Democrats could grab 6-1 advantage on Palm Beach County commission

Boca Raton City Councilman Bob Weinroth (left) chats with Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner in Tallahassee in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Democrats are well-positioned to claim a 6-1 advantage on the Palm Beach County commission after Republicans failed to field candidates for two seats and were left with only a political unknown to run in a seat...
Shaking up cabinet to shrink the government

Shaking up cabinet to shrink the government

President Donald Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, on Thursday unveiled a plan to overhaul the federal government that could have a profound effect on millions of poor and working-class Americans.  Produced over the past year by Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, it would reshuffle social welfare programs in a way that would make them easier...
Who is Dolly Gee, the judge deciding the fate of Trump’s executive order?

Who is Dolly Gee, the judge deciding the fate of Trump’s executive order?

Judge Dolly M. Gee has called the treatment of immigrant children in detention “deplorable” in a legal opinion. She has castigated the federal government for “fear mongering” when it argued that the detention of migrant families at the border was a necessary deterrent.  And that was during the Obama administration.  Soon, the national crisis over immigration, which...
DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

DeSantis trails Putnam in Fox News poll but gets full Trump endorsement this morning

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at the kickoff of his campaign for governor in Boca Raton in January. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) President Donald Trump this morning gave his “full endorsement” to U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida’s Republican primary for governor after a Fox News poll showed DeSantis trailing Agriculture...
Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

Levine stumps on Greene’s turf; talks about drugs, high-tech incentives

On a day in which he literally campaigned on the turf of Democratic primary rival Jeff Greene, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others discuss the opioid crisis Thursday in a conversation that also touched on marijuana legalization and racial disparities in drug enforcement. Levine, the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in several polls, spent...
Study: Republicans see ‘misinformation’ in media at twice the rate of Democrats

Study: Republicans see ‘misinformation’ in media at twice the rate of Democrats

Fresh data affirm a long-running crisis for U.S. media organizations: Republicans and conservatives just don't trust them. A May 2017 Pew Research Center noted in stark terms how the media-trust gap is widening between the parties. Now comes a Gallup/Knight Foundation survey with a finding that cements common wisdom on the topic.  Asked to estimate the percentage of news on TV, radio and newspapers...
Tabloid allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing

Tabloid allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing

During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid's articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents to Trump's attorney Michael Cohen in advance of publication, according to three people with knowledge of the matter — an unusual practice that speaks to the close relationship between Trump and David Pecker, chief executive...
A chaotic attempt to reunite parents with their children

A chaotic attempt to reunite parents with their children

Each of the mothers had a different memory of the moment she was separated from her child.  For some, it was outside a Border Patrol station just north of the Rio Grande, shortly after being apprehended. For others, it was after an interrogation by federal authorities in a bitterly cold air-conditioned office.  Jodi Goodwin, an attorney in Harlingen, Texas, has heard more than two dozen...
U.S. returns boy taken at border from Guatemalan mom

U.S. returns boy taken at border from Guatemalan mom

A 7-year-old Guatemalan boy was scheduled to be reunited Thursday night with his mother after they were detained and separated upon seeking asylum at the U.S. border, U.S. authorities told a federal judge in Washington.  The pledge by government lawyers — in a hearing challenging the Trump administration's immigrant family separation process — came less than 24 hours after President...
White House proposes federal government overhaul

White House proposes federal government overhaul

The White House on Thursday proposed a radical overhaul of the federal government that, if implemented, would transform the swath of agencies that manage Americans' food, public education, social services and even air travel.  Other presidents have met mixed success in their attempts to streamline government functions, but Trump administration officials said they intend to shake up what one called...
GOP effort to pass immigration bill falls apart in House

GOP effort to pass immigration bill falls apart in House

House leaders abruptly postponed a vote Thursday on a broad immigration bill intended to unite GOP moderates and conservatives, acknowledging they lack the votes to pass the measure despite a growing uproar over separating migrant families at the border.  A fractious GOP conference and President Donald Trump's equivocations hamstrung leadership as they tried to rally support for their Republicans-only...
Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Philip Levine talks opioid crisis, marijuana legalization, race in Boynton Beach

Democratic candidate for governor Philip Levine joins others in a prayer led by Pastor Tommy Brown of New Disciples Worship Center before a discussion on opioids in Boynton Beach. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) BOYNTON BEACH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor  Philip Levine listened to local clergy and others talk about the...
Facebook Live: Teens tell us about Parkland’s impact

