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Matt Lewis and the News Podcast

Matt Lewis and the News Podcast

By Matt Lewis

To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.

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4 Scary Numbers for Republicans in 2018

CNN

By Chris Cillizza

The reality — and I’m not sure how much of this was accurately conveyed to Trump — is that every leading indicator points to a wave headed Republicans’ way that could well deliver control of the House to Democrats in 2019. Here are four numbers that tell the story (with a special thank you to super-lobbyist Bruce Mehlman’s always terrific quarterly PowerPoint).

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The Mehlman Outlook

Politico Influence

By Theodoric Meyer

Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas is out with his annual metrics-driven look at what 2018 will bring. Spoiler: It doesn’t look good. Here’s the slideshow.

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Axios AM

Axios

By Mike Allen

For a quick gander across the 2018 political terrain, Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas has put together a PowerPoint, “Why 2018 Will Make 2017 Seem Tame.”

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Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns

The Hill

By The Hill Staff

Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas Inc.
When they aren’t fighting for clients on Capitol Hill, Mehlman and Castagnetti travel around the country providing insight for groups outside the Beltway into how American leaders think.

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White House wants a tax bill by Friday

PoliticoPro

By Nancy Cook

When House Speaker Paul Ryan warned President Donald Trump during a Tuesday Oval Office meeting that the rollout of the long-awaited tax reform bill might have to be postponed a day, the president said that was fine. The White House has so far been blasé about the delay, provided it doesn’t extend into the weekend, according to three senior administration officials — and Trump even told Ryan he’d be fine if it takes until Friday, said two people briefed on their conversation. “It’s an additional 24 hours of suspense — not great for the blood pressure, but by no means fatal,” said Sage Eastman, former deputy staff director to Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), former chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which released its own tax proposal in 2014.

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Budget Vote Raises Red Flag For GOP on Tax Reform

The Hill

By Naomi Jagoda and Cristina Marcos

“This was a win for leadership,” said Sage Eastman, a former Ways and Means Committee aide who now works as a lobbyist at Mehlman Castagnetti. “They muscled the budget through without having to go to conference and without having to negotiate a tax deal…They now have the runway clear to move the tax bill,” said Eastman. “It doesn’t make the tax bill any easier or harder, but it does give them the chance to land it.”

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