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What the U.S. Congress Owes Puerto Rico

November 22, 2016

The inaugural meeting of Puerto Rico’s fiscal control board lasted just 26 minutes. The seven unelected technocrats deputized in September with overseeing nearly every facet of the island’s economy met in a boardroom a few blocks from Wall Street to select a chairman and decide which of Puerto Rico’s institutions would come under their watch. Their most recent meeting, on Nov. 18, wasn’t so simple. 

Puerto Rico is in the grips of an economic crisis, but also a humanitarian one. Shuttered schools and...

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