Friday, August 3, 2018

Sunday, December 24, 2017

"The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls..."




Lyrics: Hello darkness, my old friend I've come to talk with you again Because a vision softly creeping Left its seeds while I was sleeping And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence In restless dreams I walked alone Narrow streets of cobblestone 'Neath the halo of a street lamp I turned my collar to the cold and damp When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light That split the night And touched the sound of silence And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never shared No one dared Disturb the sound of silence "Fools," said I, "you do not know Silence like a cancer grows Hear my words that I might teach you Take my arms that I might reach you" But my words like silent raindrops fell And echoed in the wells of silence And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming

And the sign said: "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls And tenement halls And whispered in the sound of silence"

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"LABRAT KNATS!' - The words of prophets or the weapons of the hybrid wars? 
By Michael Novakhov 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! For themselves!

Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! For themselves! 

Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks
Putin Ordered Theft Of Clinton’s Emails From DNC, Russian Hacker Confesses
Putin Ordered Theft Of Clinton’s Emails From DNC, Russian Hacker Confesses – Newsweek
Is The FBI Biased? Democrats and Republicans Have Accused the Bureau of Political Persecution
Is The FBI Biased? Democrats and Republicans Have Accused the Bureau of Political Persecution – Newsweek
8:56 AM 12/12/2017 FBI News Review: Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! | Democrats seek alleged evidence of anti-Clinton bias at the FBI Politico
Former police officer argues FBI pushed him to support terrorism – Washington Post
Trump attorney says FBI, DOJ ‘conflicts’ require second special counsel – NBCNews.com
12:01 PM 12/12/2017 fbi Google News: Former police officer argues FBI pushed him to support terrorism Washington Post
Trumps lawyer calls for a special counsel investigation of alleged corruption at FBI and Justice Department
fbi – Google News: Former police officer argues FBI pushed him to support terrorism – Washington Post
FBI News Review: The Showboats and The Perfect Robots: Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! Fire the nincompoops and put them in prison! Front Page Link
The Showboats and The Perfect Robots: Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! Fire the nincompoops and put them in prison! Front Page Link
8:16 AM 11/2/2017 Is FBI indeed any closer to drawing a conclusion on motive f…
mueller – Google News: Why Team Trump Needs to Lay Off the Mueller Probe – New York Times
peter strzok is removed – Google News: HUGH HEWITT: A special counsel needs to investigate the FBI and Justice Department. Now – Apalachicola Times
Andrew McCabe – Google News: Democrats seek alleged evidence of anti-Clinton ‘bias’ at the FBI – Politico
mueller – Google News: Let Mueller Keep Digging – Wall Street Journal
fbi – Google News: FBI’s McCabe ‘has an Ohr problem,’ will not testify on Tuesday, source says – Fox News
Andrew McCabe – Google News: FBI’s McCabe ‘has an Ohr problem,’ will not testify on Tuesday, source says – Fox News
FBI News Review: Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems!
Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems!
Trump is the one in ‘tatters,’ not the FBI (opinion)
Democrats seek alleged evidence of anti-Clinton ‘bias’ at the FBI
Leah Vukmir slams Russia probe, FBI: ‘Something is rotten’ | State and Regional
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Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! Not for the criminals whom they cannot catch because they are not capable of solving their crimes, but for themselves, for the years of abuse of power, lying to the American people… pic.twitter.com/nVviEklIuq

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Handcuffs are the solution to the FBI problems! Not for the criminals whom they cannot catch because they are not capable of solving their crimes, but for themselves, for the years of abuse of power, lying to the American people… pic.twitter.com/nVviEklIuq


Posted by mikenov on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 10:54am
Putin Ordered Theft Of Clinton’s Emails From DNC, Russian Hacker Confesses

mikenova shared this story from Newsweek.

A Russian hacker accused of stealing from Russian banks reportedly confessed in court that he hacked the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) and stole Hillary Clinton’s emails under the direction of agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB).
According to Russian news site The Bell, Konstantin Kozlovsky, a Russian citizen working for a hacker group called Lurk, confessed to hacking Clinton’s emails during a hearing about his arrest in August. An audio recording and minutes from the hearing were posted on Kozlovsky’s Facebook page, and their authenticity was reportedly confirmed by The Bell.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

4:39 AM 11/7/2017 – ?Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past?


