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Saturday
Oct112014

CEI Today: Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, EPA's lost messages, BPA researcher bias, credit card interchange fees, and more 

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE ARCHITECT JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Where in the World is Jonathan Gruber?

 

The government’s opposition to Supreme Court review of [a major legal challenge to Obamacare, King v. Burwell], filed last Friday made the expected no-need-to-rush arguments about why the Court should wait until the D.C. Circuit finished its en banc review of Halbig v. Burwell. But what stands out is what the brief did not do. It did not mention MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s chief architects, at all. Gruber has been cited in every single previous government brief in King, and in the government’s major filings in Halbig. But in this latest document Gruber is gone. > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

EPA'S LOST TEXTS - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

The Blaze: EPA Says It Can’t Recover Thousands of Texts Wanted in Freedom of Information Lawsuit


“The destruction of records is a criminal offense, a felony, with up to three years, which is why EPA is saying strange things like there is no evidence any records have been destroyed in the cyber-bonfire,” said Chris Horner, attorney and senior fellow for CEI. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner


RESEARCHER BIAS ON BPA? - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

BPA Research Funding Linked to Researcher Bias?
 

The number of studies that have appeared in the news during recent years on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is staggering. Few substances undergo such scrutiny. So why BPA? Congress has poured millions of dollars ($170 million since 2000) into BPA research for what amounts to little more than a witch hunt.> Read more


> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

CREDIT CARD INTERCHANGE FEES - JOHN BERLAU

Interchange Fee Caps Benefit Large Retailers at Consumer Expense

 

Surprise! Price controls lead to unintended consequences—including transfers of wealth to parties who lobbied for those controls.

That’s the actual – and unsurprising – result of the an amendment to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) that caps fees charged by banks for payment cards, mainly debit and credit cards. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau

 

 

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A Pen and Phone Strategy to Shrink Government

Will eBay Stand with ALEC?

New Mexico Workers and Industry Would Benefit from Right to Work - See more at: http://workplacechoice.org/#sthash.04F3Iq2B.dpuf
 

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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
CEI Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

 





 

Thursday
Oct092014

CEI Today: Clean Air Act reform, EPA buries good news, and the need to defend business 

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

CEI PUSHES AIR LAW REFORM - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Inside EPA: CEI Pushes Air Law Reform To Bolster State-EPA 'Cooperative Federalism'

 

Conservative think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) is suggesting Congress pursue Clean Air Act amendments to correct what it sees as an imbalance in the air law's "cooperative federalism" balance between EPA's regulatory powers and those given to states, saying lawmakers need to strengthen states' air law authority.  > Read more


> Interview William Yeatman

 

EPA BURIES GOOD NEWS - MARLO LEWIS  

Globalwarming.org: Good News on Air Quality Not Featured on EPA’s Web Site

 

This week EPA updated its annual Air Quality Trends, and the news is fanastic. “National average air quality continues to improve as emissions decline through 2013,” EPA reports.

But that’s not what EPA features as “News” on its Web site.
> Read more   


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

DEFENDING BUSINESS - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

Defending the Virtue of the Business World at Home and Abroad


A new CNBC/Burson-Marsteller poll on attitudes toward business in both developed and emerging economies reveals some troubling findings. While business leaders in the U.S. and other developed nations view themselves and their firms favorably, the public’s view is less positive.  More striking is the gap in public opinion with more positive views in developing nations—even supposedly socialist ones—than in the West. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 60,000-page mark on Friday, and is on pace for the 6th-highest page count in its 79-year history. Along the way, new regulations cover everything from 5K races to how magnets work.

 

More in the news...

CalPERS: It Came from Sacramento

Results of "Cash for Appliances"

How Unlawful Is EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

CEI Awards Pro-Worker Senators

 

 

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Thursday
Oct092014

CEI Today: EPA loses text messages, eBay & ALEC, urban renewal policies & the Kochs, and more 

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA PULLS AN IRS, LOSES TEXT MESSAGES - CHRISTOPHER HORNER

Pulling 'an IRS'? EPA reportedly loses text messages now sought in request
 

The EPA is being accused of pulling “an IRS” for reportedly planning to inform the National Archives it has lost text messages being sought in an open-records request.


The Washington Times
reported Wednesday that lawyers from the Department of Justice informed a federal court of the EPA’s plans to tell the National Archives it cannot produce the text messages because they have been deleted.


The open-records request in question came from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is seeking text messages from the devices of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner
 

GREEN PRESSURE GROUPS - MARLO LEWIS  

Globalwarming.org: Will eBay Stand with ALEC?

 

On Tuesday, some 80 ‘progressive’ organizations (including Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters, MoveOn.org, Common Cause, Public Citizen, and AFL-CIO) sent a letter to eBay’s CEO, Chairman, CFO, and General Counsel urging them to end the company’s support for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the national association of conservative state legislators.


This just in. . . .The New Republic reports that eBay has declined to honor (capitulate to) this request (pressure). > Read more


> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

THE KOCHS & URBAN RENEWAL POLICIES - MARC SCRIBNER

Super PAC Attacks Kochs on Civil Rights, Endorses “Urban Renewal” Policies that Harmed Minorities

 

Alternet posted yet another bogus smear on the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch.The article summarizes the “findings” of a report titled, “The Koch Brothers’ Record on Civil Rights and Race,” which was produced by an outfit called “The Bridge Project.” This front group is really an arm of a super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century, which was founded by Democratic party activist David Brock and in 2012 was described as “the hub of the left” by Roll Call. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

COST OF TAX COMPLIANCE - WAYNE CREWS

The 2014 Federal Paperwork and Red Tape Roundup, Part 1: Big Bucks for Pencil Pushers


When it comes to red tape and federal paperwork, the costs of tax compliance for individuals and businesses are said to account for most of the federal paperwork burden.
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


 

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Thursday
Oct092014

CEI Today: Gaps in gov't reporting, subsidizing unions, EPA's Clean Power Plan, and more 

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
In the News Today

 

GAPS IN GOV'T REPORTING - WAYNE CREWS  

Forbes: How Entrepreneurs Can Speak Out About The Cost Of Regulation

 

When federal bureaucrats in Washington released the Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations for fiscal year 2013, their hope was for the public to believe that regulations cost just $2-$2.5 billion while bestowing benefits of up to $67 billion.


The better takeaway is that a mere seven rules account for these costs. Another 11 rules were acknowledged to cost perhaps $3.2 billion annually, but no benefit estimate accompanied those.


So that’s eighteen 2013 regulations that the federal government tells us about. But there were actually 3,634 rules issued during the fiscal year, so there are gaps to say the least. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

$157 MILLION UNION SUBSIDY - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Federal Government Granted $157 Million Subsidy to Government Unions in FY 2012

 

When someone is paid to perform services, it should not be considered volunteer work. Yet, that is exactly how the federal government attempts to legitimize a massive taxpayer-funded subsidy to government unions. The subsidy is known as “official time” and allows federal employees to conduct union business, totally unrelated to their public duties, while paid their regular federal salary.

What OPM finally revealed is the amount and cost of official time granted in FY 2012. In FY 2012, federal employees spent a total of 3,439,449 hours on official time, an increase of 1.3 percent from FY 2011. The cost of official time also increased in FY 2012 to $157,196,468 from around $155 million. 
> Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: How Unlawful Is EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

 

A bare majority in UARG did, however, vote to overturn EPA’s Tailoring Rule, the agency’s brazen attempt to rewrite unambigous (numerical) statutory requirements to avoid an administrative debacle of its own making. Moreover, the Scalia majority admonished EPA against adopting statutory interpretations that would “bring about an enormous and transformative expansion in EPA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.” Those words are a perfect rebuke to the regulatory coup EPA is trying to pull off via the Clean Power Plan. Will EPA get away with it? I don’t think so. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 60,000-page mark on Friday, and is on pace for the 6th-highest page count in its 79-year history. Along the way, new regulations cover everything from 5K races to how magnets work.

 

More in the news...

Journalists Called Out for Bad Reporting on Consumption Data

Fannie, Freddie investors undaunted by court loss

Must Every Product in the World Be Safe Enough for Children?

 

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Monday
Oct062014

CEI Today: Obamacare news, Big Wind's waning appeal, self-driving cars, and more 

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN  

News in Halbig v. Burwell

 

On Friday, the plaintiffs (appellants) in a major Obamacare lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, filed their opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. The court is rehearing the case en banc after a three-judge panel of the court invalidated the IRS Obamacare rule at issue on July 22. At the government’s request, the entire 13-judge court will reconsider that ruling. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 17.

At issue is an IRS rule that, contrary to the language of the statute, attempts to extend health insurance subsidies and mandates in states that chose not to set up Obamacare exchanges.

"As ouropening brief makes clear, the IRS rule is an agenda-driven attempt to evade the restrictions built into Obamacare by Congress," said Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel. "Even the Fourth Circuit, which ruled against us in the King case, acknowledged we had the stronger argument regarding the text of the law. Now the strength of our argument is underscored by two new developments, both of which are cited in today’s brief. One is the new ruling of the Oklahoma district court, the other the recently unearthed statement by Prof. Jonathan Gruber that flatly contradicts many of our opponents’ contentions."


> Read more
about the lawsuit at cei.org/obamacare.


> Interview Sam Kazman

 

BIG WIND - MYRON EBELL

Big Wind Encounters Turbulence in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas

 

Wind farms are becoming politically controversial in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Republicans in the Kansas legislature tried to repeal the state’s renewable energy mandate earlier this year, but the bill was narrowly defeated by strong opposition from Gov. Brownback and the wind industry. The governor now says that while he supports the wind industry in Kansas, he thinks it has matured sufficiently so that the state’s 20% by 2020 renewable mandate can be repealed or modified. > Read more


> Interview Myron Ebell

 

 


 

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