The Holder Approach: The Senate is expected to confirm Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general later today. If (read: When) Holder is approved to head up the Justice Department, the department will likely make a drastic shift away from the doctrinal approach it had under President George W. Bush, The New York Times reports.
A Taxing Issue: Not long after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's confirmation was slowed in the Senate after it was discovered that he hadn't paid all of his taxes, Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Tom Daschle has issued an apology for a similar problem. The Washington Post reports that Daschle released a letter early today apologizing to the top lawmakers on the Senate Finance Committee for mistakes on his personal income tax returns that resulted in $146,000 in back payments.
Gone But Not Forgotten: Despite the efforts of many Dreier partners to distance themselves from Mark Dreier, the firm's sole equity partner who was jailed in December for allegedly dipping into escrow accounts, they could face legal issues arising from their time at the firm, The New York Law Journal reports via Law.com. The departed partners might be held liable for any of the firm's debts, and also face disciplinary action for any missing escrow funds.
Foxy Mrs. Washington? Apparently Martha Washington might have been more attractive than once thought, The Washington Post reports. Several historians have undertaken the task of revamping the frumpy image of Washington by using the surviving records of things she wrote and asking forensic anthropologists to do a computerized age-regression portrait of her in her mid-20s.