The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 10.15.2015

Obama to detail Afghanistan strategy shift; Germany orders Volkswagen recall; Congressman says Benghazi committee was a political move; Feds investigate DraftKings, FanDuel.

Leading Thursday morning’s news cycle
President Obama is expected to announce today that thousands of American troops will remain in Afghanistan after 2016, and nearly 10,000 will stay in the country through the end of this year. It’s a reversal of course for Obama, whose goal was to remove nearly all troops from Afghanistan by the end of his second term.

Volkswagen recall ordered
German authorities have called for Volkswagen to recall 2.4 million cars with software designed to evade emissions testing. The automaker had proposed customers could voluntarily have their cars fixed. It is the first time a government has required a recall after the scandal.

GOP congressman provides soundbite for Clinton campaign
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) said Wednesday that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was created to politically hurt Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton, making him the second Republican lawmaker to say so. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the onetime frontrunner to become speaker of the House, boasted on Fox News last month that the committee had driven down Clinton’s poll numbers.

Feds go after daily fantasy sports sites
The FBI is investigating daily sports websites such as FanDuel and DraftKings, calling customers of the latter to ask about their experiences using the platform. Employees of the sites, which have sponsorship deals in place with most major sports leagues, have been accused of insider-trading-like behavior.

One healthy eating tour that advocates don’t like
Public health advocates are upset that the author of My McDonald’s Diet, and a brand advocate for the chain, is visiting schools to talk about how he lost weight through a mix of fast food and walks. Author John Cisna is also a former science teacher from Iowa.

Earnings in the headlines
WSJ: Netflix subscriber growth disappoints in US; CNNMoney: Walmart says wage hikes are killing our profits; Denver Post: Stocks drop on weak earnings guidance from Walmart. 

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