Tag: Puerto Rico

Trump Administration Officials Arrested for Scamming Puerto Rico Out of $1.8 Billion in Hurricane Relief Funds

Photo: iStock Remember when Trump blasted Puerto Rico’s government for their corruption and thievery, explaining that he was the best thing that ever happened to that foreign country whose president’s name he couldn’t quite remember? Well, it turned out, it was his own people who were actually doing the scamming. A federal grand jury indicted […]

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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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Now, He Worries: Trump Shows Concern as Hurricane Dorian Bears Down on Florida; Not So Much When It Was Headed for Puerto Rico

Donald Trump Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty) Seems there was a time — long, long ago — when the commander in chief, the so-called leader of the free world, was also the consoler in chief, comforting Americans in their time of need and assuring them all would be right with the world. These are apparently not […]

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Why Hurricane Dorian’s Conditions Are Nearly Perfect to Devastate Florida

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Every single county in Florida has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Dorian, which picked up strength after largely missing Puerto Rico, barrels toward the entire state. Had Dorian, expected to make landfall at a Category 4 storm, hit Puerto Rico […]

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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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Can Someone Tell Trump that Puerto Rico Is a Territory of the US? Maybe Then He’ll Stop Treating Them Like Trash

Photo: Shawn Thew (Getty Images) Because the fear of another natural disaster isn’t enough to deal with, the people of Puerto Rico have to now deal with President Trump bashing them on Twitter. On Wednesday, the perpetually abusive husband to America tweeted out that the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is one of the “most […]

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Trump Administration Diverts FEMA Disaster Relief Money to Keep More Migrants in Cages

In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Central American migrants wait for food in a pen erected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to process a surge of migrant families and unaccompanied minors in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cedar Attanasio, File (AP Photo) The Department of Homeland Security informed Congress this week that it will […]

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Tropical Storm Dorian Live Updates: Puerto Rico Faces Direct Hit

Here’s what you need to know: ImageTropical Storm Dorian was expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.CreditLizabeth Menzies/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The storm could test Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to land in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, slamming the island municipalities of Vieques and Culebra, and […]

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The New Threat to Endangered Species? The Trump Administration

Endangered species come on lists. But lists obscure relationships. What can it mean that a few mussels, some snails we’ve never heard of, obscure crayfish in marginal headwaters and some island-confined songbirds are vanishing? Some 1,650 species of animals and plants in the United States are listed under federal law as endangered or threatened. But […]

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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Ousts New Governor and Another Is Sworn In

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court threw the leadership of the island into new turmoil on Wednesday, ruling that the governor who took over last week, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in on unconstitutional grounds. The unanimous ruling ousted Mr. Pierluisi and paved the way for Wanda Vázquez, the secretary of justice, to take the oath […]

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Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules New Governor Was Unlawfully Sworn In

The Puerto Rico Supreme Court threw the leadership of the island into new turmoil on Wednesday, ruling that the new governor who took over last week, Pedro R. Pierluisi, was sworn in on unconstitutional grounds. The ruling renders moot Mr. Pierluisi’s oath of office, paving the way for Wanda Vázquez, the secretary of justice, to […]

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Puerto Rico Got a New Governor 3 Days Ago. But His Future Is Already in Doubt.

Moments after being sworn in as Puerto Rico’s new governor, Pedro R. Pierluisi pledged in no uncertain terms that he would willingly step down in the coming days if the island’s Senate voted against confirming him — even if that made him one of the shortest-serving governors ever to take office. “I have to admit […]

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Pedro Pierluisi Wins House Confirmation to Be Puerto Rico’s Secretary of State. But Who Will Be Governor?

SAN JUAN, P.R. — With Puerto Ricans on edge over their uncertain political future, the island’s House of Representatives voted to confirm a new secretary of state on Friday, backing Ricardo A. Rosselló’s chosen successor just an hour before the ousted governor was to leave office. The vote complicated the succession, which will now almost […]

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Political Drama Delays Vote on Puerto Rico Governor’s Successor

SAN JUAN, P.R. — The political crisis that has paralyzed the government of Puerto Rico for the past three weeks deepened on Thursday and left the island’s 3.2 million residents increasingly unsure who will ultimately lead the territory. A day of closed-door maneuvers among powerful political leaders failed to clearly determine who will succeed Gov. […]

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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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Who Is Pedro Pierluisi, Who Could Be Puerto Rico’s Next Governor?

A week after announcing his imminent resignation, Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico nominated a new secretary of state who could succeed him. Pedro R. Pierluisi faces a confirmation hearing in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday. But Mr. Pierluisi’s path to the governor’s seat is hardly an easy one. He faces serious opposition from […]

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Puerto Rico Governor Names Pedro Pierluisi as His Possible Successor

The ousted governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo A. Rosselló, chose his successor on Wednesday, nominating Pedro R. Pierluisi, who formerly represented the island in Congress, to serve as secretary of state. The move positions Mr. Pierluisi to take over as governor when Mr. Rosselló’s resignation becomes effective later this week. “After much analysis and taking […]

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