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• Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld snagged Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Group looks to allow Medicaid funds for substance abuse programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens Bipartisan group wants to lift Medicaid restriction on substance abuse treatment MORE’s (R-Ohio) tax counsel, hiring Zachary Rudisill as a partner in the firm’s public law and policy practice. Rudisill had worked for Portman since 2014, including handling his trade policy portfolio. 

• Morgan Lewis hired Ryan Kantor, former assistant chief of the Justice Department’s Healthcare and Consumer Products Section of the Antitrust Division, to serve as a partner in its Washington office. 

• John Wood has been named the chief legal officer and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and begins in the role on June 4. He comes from Hughes Hubbard & Reed.

• Landon Stropko, who most recently served as the legislative director for Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziCruz gets help from Senate GOP in face of serious challenge from O’Rourke Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Forcing faith-based agencies out of the system is a disservice to women MORE (R-Wyo.), has joined Invariant. He has a 14-year tenure on Capitol Hill, previously working as the chief of staff and legislative director for former Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisLobbying world Female lawmakers flee House for higher office, retirement Despite a battle won, 'War on Coal' far from over MORE (R-Wyo.) and as a legislative assistant for former Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.).

• Strategic communications firm Blue Engine Message & Media added three new staffers to its team. The first is Kevin Lewis, a former spokesman at the White House and Justice Department during the Obama administration who helped establish communications for former President Obama after he left office. The second is Will Mesinger, who previously worked at Signal Group and has also worked in the State Department and on Capitol Hill. The third hire is Alyson Chwatek, who comes from lobbying firm S-3 Public Affairs and previously worked at the bipartisan political group No Labels.

• Greenberg Traurig hired Jonathan Becker as a shareholder in the firm’s government law and policy practice. He comes from bipartisan firm Invariant, where he oversaw the judiciary and telecommunications practice group. Prior to that, he served as a public policy consultant to Delta Air Lines and, before that, was chief of staff to Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.).