Tag: Puerto Rico

The Tropical Conclave Where Politicians and Lobbyists Go to Make Deals

SAN JUAN, P.R. — It was 11 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day, and two likely candidates to be New York City’s next mayor — Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, and Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx borough president — were deep in conversation under purple-lit palms outside a beachfront hotel. Inside, the New York […]

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The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico

VEGA BAJA, P.R. — Hiram Figueroa rears roosters to fight, a Puerto Rican tradition from the time of the Spanish colonists that he learned as a teenager half a century ago and later taught his son. Together, they exercise their birds, clip their feathers and give them delicate sponge baths. Now rows of dusty cages […]

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Puerto Rico Senator Is Arrested in Corruption Case

MIAMI — The federal authorities in Puerto Rico arrested Senator Abel Nazario Quiñones and seven other people on Wednesday, accusing them of theft or bribery during Mr. Nazario’s time as mayor of the town of Yauco. It was Mr. Nazario’s second corruption-related arrest in 14 months. The Justice Department accused Mr. Nazario and two former […]

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Supreme Court Case Could Have Huge Effect on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed prepared on Tuesday to reject a constitutional challenge to the federal response to the worst debt crisis in Puerto Rican history, one that threatened basic services like schools and hospitals, some $50 billion in public pension obligations and more than $70 billion in debts to bondholders. The crisis got […]

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Will Puerto Rico Still Be Allowed to Govern Itself?

In 1947, Congress passed and President Harry Truman signed a law giving the people of Puerto Rico the right to elect their own governor. Until then, all territories of the United States, including Puerto Rico, had been governed by men appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Most governors had been known more […]

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The Plan for Puerto Rico’s $129 Billion Collapse: Cut 33% of Its Debt

After years of wrangling with its creditors, Puerto Rico disclosed a plan Friday for resolving the biggest governmental bankruptcy in United States history, by cutting $129 billion in debts to about $86 billion — a reduction of 33 percent. #g-debt_stack-box , #g-debt_stack-box .g-artboard { margin:0 auto; } #g-debt_stack-box p { margin:0; } #g-debt_stack-box .g-aiAbs { […]

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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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Hurricanes May Kill Some Birds, but Humans Are the Real Threat

In a catastrophic hurricane like Dorian, the loss of lives and homes can be overwhelming. But even in the midst of devastating sadness and disbelief, a far less urgent but perennial question can tug at the back of the mind. What is the impact of these storms on wild creatures, like birds? It is too […]

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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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