The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.10.2016

Airbnb protests advertising-banning bill; Facebook says it doesn't censor conservative news; Three dozen Americans named in latest Panama Papers data drop; White House cleans up mess after Ben Rhodes profile; West Virginia votes.

Airbnb takes fight to Albany
The company and its supporters are headed to New York State’s capital to oppose a ban on the advertising of illegal units. The bill would prohibit the promotion of home-sharing in multifamily units, according to the New York Daily News. Proponents of the bill said Airbnb makes housing less affordable.

Facebook: We’re not censoring conservative news
An executive at the Menlo Park, California-based company said Monday that there’s no evidence it has suppressed conservative-leaning news from its trending list. A former news editor at Facebook told Gizmodo that staffers had a bias against topics such as Ted Cruz and the CPAC conference.

Three dozen Americans named in latest Panama Papers data drop
Though the latest Panama Papers data release was mostly bereft of bold-faced names such as celebrities or well-known businessmen, 36 Americans were named. A number of major American banks such as Bank of America, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs could also be found in the searchable database.

Unforced error puts White House on defensive
The Obama administration is dealing with fallout from a New York Times Magazine story on deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who described manipulating media coverage over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The article also describes Rhodes as an aspiring novelist whose career path was changed by witnessing the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Today: West Virginia votes
Voters in West Virginia are heading to the polls today. However, the state probably won’t have much effect on Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead in the Democratic delegate count. The former secretary of state, who so far is ignoring Donald Trump’s broadsides, could be hurt in the state by her comments on the coal industry. 

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