Americans are angry, pollsters and cable television hosts tell us. Really they are depressed, deeply discouraged and feeling helpless as they watch oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, their unemployed neighbors paying too much attention to the lawn, and banks escaping the tight regulation called for after bringing the economy to a screeching halt.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin called the state’s legislature into an emergency July 15 session to decide whether to hold a special election this year to pick a successor to late Senator Robert Byrd .
Massey Energy Co. “does not game the system” by appealing U.S. safety citations to delay enforcement action, Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship said in his first appearance before Congress since the explosion at a company coal mine killed 29 workers.
Congress’s longest-serving member arrived at the House of Representatives when Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House, “The Honeymooners” was a top-rated television show, youngsters wore coonskin caps and their older siblings danced to “Rock Around the Clock.”
“I haven’t seen so much lard,” said Ronald Reagan, “since I handed out blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair.” It was March 1987, and the president was using his weekly radio address to blast a highway spending bill he’d just vetoed.
U.S. regulators sued a Georgia accountant over claims he passed confidential information on Sanofi-Aventis Inc.’s 2009 offer to buy Chattem Inc. to friends who then made illegal trades ahead of the deal’s announcement.