Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 9.23.15

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Finding a willing successor might be tricky: “Martin Winterkorn, the embattled chief executive of Volkswagen, has announced that he is to resign following the scandal surrounding the emissions of its diesel cars.”
 
* Kirkland & Ellis gets a new client: “Volkswagen has hired the US law firm that defended BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to help it deal with a growing collection of investigations and law suits over the emissions scandal that has rocked the car maker and dragged in the German government.”
 
* Papal visit: “Pope Francis touched on a number of hot-button issues on his first full day in the United States, delivering two big speeches that referenced climate change, religious liberty, immigration, and abortion.”
 
* OPM: “The Office of Personnel Management said Wednesday that 5.6 million individuals’ fingerprints were stolen in the massive breach the agency discovered earlier this year – more than five times the amount originally reported.”
 
* Martin Shkreli makes a name for himself: “Over the past week, the 32-year-old has become Public Enemy No. 1 thanks to his company’s decision to raise the price of a lifesaving drug by more than 4,000 percent, from $1,130 to $63,000…. ‘Pharma bro,’ as Shkreli quickly became known, is not the first person to corner the market on a drug and then hike its price – although he is a frequent offender.”
 
* I suppose “crisis enthusiasts” is too long? “The Associated Press, which sets editorial guidelines followed by media outlets around the world, ruffled a few feathers on Tuesday when it announced it would no longer call those who reject climate change ‘deniers’ or ‘skeptics.’ New guidance in its official AP Stylebook is to use ‘climate change doubters’ or ‘those who reject mainstream climate science.’”
 
* Some welcome good news: “The U.S. Department of Interior has decided that the greater sage grouse, a peculiar and distinctly Western bird, does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that an unprecedented land conservation effort has already significantly reduced the threats to sage grouse.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 

Wednesday's Mini-Report, 9.23.15