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HAVANA  — Raul Castro has stepped down as president and his brother Fidel is dead but U.S. relations with Cuba are frostier than in years, with their reopened embassies nearly empty and President Donald Trump hinting at measures that could further lower the temperature. A new Cuban president, 58-year-old Miguel

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump called U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp “the President of the Virgin Islands” six months ago. On Wednesday, in a bill signing ceremony inside the Oval Office, President Trump referred to Mapp as “Governor Kenneth Mapp of Michigan.” “I also want to thank Governor Kenneth

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SAN JUAN — Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired. Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. commonwealth is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century. “There are

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WASHINGTON — The White House announced today that President Donald Trump has authorized an extension of the disaster declaration in Puerto Rico. Under the extension, the island will receive 90 more days of federal funding for “debris removal” and 60 more days of funding for “emergency protective measures,” to help continue

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an $89.3 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill into law Friday morning, which includes $11 billion for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $142 million in additional Medicaid funding for

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CHRISTIANSTED — V.I. Republican National Committeeman Jevon Williams released the following statement in response to Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett’s criticism of the administration in the opinion page of today’s Virgin Islands Free Press among other media: “Congresswoman Plaskett has repeatedly shown that she is more interested in party politics than rolling

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By CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY PLASKETT SPECIAL TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS FREE PRESS I did not have high expectations for this year’s State of the Union address. But I expected that the President would be duty bound to address the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria and give his administration’s plans

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WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee adopted a resolution from Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams that called upon Congress to cease foreign aid to countries that voted against U.S.-recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. The action came

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WASHINGTON  — Sweeping tax code changes aimed at keeping U.S. companies from shifting profits offshore to avoid taxes will not affect the battered economy of Puerto Rico, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has said the provisions in a new tax bill passed by

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WHITE HOUSE ACCESS: Vice President Mike Pence (left), Karen Pence (middle) and Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams meet for the Christmas holidays. WASHINGTON — Virgin Islands GOP National Committeeman Jevon O.A. Williams returned to the territory Sunday after spending a week in Washington, where President Donald J.

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