TRADE PROTECTIONISM - FRAN SMITH
Openmarket.org: Canada Not Happy with New Country of Origin Labeling Rules
Protectionism through non-tariff trade barriers is alive and well in the trade arena, even with the U.S.’s largest trading partner, Canada. New U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations on mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for meat and some other commodities aim to comply with a 2012 World Trade Organization decision on a dispute brought by Canada against the U.S., but fall short of that mark and may open the door to Canadian trade retaliation. > Read more
> Interview Fran Smith
RE-BOOTING CLIMATE CHANGE POLITICS - MARLO LEWIS
National Journal: Climate Better than 'We' Thought
The pro-Obama group Organizing for Action last week launched a campaign to “call out” climate change deniers in Congress. They’re trying to restart the debate by mobilizing people to tweet their congressman with messages like: “Rep. [X] Stop denying the science of climate change. It’s time for Congress to act.” This tactic is unlikely to prove any more successful than the previous 20 years of scaremongering, vilification, and hype.
We won’t have productive conversations in Congress about climate policy until the pro-“action” (i.e. pro-tax, pro-regulation) side starts acknowledging some basic realities. > Scroll to read more
> See also: Are House Republicans Going Green?
> Interview Marlo Lewis
REGULATING CAFFEINE - MICHELLE MINTON
Politix: Will Politics Take Away Your Caffeine?
An increasingly loud minority insists an essential component of coffee - caffeine - is so dangerous government should limit its consumption.
The Food and Drug Administration, prompted by growing public pressure, announced this month plans to investigate the use of caffeine as an additive, with a focus on the risks it poses to children and adolescents.
Given the FDA is undertaking this study in response to political pressure, its conclusionsare likely to be politicized. But should politics determine what foods and drinks consumers are allowed to buy? > Read more
> Interview Michelle Minton
CEI ANNUAL DINNER & GALA
THE HONORABLE RAND PAUL
JUNE 20, 2013