This day carries very real legal significance for residents in the Gulf region who are suing BP, Halliburton and Transocean and hoping to hold them accountable for the tremendous damage these companies caused.
The investigations into the Deepwater Horizon rig's demise over the one year since that tragedy have all pointed toward the corrupting influence of the same forces I experienced first hand working for the same company.
A signature feature of the shadow lobbyist era is not just a manipulation of public policy, but also an embrace of "failing upward". No matter the track record, the elite 1 percent seek more of the same.
Here are some notes from a nation in which the wealthy and powerful increasingly act with near impunity and the lesser off just have to "suck on this" -- in the immortal and unwittingly apt phrase of one of our elite pundits.