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Thursday
Apr162015

CEI Today: Suing Google, green cronyism, Obama fiduciary rule, the SEIU, and more

Thursday, April 16, 2015
In the News Today

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION SUING GOOGLE - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: European Commission Still Searching For Google Monopoly

Antitrust is one of America’s worst exports, but one adopted with relish by the European Commission (EC) as exemplified in newly announced formal charges against Google Inc. Antitrust is predatory corporate welfare policy. Firms do get large and powerful, but never as large and powerful as governments that collude with rent-seeking firms to forcibly channel customers to the latter.  > Read more
 

GREEN CRONYISM - WILLIAM YEATMAN

 

Washington Free Beacon: Steyer Nonprofit Owns Stake in Green Energy Investment Firm
 

“It’s like a closed loop of cronyism,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in energy and environmental policy.
 
“Steyer’s political giving fuels policies that enrich his friends, while at the same time it also bolsters the resources used by advocacy groups that lobby for these same policies,” Yeatman said. > Read more

OBAMA FIDUCIARY RULE - JOHN BERLAU


Fiduciary rule elicits mixed reactions
 

The new Department of Labor fiduciary rule, which Obama officials have said will mandate that brokers and others only give investment guidance that serves savers’ “best interest,” will likely resemble Obamacare for your IRA and 401(k). Though the full regulation still has not been publicly released, there are troubling indications of paternalism from the previous Department of Labor rule withdrawn in 2011 and the Obama administration’s own talking points. > Read more

 

> Interview John Berlau 
 






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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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Saturday
Jul122014

ALG's Daily Grind - The Internet antitrust trap?

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July 11, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

The Internet antitrust trap?
By allowing its current contract with the Commerce Department to expire in September 2015, conferring a global monopoly on itself as the sole administrator of the domain name system (DNS), the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) may be painting itself with an antitrust bull's eye.

Border crisis: Ceding America's territorial integrity
The crisis created by President Obama and his predecessors is being exacerbated by the current administration that has decided that it is in their interests to erase the southern border rather than deport and block invaders from crossing into our nation.

Breitbart.com: Federal judge gives IRS one month to explain howit lost emails
"Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the IRS one month to explain under oath how it lost so many emails to and from Lois Lerner, a central figure in the controversy."

 

Monday
Nov252013

CEI Today: Filibuster, airline antitrust, and Kennedy on space 

Monday, November 25, 2013
In the News Today

SENATE ABOLISHES FILIBUSTER - HANS BADER

Openmarket.org: Senate Abolishes Filibuster, With Potentially Profound Implications for the Rule of Law


This rule change may have profound implications for the courts, resulting in future court packing. Eventually, America could end up with twice as many appeals court judges or more, as each party increases the number and stacks the courts with its own people when it gains full control. > Read more

 

> Interview Hans Bader

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AIRLINE ANTITRUST REGULATION - MARC SCRIBNER

Forbes: The American/US Airways Case Highlights The Absurdity Of Antitrust Regulation


The recently announced settlement between the airlines and Justice Department and several states notwithstanding. Average U.S. airline profits are anything but indicative of a cabal of greedy robber barons colluding to raise prices on helpless consumers. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

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SPACE RACE - RAND SIMBERG

USA Today: JFK space race myth


It was always assumed that President Kennedy had a deep and abiding interest in space. But, ironically, his ostensible vision of sending men to the moon and back within a decade likely only survived because he himself did not. He was in reality quite ambivalent, and even apathetic about space. In the late fifties, he and his brother Robert ridiculed the vision of MIT professor and aerospace pioneer Charles Stark Draper at dinner with him. 
> Read more

> Interview Rand Simberg

 

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Daniel Hannan discusses his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. > Listen to the podcast

CEI President Lawson Bader

Setting the record straight on liberty

I, Pencil is the “biography” of a simple wooden pencil, but it is more than that. It is a guide to the great global symphony of human labor and ingenuity that goes into a single pencil’s production. > Read more

 

> Follow Lawson Bader

 

 




 

    

Tuesday
Jul162013

CEI Today: Napolitano resigns, Obamacare regs, and Apple anti-trust allegations

NAPOLITANO RESIGNS - MARC SCRIBNER

 

Openmarket.org: DHS Secretary Napolitano Resigns, TSA Body Scanner Scandal Remains Unresolved


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is resigning to become president of the University of California system.

