Yoga class Sunday in West Palm will raise money for Venezuela

As part of a worldwide event, local Venezuelans are hosting an outdoor yoga class Sunday in West Palm Beach to raise money and awareness of the humanitarian crisis in their home country. The one-hour class, scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Meyer Amphitheater, is free, but organizers are asking participants to donate $20 online at the Venezuelan Foundation Engagement Group website. “Just bring your...
Dave Aronberg, courted by Dems for U.S. House seat, weighs in on Dem primary

Dave Aronberg, courted by Dems for U.S. House seat, weighs in on Dem primary

  Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer picks up an endorsement from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who has been courted in the past by national Democrats to run for Congress, is endorsing Lauren Baer in the Democratic primary for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast U.S. House seat. Baer,...
Democrats’ newest midterm pitch: A crackdown on corruption

Democrats’ newest midterm pitch: A crackdown on corruption

Democrats plan to highlight allegations of corruption surrounding the Trump administration — and a legislative agenda to prevent future abuses — as they continue rolling out their party platform ahead of November's midterm elections.  The first planks of the "A Better Deal" platform, released last year, focused on the party's economic agenda. Now, with questions about pay-to-play...
Trump to meet S. Korea’s Moon amid signs that partnership is faltering on N. Korea

Trump to meet S. Korea’s Moon amid signs that partnership is faltering on N. Korea

President Donald Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Tuesday amid signs that his close partnership with Seoul in brokering a historic nuclear deal with North Korea's Kim Jong Un is faltering.  Moon's top aides presented Trump in March with the invitation from Kim to hold the unprecedented summit, an offer Trump accepted on the spot. But Moon's visit to...
Democrat Chris King seeks the ‘bold and progressive’ lane in governor’s race

Democrat Chris King seeks the ‘bold and progressive’ lane in governor’s race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King campaigning west of Delray Beach on Monday. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) WEST DELRAY — As he tries to break out of a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field, Winter Park businessman Chris King — the only candidate who has never run for elected office — told a liberal group here Monday that he’s the...
Mexican candidates take hard line on Trump

Mexican candidates take hard line on Trump

The four candidates to be president of Mexico called each other liars and hypocrites. They slung demeaning nicknames. They lobbed accusations about each other's alleged corruption and pampered families.  But if there was one thing that the candidates agreed on in a debate Sunday night, it was President Donald Trump.  The candidates charted a similar course: Each said he would demand respect...
Xi Jinping can make or break any deal between Trump and Kim

Xi Jinping can make or break any deal between Trump and Kim

President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet next month to negotiate a deal that could avert nuclear war. But the ultimate success of any agreement hinges on someone else: China's President Xi Jinping.  As North Korea's largest trading partner, China's enforcement of United Nations sanctions helped bring Kim to the negotiating table while also shielding his regime from Trump's warnings of...
They spoke Spanish in a Montana store. Then a border agent asked for their IDs

They spoke Spanish in a Montana store. Then a border agent asked for their IDs

In the small town of Havre, Montana, the Town Pump Convenience Store is about the only shop open after midnight. It was about that time last Wednesday when a pair of friends, Ana Suda, who was out of eggs, and Mimi Hernandez, whose daughter needed milk, walked into the store.  Suda does not recall what they discussed while they browsed the store, but she knows they conversed in Spanish. That...
Blankenship says he will make a third-party run for Senate in West Virginia

Blankenship says he will make a third-party run for Senate in West Virginia

Controversial former coal baron Don Blankenship said Monday that he is launching a third-party campaign for the Senate after losing in West Virginia's Republican primary, a decision that could complicate the GOP's efforts to keep its majority in the midterm elections.  Blankenship, who finished third in the Republican primary for Senate in West Virginia earlier this month, said in a statement...
Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

Divisions within Trump team undercut quick trade victory with China

By the time U.S. negotiators wrapped up high-level talks with a visiting Chinese delegation last week, President Donald Trump’s ambitions for a multibillion-dollar trade agreement had, for the time being, shriveled into a blandly worded communiqué without any dollar figures. It was not clear that the talks set a path to success.  Ceaseless infighting and jockeying for influence on...
Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Trump team’s Mueller strategy: Limit the investigation and attack the investigators

Frustrated and impatient, fed up with waiting and eager to fight back, President Donald Trump has embarked on what amounts to a two-prong strategy to contain the threat and undercut the credibility of the escalating investigations targeting him and his associates.  The blizzard of Twitter messages combined with a string of public statements by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in recent days seemed...
By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

By demanding an investigation, Trump challenged a constraint on his power

When President Donald Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the FBI’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.  “It’s an incredible historical moment,” said...
Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

China has called President Donald Trump’s bluff.  Chinese negotiators left Washington this weekend with a significant win: a willingness by the Trump administration to hold off for now on imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports. China gave up little in return, spurning the Trump administration’s nudges for a concrete commitment to buy more goods from the United States...
Dems join Florida Senate TV war with $2.2 million pro-Bill Nelson ad

