Apr 13, 2019

Trump's NOAA nominee faces allegations of workplace harassment

Barry Myers. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Reports of widespread and “alarming" sexual harassment followed a workplace investigation into AccuWeather — a commercial weather forecasting company and federal contractor — where Barry Myers, tapped by President Trump to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was previously CEO, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The backdrop: A September 2016 complaint that comprised more than 20 witnesses, revealed last year that under executive control of Myers, AccuWeather promoted a hostile work environment wherein flagrant allegations were ignored and those who protested faced retaliation. In June, The Post reported AccuWeather’s $290,000 settlement, described in a conciliation agreement with 4 women who received payment and another 30 who were eligible.

Why it matters: Myers was tapped by Trump in 2017 to lead NOAA, the country’s primary weather, climate and oceans agency, after agreeing to divest his ownership stake in the company — now run by Myers’ brother, Joel.

Details: In April, a Senate committee fast-tracked Myers’s nomination, the third time his nomination advanced out of committee, however his confirmation has not been scheduled for a floor vote.

Concerns about Myers' conflicts of interest and lack of scientific expertise have stalled his nomination to date.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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