President Donald Trump is denying any suggestion he or his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tried to get federal government forecasters to disavow their work on the projected path of Hurricane Dorian, calling it a hoax and fake news.
President Donald Trump is denying any suggestion he or his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney tried to get federal government forecasters to disavow their work, calling it a hoax and fake news.
The forecasts showed there was a miniscule chance Hurricane Dorian would impact Alabama.
A U.S. House panel on Wednesday opened an investigation into U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' potential role in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's decision to rebuke an Alabama weather service office for dismissing a warning on Twitter from President Donald Trump about Hurricane Dorian.
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, the Democrat who chairs the Science, Space and Technology Committee, said in a letter Wednesday to Ross that in an apparent effort to back Trump's "incorrect tweet ... Commerce officials may have taken a number of steps to pressurize NOAA into supporting the president's assertions." Trump wrote on Twitter on Sept.
1 that "in addition to Florida - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated" by Dorian, then one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever.
The NWS Birmingham office responded on Twitter 20 minutes later writing: "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian.
We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama.
The system will remain too far east." After days of controversy, NOAA -- which is part of the Commerce Department -- on Friday released an unsigned statement Friday that suggested the Birmingham tweet "spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time."
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Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney plans to launch a hedge fund focused on financial-sector stocks. The firm is named Exegis Capital. Mulvaney talked about the fund on S&P Global's "Street Talk" podcast. He said the fund will leverage Mulvaney's experience in government to find opportunities linked to legislation and regulation. He added that investors "like to think the market moves on fundamentals" but policy out of Washington plays an increasingly important role.
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is the only Democratic Senator from the Deep South. Jones is running against Tommy Tuberville. In December 2017 Jones narrowly won a special election to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions. Now, he faces much tougher odds against Tuberville. Tuberville is a former Auburn University football coach. He has earned President Donald Trump's endorsement. He easily defeated Sessions in a July runoff
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a lower-court ruling that had ordered the country's decennial population count be continued until Oct. 31. The Census Bureau said on Aug. 3 that it would wind down data collection by Sept. 30, a month earlier than originally scheduled. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
On Friday, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to continue the Census until October 31. In an early decision, Judge Lucy Koh wrote in no uncertain terms that the Census count had to continue. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the count would end Monday, October 5th. Judge Koh said Ross' directive was an "egregious violation" of her order. She faulted the administration with "chaotic, dilatory, and incomplete compliance with the Injunction Order."
The US will ban the use of WeChat on Sunday to “safeguard the nationalsecurity of the United States”. The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned byNovember 12, but US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early on Friday onCNBC that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards are inplace.
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