Breakfast Briefing, 12.12.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

It's an especially intriguing Tuesday, with Alabama's closely watched special Senate election drawing to a close. Oh, and Sean Spicer is writing a book.

Voters are going to the polls in Alabama in the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat. To paraphrase Stefon from Weekend Update, this race has had everything: allegations of sexual misconduct, accusations of carpetbagging, the Republican candidate totally disappearing on the final weekend, a bizarre closing argument from Roy Moore’s wife, "Dear Alabama" trending on Twitter this morning, and big gun endorsements from everyone from the current and former presidents to basketball legends. Polls close at 8 p.m. EST.

With no permanent TV gig in sight, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is writing a tell all book on his six months in the briefing room. Spicer told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, "I’ve decided that it is incumbent on me to set the record straight," according to Politico. Meanwhile, briefly tenured former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci was spotted meeting with Dr. Phil, according to Page Six.

The #MeToo movement has reached the NFL Network. The channel suspended three commentators and former football stars over allegations of sexual harassment: Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, and Heath Evans. The New Yorker, meanwhile, fired star reporter Ryan Lizza for alleged improper behavior on Monday.

United Continental CEO Oscar Munoz has asked employees to commit to a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment, according to Fortune. Munoz’s call to action came three days after the head of a flight attendants’ union wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post saying she and her colleagues are often "subject to incidents not fit for print."

While we’re on the subject, the word of the year for 2017 is "feminism," according to Merriam-Webster, which cited a 70% increase in look-ups on its website over last year. The dictionary defines feminism as the "theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" and "organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests," according to the Associated Press.

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