Breaux, Lott, Patton: "Former Sens. John Breaux and Trent Lott are in talks to more formally combine forces with law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs," reports The National Law Journal's Carrie Levine.
Massa(cre): The House ethics committee is ending its investigation of former Rep. Eric Massa -- now of tickle fight fame -- because the ex-Congressman's recent resignation puts him outside the reach of any disciplinary action it could take. The Washington Post has the story.
Circuitry: "President Barack Obama today named two nominees for federal appellate judgeships: a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and a sitting federal trial judge for the Federal Circuit," write The National Law Journal's Michael Scarcella and David Ingram.
Good News: The Wall Street Journal says that companies are back borrowing in the credit markets. Maybe transactional work is about to pick up?