Facebook Live: Teens tell us about Parkland’s impact

Call them Generation Parkland. Though they were miles from the gunfire that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School four months ago, they have been changed by it nonetheless. “People are still devastated by these events,” said Donyea James, who just finished her junior year at American Heritage Boca/Delray High School. “It’s always on your...
Trudeau has billions of reasons to dig in against Trump on dairy

Trudeau has billions of reasons to dig in against Trump on dairy

Justin Trudeau's defense of Canadian dairy tariffs isn't just about farmers and politics — it's about debt, too.  The prime minister squared off with Donald Trump this month over Canada's "supply management" system, which sets quotas for dairy, eggs and poultry and charges high tariffs above that threshold. Despite a U.S. surplus on dairy trade with Canada, the president wants...
Ethics spotlight is back on Wilbur Ross

Ethics spotlight is back on Wilbur Ross

As a wealthy and experienced investor, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was expected to bring polish and sagacity to his job in the Trump cabinet.  But a Forbes magazine report this week has suggested Ross has brought tarnish and imprudence. The magazine disclosed that Ross had kept stakes in Chinese-owned companies, a shipping firm tied to leading Russians, and a Cypriot bank while holding public...
Why Republicans have long wanted to shut Education Department

Why Republicans have long wanted to shut Education Department

On April 4, 2016, Fox host Sean Hannity asked Donald Trump if he would eliminate any federal departments if he were to become president. Trump responded by saying that the Department of Education "is massive and it can be largely eliminated."  Actually, it is the smallest Cabinet-level department in terms of employees, but Republicans have opposed it ever since it began operations in...
Trump’s executive order on family separation, explained

Trump’s executive order on family separation, explained

President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to quell the uproar over his administration’s systematic separation of immigrant children from their families at the border, signing an executive order he portrayed as ending the problem.    Previously, many families caught sneaking across the border — especially those seeking asylum — were released into the United States while...
In Trump’s America, the conversation turns ugly and angry, starting at the top

In Trump’s America, the conversation turns ugly and angry, starting at the top

President Donald Trump has railed against unauthorized immigrants in recent days, branding many of them “murderers and thieves” who want to “infest our country.” Not long ago, he referred to them as “animals,” although he insisted he meant only those who join a violent gang.  The president’s unpresidential language has become the standard for some on...
What’s behind the ‘tender age’ shelters opening for young migrants

What’s behind the ‘tender age’ shelters opening for young migrants

The shelters were intended for children under the age of 12, referred to as “tender age” detainees, who are entering the detention system in ever-larger numbers under the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents who enter the country illegally.  Many are toddlers and babies and require special care, and their numbers have been rising since last month...
Trump airs his grievances and demands more credit — for just about everything

Trump airs his grievances and demands more credit — for just about everything

President Donald Trump feels wronged.  Standing at center stage in a hockey arena here, delivering a rollicking speech that harkened back to the glory days of his 2016 campaign, Trump was simmering with frustration.  Trump said he felt wronged that he was not given more credit for his historic meeting last week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.  Wronged that his administration's...
Hundreds of separated children have quietly been sent to New York

Hundreds of separated children have quietly been sent to New York

Under cover of darkness and in the custody of the federal government, migrant children have been coming in waves to New York, taken from their parents after crossing the southern border.  Even as President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending his administration’s policy of separating parents and children who have illegally crossed the border, the crisis was already spreading...
Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Commission reinstates solid waste race, gender contract program

Palm Beach County commissioners voted Wednesday to re-establish race- and gender-conscious assistance programs for the Solid Waste Authority, pleasing women and minority business owners who complained they have been largely shut out of contract opportunities. The 5-2 vote capped a racially divisive debate and offered a possible preview of discussions commissioners are expected to have this fall, when...
Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Bill Nelson says Florida is housing 174 minors separated from families

Sen. Bill Nelson speaking on the Senate floor this morning. A day after being denied access to a facility in Homestead that houses some children who were separated from their families by immigration enforcement officials, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson said in a Senate floor speech that a total of 174 such minors are being housed across Florida. Nelson said the Department...
Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

Rick Scott links child separations to Trump policy, says: ‘This practice needs to stop now’

President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in February. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott has sharpened his opposition to the federal government’s separation of children from adults who attempt to illegally enter the U.S., specifically linking the policy to President Donald Trump and declaring...
From Hollywood to public office: Cynthia Nixon tests a role played by men

