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  • OIG Report: Social Security Administration Paid $11.6 Million to Dead Puerto Ricans

    10/30/2019 3:05:44 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/29/19 | Penny Starr
    An Inspector General report for the Social Security Administration flew under the radar when it was issued in August, and the administration refused to answer Breitbart News’s inquiry about the findings that reveal $11.6 million in payments were paid to dead people in Puerto Rico. The findings of the report stated: SSA issued approximately $11.6 million in payments after death to 149 beneficiaries and 4 representative payees who died in Puerto Rico from January 1992 through December 2016. Identifying and correcting these discrepancies will prevent approximately $1.4 million in additional improper payments after death over the next 12 months. We...
  • Carson’s latest answer on Puerto Rico aid not much better than the first

    10/23/2019 3:35:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Hot ^ | October 23, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Over the weekend, we looked at allegations that HUD had broken the law by not kicking off disaster relief fund disbursement for Puerto Rico in a timely fashion following Hurricane Maria. HUD officials offered some reasons why they didn’t meet the deadline, but none of them seemed to be particularly persuasive under the circumstances.At the time I noted that the press (and their friends, the Democrats) would likely take this opportunity to go after HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who has long been a target to tag some sort of scandal on. As the old saying goes… that didn’t take long....
  • BREAKING - Feds make arrests over Puerto Rico disaster recovery funds

    09/10/2019 8:15:12 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    FEMA Regional Director Asha Tribble, Cobra Acquisitions President Donald Keith Ellison, and former FEMA staffer and then Cobra employee Jovanda Patterson arrested in the mainland U.S. for fraud and bribery related to the reconstruction of the Puerto Rico electrical grid after Hurricane Maria. Basically, the FEMA and former FEMA officials accepting or offering bribes for favoritism in the awarding of reconstruction contracts. No Puerto Rican officials appear to be involved. Ongoing press conference. Developing...
  • Vanity: Spoke to my Dad in Puerto Rico. He says: "Trump was right all along!"

    07/28/2019 5:11:17 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 23 replies
    Self ^ | 7/28/19 | Self
    In years past, I've posted many stories on FR about my father's experiences after Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and I've posted about five (5) different threads on this situation. He lives in Old San Juan and always stated that the federal help was always there from prior to Hurricane Maria hitting - either via FEMA or the Military. You can look back at these posts by using KEYWORD: Hurricane Maria; Puerto Rico; Vanity. Not being a Trump fan, but tolerant of the President, my father has finally admitted something that I've been waiting for him to say for...
  • Hurricane Maria’s legacy: Thousands of Puerto Rican students show PTSD symptoms

    04/29/2019 9:37:41 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    PBS ^ | 04/27/2019
    Food shortages, damaged homes, fear of death, loved ones leaving. The cumulative stresses of Hurricane Maria contributed to thousands of schoolchildren developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in Puerto Rico, according to a study published Friday. The study in JAMA Network Open found that 7.2% of the students reported “clinically significant” symptoms of PTSD. More girls tended to show signs of PTSD than boys. Researchers surveyed 96,108 public school students five to nine months after the 2017 hurricane. The cohort included youth in third through 12th grades across different regions of the island. That just speaks to how...
  • Puerto Rico will demolish thousands of Hurricane Maria-damaged structures

    04/25/2019 6:30:39 AM PDT · by cll · 31 replies
    AP via Fox5 ^ | 4/23/2019
    <p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico's government plans to demolish 16,000 structures that were heavily damaged by Hurricane Maria nearly two years ago.</p> <p>Officials said Tuesday that they expect to obtain $400 million in federal funds for the project, pending approval by federal officials.</p>
  • Donald Trump Is Trying to Kill You

