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Russian Foreign Minister, Lavrov Reacts Sarcastically to Comey Question: “Was He Fired?”

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Political Editor – LeNora Millen

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived at the State Department for a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, amid political turmoil, after Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

During a photo op ahead of their sit-down meeting, NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell asked whether the firing of Comey “cast a shadow over your talks.”

Lavrov responded by sarcastically asking “was he fired?” When the reporter confirmed the firing, he said, “you’re kidding, you’re kidding?” Displaying a mocking shrug, smirk and shake of the head, he waved off the question before disappearing with Tillerson beyond the eyes of the media.

Lavrov’s meeting with Trump and Tillerson occurred less than 24 hours after news of the Comey firing, which brought about much criticism and opposition from Democrats and some Republicans.  Those opposing the firing of Comey are requesting that an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, takes place.

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell was chastised by Russia’s foreign minister Wednesday as he was holding a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Moscow.

Officials at the White House, defaulted into damage control, in their attempts to mitigate Trump’s past praise of Comeys’ decisions regarding the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, gave several interviews, since Comeys’ firing on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.   She was adamant about separating “Campaign Trump” and “President Trump.” When asked about the Trump’s shifting views of Comey, Conway said in a Wednesday morning interview on CNN,

“You’re talking about President Trump on the campaign with respect to Jim Comey. He’s the President, and he is faced with new evidence about the way people at the FBI and the way people on both sides of the aisle and elsewhere feel about Director Comey,”

Trump trolls Democrats on Twitter about his decision to fire Comey.  Referring to Democrats who “play so sad,” Trump spent Wednesday morning rebutting cable news that he didn’t agree with, and reports about the Comey firing to include the Russia investigation in real time.

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley for Alleged Misconduct

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Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired by the financial services firm Morgan Stanley following allegations of misconduct, NBC confirmed on Thursday.

Morgan Stanley declined to say specifically what prompted the firing. The allegations were presented after a woman who was not employed at the firm accused Mr. Ford of acting inappropriately in a professional setting.

Mr. Ford’s termination reported by HuffPost as an exclusive has been challenged by the former Congressman as “false claims.”

Harold Ford Jr., a former congressman, was fired from his position as a managing director at the financial services firm Morgan Stanley for what the company described as behavior “inconsistent with our values.”CreditMike Groll/Associated Press

In a statement provided by his lawyer, Mr. Ford denied the sexual harassment allegations, stating in a tweet on Thursday that he will be bringing legal action against the reporter, for making false claims against him, as well as Morgan Stanley for wrongful termination.

“This simply did not happen,” Mr. Ford wrote. “I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.” He added that socializing with members of the press was part of his job, and said that “false claims like this undermine the real silence breakers.”

Mr. Ford served five terms in Congress as a Democrat representing a Tennessee district after first being elected in 1996—serving as Congressman from 1997 to 207.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a managing director and senior client-relationship manager in 2011 as a vice chairman and senior policy adviser at Bank of America.

Amid the heightened scrutiny of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior toppling key figures in the entertainment and political arena, Mr. Ford is the latest high profiled man to lose his job in recent days for similar allegations.

Time magazine on Wednesday named the “Silence Breakers” its Person of the Year. They shared personal stories about harassment and assault and sparked the #MeToo movement.

According to Time, the #MeToo became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.

In a tweet acknowledging his thoughts on the “Silence Breaker” quite pointed in his statement, Mr. Ford said the following in regards to news of his firing on Thursday, “This simply did not happen.  I have never forcibly grabbed any woman or man in my life.”

In another tweet, Mr. Ford spoke about his professional demeanor and his tremendous respect for the brave women speaking out “in this important national dialogue.”  Mr. Ford was pointed in stating that false claims alleged against him “undermine the real “Silence Breakers.”

Mr. Ford appeared as a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” MSNBC – which is owned by NBC 4 New York’s parent company.

“We are looking into the report about Harold Ford Jr.,” a spokeswoman for MSNBC said. “During that time he won’t be a guest on MSNBC.”

LeNora Millen            12-7-17

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TV One Cancels Roland Martin’s Morning Show ‘News One Now’

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TV One is canceling Roland Martin’s morning show “News One Now,” Roland made the announcement in a tweet Wednesday.

“Fam, the sad news is true. The staff of @tvonetv #NewsnewOneNow was informed this afternoon that after four years of doing groundbreaking and award-winning work, the show will cease production at the end of the year,” Martin tweeted.

Martin, who thanked audiences for their support, said the last episode will air on Dec. 21.

Roland Martin’s morning show “NewsOne Now” was cancelled due to budget cuts according to various reports from reliable sources.

“They called a meeting on Wednesday and told the staff they were canceling the show. They’re having significant financial problems and they have to scale back,” a source said. “After four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to our viewers as the only black daily newscast on television, the network has made the difficult decision to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The last live show is scheduled [Dec. 21],” TV One’s interim GM, Michelle Rice wrote in a memo.

Host of “News One Now” Roland Martin speaks on stage during ColorofChange.org 10 Year Anniversary Gala. (Rob Kim/Getty Images for ColorOfChange)

The news of “NewsOne Now” cancellation shocked Martin and staffers according to sources. The network had recently expanded the morning show to two hours in September.

The memo added: “While we will continue our long-standing partnership with Roland Martin to ensure his important voice can be heard across all Urban One platforms examining issues of importance to the black community, we regret this decision adversely affects several of our valued colleagues whose positions will be eliminated with the suspension of the show.”

The network issued a statement on Twitter that read, “We are committed to providing quality news to our viewers and to our long-standing relationship with @rolandsmartin #NewsOneNow who will continue to have a voice on #TVOne.”

LeNora Millen         12-07-17

 

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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is so controversial?

The final status of Jerusalem has always been one of the most difficult and sensitive questions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If the United States declares Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, it would be seen as prejudging that question, deciding an issue that was supposed to be left to negotiations and breaking with the international consensus on the holy city.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital also moves the United States one major step closer to relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would be seen as cementing Israeli sovereignty over the city.

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