From Hollywood to public office: Cynthia Nixon tests a role played by men

Arnold Schwarzenegger. Al Franken. Ronald Reagan. Sonny Bono. Fred Thompson. Jesse Ventura. Donald Trump.  All were celebrities of a sort. All won high office. All were men.  As Cynthia Nixon, the actress made famous from her turn on “Sex and the City,” runs for governor of New York, she isn’t just bidding to become the first woman and first openly gay governor in the state&rsquo...
Senate Republicans just rebuked Trump on family separations

Senate Republicans just rebuked Trump on family separations

After a GOP policy lunch on Tuesday, the leader of the Senate Republicans walked out to reporters and said something remarkable for this political moment: They don't agree with President Donald Trump's policy of separating families at the border, and the caucus supports a plan to end the practice.  "I support, and all of the members of the Republican conference support, a plan to keep families...
FBI agents gave Trump a weapon against Mueller. Republicans are wielding it.

FBI agents gave Trump a weapon against Mueller. Republicans are wielding it.

President Donald Trump’s congressional allies trained their fire on the special counsel investigation on Tuesday, armed anew with a damaging report showing that the lead FBI agent assigned to the case held strong anti-Trump views when the inquiry began.  Trump’s loyalists in the House and other Republicans used the report, released last week by the Justice Department’s inspector...
Angered by family separations at border, advocacy groups plan D.C. protest June 30

Angered by family separations at border, advocacy groups plan D.C. protest June 30

Protests are planned in 132 cities across the country June 30 to demonstrate outrage at the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the border and detaining children apart from their parents.  Activists will descend on city centers, state capitols and, in Washington, at Lafayette Square across from the White House.  It wasn't clear Tuesday how many people are expected...
Trump campaign manager calls for firing Sessions, ending Russia probe

Trump campaign manager calls for firing Sessions, ending Russia probe

President Donald Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, brashly called Tuesday for the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ending the investigation into Russian election interference led by special counsel Robert Mueller III.  It was not immediately clear whether Parscale — who shared his views in a tweet — was speaking for the president.  His tweet was sent as Michael...
In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer

In Trump’s efficient U.S. family separation system, reunions take far longer

On a simple flier printed in Spanish and English, the Trump administration now provides migrant parents who cross into the United States illegally with a step-by-step guide explaining what to do after they have been separated from their children.  What it does not tell them is whether they will get their kids back.  In the deepening crisis over the Trump administration's decision to separate...
Trump aide who planned North Korea summit is leaving the White House

Trump aide who planned North Korea summit is leaving the White House

The White House aide who planned President Donald Trump's summit with North Korea in Singapore and served as a behind-the-scenes operations guru during the turbulent beginning of the administration is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman said Tuesday.  Joseph Whitehouse Hagin, the deputy chief of staff for operations for Trump, will leave next month. He orchestrated the administration's...
Trump tells GOP to fix immigration system but offers little clarity on the way forward

Trump tells GOP to fix immigration system but offers little clarity on the way forward

President Donald Trump implored anxious House Republicans to fix the nation's immigration system but did not offer a clear path forward amid the growing uproar over his administration's decision to separate migrant families at the border.  Huddling with the GOP at the Capitol on Tuesday evening, Trump stopped short of giving a full-throated endorsement to immigration legislation meant to unite...
What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

What your member of Congress says about immigrant family separations

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at a news conference today denouncing the government’s separation of minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) The decision by President Donald Trump‘s administration to separate minors from adults accused of trying to enter the U.S. illegally...
In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

In new ad, Dem Jeff Greene says he’s got video to prove he’ll ‘stand up to Trump’

President-elect Donald Trump and billionaire Jeff Greene from a video clip that Greene says was a heated December 2016 conversation about Greene’s support for Hillary Clinton. After making a late entrance into the Democratic race for Florida governor, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene is putting $2.9 million into a week of statewide TV and online...
Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women’s conference

Trumpism finds a safe space at a conservative women’s conference

The young women had come from 48 states across the country, yearning for moments of belonging they rarely found at home.  Cheyenne Martin, a 19-year-old student at Georgetown University, described being ridiculed by classmates for her desire to lead the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency one day. But this weekend, she was met with a standing ovation.  Kyasia Benjamin used stealth...
Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Net worth gap: Gillum roughly 1/400th of Levine, 1/11,000th of Greene in Dem governor’s race

Florida Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Jeff Greene, Chris King, Philip Levine. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum often describes himself as the only non-millionaire in the crowded Democratic primary for Florida governor. Financial disclosure reports released Monday underscore his point. As Florida&rsquo...
Colombia elects populist conservative as president

