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U.S. Territories

Puerto Rico Crisis: It's Not About the Debt, It's About the Politics

David Paul | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
David Paul

When the Puerto Rico debt crisis burst into the news, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla pronounced that the Commonwealth's debt crisis "is not about politics." Of course, to paraphrase H.L. Menken, when a politician says something is not about politics, chances are it's all about politics.

American Samoa Questions If Gay Marriage Ruling Applies To Territory

AP | Chloe Fox | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized g...

End the War in Guam

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

The success in Cuba begs the question of why the U.S. government still refuses to end World War II on the island of Guam, a U.S. territory for over a century.

The False Analogy of Territorial Exchanges in King v. Burwell

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost

None of the provisions governing the territories have anything to do with the federally facilitated exchange, or for that matter with premium tax credits, which are not in any event available in the territories. Section 1323 is in fact simply irrelevant to King v.Burwell.

On Constitution Day, 4 Million Still 'Separate and Unequal'

Neil Weare | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Neil Weare

Today, the U.S. Constitution celebrates its 227th birthday. For more than half those years -- 115 to be exact -- residents of overseas U.S. territories have been denied full and equal membership as part of We the People. Now it is time to recognize that these citizens deserve to be treated as full and equal members of We the People.

Protecting the Lasting Achievement of Medicaid

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Forty-nine years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson ushered in a new American era, creating a social compact that would withstand generations when he signed two hallmark health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, into law.

Momentum Builds in Puerto Rico for Major Marijuana Reforms

Adrian Brito | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

If this happens, Puerto Rico will become the first American territory to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize marijuana possession.

Fighting for Democracy, But Can't Vote for President

Neil Weare | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Neil Weare

This month, as President Obama prepares once again to address the nation, nearly 600 soldiers from Guam are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, yet they are being denied democracy at home.

This Is The Most Beautiful Place In America You've Never Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Travel

There's a story, possibly apocryphal, about a federal drug agent who was stationed on a tropical island near Guam -- and every time she called headqua...

Island Governor Impeached For Massage

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands was impeached last week by the territorial House on 13 articles, among them that he had a federal prisone...

Spider-Infested Ship Refused Entry To U.S. Territory

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAGATNA, Guam — Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo. The Gua...