Puerto Rico News – pr-us.org – News and Reviews in English and Spanish

Sunday, November 5, 2017

How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion

FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy's Puerto Rico power contract
Puerto Rico, lost in limbo - The Week Magazine
Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved - The Wellesley News
Statehood For Puerto Rico Now - HuffPost
How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion - Pasquines
Being a US territory should mean something - LGBT Weekly
Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes - Wall Street Journal
House Committee Reviews Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts
President Trump Orders Hundreds of Millions More Aid
7:09 PM 11/2/2017 - Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs
2:06 AM 11/5/2017 Manafort wants to use Florida home to end house arrest
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Camuy
Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season
Puerto Rico's first LGBT monument undamaged by Maria
Puerto Rico's leaders don't know who has power. We tried to find out
Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee hurricane-ravaged island for mainland, including Arizona - AZCentral.com
Puerto Rico faces cash shortfall after Hurricane Maria - ABC News
Commentary: Puerto Rican statehood is no silver bullet - Palm Beach Post
Post-Maria, Puerto Rico has chance to reimagine its future - The Hill
Puerto Rico in the Dark
Puerto Rico's water woes raise fears of health crisis six weeks after Hurricane Maria - USA TODAY
Puerto Rico has a unique challenge and opportunity in wake of Maria - The Hill
Puerto Rico: Why aren't Florida firms more involved in restoring power? - MyPalmBeachPost
LNP Exclusive: Desperation, defiance remain in Puerto Rico's central mountains 1 month after Hurricane Maria - Montrose Daily Press
Will Hurricane Maria Wash Away all Illusions about the US in Puerto Rico? - Dissident Voice

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FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy's Puerto Rico power contract

Bureau said to be looking into how the Montana company, which has just two full-time employees, won contract despite never having handled similar project
The FBI is reportedly investigating the $300m contract awarded seemingly without tender by Puerto Ricos power utility to Whitefish Energy, a Montana company which had just two full-time employees.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBIs San Juan field office is looking into how Whitefish was awarded the contract to rebuild Puerto Ricos shattered power infrastructure despite never having handled a similar project in the past. The Guardian has contacted the FBI for confirmation of the investigation.
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Puerto Rico, lost in limbo
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Puerto Rico was declared an "unincorporated territory" different from the Alaskan and Hawaiian incorporated territories and the path to statehoodwas closed off. Unlike Plessy v. Ferguson, the Insular Cases, as these rulings are known, were never ...

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Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved - The Wellesley News


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Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved
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The United States has the necessary resources to help Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has already met all of the quali cations of becoming a state, as a result, President Donald J. Trump should reconsider his policy decision against Puerto Rican statehood and ...
Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of MariaFox News
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Statehood For Puerto Rico Now - HuffPost


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Statehood For Puerto Rico Now
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There is wide consensus that what has happened in Puerto Rico is a disaster in every sense. The Trump administration has rightly been faulted for its slow and insufficient response to the hurricane damage. In particular, where were the helicopters ...
Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of MariaFox News
Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolvedThe Wellesley News
FORUM2: Should Puerto Rico become our 51st state? NO: Puerto Rican statehood is no silver bulletFredericksburg.com
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How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion - Pasquines


Pasquines

How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion
Pasquines
It's been a few long months for Puerto Rico following the plebiscite earlier this summer. Puerto Rico's statehood movement feels like it's on shaky ground since the hurricanes hit. The rebuilding process is taking longer than necessary since the Jones ...
History will repeat itself in Puerto Rico following hurricane's aftermathStatesman Journal
The Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico shows the real cost of bad governmentWashington Post
FBI Is Probing Puerto Rico Power ContractWall Street Journal

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Being a US territory should mean something - LGBT Weekly


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Being a US territory should mean something
LGBT Weekly
Some say the reason Puerto Rico hasn't launched an all-out campaign to attain statehood is because some leaders in your local government and within the business elite class want a non-existent status called developed commonwealth. According to ...

