Thursday's Breakfast Briefing: Abramson's dismissal from the Times under the microscope

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Speculation abounds about Abramson dismissal
The New York Times hasn’t said much about why it relieved top editor Jill Abramson of her duties on Wednesday, and the newspaper’s first woman executive editor hasn’t commented publicly. It’s been reported that Abramson recently asked the company’s top brass why she was paid less than her predecessor, though the Times has pushed back on that point. Other reports noted that she clashed with high-ranking journalists and ownership. Dean Baquet will replace her in the Times’ top editorial role. Here’s a roundup of reactions from Times staffers on Twitter.

Global fast-food workers go on strike
Fast-food workers in more than two dozen countries are going on strike on Thursday, demanding higher wages and better benefits and protesting what they call poor working conditions. Groups are targeting chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Wendy’s.

GM hires prominent law firm to investigate recall delay
General Motors has retained New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz to investigate why top managers were not notified more quickly about faulty ignition switches in Chevrolet Cobalts that have been tied to a dozen deaths. The automaker could change its protocols to ensure executives are brought into the loop more quickly during future safety issues.

What to look for as FCC takes on Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission will consider standards that govern the way broadband providers handle Internet traffic, commonly known as Net Neutrality, on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal has a convenient explainer of the topic and a list of things to watch during the process.

Veterans group to make healthcare whistleblowing easier
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is planning to announce an initiative on Thursday that would help veterans take their concerns about poor conditions in the VA health system to the public. The effort comes after 40 veterans reportedly died while on a health care waiting list.

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