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M.N.: In my humble opinion (and it is difficult not to be humble in front of the big questions), both investigations: of Mr. Trump and his campaign 2016, with the issue of possible collusion or influence by foreign power(s), on the one hand, conducted presently by Mr. Mueller, and the broad investigation of the FBI, its role in 2016 Elections, with various assessments and recommendations, on the other hand, can and should proceed simultaneously, independently and vigorously, even if in competition. The competing points of view may help to learn the truth. I do not see any contradictions between these two investigations. 

If all the doubts about being the “Russian puppet” issues are removed (which is hard to believe), I do not see many reasons for the rejection of Trump Presidency. And “public support” cares about these issues even less. 

The deep investigation of the FBI might be even more important because it is future-oriented and more practical. 

It is difficult to avoid some further thoughts on the subject: the Obama Presidency, then, and now, in retrospect, was a huge historical, social, and cultural aberration; a period of sickness in the country’s history. It feels that things are gradually coming back to “normal”, or “new normal”. The major thrust of Trump’s Presidency is De-Obamization. 

It looks, sadly and alarmingly enough, that during the Obama years, the areas that suffered visibly, the most, were Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and National Security. It would be interesting to read some good, high-quality historical assessments of this subject when more is publicly known. 

Michael Novakhov

5.23.18

Investiga a los investigadores! ¡Salva América! ¡Reforma al FBI ahora!

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From: vozdeamerica
Duration: 02:07

En un nuevo giro en la trama sobre la interferencia rusa en las elecciones, el Departamento de Justicia accedió a investigar al FBI, a pedido del presidente Trump. Esto a fin de determinar si existió sesgo en la investigación, a la campaña del mandatario estadounidense.
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As I was saying my mantra for the last several years:

Investigate the investigators! Save America! Reform the FBI now!

Investiga a los investigadores! ¡Salva América! ¡Reforma al FBI ahora!

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Francisco Reyes Caparrós was branded a “Russian spy” by Carlos Cases, PR FBI Director until late 2015, and by Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, the US Attorney for PR. 

4:55 AM 5/23/2018 – What is this: stupidity, incompetence, or both? – Front Page Review: My Comments on the case of Francisco Reyes Caparrós

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branding: to brand: to mark (an animal, formerly a criminal or slave) with a branding iron | scapegoating psychology: For individuals, scapegoating is a psychological defense mechanism of denial through projecting responsibility and blame on others. It allows the perpetrator to eliminate negative feelings about him or herself and provides a sense of gratification.

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Rosa Emilia puts all the blame on FBI. Did Mr. Cases feel that he had a special mission to protect Mr. Reyes’ chastity, and why? 

Michael Novakhov@mikenov

Testifica la fiscal Rosa Emilia Rodríguez https://www.elvocero.com/ley-y-orden/testifica-la-fiscal-rosa-emilia-rodr-guez/article_f0b71f70-5e34-11e8-8cb9-77bf2b37e304.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share  via @voceropr

Testifica la fiscal Rosa Emilia Rodríguez

La Oficina Ejecutiva del Departamento de Justicia federal (Usaeo, por sus siglas en inglés) tenía conocimiento de las intenciones de viajar a Rusia del exespecialista en inteligencia de la Fiscalía

elvocero.com

Rodriguez Velez reported that on October 3, 2013, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the Island (FBI), Carlos Cases, called to inform him that two counterintelligence agents were going to visit her at her office to discuss an issue. serious.

The agents informed him that Reyes Caparros was under investigation because he had agreed to make a trip to Russia, which was going to be paid for by the Russian Cultural Center in Washington, DC, which was in the FBI’s peephole. To this organization belonged the spy, Yury Zaytsev.

5.23.18: Rosa Emilia defends herself against accusations of harassment – PH

Rosa Emilia puts the blame squarely on FBI: “His separation from the post was always thought of as temporary. But I did not think the investigation (of the FBI) would take so long. It took two years, it took a lot. But it was not an investigation of mine, it was from the FBI”. 

Francisco Reyes, plaintiff. ( gerald.lopez@gfrmedia.com )

It appears that the FBI’s main concern was that Mr. Reyes might be exposed to the molesting influence of the young Russian underage prostitutes. Was this the loving, if somewhat overbearing, but the “usual and customary paternalistic concern” on the part of the FBI, with the specific Puerto Rican flavor, in their mission to preserve Mr. Reyes’ chastity? Or was this particular concern of Mr. Cases’ based on his own personal experiences and vulnerabilities? Or was Mr. Cases in search of his new cases to advance his FBI career? What was the cost of these frivolous, baseless, sucked out of a finger, concerns to the taxpayers? And what really important work was missed due to this misallocation of resources? 