Colombia elects populist conservative as president

Iván Duque, a populist young conservative who tapped into dissatisfaction with the economy and a controversial peace deal with rebels, won Colombia’s presidential vote on Sunday.  Duque, a former senator from the right-wing Democratic Center party, won about 54 percent of the vote in the balloting on Sunday, the second and last round of elections, election officials said. He defeated...
Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate nominee, evokes Trump on racial issues

Corey Stewart, Virginia Senate nominee, evokes Trump on racial issues

Speaking to a racially mixed audience in August 2016, Corey Stewart, the far-right provocateur who won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia last week, hailed the renaming of a middle school to honor a local black philanthropist instead of a former governor with segregationist roots.  “As we’ve become safer, as we have become more educated, as we have become more prosperous...
Why many white evangelical Christians are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border

Why many white evangelical Christians are not protesting family separations on the U.S. border

At pulpits across the country this weekend, pastors, priests, rabbis and imams gave impassioned sermons, fiercely denouncing the morality of the U.S. government separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.  But one major faith community's response is more muted, and more conflicted: White evangelical Christians.  Pastor Brent Gentzel, for instance, finds the images of...
Trump threatens expansive tariffs

Trump threatens expansive tariffs

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to levy tariffs on nearly all of China's products shipped to the United States unless Beijing agrees to a host of sweeping trade concessions, a dramatic escalation that would enlist American consumers in the brewing U.S.-China commercial conflict.  In a statement, Trump said he had ordered his chief negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...
Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided answering the central questions in two closely watched challenges to partisan gerrymandering. In a pair of unanimous decisions, the court instead ruled on technical grounds, turning potential constitutional blockbusters into minor rulings.  The decisions left the door open to further challenges. But they were nonetheless a setback for critics of partisan gerrymandering...
Romney calls for ‘disturbing’ family separations to stop

Romney calls for ‘disturbing’ family separations to stop

Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney called on the Trump administration on Monday to stop separating immigrant families at the southern border, calling the controversy a "humanitarian crisis" that will require Congress to devise a permanent solution.  Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, declined to blame President Donald Trump or the Department of Homeland Security specifically...
Trump repeats assertion that Democrats are to blame for separating children at border

Trump repeats assertion that Democrats are to blame for separating children at border

President Donald Trump remained resistant Monday in the face of growing public outcry over his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border, repeating the false assertion that Democrats were the ones to blame for it, and suggesting that criminals — not parents — were toting juveniles to the United States.  “They could be murderers and...
Christie: Separating migrant children from parents at U.S.-Mexico border is inhumane

Christie: Separating migrant children from parents at U.S.-Mexico border is inhumane

MCALLEN, Texas –A 2-year-old Honduran cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018, in McAllen, Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it now has 11,785 migrants in custody. That includes 1,995 children who have been separated from their parents. And of those, more than...

Poll: Should Palm Beach County raise taxes to pay teachers more, boost school security?

Florida teachers are underpaid. Our state ranks eighth from the bottom in per-pupil spending in elementary-secondary education, according to  Census Bureau statistics. Elementary-secondary teachers in Florida earn an average $49,199. (That’s $9,154 less than the U.S. average.)  Teachers are going into their own pockets an average of $479 every year for classroom...
Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

Cerabino: Florida’s oil exploration plans are all wet — and that’s good

It appears that Mother Nature has taken matters into its own hands in Florida. For the second year in a row, the summer rains have put a temporary halt to man’s plan to explore for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which borders on Everglades National Park. Burnett Oil, a Texas company looking for oil in Southwest Florida, has fought off a lawsuit by a slew of environmental organizations...
Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

Frankel, heading for Mexico border, calls Trump immigration policies ‘racist’

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, at City Hall today. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, will travel to Texas this week to visit detention centers near the U.S.-Mexico border where nearly 2,000 children have reportedly been separated from their families as part of a crackdown on illegal entries...
State, local political candidates must file this week

State, local political candidates must file this week

Whether they’re running for governor of Florida or a seat on the Loxahatchee River Environmental Control District, this is the week for candidates to submit paperwork, disclose their finances and pay filing fees to secure a spot on the 2018 ballot. The candidate qualifying period for state and county offices begins at noon today and ends at noon Friday. Federal and judicial candidates had their...
Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent.  The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, Trump's presumptive Democratic opponent in the upcoming presidential...
Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

Giuliani suggests Trump may pardon Manafort after Mueller’s probe

White House lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested Sunday that President Donald Trump might pardon his former campaign manager Paul Manafort if he is convicted — but only after special counsel Robert Mueller III has completed his investigation.  "When it's over, hey, he's the president of the United States, he retains his pardon power, nobody's taking that away from him," Giuliani said...
For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

