One day after being sworn into office, President Obama issued a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies “reaffirming the commitment to accountability and transparency.”
Yet, with the majority party scrambling for votes and a grim November election forecast on the horizon, qualities such as transparency and openness have taken a back seat to political spin. Read More
America's litigation industry--the aggressive class action and mass tort lawyers who we at the Manhattan Institute have dubbed Trial Lawyers, Inc.--are always seeking new products to expand their bottom line. Today's plaintiff bar is taking an old class of tort claims, those involving environmental injury, and abusing the legal process in an effort to impose environmental regulations through judicial fiat. Read More
Downtown New Orleans teemed with heroes last week.
At the corner of Poydras and O'Keefe, a camera crew filmed a scene for "The Green Lantern." Scheduled for release in 201l, the film chronicles the exploits of the superhero crime fighter whose superpowers derive from a ring energized by an ancient Chinese lantern. Read More
Grass somehow manages to grow up through small cracks in the sidewalk. Similarly, the American private sector somehow seems to be exerting itself despite the vast expansion of government by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. Read More
A former Schlumberger employee who used to be responsible for the company’s response to oil rig blowouts around the world says that whoever ordered the team of engineers off the Deepwater Horizon before they recorded the results of a “cement bond log” test is directly responsible for the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the wrongful deaths of 11 people. Read More
The Minerals Management Service, which is charged with regulating offshore oil drilling, was a deeply troubled agency when Barack Obama inherited it from George W. Bush. Top MMS officials had been caught drinking, doing drugs and even having sex with oil-industry contacts. More prosaically, they accepted gifts from industry representatives and did favors for them. Read More