Politics

Political news

A newly inaugurated Donald J. Trump delivered a fiercely populist and often dark address, promising to transfer power in Washington from political elites to the people and vowing to put "America first."

Surrounded by members of Congress and the Supreme Court, the nation's 45th president repeated themes from his historic and divisive campaign message, describing children in poverty, schools in crisis and streets pocked with crime and "carnage."

NPR's Live Inauguration 2017 Blog and Fact Check

Jan 20, 2017
NPR's Live Coverage of 2017 Inauguration
iStock Images

NPR News will air Special Coverage of the Presidential Inauguration today. Check out our live blog, updating throughout the day’s events and a fact check and annotation of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address.

The Live Blog will run from approximately 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. (or later, as news warrants).

Follow the Live Blog HERE.

The Fact Check will run from noon until Trump's speech ends, probably about an hour.

President Obama gave his final press conference at the White House on Wednesday, just two days before Donald Trump's inauguration. He reflected on his time in office and looked toward the incoming administration, ultimately concluding, "At my core, I think we're going to be OK."

The center of the world's attention will be on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Friday, when Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

Wikipedia Commons

Can you really "drive" a driverless car in Florida without a permit? And is the foreign policy hawk Senator Marco Rubio really pushing for a bill to cut security at embassies overseas by half?  WUSF's Steve Newborn mulls over those claims with Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida.

The sometimes raucous presidential debates gave plenty of fodder to fact-checkers in 2016. So it's no surprise that the Top Five most-viewed rulings from PolitiFact Florida revolve around claims made by the candidates. WUSF's Steve Newborn takes a look at them with PolitiFact's Josh Gillin.

In honor of the end of 2016, we take this look at the Top 5 most-clicked stories of the year from PolitiFact Florida:

Courtesy Suzanne Young, 350 organizer.

Activist organizations rallied outside Senator Marco Rubio's Tampa office Monday to protest what they're calling President-Elect Donald Trump's "Climate Denial Cabinet."

A new report from legislative researchers could spell more bad news for Enterprise Florida.  Analysts say the agency is lagging behind similar programs in other states.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

From a sit-in Tuesday in Alabama to sign-waving protestors Wednesday outside Tampa's federal courthouse, there appears to be a ground swell of people objecting to President-Elect Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

Photo courtesy PolitiFact Florida

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is saying the federal government is shortchanging the state when it comes to doling out money to fight the transmission of the Zika virus. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida to see if it's true.

Will Weatherford Rules Out Run For Governor

Dec 22, 2016
Twitter.com

Former state House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday he will not run for governor in 2018, eliminating one potential high-profile candidate to replace Gov. Rick Scott.

Weatherford, a Wesley Chapel Republican who became speaker in 2012 at age 32, pointed to his family as a reason for staying out of the race.

As President Obama's second term ends, it's time to take a look back at some of the promises he's made. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida about the "Obameter," and whether he kept his promises - or broke them.


On the heels of the 2016 presidential election lawmakers are reviewing what went well while looking toward some changes.

Daylina Miller/WUSF

 Florida's 29 electors cast their votes for Donald Trump inside the state Senate chambers as about 200 people protested outside the doors.

Wikipedia Commons

While most people believe the election of Donald Trump is a done deal, it's up to the Electoral College to actually choose the next president. Florida's 29 electors will cast their ballot Monday afternoon in Tallahassee.

It's not over yet, but 2016 has already been one of the "newsiest" years in recent memory. But a lot of the news turned out to be fake. WUSF's Steve Newborn talks with Katie Sanders of PolitiFact Florida to talk about their Lie of the Year.

This year has been a banner one for the news business. The presidential election, the surprise result, the ongoing wrangling over which way the country could be turning - and a lot this news, well, it wasn't true. So that takes us to the 2016 PolitiFact Lie of the Year.

It's... drum roll please... fake news.

Governor Rick Scott is not concerned about a potential presidential recount in Florida. 

Is Obamacare really a creation of the "liberal elite?"  And have things gotten worse in Cuba for dissidents since Fidel Castro stepped down from office? WUSF's Steve Newborn digs into those claims with Allison Graves of PolitiFact Florida.

Pam Bondi Won't 'Confirm Or Deny' Trump Speculation

Dec 6, 2016

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi offered little information Tuesday about her future or her discussions with President-elect Donald Trump, as she made one of her first appearances in Tallahassee since meeting with Trump last week in New York.

Photo courtesy Bay News 9

President Barack Obama says the fight he's led against the Islamic State group has been relentless, sustainable and multilateral. He says it demonstrates a shift in how the U.S. takes on terrorists around the world.

Obama spoke at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, home to U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command. It's Obama's last major national security speech before leaving office.

Pages