In the run-up to the decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement last May, President Donald Trump wanted the opinion of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. But when the president's personal secretary called the EPA, Pruitt wasn't around.  As it turned out, he was already in the White House, having just ordered the ice cream special in the Mess, where he often dined...
Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

Manafort checks into VIP section at Virginia jail where Chris Brown, Michael Vick also did time

The Northern Neck Regional Jail, where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has the outward appearance of being a small local jail holding street thugs and assorted misdemeanants.  But it also houses federal prisoners awaiting trial — including a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. And it held NFL star Michael Vick and musician...
President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss immigration

President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration - just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP's carefully-laid strategy into chaos.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and was confirmed by two House Republican aides who requested anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.  Confronted by moderate Republicans demanding...
Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

Poll: The American jury’s still out on the Singapore summit

In the aftermath of his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump declared that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat. Americans have a more measured view, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. But their impressions of what happened in Singapore are nonetheless more positive than pre-summit attitudes earlier in the spring.  The president and the North Korean dictator signed...
Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

Bannon says Trump doesn’t have to ‘justify’ border separations

 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday that President Donald Trump doesn't have to "justify" his highly criticized policy of separating parents who enter the U.S. illegally on the southern border with Mexico from their children.  "He went to a zero-tolerance policy," Bannon said on ABC's "This Week." "It's a crime to come across illegally...
Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

Democrats enraged after touring Texas detention facility

They divided the young children who had been separated from their parents, placing 20 or more in a concrete-floor cage and providing foil blankets, thin mattress pads, bottled water and food.  The migrant children, some confused or expressionless, watched as uniformed officials led the news media on a brief tour Sunday of a processing center and temporary detention facility here. Some 1,100 undocumented...
State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

State budget glitch may slash homeless funds

Already reeling from a drop in affordable housing money, community activists across Florida now fear losing key funding for homeless programs — apparently because of a misstep by the Legislature. The state budget set to take effect July 1 includes $4.1 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. But lawmakers this year left something out of the budget: language directing...
Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

Bill Nelson flips, says he’ll oppose Trump nominee for federal bench

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced this afternoon he will oppose President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Florida Judge Allen Winsor for the federal bench — months after Nelson joined Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in supporting Winsor to the administration. Winsor has come under attack from liberal groups...
The report on the FBI’s Clinton investigation is 500 pages. Our experts broke it down.

The report on the FBI’s Clinton investigation is 500 pages. Our experts broke it down.

A much-anticipated inspector general’s report about the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton released Thursday found that former Director James B. Comey was “insubordinate,” but it did not challenge the decision not to charge Clinton and did not conclude that bias influenced that choice.  The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E....
The Donald J. Trump Foundation, explained

The Donald J. Trump Foundation, explained

On Thursday, the New York state attorney general sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation, charging it with “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.”  The lawsuit follows years of scrutiny of President Donald Trump&rsquo...
‘Why can’t we just do it?’ Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes

‘Why can’t we just do it?’ Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes

Some of the most intense drama surrounding President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came not across the negotiating table, but in the days and hours leading up to Tuesday's historic meeting — a behind-the-scenes flurry of commotion prompted by Trump himself.  After arriving in Singapore on Sunday, an antsy and bored Trump urged his aides to demand that the meeting...
Trump allies seize on DOJ report as they seek to undercut Mueller probe

Trump allies seize on DOJ report as they seek to undercut Mueller probe

Thursday's report from the Justice Department's inspector general gave new and potent ammunition to President Donald Trump and his allies in their ongoing efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Even as Trump faces his own legal complications, Republicans quickly seized on the report as a meaningful...
Analysis: 5 takeaways from the inspector general’s report

Analysis: 5 takeaways from the inspector general’s report

Former FBI Director James Comey predicted last month that the Justice Department inspector general "might bang me for [my] decisions."  "Bang" turned out to be a fittingly forceful verb choice.  In a report published Thursday after an 18-month review, Inspector General Michael Horowitz faulted Comey's handling of an election-season investigation of Hillary Clinton's private...
House Republicans consider allowing immigrant children to be detained alongside their parents

House Republicans consider allowing immigrant children to be detained alongside their parents

House Republican leaders on Thursday circulated a proposal to end the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant children from their families when they are apprehended at the border — one that would, in effect, allow children to be detained alongside their parents.  The provision is included in a "discussion draft" of broader GOP legislation aimed at striking a compromise...
Lawsuit accuses Trump of misusing his charity

