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  • AOC supports the 'decolonization process' of Puerto Rico following governor's resignation

    07/25/2019 11:06:56 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24 2019 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., expressed support for the "decolonization process" of Puerto Rico following the announced resignation of its embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló. In an Instagram livestream on Thursday night, Ocasio-Cortez took questions from her followers. The first asked how she felt about what's happening in Puerto Rico. "First of all, I am so incredibly proud of everyone in Puerto Rico right now demanding accountability from their government," Ocasio-Cortez began. "They were so relentlessly creative in their protest that they were able to get the governor to finally resign as well as some of his cabinet members."
  • Breaking Puerto Rico’s embattled Governor Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation...

    07/24/2019 9:11:39 PM PDT · by caww · 18 replies
    twitter ^ | 7/25/2019 | Javi Morgado
    Breaking news: Puerto Rico’s embattled Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation moments ago in a video message to the island..effective August 2nd... The streets of Old San Juan have erupted in cheers from thousands of protesters who have called for him to step down for weeks!
  • Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign today, source says

    07/24/2019 3:30:57 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/24/19 | Steve Almasy, etc.
    (CNN)Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to resign Wednesday after more than a week of protests that rocked the island's capital city, a source familiar with the situation told CNN. Thousands have jammed the streets of San Juan calling for the governor's resignation after Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism published a series of group messages between the governor and his inner circle that included homophobic and misogynistic language and jokes about Hurricane Maria victims. Demonstrators were determined to stay on the streets until Rosselló stepped down, fed up with years of government corruption, high poverty rates, crushing debt...
  • Cringe-worthy interview with the Governor of Puerto Rico

    07/22/2019 3:54:21 PM PDT · by cll · 41 replies
    The interview is with Shep but you should see it anyway. Devastating.
  • Trump was right all along about Puerto Rico, with protests blowing apart Democrats' hurricane (T)

    07/22/2019 7:50:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 7/22/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Democrats have cynically dined out for years on the false narrative that President Trump was always trying to hold down Puerto Rico. He hasn't resigned as the hundreds of thousands in the streets are demanding, saying he wants to finish his term before leaving with no re-election run, and that hasn't stopped the protests. In fact, they are going on full blast right now. He cheated them, he enriched himself, like his mentor Hillary Clinton, he effectively called them deplorables, and they were the ones who had to suffer the hurricane damage because of his Clintonesque contempt for them. Conclusion?...
  • Trump rips governor of Puerto Rico, San Juan mayor

    07/18/2019 1:05:41 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 18, 2019 | 3:04pm | Bob Fredericks
    President Trump on Thursday ripped the embattled governor of Puerto Rico, joining a growing chorus of critics that includes entertainer Ricky Martin and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora. The commander-in-chief also took a shot at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, whom he has feuded with since Hurricane Maria devastated the US commonwealth in September 2017. “A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars...
  • Civil unrest in Puerto Rico forces multiple cruise ships to alter routes

    07/17/2019 9:34:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Fox ^ | 07/17/2019 | Michael Hollan
    Royal Caribbean canceled stops in San Juan on at least two of its cruises, affecting passengers on Empress of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. Some passengers took to Twitter to complain, while others praised the cruise line for taking the safety of their passengers so seriously. Residents in Puerto Rico, still struggling from damage caused by Hurricane Maria, are calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rossello after the release of approximately 889 pages of private messages in which he allegedly used homophobic and misogynistic language, Newsweek reported. In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Royal...
  • 'Chatgate' Scandal Plunges Puerto Rico Governor Into Political Crisis

    07/16/2019 5:30:22 AM PDT · by cll · 27 replies
    Time ^ | 7/15/2019 | Michael Weissenstein and Joel Colón
    (SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges. But the scandal that is threatening to buckle the boyish 40-year-old governor centers on a profanity-laced and at times misogynistic online chat with nine other male members of his administration in which some of the U.S. territory’s most powerful men act like a bunch of teenagers. The leak of at least 889 pages...
  • Puerto Rico Leadership in Turmoil Amid Calls for Ricardo Rosselló to Resign

    07/15/2019 10:01:36 AM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    nytimes ^ | 7/14/2019 | Patricia Mazzei
    MIAMI — A political crisis engulfed Puerto Rico over the weekend, prompting the departure of two senior members of the government and threatening Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló, who found himself increasingly isolated in office and no longer supported by leaders of his own party. Mr. Rosselló’s administration was rocked by the publication of a trove of derisive messages sent by the governor and some of his cabinet members and top aides in a private chat on the messaging app Telegram. The messages mocked political foes and allies alike, often with profanity. On Saturday, the governor tried to contain the fallout...
  • Puerto Rico Government on the Brink of Collapse [SerIOUSs Vanity]

    07/13/2019 7:23:39 PM PDT · by cll · 69 replies
    After a week of criminal corruption indictments and a bizarre leak of the Governor's inner circle private chat channel, an unprecedented collapse of the island government is unfolding at this moment. The Puerto Rico Mayors Federation, a group that organizes the island mayors belonging to the governing New Progressive Party, has given a vote of no confidence to the government of Ricardo Rossello. Municipal mayors constitute the base of power for any island wide office holder, and this withdrawal of endorsement signifies the end of Rossello's political viability. Rossello has fired everyone involved in the now infamous Telegram app chat...
  • Puerto Rico governor apologizes for calling Melissa Mark-Viverito a ‘whore’

    07/12/2019 7:22:20 AM PDT · by cll · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/12/2019 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló — whose administration has been roiled by a corruption probe – has apologized for calling former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito a “whore” and telling a federal board overseeing the island’s finances to “go f— yourself.” Rosselló made the comments in leaked text messages published by local newspaper Primera Hora after the FBI arrested former top officials in his government on corruption charges. In one private chat, he used the Spanish word for “whore” to describe Mark-Viverito – and in another told the Fiscal Oversight Board established by Congress to oversee the territory’s finances to...
  • FBI makes arrests in Puerto Rico corruption scandal, prompting calls for governor’s ouster...

