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Puerto Rico Still Struggling One Month After Hurricane Maria

One month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, the basic necessities — food, water and power — are still in short supply on the island.  And the weather woes continue for the U.S. territory. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for a large part of the island Wednesday, including San Juan and the vicinity. Puerto Rico has had steady rain all week, and the NWS warned that with the soil saturated, many rivers and streams could overflow their banks if the heavy rains continue.  Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million…

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Trump, Puerto Rico Governor to Meet at White House

The White House says President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello will meet Thursday to discuss the recovery and rebuilding effort on the island after it was ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosello will visit the White House. The meeting comes after Trump received some criticism for his response to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Rosello has been supportive of Trump, while the mayor of San Juan has been outspoken in her criticism. Much of the island remains without…

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A Flag-Raising in Puerto Rico–and a Call to Duty

Carl Cannon, RealClearPoliticsOn this date in 1898, the U.S. flag was raised in an official ceremony over government buildings in the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan. If that sounds vaguely familiar, don’t be confused: The storied military action in the Spanish-American War was on San Juan Hill, where Theodore Roosevelt and his “Rough Riders” made their reputation — but that was in Cuba, more than 600 miles away. … Read the referenced story here: A Flag-Raising in Puerto Rico–and a Call to Duty

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More New York Guardsmen Heading to Puerto Rico for Storm Recovery

Another contingent of National Guard members from New York is preparing to depart for Puerto Rico to help the U.S. territory recover from Hurricane Maria. New York Army National Guard officials say 125 members of the Buffalo-based 152nd Engineer Co. of the 204th Engineer Battalion are now scheduled to depart Thursday morning from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The departure was originally scheduled for Wednesday.   The unit’s heavy construction equipment has already been sent to the Caribbean island aboard a ship from New Jersey.   The New York…

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Puerto Rico Youth Stranded With School Still Out From Storm

Alanys Arroyo and her little brothers have been cooped up in a school for weeks, but they aren’t in class. They’ve been living in a campus-turned-shelter in western Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria flooded their home and destroyed their belongings, trying to pass the time while their family waits for help to replace the apartment it lost in the storm. Fifteen-year-old Arroyo reads or helps her mother clean the classroom where they sleep. The boys kick around a soccer ball and run through the hallways. They are bored and increasingly…

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Trump Provided Everything Puerto Rico Asked For

Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, USAT“There are things that I never do, but, you know, the president is always out of the script,” Colon remarked. “And I think that’s the main difference. People are used to having politicians that are politically correct, that follow the script, and he’s not like that. I mean, what you see is what you get and that’s the way he is.” … Read the referenced story here: Trump Provided Everything Puerto Rico Asked For

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A Day After Criticism, Trump Offers Support to Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump is assuring residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico that he “will always be with them.” His tweet Friday morning comes a day after he lashed out at the island, insisting that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever.” He’d also suggested the U.S. territory is to blame for its financial struggles.   He took a softer tone on Friday, saying that “the wonderful people of Puerto Rico” have an “unmatched spirit.” He tweeted, “I will always be with them!”   But he also said again that residents…

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