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Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes - Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes
Wall Street Journal
Even before Puerto Rico was devastated in September by Hurricane Maria, the island existed in a strange netherworld. Its residents are U.S. citizens, but they can't vote for president. They pay payroll taxes, but not income taxes. They receive benefits ...
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House Committee Reviews Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing today on the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season.  The hearing provided information to help assess energy infrastructure response and recovery efforts under the varying circumstances of the four hurricanes that made landfall this past season, including information concerning the use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in energy supply emergencies.
The following issues were examined at the hearing:
  • Coordination of Federal/State/Industry emergency response and restoration;
  • Assuring future critical energy infrastructure protection;
  • Preparation for fuel and electricity supply disruptions;
  • Emergency waivers; and
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve modernization
The following representatives were present at the hearing: Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. McKinley (R-WV), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Greg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., in his opening statement, called to action FEMA for lack of involvement in contract negotiations with Whitefish. Pallone also stated that there needs to be an assessment of how the federal government can invest wisely in rebuilding the power grid in Puerto Rico, through innovative was or privatization.
The following witnesses gave their prepared testimony regarding to Puerto Rico:
Ms. Patricia Hoffman, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy: Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane on September 20, bringing powerful winds and major flooding that destroyed much of the territorys transmission and distribution infrastructure and left virtually all 1.6 million electricity customers on the island without power. According to initial estimates from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), at least 80 percent of the transmission and distribution system was affected by Hurricane Maria. However, as of October 31, 33.4% of normal peak load has been restored. While this figure has little bearing on customer-level outcomes, it may be the best proxy available to measure progress in this challenging environment. In Puerto Rico, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has assumed a significant role in the emergency restoration of electrical infrastructure. USACE Temporary Emergency Power Planning and Response Teams are assisting with assessments and generator installations at critical facilities. In October, USACE was also tasked to lead planning, coordination, and integration efforts to support Puerto Rico with the restoration of the electrical power grid due to impacts caused by Hurricane Maria. USACE is managing this effort as the lead for Emergency Support Function #3 – Engineering and Public Works, in close coordination with DOE. DOE has a responder deployed to coordinate with FEMA as well as seven subject matter experts from the PMAs to provide technical support to USACE with restoration planning, cost estimates, validation, and quality assurance. Additionally, through DOE-funded projects, we are leveraging the expertise of our National Laboratories to develop potential long-term solutions to improve the resiliency of the Puerto Rican infrastructure. I want to assure the Committee that DOE will continue to support the work needed to restore power to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Ray Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: FEMA has identified $1.7 billion in Mission Assignments for the Corps to assist in Hurricanes Irma and Maria response and recovery (45 Mission Assignments totaling $176.3 million for Hurricane Irma and 34 Mission Assignments totaling $1.5 billion for Hurricane Maria). Currently, the Corps has over 1,243 personnel deployed in various locations supporting the recovery missions. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps and its contractors have completed 740 of 827 requested pre-installation inspections (for temporary generators) and 392 generator installations in Puerto Rico. In order for the Corps and its contractors to install temporary covering (blue roof), the government and its contractors require validated rights of entry. In Puerto Rico, the Corps and its contractors have completed 3,986 blue roof installations and collected over 17,000 rights of entry. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps has removed approximately 141,000 cubic yards of the estimated over 1 million cubic yards of debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 62,500 cubic yards of the estimated over 6 million cubic yards of debris in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Corps Dam and Levee teams inspected 17 priority dam locations and Guajataca Dam was the only site deemed in critical condition. Hurricane Maria caused a significant rise in the water level of the dam, and resulted in overflow of the spillway. The spillway structure was compromised and the surrounding area began to erode, posing immediate risk to 70,000 residents. Corps teams placed over 500 Jersey barriers and over 1,300 super sand bags to cease any further erosion and allow for long-term repair of the spillway. Additionally, the Corps teams cleared existing outflow conduits and are positioning to place piping and pumps to further reduce the water level in the dam. When the water level reaches 25 feet below the spillway, more substantial repairs will begin. On September, 30 2017, the Corps was given a FEMA Mission Assignment, within the authority of the Stafford Act, to assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in further repairing the power system to its pre-storm condition. The Corps is conducting this mission.
