The head of the beleaguered federal agency that regulates offshore drilling resigned today, shortly before the Interior Department released new estimates that rank the spill as the nation’s largest ever.
Elizabeth Birnbaum, appointed last year to direct the Minerals Management Service, noted that her agency will be reorganized into three new federal offices in a letter of resignation to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar….
Salazar called Birnbaum a strong and effective leader who had helped take important steps to fix the agency she headed.
“She is a good public servant. She resigned today on her own terms and on her own volition,” he said.
Multiple reports this morning, citing Democratic sources, said Birnbaum had been fired.
Is this top-kill because she couldn’t hit the junk shot?
Update 1:35 p.m.: David Axelrod confirmed yesterday that a “top-kill” was needed at MMS.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online