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NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game due to anti-LGBT law

The NBA's decision follows the trend of corporate America taking a stand on social issues.
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22 Jul 2016 | 10:35 am PDT

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

US State Department spokesman John Kirby has interrupted a press conference to check the progress of a journalist who was playing Pokémon Go.
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22 Jul 2016 | 8:24 am PDT

From Cleveland: Trump thunders 'law and order' theme to close convention

The Republican candidate returned to controversial proposals such as building a wall on the Mexican border and stopping immigration from countries "compromised by terrorism" in his acceptance speech.
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21 Jul 2016 | 8:24 pm PDT

Trump-Cruz rift gets personal -- again

Ted Cruz defended his decision to not endorse Donald Trump on Thursday morning.
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21 Jul 2016 | 6:49 am PDT

From Cleveland: The stories to know on Thursday morning from the Republican Convention

Will Ted Cruz's epic gamble pay off?
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21 Jul 2016 | 4:03 am PDT

From Cleveland: Cruz steals Pence's spotlight with non-endorsement of Trump

The Texas senator encouraged voters to vote their conscience this November, but didn't mention Trump by name.
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20 Jul 2016 | 8:03 pm PDT

Farm Credit Council appoints new comms head

Debbie Wing joins the trade association at the start of August as EVP for national communications and reputation management.
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20 Jul 2016 | 11:07 am PDT

Trump campaign chief defends 'lock her up' convention chant

The refrain, criticized in the media as "extra-judicial," reflects the thoughts of many Americans, Paul Manafort said Wednesday.
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20 Jul 2016 | 6:40 am PDT

From the RNC: The need-to-know stories on Wednesday morning, 7.20.2016

Tuesday night's theme was less about jobs and more about attacking Hillary Clinton's credibility.
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20 Jul 2016 | 3:59 am PDT

From Cleveland: Christie fires up convention crowd with mock trial of Hillary Clinton

"Lock her up," the delegates chanted throughout the New Jersey governor's speech.
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19 Jul 2016 | 7:38 pm PDT

Watch: Don Baer on the Republican Convention's opening night

Political veteran and Burson-Marsteller CEO Don Baer chats with PRWeek about the opening night of the Republican National Convention, the controversy over Melania Trump's speech, social media, and his connection to The West Wing.
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19 Jul 2016 | 1:50 pm PDT

On the ground in Cleveland: What you don't see on TV at the GOP convention

There's one big topic of conversation in Cleveland on Tuesday, and it's not any of last night's "Make America Safe Again" speeches.
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19 Jul 2016 | 12:47 pm PDT

Tuesday's Breakfast Briefing from Cleveland: That speech sounded familiar

Accusations that Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama are threatening to overshadow Tuesday's events.
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19 Jul 2016 | 4:08 am PDT

RNC night one: Trump makes 'surprise' appearance; Rudy delivers the red meat

The presumptive Republican nominee introduced his wife, who sought to humanize the real-estate magnate. The rest of the night was dedicated to national security.
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18 Jul 2016 | 7:36 pm PDT

Watch: 5 questions for the RNC's Sean Spicer on the eve of the Republican Convention

Frank Washkuch caught up with Sean Spicer, chief strategist and communications director for the Republican National Committee, as his party's convention was about to kick off in Cleveland.
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18 Jul 2016 | 8:48 am PDT

From Cleveland: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 7.18.2016

The Republicans are set to kick off their convention on Monday.
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18 Jul 2016 | 3:49 am PDT

Setting the stage for Trump in Cleveland

Donald Trump's campaign manager talked to the media about showing off his candidate's personal side this week at the Republican National Convention as 15,000 journalists converge on Cleveland.
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17 Jul 2016 | 3:34 pm PDT

Mattel: President Barbie not an endorsement, but a celebration of women

"As a brand, we always like to be timely and topical," said Mattel's Michelle Chidoni. "This execution is allowing us to have a meaningful conversation about women and leadership."
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14 Jul 2016 | 11:47 am PDT

Finsbury names new public affairs chief as Will Tanner departs

Finsbury partner and former BAA public affairs chief Scott Colvin has been appointed to oversee the London-based agency's public affairs arm, following the departure of longstanding head of public affairs Will Tanner.
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14 Jul 2016 | 5:28 am PDT

Weber Shandwick wins fuel cell technology brief

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association wants to make influencers in the Northeast U.S. aware of fuel cell technology, as more auto manufacturers introduce it to their vehicles.
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13 Jul 2016 | 10:51 am PDT

NBA moves 2017 All-Star Game due to anti-LGBT law

The NBA's decision follows the trend of corporate America taking a stand on social issues.
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22 Jul 2016 | 10:35 am PDT

Weber CEO: IPG PR firms maintain Q1 growth in Q2

Interpublic's CMG unit, which includes most of its PR firms, reported 2.8% organic year-over-year revenue growth in Q2 2016, to $369.4 million - Weber's Andy Polansky says organic growth at his firm was in high single digits.
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21 Jul 2016 | 6:59 am PDT

Steinreich acquires fashion PR agency

Kenwerks is the third agency Steinreich Communications Group has acquired in the past 12 months.
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18 Jul 2016 | 1:02 pm PDT

Watch: Milk Life campaign shows how milk and mother's love makes an Olympian

The 30-second ad shows how milk and her mother helped swimmer Caitlin Leverenz get to the Olympics.
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18 Jul 2016 | 12:11 pm PDT

SoftBank brings Finsbury on board ahead of £24.3bn ARM acquisition

Japanese technology giant SoftBank has hired Finsbury to provide comms support for its £24.3bn ($32.2bn) acquisition of UK tech company ARM Holdings.
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18 Jul 2016 | 3:46 am PDT

Weber Shandwick veteran Jye Smith joins PwC

The former Weber Shandwick top-level digital executive is moving to PricewaterhouseCoopers in a digital leadership role.
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15 Jul 2016 | 5:56 am PDT

Uber drivers guild launches tipping campaign

The Independent Drivers Guild is launching a social media campaign and online petition in August to gain public support for an Uber in-app tipping option.
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14 Jul 2016 | 7:55 am PDT

CEO Q&A: How Fathom Events works with the U.S.'s three biggest theater chains

Fathom Events' CEO engages Sean Czarnecki on the future of interactive cinema and new business models
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13 Jul 2016 | 12:28 pm PDT

AMO re-enters Germany with new partner Deekeling Arndt Advisors

The partnership also includes Abernathy MacGregor in the U.S., Maitland in the U.K., and National Public Relations in Canada.
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11 Jul 2016 | 7:57 am PDT

Burson-Marsteller adds MDs Chris Gee, Helen Nowicka in New York

Gee is working within the U.S. corporate and financial practice, while Nowicka is a part of the firm's brand marketing unit.
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8 Jul 2016 | 8:26 am PDT

Anheuser-Busch InBev brings on FleishmanHillard for corporate reputation

The Omnicom Group firm is replacing 3PM, made up of staffers from Interpublic Group's Weber Shandwick and PMK-BNC, handling the brewer's corporate reputation work.
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7 Jul 2016 | 11:02 am PDT

LG sticks with WPP's LG-One for global corp comms work

The group is made up of staffers from Ogilvy PR and Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
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6 Jul 2016 | 9:14 am PDT

Chipotle CMO Mark Crumpacker arraigned on cocaine possession charges

Crumpacker allegedly bought cocaine on seven occasions between January and June this year, according to indictment documents.
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5 Jul 2016 | 12:44 pm PDT

Ubisoft: 'Sexist' gamer survey was an error

After a Twitter user posted a video of a survey that was sent to his wife, but did not let her participate due to her gender, Ubisoft blamed technical difficulties. Many social media users weren't buying it.
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5 Jul 2016 | 10:25 am PDT

FleishmanHillard launches pro bono social inclusion push for 70th birthday

The Omnicom agency is hoping to produce $2 million in pro bono work for the cause, on top of the $3 million-plus it's already committed.
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5 Jul 2016 | 6:59 am PDT

Chipotle assigns Denver's Linhart national field marketing PR

The Denver-based agency has worked with Chipotle for years, but the brand recently widened its scope of work nationally.
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1 Jul 2016 | 8:25 am PDT

USAA appoints Chris Talley as chief communications officer

He is taking over the role from Wendi Strong, who retired at the end of last year. The organization has also brought on Amber Seikaly as VP of corporate communications.
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1 Jul 2016 | 6:05 am PDT

UK's Beattie Communications heads to Canada in wake of Brexit

Creative comms group Beattie Communications, which has 100 staff across its eight UK offices, has annouced plans to open four offices in Canada.
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1 Jul 2016 | 1:55 am PDT

Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.30.2016

The Academy invites a diverse new class; A look at Facebook's political influence; Stop eating raw cookie dough, says FDA; De Blasio social media director quits abruptly, flames former colleagues on Facebook; Oculus CEO's Twitter account hacked.
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30 Jun 2016 | 3:45 am PDT

NASCAR hits brakes on report CEO Brian France will speak at GOP convention

The auto racing organization said Wednesday morning that its chief executive has no plans to speak on behalf of Donald Trump next month in Cleveland.
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29 Jun 2016 | 7:49 am PDT
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