monday with federal investigators.  Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump's communications...
Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook

Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook

It’s official: President Donald Trump is the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook.  Trump and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on the social network since early May, outpacing the second-biggest spender, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood spent just over $188,000 on...
How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles

How alleged Russian agent Maria Butina gained access to elite conservative circles

For nearly five years, the young Russian political-science student was an unusual fixture at the most important events of the U.S. conservative movement.  Maria Butina, who was indicted this week on charges of being a covert Russian agent, struck up friendships with the influential leaders of the National Rifle Association and the Conservative Political Action Conference, touting her interest...
The word “treason” enters the debate as the list of Trump critics grows

The word “treason” enters the debate as the list of Trump critics grows

After 17 months, three weeks and six days of Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency, some of his fellow Republicans had finally had enough. “The dam has broken,” Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican critic from Tennessee, said on Tuesday.  But has it really broken and if so for how long? As Trump scrambled to patch any holes on Tuesday by re-imagining his extraordinary news conference...
How Trump retreats: Grudging apologies, plus a wink, nod to the original insult

How Trump retreats: Grudging apologies, plus a wink, nod to the original insult

As a young man on the make in Manhattan, as a political candidate and as president, Donald Trump has relied for half a century on a basic rule of behavior: To win, one must never apologize.  But sometimes life offers no choice but to back down, and when that happens to Trump, he has crafted a method of apology that is equal parts retreat and doubling down.  On Tuesday, President Trump felt...
‘He is honest — but smart as hell’: When Truman met Stalin

‘He is honest — but smart as hell’: When Truman met Stalin

Harry S. Truman was never a friend of communism. In 1941, after Germany invaded Russia, the then-U.S. senator said: "If we see that Germany is winning the war, we ought to help Russia; and if that Russia is winning, we ought to help Germany, and in that way let them kill as many as possible."  In a letter to his mother and sister, Truman called the Soviets "pigheaded" and...
Rep. Martha Roby, who criticized Trump in 2016, wins GOP nomination

Rep. Martha Roby, who criticized Trump in 2016, wins GOP nomination

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., who once turned away from President Donald Trump, won political renewal with his support on Tuesday, emerging victorious from a runoff that served as a referendum on her allegiance to the president.  Roby, who condemned Trump in 2016, defeated a primary challenger who aggressively highlighted her past. The challenger, former congressman Bobby Bright, faced attacks about...
Onetime political foe fiercely defends Trump on Russia summit

Onetime political foe fiercely defends Trump on Russia summit

As President Donald Trump bowed to bipartisan pressure and walked back his dismissal of Russian election interference, one Republican senator was still taking shots at his critics, calling those who questioned Trump's efforts to build a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin "unhinged" and "crazy."  "That's the sort of thing we should be doing," Sen....
Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress

Trump’s defense of Putin finds few supporters in Congress

President Donald Trump's refusal Monday to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign sparked pointed criticism from Republican leaders, including several of Trump's legislative allies who warned that his actions could ultimately hurt national security interests.  At a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump spoke admiringly of...
‘You can’t believe anyone’: A triumph for Putin’s ruthless worldview

‘You can’t believe anyone’: A triumph for Putin’s ruthless worldview

Responding to a question here about interference in the 2016 election, Russian President Vladimir Putin distilled his worldview: "You can't believe anyone."  For once, Putin had a Western leader standing next to him who rejects his critics in the same way.  Monday's summit with President Donald Trump gave Putin a new level of international prestige, especially for the many Russians...
Russian made secret push to sway policy, charges say

Russian made secret push to sway policy, charges say

A Russian woman who tried to broker a secret meeting between Donald Trump and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, during the 2016 presidential campaign was charged Monday and accused of working with Americans to carry out a secret Russian effort to influence U.S. politics.  At the behest of a senior Russian government official, the woman, Mariia Butina, made connections through the National...
‘Utterly ridiculous’: Putin rejects claims of Russian influence in 2016 election

‘Utterly ridiculous’: Putin rejects claims of Russian influence in 2016 election

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday dismissed claims of Russian interference in the 2016 election as "utterly ridiculous," pushing back against the Justice Department's indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace.  "Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced...
Trump sheds all notions of how a president should conduct himself abroad