The history and the FBI files are silent on all these points for now. But just for now. We might learn something about these interesting subjects later on. 

Doesn’t she look like a spy? 

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“Rodriguez explained that the FBI had suspicions that Russian agents, including a person they identified as a spy, used these trips to attract young professionals and recruit or blackmail them after hosting them in luxury hotels and exposing them to young underage prostitutes. He added that the FBI said he had started an investigation and ordered Reyes’ office closed, occupy his equipment and avoid contact with him.

Reyes received the invitation to travel to Russia through a childhood friend who worked as an advisor to the then governor Luis Fortuño, and who was married to the Russian consul.

Rodriguez insisted on cataloging Reyes’ interest in the trip as “irresponsible and poorly judged,” and stated that he intended to travel, despite documents shown by the plaintiff’s attorney pointing to Reyes’s efforts to request permission. In fact, a communication sent by the head of security in Washington clarified that “it is perfectly legal” to travel abroad, including Russia, provided that the form is completed for such purposes.

Reyes did not make the trip to Russia. He did not even ask for a license to do so, but according to Rodríguez, it was “because the opportunity was not presented because there was the investigation”.

The matter was referred to the Office of the Inspector General, which determined shortly after Reyes had not committed any criminal act, although some protocol violations related to travel policy and the use of office equipment to contact persons related to trip. The FBI investigation, however, lasted for about two years, and finally did not find criminal behavior.

Rodriguez said he regularly asked the FBI about the investigation in order to replace Reyes in his position. He acknowledged, however, that he never asked for a formal meeting with the FBI to address the issue. Reyes was assigned to other duties and ended up working with issues related to the Social Security office in another building.

Federal prosecutors, Jason Weida, led prosecutor Rodriguez to recall an incident for which Reyes was sanctioned.

It was that he used a photo modified with Photoshop of a security guard with a legend considered in bad taste and that made reference to an alleged homosexual tendency. “It was determined that it was an inappropriate behavior, unacceptable,” said Rodriguez.

Before the testimony of Rodriguez, at the end of the statements of Maria Dominguez, ex-prosecutor already retired but that at the time of the facts was the second in command at the local office of the federal prosecutor, in addition to the incident with the photo came to light another episode for which Reyes was also sanctioned.

This other event was related to a “gossip” that Reyes and prosecutor Carmen Márquez were investigating, and that had to do with what Dominguez described as “false and malicious accusations” that imputed to two prosecutors a questionable use of an apartment that she rented for a period of time while a high-profile case was being developed in the federal court of San Juan. Because of this situation, Márquez received a warning that did not go to his file, while Reyes received a more severe reprimand, as part of the progressive discipline application policy.

At the end of the day, Rodriguez defended the treatment given to Reyes in the prosecution, and said that despite the FBI investigation and the prohibitions against him, as well as the incidents for which he had been sanctioned, he never considered taking him out of the office.

“While all this was happening, we treated him well, we gave promotions, his salary was maintained, he was assigned a case of disability fraud that has been one of the most important in Puerto Rico, he was assigned to be a paralegal, which is a good position. and important. We wanted to give him a job in what he was prepared for, we gave him the work of statistics (of the arms initiative) and of paralegal, “said Rodriguez. “His separation from the post was always thought of as temporary. But I did not think the investigation (of the FBI) would take so long. It took two years, it took a lot. But it was not an investigation of mine, it was from the FBI, “he explained.

Today it is expected to continue the testimony of the head of the federal prosecutor and later would be testifying the plaintiff.

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Todo Tiene Su Final – Marc Anthony 
Todo tiene su final, nada dura para siempre,
Tenemos que recordar que no existe eternidad,
Como el lindo clavel solo quiso florecer,
Enseñarnos su belleza y marchito perecer,
Todo tiene su final nada dura para siempret
Tenemos que recordar que no existe eternidad.
Como el campeon mundial dio su vida por llegar
Y perder lo mas querido en nada mas otro mas,
E alalelelelele todo tiene su final ,(todo tiene su final es el coro), coro,
Si no me quieres dimelo ahora, coro,
A mi velorio no venga a llorar no no, coro,
Hay mamita rica, coro,
Yo sabia que un dia tenia que acabar, coro,
Punto final todo se acabo, coro, echa pa lante mama.
Yo perdi lo mas querido cuando perdi a mi mama,
Coro, pero segui pa lante y pa lante, coro,
Has como yo nunca eche pa tras, coro,
Ni pa coger impulso que va, coro,
Cuidao que de espalda te pueden atacar, coro,
Oigo una vos que me dice, coro,
Cuidao tierra va a temblar, tierra va a temblar.
Songwriters: Willie Colon
Todo Tiene Su Final lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing
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Everything has its end – Marc Anthony

