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The Most Amazing Breakdown of Politics in Trump’s America

The Daily Caller

By Henry Rodgers

The well-known government affairs firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas did an incredible job of summarizing the current state of play in D.C. politics in a must-read memo published June 4. It lays out 10 important trends that are critical to strategic government relations planning.

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#MeToo, Social Media, and Keeping an Eye on the Big Picture

The Cook Political Report

By Charlie Cook

Far more interesting to me even this week are the broader changes in American politics and society. Some of the more interesting things that cross my desk are PowerPoint presentations prepared by some of the sharpest and most thoughtful minds in Washington, people like Bruce Mehlman and Doug Sosnik. Bruce, a Republican, and Doug, a Democrat, have watched Washington up close for well over a combined half century, and have acquired the ability to explain political trends and developments in a visually powerful way, preparing slide decks for clients and friends that have developed a cult following among political aficionados.

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Paul Ryan to Retire With Few Health Policy Wins

Bloomberg Law

By Alex Ruoff

“Losing Speaker Ryan’s leadership and passion for these issues will almost certainly make the road to these reforms longer and more difficult,” Dean Rosen of lobbying firm Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, tells Bloomberg Law.

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Axios AM

Axios

By Mike Allen

9. First look: Data du jour: Courtesy of Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas:

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Bruce Mehlman Discusses Why 2018 Will Make 2027 Seem Tame

Fox News

Bruce Mehlman on Fox News explaining why 2018 will make 2027 seem tame.

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Podcast: Why 2018 Will Make 2017 Seem Tame

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

A portion of Christ Frates’ conversation with government affairs strategist David Castagnetti about his new report. Hear the entire conversation on Politics Inside Out on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel 12 www.siriusxm.com/potus for air times

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Bruce Mehlman Discusses the 2018 Iran Protests

Fox News Sunday

Bruce Mehlman appears on “Fox News Sunday” to give insight on the Iran protests and global populism.

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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 Daily 202: Why Trump and Republicans are suddenly talking up bipartisanship

The Washington Post

By James Hohmann

Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman notes that 2017 saw levels of party-line voting not seen in 100 years.

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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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Washington Brief: Trump Wants Republicans to Make Infrastructure Top Priority for 2018

Morning Consult

By N/A

Research Reports and Polling:
Why 2018 Will Make 2017 Seem Tame
Bruce Mehlman, Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas

House & Senate Majorities Up for Grabs. Intense State-Level Elections With Big Redistricting Impact.

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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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‘Fox News Sunday’ Panel Looks Ahead To 2018 Midterms

Fox News Sunday

By Tim Hains

Dana Perino hosts Bruce Mehlman of the ‘Internet Innovation Alliance,’ Mo Elleithee, Marie Harf, and Michael Needham.

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Bruce Mehlman Discusses the 2018 Midterm Elections

Fox News Sunday

Bruce Mehlman appears on “Fox News Sunday” to give insight on how retirements and resignations impact the balance of power on Capitol Hill.

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Dems divided over Brazile’s claims about Clinton and DNC

Fox News

By Television Appearance

Political strategist Bruce Mehlman weighs in on the divisions within the party.

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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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America’s tech giants have no political party to protect them

The Economist

“If data is the new oil, is [Amazon’s Jeff] Bezos the new Rockefeller?” asks Bruce Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist, in a report called “Navigating the New Gilded Age”, which is circulating in Washington.

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America’s tech giants have no political party to protect them

The Economist

By Print Edition

The tech giants have suddenly found themselves without a political party to protect them, just when they most need one. On November 1st executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter will testify before the House Intelligence Committee about how their platforms were used by Russia’s government during last year’s election. Politicians on both sides of the aisle, though they see eye-to-eye on very little, seem to agree that giant internet companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google may pose a threat to society. “If data is the new oil, is [Amazon’s Jeff] Bezos the new Rockefeller?” asks Bruce Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist, in a report called “Navigating the New Gilded Age”, which is circulating in Washington.

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Is Mark Zuckerberg the new Rockefeller?

Australian Broadcast Corporation

By Television Appearance

Republican strategist Bruce Mehlman explains why there are “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and modern America today

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Mike Allen’s Top 10

Axios

By Mike Allen

The income inequality that was the hallmark of the Gilded Age in the late 1800s was driven by changes in employment as the nation moved from agriculture to manufacturing. Lobbyist Bruce Mehlman finds a similar trend in Census data showing growth of service industry employment and continuing decline of manufacturing jobs.

