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Breakfast Briefing: The 5 need-to-know stories from the DNC on Thursday morning, 7.28.2016

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 need-to-know stories from the DNC on Thursday morning, 7.28.2016

Night number three of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Obama casts 2016 race as choice between optimism and pessimism

Obama casts 2016 race as choice between optimism and pessimism

The president also portrayed the election as a decision between democracy and authoritarianism, grouping together fascists, communists, and jihadists with "homegrown demagogues" as those bound to fail.

Breakfast Briefing: The 6 need-to-know stories from the DNC on Wednesday morning

Breakfast Briefing: The 6 need-to-know stories from the DNC on Wednesday morning

Day 2 at the Democratic National Convention: Bill Clinton on the Hillary he knows.

Bill Clinton tells the story of Hillary Clinton, 'change-maker'

Bill Clinton tells the story of Hillary Clinton, 'change-maker'

The former president contrasted his wife with Donald Trump: "She never made fun of people with disabilities; she tried to empower them based on their abilities."

Lyft names Bridget Starkey head of consumer comms

Lyft names Bridget Starkey head of consumer comms

Starkey is the latest addition to Lyft's comms team, which has doubled in size from six to 12 staffers since Brandon McCormick joined as head of comms last May.

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 7.26.2016

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing: The stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 7.26.2016

The need-to-know stories from the first day of the Democratic National Convention.

BerlinRosen promotes 10 staffers to leadership positions

BerlinRosen promotes 10 staffers to leadership positions

BerlinRosen has upped four staffers to newly created EVP roles and six to SVP roles in its New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

U.S. Travel uses Democratic and Republican conventions to promote travel industry

U.S. Travel uses Democratic and Republican conventions to promote travel industry

U.S. Travel Association is running an ad campaign throughout the presidential election to show the positive economic impact of travel.

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game due to anti-LGBT law

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game due to anti-LGBT law

The NBA's decision follows the trend of corporate America taking a stand on social issues.

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

US State Department spokesman John Kirby has interrupted a press conference to check the progress of a journalist who was playing Pokémon Go.

From Cleveland: Trump thunders 'law and order' theme to close convention

From Cleveland: Trump thunders 'law and order' theme to close convention

The Republican candidate returned to controversial proposals such as building a wall on the Mexican border and stopping immigration from countries "compromised by terrorism" in his acceptance speech.

Trump-Cruz rift gets personal -- again

Trump-Cruz rift gets personal -- again

Ted Cruz defended his decision to not endorse Donald Trump on Thursday morning.

From Cleveland: The stories to know on Thursday morning from the Republican Convention

From Cleveland: The stories to know on Thursday morning from the Republican Convention

Will Ted Cruz's epic gamble pay off?

From Cleveland: Cruz steals Pence's spotlight with non-endorsement of Trump

From Cleveland: Cruz steals Pence's spotlight with non-endorsement of Trump

The Texas senator encouraged voters to vote their conscience this November, but didn't mention Trump by name.

Farm Credit Council appoints new comms head

Farm Credit Council appoints new comms head

Debbie Wing joins the trade association at the start of August as EVP for national communications and reputation management.

Analysis

Hillary Clinton's once-in-a-campaign chance to reset the narrative

Hillary Clinton's once-in-a-campaign chance to reset the narrative

Reach out to undecided voters or focus on the base? Campaign veterans tell PRWeek what they expect from Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.

Communicating a comeback: Cleveland institutions bask in convention spotlight

Communicating a comeback: Cleveland institutions bask in convention spotlight

Organizations including the Cleveland Clinic and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are taking advantage of an influx of influential visitors to tell their stories, and that of their host city, while trying to stay above the political fray.

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

The EU referendum did not go the way most in the UK PR industry hoped. So, as the resulting uncertainty rolls on, what now for public relations in the UK and Europe?

Experts: Black Lives Matter's decentralized structure is holding it back

Experts: Black Lives Matter's decentralized structure is holding it back

Communications pros praised the grassroots organization's passion and use of social media, but said its lack of centralization is hindering its response to critics and the mainstream press.

Sustaining Pride: How brands' approach to LGBT comms has changed and what's next

Sustaining Pride: How brands' approach to LGBT comms has changed and what's next

The devastating mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando only made some brands' support for the LGBT community louder and prouder this month. Yet experts say many companies still have a ways to go.

DC Influencers

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.

Aluminum Association puts the spotlight on its feature metal

Aluminum Association puts the spotlight on its feature metal

Joe Quinn, VP, public affairs, the Aluminum Association, describes how he is putting the pedal to the metal's unique positioning.

Commentary

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

As a teen, I was the target of relentless bullying. Anti-gay slurs were lobbed at me daily, and I lived in constant fear of just being myself.

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Health insurance marketplace Access Health CT's CEO, Jim Wadleigh, on making a health exchange work.

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma teamed up with Marina Maher Communications to ignite conversations about facial aging across generations.

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Live Unlimited means daring to live beyond your perceived limitations and redefining what's possible, says Muscular Dystrophy Association goodwill ambassador Joe Akmakjian.

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

A mentoring gap affecting 16 million youth has a direct impact on AT&T's talent pipeline, and as a business with more than 250,000 employees, we know we can help.

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

"This generation speaks their own language. No one can speak it better than they can - so we let them do the talking."

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom VP of corporate social responsibility Ali Jannello Tuck says over the next few months, the brand will empower viewers to go out and tell their own stories and those of their communities

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

In its fourth year, the DC-based campaign has helped promote elementary school attendance, writes Alexandra Caceres

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Laura Nichols looks at how some universities reacted after a study shed light on campus sexual assaults.

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Founder and CEO of the Institute of the Economic Empowerment of Women Terry Neese on how the organization empowers women through business opportunities.

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

Inside the Planned Parenthood hashtag campaign to help dispel stigma around birth control.

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

The former Walmart comms VP on getting in front of a personal crisis and overcoming it. Plus, five reputation management must-dos.

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Public affairs experts and advocates attribute several communications factors to the campaign's success and its overwhelming public support.

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

Campaign encourages early intervention by parents because kids weigh pros and cons of alcohol as early as age 8.

Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

Steve Dowling: Power List 2015

VP, communications, Apple