The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.23.2016

Bayer bids $62b for Monsanto; Obama, in Vietnam, confirms airstrike that killed Taliban leader; Trump cuts into Clinton's national lead; Chipotle's menu wearing down customers, Padres criticized for national anthem mix-up.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 5.23.2016

Bayer bids $62 billion for Monsanto
The German pharma powerhouse made it official early Monday, bidding $62 billion for Monsanto after a week of speculation that it would make an offer for the seeds company. If concluded, the deal would be the biggest takeover by a German company in U.S. history. Bayer’s stock was down on Monday due to fears about its debt level.

Obama in Vietnam
President Barack Obama confirmed a U.S. airstrike killed the leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, an event likely to have some impact on the presidential race, calling it "an important milestone." A BBC reporter had his credentials to cover the visit revoked by Vietnamese officials after he reportedly met with a vocal government critic.

On the campaign trail: Trump cuts into Clinton’s lead
Hillary Clinton’s national lead over Donald Trump has dwindled to just three points, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as Republicans consolidate behind the businessman. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders declined to attack Clinton at a Sunday event in Irvine, California, perhaps signaling a less harsh tone as the Democratic primary winds down.

Padres criticized after PA drowns out Gay Men’s Chorus
The San Diego Padres are feeling the heat after their in-stadium audio system drowned out the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego, which the team invited to sing the national anthem before Saturday night’s game. The crowd heard a recorded version of a woman singing "The Star Spangled Banner" instead, and members of the vocal group said they were jeered as they left the field. The team apologized, but the Chorus said that’s not enough. The team fired the contractor responsible.

Chipotle has a bigger problem than e. coli
Business Insider cites analysts who say the chain’s menu was starting to become a drag for customers even before the E. coli scandal dragged down its fourth-quarter 2015 and Q1 2016 earnings. The company said in April that it is considering the addition of several menu items.  

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