Everything has its end, nothing lasts forever,
We have to remember that there is no eternity,
As the cute carnation just wanted to bloom,
Teach us its beauty and withered to perish,
Everything has its end nothing lasts forever
We have to remember that there is no eternity.
As the world champion gave his life to come
And lose the most loved in nothing else but more,
E alalelelelele everything has its end, (everything has its end is the chorus), chorus,
If you do not want to tell me now, chorus,
To my wake do not come to mourn no no, chorus,
There are rich mommy, chorus,
I knew that one day I had to finish, chorus,
End point everything is over, chorus, check out mom.
I lost the most loved when I lost my mom,
Chorus, but I continued pa lante and pa lante, chorus,
You have like me never take pa, chorus,
I do not even take impulse that goes, chorus,
I take care that back can attack you, choir,
I hear a voice that tells me, chorus,
Careful earth will tremble, earth will tremble.

Songwriters: Willie Colon

Everything Has Its End lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

What is this: stupidity, incompetence, or both?

Or something significantly more than that? Let me express my humble opinion very claro, my friends: 

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Rosa Emily Rodriguez-Velez, Russian spy

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Fire Rodriguez-Velez from the DOJ, and fire Carlos Cases from the FBI, and investigate them to the heart of their bones! 

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Carlos Cases, Russian spy

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This is long overdue in both cases, it seems to me. No puns or jokes are intended. Zis iz no djok. 

And by the way, I think that they are the “Russian spies” themselves. In my humble opinion. 

I also have to say, for the sake of balance and objectivity, and according to my observations and impressions, that under the current PR FBI Directorship of Mr. Leff, the things appear to be somewhat more normal and healthier. Hopefully, this is just the beginning. PR branch of the FBI plays an enormously important role in the Island’s political, social, and cultural lives, and the quality of its leadership is definitely a factor in the Island’s development. 

Michael Novakhov

5.23-21.18

The Case Of Francisco Caparros – Puerto Rico News – Front Page

Quote:

“In the current case, former expert Francisco J. Reyes Caparrós, who is a veteran with partial disability now turned into a lawyer, alleges to have been the victim of a pattern of hostility while working in the local office of the federal prosecutor’s office, which included among other things that prevented him from doing the functions for which he had been hired,

discredited him, was the object of an unfounded campaign that he could be a Russian spy,

implemented disciplinary actions against him, threatened him with negative evaluations, isolated him from other colleagues, and eventually they will highlight him.”

Two other lawsuits against the federal prosecutor’s office

Witness declares that prosecutor Rosa Emilia discredited agent

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The Case Of Francisco Caparros – Puerto Rico News – Front Page

5:36 AM 5/22/2018 – The Case Of Francisco Caparros: “I warned him that he is preparing for what was coming” – PH

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Quote: 

“When the officer with a gun and a badge is no different from the trafficker peddling drugs in the street, we all suffer. That is why the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners are determined to root out corruption, wherever and in whatever forms it may be found,” Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, said in a statement. 

7 Puerto Rico cops indicted for selling drugs, guns – Washington Examiner – May 22, 2018

My Comment: 

When one of the highly placed law enforcement officers spreads the false rumors about “being the Russian spy” and prevents the good honest worker from doing his job, she is no different from the street rumors monger, and we all suffer. Look into the mirror, Ms. Rodriguez-Velez. I think you should resign or be fired. The same I will say about Carlos Cases, I think he has a long tail of misdeeds in Puerto Rico: resign or be fired. And I will say it again: Investigate both of them in the most thorough and exhaustive fashion. Enough is enough. They did a lot of wrong to Puerto Rico, they share their part of the responsibility for the current crisis, including the endemic corruption in law enforcement, and no pretty phrases and “responsible talk” will hide it. Fire them, and others who have to be fired, and investigate them. Bring in good new people. 

Michael Novakhov

5.22.18 

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brand/
verb
gerund or present participle: branding
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    mark (an animal, formerly a criminal or slave) with a branding iron.
    synonyms: markstampburnsear

    “the letter M was branded on each animal”

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gerund or present participle: scapegoating
  1. make a scapegoat of.

scapegoating psychology

For individuals, scapegoating is a psychological defense mechanism of denial through projecting responsibility and blame on others.[2] It allows the perpetrator to eliminate negative feelings about him or herself and provides a sense of gratification.

