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  • Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see 'Hamilton' (T)

    01/13/2019 9:00:06 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies ^ | 1/13/2019 | Louis Casiano |
    Despite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.” Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report. “This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members...
  • U.S. District Court Strikes Down "Citizenship Apartheid" in U.S. Territories

    02/04/2019 10:01:57 AM PST · by cll · 32 replies
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO CASE NO. 17-2133 (GAG) OPINION AND ORDER Article IV of the Constitution confers upon Congress the power to enact all needful rules and regulations for governing territories of the United States. This clause, however, is not carte blanche for Congress to switch on and off at its convenience the fundamental constitutional rights to Due Process and Equal Protection enjoyed by a birthright United States citizen who relocates from a State to Puerto Rico. Congress, likewise, cannot demean and brand said United States citizen while in Puerto Rico with...
  • Podesta tamps down Clinton 2020 chatter: 'She's not running'

    01/29/2019 7:35:34 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/29/19 | Michael Burke
    Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman John Podesta on Tuesday tamped down on speculation that the former Democratic presidential nominee may seek another White House bid in 2020, calling the idea "media catnip" and stressing that Clinton "is not running." "She says she's not running for president," Podesta said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." He added that the former secretary of State was currently "in Puerto Rico trying to help the people, that Donald Trump has abandoned, through the Clinton Foundation. Trying to bring some relief to the people of Puerto Rico." "I take her at her word. She's not running...
  • Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts, Accuse Trump

    01/28/2019 1:27:31 PM PST · by detective · 41 replies
    Shortened title. Full title: HAITI 2.0-> Clintons Travel to Puerto Rico to ‘Assist’ with Hurricane Recovery Efforts – Accuse Trump of Blocking Funds The Clintons arrived in Puerto Rico over the weekend to ‘assist’ the US territory in their hurricane recovery efforts. This is Haiti 2.0. The Clintons perhaps ran out of the billions of dollars they reportedly stole from the Haitians years ago after a devastating earthquake, so they decided to scam Puerto Ricans under the guise of ‘hurricane relief.’ The professional grifters spoke to local Puerto Rican reporters on Monday after a meeting with Ricardo Rossello, the far...
  • David Faris: "Plotting, in effect, a coup"

    01/26/2019 4:44:18 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    David Faris Twitter ^ | March 2018 | David Faris
    While trekking the internet I came across this article from March 2018 by David Faris in the Washington Post about packing the Supreme Court: Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power. It’s the only way to save democracy. I did a search and came up with the book he wrote, "It’s Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics: It’s Time to Fight Dirty How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics The American electoral system is clearly falling apart—as evidenced by the 2016 presidential election. In It’s Time to Fight...
  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy decision a Death Star for Wall Street

    01/18/2019 7:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Chriss Street
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision wiping out half of Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds represents a potential Death Star precedent against Wall Street buying municipal bonds from states without a balanced budget. The reason that high-tax rate and potentially insolvent states like California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have continued to have access to massive new borrowing is Wall Street's ability to sell general obligation municipal bonds to high-income individuals who can benefit from receiving federally tax exempt interest. Most muni investors also believe that the federal government will bail out any state financial crisis. Few Americans understand that...
  • Elizabeth Warren headed to Puerto Rico next week

    01/17/2019 11:37:38 PM PST · by conservative98 · 41 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | JANUARY 18, 2019 | Liz Goodwin
    Elizabeth Warren is headed to Puerto Rico next week for an event in San Juan. She’ll lead a “community conversation” at the Alejandro Tapia y Rivera Theater Tuesday evening, according to an e-mail sent out to her supporters in Puerto Rico.
  • House floor erupts after lawmaker shouts ‘Go back to Puerto Rico’

