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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko on Wednesday denied claims by fellow commissioners that he has bullied and intimidated staff members and said he has no plans to step down.

Under fierce questioning from a House committee, Mr. Jaczko refused to name a single thing he had done wrong in his 2 1/2-year tenure as NRC chair.

“I have no plans to resign because I continue to believe under my leadership the agency has performed very well,” Mr. Jaczko said. “We have committed ourselves to safety, and I believe my record shows that.”

Mr. Jaczko’s comments came after four of the five members of the NRC said the chairman’s “bullying and intimidation” have damaged the agency’s effectiveness.

The commissioners - two Democrats and two Republicans - said Mr. Jaczko, a Democrat, is responsible for an increasingly tense and unsettled work environment at the NRC. The four commissioners sent a letter to the White House in October expressing “grave concern” about Mr. Jaczko’ s actions.

Commissioner William D. Magwood, a Democrat, told a House oversight committee that Mr. Jaczko had bullied and belittled three female staff members, one of whom said she was “humiliated” by what Mr. Magwood called a “raging verbal assault.”


Obama nominates 2 for labor board

President Obama on Wednesday announced plans to nominate two Democrats to the National Labor Relations Board, despite a Republican threat to block any appointments to the agency.

The president intends to nominate Sharon Block, deputy secretary for congressional affairs at the Labor Department, and Richard Griffin, currently the general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, to fill two vacancies on the board.

The move comes just days after the board’s top lawyer dropped a controversial lawsuit that charged Boeing with illegally retaliating against union members in Washington state by opening a new plant in South Carolina. That case - along with other union-friendly decisions - has made the board a target of Republicans who contend it has acted too favorably toward unions.


Huntsman to sit down with Letterman

EXETER — Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. is set to appear on the “Late Show With David Letterman” next week.

The former Utah governor is struggling both in the polls and to raise money to keep his campaign going after the nation’s first presidential primary in New Hampshire on Jan. 10.

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