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Wednesday
Jun252014

CEI Today: Ex-Im Bank scandal, Supreme Court on broadband and global warming, and more 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
In the News Today

 

EX-IM BANK SCANDAL - RYAN YOUNG

CEI.org: Ex-Im’s Invitation to Corruption


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that four Ex-Im employees have been removed or suspended in recent months, “amid investigations into allegations of gifts and kickbacks.” These corruption allegations offer another reason to end the Export-Import Bank. Fortunately, the Bank’s charter expires on September 30. If Congress doesn’t vote to extend that charter, the Bank will automatically cease to exist, and the Treasury Department will wind down Ex-Im’s $140 billion portfolio. > Read more

 

> Interview Ryan Young
 

Supreme Court Ruling Expected in Broadband TV Case


A forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will impact how consumers view broadcast television. CEI and ICLE filed a joint amicus brief in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. arguing that federal copyright laws protect ABC and other owners of broadcast television programs from unauthorized, uncompensated retransmissions, including those made by Aereo to paying subscribers. This case implicates not only broadcast television, but also nearly all audiovisual works publicly distributed free of charge, whether initially transmitted over cable television or the Internet. > View the amicus

> Interview an expert
 

SUPREME COURT RULES ON GLOBAL WARMING CASE - WILLIAM YEATMAN
 
Globalwarming.org: UARG Reaction
 
Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (UARG v. EPA), striking down the EPA’s “tailoring rule,” but reaffirming the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) was a co-petitioner in the case with Southeastern Legal Foundation.

"With today’s decision in UARG, we at least have established a line in the sand regarding deference to agency decision making: The agency will not be permitted to blatantly re-write laws," said CEI Senior Fellow William Yeatman.
> Read more
 
 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

1984 was an enlightening year
 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Tuesday
Jun242014

CEI Today: TSA body scanners, Supreme Court on EPA + broadcast cases, and more 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
In the News Today

 

TSA BODY SCANNERS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

 

Today, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

SUPREME COURT RULES ON GLOBAL WARMING CASE - WILLIAM YEATMAN
 
Globalwarming.org: UARG Reaction
 
Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (UARG v. EPA), striking down the EPA’s “tailoring rule,” but reaffirming the agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) was a co-petitioner in the case with Southeastern Legal Foundation.

"With today’s decision in UARG, we at least have established a line in the sand regarding deference to agency decision making: The agency will not be permitted to blatantly re-write laws," said CEI Senior Fellow William Yeatman. "This is, alas, a pretty low bar."
> Read more
 
 

Supreme Court Ruling Expected in Broadband TV Case


A forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will impact how consumers view broadcast television. CEI and ICLE filed a joint amicus brief in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Inc. arguing that federal copyright laws protect ABC and other owners of broadcast television programs from unauthorized, uncompensated retransmissions, including those made by Aereo to paying subscribers. This case implicates not only broadcast television, but also nearly all audiovisual works publicly distributed free of charge, whether initially transmitted over cable television or the Internet. > View the amicus

> Interview an expert
 

ANTI-TRUST IN THE VIDEO MARKET - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: AT&T-DirecTV And The Neverending Folly Of Antitrust Regulation

 

This week, hearings occur in both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on “The AT&T/DIRECTV Merger: The Impact on Competition and Consumers in the Video Market and Beyond,” as the latter puts it.

The heads of AT&T and DIRECTV should not even be in Washington. Yet, here they all are. Antitrust regulation is primarily about protecting the incumbent businesses. > Read more

> Interview an expert
 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

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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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

1984 was an enlightening year
 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Jun 21, 2014

Norwegian Air: Fighting Congress for Customers and Affordable Transatlantic Travel
 

 

1984 - 2014

 

CEI celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes. > Listen to the podcast

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Monday
Jun232014

CEI Today: TSA body scanners, White House hot air, 1984, and a fix for over-regulation 

Monday, June 23, 2014
In the News Today

 

WHITE HOUSE GLOBAL WARMING CLAIMS - SAM KAZMAN
 
CEI Appeals White House Science Office Refusal to Reexamine Polar Vortex Video
 
Last week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute filed an appeal under the federal Data Quality Act in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s refusal to reconsider a video that tied the cold winter to global warming. “OSTP’s attempt to exempt its own video on the grounds that the statement by the Director is his ‘personal opinion’ is laughable,” said CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman. > Read more
 

TSA BODY SCANNERS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. This Tuesday, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

FIX FOR OVER-REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: The Cure For Regulation Destabilization

 

From regulating mints and food labeling, to systemic risk in banking and finance and, probably soon, insurance and cybersecurity, no aspect of American life remains untouched by bureaucrats and presidential decree.