    01/17/2019 5:00:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1-17-2018 |
    The House floor erupted Thursday after Congress adjourned for the week when an unidentified Republican congressman yelled a controversial and potentially racially charged remark across the aisle as Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas was at the podium. “Go back to Puerto Rico!” the lawmaker shouted, punctuating a stream of Republican whooping and hollering at the Democratic majority for holding a voice vote — instead of the normal roll call vote — to pass a continuing resolution that would reopen nine Cabinet departments through Feb. 28. Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and other Democrats in the chamber shot out of their seats...
  • Dems Boycott Gov’t Shutdown Luncheon With Trump While Puerto Rico Partying Rages On

    01/15/2019 6:42:26 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 24 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | January 15, 3019 | Martha MacCullum
    Rep. Dan Crenshaw questioned Monday whether the trip to Puerto Rico by congressional Democrats was a good decision amid the deadlock on border security. About 30 lawmakers traveled to Puerto Rico -- with their families and lobbyists -- for a winter retreat over the weekend despite the partial government shutdown. "It sounds like they had a lot of fun. They've also been talking a lot about the plight that federal workers see themselves in," Crenshaw said on The Story. "They're not wrong about that, but if we're gonna talk about that then I don't know if these excursions to Puerto...
  • At the Puerto Rico theater that ‘Hamilton’ left behind, disappointment stands center stage

    01/15/2019 2:27:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/14/19 | Jessica Gelt
    **SNIP** After more than a year of planning by university administration, students and show producers, “Hamilton” announced on Dec. 21 — less than a month before opening night — that it was relocating the production to Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré, the cultural center about five miles away, to avoid the threat of union unrest and campus protests over rising fees. On Dec. 27, crews came to remove the sets that had been in place for much of the month. Three days later, all that remained were the light post banners proudly trumpeting a show that no longer...
  • Democrat Lawmakers Continue To Party In PR WIth Lobbyists Ignoring Americans

    01/14/2019 9:48:37 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 19 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | January 14, 2019 | Jack Davis
    “I’d rather see the Democrats come back from their vacation and act,” Trump told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro. “They’re not acting, and they’re the ones that are holding it up. It would take me 15 minutes to get a deal done, and everybody could go back to work...But I’d like to see them act responsibly, and they’re not acting responsibly, and that’s it. We could be — I’m in the White House, and most of them are in different locations. They’re watching a certain musical in a very nice location and frankly, it’s ridiculous. The whole thing is...
  • DC and Puerto Rico share the long-ignored dream of statehood

    01/14/2019 3:49:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2019 | Andrés L. Córdova, opinion contributor
    Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico share the fundamental aspiration of statehood, although framed within different historical and constitutional contexts. Both jurisdictions are subject to the powers of Congress and have one non-voting member in the House of Representatives. There is also a broad recognition by the majority of the American citizens in each jurisdiction that the only way they can each achieve effective and politically meaningful representation in Congress is through statehood.
  • Partying hearty: Menendez's bikini shot blows up Dems' narrative on shutdown. Puerto Rican junket

    01/14/2019 12:30:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2019 | Monica Showalter
    President Trump is staying put in snowy Washington while his government shutdown duel with Democrats continues, canceling every fancy trip out (that doesn't include a non-touristy one to the Texas border), including even a Christmas trip to his home in Florida. That's fitting for the times, and it suggests a leader looking for a resolution. But then there are...the Democrats. A whole slew of them packed off to Puerto Rico for a junket, getting hold of those hard-to-get Hamilton tickets (no shutout there); bunking in with 109 K Street lobbyists in $429-a-night hotel rooms; and, sure enough, partying hearty.  WashEx's Paul Bedard has the opening story. Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a...
  • Dems Party on Beach, While Trump Works in DC

    01/14/2019 12:27:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush ^ | January 14, 2019 | Rush Limbaugh
    And the Democrats are the ones that care so much about everybody and everything. The Democrats care about you love and compassion, human rights, civil rights and all this. Yet the Democrats appear uninterested in even dealing with this problem, and yet Trump cancels his vacation, stays in Washington, does everything he can to try to fix the problem. In a sane world, the Democrats would have stepped in it big time here. But the Democrats are never gonna think they step in it big time because of the cover that the media provides. And the Democrats are the ones...
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda pushes back on criticism over congressional delegation's Puerto Rico trip