Mr. Thomas Fanning, President and CEO, Southern Company, on behalf of The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council: This hearing comes in response to a series of devastating events. In August, Hurricane Harveys high winds, torrential rains, and storm surge caused significant damage and catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas and Louisiana. Days later, Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and portions of Puerto Rico, and brought unprecedented damage to the southeastern United States. Every county in Florida was impacted by the storm, as well as parts of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 5 Following Irma, Hurricane Maria developed in the Atlantic Ocean as one of the strongest hurricanes on record. After impacting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maria passed directly over Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the entire commonwealth. The work to restore power in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands continues. Most tragically, each of these events resulted in the loss of life. Maria was the second Category 5 storm of the 2017 season and caused widespread destruction to all infrastructures on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the energy grid. Power restoration has been, and will continue to be, a challenging and complicated effort. The entire electric power industry continues to closely coordinate with its federal government partners to support these efforts. Unlike Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, mutual assistance has yet to be triggered in response to Maria. Mainland electric companies are ready to support the restoration and rebuild of Puerto Ricos infrastructure and provide any expertise, resources, crews, or materials needed to turn the lights on for our fellow Americans.
Mr. Ramon Luis Nieves, Attorney at Law, former member, Senate of Puerto Rico: In order to guarantee that federal funds to build a new energy grid are properly used and allocated, I propose that the Revitalization Coordinator and the PR Energy Commission be given sole authority over PREPA. PROMESA already mandates that the Revitalization Coordinator will work with the PR Energy Commission, so this proposal is a logical step. Neither Puerto Rico, nor the U.S. government, needs another Whitefish situation. Thank you for this opportunity. The people of Puerto Rico urgently need to turn the lights back on. But we also demand the resources to create a new energy model. Our lives depend on it.
Ms. Catherine Kennedy, Vice-President, National Nurses United: National Nurses United (NNU), with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), sent 50 registered nurses (RNs) to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Maria disaster relief from October 4 to October 18, coordinating with a 300-union member relief delegation of the AFL-CIO. RN volunteers observed that, without access to power, basic medical services were down in many areas of Puerto Rico and not fully functioning in most others. An acute public health crisis has developed, including lack of refrigeration for medicine, exacerbation of respiratory illnesses, limited to no access to money or insurance for prescriptions, spread of dangerous waterborne bacterial disease, and failing generators in hospitals. Without power, people have had trouble accessing food and clean running water even if supplies are available because water treatment plants are not fully functioning and many electronic banking systems are inoperable. Lack of power created barriers for Puerto Ricans seeking FEMA aid and aid applications because aid applications and FEMA announcements rely on text, email, and web-based communications. RNs witnessed first-hand the dire conditions for Puerto Rican residents and the insufficient response from federal relief agencies in this disaster. NNU urges Congress to take the following actions immediately to prevent further erosion of public health conditions in Puerto Rico and to put the island back on a path to recovery.
During the question and answer section of the hearing, several members asked the witness panels about the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) role in the restoration efforts.  Chairman Upton questioned to Mr. Alexander about the relationship the Corps has with PREPA. Upton stated that How has that gone? This committee has tried to contact PREPA by email and phone, there is no heartbeat. Mr. Alexander answered by saying that their mission is to restore the grid.  The Corps is working in collaboration with them to have well defined areas of operations and not working in each others areas. We are working with PREPA, not for PREPA, and for FEMA in coordination with PREPA, Alexander added.
Mr. Alexander continued his testimony throughout the hearing stating that the Corps was neither consulted nor aware of the Whitefish contract. When asked if he trusted PREPA, Alexander said that I do not have any reason to not trust them. In providing an estimated timeline for power restoration in Puerto Rico, Alexander stated that their goal is 50% by Nov. 30, 75% by Jan. 31. Alexander emphasized that the authority of the Corps stems from the Robert T. Stafford act, which only gives the Corps authority to restore the grid to its pre-storm form. Several members continually asked if the Corps is taking measures to rebuild the power grid in a more resilient manner, to which Alexander stated that they are not and that is under the Department of Energys authority.
During the hearing, the members had several questions that none of the witnesses could answer because there was not anyone representing FEMA. When Alexander was asked who was in charge of the situation in Puerto Rico, he answered: FEMA.
The Department of Energy is looking into long-term improvements to the grid; however any actual financing goes to the local utilities and the government of Puerto Rico.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), after questioning the panel stated: We all know the history behind PREPA, bankruptcy, and their questionable practices. Throughout the hearing, PREPAs handling of the situation was heavily criticized. Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) stated: The idea that our citizens are going to go 3 more months without electricity is unconscionable.
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) said that, Congress has an overarching responsibility to protect the tax payer from future losses by building a more resilient, modern, distributive grid with better technology. Hoffman stated that there needs to be an ability to work closely with PREPA to discuss what opportunities are available to modernize and rebuild the grid.
When addressing the death count in Puerto Rico, Ms. Kennedy stated that in her opinion the number of deaths would be on the higher side of 59 that the government says. In addition, Mr. Nieves says that the number of deaths around 59 deaths is misleading. Death toll in my view is in the hundreds, he added, People are dying today, not because of Hurricane Maria, but Hurricane PREPA.
I would call that criminal negligence, added Rep. Shimkus when referring to PREPAs inability to go through the standard procedure to ask for help and instead awarding the Whitefish contract. Nieves stated Congress needs to mandate where the tax payer money goes, bypassing PREPA and the government of Puerto Rico. Throughout the hearing, the common denominator among the witnesses and the members was the lack of transparency that PREPA has had with the federal government, and the need to address this issue in the future.
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President Trump Orders Hundreds of Millions More Aid

