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  • Alexander Hamilton Wouldn’t Approve of a Terrorist’s Clemency

    01/21/2017 9:14:39 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/20/2017 | JOE CONNOR
    Although overshadowed by the clemency bestowed on Chelsea Manning, on Tuesday the news broke that President Obama was commuting the sentence of Oscar López Rivera. The push to release the terrorist had been a cause célèbre in Puerto Rico, the U.S. and Latin America for years. He counts among his supporters New York Mayor Bill de Blasio,
  • 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...
  • Trump Tweet Storm: So many wonderful people [in Puerto Rico], but with such bad Island leadership

    04/02/2019 4:56:58 AM PDT · by cll · 42 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04/02/2019 | Donald J. Trump
    The Democrats today killed a Bill that would have provided great relief to Farmers and yet more money to Puerto Rico despite the fact that Puerto Rico has already been scheduled to receive more hurricane relief funding than any “place” in history. The people of Puerto Rico..... ....are GREAT, but the politicians are incompetent or corrupt. Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can’t do anything right, the place is a mess - nothing works. FEMA & the Military worked emergency miracles, but politicians like..... ....the crazed and incompetent Mayor of San Juan...
  • 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.
  • Puerto Rico governor warns White House: 'If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth'

    03/28/2019 12:22:32 PM PDT · by Innovative · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | March 28, 2019 | Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak
    Tensions are escalating between President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico's governor over disaster relief efforts that have been slow in coming for the still-battered island after Hurricane Maria. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he would not sit back and allow his officials to be bullied by the White House. "If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth," Rosselló said. "It would be a mistake to confuse courtesy with courage."
  • Trump's border wall money may come at expense of schools for military kids

    03/20/2019 11:49:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/20/2019 | Mike Stone
    The U.S. Department of Defense is proposing to pay for President Donald Trump’s much-debated border wall by shifting funds away from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children, according to a list it has provided to lawmakers. The Pentagon gave Congress a list on Monday that included $12.8 billion of construction projects for which it said funds could be redirected. Around 10 percent of the list relates to educational establishments and includes school buildings for the children of service members in places like Germany, Japan, Kentucky and Puerto Rico. The move comes...
  • Boom: AOC Gets Schooled On Reagan After Numerous Ignorant Blanket Statements About The Gipper

    03/12/2019 4:20:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies ^ | March 12, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    On Sunday, shared a video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at SXSW, talking about about President Reagan's legacy and how he "pitted" whites against browns and blacks."And one perfect example – a perfect example – of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working class Americans against brown and black working Americans in order to just screw over all working class Americans is Reaganism in the '80s when you started talking about 'welfare queens,'" Ocasio-Cortez said during an interview at the conference. "So you think about this image, 'welfare queens,' and what he [Reagan] was really trying to talk...
  • National Guard To Supply Puerto Rico Islands With Food, Gas

    03/06/2019 4:31:57 AM PST · by cll · 37 replies
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a major breakdown in transportation that critics say could have been avoided. The announcement came after cargo ferries that supply the two islands located some 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Puerto Rico recently broke down, cutting an important lifeline to the roughly 11,000 people who live there. In addition, tens of thousands of tourists visit the islands every year, and people have been posting pictures on social media...
  • National Guard to supply Puerto Rico islands with food, gas

    03/06/2019 1:42:48 AM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 05 Mar 2019 | Danica Coto
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor activated the National Guard on Tuesday to rush food, medicine and gasoline to the popular tourist islands of Vieques and Culebra following a major breakdown in transportation that critics say could have been avoided. The announcement came after cargo ferries that supply the two islands located some 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Puerto Rico recently broke down, cutting an important lifeline to the roughly 11,000 people who live there...(snip) ...Just over five months ago, Rossello's administration rented four additional ferries and changed the departure point from Puerto Rico to the...
  • FEMA denies Puerto Rico request for help processing backlog of bodies

    02/28/2019 7:13:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 21 replies
    CBS News via msn ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Camilo Montoya-Galvez
    Washington — Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Puerto Rico's request to dispatch forensic units to Puerto Rico to help process a mounting backlog of bodies, the island's government has received a much-need reprieve. The fiscal board which controls spending in the U.S. territory will allow Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to use $1.5 million in funding to curtail the backlog in the island's morgue. …(snip) ...he FEMA official said these issues could be not be "attributed" to the natural disasters that struck the island, which triggered the first DMORT deployment. "These and the other courses of action ... address systemic...
  • Sanders names San Juan Mayor (of "we're dying here" fame) as campaign co-Chair

    02/21/2019 1:21:29 PM PST · by cll · 20 replies
    Twitter ^ | 02-21-2019
    To defeat Trump we must build a team prepared to fight for economic, social, racial & environmental justice. That’s exactly what @ninaturner, @RoKhanna, @CarmenYulinCruz and @YoBenCohen have been doing their entire lives. I’m excited to announce them as campaign co-chairs.
  • Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see 'Hamilton' (T)

