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Carmen Yulín Cruz Praises Americans’ Big Hearts, Warns Trump’s Tax Plan Will Hurt Puerto Rico on The Late Show

It's been just over two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the island is still undergoing a massive recovery effort. San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who's become a popular spokesperson for the island as she's led her city through recovery, was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to update us on Puerto Rico's progress, thank the American people for their generosity, and warn that certain U.S. government actions and policies are harmful to Puerto Rico's recovery.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Some Suggestions for Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we're passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.

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Things We Saw Today: Yet Another Reason We Love the Avatar: The Last Airbender Series

YouTuber Just Write offers a lovely look at yet another reason we love the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series: its meaningful, satisfying backstories that drive the plot.

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Trump’s Negligence Is Still Hurting Puerto Rico, So Hundreds Marched to Demand Action

Today (Sunday), hundreds of protesters marched through Washington, D.C. and gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand action on behalf of Puerto Rico.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Take Hamilton to Puerto Rico, Reprising His Lead Role

"In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment/a yellow sky..."

Of all the places Hamilton will play as it tours the world, few will be quite as meaningful as this. Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced that he will be returning to the title role and bringing a production to Puerto Rico.

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Scarlett Johansson Assembles the Avengers (and Other Celebrity Friends) to Benefit Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Imagine Captain America as the narrator of Our Town. It's kinda perfect, right? Well, I don't know if that's the role Chris Evans will be reading, but what I do know is that Scarlett Johansson is gathering her Avengers buddies, as well as some other celebrity friends, for a staged reading of Our Town, which will benefit Puerto Rico's disaster relief effort.

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“Almost Like Praying” Bathroom Demo Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Brilliance, but the Finished Version’s Better, Obvi

Demos are fascinating in that they give us a glimpse into the creative process of musicians we love. We all know what a brilliant songsmith Lin-Manuel Miranda is, and so it's really cool to hear how "Almost Like Praying," a song that not only manages to make music from the names of places on the Puerto Rican map, but that eventually combined the talents of 21 other amazing Latinx, got its start.

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Trump Decides Helping the U.S. Through a Natural Disaster is Too Hard, Blames Puerto Rico For Its Own Suffering

It has only been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the U.S. island commonwealth of Puerto Rico completing the devastation started by Hurricane Irma before it. Yet the U.S's so-called President has already grown impatient with how slow relief is going to be in coming to the island, and he's ready to take his toys and go home. While people die.

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Things We Saw Today: All the Last Jedi Teasers We Can Find to Tide Us Over Till Tomorrow’s Trailer

Get ready. Trailer tomorrow. #TheLastJedi pic.twitter.com/woC9KF4GH8 — Star Wars (@starwars) October 8, 2017 Psst, have you heard the news? A full trailer for The Last Jedi is scheduled to air tomorrow during Monday Night Football. Tickets for the movie go on presale tomorrow, too! To help take our minds off the anticipation, the internet is overloading […]

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez and Others In a Song for Puerto Rico

Today's biggest news has basically been hot garbage. Thankfully (and pretty much as usual), Lin-Manuel Miranda is here to provide us with a little bit of hope through music.

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Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll’s #PuberMe Raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico With a Final Lin-Manuel Miranda Video

The campaign for Puerto Rico hurricane relief raised $1,000,00 with a grand finale from Lin-Manuel Miranda who shared a perfectly awkward teenage video.

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Things We Saw Today: Why Yes, Gal Gadot IS Just Like Wonder Woman In Real Life

Gal Gadot is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend and we are very excited.

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San Juan’s Carmen Yulín Cruz Emphasizes Grassroots Donations to Puerto Rico In Light of Trump’s Disastrous Publicity Stunt

If you want to see what real leadership looks like, sadly you'll have to look beyond the so-called leader of the United States. Instead, turn your eyes to Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan who is working diligently to not only help her own city, but to work with other Puerto Rican mayors to save lives all over the island. And she is not having any of Trump's publicity stunts.

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In Case You Were Thinking About Underestimating the Damage In Puerto Rico and the USVI, Oxfam America Says Don’t.

We've been talking a lot about Puerto Rico (and we should also be sure to remember the U.S. Virgin Islands, as their damage was no less severe and is no less important) in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria lately, and it might be tempting as time goes by to let this, like so many other stories, bleed into the white noise of the news, and assume that it'll all be taken care of. Well, Oxfam America is reminding us that it won't be "taken care of" for a long, long time.

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Lost Fans Can Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and Indulge Their Geekery Thanks to Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Sadly, while the U.S. Government is aiding Puerto Rico after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, it's been doing so much too slowly, and with far too much bigotry. Average citizens. lay organizations, and celebrity efforts have had to fill in a lot of gaps in order to get Puerto Rico the aid it needs, and will continue to need as it addresses this humanitarian crisis.

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SNL Weekend Update Rips Trump for Failing “Anyone Darker Than Your Golf Pants”

Saturday Night Live returned with new episodes last night, and the sketches included both a second "Close Encounters" alien abduction sketch with Kate McKinnon, and Weekend Update which ripped Trump for his response to Puerto Rico.

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It Was Only A Matter of Time Before Trump’s Response to Puerto Rico Got Racist

Trump essentially just called Puerto Ricans lazy and entitled for wanting adequate post-hurricane relief, tweeting that they "want everything to be done for them" and "are not able to get their workers to help."

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Things We Saw Today: A Fake “Antifa” Twitter Account Forgot to Disable Its Russian Geotag

Russia's Internet propaganda war on the U.S. is continuing apace.

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Dear Half of the U.S: Puerto Rico Is Not a Foreign Country, and Your Ignorance Hurts Other Americans

I can't help but notice that while more economically resilient parts of the U.S. have gotten lots of attention in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—don't get me wrong, as well they should—there is an American territory containing 3.5 million American citizens (more people than reside in Alaska, Iowa, Idaho, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, Maine, Montana, Nevada, or New Hampshire) that is getting significantly less attention than its mainland counterparts.

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The Internet Is Calling Attention to the Crisis in Puerto Rico, and Calling Trump Out

Trump is fiddling while Puerto Rico drowns.

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