President Trump late yesterday reduced the Puerto Rico share of infrastructure rebuilding costs from damage done by Hurricane Maria to 10% from 25%. The amendment to his original declaration providing for disaster assistance could mean hundreds of millions of additional dollars for the effort to repair damaged or destroyed public works in the territory.
The basic Federal disaster assistance law sets Federal-local cost-sharing for infrastructure repair at 75%/25% but authorizes the President to waive the local share. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) infrastructure repair assistance is generally provided on the 75%/25% basis. FEMA policy is that communities should have to pay at least 10% of repair costs for their infrastructure. After the last hurricane that caused serious damages throughout Puerto Rico in 1998, President Clinton lowered the local cost share to 10%.
According to FEMA, Trump authorized the additional assistance “conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Ricos infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of federal tax dollars – in part an allusion to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authoritys now-being-investigated and now-cancelled $300 million power lines repair contract with a two-person Montana company named Whitefish.
The recent disaster funding laws authorization for $4.9 billion in loans to Puerto Rico and the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands included $150 million for the Puerto Rico share of matching costs. Between that and the Presidents action yesterday, Puerto Rico may not have to fund much, if any, of the costs of repairing public infrastructure.

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7:09 PM 11/2/2017 - Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Ricos power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters.
Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs - up from the typical level of 75 percent - and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way, an approach that recognizes the massive devastation on the island and its dire financial problems, the official said.
The plan, agreed with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, provides for third-party advisers to estimate how much money is required for projects and how it is spent - a provision aimed at protecting taxpayer dollars in what is expected to be a massive, long-term effort to rebuild the island.
Were doing it in a way that grants flexibility, but also imposes a mutually agreed upon set of controls, the official said in an interview.
Puerto Rico is in bankruptcy, struggling with $72 billion in debt. Its finances were put under federal control last year.
Six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, only about 30 percent of Puerto Ricos power grid has been restored.
Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman
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FEMA Disaster Recovery Center now open in Camuy

A government of Puerto Rico and Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center opened Saturday Nov. 4 in Camuy. DRCs serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Officials Detail DoD Support During Unprecedented Hurricane Season

Defense Department officials told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday how DoD has supported federal, state and local officials in A mother and daughter collect food and water from an Army distribution point in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Oct. 31, 2017. The Army and other federal agencies have been providing food and water to citizens affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Puerto Rico's first LGBT monument undamaged by Maria

Puerto Rico's first LGBT-specific monument is located in Third Millennium Park in the U.S. commonwealth's capital of San Juan. The city's mayor, Carmen YulA n Cruz , told the Washington Blade it did not suffer any damage during Hurricane Maria.
Puerto Rico's leaders don't know who has power. We tried to find out

The island's leadership is touting restoration figures that show nearly 40% of electricity generation has resumed - but it doesn't say how much of that power is actually reaching homes, schools and hospitals. Officials from the government and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority don't even know how many people have power for lights, air conditioners, refrigerators and other basic necessities.
Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee hurricane-ravaged island for mainland, including Arizona - AZCentral.com


AZCentral.com

Thousands of Puerto Ricans flee hurricane-ravaged island for mainland, including Arizona
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The new exodus is on top of the 500,000 Puerto Ricans who already leftPuerto Rico over the past decade seeking better economic opportunities because of the island's ongoing financial crisis, the center said. Even before the hurricane, the island was ...
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Puerto Rico faces cash shortfall after Hurricane Maria - ABC News


