Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 8.11.2016

Trump's new attack line; The latest from Rio.

Huffington to exit Huffington Post. The Huffington Post cofounder will depart in the coming weeks to focus on a health and wellness startup, according to The Wall Street Journal. AOL, which bought her namesake website in 2011, was sold to Verizon last year. 

From Rio: U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky wins third gold medal of Rio Games in 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay. U.S. men’s basketball team survives scare versus Australia. TV viewership down 20% from 2012 Games. Another Olympic pool turns green. Gymnast McKayla Maroney happy to hand over Olympic meme gold medal to Michael Phelps. Mashable: Leslie Jones’ Olympic tweets prove the IOC’s anti-GIF rules are dumb.


Trump’s new line: Obama founded ISIS. And Hillary Clinton is the cofounder, according to the Republican nominee’s new attack line, used Wednesday night in Florida. Clinton says "words matter," arguing Trump is inciting violence. Contrasting reports on whether the Secret Service met with Trump’s campaign over Second Amendment comments. NYT: Hack of Democratic groups was wider than initially believed. WSJ: The Senate races to watch. NBC News: Trump misses on two Clinton stories.

Feds investigate Valeant. Prosecutors are looking into whether the drug-maker hid its relationship with a mail-order pharmacy to deceive investors. Sources told the WSJ that the investigation could lead to charges against former executives at Philidor, the pharmacy in question, and Valeant as a company. Valeant announced a change at the top of its communications team this week.

New Verizon wireless leader joins Twitter spat. Even before officially starting his job as Verizon’s new wireless chief, Ronan Dunne began firing back at Sprint’s tweets. Verizon has been mostly quiet in Twitter spats among major wireless providers, while the CEOs of Sprint and T-Mobile have been much more outspoken.


Snapchat pulls ‘anime’ filter. The company released and then quickly pulled a filter that outraged customers said made them look like outdated stereotypes of Asian people. A Snapchat spokesperson told New York that the filter, intended to replicate anime style, won’t be used again. 

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