White House says retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding will recuse himself for one year from matters relating to security firm he founded.
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Congressional notification provisions in House and Senate authorization measures top the list of issues.
State Department's Harold Koh said he is "comfortable" with the administration's legal position on the use of unmanned aircraft to kill suspected terrorists.
Army general says next several months will be marked by tough fighting, as the military sends 30,000 more troops to quell rising violence.
Republican Jim Bunning is holding up administration nominees, critics say.
Lawmakers praise efforts to decentralize operations, but worry about staffing shortages.
The president kicks off a week of lobbying for healthcare reform, insisting the proposal is good for older Americans.
Agency hopes its offbeat commercials will save money by encouraging more people to return forms.
Research institute finds more pressure and leadership from the administration are needed to make significant changes.
But agencies also are responsible for accurate reporting of contract award spending, analysts say.