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From: vozdeamerica
Duration: 02:07

En un nuevo giro en la trama sobre la interferencia rusa en las elecciones, el Departamento de Justicia accedió a investigar al FBI, a pedido del presidente Trump. Esto a fin de determinar si existió sesgo en la investigación, a la campaña del mandatario estadounidense.
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Will enclaves of ethnic Puerto Rican voters tip the balance of power in Washington?

Nationwide there are over 5 million Americans who are of Puerto Rican origin. It now appears that these Puerto Rican voters could emerge in the 2018 mid-term elections as a cohesive swing vote in battleground races that will determine which national political party controls Congress.

recent study by a non-partisan research organization and national news coverage of the 2018 mid-term election campaigns identify concentrations of Puerto Ricans in communities scattered throughout Congressional districts in large and small states. The election demographics revealed in the study of swing state voters are changing campaign strategies of candidates in close races who could win or lose based on how Puerto Rican enclaves vote. News coverage of this swing vote impact confirms the potential for a spike in voting tallies for candidates who address issues uniquely important to Americans of Puerto Rican origin.

Data on the Puerto Rican vote in past and current Congressional elections as well as presidential races over the past 20 years demonstrate “politics is local” for Puerto Ricans, who vote on the same economic and social issues as all Americans. What sets Puerto Rican American voters apart is that they also care with remarkable intensity about the impact of federal and even state or local polices on the families and ethnic communities, both in the states and back home on the island that has been ruled by the U.S. for 119 years.

Do Puerto Rican voters vote Puerto Rican?

The are 3.5 million U.S. citizens in the America territory of Puerto Rico who do not have voting rights for equal representation in Congress. That makes most if not all Puerto Ricans in the states who do have voting rights feel responsible in a real sense to represent their fellow Americans back home in how they vote.

That is why the current pro-statehood Governor of Puerto Rico and pro-statehood non-voting delegate to Congress from Puerto Rico are seeking to harness the Puerto Rico vote in the states. The goal is to rally the Puerto Rico vote in the states to support 2018 candidates who understand and are engaged constructively on Puerto Rican issues in Congress. [Link to relevant Diaspora mobilization articles]

In Congressional, state and local elections over the last 20 years, federal policy issues perceived by millions of Puerto Rican voters as most impactful for Puerto Rico invariably lead back to the unresolved future political status of the territory. In the 2018 midterm that issue has become inextricably linked to the response in Washington to the historically unprecedented destruction caused in 2017 by Hurricane Maria. The social, economic, and political crisis that has ensued was deepened by the inadequacy of federal measures to restore electricity, water and health care, especially when compared to the federal response possible in hurricane damaged Texas and Florida.

The lack of a natural disaster emergency response by the federal and local territorial government meeting a U.S. standard is itself linked to Puerto Rico’s political status. Even before the hurricanes of 2017, the anachronistic “commonwealth” regime of local territorial government established by Congress in 1950 was failing to maintain and harden infrastructure to withstand intensive storms because of  budget shortages. Congress allowed the territorial government to make promises of a state-like standard of living it could not keep without borrowing more than it could pay back, so investment in public sector capacity building was reduced.

That Congressional policy granting the local territorial “autonomy without accountability” inevitably led to unsustainable expansion and debt financing of the local government, followed by bankruptcy and a federal fiscal takeover suspending the local constitution. This even further restricted limited local self-government under “commonwealth” regime that denies equal rights of U.S citizenship at the national level that comes only with statehood. That includes the right to vote in federal elections for representation in Congress and the Electoral College.

Politics in Puerto Rico are inseparable from the question of whether Puerto Rico’s failed territorial status will be resolved by one of the only two models of a sustainable political economy: statehood or independent nationhood. The current commonwealth” territorial regime was propped up for decades by failed Congressional policies alternately treating Puerto Rico inconsistently and irrationally as a state, as a federal reservation or even as a foreign nation.

That is why the unsustainable current status was rejected by a clear and undisputed majority rule in 2012. Majority rule in the territory favoring statehood was disputed in vain because it was undeniable in 2012 and only growing stronger since Hurricane Maria.

For a century Puerto Ricans have been serving in the U.S military, and are now woven social political and economic fabric of our nation in every state. The territory now is more integrated into the rest of the nation than any of the 32 other territories admitted as states between 1796 and 1959.

The local government has formally petitioned for statehood. If denied, Puerto Rico would be the first U.S. citizen populated territory in American history to seek but not move forward to eventual full citizenship rights possible only with statehood under the U.S. Constitution.

