Miami Herald : Politics (106)

Former federal judge nominee to seek Ros-Lehtinen's seat in Congress

The teeming Democratic race to replace U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is about to get more crowded: Mary Barzee Flores, a well-regarded local attorney and former circuit court judge, plans to … Click to Continue »

Transgender people cannot serve in the U.S. military, Trump says

President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that transgender people are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military. After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that … Click to Continue »

Trump is losing on TV. Scaramucci plans to turn it around.

Since Day One, Donald Trump's White House has failed where he once had his most success — on television. Anthony Scaramucci intends to turn that around. According to Republicans close … Click to Continue »

Rick Perry duped by Russian duo impersonating Ukraine leader

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been fooled by a pair of Russian pranksters impersonating the prime minister of Ukraine. Perry spoke to the pair about the Paris Climate Accord and … Click to Continue »

Shouting match at City Hall: Did Beach mayoral candidate threaten aide with dismissal?

In a shouting match at Miami Beach City Hall last week, Commissioner Michael Grieco told his city aide that she would lose her job if she refused to take a … Click to Continue »

Rubio, Menendez ask Trump to sanction 10 more high-ranking Venezuelans

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to sanction 10 more high-ranking individuals in the Venezuelan government, ahead of a Sunday election in the … Click to Continue »

Diaz, Taddeo win easily in special Miami Senate primaries

Two Miami state Senate candidates who raised and spent the most in their respective primaries — Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz and Democratic businesswoman Annette Taddeo — notched easy victories … Click to Continue »

Perez wins Republican primary in special Miami House election

Daniel Perez won a special Republican primary in a GOP-leaning Miami state House district Tuesday — meaning the attorney and political newcomer is now the heavy favorite to head to … Click to Continue »

Parents, former Scouts alarmed by Trump's speech at jamboree

No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering. Parents, former Scouts and others were … Click to Continue »

Senate Judiciary Committee withdraws subpoena for Manafort

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena. The committee withdrew its subpoena … Click to Continue »

UK's Boris Johnson welcomes Australian tech entrepreneurs

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has assured concerned Australian tech entrepreneurs that they will be welcome to continue working in his country after it leaves the European Union. Johnson was … Click to Continue »

Muslim cleric: Protest to go on despite Israeli concession

A senior Muslim official in Jerusalem said Wednesday that worshippers would not return to a contested shrine until Israel removes the new railings and cameras it installed after a deadly … Click to Continue »

Senate health care debate could be suspenseful and raucous

The Senate's days-long debate on health care features a dynamic that's relatively rare on Capitol Hill. Genuine suspense. Debate kicked off Tuesday without an obvious endgame. Several Republicans voted to … Click to Continue »

Vote shows GOP's problems in replacing Obama health law

Where the Senate Republican effort to demolish the Obama health care law ends up is anyone's guess, but early indications are the GOP will have a hard time replacing that … Click to Continue »

2 Moroccan peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic says two Moroccan peacekeepers have been killed in a southeastern town where another Moroccan was killed on Sunday. A statement Tuesday says … Click to Continue »

Russian diplomat: new US sanctions won't help to mend ties

A senior Russian diplomat says a new package of U.S. sanctions against Russia harms chances for improving the ties between the two countries, pushing them into "unchartered territory." Russian officials … Click to Continue »

Hood and Reeves speaking at 'Mississippi's Giant Houseparty'

Two of the top statewide elected officials are speaking at the Neshoba County Fair, a get-together known as Mississippi's Giant Houseparty. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. … Click to Continue »

Dad: Ex-Marine killed in Syria 'had a mission' in IS battle

A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a … Click to Continue »

House punishes Russia, blocks Trump from waiving penalties

Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House has overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the … Click to Continue »

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the … Click to Continue »

Morrisey urges US Supreme Court to overturn gun ruling

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, joined by four other states, has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling they say infringes on gun rights. In … Click to Continue »

Tennessee governor taps homebuilder Brown as housing chair

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Memphis-area homebuilder Kim Grant Brown as the first woman to head the Tennessee Housing Development Agency's board of directors. A news release Tuesday from the … Click to Continue »

Maldives urged to restore parliament's independence

Outside governments on Wednesday asked the Maldives to restore its legislature's independence, days after the opposition said parliament was locked down on orders from the president in an attempt to … Click to Continue »

Elderly Miami woman admits to voter fraud. But will she get jail time?

