Maybe it was the wake of back-to-back Wall Street failings, or perhaps Republican presidential candidate John McCain's call during meltdown-week for SEC chairman Christopher Cox's firing - er, resignation - that lit a fire under the Commission's officers to at least appear to try getting involved in stemming the crisis.

Most notably from our editorial perspective, the SEC rolled out an emergency order temporarily restricting short-selling activities aimed at the financial sector, and requirin

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