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Christine Stapleton

Christine Stapleton has been a reporter for the Palm Beach Post since 1986. She has covered a variety beats, including a decade as the paper's court reporter and another as data editor. She distinguished herself in her coverage of award-winning reporting on migrant farmworkers, the 2000 Presidential election and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. She currently covers the environment, politics and special investigations. She still loves what she does.

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President Donald Trump grants pardon to late boxer Jack Johnson
 President Donald Trump on Thursday granted late boxer Jack Johnson with a pardon more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of taking a white woman across state lines. Several heavyweight boxing champions, both current and former, gathered at the White House on Thursday morning ahead of the expected announcement, The...

Posted: 3 hours ago

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted late boxer Jack Johnson with a pardon more than 100 years after he was convicted by an all-white jury of taking a white woman across state lines. Several heavyweight boxing champions, both current and former, gathered at the White House on Thursday morning ahead of the expected announcement, The...
Trump in Palm Beach: Immigration rhetoric, Mar-a-Lago visas clash
 It’s late May and the foreign workers who cooked, cleaned, served food and performed other low-paying jobs during Palm Beach County’s just ended winter season must now return to their homelands. Their employers — including President Donald Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago club — will soon find themselves seeking another...

Posted: a day ago

It’s late May and the foreign workers who cooked, cleaned, served food and performed other low-paying jobs during Palm Beach County’s just ended winter season must now return to their homelands. Their employers — including President Donald Trumps’ Mar-a-Lago club — will soon find themselves seeking another...
Dramatic Miami-Dade police video shows shootout at Trump Doral resort
 The Miami-Dade Police Department has released dramatic body-cam video from an officer who rushed into the lobby of the Trump Doral resort during a shootout with an armed man at 1:39 a.m. on May 18. Police identified the shooter as Jonathan Oddi, 42. Four days later, a motive for the bizarre incident has not been revealed. The video...

Posted: a day ago

The Miami-Dade Police Department has released dramatic body-cam video from an officer who rushed into the lobby of the Trump Doral resort during a shootout with an armed man at 1:39 a.m. on May 18. Police identified the shooter as Jonathan Oddi, 42. Four days later, a motive for the bizarre incident has not been revealed. The video...
UPDATE: Police probe motive for Trump resort shooting; All quiet at PBC Trump sites
 While police investigators probe a shooting this morning at the Trump resort west of Miami, there is little evidence of heightened security at the Trump Organization’s golf clubs in Jupiter and West Palm Beach or the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago. “I cannot provide any information,” said a security guard at Trump International...

Posted: 6 days ago

While police investigators probe a shooting this morning at the Trump resort west of Miami, there is little evidence of heightened security at the Trump Organization’s golf clubs in Jupiter and West Palm Beach or the Winter White House at Mar-a-Lago. “I cannot provide any information,” said a security guard at Trump International...
Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed
 The Winter White House is pretty green for  President Donald Trump. Mar-a-Lago, along with Trump’s two golf clubs in Palm Beach County earned income of $52.2 million in 2017, according to the president’s financial disclosure report released on Wednesday. Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Winter White House is pretty green for  President Donald Trump. Mar-a-Lago, along with Trump’s two golf clubs in Palm Beach County earned income of $52.2 million in 2017, according to the president’s financial disclosure report released on Wednesday. Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private...
Trump billboard battle heats up, again
 How much would you pay to own a piece of a billboard -once located on the presidential motorcade route - that called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump? An unidentified buyer has paid $2,500 for the section of the sign that spells out the word “NOW” - as in “IMPEACHMENT NOW.” The eleven letters in the...

Posted: 8 days ago

How much would you pay to own a piece of a billboard -once located on the presidential motorcade route - that called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump? An unidentified buyer has paid $2,500 for the section of the sign that spells out the word “NOW” - as in “IMPEACHMENT NOW.” The eleven letters in the...
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...

Posted: 13 days ago

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...
Palm City GOP congressman, Afghan veteran Brian Mast vying for VA post
 President Donald Trump is considering Palm City Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, a position still vacant after White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his controversial nomination for the post last month. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Mast said, “It is an honor to...

Posted: 14 days ago

President Donald Trump is considering Palm City Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast for the position of Veterans Affairs secretary, a position still vacant after White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew his controversial nomination for the post last month. In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Mast said, “It is an honor to...
Mar-a-Lago events raise money for politicos, revenues for Trump
 In March, the Republican National Committee paid $224,857 to Mar-a-Lago — President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach — to host fundraisers for his prospective 2020 re-election bid as well as the 2018 campaigns of other Republicans. The fundraisers on the weekend of March 3 are believed to have raked...

Posted: 18 days ago

In March, the Republican National Committee paid $224,857 to Mar-a-Lago — President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach — to host fundraisers for his prospective 2020 re-election bid as well as the 2018 campaigns of other Republicans. The fundraisers on the weekend of March 3 are believed to have raked...
Trump invites Palm Beachers to dinner with French president
 President Donald Trump and first lady Melania host their first state dinner and the White House on Tuesday evening that Palm Beach was well represented. Among the guests with ties to Palm Beach: Stephen Schwarzman, chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, who  owns a $32.9 million estate at 1768 S. Ocean Blvd.  Schwarzman, who has...

Posted: 29 days ago

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania host their first state dinner and the White House on Tuesday evening that Palm Beach was well represented. Among the guests with ties to Palm Beach: Stephen Schwarzman, chief of Blackstone and Trump confidant, who  owns a $32.9 million estate at 1768 S. Ocean Blvd.  Schwarzman, who has...
Trump closes latest Palm Beach visit by posing with police on tarmac
 President Donald Trump normally makes it out the door of his limousine and up the steps into Air Force One in a few uneventful seconds when he concludes a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But the president took his time Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach International Airport as he wrapped up a six-day Florida trip. Trump walked...

8:42 PM Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018

President Donald Trump normally makes it out the door of his limousine and up the steps into Air Force One in a few uneventful seconds when he concludes a visit to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. But the president took his time Sunday afternoon at Palm Beach International Airport as he wrapped up a six-day Florida trip. Trump walked...