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Trump’s Six-Month Approval Rating Drops To a Record Low



Political Editor, LeNora Millen

President Trump’s approval rating in office continues to plummet and is the lowest rating of any president in the past 70 years. With a deteriorating popularity among the American people, the low rating could be based upon the perceptions of Trump’s leadership role on the world stage.

Other factors hindering Trump’s approval rating point to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and the ill-fated Republican health care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Nearing six months in office, Trump‘s overall approval rating dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent of American’s say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.

Trump’s leadership on the world stage is viewed as weaker by about 48 percent of American’s since his inauguration; when compared to only 27 percent who state the leadership is stronger. Despite his campaigning on “Making America Great Again” as the “Staunch businessman”— skilled at making deals  for the good of the country, majorities in the poll expressed concerns about Trump’s leadership; stating they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders, specifically his dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s approval rating, points to merely one-third of all Americans who state they trust the president either “a good deal” or “a great amount” with foreign negotiations. When specifically asked about Trump-Putin negotiations, almost 2 in 3 say they do not trust Trump “much,” including 48 percent who say they do not trust the president “at all.”

Public perception, specifically Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the cloud hanging over the Trump camp, with accusations of possible collusion has set the tone for partisan divide.

The Post-ABC poll reports 60 percent of Americans believe Russia’s goal was to influence the election outcome, up slightly from 56 percent in April.  The report finds 44 percent suspect Russian interference and think it benefited from their efforts. Although some views about ‘Russian interference have not changed much since the spring, approximately 4 in 10 believe members of Trump’s campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election.

The views of Americans’ on Russia’s role in the election are divided along partisan lines. Among Democrats, 8 in 10 believe Russia attempted to influence the election and more than 6 in 10 think members of Trump’s team sought to aid their efforts.  Among Republicans, only one-third think Russia tried to influence the election outcome, and fewer than 1 in 10 think Trump’s associates tried to help them.

The New York Times reported on last week that Donald Trump Jr. and two other senior campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer and other after they were informed of damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The information was part of a Russian government effort to help Trump win the election according to the exclusive in the New York Times article.

More than 6 in 10 Americans say the meeting was inappropriate, with about a quarter saying it was appropriate. Nearly half of all Republicans call the meeting appropriate.

On one front, suspicions of Trump have eased at least slightly. While 52 percent think he is trying to interfere with investigations into Russia’s possible election interference, the

Trump’s approval rating on the economy, compared to his overall rating, is roughly one-to-one, with 43 percent giving him positive marks and 41 percent giving him negative ratings.  In contrast, fewer than 4 in 10 say the Democratic Party currently stands for something, while a slight majority says it “just stands against Trump.”

Looking at Trump’s plummeting numbers, his popularity is on a downward spiral. During Obama and Bush’s first terms their approval ratings were mirror opposites.

Both Obama and Bush held a 59 percent job approval rating in Post-ABC polling. Trump’s standing is closer Bill Clinton’s, record low 43 percent approval in late June 1993, before rebounding later that year.

Half of Americans believe Trump is performing far worse than most past presidents, while just under one-quarter say he is doing better, and a similar share says he is fairing about the same as previous presidents. A 55 percent majority say Trump is not making significant progress toward his goals.

The survey sheds light on numerous causes for Trump’s presidency. As Republican Senators attempt to pass major health-care legislation, the poll points to approximately twice as many Americans that prefer the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, to GOP plans for replacing it—50  to 24 percent. About a quarter polled volunteer “neither,” say they want something else or offer no opinion.

Independents play a crucial role in the Republican law’s struggles. They favor Obamacare over the GOP replacement by a 29-point margin. Democrats are more strongly behind the current law, with 77 percent preferring Obamacare to the proposed alternative. Only 59 percent of Republicans back their party’s proposal, while only 11 percent say they prefer Obamacare. The remaining 30 percent of Republicans say they prefer neither, something else or give no opinion.

A key issue in the debate over the Republican plan, the public by 63 to 27 percent states, it’s more important for the government to provide health coverage to low-income people rather than cutting taxes. Republican proposals include major reductions in spending increases for Medicaid while eliminating many taxes and fees imposed by the 2010 Affordable Care Act to expand the program.

Beyond Trump’s struggles, the poll shows risks of Democrats’ opposition to Trump.  Roughly 37 percent state the party currently stands for something, while 52 percent say it mainly stands against Trump. Among Democrats, over one-quarter say their party primarily stands in opposition to Trump rather than for their own party’s agenda.

The Post-ABC poll was conducted July 10-13 among a random national sample of 1,001 adults reached on cellular and landline phones. The margin of sampling error for overall results is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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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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President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel




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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