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Modern American Faces Turn

National Review

By Michael Barone

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case.

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The Second Gilded Age and Its Discontents

The Cook Political Report

By Charlie Cook

Washington is a town full of smart people, and one of the smartest is Bruce Mehlman of the bipartisan lobbying firm of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. It isn’t the bachelor’s degree from Princeton or the law degree from the University of Virginia that make Mehlman stand out, nor is it his past positions as policy director for the House Republican Conference or as assistant secretary of Commerce during George W. Bush’s administration. It is his consistently insightful and creative quarterly PowerPoint presentations that he sends out to clients and friends, and puts on his firm’s website.

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Mehlman’s Latest

Politico Influence

By Theodoric Meyer

Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas sent out his signature quarterly PowerPoint to clients this morning, explaining the political climate using a range of data. It’s an abbreviated version of the one sent out last week highlighting the parallels between the Gilded Age and today, which got pickup from The Washington Post and the Cook Political Report.

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Axios AM: Mike’s Top 10

Axios

By Mike Allen

The income inequality that was the hallmark of the Gilded Age in the late 1800s was driven by changes in employment as the nation moved from agriculture to manufacturing. Lobbyist Bruce Mehlman finds a similar trend in Census data showing growth of service industry employment and continuing decline of manufacturing jobs.

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Is data the new oil? Big tech companies face political pressure

CNBC

By Television Appearance

Bruce Mehlman, consultant at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, speaks with CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” about tech giants such as Facebook and Google facing political pressure.

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We are in a new “Gilded Age”

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Radio

Political strategists Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti talk about their new report which states we are in a new “Gilded Age.”

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Boom Time Ahead for Tech Lobbyists as Policy Threats Intensify

Axios

By Ina Fried

While tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple have already stepped up their lobbying efforts, there is a growing belief the companies will have to pay even more attention to policy in the coming years as regulators across the globe increase scrutiny, Axios’ Kim Hart reports. What we’ve heard: Prominent tech lobbyist Bruce Mehlman tells Kim that the industry giants face issues related to trade, security, privacy, market power and more. And it’s not just those in Washington taking notice.

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Podcast: We are in a new “Gilded Age”

Politics Inside and Out With Chris Frates

By Chris Frates

Political strategists Bruce Mehlman and David Castagnetti talk about their new report which states we are in a new “Gilded Age.”

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The Second Gilded Age and Its Discontents

National Journal

By Charlie Cook

Washington is a town full of smart people, and one of the smartest is Bruce Mehlman of the bipartisan lobbying firm of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. It isn’t the bachelor’s degree from Princeton or the law degree from the University of Virginia that make Mehlman stand out, nor is it his past positions as policy director for the House Republican Conference or as assistant secretary of Commerce during George W. Bush’s administration. It is his consistently insightful and creative quarterly PowerPoint presentations that he sends out to clients and friends, and puts on his firm’s website.

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The Daily 202: Why a Republican strategist thinks we’re in a new Gilded Age

The Washington Post

By By James Hohmann

Everywhere he looks, Republican strategist and lobbyist Bruce Mehlman sees “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and today.

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Tech Lobbyists Join Fight Over DACA and Immigration

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

“They see this as a straight-up fairness issue,” said Republican Bruce Mehlman, a partner with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, whose lobbying clients include the Technology CEO Council and Adobe Systems. “You will find every tech company and a large number of other sectors affirmatively lobbying Congress to legalize the immigration status of the Dreamers.”

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How to Get Rich in Trump’s Washington

The New York Times

By Nicholas Confessore

“White Houses are always somewhat opaque places of fascination, where you don’t quite know who is up and who is down, or how decisions are ultimately reached,” said Bruce P. Mehlman, a prominent Republican lobbyist who served in the George W. Bush administration. “The added complexity here was there was not a single consistent governing philosophy. It was not clear if the president saw trade the way that Gary Cohn sees it or the way Steve Bannon sees it.”

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Tech Goes From White House to Doghouse in Trump’s Washington

Bloomberg Government

By Todd Shields, Mark Bergen and Ben Brody

“Republicans have always been fine with most of tech, because Republicans have usually defaulted pro-business,” said Bruce Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist and former Commerce Department official said in an interview. “This is less about any one issue and more about the new populist wing of the Republican party — populism is suspicious of bigness, and the biggest companies now are tech.”

