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U.S. productivity grew at strong 2.9% rate in Q2

U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. The April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter, the Labor Department reported. It was the strongest advance since a 3.1 percent gain in the first quarter of 2015. Labor costs actually...
Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

Palm Beach County judicial candidate beats $2,000 elections fine

A Palm Beach County judicial candidate won’t have to pay a $2,000 fine for filing his campaign finance report three weeks late, the Florida Elections Commission ruled this week. Calling the rule absurd, the commission unanimously threw out the fine Palm Beach County Supervisor Susan Bucher imposed against attorney Richard Llerena, who is in a three-person race to replace retiring County Judge...
New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

New Democratic poll shows tight race in primary for governor

Five Democrats running for governor, from left: Andrew Gillum, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine, Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is clinging to a within-the-margin-of-error polling lead over former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in the five-candidate race for Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial...
Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Kathy Manning, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, is airing a new TV ad in which she declares that she will not back Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for speaker, becoming the latest candidate to buck her party's House leader.  Manning, who is running against Rep. Ted Budd, R, in the Republican-leaning district, had previously announced that she would not support...
Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Feel the Bern: Sanders to campaign with Andrew Gillum in Tampa, Orlando

Andrew Gillum hopes to tap into some of the Berniemania that was on display in Miami last year when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appearance. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got shellacked by Hillary Clinton in Florida’s 2016 presidential primary. But the 33.3 percent of the vote Sanders got in that...
Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others, in a violation of the company’s rules against inciting violence.  The action effectively prevents Jones from tweeting or retweeting from his personal account for...
The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

 The call to arms came in the form of a memo.  Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, reached out to editorial boards at other newspapers last week.  “We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,”...
‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book comes with an explosive title. ("Unhinged.") It has a healthy frisson of tension followed by a climactic reveal. (She taped her colleagues! In the White House Situation Room!) And it has just enough cliffhangers to keep viewers coming back for more. (She may or may not have heard a recording of President Donald Trump using the n-word.)  To Trump,...
White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that she couldn't guarantee that the American people will never hear President Donald Trump uttering the n-word on an audio recording, as a former senior White House adviser continued a publicity tour to promote her new book depicting the president as a racist.  The briefing by Sanders came after Trump referred to the former adviser...
Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

A controversial new book about President Donald Trump by one of his former senior advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman, claims that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants "to replace public education with for-profit schools" and that President Trump has called her by the nickname "Ditzy DeVos."  The book, "Unhinged," describes Trump during the years that Manigault Newman...
Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Democrats delivered groundbreaking victories in Tuesday’s primaries for a transgender female candidate in Vermont, a Muslim woman in Minnesota and an African-American woman in Connecticut, while party members in Wisconsin nominated a top state education official to challenge Gov. Scott Walker, one of the most vulnerable high-profile Republicans of the midterms cycle.  Tony Evers, the Wisconsin...
From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room’s history-making moments

From JFK to Omarosa: The White House Situation Room’s history-making moments

In the spring of 1961, John Kennedy's White House had a situation, but no Situation Room. Kennedy had just endured the attempted Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, a fast-moving fiasco that left the president frustrated at the confused flow of intelligence into the Oval Office.  And so, putting his own Naval aide in charge of construction, a group of contractors and some Seabees worked at night to...
‘Don’t run this year’: The perils for Republican women facing a flood of resistance

‘Don’t run this year’: The perils for Republican women facing a flood of resistance

Diane Harkey, the Republican candidate for California’s 49th Congressional District, recognizes that President Donald Trump “doesn’t make women real comfortable.”  Men just have a different style, she said: “They’re more warrior-oriented. We are a little more consensus-builders.”  But she laughs off the idea of campaigning as a woman. “I want...
Tired of money in politics, some Democrats think small

Tired of money in politics, some Democrats think small

Like many political candidates, Dean Phillips spends hours each day fundraising and thanking his donors. But because he refuses to accept PAC money from corporations, unions or other politicians, he has adopted a unique approach.  “Norbert?” he asked on the doorstep of a man who’d donated $25 to his campaign. “I’m here with goodies!”  Phillips, who is...
Trump attacks Kasich over Ohio race — and Kasich welcomes the attention

Trump attacks Kasich over Ohio race — and Kasich welcomes the attention

President Donald Trump taunted Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday, asserting that his increasingly vocal Republican rival is "very unpopular" and a "failed presidential candidate," and to blame for the narrow margin in last week's special congressional election in the state.  Kasich responded with an impish tweet: an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin breaking into a grin...
‘Immigration hypocrite’: Stephen Miller’s uncle lambastes him in scathing op-ed