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Puerto Rico faces cash shortfall after Hurricane Maria
ABC News
"The severity of the storm dislocated the island's economy," said Gerardo Portela, executive director of Puerto Rico's Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority. "The lack of electric power has further deepened the crisis." Portela said it was not ...
The Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico shows the real cost of bad governmentWashington Post
JACKSON: True scandal in Puerto Rico is US government failureChicago Sun-Times
Is Puerto Rico's Power Company Management an Obstacle to Restoring Island's Electricity?HuffPost
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Commentary: Puerto Rican statehood is no silver bullet - Palm Beach Post


Palm Beach Post

Commentary: Puerto Rican statehood is no silver bullet
Palm Beach Post 
Desmond Lachman is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He was formerly a deputy director in the International Monetary Fund s Policy Development and Review Department and the chief emerging marketeconomic strategist at Salomon ...
 
Puerto Rico's hurricane-battered economy is in the most desperate of straits and the island wo...

Beeton: Puerto Rico's dual crises show its territorial status is the worst of both worlds ... Mason City Globe Gazette

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Post-Maria, Puerto Rico has chance to reimagine its future - The Hill


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Post-Maria, Puerto Rico has chance to reimagine its future
The Hill
As Puerto Rico's Economic Secretary Manuel Laboy recently said, "We have this historic opportunity: Instead of going with incremental changes, we can go and push the envelope to really transform the infrastructure. That is the silver lining opportunity ...
On the Road with Rick Holmes: Darkness and desperation in Puerto RicoLa Junta Tribune Democrat
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Puerto Rico in the Dark

Photographer Joseph Rodríguez captures the isolation of a storm-ravaged island.
Puerto Rico's water woes raise fears of health crisis six weeks after Hurricane Maria - USA TODAY


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Puerto Rico's water woes raise fears of health crisis six weeks after Hurricane Maria
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LOIZA, Puerto Rico Massive damage to Puerto Rico's water system from Hurricane Maria poses a looming health crisis for island residents exposed to contaminated water, health workers and environmentalists warn. Doctors and nurses who traveled to ... 

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Puerto Rico has a unique challenge and opportunity in wake of Maria - The Hill


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Puerto Rico has a unique challenge and opportunity in wake of Maria
The Hill
On Oct. 24, Congress approved more than $35 billion in emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other parts of the United States that have been ravaged by recent natural disasters, from hurricanes to flooding to fires. While the devastation in Puerto Rico ... 
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Puerto Rico: Why aren't Florida firms more involved in restoring power? - MyPalmBeachPost


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Puerto Rico: Why aren't Florida firms more involved in restoring power?
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On Tuesday, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's CEO Ricardo Ramos, in a letter to power industry groups Edison Electric Institute and American Public Power Association, requested additional Florida and New York-based companies to step in to help ...
Electric Companies Are Dispatching Technical Experts, Crews and Equipment to Support Power Restoration in Puerto ...Markets Insider
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O&R Sends Crews, Trucks To Aid Puerto RicoPatch.com
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LNP Exclusive: Desperation, defiance remain in Puerto Rico's central mountains 1 month after Hurricane Maria - Montrose Daily Press


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LNP Exclusive: Desperation, defiance remain in Puerto Rico's central mountains 1 month after Hurricane Maria
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The birthplace of turn-of-the-century Puerto Rican political icon Luis Muñoz Rivera whose son, Luis Muñoz Marín, brokered the island's commonwealth status with the United States Barranquitas today, a month after the storm, remains an obstacle ... 
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Will Hurricane Maria Wash Away all Illusions about the US in Puerto Rico?
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Since 1953, the U.S. has refused any inquiry into Puerto Rico's political status stating that all Puerto Rican matters are within the purview of the U.S. and it is considered an internal matter. As we will see below, the U.S. colonial relationship with ...
LNP Exclusive: Desperation, defiance remain in Puerto Rico's central mountains 1 month after Hurricane MariaMontrose Daily Press
Disposability in the Age of Disasters: From Dreamers and Puerto Rico to Violence in Las VegasTruth-Out
Governor Scott Accepts Invitation of Puerto Rico Governor RosselloOrlando Political Observer
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