Ethics Inquiry: The Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into fundraisers involving financial services companies that took place near the time of the House vote on financial reform, according to this article in The New York Times.
Smart Company: If you think D.C.-area residents are smart -- maybe too smart for their own good -- there's new evidence to back up that disctinction. Recent Census data show nearly half of area residents have a college degree, and a fifth have graduate degrees, topping all other large metropolitan areas, The Washington Post reports.
Obama Picks Howell for Judgeship: U.S. Sentencing Commission member Beryl Howell was among five lawyers named to U.S. district courts, as we reported last night. Howell is a former staffer for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and former assistant U.S. attorney.
Adult Film Star Seeks Special Billing: Lorelei Lee is not her real name, and she'd just as soon spectators at the ongoing obscenity trial in D.C. federal court not learn what it is, according to this BLT report from yesterday.
Black Attack: Imprisoned media mogul Conrad Black must be hoping that his Supreme Court win last month will carry over into success in a Tax Court battle he is waging, according to this article in Forbes. The IRS is claiming he owes millions in back taxes, but Black asserts he was not a U.S. citizen or resident at the time.