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Surging Dollar Reflects the Standout U.S. Economy

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The dollar climbed to its highest level in years this week, a reflection of the standout status of the American economy against a global backdrop clouded by the coronavirus.

Pessimistic economic updates from Japan, Britain and Germany have only added to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus, which all but idled China’s economy for weeks.

The slowdown has stimulated a rush into American stocks and bonds, as global investors exchanged their currencies for dollars — pushing the value of the dollar higher — and then used those dollars to snap up financial assets.

“People are spooked by the coronavirus, and the global economy is weakening. It’s struggling mightily,” said Bob Schwartz, a senior economist at Oxford Economics in New York. “And whenever this happens, you see a capital flight into dollar-denominated assets.”

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the dollar’s value against six currencies of major trading partners, is up more than 3.6 percent this year, pushing it to its highest level since April 2017. It was up 0.2 percent on Thursday.

The dollar has risen more than 1 percent against China’s government-managed currency, the renminbi, in February alone. For the year, it’s up more than 3.5 percent against the euro, 3 percent against the yen and more than 2.5 percent against the British pound.

Those regions have faced a flurry of lackluster economic results.

Official reports this month showed that the British economy flatlined during the fourth quarter. A report last week showed that the Japanese economy shriveled at a 6.3 percent annual clip during the fourth quarter, in part because of a tax increase. And this week, survey data about economic sentiment in Germany tumbled anew, as the country’s manufacturing sector copes with the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak in China, a key customer for its industrial goods and automobiles.

“Currencies are weakening on incoming bad data that leads to inflows into dollar assets,” wrote Ben Emons, global macro strategist at Medley Global Advisors.

While weakening foreign fundamentals have pushed money out of those markets, the relatively high interest rates in the United States have exerted a magnetic pull.

Yields on U.S. Treasury bonds — a benchmark for measuring investment returns — are quite low by domestic standards, but they’re downright generous compared with global rates.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was about 1.52 percent on Thursday, trouncing the negative yields of roughly 0.04 percent and 0.44 percent on 10-year government bonds from Japan and Germany. (Negative yields effectively mean that lenders are paying borrowers for the privilege of handing them money.)

The strengthening dollar can be a boon for the American economy: It helps lower the costs of borrowing and makes imports cheaper, bolstering already strong consumer sentiment.

But that dynamic can also have negative consequences. Despite the country’s robust labor market, business investment has been shrinking and manufacturing has struggled since late 2018 — and a strong dollar won’t help those parts of the economy much.

American exports such as aircraft, automobiles and soybeans become less competitive on global markets as the dollar rises in value. That, in turn, could weigh on the industrial manufacturers, from the makers of farm equipment to the factories that churn out piping for oil and gas extraction. A slowdown in foreign economic growth will also weaken overseas demand for American-made goods.

“There is no question that the industrial side of the economy continues to suffer the effects of weak global growth, the strong dollar, tariffs and trade uncertainty,” Mr. Schwartz wrote in a recent client note. “Those headwinds are not expected to vanish anytime soon.”

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‘Media Malpractice:’ Las Vegas Mass Shooting Largely Ignored During Democratic Debate

Moderators for the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday failed to ask a single question about gun violence, despite the event’s proximity to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The debate, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent, ran two hours and covered a spate of topics, including climate change, health care, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) now-infamous Mexico flub.

But the issue of gun safety went noticeably unaddressed by the moderators as the debate, held in the strip’s Paris Theater, unfolded less than four miles from the site of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest music festival massacre.

Some 58 people were killed and more than 400 others injured when a gunman opened fire on the country music festival from across the street in a hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Police never determined the shooter’s motive.

Robert Gaafar, a survivor of the Route 91 shooting, sat in the audience as a guest of former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who made his debut on the Democratic debate stage on Wednesday and founded the nonprofit Everytown For Gun Safety in 2013.

“To be honest, I was very disappointed,” Gaafar told HuffPost on Thursday about the lack of gun safety questions. The debate marked his first return to Las Vegas since the shooting, and he expected gun violence to be a central part of the night.

