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Wednesday
Aug202014

CEI Today: Republicans + online gambling, an auto loan mess, Solar Solution, and more 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In the News Today

 


ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Townhall: Republicans Seek to “Restore” an Online Gambling Ban that Never Existed

Republicans generally oppose federal encroachment on policy matters traditionally left to the states. SO why is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex) alone among his GOP House colleagues in opposing a federal online gambling ban that would preempt state laws, reward special interests, and curtail an otherwise lawful pastime enjoyed by many Americans? 
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AUTO LOAN MESS - JOHN BERLAU

 

Newsmax: Govt Meddling Creates Auto Loan Mess

 

Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

SOLAR 'SOLUTION' - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Not-So-Free Market at Work


In the mail, I recently received a brochure from a firm called Solar Solution LLC, claiming to be the District of Columbia’s #1 solar installer. Included was the following table showing the initial estimated cost and then, in subsequent columns, the multiple layers of subsidies one might obtain. These include the 30 percent federal tax credit, the D.C. solar grant, and the Solar Renewable Energy Credit.
> Read more

> Interview Fred Smith



> See also: Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?

 

 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, deputizing America, and water scarcity

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
In the News Today

 


OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

Supreme Court Best to Quickly Resolve Obamacare Cases, Plaintiffs Argue in Monday Filing

Plaintiffs in a major Obamacare lawsuit filed their opposition today to the federal government’s request for en banc reconsideration in Halbig v. Burwell. They argue the U.S. Supreme Court is the only court that can quickly resolve the insurance exchange issue, over which two circuit courts split last month.
> Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman

> Daily Caller: Lawyers: Send Obamacare Subsidies Case Straight To Supreme Court
 

WORKING FOR THE STATE - IAIN MURRAY

The Freeman: Deputizing America; Sooner or later, we’ll all work for the State—unless we do something about it


Government is deputizing people all over the country to do its law-enforcement work. Under a campaign known as Operation Choke Point, banking regulators have been telling banks that if they don’t investigate their customers for “high-risk” activity, they will be subject to subpoenas and everything that implies.
> Read more

> Interview Iain Murray

 

WATER SCARCITY - WAYNE CREWS

 

Forbes: Fountains Of Solutions: Western Water And California Drought

 

The Washington Post now proclaims “nervousness over the state’s epic drought has given way to alarm.” Today’s water supply and access issues in the West and notably in Central Valley California are the result of yesterday’s broader infrastructure, property rights and economic growth policies. Water policy seems like an old issue, but it’s also a high-tech one. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews

 

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

75 new regulations, from tax delinquents to spectrum auctions.

 

 

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Monday
Aug182014

CEI Today: New Obama executive orders + regulations, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more 

Monday, August 18, 2014
In the News Today

 


Red Tapeworm 2014: The Government Accountability Office Reports More Regulations in Obama Era

 

The Congressional Review Act gives Congress a 60 legislative day window in which to review a major rule and, if desired, pass such a resolution of disapproval. Despite the issuance of thousands of rules since the act’s passage, including many dozens of major rules, only one has been rejected: the Labor Department’s rule on workplace repetitive-motion injuries in early 2001. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 


NEW OBAMA EXECUTIVE ORDER - HANS BADER

Executive Order Pressures Employers to Capitulate to Baseless Demands and Meritless Claims

A July 31 executive order from President Obama, E.O. 13,673, will make it very costly for employers to challenge dubious allegations of wrongdoing against them, if they are government contractors (which employ a quarter of the American workforce). It will allow trial lawyers to extort larger settlements from companies, and enable bureaucratic agencies to extract costly settlements over conduct that may have been perfectly legal.
> Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Honeybee Population in Decline—Or Not?

If you read the news about honeybee survival, it’s all very confusing. Some sources sound the alarm by pointing out that the number of honeybee hives has dropped significantly in recent decades. Others say just the opposite: There are more hives today than ever before. Which is it? Actually, both. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

 

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Sunday
Aug172014

CEI Today: Green gas prices, union threats, and honeybee woes 

Friday, August 15, 2014
In the News Today

 

GREENS vs LOWER GAS PRICES - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Do Greens Oppose Keystone XL Because It Would Increase Gas Prices or Lower Them? Yes!

High gasoline prices are unpopular in America. For green politicians and
activists, public anger over high gas prices has long been both a challenge and an opportunity.

It’s a challenge because greens advocate carbon taxes and cap-and-trade, which are designed to jack up gas prices, and biofuel mandates, which have the unintended (although not unforeseen) consequence of inflating fuel costs.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis
 


UNION THREATS - ALEX BOLT

Workplacechoice.org: Union President Threatens Opponents of Common Core with Violence



The New York’s United Federation of Teachers has taken things to a whole new level of ugly.

At a convention last month, the UFT’s president Michael Mulgrew gave a speech in support of Common Core and directed a harsh warning to anyone who dared to oppose the program.
> Read more


> Interview Alex Bolt
 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Honeybee Population in Decline—Or Not?

If you read the news about honeybee survival, it’s all very confusing. Some sources sound the alarm by pointing out that the number of honeybee hives has dropped significantly in recent decades. Others say just the opposite: There are more hives today than ever before. Which is it? Actually, both. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

 

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Tune in Saturday, August 16th or Monday, August 18th to RealClear Radio Hour with Bill Frezza and guests, Pamela Ronald & Martha Boneta on organic farming and GMOs.
 





 

Thursday
Aug142014

CEI Today: Honeybees, high speed rail, worker rights, and more 

Thursday, August 14, 2014
In the News Today

 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI


Honeybee Population in Decline—Or Not?

If you read the news about honeybee survival, it’s all very confusing. Some sources sound the alarm by pointing out that the number of honeybee hives has dropped significantly in recent decades. Others say just the opposite: There are more hives today than ever before. Which is it? Actually, both. > Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini

 

HIGH-SPEED RAIL - MARC SCRIBNER

Michael Grunwald's High-Speed Rail Fantasies

Perhaps the one thing Time magazine's Michael Grunwald loves more than 
drone assassinations of American citizens and dissident journalists is heavily subsidized passenger rail. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

 

Red Tapeworm 2014: Tell Us -- Which Regulations Hurt Your Business as You Grow? 

We need many more bottom-up assessments for the entrepreneurial community to send a collective outburst to Washington D.C. about addressing the federal regulatory burden.
 


NATIONAL EMPLOYEE FREEDOM WEEK -  TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Celebrate National Employee Freedom Week

 

National Employee Freedom Week, which started August 10 and runs until August 16, is a countrywide effort by 70 groups in 41 states that’s goal is to educate workers of their rights they have to opt out of union membership. This worker education is necessary because many workers are unaware of this freedom and unions do as little as possible to inform workers of their right to end their union membership. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

 


Devil's in the details of Campus Accountability and Safety Act

The Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), S. 2692, seeks to change how publicly funded universities investigate allegations of sexual assault. The act contains some alarming provisions. On Aug. 7, Hans Bader, a senior attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, reported on one.
> Read more

 

 

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