Breakfast Briefing, 12.19.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

Bad news: You couldn't hit the alarm clock's snooze button this morning. Good news: You can use Facebook's new "snooze" option to mute annoying people this holiday season.

New from PRWeek this morning: Edelman has been assisting the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and parent company Ascential as they talk about changes to the annual event in the South of France. Agency teams in New York and London are working on the business.

What to keep an eye on today: The GOP tax reform bill is in the home stretch, with a House of Representatives vote set for Tuesday and a Senate tally soon to follow, according to the Associated Press. However, a new CNN poll has found growing public opposition to the plan, with two-thirds saying it benefits the wealthy more than the middle class.

This story isn’t going away anytime soon. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is prepared to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election *at least* through 2018, according to The Washington Post. White House investigators are scheduled to meet with Mueller’s team this week.

Several online conspiracy theories have popped up about Monday’s deadly Amtrak crash outside Tacoma, Washington. Far-right agitators are suggesting links between the incident and the group Antifa by posting fake news stories and activating false Twitter accounts, according to BuzzFeed.

Is all this talk of politics making you wish you could mute family members around the table this holiday season? Well, you can’t IRL. But you can secretly put them on quiet time on Facebook for 30 days with the platform’s new "Snooze" feature, which could help you avoid arguments online if not over dinner.

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