Miami Herald : Politics (102)

Another budget showdown looms over 'Best & Brightest' teacher bonuses

While both the House and Senate are interested in more than quadrupling funding to expand the Best & Brightest' teacher bonus program next year, only the House actually proposes a … Click to Continue

After protest, Webb declines to accept Naval Academy award

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb announced that he will not accept a Naval Academy Alumni Association award because of recent protests from other alumni. Media outlets report that several alumni … Click to Continue

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in … Click to Continue

Arab summit to endorse Palestinian positions with eye on US

Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage. The summit on Wednesday is expected to endorse key Palestinian positions, … Click to Continue

Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even … Click to Continue

Bizarre stunt at Auschwitz carried out by anti-war activists

A Polish prosecutor says that 11 people who slaughtered a sheep at Auschwitz last week, stripped naked and chained themselves together were peace activists protesting wars across the world. The … Click to Continue

The Latest: Pound trading lower in the run-up to Brexit

The Latest on Brexit : 8:50 a.m. The British pound is facing some selling pressure before the formal triggering of the country's two-year process to leave the European … Click to Continue

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants … Click to Continue

Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama

In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role. Priebus, a genial Midwesterner with … Click to Continue

AP FACT CHECK: Trump no factor in Social Security increase

Widely circulated online reports crediting President Donald Trump for 2017 increases in retirees' Social Security checks don't accurately portray how the system works. Social Security payments are based on a … Click to Continue

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It's not

The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed. Sean Spicer angrily dismissed … Click to Continue

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of … Click to Continue

N.W.A., Vin Scully to be preserved by Library of Congress

First it became the basis for an Oscar-nominated movie. Now, "Straight Outta Compton" — the groundbreaking album from rap group N.W.A. and a one-time flashpoint in the nation's culture wars … Click to Continue

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell … Click to Continue

Troll for the 'lulz'? A target of online abuse isn't amused

One morning near the end of her long-shot congressional campaign, 25-year-old Erin Schrode rolled over in bed, reflexively checked her cellphone — and burst into tears. With mounting horror, she … Click to Continue

Mississippi residents sentenced in health care case

Two Mississippi residents have been sentenced to prison terms for their role in a health care fraud case. Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain, in a news release Tuesday, said 60-year-old … Click to Continue

Man ordered to pay $1.1 million to trafficking victims

A Florida man has been ordered to pay $1.1 million in payments to six victims of sex-trafficking and interstate prostitution. A federal judge in Orlando ordered 43-year-old Abdullah Hamidullah to … Click to Continue

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

US WOMEN'S HOCKEY BOYCOTT USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice … Click to Continue

Health department program to dispense overdose reversal drug

A Shenandoah Valley health department district is starting a pilot program to distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal drug. Health officials said in a news release recently that the Central Shenandoah … Click to Continue

Craft brewer bill to get Senate hearing

A Maryland bill that has craft brewers worried about potential restrictions is getting a hearing in a state Senate committee. The bill goes before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental … Click to Continue

33-year state senator in court on misconduct allegations

Long-time South Carolina Sen. John Courson will appear in court to answer accusations that he pocketed more than $130,000 in campaign donations over six years. The 72-year-old Columbia Republican maintains … Click to Continue

FPL's fracking investment bill passes committee despite objections

A House committee overlooked opposition by residential and commercial utility customers Tuesday and approved a proposal sought by Florida Power & Light to allow the company to expand its rate … Click to Continue

State's being 'hoodwinked' in oversight of privately run prisons, reform advocate says

Numbers don't lie and Florida's private prisons are not saving money as promised, according to an investigation by legislator and retired forensic auditor Rep. David Richardson. Part of the reason, … Click to Continue

Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal

Declaring an end to what he's called "the war on coal," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that eliminates numerous restrictions on fossil fuel production, breaking with leaders … Click to Continue

Sean Spicer tells reporter to 'stop shaking your head'

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter to "stop shaking your head" during an exchange at his daily press briefing Tuesday. Spicer appeared annoyed by April Ryan, Washington … Click to Continue

