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  • Puerto Rican Refugees Could Flip Florida, Put Impeachment in Play

    I didn't realize that hurricane refugee Puerto Ricans could vote in Florida? Is this something to be concerned about?
  • Puerto Rico gives out Christmas bonuses after asking for $94 billion in hurricane relief

    12/03/2017 6:10:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 3, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello last month asked federal taxpayers to shell out $94 billion to pay for the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria — then turned around and paid out about $100 million in Christmas bonuses to government employees on the island. The governor’s aides say the bonuses were part of a long-standing tradition and were included in the budget approved over the summer. But that budget came well before Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving much of the territory in ruin and the government begging for federal assistance. The island’s financial oversight board, created by...
  • Trump met with Puerto Rican group in Orlando

    11/28/2017 9:51:22 AM PST · by 4Runner · 3 replies
    Noticel ^ | November 22, 2016 | Oscar J Serrano
    A few days before the presidential election on November 8, with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton trying to defend herself from the FBI announcement that they had resumed an investigation into her emails, her rival, Donald Trump, traveled to Florida and met with a group of Puerto Ricans. On Trump's side was Reince Priebus, then president of the Republican National Committee, and now chief of Staff of president-elect. On the Puerto Rican side were Puerto Rican congressman Raúl Labrador, some 40 Puerto Rican leaders from the Orlando area and, from the island, John Regis, Trump's campaign spokesman here, and Gloria Escudero,...
  • I’m A Marine And I Tried To Help Puerto Rico, But The Bureaucracy Stopped Me

    11/27/2017 11:53:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/26/2017 | Patrick Weingart
    The Puerto Rican governorÂ’s office put out a call for mainland commercial drivers willing to help. Unfortunately, the capacity of bureaucrats to stifle selfless service is disturbingly strong. By Patrick Weingart By Patrick WeingartNovember 27, 2017 It is not often volunteer opportunities arise that seem so tailored to your skills that they appear to call you by name. This was my experience recently with respect to Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria. Unfortunately, my efforts since the beginning of October have yet to be successful and may have been in vain.After a deployment to Afghanistan with the Marine Corps between 2010...
  • U.S. Hospital Ship Returns Home from Puerto Rico Relief Mission

    11/22/2017 3:11:45 PM PST · by Oatka · 7 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Nov. 21, 2017 | gCaptain Staff
    The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 3, 2017. U.S. Navy PhotoMilitary Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) returned to Naval Station Norfolk after providing life-saving medical care in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Comfort departed Virginia Sept. 29 and had been in Puerto Rico for almost two months providing disaster relief support after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Comfort worked with the Puerto Rico Department of Health and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to treat patients since it arrived in Puerto...
  • While Hillary Dreams of Earth 2 ‘Presidency’ Bill’s in Puerto Rico boosting public

    11/21/2017 11:38:13 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/21/17 | Judi McLeod
    Polish the tarnished reputation of the permanently beleaguered Clinton Foundation While Hillary Dreams of Earth 2 ‘Presidency’ Bill’s in Puerto Rico boosting publicity for Clinton Foundation While the too-mad-to-just-go-away Hillary Clinton fantasized about departing Mother Earth for Earth 2, a planet she imagines faces the same issues as the actual Earth, where she can at last call herself El Presidente, she’ dispatched hubby Bill on the earthly assignment of boosting publicity for the beleaguered Clinton Foundation in Puerto Rico. Too bad Hillary’s Earth 2 presidency is only imaginary and will last only long enough as a zany cover for what...
  • Whitefish is halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it's owed $83M

    11/21/2017 9:15:23 AM PST · by Western Phil · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Nov 30, 2017 | Leyla Santiago, Khushbu Shah and Rachel Clarke, CNN
    San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority. Whitefish CEO Andy Techmanski told CNN that repeated requests for agreed payments were not met and there was no choice but to suspend work. ---snip---
  • Florida governor: 2,000 leaving Puerto Rico every day

    11/21/2017 8:30:22 AM PST · by qaz123 · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 21Nov17 | Paul Bedard
    Puerto Ricans have been fleeing the island at a rate of 2,000 a day, a huge hit to the hurricane-ravaged island, according to Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The impact of the human outflow could be damaging to the island’s manufacturing base, which tops tourism as its income base.
  • An Entire Apartment Building In Puerto Rico Screams In Excitement As Power Is Restored

    11/15/2017 6:02:33 AM PST · by cll · 22 replies
    digg ^ | 11/15/2017
    Self-explanatory video at link:
  • Congressional Leaders Defend the Jones Act During Hearing on Hurricane Relief and Recovery Efforts

    11/04/2017 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Oatka · 5 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Nov 3, 2017 | Staff gCaptain
    Congressional leaders from both sides of the isle defended the Jones Act’s impact on hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico during a hearing this week exploring initial lessons learned from the 2017 hurricanes and key challenges and obstacles that may remain in the way of recovery. The House Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing Wednesday on “Emergency Response and Recovery: Central Takeaways from the Unprecedented 2017 Hurricane Season” during which Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) highlighted the importance of the American maritime industry for Puerto Rico recovery and the capacity and capability of...
  • San Juan mayor questions abrupt postponement of hearing

