American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28

In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism. In the late 19th century, the great powers of Europe were running around the world obtaining colonial possessions, especially in Africa and Asia. The United States, which as a young country was especially suceptible to peer pressure, followed along and snapped up some colonies of its own.Continue reading “American Imperialism: Crash Course US History #28”

A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico

A large fire at an electrical substation for Puerto Rico’s new electricity provider, Luma Energy, knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of the island’s residents Thursday. At the height of the blackout, nearly 800,000 customers were without power, according to Luma. By midnight, roughly 60,000 customers were still in the dark. “The fire causedContinue reading “A Fire And Cyberattack Cause Major Blackouts Across Puerto Rico”

Biden DOJ will defend excluding Puerto Ricans from disability payments

President Biden on Monday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue to defend a law that excludes Puerto Ricans from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, while calling on Congress to extend eligibility to the U.S. territory’s residents. Biden said the Justice Department will be adhering to its practice of defending the constitutionality ofContinue reading “Biden DOJ will defend excluding Puerto Ricans from disability payments”

Report: Watchdog Finds Trump Admin Created Obstacles That Delayed Relief Aid To Puerto Rico

The Trump administration lined up unprecedented bureaucratic obstacles that delayed approximately $20 billion in hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, according to an inspector general report that could be released publicly as soon as Thursday. In a 46-page document first reported by the Washington Post early Thursday, the inspector general said it uncovered procedural hurdles created by theContinue reading “Report: Watchdog Finds Trump Admin Created Obstacles That Delayed Relief Aid To Puerto Rico”

Puerto Rico governor: Congress ‘morally obligated’ to act on statehood vote

Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said in an interview that aired Sunday that Congress is “morally obligated” to act after a slight majority of the U.S. territory voted in favor of statehood.  Pierluisi, who was sworn in last month, told “Axios on HBO” that he expects the House to propose legislation for Puerto Rican statehood by mid-March, after Democrats gainedContinue reading “Puerto Rico governor: Congress ‘morally obligated’ to act on statehood vote”

Biden wants to free up Puerto Rico hurricane relief withheld under Trump

The Biden administration is working on freeing up funding for Puerto Rico intended for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “The president has made clear … that it is a priority for his administration to release this funding. We are working to do so. So that is in process,” Psaki saidContinue reading “Biden wants to free up Puerto Rico hurricane relief withheld under Trump”

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