Trump sheds all notions of how a president should conduct himself abroad

President Donald Trump, who gleefully defies the norms of presidential behavior, went somewhere in Helsinki on Monday where none of his predecessors have ever gone: He accepted the explanation of a hostile foreign leader over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.  Trump’s declaration that he saw no reason not to believe President Vladimir Putin when he said the Russians did not...
Putin singles out critic in an offer to Mueller

Putin singles out critic in an offer to Mueller

President Vladimir Putin of Russia made a surprise offer to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, at the news conference Monday concluding the summit meeting between him and President Donald Trump.  The Kremlin, Putin said, would allow Mueller and his team to travel to Russia and be present at the questioning of 12 Russian...
Putin says Democrats are to blame for “manipulations” of their own party

Putin says Democrats are to blame for “manipulations” of their own party

When Fox News host Chris Wallace asked President Vladimir Putin of Russia whether Russian hackers had tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election, he gave an unusual answer: The hacks had exposed some Democrats who put their thumbs on the scale to help Hillary Clinton, and that was what mattered.  Putin made the comments in a Fox News exclusive interview Monday evening after his two-hour, one-on-one...
TV anchors agape after the Trump-Putin appearance

TV anchors agape after the Trump-Putin appearance

It was the first thing that CNN viewers heard as the news conference ended, an assessment both acidic and incisive, the sort of judgment not usually uttered by Very Important Television Anchors.  “You have been watching,” said the disembodied voice of Anderson Cooper, “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader...
‘Very much counter to the plan’: Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin

‘Very much counter to the plan’: Trump defies advisers in embrace of Putin

Administration officials had hoped that maybe, just maybe, Monday's summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladmir Putin would end differently — without a freewheeling 46-minute news conference in which Trump attacked his own FBI on foreign soil and warmly praised archrival Russia.  Ahead of the meeting, staffers provided Trump with some 100 pages of briefing materials aimed...
Christie: Charter schools don’t need a specific percentage of the special tax increase

Christie: Charter schools don’t need a specific percentage of the special tax increase

The Palm Beach County School Board is expected to approve a ballot initiative to hike property taxes to pay for among other things, arts and music classes, school security and teacher pay hikes. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) The Palm Beach County School Board is set to vote Wednesday on a ballot measure that it proposes to put before taxpayers in November. Sign...
DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

DeSantis calls Trump-Putin appearance a missed opportunity — to blame Obama

President Donald Trump’s choice for Florida governor, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, weighs in on the Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting in Helsinki. U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose Republican campaign for governor is built largely on President Donald Trump‘s endorsement , weighed in on Fox News about today’s Trump&rsquo...
The claim only Gwen Graham can make, featured in new TV ad

The claim only Gwen Graham can make, featured in new TV ad

New Gwen Graham ad begins by highlighting her status as “proud mom” and “PTA president.” “Everything I do is through the prism of being a mom,” says Florida Democratic governor candidate Gwen Graham in a new 30-second TV ad running this week in West Palm Beach and other markets. In the five-candidate primary, Graham is the only mom &mdash...
Trump can’t beat Putin at his own game

Trump can’t beat Putin at his own game

Before last Thursday, President Donald Trump's meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin already promised to be interesting. Then special counsel Robert Mueller's team indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and things got even more complicated.  Monday's summit is now an obvious opportunity for Trump...
With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail

With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail

In last week's debate between Georgia's Republican candidates for governor, policy was quickly abandoned as Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp lit into one another with a familiar slate of accusations.  Kemp called Cagle a liar at least a dozen times. Cagle accused Kemp of conspiring with another Republican to release a recording of an "out of context" private conversationKemp...
‘This loss is on me’: Rep. Crowley tries to calm tensions in first interview since primary shocker

‘This loss is on me’: Rep. Crowley tries to calm tensions in first interview since primary shocker

Rep. Joseph Crowley, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, took personal blame for his shocking primary loss last month and sought to defuse tensions within his party on Sunday in his first extended interview since the election.  "This loss is on me," said Crowley of New York, who lost his bid for renomination for an 11th term on June 26 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "I did not...
Trump raises $90 million for his reelection bid and GOP, with less going to legal fees

Trump raises $90 million for his reelection bid and GOP, with less going to legal fees

