Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.13.2016

Pregame controversy at the All-Star Game; VP speculation starts to peak.

Pregame controversy at the All-Star Game: A member of the Canadian group performing "O Canada" added the lyrics "all lives matter" to the country’s national anthem during the pregame festivities. Three members of the quartet issued a statement during the game apologizing for the fourth’s rogue performance.


VP speculation is peaking. Fox News Channel has cut ties with Newt Gingrich amid speculation the former speaker of the House will be added to the Republican ticket. Indiana Governor Mike Pence appeared with Donald Trump in Indiana on Tuesday and gave a more-fiery-than-usual speech. The Clinton campaign’s invitation to Elizabeth Warren to speak during the first night of the Democratic National Convention has convinced many she won’t be her party’s VP nominee.

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson did her first interview since filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network’s chief, Roger Ailes. She told The New York Times her complaints about Ailes’ and other staffers’ behavior over the years were not taken seriously by the network. Fox News has denied her allegations.

Tesla has no plans to disable its autopilot feature, despite a fatal crash two months ago involving a car using the technology. Elon Musk told The Wall Street Journal that the company is planning to pen a blog post explaining how autopilot works. "A lot of people don’t understand what it is and how you turn it on," he told the newspaper.

President Obama will meet with law enforcement officials for the second time this week at the White House on Wednesday. Civic officials, academics, and activists will also join this time. Obama told the Dallas memorial service for the five officers slain last week that the country is not as divided as its seems and thanked officers around the country for their work. 

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