The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 1.6.2016

GOP criticizes Obama after North Korea claims H-bomb test; CES: New gadgets and a new apology from Volkswagen's CEO; Trump attacks Cruz, is accused of more birtherism; Dorsey shows how longer tweets would look; Stagwell Group acquires Code and Theory; Hasbro: We'll add Rey to future Star Wars Monopoly.

GOP talking points on North Korea H-bomb
Marco Rubio is among the first Republicans criticizing President Obama and Hillary Clinton after North Korea claimed it denominated a hydrogen bomb. (Security experts are skeptical). "Enemies around the world are taking advantage of Obama’s weakness," he said.

VW CEO apologizes at CES
Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said at CES that his company is close to a recall deal with US regulators and apologized again for its emissions scandal. He added that the company has made "significant progress" fixing US vehicles. Its shares were down again Wednesday.

Underwhelmed by CES?
The tech cycle itself could be to blame, says The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo. "The best new stuff is not all that cool, and the coolest stuff isn’t quite ready," he commented. USA Today: 10 fun gadgets ‘unveiled’ at CES 2016.

Trump accused of more ‘birtherism’ after Cruz comments
Donald Trump, feeling the heat from Ted Cruz in Iowa, is warning that the GOP could face legal headaches if it nominates the Canada-born Texas senator. Cruz’s campaign referenced a classic episode of Happy Days in response.

Dorsey sticks up for expanded tweets
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey showed what vastly expanded tweets could look like on Tuesday evening, defending the concept from critics who said it would rob the platform of its essence. The company revealed yesterday it could expand the character limit from 140 to 10,000.

New acquisition for Mark Penn’s Stagwell Group
The emerging holding company run by former Burson-Marsteller chief Mark Penn took a majority stake in Code and Theory on Tuesday. The digital creative firm works with clients such as Dr. Pepper, Burger King, and Vogue.

Hasbro adds Rey to Star Wars Monopoly after complaints
Bowing to complaints from consumers, Hasbro said Tuesday that it will include Star Wars: The Force Awakens protagonist Rey in a new version of Monopoly themed for the film. Some accused the company of sexism; the game-maker said it was just trying to avoid spoilers.

People on the move
Asher Levine joins JeffreyGroup as MD in its Miami Latin America headquarters. DKC Public Relations names Chris Regan SVP in Los Angeles. Melissa Kraus Taylor appointed MD of Porter Novelli’s Atlanta office. Sensis rolls out healthcare practice SensisHealth. 

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