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• FORESTS. The Monument Policy Group, led by C. Stewart Verdery, recently signed new clients on a number of issues. The firm will work with the Minnesota company PolyMet Mining on issues related to the Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017. Ashley Hoy, former director of coalitions for the Senate Republican Conference’s office of the vice chairman, and T.A. Hawks, former Senate Agriculture Committee minority staff director, will work on the account.

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• Monument also signed on to work with Identification Technology Association, which focuses on biometrics, identity management and cyber protection, to work on issues related to secure identity solutions, as well as Idaho company Black Sage Technologies Inc., a systems integrator that detects and defeats drone threats, to work on matters related to the deployment of unmanned aircraft systems.

• FINANCE. Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck recently signed on to work with California personal finance company Credit Karma on financial services policy. Travis Norton, Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottMcConnell rebukes Steve King over white nationalist comments Steve King faces new storm over remarks about white supremacy Pelosi says there's 'interest' in taking action on Steve King MORE’s (R-S.C.) former counsel; Russ Sullivan, the Senate Finance Committee’s former staff director; and Milan Dalal, who worked on the Senate Banking Committee, will work on the account.

• PORTS. Lone Star Ports, based out of Corpus Christi, Texas, has hired Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas to work on issues related to the port of Corpus Christi, which is the largest exporter of crude oil in the U.S. The port is currently developing a crude oil export terminal, the Caller Times reported in October. Former Senate chiefs of staff Helen Tolar, who worked for Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Lawmakers shrug off shutdown drama MORE (R-Ark.); Steven Haro, who worked for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Grandson's note to Barr during confirmation hearing goes viral Barr hearing marks first time Senate Judiciary has GOP women serving on panel MORE (D-Calif.); Constantine Hingson, who worked for former Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDems zero in on Trump and Russia National security center launches program to help US firms guard against foreign hackers House Dems unveil election security, voting measures in sweeping anti-corruption bill MORE (R-Ind.); and Charles Wooters, who worked for Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenLeaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight McConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time Dems struggling to help low-wage contractors harmed by shutdown MORE (D-Md.) are among those on the account.