“I was there with several other survivors of gun violence and … they were all very disappointed,” he added. “It was the first gut reaction once it was over. Before even talking about how the candidates did, it was like, ‘I can’t believe there wasn’t a question about gun violence.’”

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Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Vegas shooting survivor Robert Gaafar speaks during a news conference with (L-R) Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and fellow survivors Maisie Devine and Jason Sherman outside the U.S. Capitol Nov. 1, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Gaafar said it’s possible the moderators ― NBC News’ Lester Holt, Chuck Todd and Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc and The Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston ― meant to include a question about guns but ran out of time with all of the candidates taking jabs at one another.

NBC News ― the parent company of MSNBC ― Noticias Telemundo and Ralston did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

Another Route 91 survivor, Karl Catarata, expressed dismay over the moderators’ glaring omission. Catarata, a staffer for Rep. Susie Lee (D-Nev.), also watched the debate live as a guest of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“As a gun violence survivor, I would’ve loved to hear more from our next nominee in their plans to honor lives lost from gun violence,” Catarata wrote.

Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg were the only two candidates to discuss gun violence during the debate, despite the absence of pointed questions on the topic. 

“I’m running because so many people are being left behind,” Biden said in his closing statement. “I know what it’s like to be knocked down, but I know you have to get back up. We have to provide some safety and security for the American people.”

“We’re right here in Nevada, the site of the most significant mass murder in American history,” he continued. “Guns. Our kids are getting sent to school having to hide under their desks … It’s immoral.”

But the few fleeting moments in which gun safety was raised were too little, too late for some viewers. And though all of the Democratic candidates are leagues above President Donald Trump when it comes to tackling gun violence, the issue should have been a focal point of the debate, said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

“Viewers deserve to hear how every candidate on the stage would address this crisis from daily gun homicides and gun suicides that kill over 100 Americans every day to mass tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas less than three years ago,” Watts told HuffPost. “To not talk about that crisis is unacceptable.”

Watts said she imagines it was “very hurtful” to survivors of the Las Vegas massacre to have the issue all but ignored during the debate.

“This is a question that should be asked at every single debate,” she said. “This is a crisis of monumental proportions. And, you know, 100 Americans were killed yesterday. They will be killed today. And they will be killed tomorrow. To not address this crisis is media malpractice.”

Andrew Patrick, a spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, echoed Watts’ frustration.

“It just seems unbelievable that you’re in the city of the deadliest mass shooting in American history that happened in this president’s term, and it was not even brought up by the moderators,” Patrick said. “It’s just disappointing to see this not be treated like the life and death issue that it is.”

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Biden slams Sanders over Brady Bill vote in speech to gun-control activists

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Former Vice President Joe Biden took aim Thursday at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ record on gun control, calling him out for voting against the 1993 Brady Bill.

“Too many Republicans — and some Democrats, like Bernie Sanders — voted five times against the Brady Bill that I was passing,” Biden said at a meeting in Nevada with the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action. “Five times against background checks and waiting periods.”

The Brady Bill requires a waiting period for handgun purchases and a background check on those who wish to purchase handguns. Biden claimed the legislation kept weapons out of the hands of three million people.

Twice in 1991 and again in 1993, Sanders voted against a version of the bill that would enact a mandatory waiting period for background checks. He voted for a bill in 2003 and 2005 that protects gun companies from lawsuits if their weapons are used for crime. The National Rifle Association (NRA) backed Sanders’ 1990 congressional campaign after his opponent, Republican Peter Smith, came out in support of an assault weapons ban.

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But since his 2016 campaign, Sanders has voiced a need to expand background checks and ban assault weapons. Sanders said he would seek “concessions” from gun owners, though “99.9 percent” would “never think” of using the weapons to commit crimes.

“You know, any one of you and the people behind me should be able to walk into a court of law and demand that gun manufacturers with their enormous profits be held accountable for the carnage that they’re responsible for inflicting on our society,” Biden continued on Thursday.

Biden’s attack came as his campaign released a web video of Sanders telling a radio caller after the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that allowing people to sue gun manufacturers would do no good. Biden alluded to Sanders’ support for a 2005 law immunizing gun manufacturers from lawsuits at Wednesday night’s debate. Sanders voted in favor of the law as recently as 2015.