Lawsuit accuses Trump of misusing his charity

New York's attorney general filed suit against President Donald Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the president's personal charity and saying that Trump had repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at 2016 campaign...
Sessions points to the Bible in defense of separating immigrant families

Sessions points to the Bible in defense of separating immigrant families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible verse on Thursday to defend his department's policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border from Mexico, suggesting that God supports the government in separating immigrant parents from their children.  "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained...
Canada warns U.S. against ‘mano-a-mano’ mantra on foreign policy

Canada warns U.S. against ‘mano-a-mano’ mantra on foreign policy

Canada's top diplomat has a message for the U.S.:  The West isn't infallible, and everyone needs friends.  Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered a keynote speech Wednesday in Washington amid fraught trade talks and after a volley of criticism by President Donald Trump and top aides toward Canada's Justin Trudeau. Freeland ignored those and hardly mentioned trade.  Instead, the...
Supreme Court strikes down law barring political apparel at polling places

Supreme Court strikes down law barring political apparel at polling places

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that prohibits voters from wearing T-shirts, hats and buttons expressing political views at polling places.  In a cautious 7-2 decision, the court acknowledged the value of decorum and solemn deliberation as voters prepare to cast their ballots. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that Minnesota’s law was not “capable...
Stepping on the message: Trump can’t stop generating bad news amid the good

Stepping on the message: Trump can’t stop generating bad news amid the good

The monthly jobs report was another positive one, but President Donald Trump couldn't wait for its release. So an hour or so before the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the figures on June 1, he tweeted that he was "looking forward" to seeing the numbers.  The tweet caused ripples in financial markets and set off a boomerang effect in the news media — a common reaction during...
GOP continues forging itself in Trump’s image

GOP continues forging itself in Trump’s image

Fiercely and undeniably, the Republican Party this week confirmed its rebranding as the party of Donald Trump.  Buoyed by a late Tuesday presidential tweet, voters in South Carolina cast out Rep. Mark Sanford, a firmly conservative member of Congress who had survived earlier scandal, in favor of a state legislator who had condemned Sanford for publicly criticizing the president. In Virginia,...
Republican senators lash out at each other inside private luncheon

Republican senators lash out at each other inside private luncheon

Heated confrontations erupted inside a Senate Republican luncheon on Wednesday as lawmakers traded unusually personal and sometimes profane attacks on one another.  At the center of the ruckus was Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who argued separately with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., according to a person who attended the lunch and another who was briefed on it.  Graham...
Trump’s support for GOP immigration bill may not be enough

Trump’s support for GOP immigration bill may not be enough

President Donald Trump is signaling support for a still-to-be-written compromise immigration bill, but it remains unclear whether the legislation — which would give young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship — can garner enough Republican support to pass the House.  Hours after striking a deal to avoid a messy internal rebellion, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told Republican...
Pressure on Cohen intensifies as Mueller stays focused on Trump attorney

Pressure on Cohen intensifies as Mueller stays focused on Trump attorney

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, is facing mounting pressure from two active federal investigations, contending with skyrocketing legal bills and planning to change lawyers in the near future, according to people familiar with the situation.  Amid his escalating legal concerns, Cohen is feeling neglected by the president, his longtime patron for whom he has long professed...
A GOP congressman retweeted a self-described ‘Nazi sympathizer.’ His party did not rebuke him.

A GOP congressman retweeted a self-described ‘Nazi sympathizer.’ His party did not rebuke him.

Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa is drawing scrutiny after sharing a social media post from a British white nationalist who has described himself in the past as an admirer of Hitler's Germany and a "Nazi sympathizer."  King, whose racially inflected comments on subjects such as immigration and Western culture have drawn headlines for years, retweeted the British white nationalist...
Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Greene to “spend whatever it takes” to tell his story in governor race

Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene says he’s willing to spend $100 million or more of his personal fortune on his late-starting Democratic campaign for Florida governor. “I’m prepared to spend whatever it takes. I’m not going to take my foot off the accelerator this time. I’m going to get my message out there,” Greene told The Palm Beach Post...
As county works on current budget, they’re already worried about 2020’s

As county works on current budget, they’re already worried about 2020’s

Property tax rates would remain flat for an eighth straight year, employees would get a 3 percent raise and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office would get an additional $26 million if Palm Beach County commissioners approve the proposed 2019 budget they discussed in a workshop Tuesday night. But even as commissioners move through what is expected to be a smooth process this...
HHS Secretary Azar avoids being drawn into fight over preexisting conditions

HHS Secretary Azar avoids being drawn into fight over preexisting conditions

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told lawmakers Tuesday that he wants to preserve access to affordable insurance for Americans with preexisting medical conditions, but he declined to disclose his view of an administration move that could undercut such consumer protections.  Calling it "a constitutional position . . . not a policy position," Azar sidestepped grilling on...
Bolton was paid $115,000 to participate in two panels sponsored by foundation of Ukrainian steel magnate

Bolton was paid $115,000 to participate in two panels sponsored by foundation of Ukrainian steel magnate

National security adviser John Bolton was paid $115,000 in the last year to participate in two panel discussions sponsored by the foundation of an Ukrainian steel magnate — including one in Kiev last September, during which Bolton reassured the audience that President Donald Trump would not radically change U.S. foreign policy.  "The notion that [Trump's election] is going to represent...
North Korea says nuclear dismantling a ‘step-by-step’ process with U.S. rewards along the way

North Korea says nuclear dismantling a ‘step-by-step’ process with U.S. rewards along the way

North Korea's state-run media is framing the agreements reached at the Singapore summit as a "step-by-step" process intended to bring U.S. rewards in exchange for gradual moves by Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program.  The account Wednesday in the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper could signal the first rift with President Donald Trump over the perceived path forward with the North's...
Trump celebrates Singapore accord with North Korea, but substance has yet to be revealed

Trump celebrates Singapore accord with North Korea, but substance has yet to be revealed

An ebullient President Donald Trump flew home Tuesday with what he called a "very, very comprehensive" agreement with North Korea, even as lawmakers, analysts and allies congratulated the effort but questioned the substance of what had been achieved.  The brief document signed by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provided virtually no detail beyond a stated commitment to "...
House Republican leaders promise immigration votes next week

House Republican leaders promise immigration votes next week

After a frenzied, late-night negotiation, Speaker Paul Ryan defused a moderate Republican rebellion on Tuesday with a promise to hold high-stakes votes on immigration next week, thrusting the divisive issue onto center stage in the middle of an already difficult election season for Republicans.  The move by Ryan, announced late Tuesday by his office, was something of a defeat for the rebellious...
The political legacy of a failed challenge to the AT&T Time Warner deal

The political legacy of a failed challenge to the AT&T Time Warner deal

Whether it was or not, the case always felt political.   The Justice Department’s attempt to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner never made sense on the merits of the case. On Tuesday, Judge Richard J. Leon of U.S. District Court in Washington said aloud what most antitrust experts had been thinking for months: The government’s case was a losing one.   He...
Democratic women are running for governor. Men and money stand in their way

Democratic women are running for governor. Men and money stand in their way

When Chris Giunchigliani told former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., about her plans to run for governor of Nevada in 2018, he candidly told her that he thought her opponent, Steve Sisolak, would make a stronger candidate, Giunchigliani recently recalled.  Reid, the former Senate Democratic leader, was even blunter when he warned Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, that the Democratic...
In Alabama, disloyalty to Trump proves costly

In Alabama, disloyalty to Trump proves costly

Heading into the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has become a one-man litmus test in some of his party’s primaries, imperiling incumbents in races where policy issues seem to matter less to voters than personal loyalty to the president.  Perhaps nowhere has this been seen more acutely than in Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District, where Republican voters face a peculiar choice...
Democrats running for governor compete for most progressive label

Democrats running for governor compete for most progressive label

Four Democrats running for Florida governor took shots at one another’s backgrounds and liberal credentials during the weekend, but they sang in unison from the same progressive songbook throughout most of a Monday night debate. Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, Andrew Gillum and Chris King voiced support for gun control, higher teacher pay, raising the minimum wage, abortion rights and boosting affordable...
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner benefited from busy 2017 in investing, filing shows

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner benefited from busy 2017 in investing, filing shows

Even after they ascended to top White House positions, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner continued to benefit from an extraordinary number of investment deals carried out by the companies they once ran, ethics filings released Monday evening showed.  During their first year in government service, Trump and Kushner remained investors through various vehicles and trusts, which bought and sold as much...
Summit’s outcome rests on substance, not symbolism

Summit’s outcome rests on substance, not symbolism

With smiles and handshakes and words of mutual warmth, President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un entered the history books in Singapore on Tuesday as the first sitting leaders of their countries ever to meet face to face. Whether their summit turns out to be a truly historic event depends much more on what comes next.  The United States and the world community have tried before to...
As ties to allies fray, Republicans in Congress stick with the president

