Ex-director says he believes Holder would be politically independent.
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Smaller number is based on fewer requests for tour bus permits.
Bush administration’s eleventh-hour security directives assert U.S. role in the region.
Deputy Defense hopeful says review will be limited in scope, addressing key initiatives including quality of life programs and selected acquisition programs.
Any official involved in a big acquisition program will need written approval from an ethics officer to take a job with a contractor.
Obama promises greater transparency in order to get bill passed.
Most investment would go to improve facilities and other infrastructure.
Senate minority whip objects to fast-track treatment for Timothy Geithner, but others are warming to the nominee.
Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki says he anticipates challenges similar to those he faced in modernizing the Army.