    01/13/2019 9:00:06 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies ^ | 1/13/2019 | Louis Casiano |
    Despite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.” Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report. “This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members...
  • U.S. District Court Strikes Down "Citizenship Apartheid" in U.S. Territories

    02/04/2019 10:01:57 AM PST · by cll · 32 replies
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO CASE NO. 17-2133 (GAG) OPINION AND ORDER Article IV of the Constitution confers upon Congress the power to enact all needful rules and regulations for governing territories of the United States. This clause, however, is not carte blanche for Congress to switch on and off at its convenience the fundamental constitutional rights to Due Process and Equal Protection enjoyed by a birthright United States citizen who relocates from a State to Puerto Rico. Congress, likewise, cannot demean and brand said United States citizen while in Puerto Rico with...
  • Podesta tamps down Clinton 2020 chatter: 'She's not running'

    01/29/2019 7:35:34 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/19 | Michael Burke
    Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta on Tuesday tamped down on speculation that the former Democratic presidential nominee may seek another White House bid in 2020, calling the idea "media catnip" and stressing that Clinton "is not running." "She says she's not running for president," Podesta said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." He added that the former secretary of State was currently "in Puerto Rico trying to help the people, that Donald Trump has abandoned, through the Clinton Foundation. Trying to bring some relief to the people of Puerto Rico." "I take her at her word. She's not running...
  • Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts, Accuse Trump

    01/28/2019 1:27:31 PM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    Shortened title. Full title: HAITI 2.0-> Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts – Accuse Trump of Blocking Funds The Clintons arrived in Puerto Rico over the weekend to ‘assist’ the US territory in their hurricane recovery efforts. This is Haiti 2.0. The Clintons perhaps ran out of the billions of dollars they reportedly stole from the Haitians years ago after a devastating earthquake, so they decided to scam Puerto Ricans under the guise of ‘hurricane relief.’ The professional grifters spoke to local Puerto Rican reporters on Monday after a meeting with Ricardo Rossello, the far...
  • David Faris: "Plotting, in effect, a coup"

    01/26/2019 4:44:18 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    David Faris Twitter ^ | March 2018 | David Faris
    While trekking the internet I came across this article from March 2018 by David Faris in the Washington Post about packing the Supreme Court: Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power. It’s the only way to save democracy. I did a search and came up with the book he wrote, "It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics: It’s Time to Fight Dirty How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics The American electoral system is clearly falling apart—as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. In It’s Time to Fight...
  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy decision a Death Star for Wall Street

    01/18/2019 7:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Chriss Street
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision wiping out half of Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds represents a potential Death Star precedent against Wall Street buying municipal bonds from states without a balanced budget. The reason that high-tax rate and potentially insolvent states like California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have continued to have access to massive new borrowing is Wall Street's ability to sell general obligation municipal bonds to high-income individuals who can benefit from receiving federally tax exempt interest. Most muni investors also believe that the federal government will bail out any state financial crisis. Few Americans understand that...
  • Elizabeth Warren headed to Puerto Rico next week

    01/17/2019 11:37:38 PM PST · by conservative98 · 41 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | JANUARY 18, 2019 | Liz Goodwin
    Elizabeth Warren is headed to Puerto Rico next week for an event in San Juan. She’ll lead a “community conversation” at the Alejandro Tapia y Rivera Theater Tuesday evening, according to an e-mail sent out to her supporters in Puerto Rico.
  • House floor erupts after lawmaker shouts ‘Go back to Puerto Rico’

    01/17/2019 5:00:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1-17-2018 |
    The House floor erupted Thursday after Congress adjourned for the week when an unidentified Republican congressman yelled a controversial and potentially racially charged remark across the aisle as Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas was at the podium. “Go back to Puerto Rico!” the lawmaker shouted, punctuating a stream of Republican whooping and hollering at the Democratic majority for holding a voice vote — instead of the normal roll call vote — to pass a continuing resolution that would reopen nine Cabinet departments through Feb. 28. Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and other Democrats in the chamber shot out of their seats...
  • Dems Boycott Gov’t Shutdown Luncheon With Trump While Puerto Rico Partying Rages On

    01/15/2019 6:42:26 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 24 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 15, 3019 | Martha MacCullum
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw questioned Monday whether the trip to Puerto Rico by congressional Democrats was a good decision amid the deadlock on border security. About 30 lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat over the weekend despite the partial government shutdown. "It sounds like they had a lot of fun. They've also been talking a lot about the plight that federal workers see themselves in," Crenshaw said on The Story. "They're not wrong about that, but if we're gonna talk about that then I don't know if these excursions to Puerto...