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Oil Industry Calls In The Cavalry

From this morning's Earlybird. • "The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is putting the petroleum industry and its top lobbyist, Jack Gerard, on the defensive after months in which the industry appeared to have the political wind at its back," the Wall Street Journal reports. • "An offshore drilling company tied to the massive Gulf oil spill," Transocean Ltd., "is boosting its lobbying and public-relations team as the number of congressional inquiries expands," The Hill reports.

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 8:34am

Reading The Elections

To be sure, the general storyline in today's primary elections in Arkansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania will be one of establishment/incumbent vs. challenger/insurgent. But the one race that might tell us the most about what to expect in November doesn't fit this mold at all -- the special general el

Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 12:00am

White House Posts Obama Financial Records

The White House posted the personal financial records of President Obama and Vice President Biden. Click for the blog post and their records. Among the interesting items: Obama received several million dollars from book royalties last year, and the gift value of Bo, the Obama family dog, was $1,600. Bo was a gift from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 4:22pm

ASGK Hires Former White House Aide

Adam Ukman has joined ASGK Public Strategies, as a principal. Ukman most recently coordinated advance logistics and events for the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Ukman's background in field and grassroots advocacy started with the Obama for America Presidential campaign. From March 2007 to November 2008, Ukman implemented a field strategy as an organizer during the Iowa caucus before moving on to five other primary states. During the general election, he worked as a deputy field director in Colorado.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 2:46pm

Justice Official Joins Patton Boggs

John "Jay" Darden, a high-ranking Justice Department fraud prosecutor, is joining Patton Boggs as a partner, bolstering the firm's healthcare abuse and white-collar crime practices, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. Previously, Darden was the Assistant Chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department. In that role, he supervised the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud and anti-kickback violations in multiple districts across the country, coordinating the Fraud Section's work with U.S.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 12:07pm

Candidates Feel TARP Heat

In '08, George W. Bush's top economics experts warned that if the government didn't bail out key banks, the economy could fail. What they didn't say is that anyone who voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program -- regardless of party -- would face the prospect of losing their jobs over the vote.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 10:58am

Watchdog Blasts Google Over Data Collection Mistake

A consumer advocacy group says Google's recent admission that it is collecting more data from WiFi networks than it previously disclosed highlights the need for federal regulators to more closely examine what data the Internet firm is collecting. Consumer Watchdog once again raised its concerns about Google's data privacy practices after the firm acknowledged Friday in a blog post that it discovered the discrepancy during an audit of the WiFi data its "Street View" cars collect for use in location-based services such as Google Maps.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 10:15am

Final PA Polls Show Tied Race

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D) are headed to a photo finish in a primary that has tightened over the final weeks, putting at risk Specter's 30-year Senate career, according to the final polls out of the Keystone State.

A Quinnipiac Univ. study, conducted May 12-16 among 951 likely Dem primary voters, held a margin of error of +/- 3.2%. A Muhlenberg College/Allentown Morning Call poll conducted May 12-15 surveyed 430 likely Dem primary voters, for a margin of error of +/- 5%. Specter and Sestak were tested against each other.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 9:18am

Financial Industry Hosts Slew Of Fundraisers

From this morning's Earlybird: • "As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote as early as this week on legislation rewriting the rules for Wall Street, the financial industry is holding fundraisers for lawmakers at a rate of almost one every business day this month," Bloomberg News reports. • "Thousands of protesters are expected to march on K Street" today "in support of financial regulatory reform legislation," The Hill reports.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 9:00am

Broadband Regulation Won't Be On FCC's Agenda

From this morning's Earlybird: • The Federal Communications Commission "will tackle five regulatory items at its monthly meeting on Thursday, but the elephant in the room -- Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to shift broadband from light to heavier regulation -- is not scheduled to be among them," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 8:45am