‘Immigration hypocrite’: Stephen Miller’s uncle lambastes him in scathing op-ed

Wolf-Leib Glosser fled violence from his small Eastern European village and, with $8 to his name, came to Ellis Island. His children soon followed, and his children's children were born in the American city of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the family grew and prospered.  Such is what "chain migration" was like at the turn of the 20th century, and such is the "classically American...
Trump appears to admit White House aides signed nondisclosure agreements

Trump appears to admit White House aides signed nondisclosure agreements

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge on Monday something his aides have declined to confirm for months: his White House had aides sign nondisclosure agreements. The president made the statement in a Twitter post about Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who became an assistant to the president, and whose new book makes unflattering claims about Trump...
‘Everyone signed one’: Trump aggressive in use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government

‘Everyone signed one’: Trump aggressive in use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government

President Donald Trump's bitter fight with a former top White House aide has highlighted his aggressive and unconventional use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent current and former government employees from revealing secrets or disparaging him or his family.  The latest uproar centers on claims in a book by former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman that the Trump campaign offered her...
Trump-appointed judge upholds constitutionality of Mueller appointment

Trump-appointed judge upholds constitutionality of Mueller appointment

A federal judge upheld the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment on Monday, finding Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein lawfully named Mueller in May 2017 in a challenge to an indictment brought by a Russian firm accused of funding an Internet trolling operation targeting U.S. voters.  U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, a 2017 appointee of President Donald Trump...
NEW: Okeechobee Business District approved — what it means for West Palm

NEW: Okeechobee Business District approved — what it means for West Palm

After 18 months of study, public hearings, debate and a September vote supposedly killing the proposal, the city commission Monday night gave its final approval to create the Okeechobee Business District after all, overriding concerns the plan to incentivize office construction would paralyze downtown traffic and allow a 25-story luxury tower in a waterfront area that West Palm Beach voters had limited...
West Palm Beach votes tonight on creating Okeechobee Business District

West Palm Beach votes tonight on creating Okeechobee Business District

The city commission takes its final vote tonight (Monday, Aug. 13) to create an Okeechobee Business District, a zoning change meant to encourage Class A office construction on the busy downtown corridor. The city has proposed the to alter the land use rules for Okeechobee Boulevard, from CityPlace to the waterfront, to attract high-end employers downtown, which has virtually no vacant top-tier...
Christie: Why our debate over banning plastic straws is really starting to suck

Christie: Why our debate over banning plastic straws is really starting to suck

Because of sights like this, more and more people are open to banning plastic straws. (Photo provided by the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.) The debate over single-use plastic straws is building up as fast . But what really sucks is that there is any debate at all — especially in coastal counties like Palm Beach. Do we really need to use plastic straws?...
In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

In West Delray, Philip Levine rips Donald Trump and ‘his little Mini-Me, Ron DeSantis’

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, one of five Democrats running for governor, visits an early voting site in West Delray today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democratic gubernatorial hopeful  Philip Levine stopped by an early voting site west of Delray Beach this morning and told supporters that Florida is “the last line of defense for...
The Manafort scramble: Raising millions for himself even as he ran Trump’s campaign

The Manafort scramble: Raising millions for himself even as he ran Trump’s campaign

Paul Manafort, a valued customer of the Trump Organization who had spent $3.7 million to buy Apartment 43G in Trump Tower, appeared to be just what Donald Trump wanted in March 2016: A consummate Washington insider, deeply experienced in the byzantine art of wrangling convention delegates, yet also someone who could claim to be an outsider, a successful entrepreneur with overseas clients.  Manafort's...
Omarosa Manigault Newman claims ‘false imprisonment’ during her firing, accuses Trump of lying

Omarosa Manigault Newman claims ‘false imprisonment’ during her firing, accuses Trump of lying

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the once-loyal aide to President Donald Trump who has written a new tell-all book containing explosive allegations about her former boss, said Monday that she believes Trump was lying when he claimed in a phone call last December that he knew nothing about her dismissal by White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.  In a combative appearance on NBC's "Today"...
Wisconsin governor seeks to find his place in Trump’s Republican party

Wisconsin governor seeks to find his place in Trump’s Republican party

Gov. Scott Walker became one of the country's biggest Republican stars by battling labor unions and fending off a recall campaign amid mass protests at the state Capitol.  But as a crowded field of Democrats competes in Tuesday's primary to challenge Walker again in November, the governor has struggled to find his path in a fast-changing GOP.  Walker, 50, like many Republicans whose national...
Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

Increasing share of Florida voters bypassing Democrats, Republicans

An increasing share of Florida voters are registering with neither major party. (File photo by Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post) The number of voters registered with minor parties or with no party affiliation in Florida has increased 4.2 percent since the 2016 presidential election while Democratic registrations are down slightly and Republican registrations have increased...
Trump Jr. emerges as campaign ‘natural’

Trump Jr. emerges as campaign ‘natural’

