Breakfast Briefing, 12.15.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

The news to know as you close out the week.

Kelly Cutrone has told the New York Post’s Page Six that hip-hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons tried to rape her in 1991. The fashion publicity legend told the newspaper that she went public with the story because she was angered by Simmons’ attempts to start a #NotMe movement to deny assault allegations. The New York Police Department is investigating sexual assault allegations against Simmons, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The FCC voted to peel back Net Neutrality protections yesterday. Here are a few theories on what could happen next: "All bets are off." (Vox); Tech executives fight the repeal (Business Insider); Democrats have a new way to reach young people (Reuters); Friction between the federal government and states (Recode).

Our long national nightmare is over. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and reporter April Ryan have put #PieGate behind them. After initially doubting Sanders’ Thanksgiving baking abilities, Ryan gave her approval on Thursday to pecan pies the spokeswoman baked for the White House press corps.

Sanders’ predecessor, Sean Spicer, appeared on Fox News last night and said he didn’t know why recently dismissed reality show headliner Omarosa Manigault Newman was brought into the Trump administration in the first place. Newman (our stylebook dictates that we cannot refer to her on second reference simply as "Omarosa") bemoaned a lack of diversity in the White House in an interview with ABC News posted on Thursday.

Your daily reminder that everything is political in 2017, even holiday wishes. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released the White House Christmas card. The internet noted the conspicuous absence of their 11-year-old son, Barron. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift told fans she "couldn’t have asked for a better year." Many responded that they definitely could have.

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