Dems join Florida Senate TV war with $2.2 million pro-Bill Nelson ad

Scene from a new Democratic ad for Sen. Bill Nelson. The Democratic Senate Majority PAC is spending $2.2 million on a statewide TV ad supporting three-term incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, who has faced more than $8 million in ads by Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Scott allies. The biographical spot, called “Served,” highlights Nelson’s Army service and...
Rubio supports Trump, ‘all policy options’ for dealing with Venezuela

Rubio supports Trump, ‘all policy options’ for dealing with Venezuela

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, at the White House in 2017. After leftist strongman Nicolas Maduro declared victory in a Venezuelan election on Sunday, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called Maduro’s regime a national...
Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'

Trump says he's coming to Florida 'very soon'

In a phone call to Hillsborough County Republicans attending a fundraising event Saturday night, President Trump told Attorney General Pam Bondi that he'll be coming to Tampa for a special event "very soon."  Bondi held her cellphone up to the mic at the podium during the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The crowd of hundreds listened for several minutes as...
Texas school shooting: Alcee Hastings blasts Republicans, other pols weigh in

Texas school shooting: Alcee Hastings blasts Republicans, other pols weigh in

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach. U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, quickly pointed to Republican opposition to gun control after this morning’s shooting at a high school near Houston, Texas. Preliminary reports say at least eight people were killed in the shooting. “Watching yet another school shooting unfold, knowing that Republicans in Congress have...
Clearing the clutter key for pleasing residents post-hurricane

Clearing the clutter key for pleasing residents post-hurricane

After the storm moved through, after life and limb had been accounted for, debris removal topped the list of priorities for residents, said officials from counties hit hard last year by Hurricane Irma. In a lessons learned session Thursday at the 32nd annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, officials from Lee, Clay, Collier and St. John’s counties...
GL Homes revives plans for large housing project near The Acreage

GL Homes revives plans for large housing project near The Acreage

GL Homes has dusted off plans for a large-scale housing project west of The Acreage, reviving concerns about snarled traffic and over-development in the semi-rural area northwest of Royal Palm Beach. The developer initially won county approval for its plan to build 3,900 homes on the 4,900-acre Indian Trails Grove tract it owns west of 180th Avenue North and south of Hamlin Boulevard. But GL ...
Kushner tower, drowning in debt, gets lifeline with ties to Qatar

Kushner tower, drowning in debt, gets lifeline with ties to Qatar

The company controlled by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner is close to receiving a bailout of its troubled flagship building by a company with financial ties to the government of Qatar, according to executives briefed on the deal.  Charles Kushner, head of the Kushner Cos., is in advanced talks with Brookfield Asset Management over a partnership to take control of 666 Fifth Ave...
‘Bigger than Watergate’? Both sides say yes, but for different reasons

‘Bigger than Watergate’? Both sides say yes, but for different reasons

President Donald Trump and his critics actually agree on something. If a column he read in a magazine is correct, he wrote on Twitter on Thursday, “this is bigger than Watergate!”  Never mind that he was thinking of something different than his adversaries when they use the same phrase. Trump was referring to what he deems a deep-state conspiracy to get him. His detractors are referring...
Show starring Avenatti and Scaramucci is being pitched to TV executives

Show starring Avenatti and Scaramucci is being pitched to TV executives

A television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who is suing President Donald Trump on behalf of a pornographic film actress, and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched to two cable networks in recent weeks, people briefed on the matter said Thursday.  Prominent television agent Jay Sures discussed with executives at CNN and MSNBC the concept of a program...
Responding to leaks, White House limits number of staff in daily meeting

Responding to leaks, White House limits number of staff in daily meeting

The White House communications office has canceled a large daily morning meeting in response to the leak of a joke about Sen. John McCain being close to death that a staff member made at one of those meetings, two people familiar with the matter confirmed Thursday.  The meeting, which brought together roughly 30 communications staff members from the West Wing, did not take place Thursday or the...
Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

Trump joins push by allies to expose an FBI source

President Donald Trump's allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be "bigger than Watergate!"  The extraordinary push begun...
Congressional candidates, not Mueller, could decide Trump’s future

Congressional candidates, not Mueller, could decide Trump’s future

For months, the political world has treated Robert Mueller as the arbiter of President Donald Trump’s fate: Hopeful Democrats have theorized about the damage Mueller’s investigation might inflict. Suspicious Republicans, led by Trump, have cast him as leading a “witch hunt.”  But this week Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, offered a bracing reminder that Mueller...
Bill in Congress raises hope of financial relief for Lantana airport

