Attorney General Eric Holder, shown testifying on Capitol Hill this year, is in the spotlight because of emails and other documents that indicate he seems to have known about the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation earlier than he said.
Mitt Romney, shown in 1993, is the former CEO of Bain & Co. In the 1980s, he started an investment fund called Bain Capital. His supporters say that's where he learned to solve big problems, create jobs and expand companies. His opponents say he made money by shutting down factories, occasionally driving companies into bankruptcy.
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Streets in Schoharie, N.Y., are lined with storm debris and damaged furniture after Tropical Storm Irene hit in late August. Like dozens of counties across the country, Schoharie faces high costs to repair its infrastructure, putting a strain on FEMA's budget.
Richard Cordray was approved by the Senate Banking Committee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Senate Republicans have vowed to filibuster nominees if there aren't changes to the agency.