Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 3.3.2015

Clinton emails at State Department scrutinized; All eyes on Netanyahu address; IPG's Roth: We don't do "Sapient-sized" deals.

Hillary Clinton did not have an official email address during her time as secretary of state.
Hillary Clinton did not have an official email address during her time as secretary of state.

1. Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email address during her tenure as secretary of state, flouting federal regulations that say officials’ correspondences and letters must be cataloged, according to a Tuesday night report in The New York Times. (Political Twitter loves the whiff of a scandal). The former first lady is preparing to announce her candidacy for president as soon as next month, according to a Monday story in The Wall Street Journal.

2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress, over the objections of the White House, is Tuesday’s main event in Washington. Both Netanyahu and President Barack Obama played down any fray in relations between the two countries on Monday. More than 50 Democrats are skipping the address, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Al Franken of Minnesota.

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3. Interpublic Group CEO Michael Roth ruled out any mega-buys for his holding company while speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference on Monday. "We do acquisitions, we just don’t do Sapient-sized transactions because frankly I don’t think we need to do those types of transactions," he said, according to the WSJ.

4. Twitter isn’t cowering after threats by ISIS. The platform has blocked thousands of accounts associated with the terrorist group, including those it uses to get its message out. A terrorism analyst told ABC News: "[Twitter has] slammed them pretty hard, including the official media-distribution guys."

5. BlackBerry gave the world a sneak peak at its Leap smartphone, which it says will be available later this year, at the Mobile World Congress early Tuesday. Also at the event, a key Huawei executive set his long-term sights on Apple, which, like at most technology conferences, is the elephant in the room despite not showing up.

6. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann delivered a six-minute apology on Monday for picking a fight with Penn State students and alumni last week on Twitter. His network-imposed suspension ended on Monday.

7. Cleveland’s mayor apologized on Monday for a city official using language that blamed Tamir Rice for his own death. The 12-year-old was shot by police in November after playing with a toy gun.  

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