Morning headlines: ‘Sharpiegate’ report released; Tropical Storm Fay heads


Today is Friday, July 10, 2020. Let’s get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: A government watchdog found political pressure from the White House caused a weather office to be wrongly admonished during Hurricane Dorian; Tropical Storm Fay heads north near East Coast; and authorities continue their search for a former ‘Glee’ star believed to have drowned.

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Trump Commerce Inspector General

In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. 

Government watchdog: Politics caused ‘Sharpiegate’ frantic rebuke

Political pressure from the White House and a series of “crazy in the middle of the night” texts, emails and phone calls caused top federal weather officials to wrongly admonish a weather office for a tweet that contradicted President Trump about Hurricane Dorian in 2019, an inspector general report found.

Commerce Department Inspector General Peggy Gustafson concluded in a report issued Thursday that the statement chastising the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, could undercut public trust in weather warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and for a short time even hindered public safety. Agency officials downplayed and disputed the findings. Read the full story here:

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