“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.
Daniel Inouye, an American of Japanese ancestry who lost his right arm fighting for his country in World War II and went on to represent Hawaii in Congress for its first half century as a state, has died. He was 88.
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 .
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.