Puerto Rico’s September 5 political week in tweets

by | Sep 14, 2016 | News Week in Tweets | Comments

Hillary Falls Ill During 9/11 Memorial Service in New York

A video that has been circulating on Twitter shows Hillary Clinton’s early departure from the 9/11 memorial service only to lose balance while agents helped her into a van. Clinton’s campaign spokesman reported that she had “felt overheated during the ceremony and is feeling much better.” However, this incident has rapidly gained media attention towards Clinton’s health.

 

Obama Faces First Potential Veto Override of Presidency

The House recently passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act or JASTA, a bill which would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in US courts. However, taking into account the Obama administration’s opposition to the bill, a presidential veto is almost made certain. The Administration denounces the bill, fearing that foreign governments will exploit the enactment. Congress is to forward the bill to the White House soon in which case President Obama will have 10 days to veto the legislation.

Hillary’s Illness Kept Secret; Says She “Didn’t think it was that big a deal”

Hillary Clinton withheld information of her illness after being diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday believing that the diagnosis would be exploited by her opponents. Yet, within five hours after a video spread online of Mrs. Clinton being helped into a van, claiming to have been “overheated” at the 9/11 memorial, her campaign confirmed her pneumonia diagnosis. The event has put pressure on both Clinton and Trump to release more information of their health and medical history. Trump is to issue his medical information sometime next week.

Puerto Rico’s Decline in Innovation and Patent Applications

Puerto Rico’s decline in patent applications is reflective of the island’s ongoing recession. Since 2012, each year has been met with fewer applications for new innovations. This piece of data gives insight into Puerto Rico’s economic condition, and is suggestive of what the island could put in place to encourage the economic development that Puerto Rico so desperately needs.

 

Puerto Rico’s Zika Virus

The Zika virus seemed to have found a home in the moisture of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, this is bad news as the island is unable to combat the virus even in its immediate stage given the dire economic state it is in. Conditions on the island have been worsening as the US continues to ignore the structural problems that affect Puerto Rico to such a significant degree. At this point, Puerto rico is in urgent need of a well-funded and fully-functional healthcare system from the US to properly treat its citizens.