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Tax writers see peril in Trump’s Obamacare persistence

PoliticoPro

By Bernie Becker and Aaron Lorenzo

Republicans acknowledge that the aggressive timeline they have set up for overhauling the tax code this fall leaves them little room for error.

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Healthcare groups seek alternative ways to kill ACA taxes if GOP repeal effort fails

Modern Healthcare

By Harris Meyer

With GOP efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act on the verge of derailing, healthcare industry groups seeking repeal of ACA taxes on their members are looking to hitch a ride on a new legislative train.

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Analysis: Health Care Insiders Are Outside Looking In

Roll Call

By Kate Ackley

Perhaps the health care industry has lost its lobbying mojo. Despite a mystique that K Street controls the unseen levers of power in Washington, a contingent of well-known and flush-with-cash groups representing doctors, hospitals, patients and seniors appears so far unable to kill — or significantly alter — a bill its members despise.

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The Daily 202: Trump is the disrupter-in-chief in an age of disruption

The Washington Post

By James Hohmann

THE BIG IDEA: With the Russia scandal and self-inflicted wounds paralyzing his White House, it’s easy to lose sight of the tectonic forces that powered President Trump’s victory last year. But they continue to exist, and they’re a major reason why he remains remarkably popular among Republicans. Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman, who has long represented technology companies, sees parallels between the cycle of disruption that’s churned through Silicon Valley and what’s now wreaking havoc on Washington.

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Border Tax Could Be Negotiating Position for GOP Leaders

BLOOMBERG BNA

By Kaustuv Basu

Why won’t House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) give up on the controversial border adjusted tax? The two may be hoping that by continuing to push the tax, they will stake out a stronger negotiating position as Republican lawmakers and the White House work on a tax reform bill, former congressional staffers told Bloomberg BNA.

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The Daily 202: Secrecy backfires on Mitch McConnell as Senate health-care bill teeters

The Washington Post

By James Hohmann

The Senate majority leader believed that the blowback for keeping his health-care bill secret would be less than the blowback for negotiating it in public.

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Despite pressure over prices, the drug industry is coasting on Capitol Hill

STAT

By Erin Mershon

Less than six months ago, President Trump stood at a podium and roiled the pharmaceutical industry with an emphatic declaration that its executives are “getting away with murder.”

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ObamaCare Vote Throws Curve Into Tax Reform

The Hill

By Naomi Jagoda

The House’s passage of legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare has thrown a new curve into Republicans’ efforts to overhaul the tax code. The vote, which came just a week after the White House rolled out its tax reform plan, took much of official Washington by surprise. A previous attempt to muscle through the legislation had failed in March.

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Op-Ed: In Defense Of Chairman Pai

Forbes

By Bruce Mehlman

Since the election of the 45th President, the loyal opposition has registered many criticisms against the new administration and its appointees.

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Lobbyists Resetting Trump Expectations

The Hill

By Megan Wilson

Lobbyists began the year with high expectations for a Republican-controlled government, but many are recalibrating after a rocky start for President Trump’s agenda. Most Republican lobbyists who spoke to The Hill said Republicans still have plenty of time to rack up big legislative wins, even if the road ahead is a tough one.

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POLITICO Influence

Politico

By Theodoric Meyer

The ads come less than 24 hours after the CBO released its much-anticipated report showing that 24 million people could lose their health insurance within 10 years. One GOP health care lobbyist, Dean Rosen, a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, said he doubts the report will do much to affect the bill’s chances of passing the House.

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Did Someone Say ‘Tax Code Rewrite’? Lobbyists Scramble

The New York Times

By Alan Rappeport

The homebuilders lobby fears that an ambitious rewrite of the entire tax code will stifle the housing market. Retailers fret that it will make the cost of their imports soar. For charities and their representatives, the worry is that donations will be stunted, plaguing nonprofit groups that serve the neediest Americans.

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Trump agenda off to slow start in Congress

The Hill

By Peter Schroeder

President Trump’s agenda is getting off to a slow start in Congress, as GOP lawmakers search for a path forward on ObamaCare replacement bill and push other big-ticket items to the back burner. Republicans have unified control of government for the first time in a decade, giving them a rare opportunity to enact the kinds of sweeping policy changes that they have long dreamed about.

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President Trump, Job Creator?

The Atlantic

By Alana Semuels

There has been no shortage of companies talking up their intentions to expand their U.S. operations and create more jobs on U.S. soil as of late.

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