Hundreds erupted in celebration on the streets of San Juan on Friday when the clock struck 5pm -- the moment the island's embattled governor, Ricardo Rossello, said he'd officially step down following a political scandal that incensed his opponents.
Rosselló's office on Friday said attorney Pedro Pierluisi was sworn in as the U.S. territory's next governor, a move the island's Senate leader quickly blasted as "illegal." Rosselló agreed to leave office last month after hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans took to the streets demanding his resignation and condemning leaked, profane messages by Rossello and other officials.
Rossello had earlier picked Pierluisi to be secretary of state, which also put him next in line to lead the island, after interim-Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez said she didn't want to be governor.
Pierluisi was confirmed Friday by the island's House of Representatives, but Puerto Rico's Senate pushed off their vote until next week.
Pierluisi also has many opponents... who question his former role in overseeing the island's bankruptcy... and his ability to lead Puerto Rico.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said that the federal government is "making a historic mistake" in its handling of the coronavirus, citing 20 states and Puerto Rico who are seeing spikes in cases.
John Hickenlooper on the Democratic nomination for US Senate in the June 30 primaries. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. Hickenlooper defeated Andrew Romanoff, the former speaker of the Colorado House. He served two terms as the state's governor, first elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2014. Business Insider reports that the former governor won a handily, 60% to 40%. Hickenlooper will now face vulnerable Republican Senator Cory Gardner.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a U.S. Senate committee that based on the current surge of COVID-19 cases in some states, the country could see 100,000 new cases per day. “It is going to be very disturbing, I can guarantee you that,” Fauci said.
Reuters Congress approved a $600 unemployment bonus on top of state payments as part of its coronavirus relief efforts in March. Those weekly payments are set to expire on July 31, and there's no consensus from lawmakers about extending them. Republicans, who oppose extending the bonus, have floated the idea of a "return to work" bonus instead of extending jobless benefits.
Bihar Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) vice president Hula Pandey on July 04 took a dig at the Congress and said that there is no one left to help the party. Pandey said that may be the Congress is thinking that if Ram Vilas Paswan goes with them, then they can form government in Bihar. He said, "We've always seen that government is formed by the side that we are with. Now, there is no one left to help Congress. So, maybe they are thinking that if Ram Vilas goes with them, they can form govt. This is just a daydream."
BJP leader Jyotiraditya M. Scindia on July 2 said that he does not need any certificate from Congress' Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath. He slammed them by saying, "The facts are before the people how they looted the state in 15 months....I want to tell them 'tiger abhi zinda hai'" Earlier in the day, 28 MLAs took oath as ministers in Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan government. BJP senior leaders Gopal Bhargava, Yashodhara Raje Scindia were among the leaders who took oath in MP cabinet. Caretaker Governor of Madhya Pradesh Anandiben Patel administered oath to BJP leaders.
A team of Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrived at the residence of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Delhi. They came for questioning Ahmed Patel on June 30 in connection with Sandesara scam. Patel's name was surfaced during investigation against Sandesara Group of Companies in an alleged bank loan fraud case. ED's investigation reveals that Sterling Biotech Ltd (SBL), Sandesara Group and its main promoters namely Nitin Sandesara, Chetan Sandesara, and Deepti Sandesara have cheated more than Rs 14,500 crores to Indian Banks. Not only Ahmed Patel, his son, Faisal Patel, and his son-in-law, Irfan Siddiqui, have been named by a corporate executive being questioned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection to a money laundering case.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a New York prosecutor can obtain President Donald Trump's financial records but prevented - at least for now - Democratic-led House of Representatives committees from getting similar documents. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary to face GOP Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. McGrath is a former fighter pilot and 2018 House candidate backed by the US Senate Democrats' campaign arm. She defeated Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker. Business Insider reports that McGrath positioned herself as a pro-Trump Democrat. Her eye-catching ads and national Democrats' widespread dislike of McConnell made her one of the top fundraisers of the cycle.
Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, on Tuesday said after a White House briefing on a reported Russian effort to pay the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, that 'nothing' from that briefing indicated that the alleged payments were a 'hoax'.