The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 12.18.2015

FitzGibbon Media shuts down after harassment complaints; Obama to hold year-end press conference; Jeb attacks Trump while Rubio, Cruz spar; Michelle Norris to leave NPR; Google's public affairs in the spotlight.

President Obama will spar with the press this afternoon.
President Obama will spar with the press this afternoon.

FitzGibbon Media shuts down
FitzGibbon Media, a longtime go-to agency for causes from Amnesty International to Wikileaks, has closed its doors after several female staffers made harassment complaints against founder Trevor FitzGibbon. The firm had offices in Washington, New York, London, and San Francisco.

Obama to hold year-end press conference
President Barack Obama will hold his year-end press conference this afternoon at 2 pm EST, at which time he’s expected to describe how his agenda has progressed over the past 12 months. After that, he’ll travel to California to meet with the families of victims of the San Bernardino attacks.

Post-debate GOP race shapes up
Feeling some momentum after Tuesday night’s debate performance, Jeb Bush has gone on the attack against frontrunner Donald Trump. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are also trading sharper attacks on immigration.

Norris to leave NPR
Popular NPR correspondent and commentator Michelle Norris is leaving the radio network for a second time. She is planning to spend more time on the Race Card Project, which aims to further the discussion about racial identity.

Google’s public affairs activity under scrutiny
The technology giant donated to the campaigns of 162 US politicians during the last election cycle. Meanwhile, it also enlisted US pols to pressure their counterparts in Europe to get the European Union to drop its antitrust case against the company, according to The Guardian. 

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