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McKinney Lawyer Stokes Controversy When Rep. Cynthia McKinney apologized last week for her tussle with a U.S. Capitol Police officer, it seemed she was trying to quiet the controversy surrounding the scuffle. One of the Georgia Democrat’s attorneys apparently didn’t get the memo. • Port Pork: Foreign Takeover Prompts Call to Lobbyists When French telecom giant Alcatel proposed a $14.1 billion takeover of New Jersey’s Lucent Technologies Inc., the two companies quickly hurled fists of cash at D.C. lawyers and lobbyists to head off any government opposition. • In the Firms: Movement Amongst the Players Conventional wisdom says bigger is better, but not every attorney in Washington buys that formula. • Dirty Talk: Washingtonienne Blogger Loses Lawyer Not even a libel suit can stop the infamous Washingtonienne blogger from stirring up scandal in D.C. Last week, the defamation case against Jessica Cutler took an unexpected turn when her lawyer withdrew from the case amid allegations that he was one of the subjects of her sexually explicit blog. • Downgrading Brett: ABA Rating of Kavanaugh Lowered The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary slightly downgraded the rating of Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, last week as part of a regular review. • Deporting Reform: Specter Retracts on Plan for Immigration Appeals Congressional passage of an immigration bill looks more and more uncertain each day. But Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) made one thing clear last week: He’s ready to ditch the plan to shift all immigration appeals from regional circuits to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. • Power Shift: Renewed Patriot Act Strips Federal Judges’ Power Buried deep within the bill that renewed portions of the USA Patriot Act last month is a provision that strips federal judges of the power to select interim U.S. attorneys.

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