Breakfast Briefing, 11.30.2017: Matt Lauer breaks silence

The fired Today host issued a statement on Thursday morning apologizing for his behavior.

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Lauer breaks silence. After being fired by NBC News for inappropriate sexual behavior on Wednesday morning, former Today host Matt Lauer has issued a statement apologizing for his actions. "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed," he said.

Questions about the future of Today. The removal of Lauer has also raised questions about NBC News’ flagship morning program without its host of two decades. The anchor was seen by NBC News executives as a key to the program’s future, according to The Wall Street Journal.

President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter feud is with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May (not this Theresa May), who called out the president on Wednesday for retweeting anti-Muslim videos from an extremist U.K. group. Members of Parliament from Britain’s Labour Party called on Thursday morning for Trump to be banned from the country.

‘I feel like Pablo.’ TechCrunch has interviewed the former Twitter staffer who shut down Trump’s account for 11 minutes earlier this month. German citizen Bahtiyar Duysak, who has left the company, says it was a big misunderstanding and he’s trying to avoid notoriety. "I didn’t do any crime or anything evil, but I feel like Pablo Escobar...and slowly it’s getting really annoying," he told the website.

What to watch today: The Republican tax reform plan passed a key hurdle on Tuesday, setting off a frantic period of debate on the Senate floor. The bill, unlikely to get any Democratic votes, is also facing several questions from members of the Republican caucus.

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