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Google is now extending its reach in Washington in ways big and small. Over the last few months, it has hired new outside counsel, former members of both the Clinton and current Bush administrations. It has also created Google policy fellowships, placing students in organizations like the Cato Institute that frequently research policies important to Google. And it sent executives, including Mr. Schmidt, to the Democratic and Republican national conventions to network with bureaucrats and politicians.
All this indicates that Google, despite some setbacks, is learning fast.