CEI Weekly: CEI Offers More for Gore Debate

>>[Video] CEI Invites Al Gore to Debate with Additional $200 in Pledges

CEI upped the ante this week by throwing $200 in promised pledges by our viewers, on top of the $500 originally promised, along with a few extra bonuses. Be sure to check out CEI's invitation here.

>>Shaping the Debate

EPA Delivers Lump of Coal to Appalachia

William Yeatman's op-ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch

Comprehensive Redux

Alex Nowrasteh's op-ed in the Washington Times

Christmas Comes Early for the Big Drug Companies

Greg Conko's quotation in the Washington Examiner

>>Best of the Blogs 

Health Care Bill’s Hidden Tax on Pain Relievers, Pedialyte, and Prenatal Vitamins

by John Berlau

If you want to see how Obamacare will hit you and your family in the wallet, look no further than the inside of your medicine cabinet. Open the cabinet door and you may see an antihistamine such as Claritin for allergies, pain relief medicine such as Tylenol or Excedrin. . . All of these items in your cabinet have two things in common. One is that they are classified as “over the counter” (OTC) medicines and available without a doctor’s prescription. The other is that if you pay for any of these items with money in your flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) – and according to this guide from FSA administrator Benesyst , all of these are eligible expenses — you will face an effective tax increase of up to 40 percent on these items in the health care bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is poised to pass the U.S. Senate. 

Regulation of the Day 88: College Football's Playoff System

by Ryan Young

“College football is bringing big bucks to K Street as lawmakers take aim at dismantling the Bowl Championship Series,” says a story in Politico. A six-figure sum is being spent lobbying what really shouldn’t be a government issue. Millions more are being spent on other issues affecting college sports. There’s even a PlayOff PAC that gives money to politicians who take an active stance on college football playoff reform.

Flu Watch Dec. 18 - What Swing Flu Isn't Doing this Week

by Michael Fumento

New infections continued to drop, down this week to only 391 reported by CDC-monitored labs, compared to 1,370 just two weeks before and 11,470 at the height of the epidemic. So that’s a plummet of over 96% from the height. Deaths and hospitalizations are less than half those of last week, and while formerly the CDC refrained from releasing exact numbers it’s now doing so.

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