Breakfast Briefing: The 4 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 8.22.2016

Winners and losers from the Rio Olympic Games.

The Rio Olympic Games have come to an end, but not before Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stole the show by appearing as Super Mario. Winners: U.S. women athletes, Kevin Durant and the U.S. men’s basketball team, flag-bearer Simone Biles, and U.S. team in general. Loser: swimmer Ryan Lochte, whose adventures in Rio were the lone blemish for the U.S. team during the Summer Games. Lochte sat for an interview with NBC News’ Matt Lauer that aired over the weekend after releasing a half-apology on Friday. Wall Street Journal: Why Team U.S.A. exceeded all expectations.

Donald Trump showed uncertainty on immigration policy over the weekend, telling Hispanic leaders he’s open to legalization for some undocumented workers, according to BuzzFeed. His camp has pushed back against the report. New campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN his proposal for forced deportation is still "to be determined." Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani played to online conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health on Fox News Sunday. Clinton’s team announced an $80 million media buy; Trump is betting on online advertising.

It’s the end of an era as Gawker shuts down today. However, other media properties that were part of the Gawker Media stable may live on as part of Univision, which paid $135 million for the company last week. Gawker staffers could find homes at sister sites, such as Deadspin or Gizmodo.

Breaking Monday morning: Pfizer to acquire Medivation. The $14 billion cash deal will improve Pfizer’s position in oncology, it said while announcing the acquisition on Monday morning. Sanofi, Celgene, and Merck also expressed interest in Medivation, according to Reuters.

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