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...
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...
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...
Christie: Philly Starbucks arrests brew bitter cup over social justice

Christie: Philly Starbucks arrests brew bitter cup over social justice

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two men arrested at a Starbucks, tell their story on “Good Morning America” on April 20. (Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC) It would be easy — even tempting — to simply dismiss the the recent arrest of two black men who were waiting for friend in a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks as just another racial incident in America...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

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

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

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

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

Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

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

Independent New York prosecutors pose potential risk for Trump

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

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

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

Nursing election grievances, Hillary Clinton supporters curse Comey 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABC News aired an hourlong interview on Sunday with James B. Comey, the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump last year. George Stephanopoulos spoke with Comey, who is promoting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” for five hours in all. Here are highlights and analysis of the conversation.  “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages...
Should the U.S. rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

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

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

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

President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.  The request underscores the high stakes in an ongoing legal fight in federal court in New York, where Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, is also fighting to get a chance to review...
Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One major area where Comey has some explaining to do

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

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

Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first televised interview since being fired that he believed Donald Trump was "morally unfit to be president" and that it was "possible" that the Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him.  In a wide-ranging conversation with George Stephanopoulos broadcast on ABC late Sunday, Comey took aim at Trump in no uncertain...
The President’s coming to town — here’s what to expect

The President’s coming to town — here’s what to expect

Rather than his usual weekend visits, President Trump is scheduled to arrive here this afternoon to host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to Federal Aviation Administration notices, Trump is expected to stay in the area until Thursday. However, traffic alerts from the Town of Palm Beach indicate he may stay until Sunday.  The president arrives...
Nelson, Booker say Trump should've come to Congress before Syria strikes

Nelson, Booker say Trump should've come to Congress before Syria strikes

President Donald Trump was right to strike Syria over its use of chemical weapons but did so outside his authority under the Constitution, Florida’s senior senator said Saturday. Speaking at a press conference at Palm Beach International Airport, Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Cory Booker of New Jersey said Trump should have gone to Congress for the authority to hit the Syrian government&rsquo...
Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

Trump will visit Miami Monday and Palm Beach Monday-Thursday

As U.S. warships were headed toward Syria and the president’s personal lawyer went to court Friday to try to stop federal prosecutors from using materials seized from his law office by the FBI, Donald Trump’s administration cut his planned visit to Palm Beach next week by half. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory issued Friday afternoon puts the president in Palm Beach on Monday...
Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

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

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

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

Pentagon urges greater caution on imminent strike against Syria

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

Trump orders review of Postal Service’s business model

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

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

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

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

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

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

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

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

The nation's intelligence chiefs had just finished briefing Donald Trump on Russia's interference in the 2016 election when FBI Director James Comey stayed behind to discuss some especially sensitive material: a "widely circulated" intelligence dossier containing unconfirmed allegations that Russians had filmed Trump interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.  The president-elect...
EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Crocker threatens Boca Raton with $138 million lawsuit

Crocker Partners built many of Boca Raton’s most important commercial buildings. Now the company is threatening to sue its hometown community for $138 million. “This is the worst experience I’ve ever had working with a municipality. It’s shocking. They pushed us to sue them,” said Angelo Bianco, Crocker Partners’ managing partner. »RELATED: The latest in Florida...
Investigators focus on another Trump ally: The National Enquirer

Investigators focus on another Trump ally: The National Enquirer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As advisers mull Syria, Trump favors impulse

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

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

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

Ryan’s GOP swept away by a Trumpian revolution

As he announced his exit from public life, Speaker Paul Ryan tried hard to show appreciation for the man who took the Republican Party from his grasp and transformed it into something else.  "I'm grateful to the president," Ryan, R-Wis., said four times in two minutes, with slight grammatical variations, in a news conference Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol, noting that Donald Trump's...
Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely

Lawmakers agree social media needs regulation, but say prompt federal action is unlikely

Two days of sharp questioning of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg underscored how the risks posed by social media have become areas of broad political concern, bringing together House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, even rural and urban lawmakers.  The uncommonly bipartisan flavor of the hearings manifested itself in numerous threats by members of both parties to more forcefully...
PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

PBSC ordered to pay $2.7 million to woman injured in “horrific” fall

One minute, Dwella Nelson was dropping her 5-year-old daughter off in a dressing room outside a theater at the Palm Beach Gardens campus of Palm Beach State College, assuring the excited pre-schooler she would wow the crowd of parents gathered for the ballet recital there. The next minute, the aspiring cancer researcher and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University was lying on the ground outside...
Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

Why is House Speaker Paul Ryan retiring?

After months of speculation, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election come November, ending a two-decade career in Congress. “It’s been a wild ride, but it’s been a journey well worth taking to be able to do my part to strengthen the American idea,” Ryan said. “That pursuit is never ending. Much work remains, but I like to think I...
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