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Trump debating withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

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Political Editor – LeNora Millen

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change.  This move would put a strain on relations with U.S. allies while rallying his support base.

Trump’s decision should not come as a surprise. He has repeatedly expressed doubts about climate change, at times calling it a hoax to weaken U.S. industry. An overwhelming majority of scientists, however, say climate change is driven by human use of fossil fuels.

Trump did not confirm the decision in a post on Twitter Wednesday morning,

Tweeting only, “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days.”

Refusing to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a summit of the G7 group of wealthy nations on Saturday, Trump said he needed more time to decide.

Trump’s decision to pull out of the global pact to fight climate change, would place the United States in line with Syria and Nicaragua as the world’s only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

The move could have severe implications for the global pact, which relies heavily on the commitment of big polluter nations to reduce the emissions of gases scientists blame for droughts, sea level rise, and more frequent violent storms.

Trump likely to withdraw US from Paris climate according to reports, though he is weighing a final decision amid pressure from members of his own party, foreign governments and business leaders to remain committed to the carbon reduction agreement.

Under the global pact to fight climate change, the United States committed to reducing its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.  The accord agreed on by approximately 200 countries in Paris in 2015, would target planetary warming—in part by reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

The withdrawal would not only place a significant blow to Obama’s legacy — it would send a horrible message—Trump’s withdrawal means that the United States will make no major effort to combat climate change.

Trump’s decision to withdraw from the climate accord was reportedly influenced by a letter from 22 Republican U.S. senators, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling for an exit.

Former President Barack Obama, who helped broker the accord, gave high remarks to the pact during a trip to Europe this month. He acknowledged the United States as the world’s second-largest carbon dioxide emitter next to China.

Climate pact supporters are concerned that a U.S. exit could create a domino effect and lead other nations to withdraw by weakening their commitments, thus softening an accord that scientists believe is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

China, the European Union, and Canada have agreed to honor their commitments to the pact despite the United States withdrawal. India had also agreed to abide by the agreement.

During his campaign, Trump made a pledge to “cancel” the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster U.S. oil and coal industries.  Trump’s vow to his loyal supporters sharing his skepticism of global efforts to police U.S. carbon emissions may have come full circle.

Oil majors Exxon Mobil and Shell supports the Paris Pact, along with some Republican lawmakers. Several big coal companies, including Cloud Peak Energy, have publicly urged Trump to remain in the Paris Accord to help protect the industry’s mining interests overseas, though others within the administration have asked Trump to exit the accord to help ease regulatory pressures on domestic miners.

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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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