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Author: Jackson Mills

Hillary Clinton Next In Line for Puerto Rico Campaigning

On September 4th, Hillary Clinton will be making a stop in Puerto Rico to continue her campaign for the 2016 Democratic nominee. Her main focus will be the support for allowing the country to restructure its $72 billion debt through Chapter 9 bankruptcy. She wants to “share her vision for an economy that helps everyday Puerto Ricans get ahead, and stay ahead” Clinton’s spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement. The Chapter 9 option is currently not available to the U.S. territory unless Congress gives permission. It is, however, available to U.S. cities such as Detroit. Clinton also will attend a fundraiser on the trip although the campaign said information about the fundraiser was not yet available. Clinton has some key allies and former 2008 campaign staffers in Puerto Rico. Her trip follows visits to the island by Republican candidate Jeb Bush, before he officially announced his presidential bid, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, who was on the island Aug. 1. Both also support Chapter 9 filing authority for Puerto Rico. Her visit comes after Republican nominee hopeful Jeb Bush and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democrat who visited August 1st of this...

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A new chapter in the history of the United States and Cuba

On May 29, 2015, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry removed Cuba from the list of states sponsors of  terrorism. This move was the first of many that the President has made in order to restore diplomatic ties with the country, located just 90 miles from Key West, Florida. As indicated in a press release by the U.S. Department of State,The removal of Cuba allows the two countries to engage, among other things, in banking transactions. And today, both side make good on their deal to bring back the embassies in Havana and Washington D.C. Obama has received criticism from Republicans, who say that the US should not open up ties to the Caribbean nation because of their “oppressive regime.” Republican presidential hopeful, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush said in a statement that the action by the administration was “evidence that President Obama seems more interested in capitulating to our adversaries than in confronting them”. As of right now, Congress has yet to lift the embargo on Cuba. The President urged Congress to do so back in December 2014. As a result, the financial relationship between the two countries will remain stagnant. The administration has stated that if Congress does not lift the embargo, relations will deteriorate. This is happening in 2015, but the situation could be a deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential race....

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