Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 8.1.2016

40 Under 40 2016; Trump versus the Khan family, NFL; Clinton bus tour rolls through swing states; Publicis places Saatchi & Saatchi exec on leave after gender comments; Matthew McConaughey, creative director.

Saatchi & Saatchi executive chair Kevin Roberts
Saatchi & Saatchi executive chair Kevin Roberts

40 Under 40 2016 list revealed. The latest edition of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 list features marketing and communications executives from companies such as Mattel, Facebook, Prudential, SoulCycle, DraftKings, and Pfizer, as well as a range of top agencies. Go here for the full list.

Republicans respond to Trump’s feud with Khan family. What the Associated Press calls Donald Trump’s "say anything strategy" was tested over the weekend on two fronts. The Republican nominee’s questioning of why Ghazala Khan did not speak Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention drew criticism from fellow Republicans. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence released a statement putting some space between himself and Trump on the topic. Meanwhile, Trump’s claims that the NFL reached out to his campaign to complain about the debate schedule — two debates are scheduled to air at the same time as nationally televised football games — were rebutted by the league.

Clinton hits the road in the Rust Belt. Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine wrapped up a post-convention bus tour through the critical states of Pennsylvania and Ohio on Sunday, with the Democratic nominee touting her jobs plan at stops in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Columbus. Clinton is trying to pry frustrated working-class voters away from Trump in part by pointing out that he makes several Trump-branded products overseas.

Publicis ad executive placed on leave after gender diversity comments. Kevin Roberts, executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, has taken a leave of absence after his dismissive comments about women advancing in the agency world went viral. "Behavior like this is simply unacceptable in our Groupe," Publicis Communications CEO Arthur Sadoun said in an internal memo.

Matthew McConaughey, creative director. The film and TV star is writing and directing ads for Wild Turkey bourbon, going beyond his pitchman work for Lincoln. "Millennials, and I know this for a fact, can smell solicitation. And it’s a turnoff. The best ads are not solicitous," the Oscar-winner told The New York Times after "sniffing the air like a bloodhound" in an interview. 

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