With the 2018 midterms under way, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and two affiliated committees entered the third quarter with a massive fundraising haul of $90 million and a steep decline in attorneys fees, which have consumed his reelection expenses since he took office.  Trump's campaign committee and two fundraising committees that jointly raise money with the Republican National...
On abortion and other issues, Kavanaugh’s heroes are more conservative than Kennedy

On abortion and other issues, Kavanaugh’s heroes are more conservative than Kennedy

When Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court last week, he said he was "deeply honored" to have the chance to replace his old boss and the man he has called a mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy.  But when Kavanaugh was asked in September to give a Constitution Day speech, he chose to celebrate his "first judicial hero," the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist...
As Trump cuts a verbal swath through Europe, Mattis stays low-keyed

As Trump cuts a verbal swath through Europe, Mattis stays low-keyed

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was in Norway over the weekend, a short hop from the site of President Donald Trump's Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. But often it seemed as though Mattis was inhabiting a distant world.  For much of the past week, amid Trump's upbraiding of the NATO allies, his undermining of the British prime minister and his courting of Putin, Mattis...
‘Maybe he'll be a friend’: Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summit

‘Maybe he'll be a friend’: Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summit

He allegedly helped him get elected. He has charmed him and egged him on. And on Monday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President Donald Trump face to face here in Finland's capital, he will see what he gets out of it.  Coming into Monday's one-on-one summit, Trump faces intense pressure back home to confront Putin over Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, especially...

State NRA lobbyist files lawsuits over ‘hate and vitriol’

Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association’s influential Tallahassee lobbyist, filed federal and state lawsuits Friday seeking more than $2 million in damages from five men she says have targeted her over her Second Amendment advocacy following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Describing Hammer as “a 79-year-old grandmother and nationally renowned civil...
National politics play well with DeSantis supporters at Trump’s course

National politics play well with DeSantis supporters at Trump’s course

Hundreds of voters, many wearing “Make America Great Again” hats decorated with “Trump 2020” pins and Ron DeSantis stickers, rallied at the Trump National Golf Club on Saturday in support of the congressman’s 2018 Florida gubernatorial run. For DeSantis, it was his first campaign appearance at a Trump-owned property since the Freedom Caucus member got the president&rsquo...
Florida Gov. Scott orders softer approach on restricting beach access

Florida Gov. Scott orders softer approach on restricting beach access

After a Facebook posting of Panhandle sheriff’s deputies confronting beachgoers, Gov. Rick Scott is urging law enforcement to go easy on enforcing a controversial, new private property law he signed. Scott late Thursday signed an executive order that he said underscores that Florida’s beaches remain open to the public. “Florida beaches belong to all of us, and people from across...
Putin’s got a lot to gain from Trump meeting — and might get it

Putin’s got a lot to gain from Trump meeting — and might get it

Vladimir Putin has everything to gain from his first summit on Monday with Donald Trump. The U.S. president's critics as well as American allies are worried the Russian leader will get what he wants.  Trump and Putin will sit down together in Helsinki for meetings that U.S. and Russian officials say will touch on every major point of tension between their countries — the Kremlin's meddling...
Peter Strzok is the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation

Peter Strzok is the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation

The epitome of deep-state animus toward President Donald Trump, or a forceful spokesman against Republican efforts to undermine the Russia investigation?  You can look at what FBI agent Peter Strzok has privately texted and publicly testified over the past two years to back up whatever case you want to make. Members in Congress did just that Thursday, turning Strzok into a symbol for how a divided...
DeSantis turns to Fox News, Trump world for campaign events

DeSantis turns to Fox News, Trump world for campaign events

Fox News host Sean Hannity campaigned with Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis this month; Fox personalities Michael Levin and Jeanine Pirro have upcoming events with DeSantis. President Donald Trump and Fox News continue to be big factors in U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis‘s Republican campaign for Florida governor as his Aug. 28 primary...
Trump cites “great progress” in North Korea nuclear talks

Trump cites “great progress” in North Korea nuclear talks

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was making “great progress” in denuclearization talks with North Korea, citing what he called a “very nice note” he received last week from Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, though it made no mention of nuclear weapons.  In a letter that Trump posted on Twitter along with an English translation, Kim called his summit with...
Democrats divided over how to attack Kavanaugh

