The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 5.26.2016

Peter Thiel tells NYT why he took on Gawker; Is a Trump-Sanders debate in California in the cards?; Obama to visit Hiroshima; Fight for $15 protesters disrupt McDonald's plans; Twitter calls it quits on e-commerce research.

Peter Thiel: Why I went after Gawker
Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel told The New York Times on Wednesday that he funded Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker to help others defend themselves from reports on their personal lives, like the one that outed him in 2007. "It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," he told the Times, adding that other story subjects don’t have the resources to fight back that he does.

Your move, Donald Trump
Donald Trump said on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night that he’d be willing to debate Bernie Sanders before the June 7 primaries in California if the Democrat would donate a hefty sum to charity. Sanders’ team quickly responded on Twitter that its candidate is game for a one-on-one debate. Also on the campaign trail: Trump political aide departs after six weeks; Trump comms director mistakenly emails Whitewater strategy to reporter; Email issue weighs on Clinton’s trust gap; Trump can’t reconcile with Hispanic-Americans.

Today: Obama to visit Hiroshima
In a first for a sitting U.S. leader, President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Hiroshima, though he is not expected to apologize for the U.S.’s decision to drop an atomic bomb on the city at the end of World War II. Obama is also expected to field questions from other world leaders at the G7 conference in Japan about the likelihood of a Trump presidency.

Fight for $15 protesters take on McDonald’s
The fast-food giant shut down its corporate headquarters on Wednesday in response to Fight for $15 protesters, who are demanding a higher minimum wage for all employees. The demonstrations are scheduled to run throughout Thursday, concurrent with McDonald’s annual shareholders’ meeting. Police are expecting about 8,000 protesters.

Twitter cuts off ‘buy button’ research
As part of CEO Jack Dorsey’s plans to realign the company’s priorities, Twitter has disbanded the team working on a "buy button" that would give the platform an e-commerce element. "There’s still an active ‘Buy Now’ card at Twitter, but no one’s putting any work into it," a company source told BuzzFeed.

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