For six years, while brilliantly disguised as the attorney general of the United States, he was actually working deep undercover, DiCaprio in The Departed-style, as the best defense lawyer Wall Street ever had.
Holder denied there was anything weird about returning to one of Wall Street's favorite defense firms after six years of letting one banker after another skate on monstrous cases of fraud, tax evasion, market manipulation, money laundering, bribery and other offenses. read more
Two days before the fast-track vote, President Barack Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed, The Guardian reports. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on May 12 , distinguishing themselves from the Senate's 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway. In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts -- Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington and Bill Nelson of Florida -- caved and voted for fast-track. Bennet, Murray and Wyden -- all running for re-election in 2016 -- received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015. read more