    11/01/2017 4:59:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 37 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | November 1, 2017 3:59 pm | AP
    <p>San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, speaks during a House Democratic Leaders news conference with Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Cruz on Wednesday questioned why Republicans abruptly postponed a House hearing where she was scheduled to testify about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico. Cruz, who has tangled with President Donald Trump about the federal response, suggested the White House did not want to hear her criticism.</p>
  • FBI Probing Puerto Rico Power Contract (Whitefish Energy)

    10/31/2017 10:47:41 AM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct 31 2017 gmt | Andrew Scurria
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a decision by Puerto Rico’s power authority to award a $300 million contract to a tiny Montana energy firm to rebuild electrical infrastructure damaged in Hurricane Maria, according to people familiar with the matter. Agents from the FBI’s San Juan field office are looking into circumstances surrounding the deal that the public power monopoly known as Prepa signed with Whitefish Energy Holdings LLC, according to the people familiar with the matter.
  • Puerto Rico gov. seeks immediate cancellation of Whitefish Energy contract

    10/29/2017 9:32:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    cbs ^ | 10/29/2017
    The controversy over the no-bid contract previously set off a Twitter feud between the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, and the company, which is based in Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.  The company has only two full-time employees, and many were surprised when it received the big contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico's electrical grid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Whitefish has never worked on a project of that size. 
  • New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus

    10/24/2017 7:10:20 PM PDT · by Oatka · 10 replies
    Holland & Knight ^ | Oct 23, 2017 | Eric Lee and J. Michael Cavanaugh
    Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction? HIGHLIGHTS: Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. None of the bills appears likely to advance immediately, although two of the bills linked to Puerto Rico reconstruction may have appeal as part of a broader relief package for the Commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did grant a short-term waiver in the wake of Hurricane Maria to allow use of foreign...
  • Greenfield: The Puerto Rican Genocide That Wasn't

    10/21/2017 1:29:59 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 12 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, October 20, 2017 | Greenfield
    Friday, October 20, 2017 The Puerto Rican Genocide That Wasn't Posted by Daniel Greenfield The Mayor of San Juan recently took a break from her tour of every cable news network on the planet to text an accusation of genocide aimed at President Trump. "WE WILL NOT BE LEFT TO DIE,” Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz texted. “I ask the United Nations, UNICEF and the world to stand with the people of Puerto Rico and stop the genocide.” The death toll in Puerto Rico currently stands at 48. Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20. As we approach...
  • Apple and AT&T Team Up to Improve Cellular Service in Puerto Rico With LTE Band 8 Activation

    10/20/2017 9:30:27 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 9 replies ^ | October 20, 2017 | Juli Clover
    Apple and AT&T have been working together to improve cellular connectivity for iPhone users in Puerto Rico who have been largely without cellular service since Hurricane Maria hit a month ago. The two companies are enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that's been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, reports TechCrunch. ... LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are...
  • FR Help needed: List of relief delivered to Puerto Rico [Vanity, I guess...]

    10/20/2017 8:28:00 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 9 replies
    FRee Republic ^ | Unknown | Uknown FReeper
    FReeper help needed, please. Roughly a week or so ago, a FReeper posted an extensive list of relief supplies and ships that had already been delivered to Puerto Rico. Would someone please re-post that list here on this thread? (A link to the original source would be even better!) My granddaughter is in a college politics course, and the prof and students say they haven't heard of any real help the US has supplied to Puerto Rico. (Of course, their source is the MSM-CNN...)
  • No Electricity, Little Water

    10/20/2017 8:24:24 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 31 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 20, 2017 | Mark Brown
    80 percent of Puerto Rico is without power, a result of extensive damage to an already seriously deficient electrical grid. It is expected to take months to fix, and in the meantime, water and sewer systems that rely on electricity for pumping remain compromised.
  • DUNAMIS POWER[Charismatic Caucus]

    10/18/2017 7:20:13 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles,Bible ^ | bible, Holy Spirit
    Dunamis Power is yours my children just speak what you need or declare what it is My Spirit is to manifest before you and it shall be for as you have overcome the world it now sits at your feet as it does for me for we are one and I walk hand in hand with you as you do my will alone . Let My Spirit of Holiness lead your days now for the body and Bride of Christ are coming together now in a redeeming way in that all that is being done now in this hour is...
  • Puerto Rican Officials Withholding FEMA Aid to Bash President Trump

    10/18/2017 10:16:37 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 26 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 10/18/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    Be very skeptical of the screeching media, demanding to know why aspects of FEMA recovery efforts aren't happening as fast as they determine it should be. Lying to the American people is something expected. Intentionally causing misery for political gain is also expected of Democrats, no matter how benign-to-lethal that misery will be.