The Breakfast Briefing: 4.3.2014

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Gunman at Fort Hood kills four
Four people are dead, including the gunman, and more than a dozen are injured after a shooting at the Fort Hood military installation in Texas on Wednesday. Various media reports have identified the shooter as Spc. Ivan Lopez, a veteran of the war in Iraq who was receiving treatment for mental-health issues. Fort Hood was the site of a 2009 mass shooting that killed 13 people.

Worried customers flood GM dealerships with calls
General Motors dealerships across the country are trying to keep up with inquiries from anxious customers concerned about their safety. On Wednesday, GM CEO Mary Barra faced questions herself from senators, who took a harsher tone than their counterparts in the House of Representatives had the day before. Said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), "If this is the new GM, leadership is pretty lagging."

Major campaign backers fear ‘shakedowns’ after High Court decision
Fat-pocketed political kingmakers have lost their favorite excuse for not donating to candidates, "Sorry, I’m maxed out," according to Politico. "I’m horrified, planning to de-list my phone number and destroy my email address," donor Ken Kies told the website. The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down aggregate limits on how much individuals can donate to congressional campaigns.

The latest plan to frustrate the Castro government: ‘Cuban Twitter’
The US government secretly built a social media network, referred to as "Cuban Twitter," to undermine the Communist government in Cuba, according to the Associated Press. It planned to build a subscriber base through news about music and soccer and hurricane updates.

Edelman to show off Disney’s benefits to UK economy
DIsney has awarded its UK corporate and public affairs account to Edelman. The firm will focus on demonstrating the economic impact of the entertainment company in the country and promoting Disneyland Paris to UK families.


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