FEMA’s two biggest foul-ups of modern times have happened with Republicans in the White House. The human toll of storms like Katrina and Maria has been enormous, but the screwball failures of FEMA under Bush and Trump have made each respective disaster worse. Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal has been in Puerto Rico this week, learning first-hand […]
Of all the embarrassing moments during Trump’s trip to Puerto Rico, Seth Meyers thinks the most revealing was his conversation with a woman distributing water purification tablets at a church. Not only did the president sound rudely insensitive to the desperation of those who must drink purified water — but he seemed to suspect that […]
What happens when an impoverished, storm-wracked island is struck by a black hole of narcissistic ego? The people of Puerto Rico found out during Trump’s presidential visit on Tuesday — described aptly by Stephen Colbert as “a second disaster.” Compassion Donnie-style was on full display, from stupefying condescension (what Colbert calls “Trump-splaining”), inappropriate boasting (“we […]
When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. Doubtless in years to come, every home in Puerto Rico will proudly display replicas of the golfing trophy President Trump dedicated to the brave citizens of the beleaguered island to memorialize Hurricane Maria. Unless I miss my guess, donaldjtrump.com will soon be peddling them along with […]
As Trump continues to astonish and exasperate the world with his ugly tweets about Puerto Rico, John Oliver calls out his racist blather, cruel insensitivity, blinding egomania, and sheer brass. We see the president praising his own piss-poor performance in the post-hurricane crisis and slagging those lazy Puerto Ricans for expecting help after an unprecedented […]
If there is any single incident that has conclusively proved Trump’s unfitness to be president, it is his failure to provide timely aid and comfort to the millions of American citizens suffering in devastated Puerto Rico. That is the most fundamental responsibility of his office. Instead, as usual, Trump is preening and boasting rather than […]
Among the primary responsibilities of any American president is to reassure and comfort suffering citizens in time of disaster — a test that Donald Trump fails miserably, as when he tweeted a reminder to Puerto Rico that its government “owes money to Wall Street.” Duly outraged by Trump’s dim response to the humanitarian crisis on […]
The newly elected governor of Puerto Rico is in discussions to hire Lewandowski’s lobbying firm, at a time when the island’s creditors are hoping that the incoming Trump administration will be more sympathetic to them than the Obama administration has been.
The board was created under the federal law known as PROMESA, passed earlier this year, which will bring Puerto Rico’s finances under federal oversight and give it the authority to restructure some of its $70 billion in debt.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that a full quarter of Puerto Rico’s residents will be infected with the Zika virus by the end of 2016. That dire warning was initially made in June, as health officials noted the disease was spreading at previously unexpected speeds.
Investors in Puerto Rico‘s debt-burdened economy still face risks of default on some of the island’s $70 billion in debt even after the U.S. Congress on Wednesday created a powerful federal oversight board to manage credit restructurings. U.S. President Barack Obama says he will quickly sign the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) before the U.S. territory […]
Most Democrats back a bill to passed by the House of Representatives to address the Puerto Rican debt crisis, but Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking for more. The bill, spearheaded by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and endorsed by the Obama administration, would institute a federal oversight board, with members chosen by the White House and Congress, to renegotiate Puerto Rico’s debt.
U.S. lawmakers on Thursday began coalescing around revised bipartisan legislation to help address Puerto Rico’s unpayable debt burden that now threatens a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Released close to midnight on Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee’s revised bill includes a strong oversight board to direct how and when the island pays its bills and leaves […]
In February 2014, Puerto Rico’s bonds were declared junk by Standard & Poor’s — that’s the technical term. The following month, the territory sold $3.5 billion of them, mostly to U.S. hedge funds. It was the final deal in a selling frenzy: $126.6 billion worth of bonds were issued by the central government, various utility companies and other agencies, and the island’s sales tax-based finance corporation. Wall Street netted an estimated $900 million in underwriting fees.
Washington Republicans are lining up to make sure that the American taxpayer foots the bill for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis — and not the private speculators who made risky investments. Funny how fast these “fiscal conservatives” forget their distaste for bailouts when their Wall Street benefactors come knocking.
By Marc Caputo and Adam C. Smith, The Miami Herald MIAMI — In a move that would have been unthinkable for any statewide Florida candidate just a few years ago, Charlie Crist is planning to visit Cuba this summer. Nothing is final, but the Democratic candidate for governor is eager to learn more about Cuba as […]
President Obama visits Puerto Rico next week–it’s the first time since Kennedy that a president will make an official stop–and while the trip will deal with local issues, it can also be seen as something of a 2012 campaign stop in Florida, which has seen a big jump in immigrants from the island territory in […]