Breakfast Briefing: 5 things for PR pros to know Tuesday morning

7 questions for Mark Penn; Boeing CEO posts video message after 737 Max crashes; Devin Nunes sues Twitter; Facebook blocks White House social media director; Starbucks revamps rewards.

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Seven questions for Stagwell Group founder Mark Penn. On Monday, Penn sat down with PRWeek to discuss what's next for the PR firms at MDC Partners and Stagwell. Last Friday, Stagwell Group finalized the deal to invest $100 million in debt-laden holding company MDC Partners and Penn was named CEO of MDC Partners. Read the full Q&A here.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg: "We know lives depend on the work we do." That was the start to an open letter and video message he posted on Boeing’s site Monday night to passengers, airlines, and the aviation community. In his message, which came a little over a week after the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet, Muilenburg said, "Our hearts are heavy," and explained how Boeing is taking steps to "fully ensure" the safety of the 737 Max jet in the wake of deadly crashes. He also tweeted out his message.

Devin Nunes (R-CA) is suing Twitter for $250 million. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in Virginia state court, alleges that the social media company negligently failed to remove defamatory and malicious tweets against him and his family. The suit also accuses Twitter of "shadow-banning conservatives," including Nunes himself, and profiting from abusive behavior and language allegedly perpetrated by liberal and left-wing Twitter accounts, including apparent spoof accounts Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, both of which are listed as defendants. He told Fox News on Monday that the lawsuit will be "the first of many."

#StopTheBias: Trump reacts to Facebook’s partial blocking of White House social media director. Dan Scavino Jr. posted a screenshot of his Facebook account Monday, which showed the social media platform had blocked him from replying to his followers. In a Facebook post on Monday evening, President Donald Trump quoted a line from a Washington Examiner report: "‘Facebook abruptly censored the account of President Trump’s chief social media guru, blocking him for simply responding to a question from a reader.’ #StopTheBias."

And in coffee news: Starbucks is revamping its Rewards Program. With the current system, Gold members can claim a free drink or food item for every 125 stars earned. But starting April 16, no Gold status will be needed to earn rewards so that less frequent customers can also benefit. Read more about the changes here

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