The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 10.14.2015

Clinton wins in first Democratic debate; Public affairs players join forces; VaynerMedia plots London expansion; How the biggest deal in brewing history went down.

(Image via the Clinton campaign's Facebook page).
(Image via the Clinton campaign's Facebook page).

Clinton’s steady debate performance eases Democrats’ minds
The media consensus is that Hillary Rodham Clinton cruised to a steady debate win on Tuesday night, attacking rival Bernie Sanders on gun control and embracing what could be her historic role as the first woman commander-in-chief. Meanwhile, GOP candidate Mike Huckabee is being criticized for a mid-debate tweet that many called racist.

What the media is saying
NYT: Democratic debate turns Clinton’s way after months of difficulties; WSJ: Clinton shows relentless efficiency in first Democratic debate; WaPo: Self-assured performance by Clinton in Democratic presidential debate; Politico: Clinton crushes it; AP: Clinton confident in debate; may ease concerns.

Public affairs players join forces
M Public Affairs and ASGK Public Strategies, the firm co-founded by former Obama strategy guru David Axelrod in 2002, are combining and rebranding as Kivvit. Eric Sedler and Maggie Moran will lead the firm as managing partners. The two shops had been co-owned since 2010.

VaynerMedia plans London invasion
Gary Vaynerchuk’s agency VaynerMedia is planning to open a London office, its first outside the US, that will serve as its European headquarters next spring or summer. VP Eric Fulwiler will lead the UK location. VaynerMedia has 550 staffers in the US.

How the AB InBev-SABMiller deal came together
The Wall Street Journal went behind the scenes on the often testy negotiations that preceded brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller agreeing to a deal early this week. The acquisition will likely face regulatory scrutiny around the world.

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