    01/14/2019 6:16:28 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2019 | RAFAEL BERNAL
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- "Hamilton" star and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda on Monday praised a delegation of congressional Democrats for traveling to Puerto Rico, despite criticism over their trip's timing during a partial government shutdown. "I'm very proud to work with the Latino Victory Fund because you're here to work, despite what anyone might claim," said Miranda during a speech at the progressive organization's summit. "I know you all saw the blue tarps when your plane landed in Puerto Rico," Miranda told the members of Congress in the audience, referring to temporary roof coverings provided by the Federal Emergency Management...
  • A Wave of Violent Daytime Killings Has Puerto Rico on Edge

    01/14/2019 6:14:03 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 13, 2019 | Alejandra Rosa and Frances Robles
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Liz G. Rodríguez Quińonez grew up schooled in being able to throw her body to the floor in the middle of the night, in the event that stray bullets from a nearby shootout came crashing through her window. But it was only this past fall when Ms. Rodríguez, who operates a food truck in a town just east of the Puerto Rican capital, experienced her first murder: Standing by the stove in her truck one morning in September, she heard a series of pops, then screaming, and realized that the man who was the intended...
  • 30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown

    01/13/2019 5:55:44 PM PST · by ptsal · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11 Jan 2019 | Paul Bedard
    Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with the show’s cast. Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat in San Juan planned to meet with key officials to discuss the cleanup after Hurricane Maria at a roundtable Saturday. But the weekend is packed with free time for the members and their families on the trip. “We are excited for you...
  • Thirty Democrat Lawmakers Vacation In PR While Federal Employees Remain Unpaid

    01/13/2019 2:02:19 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 36 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | January 13, 2019 | Jim Hoft
    President Trump is working around the clock during the government shutdown trying to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer to secure border wall funding. The Democrats however, are partying at a beach resort in Puerto Rico on day 22 of the government shutdown. The Democrats don’t care about the 800,000 federal workers who are currently not receiving a paycheck. Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was spotted hanging out with a bikini-clad “colleague” on the beach in Puerto Rico three weeks into the shutdown without a care in the world. The Hispanic Caucus of liberal Democrats is holding their retreat at a posh...
  • What Puerto Ricans are saying about "HAMILTON" in Puerto Rico (sample)

    01/13/2019 9:01:36 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 23 replies
    El Nuevo Dia Facebook page ^ | 1/11/19 | Newspaper source
    As you know, Nancy Pelosi and about 40 House Democrats and/or Lobbyists are in Puerto Rico enjoying the lovely weather and Hamilton, which the average Puerto Rican cannot afford to attend. Below (in the comments section), I’ve translated some of the comments from the Puerto Rican people made in El Nuevo Día Facebook page. The large majority upset that such spectacle is being presented on the island. COMMENTS: LUTY: “Who is Hamilton? I know the story of Christopher Columbus! Long Live Spain!” NELSON: “Does anyone know if crime has lowered because this play is being shown in Puerto Rico?” DIOSELINA:...
  • Julián Castro, Former Housing Secretary, Announces Presidential Run

    01/12/2019 9:50:48 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 68 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | 1-12-2019 | Maggie Astor
    Julián Castro, the former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, announced on Saturday that he would run for president, one of the most high-profile Latino Democrats ever to seek the party’s nomination. His first campaign stop will be in Puerto Rico, where he will speak on Monday at the Latino Victory Fund’s annual summit and meet with residents still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria. Later in the week, his campaign said, he will go to New Hampshire. Mr. Castro, in prepared remarks that he was set to deliver in San Antonio on Saturday, said, “When my grandmother...