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Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. File photo: Tim Roske / AP

Former Rep Harold Ford Jr. has been fired from Morgan Stanley after a human resources investigation into allegations of misconduct, HuffPost reports. The company told HuffPost Ford was terminated for "conduct inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies."

Why this matters: Ford is the first high-profile employee at a Wall Street bank to be fired amid misconduct allegations that have impacted high profile men in media, politics and technology. Ford is a former Democratic member of Congress and political analyst for NBC/MSNBC.

The details: In interviews with HuffPost, an unidentified woman alleged Ford "engaged in harassment, intimidation, and forcibly grabbed her one evening in Manhattan." Ford said in a statement the incident "simply did not happen" and that he will bring legal action against Morgan Stanley for "improper termination."

Note: this post has been updated with Ford's statement.

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas case, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

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U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the FDA Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.