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Days before deadline, Senate to consider Puerto Rico bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning of widespread consequences, from layoffs of police officers to a hospital closure, if the Senate fails to act before Friday on a rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico. In...Show More Summary

Puerto Rico Celebrates Gay Pride in Wake of Orlando

1 hour agoLGBT / Gay :

Almost half of those killed in Orlando were Puerto Rican or claimed Puerto Rican heritage. Here's how the island honored them during Pride.

A Senate Bailout of Puerto Rico By Another Name?

  Puerto Rico has been cursed with more bad government than any other place under U.S. jurisdiction. That’s why it’s about to miss a $2 billion debt payment this Friday, plunging it into more chaos. Over 30% of the island’s revenue now goes to debt payments.    But the U.S. Show More Summary

US Congress Must Act by July 1 on Puerto Rico’s $2Bln Debt

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that in the event of default in Puerto Rico, a judge could immediately order Puerto Rico to pay creditors over essential services such as health, education, and public safety and this could force Puerto Rico to lay off police officers, shut down public transit, or close a hospital.

Félix Verdejo's solid win continues tradition of impressive boxing pedigree

The blue-chip prospect from San Juan stayed on course for the stardom he’s been preordained for with a fifth-round TKO of Mexico’s Juan José Martinez The fistic pedigree of Puerto Rico is almost unthinkably robust for an island smaller than Connecticut in both size and population. Show More Summary

Could Felix Verdejo be Puerto Rico's next boxing icon? – video

The young lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo is poised to be the next big thing in the boxing world – and he hopes to ‘unite the Puerto Rican family’ Continue reading...

How the federal government limits valid scientific research on Cannabis sativa

The use of medical marijuana for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of health conditions and the subsequent therapeutic benefits has long been documented. Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, have determined that Cannabis sativa (a.k.a. Show More Summary

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Why Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Is A ‘Life Or Death Issue’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is not throwing away his shot to make a difference, and says he's trying to be smart about using his platform to talk about issues he truly cares about. "I am aware that every tweet is a press conference now, not so...Show More Summary

Some Heartbreaking Ways the Orlando Mass Shooting Devastated Puerto Rico

As news of the June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando spread, families in Puerto Rico began to receive frantic calls about their sons, daughters, siblings, nephews, nieces, and cousins who had been celebrating a Latin-themed night of music and dancing in the crowded bar. Show More Summary

The Social Lives of Monkeys Might Aid Autism Research

3 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Puerto Rico's "Monkey Island" has a significant number of monkeys with a gene mutation implicated in autism.

“Meserito” Rodriguez returns tonight

“Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” kicks off its Summer Season tonight with another edition of the famed boxing rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico. WBO Latino super flyweight champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City faces former world title … Continue reading ? The post “Meserito” Rodriguez returns tonight appeared first on Boxing News.

Art Movements

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

This week in art news: Christo's floating walkways were damaged following huge numbers of visitors, a 350-foot-tall statue of Christopher Columbus was inaugurated in Puerto Rico, and Banksy's spray-painted SWAT van headed to auction...

Puerto Rico's Colonial Subjugation to US Curtails Economic Development

Puerto Rico’s history of colonial subjugation to the United States has hindered efforts to develop a robust economy that meets the island’s interests and not those of an external power, experts told Sputnik.

Congress Could Save Puerto Rico From Collapse. They Have One Week

The governor of Puerto Rico said Thursday that even if he completely shut down the island's government, there would not be enough money to cover the roughly $2 billion in debt payments due July 1. "Defaulting is not an option," Gov.Show More Summary

Sanders pitches his Puerto Rico plan to Latino lawmakers

Just a day after conceding that he was unlikely to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, Bernie Sanders was back on the campaign trail. The morning session of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials' annual D.C. conference was treated like any other candidate event, with Secret Service agents poring over the bags of lawmakers, […]

Enforcement of Puerto Rico’s Colonial Debt Pushes Out Young Workers

Yves here. This post corrects some of the misleading accounts of the history of the Puerto Rico’s debt crisis and describes how the neoliberal remedy is producing an Ireland-style exodus of the young. By José A. Laguarta Ramírez. Originally published at Triple Crisis At least 23 of the 49 people killed in the mass shooting […]

The Critical Word For Puerto Rico Is Insolvency

A recent Public Policy Polling firm poll that asked voters whether they approve or disapprove of Congress found that just 9% approved of the performance of the House and Senate. By comparison, 84% found the august bodies to be in disfavor. As one can imagine, there are many factors are [...]

Opening Bell: 6.22.16

Puerto Rico vs bondholders; Brexit, Brexit, Brexit; Man creates smoothie made of McDonald's burgers; and more.

Puerto Rican Independence Nice in Theory, Unsustainable in Practice

Independent Puerto Rico is compelling in theory, but in practice the island territory would not survive economically without US support given its debt burden and inability to generate revenue, experts told Sputnik.

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