An elderly woman pleaded guilty on Monday to filling out other people's mail-in ballots for the mayor's race while working at Miami-Dade's elections department. Now, a judge must decide whether … Click to Continue »

Voters will pick winners Tuesday in special Miami Senate, House primaries

Late July is hardly peak election season in Miami-Dade County. But the polls in some parts of town will nevertheless open Tuesday for voters to cast ballots in a pair … Click to Continue »

Sen. McCain will return to Senate Tuesday ahead of health care showdown

Less than a week after announcing he has brain cancer, Sen. John McCain will return to the Senate as Republicans prepare to vote on Obamacare repeal and replacement. The 80-year-old … Click to Continue »

As chaos envelops Venezuela, Caracas spends millions on lobbyists in Washington

Venezuela's currency is essentially worthless. Its people are starving. Rampant inflation has rendered the bolĂ­var less useful than toilet paper. And since Donald Trump's election, the Venezuelan government has spent … Click to Continue »

No Russia collusion, Trump son-in-law Kushner tells Congress

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner denied Monday that he colluded with Russians in the course of President Donald Trump's White House bid and declared he has "nothing to hide." … Click to Continue »

Regalado says fate of Miami's EB-5 visa program up to next mayor

Of all the things funded in Tomás Regalado's unprecedented $1 billion budget for 2018, his ballyhooed Office of International Business Development isn't one of them. The program, launched three years … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Muslims urged to stay away from Jerusalem shrine

The Latest on the escalation in Israel and the Palestinian territories over a contested Jerusalem holy site : 11:10 a.m. A senior cleric says Muslims should stay away … Click to Continue »

4 meetings with Russians disclosed by Jared Kushner

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, disclosed in a statement to members of Congress four distinct interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period. The 11-page statement provides … Click to Continue »

AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions

President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the … Click to Continue »

California governor to extend climate change bill 10 years

Gov. Jerry Brown is set to sign legislation Tuesday keeping alive California's signature initiative to fight global warming, which puts a cap and a price on climate-changing emissions. The Democratic … Click to Continue »

Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto

Strong congressional support from Republicans and Democrats for a new package of Russia sanctions effectively scuttles the potential for President Donald Trump to derail the legislation. The House is set … Click to Continue »

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for both … Click to Continue »

EU, Turkey to hold talks amid strained relations

Top European Union officials are to hold talks with Turkey's foreign minister against a backdrop of growing concern that Ankara is sliding away from EU values as President Recep Tayyip … Click to Continue »

McCain's return, heavy with drama for 'Obamacare' repeal

At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined … Click to Continue »

Australia denies reneging on a UNHCR deal to accept refugees

The Australian foreign minister on Tuesday rejected the United Nations refugee agency's allegation that her government reneged on a deal to resettle some refugees who attempted to reach Australia by … Click to Continue »

Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for 2nd day of interviews

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators, this time for a closed-door conversation … Click to Continue »

Polish president signs 1 of 3 contested laws on judiciary

The office of Poland's president said Tuesday that he has signed into law one of three contested bills that critics say limit the independence of the judiciary. President Andrzej Duda … Click to Continue »

South Korea shifts gears, aims at more labor-friendly growth

South Korea's new leadership has promised to help many left behind as the country grew prosperous, laying out a new five-year economic plan that promises to boost incomes and improve … Click to Continue »

Black seniors stroll down memory lane aiming to stay sharp

Sharon Steen dons her tennis shoes and, with two fellow seniors, walks streets that in her youth were a vibrant center of Portland, Oregon's African-American community. Wasn't this the corner … Click to Continue »

Cleveland mayor's grandson indicted on gun charges

A relative of Cleveland's mayor has been indicted on weapons charges. reports Frank Jackson Jr., grandson of Mayor Frank Jackson, was indicted Friday for carrying a concealed … Click to Continue »

Hearing for Pima County justice of the peace rescheduled

A scheduled August hearing on judicial misconduct charges against a former Arizona legislator and current Pima County justice of the peace is being postponed until September. Paula Aboud has been … Click to Continue »

Hartford Line to be operational in May 2018

Officials say a commuter rail connecting Hartford, New Haven and Springfield, Connecticut will begin taking passengers in May, 2018. In an announcement Monday, Gov. Dannel Malloy says the CTrail Hartford … Click to Continue »

Israel dismantles metal detectors from key Jerusalem shrine

Israel began Tuesday to dismantle metal detectors it installed a week earlier at a contested Jerusalem shrine, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world, including security ally Jordan, … Click to Continue »

Lawmakers accuse Japan PM of false denial in school scandal

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being questioned in Parliament about a cronyism scandal after opposition lawmakers alleged he testified falsely a day earlier when he denied using his influence … Click to Continue »

Voters to pick replacement for Florida senator who resigned

Voters are heading to the polls to choose a replacement for a Florida legislator who resigned after using a racial slur and vulgar language in a conversation with two African-American … Click to Continue »

3 nominees named for vacant judgeship in Kentucky

A nominating commission has announced nominees to fill a vacant judgeship in Kentucky. The vacancy is in McCracken County Circuit Court. The nominees were announced Monday by the Judicial Nominating … Click to Continue »

Trump to rally in Ohio as residents worry about health care

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ohio on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack … Click to Continue »