    07/11/2019 5:41:11 AM PDT · by cll · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/10/2019 | Jeff Stein
    The FBI on Wednesday arrested two former senior officials who served in the administration of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, leading the chairman of the House committee that oversees Puerto Rico to call for the governor to step down. The arrests also spurred concerns on Capitol Hill about the billions of dollars in aid that Congress has approved for the island. The federal indictment says the former officials illegally directed federal funding to politically connected contractors. The arrests come about a month after Congress approved a controversial disaster aid bill that earmarked additional funding for Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane...
  • Authorities discover nearly $4 million in an abandoned boat in Puerto Rico

    07/09/2019 11:05:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2019
    After border patrol agents in Puerto Rico chased after a boat on Sunday, they found five duffel bags stuffed with $3.7 million in cash. US Customs and Border Protection agents, along with the DEA, made the seizure after tracking the vessel that was traveling without lights from Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands. As authorities followed the boat, it made an abrupt turn back toward Fajardo, on the east coast of Puerto Rico, and landed near the Rio Fajardo. Occupants in the vessel could be seen unloading bags, according to the press release. As agents closed in, they fled...
  • Puerto Rico Says: Build the Statue, Build 45!

    06/22/2019 6:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | June 22, 2019 | Jo-Ann Chase
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Fernando Jiménez.In 2010, during the administration of then-Puerto Rico Republican Governor Luis Fortuño and under the leadership of Republican Puerto Rico Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz and Republican Speaker of the House (currently Puerto Rico’s sole representative in Congress) Jenniffer González Colón, the Walkway of the Presidents was inaugurated on the grounds of the Puerto Rico Capitol building in San Juan. At that time, the Walkway featured the statues of seven American presidents who had visited the U.S. Caribbean territory during their terms in office. The following year, Barack Obama also visited, and...

    06/18/2019 4:48:10 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The Dailly Caller ^ | 6/15/2019 | Stephanie Hamill
    The College Republican Federation of Puerto Rico is raising money for a bronze statue of President Donald Trump which would be placed in front of the capitol building in San Juan, along the “Walkway of the Presidents.” The walkway currently features the statues of nine American presidents who have made official visits to the U.S. Caribbean territory. Melvin Soto Vazquez, the vice president of the federation, spoke with The Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill to discuss the effort. Vazquez said that due to fiscal constraints curtailing spending on non-essential public works and the hesitancy of Puerto Rico’s legislative leaders to appropriate...
  • Embattled Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló resigns amid public outcry

    07/24/2019 8:59:33 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 24, 2019, 11:53 PM EDT | Nicole Acevedo, Alex Johnson and Gabe Gutierrez
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced his resignation Wednesday days after demonstrators at the island's largest protest in recent history called for his ouster over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption investigations and arrests.
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 7/21-Monday 7/22/2019

    07/21/2019 10:43:46 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/21/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Breaking News: Syrian air defenses engaging targets early Monday morning in Hama province near Masayaf in northwestern Syria.... The Iranian Foreign Minister pointing at outside forces being behind the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar earlier this month that led to Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker Friday... "It's clear they're glorifying a violent assault on Tommy Robinson designed only to desensitize the public in case he's murdered in there. They don't want you to care" That's the message from Tommy Robinson's spokesman Avi Yemeni in response to Sunday tabloid reports..... The Battle of Brexit and...
  • Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather to demand governor's resignation

    07/17/2019 11:13:45 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 17 2019 | Louis Casiano
    Thousands of Puerto Ricans gathered Wednesday in the commonwealth capital of San Juan to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the second mass demonstration against the embattled leader this week. Waving Puerto Rican flags -- some in black and gray to signal their discontent with the government -- and chanting demands that Rosselló step down, demonstrators of every age group said they were fed up with the corruption of elected officials as well as crippling austerity measures that have scaled back necessary services in recent years. The crowd included pop star Ricky Martin and reggaeton artists Benito Martinez Ocasio...
  • 3 Puerto Rico Senate officials charged in corruption scheme (my Dad says more arrests likely)

    06/02/2019 4:01:26 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 5/30/19 | AP News
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Three officials with Puerto Rico’s Senate were arrested by FBI agents Thursday and later charged by the U.S. territory’s federal prosecutor with alleged corruption for a case involving a scheme to defraud the legislature using “ghost employees.” Federal prosecutor Rosa Emilia Rodríguez said 18 charges were brought against Ángel Figueroa Cruz, director of the Senate Office of Government Affair; Isoel Sánchez Santiago, an assistant to the Senate president; and Chrystal Robles Báez, a contractor to the body. “This kind of practice is not going to be tolerated where federal funds are involved,” Rodríguez told...
  • NAACP rescinds its support of Puerto Rican statehood

    07/19/2018 9:05:21 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/19/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    The NAACP on Thursday rescinded its support for Puerto Rican statehood. The civil rights group emphasized Puerto Rican "self-determination" in a statement walking back its endorsement of a bill that would make Puerto Rico the 51st state, which it voted to support on Tuesday. "Puerto Rico should be free to decide its preferred option in a fair and inclusive manner," the NAACP said, adding that it has a "long history of supporting the democratic value of self-determination." In a statement on Tuesday, the NAACP threw its weight behind the Puerto Rican Admission Act after an appeal from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló,...