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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 ScottSenate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court Breaking down barriers for American military families Top House Dem dismisses reparations as 2020 candidates endorse idea 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 BoozmanGOP senators read Pence riot act before shutdown votes On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R-Ark.); Steven Haro, who worked for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Senate Judiciary Dem asks Barr to hand over full Mueller report by April 1 Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote This week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight MORE (D-Calif.); Constantine Hingson, who worked for former Sen. Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Pentagon lists construction projects at risk from emergency declaration | Officials deny report on leaving 1,000 troops in Syria | Spy budget request nears B Trump administration requests nearly B for spy budget Dems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump MORE (R-Ind.); and Charles Wooters, who worked for Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Defense: Trump to reverse North Korea sanctions imposed by Treasury | Move sparks confusion | White House says all ISIS territory in Syria retaken | US-backed forces report heavy fighting | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger MORE (D-Md.) are among those on the account.