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Breakfast Briefing, 12.13.2017: Unpacking Doug Jones' win in Alabama

Breakfast Briefing, 12.13.2017: Unpacking Doug Jones' win in Alabama

Democrats are having a much better Wednesday morning than many Republicans, especially those who waited up for Roy Moore's concession that never came.

Kraus defends APCO's LGBT commitment after criticism of Egypt work

Kraus defends APCO's LGBT commitment after criticism of Egypt work

APCO's founder and executive chairman contended the agency's work on behalf of the country had nothing to do with Egypt's reported crackdown on LGBT citizens.

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

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.

Sandy Hook Promise marks solemn five-year anniversary

Sandy Hook Promise marks solemn five-year anniversary

The group's latest spot follows the success of Evan, the PSA that won several Cannes Lions last year.

Skeptical kids ridicule Trump's border wall in campaign from David & Goliath

Skeptical kids ridicule Trump's border wall in campaign from David & Goliath

Build Something Better focus groups The Wall to benefit LA nonprofit Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project.

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Ben Burton leaves Weber Shandwick UK to join Porter Novelli's Irish operation

Weber Shandwick UK's MD of corporate, financial and public affairs Ben Burton is leaving the company to join Porter Novelli's Dublin office, as Ireland's capital looks to opportunities arising from Brexit.

FARA registrations surge amid new levels of scrutiny

FARA registrations surge amid new levels of scrutiny

More robust enforcement of FARA, a better understanding of the law, and scandal have resulted in more agencies registering as foreign agents this year.

Breakfast Briefing, 11.28.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning

Tumblr's comms head departs; the latest on the tax bill; SoftBank bids on Uber; more Weinstein allegations; and Scaramucci threatens to sue over student editorial.

Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

Bulgaria's foreign ministry appoints APCO for brief covering EU Presidency

APCO Worldwide's global solutions practice has won a £200,000-plus brief with Bulgaria's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, to provide strategic communication counsel during the state's upcoming EU Presidency.

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

Hanover acquires Bell Pottinger's operations in Middle East

UK-based Hanover Group has acquired outright the Middle East business of Bell Pottinger, including its Abu Dhabi operating license, with Archie Berens becoming chair of the new combined operation.

Breakfast Briefing, 11.15.2017: Papa John's tries to replay the down on NFL statements

Breakfast Briefing, 11.15.2017: Papa John's tries to replay the down on NFL statements

Will consumers give the pizza brand a do-over?

Pramana Collective hires former Chelsea Clinton spokesperson Erika Gudmundson

Pramana Collective hires former Chelsea Clinton spokesperson Erika Gudmundson

Gudmundson was most recently director of comms for Zumper, an apartment rental website.

Breakfast Briefing, 11.10.2017: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning

(Most) Republicans are distancing themselves from Roy Moore after allegations of sexual misconduct with an underage girl.

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

Mexico hires FTI Consulting for NAFTA negotiations

The firm will provide comms and public affairs support to Mexico as the country enters tough NAFTA negotiations.

Breakfast Briefing, 11.9.2017: China's 'Great Firewall' doesn't stop Trump from tweeting

Plus: More details about Snap's upcoming redesign.

Analysis

Ready for an uneven playing field: Marketers prep for a post-net neutrality world

Ready for an uneven playing field: Marketers prep for a post-net neutrality world

Does the end of net neutrality mean communicators will have to work harder to get their message out? Or will it be a boon in disguise for PR agencies?

'They're going to weather this:' Why Keurig shouldn't sweat a conservative backlash

'They're going to weather this:' Why Keurig shouldn't sweat a conservative backlash

A smashing social media firestorm is an uncomfortable place for an apolitical brand.

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

FARA 'shockwaves:' Agencies rush to ensure compliance after indictments

The indictments of Paul Manafort and Richard Gates have spurred firms to ensure their FARA paperwork is up to standard.

How IBM and Univision are going to bat for Dreamers on staff

How IBM and Univision are going to bat for Dreamers on staff

Both companies have found their employees are the most effective storytellers on the issue.

