CEI Today: TSA body scanners, White House hot air, GOP & labor unions, and more

Friday, June 20, 2014
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CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. Next Tuesday, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

Globalwarming.org: Holdren Bi-Polar Vortex, Part II
Back on June 6th, OSTP (the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) officially declined to reexamine its highly-publicized January explanation for the extremely cold winter. In a Data Quality correction petition that we filed with OSTP in April, we pointed out that the body of evidence supporting OSTP Director John Holdren's claim was in fact shrinking, not growing. But OSTP ducked the issue, claiming that its Director had only been expressing his “personal opinion”, and that therefore the Data Quality Act didn’t apply.

So today we filed an appeal with OSTP of its decision.
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The Hill: Republicans sell out free-market principles for union favors


“The Norwegians are coming!”

That’s hardly a call to send Americans scurrying to the barricades. But if a labor union has its way, American travelers would face fewer choices and higher fares for reasons just as silly. So far, they appear to be winning the war, with the Republican-controlled House adopting a package last week containing an amendment from Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) designed to prevent a Norwegian low-cost airline from operating in the United States.
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CEI.org: Ex-Im Reauthorization Fight: Release the Reagan

The Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization in September. If the vote fails in Congress, the Bank and its $140 billion portfolio will cease to exist. In an effort to appeal to free-market types who oppose Ex-Im, the Aerospace Industries Association is invoking Ronald Reagan.

A page two ad in today’s Politico and an accompanying fact sheet sent to every member’s office on Capitol Hill prominently feature Reagan’s image and include quotes of the Gipper praising Ex-Im.
And yet Reagan was no fan of the Export-Import Bank, and said so publicly. > Read more


>Interview Ryan Young

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