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Thursday
Apr102014

CEI Today: CEI sues EPA, Comcast/TWC merger draws conservative opposition, and new bill on genetically engineered food 

Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the News Today

CEI SUES EPA - CHRIS HORNER

CEI Sues EPA Over Stonewalling Records Request


The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compel the agency to produce text messages sent by government officials, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “This lawsuit challenges, yet another in a pattern of EPA, moves to block access to public records,” said CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner. > Read more

> Related: Administration’s Lack of Transparency Extends to States; The Independence Institute Reports New Findings


> Interview Chris Horner

COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Why Organized Conservative Opposition To The Comcast Time Warner Deal Misfires


Left-wing commentators note how some on the political right “see the merger as a chance to score points against the Obama administration, which has close ties with top Comcast execs Brian Roberts and David Cohen.” The conservative anti-merger letter gives credence to the left-wing view that capitalism and economic freedom are inimical to civil society and the diffusion of ideas, when they are in fact the prerequisites.
 
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS - GREGORY CONKO

 

Openmarket.org: Pompeo-Butterfield Food Labeling Bill: Valuable But Needs Work


Wednesday, Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced a bill to establish federal standards for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

By explicitly preempting state labeling laws and making clear that FDA policy on GE food labeling is the law of the land, H.R. 4432 would serve an extremely valuable function.

Unfortunately, in order to attract support for this perfectly reasonable preemption measure, H.R. 4432 offers GE skeptics the enticement of increasing the FDA’s regulatory power.
> Read more

> Interview Gregory Conko


Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more

CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk

 

    

 

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.

 

ANNOUNCING
CEI’s Iain Murray Wins Second Place at
Brexit Prize Competition in London

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A Moral Defense of Capitalism
 
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.

 




Wednesday
Apr092014

CEI’s Iain Murray Wins Second Place at Brexit Prize Com petition in London

 

 

Simplifying, Eliminating Regulatory Burden is Key to Success of Future UK

 

WASHINGTON, April 9 – Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Vice President for Strategy, Iain Murray, and co-author, Rory Broomfield, Deputy Director of The Freedom Association and Director of Better Off Out, won second place at the Institute for Economic Affair’s (IEA) “Brexit Prize competition in London today. Launched in 2013, the competition solicits proposals for an exit plan to extract the United Kingdom from the European Union.

“It was a huge honor to receive the second prize in the IEA’s “Brexit” competition about what Britain should do if it left the European Union," said Murray.

"My co-author Rory Broomfield, Director of the Freedom Association, and I were concerned primarily with presenting the right institutional framework. To that end we floated ideas like a regulatory reduction commission, modeled on the successful US BRAC commission, a property rights-based catch shares program for British fisheries, and expansion of shale gas along the American model. We are proud to have injected these ideas into the British and European debate and look forward to further international discussion about ideas like this.”

Murray and Broomsfeld were one of six finalists in the competition. The top prize of €100,000 was awarded to Iain Mansfield, the Director of Trade and Investment at the United Kingdom’s embassy in the Philippines.

About the Brexit Prize: The Brexit Prize was launched in July 2013 to improve the debate about what an independent Britain would and could look like outside the EU, given that exit is an increasing possibility after the next election. Entrants were asked to imagine a referendum has resulted in an “Out” vote and Her Majesty’s Government has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and invited to compose a Blueprint for Britain outside the EU, covering the process of withdrawal and the post-exit repositioning of the UK in the global trading and governance systems. First prize is €100,000, second prize is €10,000 and third prize is €5,000.

About the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA): The mission of the Institute of Economic Affairs is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analyzing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.

 


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.

Wednesday
Apr092014

CEI Today: EPA private email accounts, Comcast/Time Warner merger, and Iain Murray's prize in Brexit competition

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In the News Today

OBAMA EPA NOMINEE - CHRIS HORNER

Daily Caller: Obama EPA nominee has troubled transparency record


President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality office is facing questions about transparency.

Obama’s EPA nominee has used a private email account for official business and was instrumental in crafting clean air regulations based on secret data sets.
> Read the news story by Michael Bastasch

> Interview Chris Horner

COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER - WAYNE CREWS

Redstate.com: Conservative leaders to Senate: Allow the market to function; Show restraint in the Comcast / Time Warner Cable deal


Tuesday a coalition of conservative leaders sent a letter to Chuck Grassley and Mike Lee, ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and its Antirust subcommittee respectively. The group of 11 signatories all came together to tell Senate Republicans their view of the role of government in the proposed Time Warner Cable/Comcast deal. They raise good points, and come to the correct conclusion that government needs to get out of the way. > Read the news story by Neil Stevens

> Interview Wayne Crews

ANNOUNCING
CEI’s Iain Murray Wins Second Place at
Brexit Prize Competition in London

Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Vice President for Strategy, Iain Murray, and co-author, Rory Broomfield, Deputy Director of The Freedom Association and Director of Better Off Out, won second place at the Institute for Economic Affair’s (IEA) “Brexit Prize” competition in London today. Launched in 2013, the competition solicits proposals for an exit plan to extract the United Kingdom from the European Union. > Read more

 




Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more



 

 

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.

 

Saturdays, 10am ET
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A Moral Defense of Capitalism
 
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.

 




 

    

Tuesday
Apr082014

CEI Today: Vegetarian diets, government licensing, and GOP culture warriors

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
In the News Today

STUDY ON VEGETARIAN DIET - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

 

Openmarket.org: Food Policy Fight: Junk Study on Vegetarian Diet

This study is another example of how junk science adversely impacts public policy debates, which is why I recently developed A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares.” As this study on vegetarian diets shows, it’s not just chemical policy that’s negatively impacted by bad science.
> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

GOVERNMENT LICENSING - MICHELLE MINTON

Openmarket.org: Professional Licensing: A Risk to the Free Markets and Freedom of Speech


From physicians to dentists to lawyers, the licensing requirements of many professions are well known—but for bloggers? A recent case in North Carolina demonstrates the dangers that mandatory occupational licensing poses to liberty and how established interests use such requirements to protect their bottom line.

North Carolina resident
Steve Cooksey was ill, obese, and struggling with type 2 diabetes. He documented his story on his personal blog. That sounds like a win-win situation, but not according to the North Carolina Board of Dietetics and Nutrition (NCBDN), which decided to go after Cooksey for the “crime” of offering nutritional advice without a dietitian’s license. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton

CONSERVATIVES & LIBERTARIANS

Forbes: Will Republican Culture Warriors Snatch Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory?


The Republican Party has not been handed better odds for victory since Jimmy Carter drove the country into the ground. The House, the Senate, and ultimately the Presidency are theirs to lose, if they can overcome their self-destructive inclination to talk economic liberty out of one side of their mouths while preaching culture war out the other.
> Read more

> Interview Bill Frezza

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

After a slow start to the year, regulations are now coming out at their usual pace, with nearly 80 rules last week. The Federal Register will likely exceed 20,000 pages this week. Another Dodd-Frank regulation hit the books, this one concerning retaliation procedures for whistleblowers. Passed in 2010, Dodd-Frank is currently about halfway to full implementation.



 




Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more



 

 

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.

 

Saturdays, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

A Moral Defense of Capitalism
 
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.

 




 

    

Monday
Apr072014

CEI Today: Senate vote on jobless benefits, civil liberties in climate change alarmism, and EPA's big numbers 

Monday, April 7, 2014
In the News Today

SENATE VOTE ON JOBLESS BENEFITS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute will score the Senate votes on jobless benefits. A final vote on the bill is scheduled for Monday. But if Congress wants to actually help people get back to work, it should champion policies that remove all the red tape from job creation and economic growth.  Extending jobless benefits beyond the norm of 26 weeks is a disservice to America’s economy.

> Read the USAToday commentary


> Interview Aloysius Hogan

CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISTS vs CIVIL LIBERTY - MARLO LEWIS

 

Globalwarming.org: True Conspiracy Theory: The Green Assault on Civil Liberties


Evidence is mounting that environmentalists both prominent and plebeian are all-too willing to forsake my civil liberties in order to mitigate climate change. Of all the affronts to my liberties, none is as unnerving as the President’s climate action plan. He unveiled it last June, and it is avowedly authoritarian. In a speech before students at Georgetown University, President Obama said that his administration would impose climate change mitigation, because the Congress failed to do so. Congressional inaction thus became a pretext for executive policy-making, separation of powers be damned. > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

CEI Podcast for April 3, 2014: Clean Air Act 

 Costs and Benefits

Senior Fellow William Yeatman is skeptical of an EPA report claiming the Clean Air Act will have nearly $2 trillion in annual benefits by 2020.



 




Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more



 

 

    

 

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.

 

Saturdays, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

A Moral Defense of Capitalism
 
Interview with Devout humanist, Catholic priest, and social justice advocate Father Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute.