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Friday, Feb 16

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Business groups pressing for repeal of ObamaCare employer mandate

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Business groups are pressing Congress to repeal ObamaCare's employer mandate to offer health insurance to their workers, but getting Republicans to act on the issue will likely be an uphill battle. After repealing the Affordable...

Thursday, Feb 15

CNN launches new ad trolling Trump on Mueller

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CNN’s latest “Facts first" promotion appears to troll President Trump over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.“This is an apple,” the promo, launched…

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Prudential pushes Trump officials to loosen oversight

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The sole insurance company subject to stricter federal oversight under the Dodd-Frank Act is pushing Washington to set it loose.Prudential Financial is asking an interagency group of regulators to strip its designation as a “systemically…

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Under Contract

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The Federal Highway Administration awarded a $300,000 contract to Futron Aviation Corporation to study how drones — formally known in the contract as unmanned aerial systems — can effectively be used in bridge inspections and...

Wednesday, Feb 14

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Exiting lawmakers put in calls to K Street

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Lawmakers heading for the exits at the end of the congressional session are already testing the waters for jobs on K Street. Nearly three-dozen lawmakers are set to be free agents in 2019, including four members who have already left…

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Lobbying World

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Van Scoyoc Associates hired Chris Shank as a vice president at the firm. Most recently, he was a senior adviser to the secretary of the Air Force and helped in the Trump administration’s transition into office, including leading the agency…

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Trump spars with GOP lawmakers on steel tariffs

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President Trump on Tuesday told lawmakers at the White House that he is considering new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, warning that the domestic industries are being “decimated” by unfair trade.“They are dumping and destroying our…

Tuesday, Feb 13

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McCaskill report: Opioid manufacturers gave millions to advocacy groups

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A new report from Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) found that five opioid manufacturers paid nearly $9 million to 14 outside groups between 2012 to 2017, alleging that the advocacy groups often “amplified messages favorable to increased…

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US economy faces impending skills gap

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Economists, demographers and political leaders are increasingly concerned that the next generation of workers won’t be ready to fill millions of new jobs across the country.The combination of a generational sea change in the workforce and…

Backing immigrants from the right

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As a pro-immigration reform conservative, Mario H. Lopez may seem an outsider in today’s political arena. But the head of the Hispanic Leadership Fund (HLF), a conservative advocacy organization, has made a reputation of fighting from…

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Bottom Line

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EDUCATION. The student loan company Navient added Bockorny Group to its roster of lobbying firms. Navient has been accused in a class-action lawsuit of misleading borrowers about how to qualify for student loan debt forgiveness....

Monday, Feb 12

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Trump budget funds Mueller probe through fiscal 2019

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President Trump's budget request provides funding for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for fiscal 2019, a potential sign that the probe won't be ending soon.Politico reported that the budget released Monday...

Thursday, Feb 8

Budget deal is brimming with special tax breaks

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The Bipartisan Budget Act that Congress is set to pass Thursday is brimming with tax provisions for a variety of special interests, including racehorse owners, small private colleges and television and film companies.At least two of the...

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ATF flooded with comments opposing regulation of bump stocks

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When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) asked for comments about bump stocks — the device used by a Las Vegas gunman to massacre nearly 60 people at a concert last fall — the overwhelming response was to oppose…

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Under contract

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Global Go won a more than $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to “to meet the needs for supporting public facilities that were destroyed or severely damaged due to the destruction created by Hurricane Irma and…

Wednesday, Feb 7

Lobbying World

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The Williams Companies, an Oklahoma-based natural gas pipeline firm, has named Amanda Mertens Campbell as the head of its Washington office. She most recently worked at General Electric, but previously worked for Rep. Fred Upton (R-...

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House passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare

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The House passed legislation Tuesday to ease the ObamaCare rule that requires restaurants, convenience stores and supermarkets to list the calorie count of each menu item before it’s set to take effect in May.The Common Sense Nutrition...

Tuesday, Feb 6

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GOP lawmaker criticizes Trump to his face for inviting shutdown

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Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) criticized President Trump to his face on Tuesday for saying he would “love to see a shutdown” during a meeting with lawmakers and administration officials.“We don’t need a government shutdown on this,”…

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Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl

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Tim Pawlenty is stepping down as the leader of the Financial Services Roundtable, the industry group announced on Tuesday, as speculation grows about his possible entry into the Minnesota governor’s race.Pawlenty, a Republican who was…

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A Dem for defense

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Matt Mazonkey had a hot-ticket seat on election night, 2016.The Airbus lobbyist and Capitol Hill veteran found himself in the Javits Convention Center, seated around celebrities including Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, ready to celebrate…

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Bottom line

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS. The Government of Morocco hired four new K Street firms to represent its interests in Washington in a shifting of its lobbying roster. JPC Strategies, a firm run by James Christoferson, has subcontracted help from three…

Thursday, Feb 1

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Under Contract

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) inked a nearly $15 million contract with Chemonics International for a “Tourism for All” initiative the agency is running for an Asian country. “The vision behind USAID’s...

Wednesday, Jan 31

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Lobbying’s top 50 pour $540M into influence campaigns

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The top 50 lobbying spenders in Washington, hailing almost exclusively from corporate America, spent more than $540 million on influence campaigns last year.That total represents almost a quarter of the $3.34 billion that was spent overall…

Tuesday, Jan 30

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Departures test clout of insurance lobby

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America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has been the voice of the health insurance industry for years, but questions have been swirling about whether the association carries the same political clout it once did.Three of the country’s five…

Defending our nation’s cyber services

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As the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security, Jeanette Manfra is laser-focused on preventing cyberattacks that could destabilize the U.S. financial system or open the federal government up to spying.Manfra, a…

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Lobbying World

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Chartwell Strategy Group launched this week, becoming one of K Street’s newest firms. Filled with bipartisan operatives, and led by Matt Epperly, Oswaldo Palomo and David Tamasi, it will focus on both strategic communications and lobbying…

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ExxonMobil plans to invest $50 billion in five years amid tax reform

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ExxonMobil credited the new tax-cut legislation on Monday as it announced plans to invest more than $50 billion in the United States over the next five years as part of an expansion of its business.Darren Woods, chairman and CEO of the oil…

Sunday, Jan 28

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Trump’s solar decision hurts disadvantaged communities

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Last week, the Trump administration did what America’s renewable energy businesses had been fearing for months when he put harmful tariffs and quotas on imported solar.The solar tariffs will apply to imported solar cells for the next four…

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Koch network charts ambitious course for 2018

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Hundreds of the nation’s top conservative donors gathered at an exclusive resort in the California desert on Saturday to strategize ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.Senior officials from a network of groups...

Saturday, Jan 27

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Analysis: Lobbying activity at highest level since 2010

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Lobbying activity in Washington has reached a seven-year high, a new count shows, with $3.34 billion spent during 2017.Major trade groups and organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Realtors again ...