As ties to allies fray, Republicans in Congress stick with the president

 As President Donald Trump and his advisers take aim at some of America’s closest allies amid tense disputes over trade, congressional Republicans largely stood by the president Monday, insisting they were not worried about a possible deterioration of relations with the West.  A weekend of bellicose remarks by the president and his aides — including unusually personal attacks...
Virginia primary puts Democrats’ spirit of ’17 to the test

Virginia primary puts Democrats’ spirit of ’17 to the test

For Democrats in Virginia, the legend of last year’s general election, when the party romped statewide, has been burnished to a golden glow. If there is a blue wave nationally in the midterms, many will look back to Virginia in 2017 as an early sign.  But the state is going to the polls again for primaries on Tuesday, at a moment when some analysts suggest the wave could be flattening to...
In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea’s totalitarian leader

In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea’s totalitarian leader

President Donald Trump shook his hand for 13 long seconds, patted him on the back and led him down a rich red carpet. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be considered the world's greatest human rights abuser and a totalitarian collector of nuclear weapons, but as they met for the first time here Tuesday, Trump declared himself honored.  "We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt...
Trump’s hotel profits at center of emoluments clause hearing

Trump’s hotel profits at center of emoluments clause hearing

Top lawyers for Maryland and the District of Columbia contend that President Donald Trump's financial interest in Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., allows him to unfairly profit in violation of a constitutional ban on payments to federal officials from foreign governments.  Justice Department lawyers say the president is not breaking the law when foreign officials book rooms at his...
The nine steps required to really disarm North Korea

The nine steps required to really disarm North Korea

The vast scope of North Korea’s atomic program means ending it would be the most challenging case of nuclear disarmament in history. Here’s what has to be done to achieve — and verify — the removal of the nuclear arms, the dismantlement of the atomic complex and the elimination of the North’s other weapons of mass destruction.  President Donald Trump says he is meeting...
Who is Peter Navarro? He said there’s a “special place in hell” for Trudeau

Who is Peter Navarro? He said there’s a “special place in hell” for Trudeau

Peter Navarro, one of President Donald Trump’s top trade advisers, leaned into Trump’s trade fight with Canada, telling "Fox News Sunday" that there was a “special place in hell” for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.  Navarro, echoing Trump’s fiery language in the wake of a fractious Group of 7 summit meeting, said that “weak, dishonest Justin...
Christie: You try measuring expectations for the Trump-Kim summit

Christie: You try measuring expectations for the Trump-Kim summit

SINGAPORE — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walks along the Jubillee bridge during a tour of some of the sights on June ahead of his summit meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Singapore. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) By the time you read this Tuesday morning, the long-awaited, much-hyped summit between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean dictator...
Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.

Nine Democrats among 55 sheriffs endorsing Republican Rick Scott’s Senate bid.

Republican Martin County Sheriff William Snyder is among 55 Florida sheriffs endorsing Republican Gov. Rick Scott for U.S. Senate. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Florida Gov. Rick Scott this morning rolled out the endorsements of 55 of Florida’s 66 elected sheriffs for his Republican U.S. Senate bid against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson...
‘Herding cats’ and discipline: McConnell’s long game delivers a Senate GOP record

‘Herding cats’ and discipline: McConnell’s long game delivers a Senate GOP record

A young Mitch McConnell showed up at Senate GOP campaign headquarters early — 2 1/2 years ahead of time.  Republicans were busy planning for the 1982 midterm elections, but the Kentucky Republican arrived to pitch them on how he would run, and eventually win, his first Senate race in 1984.  "I've always felt you had a better chance of success in whatever you're working on, whether...
Political outsiders test the fit of a 2020 run

Political outsiders test the fit of a 2020 run

For a guy who says he is not running for president, Starbucks executive chairman Howard Schultz sure checked a lot of political boxes over the past week.  Upon announcing his resignation from his company, he published a snappy new website, with a direct-to-camera video and a fashionable black-and-white photo of him smiling on a Seattle street. He revealed plans to write a book, likely to be published...
Billionaire George Soros faces renewed attacks with defiance

Billionaire George Soros faces renewed attacks with defiance

George Soros, the billionaire investor and liberal donor, sat in his hotel suite by Lake Zurich last week, lamenting the turn much of the world has taken in recent years: "Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong."  His favored presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost to President Donald Trump, whose "America First" platform runs counter to the globalism Soros embraces...
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