Carmen Yulin Cruz

Director of embattled Puerto Rico electric utility resigns amid power grid woes

The embattled head of Puerto Rico's power utility resigned Friday amid an uproar over the agency's controversial contract with a small Montana firm to get the island's devastated electric grid back online.<p>The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has struggled to restore power to the island of 3.6 …

News (U.S.)

Year One: Stress Testing the Constitution

The outlandish hypothetical is in every law professor’s bag of tricks. Can a former president sue a sitting president for defamation? Can a sitting …

Books

Chia Pet company head says Chia Donald Trump most popular item of the year

A year after the San Francisco-based Joseph Industries started making a Chia Pet version of our 45th president, the head of the company says Chia Trump has surged past Chia Obama in popularity to become the company's No. 1 item.<p>"We came up with Chia Trump last year, and it was our best seller," …

Donald Trump

Puerto Rico's hard road to recovery after Hurricane Maria

<b>The small village of Toa Alta in the centre of Puerto Rico was right in the middle of Hurricane Maria's path.</b><p>The level of destruction here is astonishing. Virtually nothing remains standing. Shoes, plates and items of clothing are scattered where homes once stood.<p>Thirty-year-old Jose Nieves and his …

News

Donald Trump Likes Fights. Here Are His Top 10 Since Winning the Election

Donald Trump was a famously combative presidential candidate, coining nasty nicknames for his opponents and delighting in getting in fights on the …

Politics

9 Moments That Gave Us Hope This Year

<i>Image via Flickr user seaternity</i><p>One year after the 2016 election, political action, activism, and social engagement have remained areas of staunch …

Feminism

Lawmakers 'chagrined' after Puerto Rico utility chief bails on hearing

Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, canceled his scheduled Tuesday morning appearance before the House …

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

'The Simpsons' vow to help Puerto Rico in new online video

NEW YORK (AP) — Still recovering from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is getting a helping hand from an unlikely source — Moe from "The Simpsons."<p>The bartender from the animated comedy is seen fundraising in a new YouTube video after getting a warm message by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz.<p>Moe …

Puerto Rico

Steven Mnuchin, Foreclosure King of the US: Secretary of the Treasury for the .01 Percent

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin walks off the podium following a news conference on September 21, 2017, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / …

Liberal View

‘The Simpsons’ zings Trump for throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico

A new video from the hit Fox series "The Simpsons" targets President Trump for videos that showed the president tossing rolls of paper towels to …

Puerto Rico

Trump says he’s going to start sampling D.C. restaurants. Here are five he should try.

It’s only taken nine months, but President Trump has apparently learned that his new home city has restaurants.<p>“In Washington you do have some great restaurants, and I’m going to start going to them,” he told the Larry O’Connor Show earlier this week. “I was accused the other day, well, when I …

Opinion

Is That $300 Million Puerto Rico Power Contract 'Whitefishgate' Or Just a Red Herring?

<i>Though Puerto Rico canceled his controversial contract last weekend, Whitefish Energy CEO Andy Techmanski is still working to restore the island’s power — and his reputation.</i><p>Just days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Andy Techmanski, the CEO of Whitefish Energy, arrived and offered his …

Ryan Zinke

San Juan Mayor to Trump: You can't handle the truth

Cruz was supposed to testify Wednesday before the House Committee on Homeland Security, but the hearing was abruptly canceled. Cruz got news of the cancellation after she had already headed to Washington. Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency testified on Tuesday.<p>“I am …

Politics

Trump’s Twitter Account Was Deactivated by Customer Service Employee on Their Last Day, Twitter Says

POTUS Twitter account was down for 11 minutes on Thursday afternoon<p>Twitter initially attributed the surprise deactivation of President Trump’s Twitter account on Thursday to “human error,” but as it turns out, the deletion was one employee’s way of burning bridges on their way out the door.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Puerto Rico Suffers While Defending Against Disaster Capitalism

President Donald Trump lavished praise on himself when commenting on the federal response to the disaster that has overwhelmed Puerto Rico in the …

Liberal View

5 things you need to know Thursday

Investigators will continue to piece together Thursday the weeks leading up to the New York terror attack that left eight people dead and a dozen injured after a truck plowed through a bike path near the World Trade Center. Officials filed a criminal complaint Wednesday alleging the suspected …

News (U.S.)

San Juan mayor questions abrupt postponement of hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Wednesday questioned why Republicans abruptly postponed a House hearing where she was scheduled to testify about the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.<p>Cruz, who has tangled with President Donald Trump about the federal …

U.S. Politics

San Juan mayor blasts President Trump over recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — The mayor of San Juan blasted President Trump on Wednesday about the hurricane-recovery effort in Puerto Rico calling it "inadequate'' and ''insufficient," after the House Homeland Security Committee canceled a hearing where she was scheduled to testify.<p>"The story is not a good-news …

Caribbean

San Juan Mayor huddles with Democrats as she presses Congress on hurricane recovery

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz came to Washington Wednesday to share stories of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Governor Moves to Cancel Controversial Whitefish Contract

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello on Sunday moved to cancel a controversial contract with a company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown. The …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico governor wants to nix no-name firm’s $300M contract

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello moved Sunday to cancel the $300​ million Whitefish Energy hurricane recovery contract amid scrutiny of the …

Caribbean

WHOOPS: San Juan mayor deletes tweet looking to confirm Trump story from The Onion

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz has been a frequent critic of President Trump, and was obviously troubled after running across a …

Puerto Rico

FEMA: We Have 'Significant Concerns' Over Whitefish Contract In Puerto Rico

The agency said Friday that it's looking into Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's business deal with the Montana-based energy firm.<p>The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday became the latest party to question Puerto Rico Power Authority’s decision to award Whitefish Energy a $300 million …

News (U.S.)

FEMA Has ‘Significant Concerns’ About $300 Million Deal With Utility Company

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking into how a contract between Puerto Rico and a tiny power company — whose CEO and partner …

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Leaked Whitefish Puerto Rico contract includes some astounding stipulations

As lawmakers continue to ask questions regarding a Puerto Rico recovery effort energy contract handed out to a small firm with ties to a member of …

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Trump calls San Francisco businessman who wants to impeach him 'wacky,' 'unhinged'

President Donald Trump had some things to say on Twitter about Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire who wants to see Trump impeached.<p>"Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!" Trump tweeted early …

Donald Trump

Ex-Air Force Officer To Oversee Puerto Rico's Power Restoration

Support the news<p><b>Updated at 2:10 a.m. ET</b><p>A retired senior military officer has been appointed to oversee the rebuilding of Puerto Rico's devastated …

Puerto Rico

DHS reviewing contract of company restoring power on Puerto Rico

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has launched a review, CNN reported.

Ryan Zinke

Congress is starting to look into the shady Puerto Rico infrastructure deal

Why did the Trump administration spend $300 million on a two-person company? Congress wants answers<p>Congress wants to look into the Trump administration's questionable $300 million deal with a two-person company tied to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to rebuild Puerto Rico's infrastructure.<p>In a …

U.S. Politics

Firm that landed Puerto Rico power contract threatens San Juan mayor

The two-year-old energy company that was awarded $300 million to repair Puerto Rico’s crippled power grid threatened on Wednesday to pull its 44 …

Puerto Rico