Miami Herald : Politics (55)

Who wins, who loses in bill aimed at upending Obamacare

The GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal "Obamacare" would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in … Click to Continue

Airlines were accused of price gouging before Irma. Some are capping fares before Maria

Taking a page from Hurricane Irma's book, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is asking airlines to proactively limit the cost of their flights for travelers trying to get out of Hurricane … Click to Continue

Haunted by nursing home horror, task force joins rush to make sure it isn't repeated

In a crowded North Miami Beach City Hall chamber, elected officials, first responders and healthcare workers gathered to establish a task force to better regulate senior facilities, in the wake … Click to Continue

Republican governors get into the 'news' business

Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on … Click to Continue

Hurricane Irma offers political fuel to candidates in Senate District 40 race

The impacts and recovery efforts that followed Hurricane Irma have presented fresh fodder for political debate between the two main candidates who are seeking voters' support in a bitter battle … Click to Continue

FPL says claim that senator used lobbyist to get power restored is 'absurd'

State Sen. Daphne Campbell wants her constituents to know that she had something to do with them getting power back on in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Florida Power & … Click to Continue

Rights groups critical of Myanmar leader's Rohingya speech

Rights groups are critical of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's defense of her country's conduct in violence that has driven out more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims, but some observers … Click to Continue

Trump and Macron take spotlight at UN but challenges are key

U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to take the spotlight at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations — but it's the … Click to Continue

AP Exclusive: Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial … Click to Continue

3 soldier remain hospitalized after Fort Bragg explosion

Three soldiers remain hospitalized after last week's deadly training accident at Fort Bragg. The Fayetteville Observer reports the soldiers are being treated on post at Womack Army Medical Center and … Click to Continue

Military budget would swell under Senate bill

The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping defense policy bill that would pump $700 billion into the military, putting the U.S. armed forces on track for a budget greater than … Click to Continue

Dutch king to deliver budget speech to Parliament

The Dutch king is set to ride through The Hague in a horse-drawn carriage to deliver a speech to both houses of parliament outlining the government's budget for the coming … Click to Continue

Trump, the 'America First' president, goes to the UN

Elected on the nationalist slogan "America first," President Donald Trump will use his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly to argue that individual nations should act in their own … Click to Continue

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Diane Black to be deposed

Republican gubernatorial candidate Diane Black is being deposed in a lawsuit related to a television ad that ran in her first campaign for Congress. Black narrowly won the GOP nomination … Click to Continue

Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in … Click to Continue

Judge says town can't charge for construction of water tower

A judge has ruled that a central Delaware town cannot collect $27,000 from a local water and sewer authority as a building permit fee for a million-gallon water storage tank. … Click to Continue

EU Chamber warns China: Open economy faster or risk backlash

A business group urged China on Tuesday to carry out promises to open its economy and warned inaction might fuel a backlash against free trade amid mounting U.S. and European … Click to Continue

Gillespie, Northam to square off in second debate

The two major party candidates running to be the next governor of Virginia are set to square off at the their second debate. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam … Click to Continue

City of Annapolis holding primary for mayor, city council

The city of Annapolis is holding its primary for voters to choose candidates for mayor and city council. Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is running against Nevin Young in the Republican … Click to Continue

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face … Click to Continue

America 2nd: Traditions mean Trump must wait his turn at UN

America second. It's a rare consideration for President Donald Trump, who has boasted of a new foreign policy formed around the idea of strength and unabashedly putting his nation's interests … Click to Continue

N Carolina House panel back to debating judicial remapping

The North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes in two weeks, and some House Republicans keep working meanwhile to get proposed changes to judicial election districts on the agenda when colleagues return. … Click to Continue

Group says new health proposal cuts West Virginia Medicaid

A nonprofit West Virginia research group says the latest attempt by U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cut the state's Medicaid funding by $2 billion by … Click to Continue

Prosecutors to argue Pistorius should get more jail time

Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer … Click to Continue

Haitians blocked at US border find 'Mexican dream'

Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U.S. to pay up to $950 to … Click to Continue

Q&A: US, Mexican policies on Haitians

Up to 4,000 Haitians established a community in Mexico's northwest corner after the United States abruptly shut its doors last year. Here are some questions and answers about U.S. and … Click to Continue

Facebook may be facing an 'era of accountability'

The problems keep piling up for Facebook, and it's unclear how long the internet giant will be able to brush them aside as it barrels toward acquiring its next billion … Click to Continue