Bill in Congress raises hope of financial relief for Lantana airport

Palm Beach County’s Lantana airport — forced to effectively shut down whenever President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago — is inching a little closer to getting some relief from the federal government. A spending bill approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee this week includes $3.5 million to reimburse airports and related businesses that are affected by the temporary flight...
Yanny or Laurel? The Trump White House wants to know, too

Yanny or Laurel? The Trump White House wants to know, too

The Laurel vs. Yanny debate, which has sharply divided the American public this week, reached the highest levels of government on Thursday.  In a 45-second video posted on Twitter, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials weighed in.  And like the rest of the country, they were divided.  The debate in question refers to an audio clip that was...
Trump defends ‘animals’ remark, saying it referred to MS-13 gang members

Trump defends ‘animals’ remark, saying it referred to MS-13 gang members

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his use of the word “animals” to describe dangerous criminals trying to cross into the United States illegally, saying that he had been referring to members of the brutal transnational gang MS-13 when he used language critics called inappropriate.  “I’m referring, and you know I’m referring, to the MS-13 gangs that are...
Patrick Murphy says bipartisan governor ticket legal, decision soon

Patrick Murphy says bipartisan governor ticket legal, decision soon

Democrat Patrick Murphy says he expects to decide in early June whether to run for governor with a Republican running mate. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter says he expects to decide in early June whether to launch a campaign for governor with former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly as...
Trump in Palm Beach: Potential relief for Lantana airport for lost business

Trump in Palm Beach: Potential relief for Lantana airport for lost business

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, with Stellar Aviation President Jonathan Miller and County Commissioner Dave Kerner at Lantana airport in 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) Palm Beach County’s Lantana airport — forced to effectively shut down whenever President Donald Trump visits Mar-a-Lago — is inching a little closer...
Prospective Democratic presidential candidates put their ideas on audition

Prospective Democratic presidential candidates put their ideas on audition

Cory Booker. Sherrod Brown. Kirsten Gillibrand. Bernie Sanders. Elizabeth Warren. The former secretary of housing and urban development Julián Castro. And Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York.  All luminaries in the Democratic Party, all on the progressive side of the spectrum. And all potential presidential candidates who were road-testing their pitches on Tuesday at the Center for American...
How the FBI set out, in secrecy, on trail of Trump team

How the FBI set out, in secrecy, on trail of Trump team

Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the FBI dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.  Their assignment was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election...
Critics fear Trump’s style eclipses substance on North Korea

Critics fear Trump’s style eclipses substance on North Korea

President Donald Trump's strategy on North Korea has played out in full public view over 16 months with dramatic, made-for-TV moments designed to focus global attention on his risky faceoff with dictator Kim Jong Un.  But as North Korean officials abruptly cast doubt this week on Trump's planned historic summit with Kim in Singapore next month, critics fear that a president determined to declare...
Top Trump trade officials still at odds after shouting match in Beijing

Top Trump trade officials still at odds after shouting match in Beijing

Two top trade advisers to President Donald Trump had an expletive packed-shouting match during their trip to Beijing earlier this month, three people familiar with the exchange said, part of an ongoing turf war that's dividing the team negotiating new trade arrangements with China.  The fight erupted when senior White House adviser Peter Navarro complained to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...
Thousands of pages of congressional testimony shed light on 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Thousands of pages of congressional testimony shed light on 2016 Trump Tower meeting

As Donald Trump Jr. greeted his Russian-speaking guests in a conference room high atop Trump Tower in June 2016, he cut straight to the chase.  "I believe you have some information for us," Trump Jr. said to a Russian lawyer visiting from Moscow, according to one of the attendees.  Trump Jr. had been expecting dirt on Hillary Clinton provided as part of a Russian government effort...
Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from the government of Qatar in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration, according to several people with knowledge of the episode.  The offer, which Qatar declined, came on the margins of a Dec. 12 meeting that year at Trump Tower between the Persian...
Tillerson says ‘alternative realities’ are a threat to democracy

Tillerson says ‘alternative realities’ are a threat to democracy

Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson warned Wednesday that deceptive leaders and "alternative realities" are a threat to democracy, an implicit critique of his former boss, President Donald Trump.  In his first major address since leaving Washington after he was fired in March, Tillerson told graduates at the Virginia Military Institute to remember the importance of integrity and...
Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president

Mueller’s team told Trump’s lawyers the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president

Special counsel Robert Mueller III's team told President Donald Trump's lawyers recently that prosecutors do not believe they can charge a sitting president with a crime under Justice Department guidelines, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday.  The special counsel's conclusion signals that it would be left to Congress to address any finding of wrongdoing by Trump in the investigation. Mueller's...
Gillum poll says Gillum can win Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Gillum poll says Gillum can win Democratic nomination for Florida governor

Democratic candidates for governor, alphabetically from left: Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham, Chris King, Philip Levine. Is a picture worth 22 polling points? Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum‘s campaign is touting an internal poll that shows Gillum vaulting from 13 percent support to 35 percent and taking the lead in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary field...
Trump fan club adds disclaimer after cease-and-desist letter from Trump lawyer

Trump fan club adds disclaimer after cease-and-desist letter from Trump lawyer

Old logo (top) for the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club has been modified to include disclaimer (highlighted below) as well as a picture of Trump with the club’s president, Annie Marie Delgado. After being accused by one of President Donald Trump‘s campaign lawyers of falsely representing itself as an affiliate of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign...
Trump wants to win Colorado and Minnesota in 2020. One is more likely than the other.

