Sen. Dick Durbin, speaking with reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, is planning to be outside the dome Thursday morning to attend a fundraiser hosted by the retail industry for his leadership PAC. Stores such as Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. backed a Durbin amendment to the financial services reform bill earlier this year that lets the Federal Reserve cap credit card interchange fees.
• George Lowe, a former chief of staff to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and then-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), is joining the government law and strategies group at Brown Rudnick. Most recently, he ran Lowe Strategies. At Brown Rudnick, he will focus on political and parliamentary strategy, coalition building and crisis management.
• Kadesh & Associates has tapped Warren Weinstein, who joins the firmís water, energy and environment practice. Weinstein previously was legislative director at the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network.
• The American Academy of Pediatrics has added Tamar Magarik Haro and Daniel Gage to its roster. Haro was staff director of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee on children and families. Gage joined AAP from J.A. Green and Co., a lobbying firm where he was vice president of government affairs.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.