Why do some governors favor block grants even though their states will lose billions? Given enough "flexibility," it lets them divert federal funds to influence peddling, pork barrel spending, and just plain theft. The further the funds pass down the ladders from state to regional to local government, the greater the opportunities for corruption and abuse.
In the battle of the schoolyard bullies, "Rocket Man" pulled ahead when he called Our President "the mentally deranged US dotard." To date, neither has referenced the other's mother. Watch Twitter for further developments.
When would be "the proper time" for the Iraqi Kurds to hold a referendum that will start them on the path toward statehood? While the US might prefer to delay Iraqi, Turkish, and Iranian outrage, the Kurds represent the best chance for a secular state in the Middle East; ideologically, their strongest commitment is to capitalism.
I've heard enough interviews with Hillary so that I feel no need to read the book. Could things have been done differently? Maybe. Would it have made a difference? Probably not.
"Recovery" from Marilyn most likely will consist of privatizing anything that might turn a profit for off-island investors — essentially a vast, neoliberal social experiment. I suggest that all boricuas left on the island move to Alabama, register to vote, and take over the state, thereby finally achieving the full rights of US citizens.