Trump wants to win Colorado and Minnesota in 2020. One is more likely than the other.

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's communications adviser Jason Miller proclaimed that both Michigan and New Mexico were in play. In both states, Miller said, internal polls showed a "dead heat," and he predicted that campaigning in both places would spike.  In Michigan, of course, that prediction was borne out. Trump won the state by the skin of his teeth...
Trump’s pick to run Labor’s pension agency: Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law

Trump’s pick to run Labor’s pension agency: Mitch McConnell’s brother-in-law

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump selected a Washington outsider to head the government agency responsible for paying back dissolved pensions.  That might be welcome news for Trump voters who want the president to fulfill a promise to "drain the swamp" and rid the capital of the politically connected.  Yet his nominee, Gordon Hartogensis, is well known to some of Washington's...
Can Democrat Chris King ‘turn the tide’ with pot legalization stance, TV ad blitz?

Can Democrat Chris King ‘turn the tide’ with pot legalization stance, TV ad blitz?

Democratic candidate for governor Chris King makes his TV advertising debut today. This is a key week for Winter Park businessman Chris King as he tries to make a move in the four-candidate Democratic race for Florida governor. First-time candidate King embarked Tuesday on a “Turning the Tide” tour in which he became the second Democratic gubernatorial candidate...
Just about everything is odd about Trump’s support of Chinese firm ZTE

Just about everything is odd about Trump’s support of Chinese firm ZTE

Just about everything is odd regarding President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he wants to help Chinese technology company ZTE Corp. "get back into business, fast" because its failure cost "too many jobs in China."  It's odd that Trump, who campaigned on saving millions of U.S. jobs, suddenly says he cares about a few thousand Chinese jobs.  It's odd that Trump, who...
Businesses race to Washington to sway Trump on China tariffs

Businesses race to Washington to sway Trump on China tariffs

Mary Buchzeiger describes herself as a proud Republican who was drawn to President Donald Trump’s business-friendly philosophy. But the president’s plan to impose sweeping tariffs on $50 billion of products from China now threatens to cripple an automotive supply business in Michigan that her father began and that she has spent years building.  “I’m angry, I’m frustrated...
‘That’s not what we do’: Republicans balk at confronting Trump over McCain smear

‘That’s not what we do’: Republicans balk at confronting Trump over McCain smear

For six days straight, Republican senators had publicly rallied to the defense of their longtime colleague battling cancer, Sen. John McCain, who was the target of a crass joke by a White House aide calling him irrelevant because "he's dying anyway."  But in a long luncheon Tuesday with President Donald Trump himself, none of the Senate Republicans in attendance brought up the McCain...
In aggressive advocacy for porn star, outspoken lawyer targets a Trump insider

In aggressive advocacy for porn star, outspoken lawyer targets a Trump insider

For more than a month now, the investigation of Michael D. Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, has been a spectacle, a garish pageant of money, sex and politics unfolding both in court and in the court of public opinion.  And if anyone can be thought of as the ringmaster in this noisy legal circus, it is Cohen’s chief nemesis, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for...
Spike Lee blasts Trump at Cannes for his response to last year’s violence in Charlottesville

Spike Lee blasts Trump at Cannes for his response to last year’s violence in Charlottesville

Spike Lee blasted President Donald Trump for his remarks following last year's violence in Charlottesville in an expletive-laden, emotional speech at the Cannes Film Festival, where the director was promoting his new, racially charged movie, "BlacKkKlansman."  A white nationalist protest last August — along with a Black Lives Matter counterprotest — turned the sleepy Virginia...
Mueller wins as judge upholds his authority in Manafort case

Mueller wins as judge upholds his authority in Manafort case

Special Counsel Robert Mueller prevailed Tuesday when a judge turned down a request by former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort to dismiss a federal indictment accusing him of money laundering and working as an unregistered foreign agent.  U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Mueller didn't overstep his authority by charging Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian election interference...
Parents of slain students in Florida announce they’ll run for school board

Parents of slain students in Florida announce they’ll run for school board

The scrutiny after the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, immediately fell on law enforcement’s failures to heed warnings about the confessed gunman’s troubling behavior and prevent him from carrying out his deadly rampage. It took weeks for the focus to turn in earnest on the shortcomings of another level of government that knew Nikolas Cruz well: the Broward County...
Palm Beach County Commission declares opioid crisis a ‘public nuisance’

