CEI Today: TSA body scanners, Supreme Court on EPA + broadcast cases, and more

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners


Today, 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. 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. > Read more


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Globalwarming.org: UARG Reaction
Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (UARG v. EPA), striking down the EPA’s “tailoring rule,” but reaffirming the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) was a co-petitioner in the case with Southeastern Legal Foundation.

"With today’s decision in UARG, we at least have established a line in the sand regarding deference to agency decision making: The agency will not be permitted to blatantly re-write laws," said CEI Senior Fellow William Yeatman. "This is, alas, a pretty low bar."
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Supreme Court Ruling Expected in Broadband TV Case

A forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will impact how consumers view broadcast television. CEI and ICLE filed a joint amicus brief in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. arguing that federal copyright laws protect ABC and other owners of broadcast television programs from unauthorized, uncompensated retransmissions, including those made by Aereo to paying subscribers. This case implicates not only broadcast television, but also nearly all audiovisual works publicly distributed free of charge, whether initially transmitted over cable television or the Internet. > View the amicus

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Forbes: AT&T-DirecTV And The Neverending Folly Of Antitrust Regulation


This week, hearings occur in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on “The AT&T/DIRECTV Merger: The Impact on Competition and Consumers in the Video Market and Beyond,” as the latter puts it.

The heads of AT&T and DIRECTV should not even be in Washington. Yet, here they all are. Antitrust regulation is primarily about protecting the incumbent businesses. > Read more

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Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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