Democrats divided over how to attack Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has amplified divisions in the Democratic Party, spurring competing views about how, or even whether, to attack Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Democrats trying to defeat Kavanaugh were still searching for a potent line of attack Thursday. Some have focused on portraying him as a threat to take away health-care protections and abortion rights. Others have...
7 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing

7 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing

FBI agent Peter Strzok had his moment on an extremely hot seat Thursday morning in a contentious hearing that quickly devolved into angry yelling, interjections and parliamentary maneuvering.  Appearing before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Strzok sought to explain his anti-Trump text messages at a time when he was the lead agent on the FBI's then-nascent Russia...
Trump spectacle leaves NATO allies with ‘whiplash’

Trump spectacle leaves NATO allies with ‘whiplash’

The NATO summit was concluding on course here Thursday, with European leaders pleased that their unruly American counterpart had been surprisingly well behaved, if not truly conciliatory. Their planes were getting gassed up at the airport, and they were ready to call the whole shebang a success and jet home.  Then President Donald Trump showed up, a half-hour late and with another agenda. He...
Limits put on security clearance for Kushner

Limits put on security clearance for Kushner

Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets, according to two people familiar with his access.  For the first year of the Trump administration, Kushner had nearly blanket access to highly classified intelligence, even as he held an interim security clearance...
Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Rare Democratic campaign photo op from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

A new mailer by Democratic governor candidate Jeff Greene features a photo taken while he was on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago Club. Jeff Greene, the billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, took advantage of his status as a member of President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago Club to do a photo shoot for a campaign...
Ron DeSantis to campaign with Mark Levin in Jupiter at Trump National Golf Club

Ron DeSantis to campaign with Mark Levin in Jupiter at Trump National Golf Club

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) Republican Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis will appear with conservative radio host and Fox News personality  Mark Levin at one of President Donald Trump&lsquo...
Ryan and top GOP leaders back Jordan amid Ohio State allegations

Ryan and top GOP leaders back Jordan amid Ohio State allegations

Top House Republican leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan, are publicly supporting Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as the powerful conservative leader faces allegations that he failed to act on reports of sexual abuse while serving as a college wrestling coach more than two decades ago.  Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday called Jordan a "friend" in comments to reporters and called for a complete...
Kushner’s firm deepens ties to those with business in Washington

Kushner’s firm deepens ties to those with business in Washington

Eighteen months into Jared Kushner’s White House tenure, his family’s real estate firm is deepening its financial relationships with institutions and individuals that have a lot riding on decisions made by the federal government.  In the latest example, an arm of Brookfield Asset Management is close to completing an investment of up to $700 million in the Kushner family’s tower...
New EPA chief gets ris of Pruitt’s management style but not his policies

New EPA chief gets ris of Pruitt’s management style but not his policies

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new boss, Andrew Wheeler, has unlocked the entrance to the third-floor administrator’s suite — which had been closed tight during the tenure of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt. Wheeler, who started Monday after Pruitt’s resignation, has also reduced his security detail and provided faster public updates to his daily schedule of events. ...
Democrats take major step to reduce role of superdelegates

Democrats take major step to reduce role of superdelegates

Democratic Party officials took a major step Wednesday toward sharply reducing the role and influence of powerful political insiders in the presidential nominating process, a change sought by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and many other liberals after the 2016 campaign.  These insiders, called superdelegates, who are free to back any candidate regardless of how the public votes, would no longer...
Senate approves symbolic criticism of Trump’s tariffs following failed efforts to block them

Senate approves symbolic criticism of Trump’s tariffs following failed efforts to block them

President Donald Trump is remaking the global trade order without significant political resistance or penalty, unchecked by a largely compliant Congress and bolstered by the loyalty of his supporters — even those likely to be hurt by his burgeoning global trade war.  The Senate on Wednesday passed a nonbinding measure calling for a greater role in overseeing Trump's trade decisions, an...
Vice President Pence turns up the heat on Missouri’s Sen. McCaskill as Supreme Court battle kicks off

Vice President Pence turns up the heat on Missouri’s Sen. McCaskill as Supreme Court battle kicks off