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“It’s just flat-out immoral, it’s just flat-out immoral,” Biden said of lawmakers who vote against gun control measures. When asked if he thought Sanders was immoral, Biden said: “I do think he’s changed his views and I’m happy about that.”

“Imagine if I stood up here and said… I’m going to vote to give immunity to tobacco companies, to drug manufacturers who poured nine billion opioids on the market,” Biden continued.

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Biden said that, if elected, on his first day in office he would send a bill to Congress repealing the liability protection for gun manufacturers, closing background check loopholes and enacting a waiting period.

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California apologizes for role in internment of Japanese Americans during WWII

California lawmakers on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution formally apologizing for its role in sending 120,000 Japanese Americans to internment camps during World War II.

The Assembly welcomed several people who were imprisoned in the camps and their families. Several lawmakers gave somber statements and gathered at the entrance of the chamber after the vote to hug and shake hands with victims.

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself, front row, center, and his siblings taken at the internment camp his family was moved to, as he poses at the permanent exhibit titled “UpRooted Japanese Americans in World War II” at the California Museum in Sacramento, Calif. (AP)

The resolution came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a Day of Remembrance to mark when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order in 1942 that led to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans across 10 camps in the U.S. West and Arkansas.

Two camps in the mid-1940s were in California: Manzanar on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and Tule Lake near the Oregon state line.

“During the years leading up to World War II, California led the nation in fanning the flames of racism,” said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who was born in Japan.

Today, California has the largest population of people of Japanese descent of any state, numbering roughly 430,000.

Thursday’s resolution said anti-Japanese sentiment began in California as early as 1913, when the state passed the Alien Land Law, targeting Japanese farmers.

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“We are specifically apologizing for wrongs that were committed on this floor,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in the chamber. “We are apologizing for what we have done.”

Senators will take up a version of the resolution later in the year and send it to the governor to sign.

A congressional commission in 1983 concluded that the detentions were a result of “racial prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership.” Five years later, the U.S. government formally apologized and paid $20,000 in reparations to each victim.

Several California lawmakers noted the state’s direct role in discriminating against Japanese Americans and carrying out the federal government’s order to send residents to internment camps.

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While the Senate didn’t vote on the resolution Thursday, state Sen. Richard Pan introduced two sons of Norman Yoshio Mineta, the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet under George W. Bush.

Pan wrote the Senate version of the resolution, which he intends to pursue after it clears a committee later this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

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WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, in a disclosure that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, Mr. Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that Mr. Trump has been tough on Russia and strengthened European security. Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying that had the official who delivered the conclusion spoken less pointedly or left it out, they would have avoided angering the Republicans.

That intelligence official, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire who has a reputation of delivering intelligence in somewhat blunt terms. The president announced on Wednesday that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and long an aggressively vocal Trump supporter.

Though some current and former officials speculated that the briefing may have played a role in the removal of Mr. Maguire, who had told people in recent days that he believed he would remain in the job, two administration officials said the timing was coincidental. Mr. Grenell had been in discussions with the administration about taking on new roles, they said, and Mr. Trump had never felt a personal kinship with Mr. Maguire.

Spokeswomen for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its election security office declined to comment. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A House intelligence committee official called the Feb. 13 briefing an important update about “the integrity of our upcoming elections” and said that members of both parties attended, including Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the committee.

The Washington Post first reported the Oval Office confrontation between Mr. Trump and Mr. Maguire.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Eric Schmitt and Elisabeth Bumiller contributed reporting.

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5 African-American groundbreakers in the US space program

“Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier,” scheduled to air Monday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines how black astronauts raced into the heavens while fighting for human rights on Earth.

It shows how the astronauts surmounted racist barriers and hostile commanders to get close to the stars.

“They really are the first of the first,” filmmaker Laurens Grant said. “And they are the elite of the elite.”

Not only did these aspiring space travelers have to navigate the racist politics of their time, they also had to study cutting-edge science and engineering to compete with others, Grant said.

And it didn’t always end happily.

The road to get black astronauts into space in the U.S. began under President John. F. Kennedy.

His brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy pressured an Air Force program to make sure its astronaut project had a person of color.

The life journeys of black astronauts are shared in the new documentary that looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into space amid Jim Crow, danger, discrimination and the Cold War.

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Within four generations, they went from slavery to space.

The film shows how the former Soviet Union beat the U.S. and sent into space Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez.

He was the first Latin American and first person of African descent to reach space.

After his mission, he became a Cold War hero for Cuba — and his accomplishment was largely ignored.

Here is the story of five visionary Americans:

RONALD MCNAIR

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In this Jan. 27, 1986, file photo, the crew for the Space Shuttle Challenger flight 51-L leaves their quarters for the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mission Spl. Ronald McNair, center, was only the second African American chosen to go to space. He died in the Challenger launch. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library.

The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn’t leave.

McNair was black.

Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel to space, overcoming segregation, poverty and racist hidebound stereotypes in an intellectual act of resistance that inspired a generation.

Tragically, McNair died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.

ED DWIGHT

Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight was selected for a trainee program and became an overnight hero in the black press.

However, the NASA program did not select him for the astronaut program.

ROBERT LAWRENCE

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FILE – In this June 30, 1967, file photo, Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., the first black astronaut in the U.S. space program, is introduced at a news conference in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo, File)

U.S. Air Force officer Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. was chosen instead.

The U.S. Air Force selected the Chicago-born Lawrence as the first African-American astronaut, and he may have made it to the moon.

Unfortunately, Lawrence died after his F-104 Starfighter crashed in 1967 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

No African Americans would make it to the moon.

FREDERICK GREGORY

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During the Space Race era, Star Trek Communication Officer Lieutenant Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols in the 1960s NBC television series, got the closest to space, even though she was a fictional character.

Nichols would later speak out in public service announcements to recruit black scientists and pilots to NASA.

 Frederick Gregory, now 79, saw some of those ads.

“She was inside my TV one morning. She pointed at me and said, ‘I want you to apply for the NASA program,’” Gregory said. “She was talking to me.”

The U.S. Air Force pilot would apply and later become the first African-American shuttle pilot.

GUION BLUFORD

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In this Sept. 5, 1983, file photo, Guion Bluford, Jr., shuttle Challenger mission specialist, is shown in portrait on returning to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. (AP photo, File)

Guion Bluford would become the first African-American astronaut to go to space. The aerospace engineer made it to space in 1983 as a member of the crew of the Orbiter Challenger.

His trip came nearly 20 years after Kennedy sought to get a black man in space.

PROGRESS

Gregory said he’s proud of his role in breaking barriers and contributing to space exploration.

However, he’s now concerned about what comes next.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Gregory said he recalls looking down at Earth while floating in space and traveling at high speed.

“Your concept of neighbor changes significantly,” Gregory said. “I began saying, ‘Hey, this is a world, and we are all part of it.’ When you go to space, you don’t see boundaries on the ground. You wonder, why do these people dislike each other. Your concept of what your home is changes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mary Anne Marsh says Bloomberg ‘looked like the Wizard of Oz’ in debate, rivals ‘pulled the curtain back’

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Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg looked like the “Wizard of Oz” in Wednesday’s Nevada presidential debate, according to Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh

“He was the little guy on the stool and they pulled the curtain back [on him],” Marsh said on “Bill Hemmer Reports,” referencing the exposure of the “great and powerful Oz” as a short, portly man behind a large “front” of machinery in the 1939 classic film. “He’s not the guy on TV.”

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Wednesday’s debate marked the first time many early state voters heard directly from Bloomberg outside of his TV advertisements. When host Bill Hemmer and panelist Ari Fleischer discussed whether the 78-year-old Bloomberg would be able to hone his skills before next week’s South Carolina debate, Marsh interjected, saying: “He is never going to do any better.”

“He could spend another $400 million on top of the $400 million [already] he spent,” she said, “and now people have seen the real Bloomberg. That’s why they tuned in.”

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Marsh also noted that Bloomberg “had little interest at points in the debate — rolling his eyes, not wanting to be held accountable. And I don’t see how you come back from that.”

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The Nevada Debate Was The Most Watched In History

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The ninth Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential election was the most watched in history, host NBC announced Thursday.

The network’s debate ― which aired Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. local time from Las Vegas ― averaged more than 19.6 million television viewers, making it the most watched Democratic debate in history, according to NBC. That number includes 5.3 million viewers in the 25-54 age range, which NBC said also made Wednesday’s event the top-rated Democratic debate ever in that key demographic.

“NBC’s digital performance also exceeded any of the network’s major political live events since the 2016 election,” the network said in a press release. “The debate live stream generated 13.5 million live video streams and nearly 22 million video views across all platforms, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News NOW on OTT devices, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The digital streams translate to an average audience of 417K viewers.”

NBC said the network got the numbers from Nielsen Fast National Data.

Wednesday’s debate was arguably the most fiery yet in this election cycle, with almost every candidate on stage refusing to hold back punches ― especially Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat went after virtually every other candidate, particularly billionaire media mogul and former Republican New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who quickly crashed and burned in his debate debut Wednesday.

“So I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians’ ― and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,” Warren said just minutes into the debate.

The night also brought out the long-simmering tension between Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with the two politically moderate Midwestern candidates repeatedly jabbing each other over experience and intelligence levels.

The remaining two candidates were former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the latter of which is rising in the polls and looks poised to win the next primary contest. The senator faced attacks on several subjects during the debate, including on issues like “Medicare for All,” his democratic socialist ideology and a portion of his supporters who are notoriously aggressive online.

The debate was moderated by Lester Holt of “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline NBC”; Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press”; NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson; Noticias Telemundo senior correspondent Vanessa Hauc; and Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent. The event came three days before the caucuses in Nevada, the third state to count delegates in the primary race after Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Bloomberg Says Women ‘Get Paid Exactly The Same As Men’ At His Company. They Don’t.

Westlake Legal Group 5e4ee981230000e6020be5ea Bloomberg Says Women ‘Get Paid Exactly The Same As Men’ At His Company. They Don’t.

At Wednesday night’s Democratic primary debate, as Michael Bloomberg took a bludgeoning for the mistreatment of women at the company that made him a billionaire, the former New York City mayor mounted this defense of himself:

“Let me tell you what I do at my company and my foundation and in city government when I was there,” he said. “In my foundation, the person that runs it’s a woman, 70% of the people there are women. In my company, lots and lots of women have big responsibilities. They get paid exactly the same as men. And in my City Hall, the top person, my deputy mayor, was a woman, and 40% of our commissioners were women.”

But Bloomberg’s assertion that men and women are paid equally at his company, the financial software giant Bloomberg LP, is false. That’s according to the company’s own disclosures

In the United Kingdom, where Bloomberg LP employs several thousand workers, women earn 21.9% less than men in terms of their median hourly wage. Women occupy only 1 in 5 of the top quarter of the highest-paying jobs; the representation of women is largest in the bottom quarter of jobs.

And although an equal share of men and women earn bonuses, the median women’s bonus is one-third lower than the median men’s bonus.

Those figures come from a mandatory gender pay gap report that Bloomberg LP filed in the United Kingdom in April 2018. The reports, which are meant to spur change to reduce pay inequity, are not perfect. Companies prepare their own data — reporters have caught some companies submitting impossible figures — and corporate leaders have argued that pay equity reports fail to capture particular reasons why some workplaces have a gender gap.

Still, the report offers a rare window into the company’s otherwise opaque record on pay equity. Bloomberg LP is not required to file an equivalent report in the United States.

Bloomberg’s assertion that men and women are paid equally at his company, the financial software giant Bloomberg LP, is false. That’s according to the company’s own disclosures.

There is, however, data to suggest that women are vastly underrepresented in some parts of the company in the U.S. A 2019 evaluation of one of Bloomberg’s U.S. worksites performed by the Department of Labor found that just 519 of 1,950 people employed there were women, or only about 27%.

That evaluation, which the Labor Department performed as part of a compliance check on government contractors, appears to have taken place at Bloomberg’s Park Avenue office in Manhattan.

Notably, when he defended himself, Bloomberg avoided mentioning what percentage of workers at his company are women.

The two reports are only snapshots of Bloomberg’s vast business empire. The largest share of Bloomberg LP’s 20,000-plus employees work in the United States, where corporations are not required to report gender pay gap data to any federal database. And Bloomberg LP does not appear to voluntarily disclose pay equity data or the gender breakdown of its global workforce.

Bloomberg LP did not respond to HuffPost’s questions about whether the Labor Department evaluation took place at one of its New York offices and if those numbers reflect its much larger workforce.

The Bloomberg campaign did not immediately respond to similar questions about its U.K. pay equity disclosures.

Bloomberg’s defense of his track record came as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) excoriated him for the numerous allegations of sexism and misogyny at Bloomberg LP, which he still owns.

In one stand-out example, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company for a pattern of discrimination against women, especially those who got married or became pregnant. They were often subject to demotions, pay cuts and lost job opportunities, the EEOC claimed.

“I hope you heard what his defense was,” Warren said, responding to Bloomberg. “‘I’ve been nice to some women.’ That just doesn’t cut it.”

Roque Planas contributed reporting.

Do you have information about pay equity or representation at Bloomberg LP? Reach out. Email: molly.redden@huffpost.com

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Missy Robertson details life after ‘Duck Dynasty,’ changing lives in new faith-based series ‘Restored’

Missy Robertson is on a quest to transform the lives of women who only want a second chance at life.

The former “Duck Dynasty” star has opened the doors of her successful jewelry company, Laminin, to women in need and is letting her faith in Jesus Christ guide her on her journey as a mentor and a spiritual counselor to the women she employs at Laminin — many of whom are overcoming their own personal demons.

Fox News spoke with Robertson, 48, about how life has changed for her, her husband Jase and their family following the success of “Duck Dynasty” — which catapulted them into the national spotlight when it premiered in 2012 — as well as her new Pure Flix series, “Restored with Missy Robertson.”

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Now, in premiering her latest series,  the reality TV star goes one-on-one with the women who drive her business and one thing is certain, the Robertson clan has entered a new “season” of their lives and with it comes new challenges that absolutely test their faith as parents, friends and business owners.

“[…] I think for so many years, a little over five years, people were able to see into our lives,” Robertson said of the family’s time on “Duck Dynasty.” “[…] That was what was so great about ‘Duck Dynasty,’ was that Hollywood came to us. We didn’t have to move. And the cameras were in our homes and in our work and in our lifestyle and family.

“And all of those things are still the same,” Robertson added of her new series. “We’re just in different seasons of our lives.”

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For Robertson, the current season of her life still involves being hands-on as a mother, which saw one of her children get married at the end of the “Dynasty” run, another go off to college in Southern California and Mia Robertson, 16, is navigating her way through the ebbs and flows of high school.

“[Mia] is trying to find her tribe you know, as a high school cheerleader and sometimes the tribe is messed up but you want to be accepted,” Robertson explained. “So as parents, we had to really – we had to say, ‘Look, this is the deal. You know, we want you to be happy, but that’s not our first priority for you. We want you to be secure but we want you to be holy. That’s our whole mission as your parent, to want to teach you that holiness and that is in gratitude for what Jesus Christ did for you.’”

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Robertson isn’t naïve to the idea those words might go in one ear and out the other with a young adult who simply wants to make it unscathed through the social gauntlet high school can become for many.

“Now, tell that to a teenager – you’re not going to get the greatest response the first time out. But you stick to it because at least we’re sticking to it and she is flourishing,” Robertson said of Mia, who was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate in September 2003.

 “The overall vibe of our family is the foundation of our faith in Christ.”

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“She’s flourishing because of this,” Robertson continued. “So that’s one thing too as parents, that I would like to encourage other parents out there is don’t give up. Don’t give up with that because our number one mission in life is not just to get ourselves to heaven and end up with that relationship with Christ but I want my kids there, too and I’ll do anything to get my kid on that track with Jesus because I want their life to be an eternity with all of us together. This life is great but it’s not everything.”

In recollecting the impact “Restored” has already made on the women of Laminin and even her own mother-in-law, Miss Kay, in allowing them to speak openly about the difficult moments in their lives, Robertson admitted there were many instances during her sit-down conversations that were eye-opening for her simply because she was unfamiliar with the world in which so many of these women suffered.

Robertson said the lines have been blurred regarding workplace relationships because not only is Robertson a boss to many of the women she speaks with regularly, but she’s also a counselor of sorts with an open-door policy. Her employees can sit on her office couch regardless of the time of day if they just want to talk.

“It’s definitely a different dynamic. And sometimes we do have to back up a little bit because these women, just to kind of give a little context – these women have come from completely different backgrounds from what I was raised in,” Robertson said. “I was raised in a very secure Christian two-parent home who sacrificed to give me what they could financially, the best Christian school that was around.  And not that we had a lot of money, that’s what I mean by sacrifice. And they wanted what was best for me spiritually.”

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Robertson continued, “These women have no idea what that’s like as a child growing up, and their moms were actually doing the opposite – using their daughters, using their children in order to feed their own desires, feed their own demons that they were wrestling with in terms of opioid addiction and low self-worth and low self-value because they were just continuing this destructible cycle and they were basically destroying their children’s lives.

“And these women have fought through opioid addiction, through incarceration, some in prison for drunk driving and killing a friend and being pushed out onto the side of the road and being basically sold by pimps, sold by their own parents, sold by themselves in order to get that next fix,” she claimed.

Despite not being quite privy to the multitude of backgrounds of the women Robertson reached out and touched, the entrepreneur said she fosters the relationships she has built with all of these women.

“These are lifestyles that I was not familiar with at all. But yet this business is giving these women a second chance. So sometimes those roles, those boundaries – like you said about being a counselor – those are crossed where at a normal, regular job they wouldn’t be,” she explained. “They’ll come in my office and they just sit down on my couch and we’ll spend a lot of time talking. And the more that they learn to trust me that I’m not going to exploit them or use them like they’ve been used so many times in their past – there’s a trust that starts to bond there.”

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“And they do look at me as – I mean, I’m 48 – I’m an older woman,” she quipped, “a lot of times their mom’s age – and they look at me like, ‘What do I do?’ And because I was raised in a secure environment, I do understand the love that Jesus had for me. I’m not perfect in any way, shape or form. As long as I can give them that confidence that, ‘Look, your past doesn’t matter here, just like it doesn’t matter to Jesus. You’ve been given a second chance. Take it.’”

Robertson maintained: “But there’s a lot of times where I’ll say, ‘Look, I’m sorry that this has happened to you, but you’ve got to put up your big-girl panties and let’s go,’ because this business part doesn’t really care about your past. We still have to run a business here. And so there’s a lot of things that they have never heard before in terms of, ‘You can do this. Your past is your past, but you’ve been given a second chance.'”

Robertson said she simply just wants to bring an understanding to the issues at hand that plague us as a society and helping those closest to her is only the first step in doing so.

“There’s a big overall vision of success and restoration here,” she said of her family’s approach to business and assisting those who need it the most. “But then there’s also that nitty-gritty, ‘Let’s get down to the basics. Tomorrow, how can you do better?’ And that’s what our relationships are at Laminin.”

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As for what allows the Robertson family to be so successful in business? Missy explained that not everything they do is a success story in the business world, however, it is successful in terms of they’ve “tried it.”

“We’re trying to let God take the lead on these things,” she said. “We’re trying to decipher between opportunities – is this what we need to do that will enhance our family? And also to shine a light on the blessings that we’ve received because of the blessing giver. Because of the creator. Because of our Savior. Sometimes we get those things out of whack and they don’t really go very well.

Robertson continued: “But I will say that the overall vibe of our family is the foundation of our faith in Christ. We’re not perfect and we don’t always walk that out perfectly. But we do try to walk that out in the light. We try to be authentic and we try really hard to say, ‘Look, we’re not perfect and we mess up. But that’s why Jesus came.’ So if we act like they’re perfect, then we don’t need Jesus and that just really doesn’t fit. You can’t have it both ways.”

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“Sometimes that’s hard for humans to say, ‘I messed up,” she added. “But wow, it’s such a blessing when we actually do. And those relationships and that fellowship with the ones around us really grow and mature and we’re deeper in our relationships whenever we’re able to confess those things to each other.”

“Restored with Missy Robertson” is now available on PureFlix.com.

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