• Congress August 5, 2019 10:31 pm

    Puerto Ricans Await Court Decision on Potential New Governor

    Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Monday agreed to rule on a lawsuit that the island’s Senate filed in a bid to oust a veteran politician recently sworn in as the island’s governor. The court gave all parties until Tuesday at noon to file all necessary paperwork, noting that no extensions will be awarded. The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction ordering...

  • Donald Trump July 19, 2019 7:04 am

    Puerto Ricans Try to Forge Movement to Oust Governor

    On a colonial plaza behind the governor’s mansion, a small group of men and women laid out the shoes of people who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, each decorated with a blue flower. The shoes were first laid out on the steps of the U.S. territory’s capitol last year as a protest against government refusal to acknowledge the...

  • Donald Trump May 26, 2019 12:59 am

    2020 Dem Primary Calendar May Boost Hispanic Voter Clout

    How to pronounce Beto O’Rourke’s first name — “Is it BET-oh or BAY-toe?” — is debated nearly everywhere the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful goes in Iowa. But Rich Salas doesn’t hesitate. “BET-oh,” the chief diversity officer at Des Moines University says correctly while introducing O’Rourke at a recent gathering of an Asian and Latino political action committee. “What a really...

  • Donald Trump March 22, 2019 10:39 pm

    Puerto Rico Mayor and Trump Critic Carmen Yulin Cruz Announces Run for Governor

    The mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital announced Friday that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is a polarizing figure who became an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump after Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017 as a Category 4 storm. “Trump and his followers here and over there clung to...

  • Twitter October 16, 2018 8:31 pm

    Feds Raid City Government Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Federal agents were carrying out an operation Tuesday at a municipal office building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Telemundo PR reported. FBI agents were seen raiding an office on the 15th and 14th floor of Torre Municipal de San Juan, according to authorities. The operation was related to suspected corruption in the purchasing department. Allegations made by a former employee...

  • Donald Trump September 25, 2018 3:25 am

    ‘Absolute No': Trump Opposes Puerto Rico Statehood Over Critics in Office

    President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself an “absolute no” on statehood for Puerto Rico as long as critics such as San Juan’s mayor remain in office, the latest broadside in his feud with members of the U.S. territory’s leadership. Trump lobbed fresh broadsides at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a critic of his administration’s response to hurricanes on...

  • Donald Trump September 19, 2018 8:45 pm

    Feeling Your Pain: Presidents Tread Tricky Disaster Politics

    The politics of natural disasters can be tricky for a president. Long before President Donald Trump tossed paper towels to storm-stricken Puerto Ricans and denied Hurricane Maria’s official death toll, his predecessors struggled to steer the nation through life-and-death emergencies. To project empathy without looking weak. To show both command and cooperation. To put the focus on victims — but...

  • Donald Trump September 16, 2018 2:43 am

    Trump Claims Maria Death Toll Rose ‘Like Magic'

    As Tropical Storm Florence inundated the Carolinas on Friday, President Donald Trump circled back to his claim that the official death toll from a devastating storm a year earlier in Puerto Rico was inflated and said the number of dead seemed to rise from double digits to 3,000 “like magic.” Public health experts have estimated that nearly 3,000 perished because...

  • Donald Trump September 13, 2018 10:31 pm

    Trump Denies Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria

    President Donald Trump denied the updated death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria in a pair of tweets, just as Hurricane Florence was slated to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast. Close to 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from the 2017 storm, according to an independent study commissioned by its government.

  • Donald Trump September 14, 2018 3:55 am

    Trump: ‘3000 People Did Not Die' in Puerto Rico Hurricanes, Blames Democrats for Raised Death Toll

    President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over his administration’s...

  • Congress May 2, 2018 5:27 pm

    Puerto Rico Protests Turn Violent as Thousands March Against Austerity Measures

    Thousands of Puerto Ricans marched Tuesday to protest pension cuts, school closures and slow hurricane recovery efforts as anger grows across the U.S. territory over looming austerity measures. The Labor Day protest attracted teachers, retirees and unionized workers from both the private and public sectors, as well as the mayor of the capital of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz. Among...

  • Congress January 31, 2018 1:48 pm

    FEMA Criticized for Plan to End Storm Aid in Puerto Rico

    Plans by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to halt hurricane relief supplies to Puerto Rico drew criticism Tuesday from members of Congress and the mayor of the island’s largest city.

  • Puerto Rico November 21, 2017 12:07 am

    Bill Clinton Visits Puerto Rico, Distributes Relief Supplies

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is visiting Puerto Rico and meeting with those left homeless after Hurricane Maria hit the U.S. territory as a Category 4 storm. Clinton arrived on Monday with medical supplies and solar energy equipment donated by the Clinton Foundation, which has already shipped 76 tons of medicine and medical equipment since the storm hit on Sept. 20.

  • Donald Trump November 6, 2017 10:53 pm

    'The Simpsons' Vow to Help Puerto Rico in New Online Video

    Still recovering from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is getting a helping hand from an unlikely source — Moe from “The Simpsons.”

  • Donald Trump November 1, 2017 11:42 pm

    San Juan Mayor Slams ‘Inadequate' Federal Response After DC Hearing Postponed

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin 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.

  • Congress October 30, 2017 1:54 pm

    Puerto Rico Says It's Scrapping Controversial $300M Whitefish Contract

    The head of Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday the agency will cancel its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid increased scrutiny of the tiny Montana company’s role in restoring the island’s power system following Hurricane Maria. The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish’s help...

  • Congress October 27, 2017 11:15 pm

    WH: Trump Administration Has No Involvement With Puerto Rico Power Contract

    The White House distanced itself from the decision to award a $300 million contract to Whitefish Energy Holdings to help restore power to Puerto Rico, saying it was a “state and local decision” made by Puerto Rico authorities. The company is based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.

  • Congress October 28, 2017 2:32 am

    Trump Administration Disavows Puerto Rico Power Contract

    The Trump administration scrambled Friday to distance itself from the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico’s power grid to a tiny Montana company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown.
    The White House said federal officials played no role in the selection of Whitefish Energy Holdings by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.

  • Congress October 26, 2017 4:53 pm

    Puerto Ricans at Risk of Waterborne Disease Outbreak in Wake of Hurricane Maria

    Puerto Rico’s continued struggles after Hurricane Maria include the rise of waterborne illnesses, which health professionals fear may grow to become an epidemic, NBC News reported. Two of the most recent deaths came from leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that’s usually spread through contaminated water, a health official told The Associated Pres, and 74 suspected cases of infection are being investigated....

  • Congress October 26, 2017 12:45 pm

    Puerto Rico Mayor, Firm Feud on Twitter Over Power Deal

    A former military officer was appointed Wednesday to oversee reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s flattened electrical grid and operations of the island’s troubled power company amid growing concerns over a $300 million contract awarded to a small Montana company to help repair the damage from Hurricane Maria. A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said retired Air Force Col....

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