Puerto Rico

From Texas Standard:

Puerto Rico voted by a margin of 97 percent this weekend to become America’s 51st state. While the actual process of gaining statehood requires a number of steps, including congressional approval, the referendum showed overwhelming support for the move and is being interpreted by many as representing the will of the Puerto Rican people.

Updated at 5:52 p.m.

Puerto Ricans overwhelmingly voted for U.S. statehood for their island in a nonbinding referendum on Sunday.

The Associated Press reports that only partial results are in but a low turnout and boycott by several opposition parties calls into question the validity of the non-binding vote.

Says the AP:

A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law granting limited U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans. But Puerto Rico is not a state — and citizens there don’t have representation in Congress, nor can they vote.

Puerto Rico now has its first Olympic gold medal, courtesy of tennis star Monica Puig, who beat Germany's Angelique Kerber in the women's singles tournament at Rio's Summer Olympics Saturday.

"I"m speechless," a smiling Puig said after her historic win. "I wanted it so bad."

"I never imagined in my wildest dreams that this would happen," Puig added — and she said her experience in Rio de Janeiro has been like a dream. She's looking forward, she said, to waking up tomorrow morning and seeing her gold medal sitting on her bedside table.

Alt.Latino's Puerto Rican Deep Cuts

Jul 2, 2016

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