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down

The chairman of the House intelligence committee refused Tuesday to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations brought new cries of … Click to Continue

Judge approves release of jailed Seattle-area 'dreamer'

A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children … Click to Continue

China confirms detention of Taiwanese pro-democracy activist

China's government confirmed Wednesday it is holding a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist and is investigating him on suspicion of "pursuing activities harmful to national security," the latest detention in an ongoing … Click to Continue

Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida has made up his mind on Gorsuch

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday that he will vote against Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Deciding … Click to Continue

Seminole Tribe asks state to close loophole that allows slots look-alikes

The Seminole Tribe of Florida is warning Gov. Rick Scott that a two-week-old decision by a Leon County circuit court that opens the door for anyone from convenience stores, family … Click to Continue

Promising school testing reforms bog down in political gamesmanship

Efforts by the state Senate to address too much standardized testing in Florida's public schools this year are on the rocks after a key proposal was abruptly postponed Monday when … Click to Continue

House intel chairman facing new calls to step down from Trump-Russia probe

The chairman of the House committee investigating Russian meddling in last year's presidential election admitted Monday that secret documents that he said forced him last week to rush to the … Click to Continue

Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation

House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving associates of President Donald … Click to Continue

Republicans see a tax bill as the next big thing, but they're in for a struggle

Republican congressional leaders say an overhaul of the nation's tax system is the next big item on their agenda – but lawmakers quickly concede that winning approval of anything that … Click to Continue

London attacker's wife 'saddened and shocked'

The wife of the man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament last week condemned the attack, saying she is "saddened and shocked." In statement released through London police on … Click to Continue

Trump again blames House Freedom Caucus for failure of health care bill

President Donald Trump again blamed the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about three dozen right-wing representatives, for the failure of his health care bill to replace Obamacare. Speaker of … Click to Continue

Trump, on Twitter, asks why Clintons aren't being investigated for ties to Russia

President Donald Trump, in a series of tweets Monday evening, asked why former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary Clinton, who Trump defeated in the 2016 election, are not being … Click to Continue

EU court rules Russia sanctions over Ukraine are valid

The European Union's top court has ruled that the bloc's economic sanctions on Russian companies over the crisis in Ukraine are valid. The EU Court of Justice's decision Tuesday came … Click to Continue

World Cup Under-17 final in Kolkata, India in November

Kolkata will stage the Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals, third-place playoff and final in November. FIFA finalized six venues for the event which begins on Oct. 28: New Delhi, Navi Mumbai, … Click to Continue

Lawmakers back measures to protect Israel by punishing Iran

Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. … Click to Continue

Immigrant's bid to avoid deportation comes to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his … Click to Continue

Ice causes dam on Alaska's Kodiak Island to empty

Ouzinkie has requested emergency assistance after the southern Alaska city's mayor said the town's dam had to be completely drained after shifting ice broke a gate valve. The Kodiak Daily … Click to Continue

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail - many of them alongside Nelson Mandela - for working to end South Africa's previous white minority rule, died in … Click to Continue

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump's proposed foreign aid cuts threaten … Click to Continue

Self-driving car crash comes amid debate about regulations

A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, … Click to Continue

Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting Mosul civilians

A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles the Islamic State militants alongside Iraqi … Click to Continue

Columbus passes ban on conversion therapy

Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any … Click to Continue

Tax overhaul effort lacks advantages Reagan enjoyed in 1986

The fundamentals of tax overhaul were strong some 30 years ago. A popular president, Republican Ronald Reagan, pushed the landmark 1986 measure. Powerful and experienced congressional leaders shepherded the legislation … Click to Continue

Ex-cop pleads guilty to stealing $200K from police union

A former Pittsfield officer has pleaded guilty to charges he embezzled more than $200,000 from the police union account he was entrusted to manage. The Republican reports that … Click to Continue

French candidate's wife faces charges over parliament jobs

The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is facing preliminary charges over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed. Fillon himself has already been charged in the … Click to Continue