Breakfast Briefing: The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 8.23.2016

How did Hillary Clinton try to debunk claims about her health? By opening a pickle jar on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night.

Hillary Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (Image via the show's Twitter account).
Hillary Clinton on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (Image via the show's Twitter account).

Clinton tries to debunk health claims, but email issues persist. Hillary Clinton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, laughing off claims about her health by Donald Trump and his allies and opening a jar of pickles in a mock show of strength. However, new issues related to Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state are threatening to keep the topic in the headlines through election day. The FBI found 15,000 more messages she sent or received during her tenure running the State Department, and a federal judge has ordered them to be released in the coming weeks.

Trump postpones immigration address. Donald Trump has cancelled events in three states, including Nevada and Colorado, according to media reports. The Republican nominee has postponed an immigration speech he was set to make in Colorado amid reports he’s softening his stance on deporting undocumented workers.

Groups, governments have VW in their crosshairs. Consumer groups and governments from South Korea to Ireland are pushing Volkswagen on settlement proposals related to its use of "defeat devices" on diesel vehicles. The parties are hoping for a similar deal to the $15 billion settlement netted by U.S. authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal. The automaker is claiming its technology wasn’t illegal in many of the countries.

Obama to visit storm-ravaged Louisiana. President Barack Obama is set to touch down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday amid criticism that he should have cut short his family vacation to visit the state amid historic flooding. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the federal government has done its part to help Louisiana residents recover.

Ryan Lochte’s bad day kept getting worse. It started with Speedo, as the swimming apparel company was the first major sponsor to drop embattled Olympian Ryan Lochte. Next was Ralph Lauren, followed by Japanese mattress-maker Airweave and hair-removal company Syneron Candela.

Former Fox News anchor alleges boys club. Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit in a New York State court on Monday claiming she was punished by male executives for complaining about sexual harassment by former network chief Roger Ailes. Fellow former anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment last month.

Lawyers for Melania Trump threaten to sue Daily Mail. Attorneys for Donald Trump’s wife are threatening legal action against the British tabloid, saying its report linking her to an escort service in the 1990s are "false and defamatory." The one-time Slovenian model has brushed off questions about whether she legally immigrated to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. 

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