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CEI Today: Obamacare subsidies, Big Labor's lawsuit, EPA's Clean Power Plan, GMO apples, and more 

Monday, April 20, 2015
In the News Today




New Report Shows States Had Serious Questions about Obamacare Tax Credits in 2011

A new CEI report shows many states knew as early as 2011 that they might not receive tax credits if they opted out of establishing a state-based health insurance exchange. Whether nonparticipating states had adequate knowledge that they were putting their Obamacare subsidies at risk is a critical question in CEI’s Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell.  > Read more


Press of Atlantic City: The NLRB's emerging, disastrous joint-employer cases

The National Labor Relations Board is hearing more than 60 consolidated lawsuits brought by unions and union-affiliated groups against McDonald's and several of its fast-food franchisees. The suits claim franchisor McDonald's USA and certain franchisees jointly employed and retaliated against protesting pro-union workers. Thousands of small businesses - and jobs - are on the line as this rogue federal agency puts on trial many tried-and-true American business practices, including franchising, temporary staffing, outsourcing, sourcing and contracting. > Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan




Preposterous Claim That Clean Power Plan Lowers Energy Bills

OAR chief Janet McCabe claimed before Congress that the Clean Power Plan would reduce energy bills. Her evidence for this claim was to cite the New England experience. This is just bizarre. In fact, one of the big energy stories this winter was…the energy crisis in New England! Energy bills “skyrocketed” in the region, because New England States over the last decade went too green, too fast. > Read more 


Feds Approve Genetically Modified Apples

“Arctic apples,” apples genetically modified to keep from turning brown when sliced or bruised, were approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for commercial planting on February 13. The USDA found Arctic apple are safe to plant and nutritionally equivalent to other apples. Arctic apples are special for a number of reasons, says Greg Conko, executive director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  > Read more


> Interview Greg Conko



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. 

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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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ALG - Hatch, Ryan capitulate to big labor to move trade authority  


April 16, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement to the announcement that trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be tied to passage of trade adjustment assistance for the same deal:


"Orrin Hatch and Paul Ryan have just agreed to passing trade adjustment authority as precondition to getting Democrat votes for fast track trade promotion authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Congressional Republicans should reject this big labor giveaway, which puts the GOP in the untenable position of funding organized labor in order to get to 60 votes in the Senate on the trade deal.  It is time to put a stake through the heart of Obama's fast track dreams, and deny him the opportunity to rewrite the economic rules of the world."


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CEI Today: Another "too big to fail," Election Day post-mortem on environmentalism, labor, rail transit, and a tribute to Gordon Tullock 

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
In the News Today



Obama’s Peanut-Brained Attack on MetLife

the federal government considers MetLife to be “too big to fail,” making it subject to the same Dodd-Frank bailout regime set up for big Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase. But MetLife, to its credit, has publicly stated that it is not too big to fail and does not want the special privileges that come with SIFI status. > Read more


Voters Reject Three Rail Transit Boondoggles

Tuesday, voters across the country had the opportunity to vote on a number of transportation ballot measures. Three of these involved spending for new rail transit projects, and all three were rejected. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner



Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hikes

Minimum wage increases drive up unemployment among teens, knocking some of them off the bottom rung of the economic ladder. Yet, as pollsters predicted, voters approved increases in state-level minimum wages in four states (Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota), although to levels less than the increase in the minimum wage proposed by Congressional Democrats (to $9.75 in Alaska, $9 in Nebraska, and $8.50 in Arkansas and South Dakota). Voters in the City of San Francisco voted to raise the minimum wage to a whopping $15 per hour from the current $10.74. > Read more

> Related: Labor and Employment Look at the 2014 Elections

> Interview Hans Bader


Sierra Club’s Wacky Take on the Election: Environmentalists Failed Due to “Sinister Voter Suppression Tactics”

Of course, this is utter nonsense. Rather, they lost for the ultra-simple reason that voter priorities are far different that those shared by environmental special interests.
> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

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In Memoriam:
Gordon Tullock

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In the final week before the midterm election, agencies published new regulations ranging from dairy profits to Japanese oranges. Fittingly, the total number of new regulations on the year also passed the 3,000 mark on Hallow’s Eve.



ALG's Daily Grind - Big Labor's Death Rattle 


Nov. 5, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Big Labor's Death Rattle
Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Michigan's Rick Snyder and Ohio's John Kasich each took on Big Labor in their respective states and lived politically to tell about it.

Cartoon: No matter who won
While big government marches on…

Get ready for Obama's executive amnesty on immigration
Now that the 2014 elections are in the books, all sights now turn back to Washington, D.C. both for Congress' lame duck session — members still haven't completed the 2015 budget — and also for Barack Obama's anticipated action on the illegal immigration question.

Halligan: History will surely see QE as a major mistake
"[T]he world's most important central bank has fired $3,700bn from its monetary bazooka. America's QE has been six times bigger than envisaged."


ALG's Daily Grind - Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit? 


Oct. 7, 2014

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Has the Boomer retirement wave finally hit?
Everybody knows that when the Boomers retire, federal Social Security and Medicare budgets are set to explode. Have we finally reached that tipping point?

Cartoon: Mission demolished
Obama pulls the pin.

Is the NLRB the most anti-labor Agency under Obama?
The National Labor Relations Board, an agency whose reason for being is to ensure that the nation's labor laws are properly enforced, had four times as many hours spent on union representatives than the average federal agency.