President Donald Trump was watching Fox News Channel with aides in his private dining room off the Oval Office recently when Donald Trump Jr. flashed across the giant flat screen.  "Don's gotten really good," Trump said, according to someone who was present. "My people love him."  The remark suggested a swell of unexpected pride from Trump about his namesake son, whose...
Bill Shine’s journey from Ailes enforcer to Trump producer

Bill Shine’s journey from Ailes enforcer to Trump producer

The revolving door between Fox News and Republican political figures has turned steadily for years, with failed GOP candidates finding a home at the network.  But since Donald Trump was elected president, the door has provided a number of former Fox personnel with entree into a government now infused with the cable channel's fiery sensibility. And with Bill Shine's appointment this summer to...
Omarosa and the Trump White House’s new hush-money problem

Omarosa and the Trump White House’s new hush-money problem

Skepticism abounds, for good reason, about Omarosa Manigault Newman's White House tell-all. Like Michael Wolff, Manigault Newman has a long, demonstrated history of suspicious claims, and just because the things she writes confirm what lots of people on the left badly want to believe doesn't mean they should be swallowed whole. Some of what she's written has already been directly disputed, including...
How to understand Trump’s condemnation of ‘all types of racism’

How to understand Trump’s condemnation of ‘all types of racism’

Sharply criticized for his failure to immediately condemn racist protesters after last year's unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump this year tried to get out ahead of the issue before a planned march in Washington on Sunday.  "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division," Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon. "We must come...
Omarosa Manigault Newman releases purported recording of her White House firing

Omarosa Manigault Newman releases purported recording of her White House firing

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the fired White House aide seeking publicity for her new memoir about her time in the Trump administration, said in an interview Sunday that the way Chief of Staff John Kelly dismissed her involved a "threat" and played an audio recording of Kelly that she said she made in the Situation Room.  The recording was played on NBC News' "Meet the Press,"...
Early voting starts Monday: Here are the 15 sites in Palm Beach County

Early voting starts Monday: Here are the 15 sites in Palm Beach County

NOTE: Sites are open to any voter registered in Palm Beach County. This differs from Election Day, when voters must report to his or her precinct to cast a ballot. Supervisor of Elections Office, 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach Acreage Branch Library, 15801 Orange Blvd., Loxahatchee Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th St., Belle Glade Boca Raton Downtown Library, 400 NW 2nd...
Veteran state Rep., Keiser vice chancellor vie to succeed Sen. Negron

Veteran state Rep., Keiser vice chancellor vie to succeed Sen. Negron

The special election race to replace District 25 Senator and state Senate President Joe Negron is a Republican face-off between a 16-year veteran of the State House of Representatives and the vice chancellor of the state’s second-largest not-for-profit college. District 83 Rep. Gayle Harrell, a 47-year resident of the Treasure Coast, said her experience in the state Legislature makes her...
Two Democrats vie to succeed Abruzzo in Boca’s District 81

Two Democrats vie to succeed Abruzzo in Boca’s District 81

Two Democrats from suburban Boca Raton are running to replace State Rep. Joe Abruzzo as Florida’s District 81 representative. Both Tina Polsky and Mindy Koch are first-time candidates who have never held elected public office. Polsky, who has been endorsed by the seat’s incumbent, is a New York native who has lived in the district for 13 years. For the past 10 years, she said...
Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

Waitress alleged Jeff Greene smacked her arm; Greene said it was a tap

A cocktail waitress who worked at Jeff Greene’s Palm Beach hotel in 2012 told police she was “smacked on the arm” by Greene when he wanted her to turn down the music in a hotel restaurant, according to a report that surfaced Thursday and was disputed by Greene, the billionaire investor who’s now a Democratic candidate for governor. Greene merely “tapped” the woman...
Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

Early voting, which starts Monday, often means earlier campaigning

With more than half a million mail-in ballots already cast for Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries and in-person early voting beginning Monday, the notion of a single “Election Day” is becoming obsolete in the Sunshine State. “I no longer refer to ‘Election Day,’” said longtime Democratic consultant Eric Johnson. “Florida has election month.&rdquo...
North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

North and South Korea to Discuss Plans for a 3rd Summit

Senior officials from North and South Korea will meet next week to discuss the possibility of a third summit between their countries’ leaders, the South said Thursday.  The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Moon Jae-in of the South have already met twice this year, in April and in May. South Korean officials have recently expressed interest in holding a third meeting soon...
Inside Brett Kavanaugh’s personal finances: credit card debts, $92,000 country-club fee

Inside Brett Kavanaugh’s personal finances: credit card debts, $92,000 country-club fee

In front of a law-school crowd in 2015, Brett Kavanaugh mentioned the success of a younger attorney who worked as his deputy in the White House and became the general counsel of Facebook in 2008. Kavanaugh, who was a federal appeals judge at the time, had never heard of the company.  "That turned out to be a really good move," Kavanaugh said, chuckling. "And I am committed to public...
Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens despite president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’

Melania Trump’s parents become U.S. citizens despite president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’

First lady Melania Trump's parents became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, completing a years-long immigration process even as President Trump has called for new laws to bar Americans from sponsoring parents and other relatives.  Michael Wildes, an attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who had been living in the country as legal permanent residents after leaving...
Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms

Pelosi is the star of GOP attack ads, worrying Democrats upbeat about midterms

While Democrats grow optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House in November, they are increasingly anxious that the presence of their longtime and polarizing leader, Nancy Pelosi, is making it harder for many of their candidates to compete in crucial swing districts.  Republicans, clinging to a 23-seat majority in the House, have made the House minority leader a central element...
Ruble tumbles as U.S. sets out new sanctions on Russia

Ruble tumbles as U.S. sets out new sanctions on Russia

Russia’s currency fell on Thursday to its lowest dollar value in nearly two years, jarred by new U.S. sanctions imposed in response to a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.  For several years, the Russian economy has appeared able mostly to shrug off the effects of a series of Western sanctions tied to its incursions into Ukraine and its election meddling. Buoyed by rising...
Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

Judge halts mother-daughter deportation, threatens to hold Sessions in contempt

A federal judge in Washington halted a deportation in progress Thursday and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway.  "This is pretty outrageous," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said after being told about the...
Trump administration proposes further dismantling of Affordable Care Act through Medicare

Trump administration proposes further dismantling of Affordable Care Act through Medicare

The Trump administration is proposing to restrict an innovation in the Affordable Care Act that was intended to improve Medicare and slow spending in the vast federal insurance system for older Americans. Health-care researchers hail the model's promise to improve quality and efficiency, but administration data suggest it is not saving enough money.  The changes, announced Thursday by the administrator...
Kobach recuses himself from vote counting in his own primary vs. Colyer

Kobach recuses himself from vote counting in his own primary vs. Colyer

Newly discovered vote-tallying discrepancies have whittled down the lead Kris Kobach held over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary for Kansas governor.  Kobach, a hard-line opponent of illegal immigration who campaigned as a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, originally had a 191-vote advantage over Colyer as of Wednesday.  On Thursday, the state elections office said...
Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson and a Roger Stone sighting at Palm Beach County GOP Lobsterfest

U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and Brian mast and HUD Secretary Ben Carson pose for photos with attendees at the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lobsterfest dinner in Boca Raton. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOCA RATON — Housing and Urban Development Secretary and Palm Beach Gardens resident Ben Carson got the top billing at the Palm Beach County GOP’s annual...

GOP governor hopefuls slug it out in debate; Putnam knocks Trump

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam dubbed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis the “Seinfeld candidate,” but the punchline might have inadvertently summed up the Wednesday debate between the two Republican gubernatorial candidates: “It all adds up to nothing.” The two men, who agree on most major issues, slugged it out with one-liners for much of their hour-long debate. In the end, it...
Calls for repealing ‘stand your ground’ hit Florida Capitol

Calls for repealing ‘stand your ground’ hit Florida Capitol

Joined by the longtime girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead in a dispute over a parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Gov. Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law. Tensions over the July 19 shooting of Markeis McGlockton, with his three...
Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Blue wave? As Florida primary ballots are mailed in, Republicans more engaged

Despite five Democratic gubernatorial campaigns working to turn out voters for the Aug. 28 primary, early statistics have not shown heightened Democratic voter interest. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Democrats have a competitive five-candidate primary for governor and a widespread loathing of President Donald Trump to motivate them this year — the perfect...
Clarity in the fog of elections: GOP faces fall peril

Clarity in the fog of elections: GOP faces fall peril

Alarmed by the tight race for a congressional seat in Ohio, Republicans are steeling for a 90-day campaign of trench warfare as they fight to keep control of the House, pinning their hopes on well-funded outside groups and a slashing negative message about Democrats.  Voting across the Midwest and West laid bare the party’s precarious situation Wednesday: Ohio’s special election exposed...
Ahead of midterms, Trump hits a wall in efforts to curb illegal immigration

Ahead of midterms, Trump hits a wall in efforts to curb illegal immigration

President Donald Trump, who for three years has vowed to build a massive security wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, is running into his own wall on illegal immigration, which has continued to surge in recent months despite family separations and other hard-edge policies aimed at curbing the flow.  Nearly 19 months into his presidency - and three months ahead of pivotal midterm elections &mdash...
Trump defies Republican antipathy to Russia with Rand Paul as an ally

Trump defies Republican antipathy to Russia with Rand Paul as an ally

A secretive summit, an open invitation to visit the United States and now a letter hand-delivered by a sympathetic senator — as President Donald Trump makes increasingly unorthodox overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the GOP is facing a politically existential choice: cross the president and his allies, or accept that the party is warming to the Kremlin.  Trump has challenged...
Five numbers that mattered from Tuesday’s primaries

Five numbers that mattered from Tuesday’s primaries

Detroiters were not happy about the way former congressman John Conyers Jr. was pushed out of office. They were even less happy when Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Mich., scheduled the special election to replace him in November 2018 — leaving much of the city, as well as suburbs such as Dearborn, without a member of Congress for 11 months. As a result, voters in Tuesday's race were voting not just to...
Trump claims election night credit. It’s not that simple.

Trump claims election night credit. It’s not that simple.

In President Donald Trump’s mind, he has become the indispensable man, the political force singularly responsible for the narrow lead that Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate, clings to in a heavily conservative Ohio House district and that Kris Kobach maintains in the Kansas governor’s primary.  But the presidential braggadocio that followed Tuesday’s election night squeakers...
White House drafting sanctions order to punish foreign interference in U.S. elections

White House drafting sanctions order to punish foreign interference in U.S. elections

The White House is drafting an executive order that would authorize President Donald Trump to sanction foreigners who interfere in U.S. elections, the administration's latest effort to demonstrate it is serious about combating Russian disinformation and hacking.  The eight-page draft order, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post, appears to be an effort to stave off aggressive legislation...
Lackluster election results spur debate over Trump’s midterm role

Lackluster election results spur debate over Trump’s midterm role

A new round of lackluster showings by Republican candidates reignited a debate Wednesday within the GOP over whether President Donald Trump will be a drag on the party's chances in November and should stay out of some of the country's most hotly-contested races.  Inside the White House, Trump aides are mapping out plans for the fall that would offer a variety of options to Republican candidates...
Republican congressman from New York charged with insider trading

Republican congressman from New York charged with insider trading

Federal prosecutors arrested Rep. Chris Collins, President Donald Trump's first congressional supporter, for insider trading on Wednesday, alleging the New York Republican schemed with his son to avoid significant losses on a biotechnology investment.  Collins was at a congressional picnic at the White House last year when he learned that Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotechnology...
Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Jeff Greene says he sold $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock; rips Gwen Graham

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor and Democratic governor hopeful Jeff Greene. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he unloaded $16.5 million worth of oil and energy stock today — a sell-off his campaign says was already in the works when Democratic gubernatorial primary rival Gwen Graham...
Alex Jones demands his Infowars followers rise up and buy more merchandise

Alex Jones demands his Infowars followers rise up and buy more merchandise

Summoning the Alamo, Roman gladiators and the First Amendment, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is calling on his Infowars followers to rise up against anti-Trump “sociopaths” who he says are behind the removal of his Infowars programming from most major social media platforms.  “We knew this was coming,” Jones said on his broadcast Monday. “They tried to...
Kavanaugh’s actions vs. his words on civil rights

Kavanaugh’s actions vs. his words on civil rights

In the spring of 2015, Brett Kavanaugh returned to his alma mater in New Haven, Connecticut, to address the Black Law Students Association. The student who introduced him said Kav anaugh was concerned that African Americans and other minorities were being shut out of coveted clerkships with federal judges like him.  Kavanaugh concluded the session by handing out his email address and phone number...
North Korea has not taken steps to denuclearize, Bolton says

North Korea has not taken steps to denuclearize, Bolton says

National security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that North Korea has not made progress toward denuclearization in a dismal acknowledgment that comes nearly two months after President Donald Trump held a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.  "The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration. It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we...
Why the ‘Manhattan Madam’ is ensnared in the Mueller inquiry

Why the ‘Manhattan Madam’ is ensnared in the Mueller inquiry

Throughout President Donald Trump’s term, it has sometimes seemed as if the world chronicled in the tabloids has invaded the corridors of power in Washington. Trump’s alleged affairs with a pornographic film star and a former Playboy bunny have become national news, joined by figures from publications typically more associated with supermarket checkout lines than the White House briefing...
Primary victories set the stage in Michigan for stark ideological fights

Primary victories set the stage in Michigan for stark ideological fights

Gretchen Whitmer, a former leader in the Michigan state Senate, captured the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday night and will face off against the state’s Republican attorney general, Bill Schuette, in a race that looms as a pivotal test of whether Democrats can reclaim power in a state President Donald Trump won two years ago.  In the race for the Republican nomination for Senate...
Democratic centrists win big over insurgent left

Democratic centrists win big over insurgent left

The Democratic Party's left-wing insurgency found its limits Tuesday night, with voters favoring establishment candidates over more liberal challengers in almost every closely watched race across several states.  In Michigan, former state senator Gretchen Whitmer easily won the Democratic nomination for governor over Abdul El-Sayed, a doctor backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who was vying...
Gates forced to admit extramarital affair as Manafort’s defense team attacks his credibility

Gates forced to admit extramarital affair as Manafort’s defense team attacks his credibility

The courtroom showdown between Paul Manafort and his former right-hand man Rick Gates grew painfully personal Tuesday as a defense lawyer forced Gates, the prosecution's star witness, to admit he had a transatlantic extramarital affair and embezzled money to live beyond his means.  During his second day on the witness stand, Gates detailed the lies, phony documents and fake profits he claims...
GOP declares victory in Ohio House race that’s too close to call

GOP declares victory in Ohio House race that’s too close to call

Republicans declared victory late Tuesday in an unresolved race for a solidly red congressional district in Ohio, which exposed growing concern over the vulnerabilities in President Donald Trump's governing coalition.  The race was the latest example of increased Democratic energy and tepid Republican candidate performance that has defined recent special elections, including House races in Arizona...
Manafort lawyer: ‘So many lies’ Gates can’t keep up

Manafort lawyer: ‘So many lies’ Gates can’t keep up

Paul Manafort’s lawyer suggested Tuesday that the star witness in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial has told “so many lies” he can’t remember all of them. Defense lawyer Kevin Downing began his cross-examination of longtime Manafort deputy Rick Gates by pressing him on his own lies to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, an extramarital...
Rival Dems Jeff Greene, Gwen Graham escalate fight over mall project

Rival Dems Jeff Greene, Gwen Graham escalate fight over mall project

Democratic gubernatorial rivals Jeff Greene and Gwen Graham have released dueling ads over the Graham family’s ties to a massive mall project in Miami-Dade. Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham — rivals in Florida’s Aug. 28 Democratic gubernatorial primary — have released dueling TV ads and campaign...
Experts say Kris Kobach used flawed research to defend Trump’s voter fraud panel

Experts say Kris Kobach used flawed research to defend Trump’s voter fraud panel

After Matthew Dunlap, one of the members of President Donald Trump's disbanded voting fraud panel, released documents from the commission showing that it had failed to turn up any evidence of widespread voter fraud last week, the panel's vice chair, Kansas secretary state Kris Kobach made his case for the commission's existence.  One of the foremost proponents of stricter voter identification...
Giuliani preparing letter to Mueller expressing ‘real reluctance’ over obstruction questions

Giuliani preparing letter to Mueller expressing ‘real reluctance’ over obstruction questions

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump's legal team is planning to send a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller this week that will largely rebuff Mueller's latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice.  "We have a real reluctance about allowing...
Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

Major technology companies including Apple, Facebook and YouTube deleted years of content from conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars platforms over allegations of hate speech, a sudden clampdown that is fueling the growing debate over how big technology companies choose to censor.  The move was unusual for its sweep and speed, suggesting a new assertiveness by technology...
Trump’s border wall could waste billions of dollars, report says

Trump’s border wall could waste billions of dollars, report says

The Trump administration could potentially waste billions of dollars on a border wall because it failed to fully account for factors like varying terrain and land ownership along the Southwest border, according to a new report.  The report, conducted by the Government Accountability Office, found that Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for construction of the wall, did not...
‘Manhattan Madam’ is set to testify in Mueller inquiry

‘Manhattan Madam’ is set to testify in Mueller inquiry

A woman who once ran an upscale New York City escort service will appear on Friday before a federal grand jury that is hearing evidence in the wide-ranging inquiry into ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.  The woman, Kristin M. Davis, was interviewed last week by officials from the office of the special...
How accounts of Russia meeting at Trump Tower shifted

How accounts of Russia meeting at Trump Tower shifted

President Donald Trump’s latest explanation for the June 2016 campaign meeting with Russians at Trump Tower: It was to obtain dirt on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and that’s “totally legal and done all the time in politics.”  The president’s Sunday morning tweet marked a new twist in an account that has zigged and zagged since The New York Times first reported...
Donald Trump Jr.’s potential legal troubles, explained

Donald Trump Jr.’s potential legal troubles, explained

President Donald Trump’s fresh acknowledgment that his top campaign advisers met at Trump Tower in July 2016 with Kremlin-connected Russians to “get information on an opponent” has renewed questions about whether his son Donald Trump Jr., who arranged the encounter, is facing legal trouble.  The president blasted as “fake news” a Washington Post article that said...
Rick Gates says he lied for years at Manafort’s request and stole from him in the process

Rick Gates says he lied for years at Manafort’s request and stole from him in the process

Rick Gates — the star witness against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager — admitted in federal court Monday that he committed a host of crimes with his former boss, and confessed to stealing from him and others.  In his first hour on the witness stand, Gates catalogued years of crimes, saying most of his wrongdoing was committed on behalf of his former boss, Paul Manafort...
US House 20: Veteran Hastings faces newcomer Cherfilus-McCormick

US House 20: Veteran Hastings faces newcomer Cherfilus-McCormick

The Democratic primary for U.S. House District 20 pits an octogenarian, veteran politician with a controversial past against a working mother with a law degree, a lot of ideas but no political experience. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, 81, has represented the district, which covers both rural and urban areas in Palm Beach and Broward counties, since 1992. The many causes Hastings says he has championed...
GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it’s becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump’s pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to confirmation this fall. The conservative appellate judge is breezing past swirling questions over his views on executive power and his approach to gay marriage, abortion...
Defense lawyer: Gates to testify next in Manafort’s trial

Defense lawyer: Gates to testify next in Manafort’s trial

The former longtime deputy to President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman is scheduled to testify next in Paul Manafort’s financial fraud trial, Manafort’s lawyer said Monday. Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said in court that Rick Gates will testify at the conclusion of the testimony of Manafort’s tax preparer. The prosecution didn’t immediately confirm that Gates, a...
Christie: McGlockton shooting pushes limits on ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense

Christie: McGlockton shooting pushes limits on ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense

The Rev. Al Sharpton led Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidates in a rally at a Clearwater church on Sunday calling for the repeal of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. Is it right for someone who initiates a confrontation to then hide behind “Stand Your Ground” as a defense when they shoot and kill the other person? That’s the basic...
More than 250,000 Florida voters have already cast ballots for Aug. 28 primary

More than 250,000 Florida voters have already cast ballots for Aug. 28 primary

Nearly 100,000 Democratic voters have already made their choice in the five-candidate race for the party’s nomination for governor. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Florida’s Aug. 28 primaries have already happened for more than 250,000 voters. As of this morning, 259,289 voters had returned ballots by mail, according to the Florida Division of Elections...
Trump makes bizarre claim that tariffs will help pay down massive U.S. debt

Trump makes bizarre claim that tariffs will help pay down massive U.S. debt

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that his tariffs are "working big time" and made a bizarre claim that the money raised from these new import taxes will go a long way to helping pay down America's large debt. (Short answer: That's not what will happen).  Trump portrays the tariffs as a tax on foreigners, but the reality is that tariffs are taxes on U.S. companies and consumers...
Rick Gates to take center stage at Manafort trial

Rick Gates to take center stage at Manafort trial

Whom to believe — the accused liar, or the admitted one? A Virginia jury is expected to wrestle with that question this week, when it is scheduled to hear testimony from the former protege of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman now facing trial on bank fraud and tax charges.  Rick Gates worked for years as Manafort's right-hand man, managing his clients, his...
Trump’s trade war is killing American blue jeans

Trump’s trade war is killing American blue jeans

  Victor Lytvinenko is thumbing through emails on his iPhone trying to find the one that best shows the damage the global trade war has already done to his little, decade-old American jeans company. The 37-year-old -- dressed in a black t-shirt, rolled-up blue jeans and a pair of Stan Smiths -- eventually looks up after finding the message. It's from a customer in Scotland who's apologizing for...
Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer

Trump acknowledges, defends 2016 meeting between son, Kremlin-aligned lawyer

President Donald Trump on Sunday offered his most definitive and clear public acknowledgment that his oldest son met with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign to "get information on an opponent," defending the meeting as "totally legal and done all the time in politics."  It is, however, against the law for U.S. campaigns to receive donations or...
U.S. isn’t ‘starry-eyed’ on end to North Korean nukes, Bolton says

U.S. isn’t ‘starry-eyed’ on end to North Korean nukes, Bolton says

The U.S. isn't being naïve in taking North Korea at its word on denuclearization, said White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, defending President Donald Trump's approach to Pyongyang.  "There's no one in this administration starry-eyed about" the idea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime will completely rid itself of nuclear weapons capability, Bolton said during...
Trump promises to stay the course on tariffs

Trump promises to stay the course on tariffs

President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to continue imposing tariffs as a central part of his economic agenda and called his critics "fools," pivoting sharply away from the free-trade message that senior advisers had tried to erect in recent weeks.  Trump, in a series of Twitter posts before an Ohio campaign rally, said he was using tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, to try to force...
Melania Trump issues statement in support of LeBron James after president insults him

Melania Trump issues statement in support of LeBron James after president insults him

First lady Melania Trump issued a statement Saturday in support of LeBron James, after President Donald Trump posted a late-night tweet attacking the basketball star.  The president took to his favorite medium and attacked James's intelligence Friday night after CNN aired an interview in which the NBA star told anchor Don Lemon that he thought Trump was trying to divide the country by using sports...
For DeSantis, Trump’s nod also means cash from big GOP donors

For DeSantis, Trump’s nod also means cash from big GOP donors

President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Republican Ron DeSantis for Florida governor included not only a massive rally in Tampa last week - it also brought a fresh torrent of cash to the campaign from top GOP donors nationwide. Trump’s early morning tweet June 22 – saying that DeSantis “will be a Great Governor & has my full Endorsement” – swiftly lead to $500,000...
Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

Cerabino: Florida Dems running for governor running after Graham

If you were lucky enough to miss the fifth and final debate among the five Democrats running for Florida governor, fear not. I have a condensed recap of this hour-long event featuring Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine, Palm Beach businessman Jeff Greene, former North Florida Congresswoman Gwen Graham, and some guy named Chris King. The debate, held in Palm...
Raise taxes? What five Democrats running for Florida governor said in debate

Raise taxes? What five Democrats running for Florida governor said in debate

Five Democrats running for Florida governor prepare for a Thursday night debate at WPBF Channel 25 in Palm Beach Gardens. From left: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene, Winter Park businessman Chris King, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The five Democrats...
Ivanka Trump says she doesn’t consider the media ‘the enemy of the people’

Ivanka Trump says she doesn’t consider the media ‘the enemy of the people’

Ivanka Trump distanced herself from her father on two high-profile issues Thursday, saying that she did not agree with his characterization of the media as "the enemy of the people" and that she was "vehemently against" separating migrant children from their parents at the border — calling the latter a low point of her tenure in the White House.  Her comments at a public...
After investigating Clinton White House and Vincent Foster’s death, Brett Kavanaugh had a change of heart

After investigating Clinton White House and Vincent Foster’s death, Brett Kavanaugh had a change of heart

In early 1995, Brett Kavanaugh, a rising star in conservative legal circles, wrestled with one of the most inflammatory questions of the Clinton presidency: How did White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster die?  It was an early career challenge for the man now nominated by President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court. And it spurred him to advocate for an aggressive investigation related to the...
CNN’s Jim Acosta challenges Sarah Huckabee Sanders, then makes quick exit

CNN’s Jim Acosta challenges Sarah Huckabee Sanders, then makes quick exit

Jim Acosta, the square-jawed CNN correspondent, has stood out among the White House press corps for his impassioned on-air monologues about the importance of the First Amendment.  During a tense White House briefing on Thursday, he challenged the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to disavow President Donald Trump’s description of journalists as “the enemy of the people.&rdquo...
Russians view U.S. more favorably after Trump-Putin summit, poll finds

Russians view U.S. more favorably after Trump-Putin summit, poll finds

For the first time in over four years, Russia's leading polling agency has found that the number of Russians who have positive views of the United States is greater than those who have negative views.  The results, published Thursday by the independent Levada Center for Public Opinion, show a considerable increase in the number of Russians who said they generally felt good about the United States...
Sen. Rand Paul to start Russia trip Monday

Sen. Rand Paul to start Russia trip Monday

Sen. Rand Paul is planning to start a trip to Russia on Monday, a venture aimed at "supporting President Donald Trump engaging around the world," according to a spokesman.  Paul, R-Ky., has emerged in recent weeks as a fierce proponent of Trump's dealings with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, making him a unique voice in Congress at a time when Republicans and Democrats have...
How fake influence campaigns on Facebook lured ordinary people

How fake influence campaigns on Facebook lured ordinary people

In late June, after word emerged that the white supremacists who organized last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia, had applied to hold an anniversary rally this month in Washington, a local political activist, Brendan Orsinger, saw that a Facebook event page had been created for a counterprotest.  He recognized it as trouble. Little did he know...
The Trump administration: Charting what’s normal, what’s not, and what matters

The Trump administration: Charting what’s normal, what’s not, and what matters

The first 18 months of Donald Trump's presidency have been anything but conventional.  The relentless barrage of norm-busting coming from the White House can make it difficult to keep things in perspective: Which administration actions represent major departures from the norms of U.S. democracy, which are minor deviations, and which are simply conventional actions being taken by an unconventional...
Manafort’s bookkeeper testifies against him, alleging efforts to inflate income

Manafort’s bookkeeper testifies against him, alleging efforts to inflate income

Paul Manafort's longtime bookkeeper testified against him Thursday, telling a Virginia jury that his seven-figure lifestyle lasted until about 2015 when the cash ran out, the bills piled up and he and his business partner began trying to fudge numbers to secure loans.  The dry but potentially damaging testimony from the bookkeeper, Heather Washkuhn, appeared to undercut Manafort's defense against...
Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

Cheesman, Coleman, Maryuma have vastly different backgrounds

An assistant public defender, a former prosecutor who practices family law and a scientist turned lawyer will face off on Aug. 28 to replace retiring Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Peter Blanc. The three candidates not only practice different types of law but come from vastly different backgrounds. KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES: Complete guide to the Aug. 28 election Maxine Cheesman, 62, was born in Jamaica...
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