CEI Today: Surveillance reform, Big Labor at the docks, Obama's climate agenda, and more

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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Libertarian groups press McConnell on surveillance reform
A group of conservative and libertarian groups sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday opposing his proposal to reauthorize portions of the Patriot Act without attaching surveillance reform.  

The coalition said avoiding reform would leave Congress “subordinate to the administration’s creative reinterpretation” of the law.  > Read The Hill article



Big Labor at the California docks 

Amid charges of "wage theft," truck drivers from the docks at Los Angeles and Long Beach reportedly walked off the job Monday, unhappy with their status as independent contractors. 


“By twisting terminology, the Teamsters are targeting truckers at California docks for unionization," said CEI labor policy expert Aloysius Hogan. "At the California docks, as at a California recycling plant in a seminal case before the National Labor Relations Board, the Teamsters seek to transform workers into employees. In both cases, Big Labor simply seeks to line their pockets by forcing workers to pay union dues, despite most truckers preferring the greater flexibility and better income opportunity that comes with being independent.”



The Unbearable Lightness of Obama’s *Passion* for Mitigating AGW


President Obama took congressional Republicans to task for blocking his climate agenda. But opposition to climate policy is robustly bipartisan in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. Indeed, if all issues enjoyed the bipartisan support that does opposition to climate change mitigation policy, then no one would ever whine about D.C. being dysfunctional.  > Read more 

> Interview William Yeatman



Washington Examiner: Easy come, easy go

Instead of constantly and unpredictably tinkering with interest rates, money supply, exchange rates, and other variables, central banks should pursue a humbler monetary policy. This would emphasize an honest, stable, and predictable price system that creates a better environment for those private sector engines of growth. Central banks can manipulate economic indicators in the short run, but long-term prosperity doesn't come from monetary policy. It comes from private sector innovation and entrepreneurship." > View the Washington Examiner commentary)




Two experts on the subject  have two different

 opinions, including CEI's Marc Scribner. This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Washington DC 20045. 



Bloomberg Boston 1pm & 7pm ET
Bloomberg San Francisco at 10am & 4pm PT






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White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court


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