Breakfast Briefing, 12.1.2017: Matt Lauer deletes social media accounts

Less than two days after he was fired by NBC News, Matt Lauer has gone silent on social media.

Matt Lauer has deleted his social media footprint, erasing his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts less than two days after he was fired as the host of NBC News’ Today amid accusations of sexual impropriety. The allegations have also prompted questions about the job security of NBC News chairman Andy Lack, according to USA Today.

Five women have accused Uber investor Shervin Pishevar of improper sexual behavior, according to Bloomberg. Pishevar has been accused of using professional connections or promises of career advancement to harass younger female employees, according to Bloomberg.

One of the men who helped make the Ice Bucket Challenge into a global phenomenon has died. Anthony Senerchia, widely credited along with Pete Frates for popularizing the social media movement, died at age 46 after a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It’s a make or break day for the Republicans’ tax reform bill. The bill hit a late snag on Thursday with concerns about its potential for ballooning the federal deficit forcing senators to find ways to pay for the legislation. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), for one, is confident the party will find a fix, according to CNN.

A somber thought to end the week: today is the 30th World AIDS Day, and while the number of global deaths and U.S. HIV infections have decreased in recent years, more than 36 million people around the globe are still living with AIDS, according to Newsweek.

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