Japan deploys missile interceptor near recent flight path

Japan is moving a mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido to a base near recent North Korean missile flyover routes. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday that … Click to Continue

AP Analysis: 7 Albuquerque officers earned $124K or more

Records show seven Albuquerque beat police officers were among the city's top 25 salary earners last year and made more than the mayor thanks to overtime. An analysis by The … Click to Continue

Monday's Sports in Brief

PRO FOOTBALL PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned they're being targeted by claims service providers, lenders and … Click to Continue

US senators call for lower tariffs on pecan exports to India

Several U.S. senators are urging federal trade officials to take action to lower tariffs on pecan exports to India in hopes of helping growers in a number of pecan-producing states. … Click to Continue

Former President Clinton visits Miami-Dade shelter still housing Irma victims

The hundreds of Hurricane Irma refugees still living in the last remaining local emergency shelter got a surprise visit Sunday afternoon from a high-profile guest: former President Bill Clinton. Clinton … Click to Continue

Holding federal institutions accountable becoming harder

There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren't making it easier to hold … Click to Continue

Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren't making it easier to hold … Click to Continue

What life is like for Irma 'survivalists' beyond Florida Keys' Mile Marker 74

On Day Five after Hurricane Irma, Alex and Josh Mann ran out of ice. They'd heard rumors a day earlier that a neighbor had leftover ice to share. But none … Click to Continue

Trump on Irma: 'I never even knew a Category 5 existed'

Hours after visiting neighborhoods torn by Hurricane Irma on Thursday, President Donald Trump said he was unaware how strong storms could get. I never even knew a Category 5 existed,' … Click to Continue

Does this add up? Florida teachers sue to end their own bonus pay program.

A state program that awards bonuses to top-rated teachers based on their own SAT and ACT scores from high school violates federal and state civil rights laws against employment discrimination, … Click to Continue

Still no charity money from leftover Trump inaugural funds

President Donald Trump's inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be "workmanlike," and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly … Click to Continue

Will recovery from Irma mean boom or bust for Florida's economy, budget?

Irma is gone, and Florida is discovering a massive fiscal storm looming on the horizon. The Legislature's chief economist says the hurricane's impact on the economy will make the state … Click to Continue

Harvard removes title for Chelsea Manning amid CIA spat

Harvard University reversed its decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow early Friday, a day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the title for the … Click to Continue

Irma doesn't persuade Trump on climate change: 'We've had bigger storms than this'

A visit Thursday to parts of Southwest Florida flooded and windswept by Hurricane Irma — his third trip in less than three weeks to a storm disaster zone — did … Click to Continue

Irma no obstacle to election. Early voting starts Saturday for two Miami-Dade races.

Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a Democratic Party of Florida request to postpone for two weeks the Sept. 26 special election in Senate District 40, saying Miami-Dade County officials are … Click to Continue

Deal or no deal? 'Dreamers' wait as Trump, lawmakers joust

The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance Thursday as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck … Click to Continue

Miami Republican demands straight answer from Trump on Dreamers

Donald Trump was striking a deal over dinner with Democrats on Wednesday night to save Dreamers from deportation. By Thursday morning, his aides were playing catch up and insisting nothing … Click to Continue

Trump to visit Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands to view Irma recovery

Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Thursday that President Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico along with the U.S. Virgin Islands to view Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the territories … Click to Continue

What happened at dinner? Trump, Dems don't see eye to eye

President Donald Trump on Thursday denied an assertion by the Democratic leaders in Congress that they had an agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America and … Click to Continue

Strange bedfellows: Jimmy Carter defends Trump

President Donald Trump has an unlikely defender of his approach to immigration law: former President Jimmy Carter. Speaking to Georgia college students, the 39th president expressed optimism Wednesday that Trump … Click to Continue

Democrats plot their Haiti strategy as TPS deadline looms

A half dozen Democratic lawmakers met with Haiti's ambassador in an intimate dinner on Tuesday night to craft a new strategy aimed at convincing the White House to extend a … Click to Continue

Irma delays financial aid selection for Florida's struggling schools

Some of Florida's lowest-performing traditional public schools will have to wait a bit longer to find out if they'll be among the 25 schools that will get financial help through … Click to Continue

Trump, top Democrats agree to fix for DACA and border security

WASHINGTON – The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some … Click to Continue