Prime location: How three cities are pitching for Amazon's second HQ

Prime location: How three cities are pitching for Amazon's second HQ

The bids may be in, but the communications pushes are just beginning. How three North American cities are making their cases to the e-commerce juggernaut.

DC Influencers

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

National Association of Manufacturers goes digital this election season

Jamie Hennigan VP of strategic communications at the National Association of Manufacturers on the NAM's digital campaign, #TruthOnTheTrail.

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

DC Influencer: Reinout Oussoren, Northern Power Systems

We're a small manufacturer and work primarily with lobbying firms or industry groups doing the lobbying. We provide a strong voice to industry associations such as the American Wind Energy Association and Distributed Wind Energy Association.

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

E-cigarette maker VMR's Seth Coblentz on why regulation is a drag

Alison Kanski talks to VMR's general counsel on regulation, international trade, and more.

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

What is a lobbyist? The McCormick Group's John Hesse says it's about communication

John Hesse II, a consultant on law and government affairs at The McCormick Group, discusses lobbying and PR.

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

The communications goals and strategies of Black Lives Matter

Shanelle Matthews, lead communications strategist for Black Lives Matter, tells Dipka Bhambhani about driving conversations from the 'hood to the White House.

Commentary

'Corbyn has slowly plodded up behind May as the finish line approaches': GE Panel week six

'Corbyn has slowly plodded up behind May as the finish line approaches': GE Panel week six

The PRWeek General Election Panel draws together some of the best public affairs practitioners in the industry, from both sides of the political divide, to dissect the campaign as it unfolds between now and 8 June.

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

GLAAD stems bullying of LGBTQ youth on Spirit Day

As a teen, I was the target of relentless bullying. Anti-gay slurs were lobbed at me daily, and I lived in constant fear of just being myself.

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Why Connecticut's healthcare exchange is a national blueprint for success

Health insurance marketplace Access Health CT's CEO, Jim Wadleigh, on making a health exchange work.

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma celebrates mother-daughter bond in aging-awareness campaign

Galderma teamed up with Marina Maher Communications to ignite conversations about facial aging across generations.

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Families affected by muscular dystrophy remind America to 'Live Unlimited'

Live Unlimited means daring to live beyond your perceived limitations and redefining what's possible, says Muscular Dystrophy Association goodwill ambassador Joe Akmakjian.

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

AT&T invests one million hours in bridging the mentoring gap

A mentoring gap affecting 16 million youth has a direct impact on AT&T's talent pipeline, and as a business with more than 250,000 employees, we know we can help.

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

White House education campaign says 'Better Make Room' for Gen Z

"This generation speaks their own language. No one can speak it better than they can - so we let them do the talking."

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom campaigns to empower everyday storytellers and social movements

Viacom VP of corporate social responsibility Ali Jannello Tuck says over the next few months, the brand will empower viewers to go out and tell their own stories and those of their communities

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

Show Up, Stand Out initiative engages parents and empowers youths to make a change

In its fourth year, the DC-based campaign has helped promote elementary school attendance, writes Alexandra Caceres

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Sexual assault study spurs action by four major universities

Laura Nichols looks at how some universities reacted after a study shed light on campus sexual assaults.

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Peace Through Business helps women overcome the odds, boost employment

Founder and CEO of the Institute of the Economic Empowerment of Women Terry Neese on how the organization empowers women through business opportunities.

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

#BirthControlHelpedMe strikes a chord with GI, college grad, Girls' Lena Dunham

Inside the Planned Parenthood hashtag campaign to help dispel stigma around birth control.

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

How David Tovar came back from a personal brand disaster

The former Walmart comms VP on getting in front of a personal crisis and overcoming it. Plus, five reputation management must-dos.

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Lobbyists hungry to take fast-food minimum-wage fight nationwide

Public affairs experts and advocates attribute several communications factors to the campaign's success and its overwhelming public support.

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

MADD: Talk early, talk often to kids about alcohol

Campaign encourages early intervention by parents because kids weigh pros and cons of alcohol as early as age 8.