Palm Beach County Commission declares opioid crisis a ‘public nuisance’

With a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners decided on Tuesday to join the growing list of cities nationwide in declaring the opioid crisis a public nuisance. The vote, which comes less than a month after commissioners asked Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman to draft the ordinance highlighting the scourge of opiate addiction in Palm Beach County, pushes forward...
Rick Scott plays Nancy Pelosi card on Bill Nelson as TV ad avalanche continues

Rick Scott plays Nancy Pelosi card on Bill Nelson as TV ad avalanche continues

A new TV ad by Republican Gov. Rick Scott says liberal House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a “big influence” on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. As NBC News reports that Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his allies are outspending Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and his allies by nearly a 50-to-1 margin  in Florida&rsquo...
Does Washington need an anti-Trump hotel? This entrepreneur is betting on it.

Does Washington need an anti-Trump hotel? This entrepreneur is betting on it.

On an overcast February afternoon, Katherine Lo glides into the lobby of a building under renovation at 12th and K streets Northwest in downtown Washington. "This is my favorite part of the whole hotel," Lo says, referring to her soon-to-open business and gesturing toward a small room off the lobby entrance. The space will become a glass-walled digital radio station, she says, where local...
House Democrat chastises Pelosi for ‘trivializing’ impeachment

House Democrat chastises Pelosi for ‘trivializing’ impeachment

A slow-burning Democratic argument about whether to pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump continued to smolder on Monday, as Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, criticized House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for "trivializing" the issue.  "President Donald Trump can be impeached, and should be impeached, for his hateful, hurtful and bigoted policies," said Green at a news...
Trump’s big campaign promise on drug prices wouldn’t have worked, HHS chief says

Trump’s big campaign promise on drug prices wouldn’t have worked, HHS chief says

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Monday defended the Trump administration's blueprint to lower drug prices against charges that President Donald Trump has abandoned his popular campaign promise to use the government's bargaining clout to negotiate on behalf of Medicare.  Azar said during a briefing that instead of "trite, gimmicky political proposals" on direct Medicare...
Devastated by Trump’s win, Democrats count on Pennsylvania for a comeback

Devastated by Trump’s win, Democrats count on Pennsylvania for a comeback

Pennsylvania was President Donald Trump's proudest conquest in 2016, a state no Republican had won in a presidential election for nearly three decades and a victory he is still talking about.  But in both suburbs and rural areas this year, Democrats are mounting a comeback with implications not only for November's midterm elections but the 2020 presidential race — just as soon as they settle...
Scott Pruitt requested and received 24/7 security starting on his first day at EPA

Scott Pruitt requested and received 24/7 security starting on his first day at EPA

Scott Pruitt began receiving round-the-clock security from the moment he stepped foot inside the Environmental Protection Agency in February 2017, the agency's inspector general said Monday.  "EPA's Protective Service Detail began providing 24/7 coverage of the Administrator the first day he arrived," Inspector General Arthur Elkins wrote in response to inquiries from Democratic Sens...
Trump’s drug price retreat adds to list of abandoned populist promises

Trump’s drug price retreat adds to list of abandoned populist promises

President Donald Trump's announcement that he would not force drug companies to lower prices for older Americans marked at least the fourth populist economic promise he has abandoned since taking office.  Instead, his changes have frequently pivoted toward policies pursued by big companies and the wealthiest Americans, even though he vowed trouble for both during the 2016 campaign.  On Jan...
Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Trump’s ZTE tweet sows confusion before trade talks with China

Senior U.S. officials struggled Monday to explain and act on President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to rescue Chinese telecom giant ZTE — a move that caught many of them by surprise.  ZTE said last week that it would shutter major operations after the United States announced punitive measures in response to the company's failure to comply with a settlement of charges for violating sanctions...
Pennsylvania’s primary: Congressional races to watch

Pennsylvania’s primary: Congressional races to watch

Today’s Pennsylvania primaries are the opening act in a drama that Democrats nationally are eagerly watching: Who will win under new congressional maps that undo a Republican gerrymander?  In January, the state Supreme Court redrew the boundaries of the state’s 18 districts to create a more politically level playing field. Analysts predict that as a result Democrats will probably...
Allies fume over Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal but have few options to respond

Allies fume over Trump’s withdrawal from Iran deal but have few options to respond

America's three closest friends in Europe — Britain, France and Germany — are near-bursting with anger and exasperation at the United States. In a frenzy of meetings and phone calls among them over the past week, their leaders have tried to figure out what they can do about President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran and his plans to impose sanctions on their...
U.S. fulfills Trump Jerusalem embassy pledge; Florida Republicans jubilant, Dems restrained

U.S. fulfills Trump Jerusalem embassy pledge; Florida Republicans jubilant, Dems restrained

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted this picture of himself with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called the opening of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem “a great day for Florida, Israel and the United States.” The U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and formally opened its embassy there today — fulfilling a campaign pledge of President...
Christie: Will new One Flagler tower push bring the same old questions?

Christie: Will new One Flagler tower push bring the same old questions?

Kenneth Himmel, president and CEO of Related Cos., speaking at the monthly Palm Beach Chamber meeting at The Breakers, is expected tor renew a push for his proposed One Flagler project . (Melanie Bell / Daily News) It’s been the worst-kept secret in West Palm Beach since the March 13 election. Mayor Jeri Muoio is looking to make another push to create the controversial Okeechobee...
Donald Trump may be the best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush

Donald Trump may be the best thing that ever happened to George W. Bush

George W. Bush received three standing ovations last week, the first for the mere mention of his name.  Bush was in town for the Atlantic Council's annual fundraiser, where he received the Distinguished International Leadership Award from the influential think tank. More than 800 guests from 70 countries — including former presidents, prime ministers and military leaders — gave the...
Voters assigned to wrong districts may have cost Democrats in pivotal Virginia race

Voters assigned to wrong districts may have cost Democrats in pivotal Virginia race

Last year's race for state delegate in Newport News, Virginia, went down in Virginia history for its razor-thin margin. Republican David Yancey won on Election Day by 10 votes; Democrat Shelly Simonds beat him by a single vote in a recount. Then, a judicial panel declared a tie, so officials picked a name out of a bowl to determine a winner, and it was Yancey.  Now, a review of voter registration...
Congressional challengers use bill backed by drug companies against incumbents

Congressional challengers use bill backed by drug companies against incumbents

As a drug and alcohol counselor and the mother of two young boys, Judy Herschel never considered running for political office. That was before Congress approved legislation in 2016 that hampered the Drug Enforcement Administration's enforcement efforts against the opioid industry.  In one month that summer, Herschel lost eight of her clients to opioid overdoses. She left her job and launched...
Trump advisers hail McCain but offer no apology for aide’s crude remark

Trump advisers hail McCain but offer no apology for aide’s crude remark

Advisers to President Donald Trump paid tribute Sunday to the long service of Sen. John McCain but stopped short of apologizing to him for a cruel remark by a White House communications aide about the Arizona Republican's battle with brain cancer.  In a prepared statement, and in some public appearances, Trump advisers praised McCain's service as a senator and naval aviator held as a prisoner...
‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing

‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing

The grand jury witnesses arrive one by one at the windowless room in the federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington. They are struck first by how commonplace the setting feels — more classroom than courtroom, two witnesses said.  One of special counsel Robert Mueller III's prosecutors stands at a lectern. The jurors, diverse by age and ethnicity, are attentive and...
Penalties against China telecom giant become bargaining chip in potential trade deal

Penalties against China telecom giant become bargaining chip in potential trade deal

The White House and senior Chinese officials are discussing a targeted economic deal that would relax severe penalties on ZTE, a major Chinese telecom company, in exchange for unspecified demands from President Donald Trump, two people briefed on the discussions said Sunday.  The talks are fluid, and Trump has shown a willingness to veer between extremes in how he interacts with Beijing. But...
To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

To sway Trump on trade, businesses try an ad blitz on cable TV

When President Donald Trump tunes into “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, he may see a familiar face delivering a gentle warning that tariffs are “B-A-D economics.”  In a last-ditch attempt to persuade Trump to back away from his trade approach, the National Retail Federation has enlisted Ben Stein, the comedic economist famous for his role in the 1980s film “Ferris...
Pompeo says U.S. is assuring North Korea’s Kim that it does not seek his overthrow

Pompeo says U.S. is assuring North Korea’s Kim that it does not seek his overthrow

The United States is assuring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that his ouster is not part of the agenda for the summit next month between Kim and President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.  "We will have to provide security assurances, to be sure," Pompeo said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."  The promise not to invade North Korea or otherwise...
Florida governor’s money race: Donors bailed before Corcoran did; Soros weighs in again

Florida governor’s money race: Donors bailed before Corcoran did; Soros weighs in again

  House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam at Mar-a-Lago in March for the Palm Beach County GOP’s Lincoln Day dinner. Corcoran last week abandoned his quest for governor and endorsed Putnam. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, didn’t formally...
Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Trump’s  winter visits to Mar-a-Lago: 47 days, 220 tweets, 29 golf outings

Mar-a-Lago is about to close its gilded doors for the summer, meaning Palm Beach’s most famous snowbird - President Donald Trump - likely won’t be seen in Palm Beach until the fall. The president made 10 visits to Mar-a-Lago during the 2017-2018 winter season - beginning Nov. 21, 2017 with a six-day visit to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. But the controversy over Mar-a-Lago&rsquo...
Mast for VA secretary? House seat would become prime Dem pickup opportunity