    04/06/2019 7:58:25 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 87 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 04 April 2019 | Paul Krugman
    There’s a lot we don’t know about the legacy Donald Trump will leave behind. And it is, of course, hugely important what happens in the 2020 election. But one thing seems sure: Even if he’s a one-term president, Trump will have caused, directly or indirectly, the premature deaths of a large number of Americans. Some of those deaths will come at the hands of right-wing, white nationalist extremists, who are a rapidly growing threat, partly because they feel empowered by a president who calls them “very fine people.” Some will come from failures of governance, like the inadequate response to...
  • Puerto Ricans struggle to buy food, medicine amid funding shortfall

    03/30/2019 9:10:11 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 29, 2019 | Associated Press
    Iraida Vargas can no longer afford the two kinds of insulin her aging mother needs and has stopped buying fresh fruit and vegetables as billions of dollars in federal funds that help Puerto Ricans buy food, get medical treatment and recover from Hurricane Maria dwindle despite pleas from the US territory that Congress take action.
  • Dems: Trump must apologize for refusing to accept Puerto Rico death toll

    09/19/2018 8:37:36 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 76 replies
    new york compost ^ | September 19, 2018 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – More than 130 Democrats from the House and Senate signed a letter to President Trump demanding he apologize to the people of Puerto Rico for refusing to accept the official death toll for Hurricane Maria.
  • Thirty Democrat Lawmakers Vacation In PR While Federal Employees Remain Unpaid

    01/13/2019 2:02:19 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | January 13, 2019 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump is working around the clock during the government shutdown trying to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer to secure border wall funding. The Democrats however, are partying at a beach resort in Puerto Rico on day 22 of the government shutdown. The Democrats don’t care about the 800,000 federal workers who are currently not receiving a paycheck. Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was spotted hanging out with a bikini-clad “colleague” on the beach in Puerto Rico three weeks into the shutdown without a care in the world. The Hispanic Caucus of liberal Democrats is holding their retreat at a posh...
  • Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces Presidential Run

    01/12/2019 9:50:48 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 68 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 1-12-2019 | Maggie Astor
    Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, announced on Saturday that he would run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination. His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit and meet with residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Later in the week, his campaign said, he will go to New Hampshire. Mr. Castro, in prepared remarks that he was set to deliver in San Antonio on Saturday, said, “When my grandmother...
  • On Hispanic TV, Justice Sotomayor Surreptitiously Hits Campaign Trail

    10/18/2018 5:51:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 18, 2018 | Kathleen Krumhansl and Ken Oliver
    SONIA SOTOMAYOR, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE, UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT: Ah, a very complicated question. After becoming a lawyer and judge of two courts, before going to the Supreme Court, the greatest difficulty is the expectation of others that, because I was Latina, I didn’t have the intelligence to be able to do this job. I don't know if you know that during this process of confirmation to the Supreme Court there were many who said, ´she does not have the intelligence to do this job well.’ There are many who have changed their minds about that, with the passage of time.
  • President Donald J. Trump’s Administration Has Helped Lead a Historic Recovery Effort in Puerto Rico

    09/20/2018 11:51:15 AM PDT · by cll · 20 replies
    The White House ^ | 9/20/2018
    "And we stand with Puerto Rico, and we are helping them to rebuild stronger and better than ever before.” - President Donald J. Trump HISTORIC RECOVERY EFFORT: The Federal Government has helped lead a historic recovery effort in Puerto Rico in the year since Hurricane Maria hit. •FEMA has joined with Federal partners and the Government of Puerto Rico to undertake one of the largest post-disaster reconstruction efforts in United States history. •Never before has FEMA coordinated federal resources to rebuild an entire island of this size. •The Federal response to Hurricane Maria marked the largest and longest Federal response...
  • Trump shares Lou Dobbs segment praising his Puerto Rico claims

    09/14/2018 2:14:54 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13, 2018
    President Trump on Thursday night doubled down on his statements about the 3,000 death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last year. Trump retweeted a segment from Fox Business host Lou Dobbs praising the president's statements. "The numbers were inflated and the president was right to call out the organizations who threw out science, statistics, and evidence to discredit the Trump administration," Dobbs claimed during the segment. Dobbs pointed to the source of the 3,000 number, a study from George Washington University's Milken Institute, which estimated the number of "excess deaths" that occurred from Hurricane Maria, as opposed to...
  • Puerto Rico’s governor to Trump: ‘No reason to underscore the tragedy’