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday put pressure on Sen. Claire McCaskill to support President Donald Trump's latest pick for the Supreme Court, using a speech in McCaskill's home state of Missouri to hammer the vulnerable Democrat for her opposition to Trump's first nominee last year.  "Today, we call on Senator Claire McCaskill, put politics aside, give our nominee a fair hearing and...
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO

‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO

For a president who loves declaring victory, the NATO summit here Wednesday could have provided a perfect opportunity.  After a year of haranguing by President Donald Trump, Western leaders had agreed to his administration's long-sought priorities on defense spending and counterterrorism — and were prepared to let him take all the credit.  But Trump had other plans.  The U.S....
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue

In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has only one major abortion ruling in his 12 years on the federal bench, but that forceful opinion will define the coming debate on what his elevation to the Supreme Court would mean for a woman's constitutional right to the procedure.  Antiabortion activists say they are assured, without specific evidence in his writings, that President Donald Trump's second nominee could...
Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh's financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.  White House spokesman Raj Shah told...
Public relations campaign ramps up support of Jordan as he battles allegations

Public relations campaign ramps up support of Jordan as he battles allegations

A conservative crisis communications firm is pitching in to help Rep. Jim Jordan fight claims he turned a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor at Ohio State University three decades ago, while Jordan's House colleagues are stepping up their own defense of the outspoken conservative leader.  Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is known for representing...
Melania Trump’s task in Europe? Show another side of White House

Melania Trump’s task in Europe? Show another side of White House

After weeks of solo travel around the United States, the first lady, Melania Trump, plans to revive her child-focused project “Be Best” as she accompanies her husband on a weeklong trip through Europe, the White House said Monday.  The trip, with diplomatic-and-golf-focused hops planned between Belgium, England, Scotland and Finland, will be a high-profile re-entry into the spotlight...
Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears

Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears

In Michael Flynn's first appearance in federal court since pleading guilty seven months ago, his lawyers confirmed that he continues to cooperate with prosecutors and is eager to be sentenced and wrap up his case.  But it was no clearer after Tuesday's hearing when President Donald Trump's former national security adviser's federal case will conclude.  Flynn's presence in court in Washington...
Conservatives close in on 3-decade dream: Tipping court to right

Conservatives close in on 3-decade dream: Tipping court to right

President Donald Trump’s selection of a new Supreme Court nominee on Monday culminates a three-decade project unparalleled in American history to install a reliable conservative majority on the nation’s highest tribunal, one that could shape the direction of the law for years to come.  All of the years of vetting and grooming and lobbying and list-making by conservative legal figures...
What does the Supreme Court mean for the midterm elections? Here are 2 hints

What does the Supreme Court mean for the midterm elections? Here are 2 hints

President Donald Trump’s selection of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his second Supreme Court nominee could be a consequential moment for the midterm elections. Republicans hope a confirmation battle will galvanize voters on the right, while Democrats are balancing their own energized liberal base against the political pressure on some red-state Democrats to side with Trump.  Here is how the...
Republicans express confidence about Supreme Court pick, Dems plot to sink him

Republicans express confidence about Supreme Court pick, Dems plot to sink him

Senate Democrats launched a fierce campaign Tuesday to derail President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee by warning of the potential damage he might do to health-care access, abortion rights and the pending federal investigation into Trump's associates. But Republicans largely rallied around the nominee, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, leading party leaders to predict his inevitable confirmation...
President wavered late on nominee decision

President wavered late on nominee decision

After the two couples — President Donald Trump and his wife and federal judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife — gathered in the residence of the White House for over an hour Sunday night, Trump made Kavanaugh a historic offer: to be his choice to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  Yet just hours later on Monday morning, Trump seemed to waver — making a flurry of calls...
PBC property tax rate unchanged as county forecasts $52M windfall

PBC property tax rate unchanged as county forecasts $52M windfall

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the county’s property tax rate the same for the eighth straight year, locking in a $52 million windfall because of rising property values. Excluding taxes collected for debt, fire rescue and library services, county residents will pay $4.78 for every $1,000 in taxable property value. Over the past year, that tax rate generated $845.6...
A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right

A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right

President Trump's choice of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is intended to move what is already one of history's most conservative courts to even more consistent right-of-center outcomes.  But expect more of a gradual climb than a jack-rabbit acceleration, without the kind of alarms that are set off by disposing of the few landmark precedents...
Pruitt is out at EPA, but ethics probes might live

