TheBridge- December 6, 2016

Today’s Bridge:

Read time: 8 minutes
All the links: 16 minutes
Reaching inboxes at CTA, Google, and ONE Campaign.

For your next trivia night: Donald Trump will become our third living president born in 1946.


 — Ebenezers

  • Looking to the states: GOP leaders in Congress are askinggovernors how to best replace Obamacare.
  • Breaking protocol: President-elect Trump’s historic call with Taiwan’s leader was intentional and in line with the President-elect’s tough on China strategy.
  • Donald and Ivanka Trump met with Al Gore yesterday in an effort to seek common ground on climate change.
  • GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said Republicans will introduce a bill funding the govt until next spring today. The House will also consider a water resources bill.
  • Cabinet Countdown: Trump has picked Dr. Ben Carson to lead HUD and retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department.
  • DC planners estimate between 800,000 and 900,000 people will attend Donald Trump’s inauguration. Many congressional offices have maxed out on ticket requests, but party planners are expecting fewer celeb sightings than in past years. Of note, the PEOTUS’ hotel has already sold out.
  • House Hunters: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are reportedlylooking at real estate in Washington, DC.
  • Biden 2020? Joe Biden told a group of reporters that he may run for president in 2020.

WHERE WE’RE WORKING — Flying back to SFO. Watching Veep mid-flight.

  • The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity says the government should take measures to reduce the threat from botnets and highlighted the threat posed by the “Internet of Things.”
  • Show me the money: Bradley Tusk, founder and CEO of Tusk Ventures, weighs in on how Silicon Valley can help reduce the influence of money in politics.
  • China is looking to capitalize on Silicon Valley’s anxiety about a Trump Administration by offering generous incentives (i.e. million-dollar signing bonuses) to tech talent looking to move abroad.
  • VIDEO: David Cowan, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, saysretired Marine General James Mattis is a “competent pick” to lead the Defense Department, but Trump’s call for the DOD and Joint Chiefs of Staff to protect vital infrastructure against cyberattacks is “not the right solution.”
  • Side note: Mattis is on the board of Silicon Valley company Theranos.




Thank you to everyone who attended TheBridge’s first event in DC! Peoplepacked the house to hear staffers from Slack, Twitter and the CTA share about their career transitions from politics to tech. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Can you hack it? Debug Politics is hosting political hackathons in three cities over the next few months. The idea is to gather people to create innovative ways to make a real difference in politics. Register at the links below.


  • 65,800: Number of people who have applied to serve in the Trump administration through the website
  • $150 million: Tyson Foods launches VC fund to invest in food tech
  • 4.6%: Nationwide unemployment rate


Someone with a cooler job than us…

Erin McPike
Communications Director at 1776

Q. Most underrated virtue in an employee?
A: Excellent writing skills!

Q. Startup to watch?
A: Habit, think Blue Apron merging with MyFitness. Can’t wait!

Q. If you had to live in another city, which would it be?
A: Summer in Boston, Winter in New Orleans

Q. Which Member of Congress is most tech savvy?
A: There may be different metrics for this, but I’d point you to Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, and Susan Brooks, a Republican

Q. Best advice you’ve received?
A: Go where you’re wanted, from my mom

Q. Favorite app?
A: ParkMobile

Q. Living person you admire?
A: Megyn Kelly

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