    09/15/2018 6:28:53 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 63 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/15/18 | MORGAN GSTALTER
    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló tore into President Trump on Friday as he continued to deny a scientific study which found that 3,000 people died on the island following a series of hurricanes last year. “Mr. President — I’d very much be willing to walk you through the scientific process of the study and how @Gwtweets arrived at the excess mortality number estimate. There is no reason to underscore the tragedy we have suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria,” Rosselló tweeted. “In the meantime, I hope you consider sending a message of support to show you stand with all...
  • “When Trump visited (…)last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died....”

    09/14/2018 7:42:23 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 126 replies
    Real Donald Trump Twitter ^ | September 14, 2018 | President Donald Trump
    “When Trump visited the island territory last October, OFFICIALS told him in a briefing 16 PEOPLE had died from Maria.” The Washington Post. This was long AFTER the hurricane took place. Over many months it went to 64 PEOPLE. Then, like magic, “3000 PEOPLE KILLED.” They hired.... 10:05 PM - 14 Sep 2018 ....GWU Research to tell them how many people had died in Puerto Rico (how would they not know this?). This method was never done with previous hurricanes because other jurisdictions know how many people were killed. FIFTY TIMES LAST ORIGINAL NUMBER - NO WAY! 10:23 PM -...
  • Ocasio-Cortez to Trump on PR deaths: 'my grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm. Uncounted'

    09/14/2018 11:33:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 129 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-14-18 | Sophie Tatum
    Ocasio-Cortez to Trump on Puerto Rico deaths: 'My own grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm. Uncounted' Washington (CNN) — US House Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a sobering response to President Donald Trump's false claim that 3,000 people did not die in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Following Trump's Thursday morning tweet, Ocasio-Cortez shared her own family's story -- noting that her grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm. "My own grandfather died in the aftermath of the storm. Uncounted. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have similar stories. They have lost children, friends, & family...
  • Trump biographer: Trump doesn’t see people who aren’t white as people

    09/14/2018 9:13:12 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/14/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who wrote a biography of President Trump said the president doesn’t view non-white people “as people.” David Cay Johnston wrote the 2016 bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump” and has reportedly known Trump for over two decades. He appeared on Dean Obeidallah‘s SiriusXM show on Friday to discuss Trump’s false claim that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico following massive hurricane last year. “Donald does not see people who are not white as people,” Johnston said. “And he’s been like this for a long, long time. This not a newly acquired or strange...
  • Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis softly criticize Trump for Puerto Rico conspiracy theory

    09/13/2018 12:30:28 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 54 replies
    The Week ^ | 9/13/18
    President Trump appears to be alone in his baseless assertion that Hurricane Maria's death toll was inflated "by the Democrats in order to make [him] look as bad as possible."[cut] Rick Scott ✔ @ScottforFlorida I disagree with @POTUS– an independent study said thousands were lost and Gov. Rosselló agreed. I've been to Puerto Rico 7 times & saw devastation firsthand. The loss of any life is tragic; the extent of lives lost as a result of Maria is heart wrenching. I'll continue to help PR 11:45 AM - Sep 13, 2018 11.4K 4,804 people are talking about this Additionally, the...
  • Trump disputes Puerto Rico hurricane death toll

    09/13/2018 6:37:43 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 13th September 2018 | BBC News
    US President Donald Trump is disputing official findings that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of last year's storms. "3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico," Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, without offering evidence for the claim. He accused Democrats of inflating the official death toll to "make me look as bad as possible". The official figure was released last month after an independent study. On Thursday, Mr Trump tweeted that Democrats were attacking him "when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico". The Republican...