Pruitt is out at EPA, but ethics probes might live

Scott Pruitt's portraits have begun to come down at the Environmental Protection Agency, which he helmed until Friday. His official Twitter account has gone dark. And the posters inside the EPA highlighting the Oklahoman's policy priorities — flanked by coal miners and other supporters — have been replaced by ones featuring a smiling Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  But at least...
At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle

At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle

For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, this week's NATO summit presents a central test: how to preserve a U.S.-European alliance that he sees as crucial to America's security while not crossing a boss who doesn't share that view.  The summit, which will bring Mattis and President Donald Trump together with the traditional allies of the United States, illustrates the tightrope the former general has...
Prosecutor who said on social media that Maxine Waters should be shot is placed on leave

Prosecutor who said on social media that Maxine Waters should be shot is placed on leave

A California prosecutor will be placed on administrative leave as his office investigates offensive comments made on his social media accounts, the county district attorney announced on Monday.  Michael Selyem, who leads the "Hardcore Gang Unit" of the San Bernardino County District Attorney Office, is the subject of an internal investigation, according to a statement from district...
Judge rejects long detentions of migrant families, dealing Trump another setback

Judge rejects long detentions of migrant families, dealing Trump another setback

The Trump administration on Monday lost a bid to persuade a federal court to allow long-term detention of migrant families, a significant legal setback to the president’s immigration agenda.  In a ruling that countered nearly every argument posed by the Justice Department, Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles held that there was no basis to amend a long-standing...
Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, has sided with broad views of presidential powers

Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, has sided with broad views of presidential powers

Brett Kavanaugh, the federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump on Monday to the Supreme Court, has endorsed robust views of the powers of the president, consistently siding with arguments in favor of broad executive authority during his 12 years on the bench in Washington.  He has called for restructuring the government's consumer watchdog agency so the president could remove the director...
How key senators reacted to Trump’s Supreme Court pick

How key senators reacted to Trump’s Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the next Supreme Court justice sets into motion an intense battle over the future of the court — and all eyes are now on the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-to-49 majority.  With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., away from Capitol Hill as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer, Kavanaugh's fortunes could hinge on...
Christie: Let’s take a breath, think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ thing

Christie: Let’s take a breath, think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ thing

About 15,000 New Yorkers march in support of immigrant families and to condemn the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” policies on June 30. (Erik McGregor / Sipa USA/TNS) In an election year, one side is always looking for that pivotal issue that will pump up passion among voters and give their side an advantage over the other. For the the left that...
Warren fires back at Trump: a ‘bully’ going after ‘women all across this country’

Warren fires back at Trump: a ‘bully’ going after ‘women all across this country’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., responded Sunday to President Donald Trump's taunting attacks on her last week, calling him a "bully" who is targeting "every woman who speaks up."  "He tries to bully me to shut me up, and he's also trying to bully women all across this country. He talks about MeToo. It isn't just me he is going after," Warren said after an event...
Pompeo plays down North Korea’s criticism of talks

Pompeo plays down North Korea’s criticism of talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back against North Korea on Sunday, saying the regime's criticism that U.S. negotiators acted in a "gangster-like" way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang was unfounded.  "If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster," said Pompeo, noting that U.S. demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus among...
The House returns to deep uncertainty over leadership of both parties

The House returns to deep uncertainty over leadership of both parties

  The House returns from its July Fourth recess this week in a state of remarkable uncertainty, with both Democrats and Republicans facing open questions about their leaders’ futures and neither party certain of which will be in control after November’s elections.  “Sometimes things have to be torn down before they can be built back up,” said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N...
Scott Pruitt, fallen EPA chief, may rise again in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt, fallen EPA chief, may rise again in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt’s brief, tumultuous tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency has left him disgraced in the eyes of many in Washington and across the country. But it may not have done him much harm in his home state.  Though a comeback for Pruitt is far from assured, some liberals and conservatives in Oklahoma agree he could engineer one in this oil- and gas-dependent state where...
Jordan returns to Washington, D.C., as scrutiny over alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State intensifies

Jordan returns to Washington, D.C., as scrutiny over alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State intensifies

