October is “breast cancer awareness month” thanks to a collaborative campaign arranged by public and private groups united in the mission to fight breast cancer. Their educational efforts can save lives by promoting early detection and healthy lifestyle choices. Yet environmental activists and media are using this campaign as an excuse to scare women about chemicals, and unintentionally, divert their attention from truly useful information, such as the importance of regular breast exams and a healthy diet. > Read more
We all know how this is going to end. A deal will be made. Both sides will claim victory. Their bases will claim they sold out. And the government will reopen. It is often the side deals in these negotiations that end up making the most lasting impact. The sequester, for instance, was a side deal — a throw-in by a president who never expected it to come to pass. And, in this case, the side deal tradition gives Republicans an opportunity.
That opportunity is the REINS Act — Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny. It passed the House earlier this year with bipartisan support, only to be ignored by the Senate. It would require Congress to vote on any new regulation that has an economic impact of more than $100 million per year.>Read more
An odd-bedfellow coalition of agriculture, engine manufacturer, food retail, environment, hunger, taxpayer, and free-market public interest groups are asking the House Energy & Commerce Committee to ensure that any legislation proposed to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) address the “havoc that the corn ethanol mandate” has imposed on a “multitude of stakeholder interests.”> Read more