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CHQ - Buy American" Rider May Hurt Americans

Claims of Protectionism Dog Obama's Stimulus Bill
CHQ Original -
The stimulus bill may have passed the House, but not after a "Buy American" rider was slipped in. Will this provision end up hurting U.S. business more than helping? Conservatives say yes.

Other Articles in News From the Front:


The Democrats' '$800-billion mistake'
Obama's Stimulus: What Taxpayers Will Really be Paying For
Malkin: Time To Get Things Undone
A Constitutional Right to Listen
RNC Race 'Dirtiest Ever'
Does RNC Stand For, "Really Not Confidence-inducing"?


All of these articles, and many others, can be accessed through



Blackwell For RNC Chair - RNC Members Uniting for Change

Arizona National Committeeman Bruce Ash Urges Members who Want Change to Unite with Blackwell

WASHINGTON, DC-- Today at the Republican National Committee 2009 Winter Meeting Arizona National Committeeman Bruce Ash urged members of the committee who seek a change in leadership to unite behind Ken Blackwell. His statement follows:

"I believe Ken Blackwell is the right leader at exactly the right time to lead and reform our party. Ken Blackwell is the logical change candidate with the stature and political philosophy to take the Obama Administration to task. Today I am urging members of the RNC who are supporting other "change" candidates to join me and a growing list of members in uniting behind Ken Blackwell."

The Blackwell campaign also announced that LA GOP Chairman Roger Villere, AZ National Committeeman Bruce Ash and campaign manager John Yob will be leading efforts to recruit other "change" supporters and campaigns to unite behind Ken Blackwell.


Daily Grind: Republicans Rally Against the "Stimulus"

Republicans Rally Against the “Stimulus”
House Republicans and conservative Democrats defy President Obama’s $819 spending scheme.


Getting on Track
When the U.S. economy falls off track, Democrats shovel more money into the engine instead of into the hands of the American people.


Bailing Out The Fourth Estate?
The First Amendment would be dealt a serious blow if President Obama bails out the media.


Obama's “Five Year Plan”
Much like the Soviets, President Obama is relying on an economic plan that relies heavily on the federal government to control things.



CEI Weekly: Attack of the Stimulus

BREAKING NEWS: 200 Economists Oppose the Stimulus Plan

CEI has been vocal in its opposition to the stimulus plan. Turns out, we're not alone. The Cato Institute has collected the signatures of 200 economists who believe that "Lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth."


>>Major CEI Publication

One Nation, Ungovernable?

A Bipartisan Agenda for Economic Liberalization & Restraint on Political Power

>>Shaping the Debate

VIDEO: John Berlau on Timothy Geithner's Tax Troubles

John Berlau featured on Fox News


VIDEO: John Berlau on Tim Geithner’s Qualifications

John Berlau featured on Fox News


Don't Just Shrink Government--Run It Right

Eli Lehrer featured in


>>CEI in the News

The Miami Herald -- Eli Lehrer


National Underwriter -- Eli Lehrer


A.M. Best Wire -- Eli Lehrer


>>Best of the Blogs

The Thrilling Feeling of Spending Other People’s Money

by Doug Bandow

"There’s nothing quite like using someone else’s credit card . . . Just think of the fun of wasting cash provided by people around the country for local boondoggles that your own taxpayers would never pay for!"


Green Pork

by Jonathan Tolman

"In addition to tens of billions of dollars in the House stimulus bill for infrastructure and other projects to create jobs, there are also funding items that appear to do the exact opposite."


Geithner confirmed — but with bipartisan “nays”

by John Berlau

"The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Timothy F. Geithner tonight, but the vote was closer than expected with more “nays” than any previous nominee of President Barack Obama. The 60-34 confirmation was also the first nomination vote of the Obama administration with any Democrat voting no."


Liveblog of Al Gore Climate Hearing

by Iain Murray

"Gore links global warming, financial crisis and terrorism as all caused by our use of coal and oil. How convenient for him. Oh, and China as well. Urges Congress to pass “the entirety” of the stimulus bill. Presumably including the resodding of the National Mall as a vital step in combating the climate crisis."


DeMint’s Smaller-Government Stimulus

by Ivan Osorio

"DeMint also noted the importance of the opportunity costs, which those who tout the 'benefits' of government spending rarely acknowledge. He noted that the costs of government spending extend beyond the dollar amounts government shells out, to the 'costs in terms of allowing people to keep money in the private market,' since, 'there’s a multiplier effect when the money is out there rather than comes here [to Washington].'"



LibertyWeek Episode 27: Blago in Absentio

We start by highlighting CEI’s new Agenda for Congress. After all, they need adult supervision from somewhere, right? We then take on the new rules for bailout spending at Treasury, Gov. Blagojevich’s no-show status at his own impeachment trial, and an interview with Bureaucrash Crasher-in-Chief Pete Eyre. Finally, we round out the program with some strenuous Olympic News.


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DNC - Opposes RNC Attempt to Dismantle McCain-Feingold and Lift the Soft Money Ban on National Parties

Democratic National Committee files motion to intervene in RNC v. FEC


WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Democratic National Committee announced that it filed a motion to intervene in the case of the Republican National Committee v. FEC, in which the RNC is seeking to dismantle the soft money provisions of the bi-partisan McCain Feingold campaign reform act (BCRA) of 2002. After a bruising defeat in November 2008, the RNC filed suit in the District of Columbia, challenging the constitutionality of the central tenet of BCRA – the ban on national party soft-money. In its suit, the RNC relies on the same arguments that it made and that the Supreme Court previously rejected in, McConnell v. FEC in 2003.


Co-authored by the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, John McCain, and signed by President George W. Bush, BCRA represents landmark progress in the efforts to end the corrupting effect of big moneyed, special interests in politics. As the New York Times noted in a recent editorial, “If the suit succeeds, it will seriously damage democracy by allowing a virtually unlimited amount of corporate and other special-interest money to flood into politics.” [New York Times, 1/12/09]


“Cloaked in the veil of a constitutional challenge, the RNC is callously attempting to dismantle needed reforms to make up for their fundraising deficiencies,” said DNC General Counsel Robert F. Bauer.


“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” said DNC Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon. “Having failed to connect with ordinary Americans, the Republican Party is trying to change the rules to suit their political objectives, rather than work harder within the law to reach the American people.”


As a national party committee that would be directly impacted by any changes to BCRA, and as the RNC’s main competitor in electoral and party politics, the DNC filed the motion to ensure its interests are adequately represented in the defense of the law. In the motion filed today, the DNC maintains that the RNC’s suit is clearly a politically motivated attempt to re-inject the corrupting influence of special interest monies into the system because of their inability to raise “small donor” hard money. In an interview with the Washington Times in November 2008, RNC chairman Michael Duncan said, "If we can't take non-federal [soft] money to help get these things done, we will be at a severe disadvantage.” [Washington Times, 11/13/08]


For a PDF of the DNC’s complaint, please click here: