The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 1.4.2016

Takata data-rigging emails revealed; Fears of a new 'Jihadi John;' Obama to hold gun control town hall; Bill Clinton hits the campaign trail; First Trump TV ad airs; Fiorina defends Rose Bowl tweet.

Hillary and Bill Clinton in New Hampshire. (Image via the Clinton campaign's Facebook page).
Hillary and Bill Clinton in New Hampshire. (Image via the Clinton campaign's Facebook page).

Takata data-rigging emails revealed
Executives at auto parts manufacturer Takata wrote in newly unveiled emails about how they were manipulating company data to show more favorable results. "Happy manipulating!" one engineer wrote in a 2006 note, according to emails obtained by The New York Times.

Fears of a new ‘Jihadi John’
The Islamic State released a propaganda video on Monday morning that purports to show prisoners being executed and featuring a new spokesman with a British accent. Observers fear he could be a replacement for the late IS propaganda chief Jihadi John.

Obama to hold town hall for gun control push
President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday about possible gun control executive actions. He’ll hold a televised town hall on the issue on Thursday. Republican candidates are slamming the prospective actions.

Bill Clinton hits the trail
The former president will begin campaigning in New Hampshire for his wife on Monday, as Donald Trump hammers away on the message that Bill Clinton has mistreated women. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders is expanding his organization in Iowa.

First Trump TV ad airs
Donald Trump’s first TV ad began airing in early voting states on Monday, a provocative spot that repeats his stances on building a wall along the Mexican border and taking down the Islamic State. The billionaire has vowed to spend $2 million a week on ads.

Fiorina defends Rose Bowl tweet
Called out for pandering, Carly Fiorina is defending her tweet supporting the University of Iowa against her alma mater, Stanford University, in the Rose Bowl. Iowa is, of course, an all-important early voting state. "Can’t a girl ever have a little bit of fun?" she asked on CNN.

Manning leads Broncos to win
Future hall of famer and pitchman extraordinaire Peyton Manning came off the bench on Sunday to lead the Denver Broncos to a win over San Diego in his first appearance since allegations that he used HGH surfaced. Papa John’s is sticking with its spokesman

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