Puerto Rico’s January 9-15, 2017 political week in tweets
Path clears for Mattis to Run Pentagon
Congress approves waiver to let Mattis run DOD https://t.co/5ZR3RrysPP
— Fox News Politics (@foxnewspolitics) January 13, 2017
On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed a bill that allowed retired Marine Corps General James Mattis to take over control of the Pentagon. The bill allows Mattis to take the position with the Trump administration without having been out of the military at least seven years.
Puerto Rico’s New Superhero
— H.N.N | HugeNetwork (@HugeNetwork_EN) January 15, 2017
Forty-five year old Puerto Rican Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has created a new comic book superhero for the island. La Borinquena sold out its complete first run, and Miranda says the heroine has become an icon with Latinos.
Financial Crisis Not About to End in Puerto Rico
— Pasquines (@Pasquines_US) January 14, 2017
Despite having a new governor, Puerto Rico is far from getting out of their $70 billion in debt. To be able to pay their public employees the island will have to borrow more money, and thanks to the Chapter 9 bankruptcy code, businesses in Puerto Rico cannot file for bankruptcy.
Thousands Hope For Clemency as Obama Leaves Office
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 15, 2017
With President Barack Obama leaving office next week, around 13,000 inmates in America’s prison system are hoping the president will grant them freedom, according to the Department of Justice.
Florida Gunman Served in Puerto Rico National Guard
Alaska Army Nat'l Guard: Florida airport gunman was deployed to Iraq with Puerto Rico National Guard from April 23, 2010, to Feb. 19, 2011.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 6, 2017
According to the U.S. military, the gunman at the Fort Lauderdale airport last week served in the Puerto Rico National Guard from April of 2010 to February of 2011.