SENATE CONFIRMS CORDRAY - JOHN BERLAU
National Review: Cordray’s Record
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. CEI's John Berlau has warned that Richard Cordray, during his19-month tenure at CFPB, established a pattern of mismanagement and abuse.
"Most frighteningly, under Cordray’s leadership, the CFPB is building an extensive database of tens of millions of Americans’ private financial transactions; it smacks of the National Security Agency scandal, but lacks the justification of fighting terrorism." > Read more
> Interview John Berlau
LAWSUIT ON NSA SURVEILLANCE - RYAN RADIA
Techliberation.com: Why the Lawsuit Challenging NSA Surveillance is Crucial to Internet Freedom
Tuesday, another crucial lawsuit challenging the NSA’s domestic surveillance program was brought by a diverse coalition of nineteen public interest groups, religious organizations, and other associations. The coalition, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, includes TechFreedom, Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, among many other groups. The lawsuit, brought in the U.S. district court in northern California, argues that the NSA’s program—aptly described as the “Assocational Tracking Program” in the complaint—violates the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution, along with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. > Read more
> Interview Ryan Radia
DC MINIMUM WAGE - TREY KOVACS
Workplacechoice.org: DC Super-Minimum Wage: Bad Idea, Bad Policy
Washington D.C. City Council’s bill that would require large retailers (namely Wal-Mart) to pay a super-minimum wage is not only bad public policy, but also most likely illegal. > Read more
> Interview Trey Kovacs
CLIMATE CHANGE & EXTREME WEATHER - MYRON EBELL
Globalwarming.org: Department of Energy Claims Climate Change Threatens Energy Sector
The Department of Energy last week released a report on U. S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather.
Neither the Department of Energy’s report nor any of the news stories I’ve read consider the major reason why the energy sector is becoming less robust and resilient. It’s largely because of all the regulations and mandates that require the energy sector to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in technologies that provide very little energy, which means that there is little capital available to invest in improving and enlarging the energy infrastructure. > Read more
> See also: Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013 Up for House Vote This Week
> Interview Myron Ebell
EPA Failure on Deadlines
The EPA has routinely failed to comply with statutory deadlines established for three core Clean Air Act programs and, more often than not, now promulgates regulations almost six years after established deadlines, according to a new CEI study. > Read more
THURSDAY: “Chattanooga, UAW & Free Markets”
CEI's Matt Patterson will speak at a public forum about the UAW and its drive to organize the local Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. -> Thursday, July 18
Stossel: Should Online Gambling Be Legalized?
University of Illinois professor John Kindt and CEI fellow Michelle Minton debate a ban on online gambling.
> View the debate