Tag: Hurricane Maria (2017)

Hurricane Maria, 2 Years Later: ‘We Want Another Puerto Rico’

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The giant protests are gone now from the streets of Puerto Rico, much like the old governor they ousted in what came to be known as “la revolución de verano,” the summer revolution. What remains, besides flag murals and graffiti slogans, are more modest gatherings asking a more complicated question: What […]

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Former FEMA Official Accused of Taking Bribes in Hurricane Maria Recovery

MIAMI — A former top administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was arrested on Tuesday in a major federal corruption investigation that found that the official took bribes from the president of a company that secured $1.8 billion in federal contracts to repair Puerto Rico’s shredded electrical grid after Hurricane Maria. Federal authorities arrested […]

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Fake Invasion, Real Defense Cuts

President Trump often boasts about his enthusiasm for robust Pentagon spending — now at more than $700 billion annually — and argues it should be even higher in the future. Yet he seemed quite comfortable this week desperately raiding the defense budget for the second time to deliver on his thwarted campaign promise to build […]

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Alert System Delays on Puerto Rico Raise Fears as Hurricane Dorian Skims Island

Even before Hurricane Dorian grazed Puerto Rico on Wednesday, some of the island’s emergency preparation systems had already fallen short despite a scramble to ready residents for disaster. Last year, federal and local emergency managers announced with fanfare that they had installed the first technologically advanced emergency alert siren downstream of the Guajataca Dam, the […]

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Hurricane Dorian Brings Back Traumatic Memories for Anxious Puerto Ricans

MIAMI — Hurricane Dorian struck Puerto Rico with a glancing blow on Wednesday, bringing back difficult memories as the first big storm to threaten the island since Hurricane Maria tore through two years ago. Dorian has been unpredictable, frustrating forecasters and paralyzing Puerto Ricans for days as they watched the storm track shift toward the […]

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Is Impeachment Finally Happening?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Did Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress bring Democrats any closer to impeaching President Trump? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate the fallout from the former special counsel’s testimony. House Democrats’ coy approach […]

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In Puerto Rico, Rosselló Finally Hears the People

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — I heard that Ricardo Rosselló, the island’s governor, was going to resign around noon on Wednesday. I made my way to La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, around 10 a.m. in anticipation. As the day wore into night anticipation turned to frustration. The governor had not shown his face, which enraged […]

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‘The People Can’t Take It Anymore’: Puerto Rico Erupts in a Day of Protests

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Hundreds of thousands of people swept through the capital of Puerto Rico on Monday, shutting down a major highway and paralyzing much of the city in the latest in a series of furious protests over the island’s embattled governor, Ricardo A. Rosselló. The protest was one of the largest ever seen […]

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Puerto Ricans Deserve Better From Their Government

Over the past week, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to let their government leaders — and the world — know that they have had enough. The proximate cause of the protests was the July 13 release of 889 pages of private chat messages between Puerto Rico’s […]

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The Political Crisis in Puerto Rico

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Hundreds of leaked text messages revealed the governor of Puerto Rico mocking his own citizens. For many Puerto Ricans, it was the last straw. [For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on “The Daily” […]

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‘Too Many Years of Putting Up and Holding Back’: Puerto Ricans Say They’ve Had Enough

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Flags in hand, Puerto Ricans descended into the streets of San Juan on Wednesday, arriving by the thousands for several hours before the start of a massive protest. They filled a boulevard lined with palm trees, a sea of people covering every inch from the imposing Capitol to the waterfront with […]

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Puerto Rico Leadership in Turmoil Amid Calls for Ricardo Rosselló to Resign

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 […]

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‘A Space Where You Could Be Free’: Puerto Rico’s L.G.B.T. Groups Rebuild After a Hurricane

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Puerto Ricans mourned so many losses after Hurricane Maria that the closing of a beloved tiki bar in San Juan might have seemed of little consequence, another casualty of the battered post-storm economy. But the bar — El Escondite, or the Hideaway — was not just a place for a strong […]

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