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Hogan, Akin Gump Fire First Shots in New Round of Salary Wars Just when D.C. managing partners thought it was safe to go back in the water, associate salaries start climbing once more. • U.S. Attorney Scandal Brushes Jeffrey Taylor One figure close to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who’s so far escaped the firestorm over the U.S. attorney firings is Jeffrey Taylor, the interim U.S. attorney for D.C. who previously worked as a counselor in Gonzales’ office. But last week, Taylor’s name touched the scandal’s edges. • True Lies? Former CIA Officer’s Clearance Cancelled Over Book John Sullivan was the master of the polygraph, having given more lie-detector tests in his 30-year tenure than almost any other CIA officer. But when Sullivan, who is now retired, wanted to publish a book detailing some of the mishaps with the agency’s use of polygraphs, the CIA canceled his security clearance in retribution. • Book Bust: Clerks Not Allowed to Edit Collections of Essays on War on Terror At first, the idea seemed like a fine way to make a name for themselves. But the plan backfired, and Derek Smith and Blaine Evanson were forced to drop their book proposal last week by their boss, Judge A. Raymond Randolph, who clearly wasn’t happy about the imbroglio. • Speaking Tongues: Suit Filed Over New HUD Regulations Fearing a costly tower of Babel, some housing industry trade associations are suing over new regulations issued two months ago by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. • Former Guard Jailed After Fleeing Criminal Charges Criminal charges against a former D.C. jail guard caused the Nigerian-born man to skip town, but he’s back in custody now more than three years later. • The $65 Million Judge: Ethics Complaint Filed Against Judge’s Suit D.C. administrative law judge Roy Pearson Jr. isn’t making many new friends with his $65 million lawsuit against a local dry cleaner for losing a pair of his pants.

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