Mast for VA secretary? House seat would become prime Dem pickup opportunity

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, at a town hall meeting in Stuart last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) If President Donald Trump taps freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mast’s already contested Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional seat would become a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. If decorated...
In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe

In bid to reveal secret memo, GOP congressman plans to seek federal audit of Mueller probe

A prominent House Republican plans to ask a federal financial watchdog to audit the office of special counsel Robert Mueller III, opening a new front of GOP attack on the secretive probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign.  The pending request — from Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., an outspoken Trump defender who chairs the conservative...
Ryan aims to quash GOP-led rebellion trying to force votes on immigration

Ryan aims to quash GOP-led rebellion trying to force votes on immigration

House Speaker Paul Ryan moved Thursday to put down a brewing rebellion in the Republican ranks, saying he wants to put immigration legislation up for a vote later this year as centrist lawmakers threatened to take that decision out of his hands.  Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters he would "like to" take up an immigration bill, one day after 17 Republicans signed a petition that would force...
Democratic candidate for governor dies hours after candidates’ forum

Democratic candidate for governor dies hours after candidates’ forum

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — a veteran politician who was running for Maryland governor — died of cardiac arrest early Thursday, upending a crowded Democratic primary race just weeks before the election.  Kamenetz, 60, awoke not feeling well at 2 a.m., officials said, and traveled by car with his wife to a volunteer fire station two miles from his home. They called...
Sean Hannity’s properties in low-income areas take an aggressive approach to rent collection

Sean Hannity’s properties in low-income areas take an aggressive approach to rent collection

For years, Fox News host Sean Hannity has poured his fortune into a surprising side venture: a vast portfolio of rental properties in working-class neighborhoods. He described those holdings in compassionate terms when they came to light last month, saying he invests in places that "otherwise might struggle to receive such support."  But a Washington Post analysis shows that managers...
What to watch for in President Trump’s long-awaited drug-price speech

What to watch for in President Trump’s long-awaited drug-price speech

President Donald Trump will deliver Friday afternoon a twice-delayed, much-anticipated speech about his plan to lower drug prices — after a year when harsh rhetoric against drugmakers was accompanied by little action.  No one with a stake in drug prices — whether pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers that negotiate on drug prices or health insurers — feels completely...
3,500 Facebook ads show scale of Russian manipulation

3,500 Facebook ads show scale of Russian manipulation

Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,500 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections.  The ads, from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which Kremlin-aligned...
White House official derides McCain over Haspel opposition: ‘He’s dying anyway’

White House official derides McCain over Haspel opposition: ‘He’s dying anyway’

A White House official derisively dismissed John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee in a closed-door staff meeting Thursday by saying that the senator from Arizona battling brain cancer is "dying anyway," according to another White House official with knowledge of the comment.  Kelly Sadler, a special assistant in the communications office who helps manage talking...
Homeland Security secretary was close to resigning after Trump berated her

Homeland Security secretary was close to resigning after Trump berated her

Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Donald Trump berated her Wednesday in front of the entire Cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the episode.  Nielsen, who is a protégée of John F. Kelly,...
Trump announces June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader

Trump announces June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will occur June 12 in Singapore, a high-stakes step in his bid to curb the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program. Trump made the announcement via Twitter just hours after welcoming home three Americans held captive for more than a year in North Korea. “The highly anticipated meeting between...
You can’t keep a good culture warrior down: The return of Oliver North

You can’t keep a good culture warrior down: The return of Oliver North

With his blue-steel gaze and steel-gray hair, Lt. Col. Oliver North looked like a movie star against the stale browns and beiges of C-SPAN. His cowlick and gaptoothed grin, though, reminded you of an old neighbor or college roommate. And his voice was mesmerizing when first deployed on the American public during the epic Iran-contra hearings of 1987 — lowering to a reverential hush, or hiccuping...
Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

Trump’s trust grows in his gut-driven, out-of-the-box approach to international relations

President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal this week and will reverse decades of policy in Israel next week, in each case acting on a campaign pledge and intuition that he argues has already proved more successful than traditional diplomacy.  He is aggressively moving forward with his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This week Trump sent Secretary...
Can Trump’s efforts at foreign policy breakthroughs erase damage of scandals at home?

Can Trump’s efforts at foreign policy breakthroughs erase damage of scandals at home?

When three Americans freed from prison in North Korea touch down at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington around 2 a.m. Thursday, President Donald Trump intends to be on the moonlit tarmac to greet them, with the full White House press corps in tow.  It will be a cinematic homecoming produced by a president impatient to trumpet a foreign policy triumph — and a prelude to the most anticipated...
Lawyers for Cohen accuse Stormy Daniels attorney of distributing false information

Lawyers for Cohen accuse Stormy Daniels attorney of distributing false information

Lawyers for Michael Cohen on Wednesday accused an attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels of distributing false information about their client and asked a federal judge to deny his request to participate in a litigation in New York about a federal criminal investigation involving President Donald Trump's longtime attorney.  Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Daniels, had asked to participate...
Nunes subpoena to DOJ requested all documents about individual described as longtime intel source

Nunes subpoena to DOJ requested all documents about individual described as longtime intel source

A subpoena that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued to the Justice Department last week made a broad request for all documents about an individual who people close to the matter say is a sensitive, longtime intelligence source for the CIA and FBI.  The Justice Department has refused to provide the documents. Intelligence officials say the material could jeopardize...
Treasury inspector general launches probe into possible leak of Cohen’s banking records

Treasury inspector general launches probe into possible leak of Cohen’s banking records

The Treasury Department's inspector general is investigating whether confidential banking information involving a company controlled by President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen may have been leaked, a spokesman said.  Detailed claims about the company's banking history were made public Tuesday by Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who was paid...
Russia-linked company that hired Michael Cohen registered alt-right websites during election

Russia-linked company that hired Michael Cohen registered alt-right websites during election

A company at the center of a widening questions involving President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is listed as the organization behind a string of websites targeted toward white nationalists and other members of the so-called alt-right.  Columbus Nova, a company whose U.S. chief executive Andrew Intrater and Russian investment partner Viktor Vekselberg have both reportedly been...
How Michael Cohen, denied a White House job, was seen as its gatekeeper

How Michael Cohen, denied a White House job, was seen as its gatekeeper

After paying off a pornographic film actress and doing other tasks to help his boss win the presidency, Michael D. Cohen was surprised to find that the doors to the White House were mostly closed to him.  Cohen did not land a hoped-for job in President Donald Trump’s administration — he imagined himself as chief of staff — and in January last year he left the Trump Organization...
Trump campaign attorney sends cease-and-desist letter to local Trump booster club

Trump campaign attorney sends cease-and-desist letter to local Trump booster club

Screenshot from a Facebook video of the Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club’s meeting last week at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter. The head of a Palm Beach County-based “Trump Team 2020 Florida Republican Club” says she’ll add disclaimers to the group’s materials specifying that it is not affiliated with President Donald...
After $7 million trial balloon, Corcoran won’t run for governor, backs Putnam

After $7 million trial balloon, Corcoran won’t run for governor, backs Putnam

House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, and Gov. Rick Scott in West Palm Beach last year. (George Bennett/The Palm Beach Post) After raising nearly $7  million for a widely anticipated campaign for Florida governor, state House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land-O’Lakes, announced in Tallahassee today he will not be a candidate and is backing Agriculture...
Why the internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Why the internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again

Internet activists and tech companies are holding a day of protest Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again.  What's at stake now is a key piece of legislation that the Senate is also expected to introduce Wednesday on the hot-button issue. When the GOP-led Federal Communications Commission voted last year to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules for internet providers, many...
McConnell campaign mocks Blankenship — with a little help from Netflix’s ‘Narcos’

McConnell campaign mocks Blankenship — with a little help from Netflix’s ‘Narcos’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is known as a dour all-business Washington power player. But on Tuesday night, McConnell's campaign landed a gag at the expense of a Senate candidate who has been taunting the majority leader in recent weeks.  It had been a day in which West Virginia voters turned out for the Republican U.S. Senate primary, a closely watched race featuring three...
These Democrats opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but now they’re for it

These Democrats opposed the Iran nuclear deal, but now they’re for it

Democratic U.S. Reps. (from left) Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach and Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach opposed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 but criticized President Donald Trump for pulling out of it Tuesday. Three Democrats in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation broke with former President Barack Obama and their party leadership...
Democrats go for electability in Ohio’s contests

Democrats go for electability in Ohio’s contests

In race after race on Tuesday, Democrats voted to support the more electable-looking candidate to stop Republicans.  In Ohio, voters set up one of the year's marquee gubernatorial races with the choice of Democrat Richard Cordray, who ran the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama, over former congressman Dennis Kucinich to face longtime state Attorney General Mike...
A trail of money leading to Trump attorney Michael Cohen

A trail of money leading to Trump attorney Michael Cohen

A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews.  Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Cohen, President Donald Trump&rsquo...
Winners and losers from the first big primary day of 2018

Winners and losers from the first big primary day of 2018

Primary season is underway. After a couple ridiculously early primaries in March, we saw our first major Senate primaries of 2018 Tuesday in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. And the results had big implications for Republicans' efforts to hold the Senate in November.  We also saw, in Ohio, perhaps the first big result of Democrats' all-important effort to win back key governor's races in hopes...
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