Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know on Friday morning

Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh; Pichai to meet with lawmakers; S4's first day on the market; A sloppy beer stunt gone wrong that you have to read about.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

If you need a deep breath, or three, after yesterday’s ultra-contentious hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, you’re not going to get one. The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh this morning, and, assuming approval by party lines, the full Senate could vote early next week. But does he have the votes? After Thursday’s hearings, the American Bar Association urged the Senate to hit the brakes -- unlikely, to say the least -- until the FBI can investigate allegations against Kavanaugh.

Also on Capitol Hill today, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is set to meet with Republican lawmakers over their concerns that the search engine is dismissive of conservative viewpoints. It could result in calls for more regulation of Google and other tech giants, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Friday also marks the first day on London’s stock market for S4 Capital, Martin Sorrell’s holding company in the making. Sorrell, WPP’s former CEO, has said S4 is interested in venturing into analytics and digital media planning.

Accenture Interactive’s revenue is up 20% in the past year to more than $7.8 billion as of the end of August, despite it cutting back on M&A plans. The latter number would put it on par with Interpublic Group, according to Campaign. Accenture did not reveal organic revenue numbers.

U.K.-based craft brewer BrewDog is not a fan of President Donald Trump. So imagine its shock when U.S. brewery partner Scofflaw encouraged, via press release, Trump supporters to visit BrewDog bars. BrewDog quickly cut ties with Scofflaw, which blamed its PR agency, Frank PR, for sending out the announcement without its approval.

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