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Ex-SEC Employees Enjoy 'Revolving Door,' Study Says

Former employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission have benefited from a "revolving door" that allows them to take generously paying private sector jobs with duties that include representing clients before their old agency, according to a study released Friday by the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight. The result is a risk of conflict of interest that could "bias SEC oversight and undermine public confidence in the SEC's work," the study said.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 12:40pm

Was U.S. Intel on Bin Laden Off Target?

Nearly two weeks after the daring U.S. raid that caught Osama bin Laden by lethal surprise at his compound in Pakistan, it remains unclear how much direct control he had over al Qaida’s operations, according to U.S. officials and terror experts.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 9:40am

4 Keys to Immigration Reform: Win Hispanics' Trust

Part one of a four-part video series looking at tactics the Obama administration should use to make progress with the public and a key group of the electorate, Hispanics, on the issue of immigration.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

Huckabee Adviser Doubts He's Running

While Mike Huckabee keeps everyone waiting for his presidential announcement on Saturday night, his campaign manager from 2008 is already writing him off.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

PICTURES: Stephen Colbert at FEC

Under normal circumstances, it would be difficult for anyone to rally a handful of supporters--much less hundreds--at the Federal Election Commission's offices to seek clarification of federal campaign finance laws.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

The Reporter-to-Political Mouthpiece Transition

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman sparked a discussion about the revolving door between the White House and the Washington press corps Friday with his scoop on who else Vice President Joe Biden was considering for his next communications director.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

Stabenow Touts Agriculture Committee Leadership

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) became Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee this year, giving her a big say over the 2012 Farm Bill. And she has wasted no time touting that position ahead of her 2012 reelection bid.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

Bachmann Not Eyeing Klobuchar Challenge

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not eyeing a Senate seat--for now.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Two Republicans officially threw their hats into the ring this week and announced their full-fledged presidential campaigns. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will make his first Sunday show appearance since his announcement on NBC's "Meet the Press," while Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) goes head to head with Chris Wallace on "FOX News Sunday." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will also appear on "FOX News Sunday."

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

House Majority PAC To Enter NY 26 Ad War

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The newly-formed House Majority PAC will jump into the hotly-contested special election in New York's 26th District next week, according to a source familiar with the group's plans.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm