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Coalition Pushes Social Security Accounts

Perlstein said he isn't concerned about the buzz that Gray might be named by the president as ambassador to the European Union.

"It would be wonderful for Boyden and good for the country. We decided we couldn't wait" to establish the new practice, Perlstein said.

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Ex-Bush Officials Hired at Cohen Group

Three senior Bush administration officials and a retired Army general are signing up with the Cohen Group, founded by former GOP senator and defense secretary William S. Cohen: Marc Grossman, former ambassador to Turkey; retired Adm. James Loy, former deputy secretary of homeland security and commandant of the Coast Guard; retired Army Gen. Paul Kern, former head of the Army Materiel Command; and Frank Miller, former senior director for defense policy and arms control at the National Security Council.

Grossman starts June 6 as vice chairman; Loy starts April 18; Kern and Miller are already at work.

Cohen Group folks don't officially lobby but, according to the group, provide clients "the insights and intelligence needed to better understand and shape the business, political, legal, regulatory and media environments in which they operate." The consulting shop has a "strategic partnership" with DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, which has a lobbying component.

For the Record . . .

Also moving about . . . Former representative Jim Turner (D-Tex.), has joined Arnold & Porter as a partner in the law firm's public policy and government contracts practice. Elizabeth Hurley Burks, his former chief of staff, has also signed on as a senior policy and legislative adviser.

John Duncan resigned last month as assistant secretary of the Treasury for legislative affairs and joined Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates as a managing director.

Bill Morley has left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was vice president of congressional affairs, to head the Washington office of the MWW Group.

Karen Yeager, most recently adviser to Homeland Security Undersecretary Michael Brown, has joined Dutko Worldwide.

The National Association of Realtors has signed on Sam Whitfield, a former aide to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.), as a lobbyist. Whitfield most recently worked in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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