Ironically, for decades Puerto Ricans in big cities like New York and Chicago have nostalgically favored the sentimental notion of independent nationhood. However, that solution to the political dilemma arising from the essentially “colonial” status of the “commonwealth” regime of territorial government has never received more tan 5% of the vote. Instead in recent years Puerto Rican pride in the territory and in the states is causing a shift in focus to the question, “Why not statehood?” Does the Congress think U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico are not good enough for statehood?

Some members of Congress have made the mistake of making a once safe but now increasingly offensive argument that Puerto Rico should get statehood “If that is what they want.” Well, that is what a majority want in Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans in the states are now beginning with the 2018 elections to ask candidates why not statehood?

The old anti-statehood agenda demanding economic development and an end to predominance of Spanish before statehood can be considered lost relevancy. Puerto Ricans remind candidates that there is a higher percentage of English speakers in Puerto Rico than in Louisiana, New Mexico and California when admitted as states, residents of the island pay billions in federal taxes, and despite bankruptcy of the federally controlled territorial government Puerto Rico is more economically developed than many of the territories that were admitted as states.

So, yes, as demonstrated by the research and news coverage of Puerto Rican voters in the 2018 mid-term elections, candidates who decide Puerto Ricans do not vote Puerto Rico issues do so at their own risk.

The Florida effect

There are over one million U.S. citizens from Puerto Rico in Florida, including tens of thousands of Americans who fled the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico to escape the social chaos that has persisted since Hurricane Maria. Before coming to Florida as residents of Puerto Rico these U.S. citizens residing in Puerto Rico are denied the right of voting in federal elections, except for a single delegate in Congress who is allowed to attend committee but has no vote or other constitutional powers.

But upon becoming residents and citizens of a state Americans from Puerto Rico acquire the right to vote for full representation in Congress and the Electoral College. So it is not surprising that the Puerto Rico vote in Florida has been recognized and courted by Republicans and Democrats in U.S. presidential and Congressional elections for more than two decades. The tendency of ethnic Puerto Rican voters in Florida to care what candidates for state and federal office know and are prepared to do to address the interests of 3.5 million Americans in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is not lost on either political party at the local, county, state and national level.

As 2018 mid-term primary elections are followed by the general election in November, what may surprise Republicans and Democrats nationwide is that ethnic Puerto Ricans could become a critical and in some races even decisive swing vote. Thats why Florida’s current Republican Governor Rick Scott – now a U.S. Senate candidate – has made five visits to Puerto Rico to learn first hand why its recovery from Hurricane Maria has stalled. His opponent in that Senate race, Florida’s incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, is playing catch up on his third visit.

Down the ticket candidates who get it are now focused on Congressional, state and even local races on the Puerto Rico vote. How strongly the Puerto Rican communities in the states will reward candidates who shown more than token commitment to Puerto Rico’s future, and punish those who’d not, will be put to the test in the 2018 mid-terms.

One piece of advice to candidates is to avoid saying you are for statehood “if that is what the people want.” Either support statehood or independence, and then defend that position. Continuing the status quo without a policy favoring statehood or independence is historically, legally, politically, socially and constitutionally makes a mockery of democratic self-determination on the real options for a better future in Puerto Rico.

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Boston Police Officer Izzy Marrero talks about the importance of recruiting Latino police officers in the city. More Latest Videos. Web Extra:Boston NAACP President On BPS Diversity ImprovementBoston NAACP President Tanisha Sullivan talks about the …

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After months of butting heads, Puerto Rico and its federally appointed oversight board have agreed on the debt-ridden commonwealth’s much-needed economic reform plans, although pension reform still is in dispute. As part of the economics deal, Gov.

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Mayors Federation President Carlos Molina and Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera have expressed satisfaction with the “understandings” reached between Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares
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HRC Joins Ongoing Efforts to Help LGBTQ People in Puerto Rico Rebuild
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HRC is proud to join #ReconstruyeQ, a coalition of LGBTQ and allied organizations working to support ongoing rebuilding efforts for LGBTQ people in Puerto Rico who are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane María, which devastated the island 

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14, 2017 file photo, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, left, speaks during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on hurricane recovery, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rossello submitted a $25 billion proposed budget to the island and more »

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor has proposed a $25 billion budget to the island’s legislature in which retired government workers would keep their monthly pensions and public school teachers and police officers would get pay raises.
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At Ortiz’s restaurant, La Perla, the portions are generous, the hospitality is warm, and the flavors are straight-up, old-schoolPuerto Rican. For years, Ortiz was the chef at Borinquen Soul, which was the East Bay’s only Puerto Rican eatery up until 

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Sunday marked eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and about 14,500 people there still don’t have electricity. Interested in Puerto Rico? Add Puerto Rico as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Puerto Rico news, video, and  Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said that number represents less than 1 percent of energy customers with access to  …
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