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Trump invites Pelosi and Schumer to private White House dinner



The dinner is the second bipartisan meal the president has hosted this week as he moves forward with his fall agenda.

President Trump is hosting a dinner with Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D- NY) and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday night.  Amid the constant rifts between the Democrat and Republican Party, the latest move by the president sends out a message of extending an olive leaf to work with his adversaries.

According to White House aides, the president will discuss immigration issues and health care.  Despite objections from Republicans—the two Democratic leaders were invited to dinner after the president reached an agreement with Schumer and Pelosi—on a three-month agreement to raise the debt ceiling, keep the government running and speed hurricane relief to states. Trump and the congressional leaders are expected to discuss the fall deadlines facing Congress.

Trump has invited key Democrats to the White House on three occasions within a two-week span to discuss major legislative priorities that have divided congressional Republicans. Schumer and Pelosi reportedly persuaded Trump at their last White House meeting to agree to their terms on spending levels and the debt limit.

White House aides report the meeting will likely focus on passage of the Dream Act, a bill to provide permanent legal protections to the roughly 800,000 enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The Obama-era executive action was implemented to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. On last month, Trump announced that the program would end in March and pressed Congress to enact a permanent fix to the issue of “dreamers.”

Trump has said he’s simply doing “what the people of the United States want to see. They want to see some dialogue.”

Congressional aides said Schumer and Pelosi are expected to discuss DACA, specifically in the context of protections for young immigrants and stabilizing the health care markets.  In public displays of contention via Twitter and media outlets—Trump is no stranger to publicly chastising the Republican-led Congress’ and has given Congress six months to come up with a solution before he ends a program that protects young immigrants from deportation living in the country illegally, many of them brought here as children.

The dinner with Pelosi and Schumer is the latest example of Trump’s bipartisan push. On Tuesday night, Trump had dinner with Republican and Democratic senators to discuss his planned tax overhaul and was meeting on Wednesday with a group of moderate members of Congress from both parties.

In an unexpected move last week, Trump overruled Republican leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the debt ceiling agreement.  In a seemingly generous act, Trump scheduled a flight for Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota to her home state on Air Force One.  At Pelosi’s request, Trump would later offer reassurances to young immigrants via Twitter clarifying that “Dreamers” covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would “have nothing to worry about” over the next six months.

In an interview with The Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan, (R-WI), said that while he wanted a longer-term deal on the debt ceiling, the president was in search of a “bipartisan moment” with lawmakers and his approach was reasonable.

“It’s only fitting that the president listens to the other party. He didn’t violate a principle. He did what he thought was right for the country at the moment,” Ryan said.

By LeNora Millen     09-13-17


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The Former President Barack Obama Speaks: In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

The Former President Barack Obama Speaks:

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Friend —

A little over a year ago, at my farewell address in Chicago, I asked you to believe. Not in a candidate, or a politician, or a party — in yourself.

In your own ability to make a difference in your community and your country.

For eight years in the White House — and long before that — I’d seen it happen time and time again: ordinary people who got involved, stayed involved, and pushed for a better future for this country we love.

That’s how change happens.

And this November, we have a chance to make that change happen in local and federal elections across the country. We cannot squander it.

Commit to vote in November 2018. Say you’ll fulfill your duty as a citizen, and that you’ll keep pushing for progress.

That faith I placed all those years ago in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined.

In the past year, I saw people like Kim, an OFA volunteer in Virginia, bravely share her story during the health care fight — of how, before Obamacare, her 13-month-old son Isaac was on the verge of being kicked off insurance as he went through surgery after surgery. She spoke up, and helped save health care for Isaac and millions of Americans.

I saw folks in South Carolina identify a problem with their town’s outdated, dangerous school buses — then roll up their sleeves, do some organizing, and get the statehouse to fund new buses for Charleston’s kids.

And I saw a new generation of young leaders grab clipboards, collect signatures, and decide to run for office themselves.

Throughout 2017, I saw Americans all over the country step up, have the tough conversations, and speak out about the issues affecting us all. We have to keep it up in 2018 — because every ballot measure, every election, every conversation on an issue we care about — it all matters.

There are no do-overs.

So right now, I’m asking you to make a commitment: Seize the power you have. Speak up. Make this democracy work. Do not succumb to cynicism. And say you’ll vote in 2018 — there’s too much at stake this year to sit this out.

I’m in

Thank you,

Barack Obama

Reported by Tam Lawrence

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



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’



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 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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