As Puerto Rico is set to default today on a key debt repayment, President Barack Obama has signed into law the so-called PROMESA bill that puts in place a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy.
The legislation’s supporters say it will help the island cope with its crippling debt crisis by allowing an orderly restructuring of its $72 billion in bond debt, but critics say it is a reversion to old-style colonialism that removes any semblance of democratic control by the people of Puerto Rico over their own affairs.
Two transgender women made history this week when they won their primary elections in Utah and Colorado to challenge Republican incumbents for U.S. Congress in November, and get their reaction to the Pentagon’s announcement that it will end its ban on openly transgender people serving in the military.
“The only thing that should matter is, can you do the job? Nothing else,” says 33-year-old military veteran Misty Plowright of Colorado. On Tuesday, she and 30-year-old Misty Snow, of Utah, became two of the nation’s first openly transgender candidates to win a major-party congressional primary in U.S. history. “My trans status didn’t come up” on the campaign trail, Plowright notes. “They were much more focused on issues, my stances.”
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