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is under intense scrutiny over claims he knew about alleged sexual abuse three decades ago at Ohio State University. Now, the influential congressman and former wrestling coach will face new pressures as lawmakers return to Washington this week.  Jordan's Fourth of July recess was consumed by controversy, as former Ohio State wrestlers claimed one by one that he knew...
McConnell pursued from Kentucky restaurant by angry crowd

McConnell pursued from Kentucky restaurant by angry crowd

A group of Democratic Socialists and other angry protesters pursued Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell through a restaurant parking lot in Kentucky on Saturday, berating him with a mixture of immigration rhetoric and personal insults — and at one point an apparent threat to visit his home.  The Louisville encounter was the second time in two weeks that McConnell's private life has been...
A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court

A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court

In early 2016, while working as Donald Trump's top campaign lawyer, Donald McGahn came up with a novel idea whose reverberations are still being felt. Although Trump was surging toward the GOP nomination, uncertainty about his ideology and how he would govern had unnerved many mainstream Republicans and social conservatives.  So McGahn conceived of a list. It would contain the names of people...
Trump remains coy on his pick for high court

Trump remains coy on his pick for high court

President Donald Trump said he was "close" to choosing a Supreme Court nominee Sunday after a weekend at his New Jersey golf club evaluating four leading candidates and mulling the likely response of key senators and his core supporters to each prospect, according to White House officials and Trump advisers involved in the discussions.  Over rounds of golf with friends, meals with family...
Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Rick Scott’s Senate financing still mostly a mystery

Three months since he announced for U.S. Senate, and $10 million in TV advertising later, Floridians still don’t know much about who is funding Gov. Rick Scott’s free-swinging campaign. Scott’s first campaign finance report won’t be made public until July 15 — deep into his bid to unseat three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, whom the governor in a flood of TV ads...
Pruitt survived months of controversy by preserving his relationship with Trump

Pruitt survived months of controversy by preserving his relationship with Trump

Scott Pruitt survived months of misconduct allegations by preserving his relationship with one person at all costs: President Donald Trump.  In the end, according to two administration officials familiar with internal discussions, Trump forced Pruitt out Thursday without speaking to him — instead having his chief of staff call the Environmental Protection Agency around midday to say it...
Trade war between U.S. and China moves from threat to reality

Trade war between U.S. and China moves from threat to reality

A trade war between the world’s two largest economies will officially begin Friday morning when the Trump administration follows through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.  The penalties, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday...
Trump and Putin to go one-on-one in Finland

Trump and Putin to go one-on-one in Finland

President Donald Trump will speak one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin of Russia this month when they meet in Helsinki, the administration confirmed Thursday, injecting an element of unpredictability and mystery into an encounter that White House advisers describe as a chance to reset a tense relationship.  Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. envoy to Moscow, said Trump would use the meeting to &ldquo...
Senators criticized for spending July 4 in Russia

Senators criticized for spending July 4 in Russia

Republican lawmakers who went to Russia seeking a thaw in relations received an icy reception from Democrats and Kremlin watchers for spending the Fourth of July in a country that interfered in the U.S. presidential election and continues to deny it.  "Cannot believe GOP, once the party that stood strong against Soviets & only a decade ago sought to democratize the Middle East, is now surrendering...
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club has applied for permission to hire 40 foreign workers to serve as waiters during the winter social season in Palm Beach, Florida, according to data posted Thursday by the Labor Department.  The posting showed that Trump's club wants to pay the workers a minimum of $12.68 an hour and to employ them from October to the end of May. At the end of that term...
How the new acting EPA chief differs from Pruitt

How the new acting EPA chief differs from Pruitt

The departure of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, means the agency will be led in the coming months by Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who shares Pruitt’s zeal to undo environmental regulations.  But unlike Pruitt — who had come to Washington as an outsider and aspiring politician, only to get caught...
Trump mocks Warren, Tester and #Metoo, but praises Putin at Montana rally

Trump mocks Warren, Tester and #Metoo, but praises Putin at Montana rally

President Donald Trump lobbed personal and derogatory attacks at two Democratic senators, mocked the #MeToo movement and vouched for President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday during a freewheeling, raucous rally ostensibly intended to solidify support for Montana’s Republican Senate candidate.  Taunting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with a refusal to apologize for calling her &ldquo...
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