Almost One-Third of Puerto Rico's Residents Still Without Power

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Mother Isamar holds her baby Saniel, 9 months, at their makeshift home, under reconstruction, after being mostly destroyed by Hurricane Maria, on December 23, 2017 in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

More than four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, nearly one-third of the island's residents lack power and thousands more remain displaced. The hardships persist as its poverty rate exceeds 40 percent and the debt-ridden island struggles to navigate its way out of bankruptcy. We'll discuss what needs to be done to improve conditions in Puerto Rico and address recent reports of FEMA's alleged mishandling of contracts during relief efforts.

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Guests:

John Sepulvado, host, California Report

Nick Brown, Puerto Rico correspondent and former San Juan bureau chief, Reuters

Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor, San Juan

Argeo Quiñones Pérez, professor of economics, University of Puerto Rico

Orlando Bravo, founder, Bravo Family Foundation, which has raised $25 million for Puerto Rico relief

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