News of Napolitano’s resignation deserves one response from civil libertarians and those in favor of risk-based security policy: Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Among other unsavory deeds, for her entire tenure, she allowed the Transportation Security Administration to illegally deploy whole-body imaging scanners in airports. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

OBAMACARE SECTION 4205 - LIZ THATCHER

Real Clear Policy: Obamacare's War on Chain Restaurants

These days, it seems not a week goes by without a new hidden cost in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, coming to light. This time it's Section 4205, a provision that imposes a costly, one-size-fits-all regulation on restaurants and grocery stores: Any food-service establishment with 20 or more locations must display calorie counts on its menus.

Given the significant costs Section 4205 imposes, it's worth asking who would benefit from it or support it. The National Restaurant Association
lobbied to include Section 4205 in Obamacare.  > Read more

> Interview Liz Thatcher

 
 

APPLE ANTI-TRUST - RYAN YOUNG


Daily Caller: Apple’s ebook ruling and the absurdity of antitrust law

 

Apple committed offense number one [raising prices] when it raised its e-book prices at publishers’ behest in 2010. The Justice Department sued, to the delight of Apple’s competitors. This Wednesday, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruledin the Justice Department’s favor (here’s the decision). The argument goes that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, which took away the pressure on competitors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to keep their prices down.

Apple will likely appeal the decision for this and other reasons. This would send the case to the Second Circuit, which is unlikely to overturn Judge Cote’s decision. That would be unfortunate, but this state of affairs will persist until the President and Congress bring antitrust laws in line with market realities. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

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

 

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

 





 

Friday
Jul122013

CEI Today: Farm Bill, Egypt democracy vs liberty, and the Apple anti-trust case

FARM BILL - FRAN SMITH

House Votes to Permanently Extend Taxpayer Fleecing in Farm Bill

Thursday, the House of Representatives approved the 2013 Farm Bill on a mostly partisan vote of 216-208. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and only 12 Republicans voted against it. Moreover, the legislation, H.R. 2642, was rammed through the Republican-controlled House under a closed rule allowing no amendments.

 

The legislation greatly expands the crop insurance subsidy program, where farmers’ premiums and insurance companies’ administrative costs are heavily subsidized. It includes no means tests for those subsidies. It leaves in place the sugar program, which is a central planning scheme that allocates domestic supply, restricts imports and sets prices substantially higher than the world price.  > Read more

> Listen to the LibertyWeek podcast

 

> Interview Fran Smith

 
 

EGYPT - IAIN MURRAY

 

American Spectator: Egypt’s Missing Precondition

 

It is commonplace today to regard liberty and democracy as inextricably correlated — if you have one, you must have the other. Yet as Egypt and other failed democracies are showing, that is not the case. Indeed, we are rediscovering some fundamental truths that the American Founders knew — that liberty is an essential precondition for sustainable democracy and that there is more to democracy than majority rule.

Democracy as we know it took centuries to establish not only in Britain, but also in the relatively young United States, where such illiberal institutions as slavery and the denial of the vote to the unpropertied and women took a long time to overcome. However, it was the institutions of liberty that provided the foundation on which democracy and equal rights for all could be built.

Egypt has underlined this lesson. It has shown us one undeniable truth: The institutions of liberty are more important than the trappings of democracy. > Read more

 

> Interview Iain Murray

 

APPLE ANTI-TRUST - RYAN YOUNG


Daily Caller: Apple’s ebook ruling and the absurdity of antitrust law

 

Apple committed offense number one [raising prices] when it raised its e-book prices at publishers’ behest in 2010. The Justice Department sued, to the delight of Apple’s competitors. This Wednesday, Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York ruledin the Justice Department’s favor (here’s the decision). The argument goes that Apple colluded with publishers to raise e-book prices, which took away the pressure on competitors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to keep their prices down.

Apple will likely appeal the decision for this and other reasons. This would send the case to the Second Circuit, which is unlikely to overturn Judge Cote’s decision. That would be unfortunate, but this state of affairs will persist until the President and Congress bring antitrust laws in line with market realities. 
> Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young

 


The True Story of European Austerity; Cutting Taxes and Spending Leads to Renewed Growth

A new CEI OnPoint measures austerity and its effects from the time austerity officially began in each country, with very different results from reports that have been cited widely in the media. > Listen to the Liberty Week podcast


>View the US News & World Reports commentary

 

   

 

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

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

New Study: EPA's Shocking Record of Failure on Statutory Deadlines Raises Serious Questions

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