That’s why wrestling down federal spending and taxation won’t suffice anymore. Regulations are equally as punitive. We can fix this. A bipartisan, annual Regulatory Reduction Commission could weed out costly or extraneous rules. Congress could vote the commission’s findings up or down, without amendments. And we could require that for every new regulation another must be eliminated.
> Read more

> Interview an expert
 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    

 

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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

1984 was an enlightening year
 

1984 - 2014

 

CEI celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes. > Listen to the podcast

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org


Jun 21, 2014

Norwegian Air: Fighting Congress for Customers and Affordable Transatlantic Travel
 

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Saturday
Jun212014

CEI Today: TSA body scanners, White House hot air, GOP & labor unions, and more 

Friday, June 20, 2014
In the News Today

 

TSA BODY SCANNERS - MARC SCRIBNER

CEI.org: One Year Later: TSA Still Flouting the Law on Body Scanners

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) uses more than 700 full-body imaging scanners in 160 airports nationwide. In addition to the empirical evidence that shows they don’t actually make us safer and the questions on the intrusion of traveler privacy, the TSA is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act. Next Tuesday, June 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the public comment deadline on body scanners and the TSA is still failing to comply with federal law and a federal court’s order. > Read more

 

> Interview Marc Scribner
 

WHITE HOUSE GLOBAL WARMING CLAIMS - SAM KAZMAN
 
Globalwarming.org: Holdren Bi-Polar Vortex, Part II
 
Back on June 6th, OSTP (the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) officially declined to reexamine its highly-publicized January explanation for the extremely cold winter. In a Data Quality correction petition that we filed with OSTP in April, we pointed out that the body of evidence supporting OSTP Director John Holdren's claim was in fact shrinking, not growing. But OSTP ducked the issue, claiming that its Director had only been expressing his “personal opinion”, and that therefore the Data Quality Act didn’t apply.

So today we filed an appeal with OSTP of its decision.
> Read more
 

GOP & LABOR UNIONS - MARC SCRIBNER & MATTHEW LA COURTE

The Hill: Republicans sell out free-market principles for union favors

 

“The Norwegians are coming!”

That’s hardly a call to send Americans scurrying to the barricades. But if a labor union has its way, American travelers would face fewer choices and higher fares for reasons just as silly. So far, they appear to be winning the war, with the Republican-controlled House adopting a package last week containing an amendment from Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) designed to prevent a Norwegian low-cost airline from operating in the United States.
> Read more

> Interview an expert
 

REAGAN & THE EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG

CEI.org: Ex-Im Reauthorization Fight: Release the Reagan

The Export-Import Bank is up for reauthorization in September. If the vote fails in Congress, the Bank and its $140 billion portfolio will cease to exist. In an effort to appeal to free-market types who oppose Ex-Im, the Aerospace Industries Association is invoking Ronald Reagan.

A page two ad in today’s Politico and an accompanying fact sheet sent to every member’s office on Capitol Hill prominently feature Reagan’s image and include quotes of the Gipper praising Ex-Im.
And yet Reagan was no fan of the Export-Import Bank, and said so publicly. > Read more

 

>Interview Ryan Young
 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    

 

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.

 

CEI celebratesits 30th anniversary this year. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes. > Listen to the podcast

 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

This week is RealClear Radio Hour's 6 month anniversary! Have you tuned in?

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

CEI sues the NSA
 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State

 





 

Thursday
Jun192014

CEI Today: Keystone/energy votes, Operation Choke Point, EPA testimony, overcriminalization, and CEI at 30!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
In the News Today

 

WEDNESDAY VOTES ON KEYSTONE XL, FERC

Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to vote on President Obama's nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and on a fast track plan for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear testimony from EPA's Janet McCabe about the agency's plans to impose carbon limits on existing power plants.

 

Can FERC Chair Nominee Norman Bay Be Trusted To Keep the Lights on?

Keystone XL Pipeline: What Are the Core Issues?

How Can EPA’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ Deliver $Billions in Climate Benefits If It Has No Detectable Impact on Global Temperatures, Sea-Level Rise, or Other Climate Indicators?

 

 >Interview an expert
 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY
 
The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”
 
Today, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is set to testify before the House Committee on Financial Services chaired by Jeb Hensarling. Will anyone ask Cordray what he thinks of Operation Choke Point, the Obama Department of Justice plan to wipe out the small dollar lending industry? It does this by increasing oversight requirements to such levels that it becomes unprofitable for banks to work with small lenders. > Read about Operation Choke Point
 

 

REGULATION & OVERCRIMINALIZATION - WAYNE CREWS

High Cost of Overcriminalization

 

A lot is spent to collect fines, deny permits, and pursue alleged violators of regulations. Overcriminalization results. The estimated FY 2013 enforcement costs incurred by federal departments and agencies stood at an estimated $57.3 billion (in constant 2013 dollars, adjusted from origninal 2005 dollars), a slight 0.86 percent increase over $56.8 billion the previous year.  > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

CEI Podcast: CEI Celebrates 30 Years

CEI celebrates its30th anniversary this week at our annual dinner. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes.

> Listen to the podcast


> About the #ceidinner

 

Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!
 

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes

 

Sign Up for the Weekly Cooler Heads Digest!

Every Friday afternoon, we send out an electronic newsletter on the latest energy and environment happenings, known as the Cooler Heads Digest. Sign up today!

 

    

 

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.

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

CEI sues the NSA
 

Saturday, 10am ET
Realclearradio.org

 

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State