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Friday
Oct032014

CEI Today: Fannie Motors, Moody's public pensions report, Obamacare ruling, and more 

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
In the News Today

 

PUBLIC PENSIONS - IVAN OSORIO

Moody’s $2 Trillion Public Pension Shortfall Estimate Highlights Need for Better Pension Accounting Practices

 

In a new report, Moody’s estimates the nation’s largest pension funds face a $2 trillion taken together. That’s a lot of money. But as significant as the size of the deficit is Moody’s criticism of how many pension funds have been managed, and pension fund’s reporting of their own liabilities. > Read more


> Interview Ivan Osorio

 

FANNIE MOTORS - JOHN BERLAU

Washington Free Beacon: Subprime Loans Are Back Thanks to GM

 

The banks may enjoy short-sighted profits as more cars leave the lots, but the system could come crashing down if borrowers begin to default. The trend of risky lending practices began with bailed-out GM.
 

The increase in securitization has coincided with GM’s acquisition of AmeriCredit, one of the nation’s largest subprime auto lenders, which it renamed GM Financial (GMF).
 

“It’s becoming Fannie Motors,” said Competitive Enterprise Institute finance scholar John Berlau. “They’re still using our tax dollars to break into exotic and money-losing propositions from Chevy Volts to subprime loans, both of which could literally and figuratively blow up in their faces.” > Read more

> Interview John Berlau

 

OBAMACARE RULING - SAM KAZMAN  

 

A federal court in Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that IRS subsidies under Obamacare are illegal in states that didn't set up exchanges. CEI general counsel Sam Kazman commented on the ruling:


"Today's ruling by the federal district court in the Oklahoma Obamacare case is extremely encouraging. We are also pleased the court cited the Jonathan Gruber video, which CEI played a large role in publicizing, featuring Gruber's admission that, under the Affordable Care Act as written, states opting out of coverage would not receive federal subsidies." 


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

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Can Europe Move Past Its Economic Malaise?

Are Consumers Smart Enough to Understand Airline Ancillary Fees?

 

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 Selected as CEI’s Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

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Friday
Oct032014

CEI Today: Net neutrality misdeeds, a decline in driving?, and Obamacare to the Supreme Court? 

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
In the News Today

 

DECLINE IN DRIVING? - MARC SCRIBNER

Is Driving to Work in Decline?

 

Between 2007 and 2013, the share of Americans driving to work alone actually increased. But over at The Washington Post's Wonkblog, urban affairs reporter Emily Badger has a post up on the recently released U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey 2013 commuting data. The title of the post, "The share of Americans driving to work is declining for the first time in decades," seems to suggest that a smaller share of commuters are driving themselves to work. > Read more


> Interview Marc Scribner

 

NET NEUTRALITY - RYAN RADIA

Computer World: FCC accused of helping net neutrality advocates file comments

 

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission engaged in the worst kind of "partisan politics" by working closely with net neutrality advocates to ensure their comments were filed with the agency, but not extending the same courtesy to the other side, a coalition of groups opposed to the regulations said in a sharply worded letter to the agency. > Read more


> Interview Ryan Radia

 

OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN  

 

Indianapolis Star: Supreme Court could hear challenges to Obamacare


Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which coordinated and funded the challenges from Virginia and D.C., said it would be better for the Supreme Court to settle the issue sooner rather than later. One reason is that the penalties for large employers that don’t offer health insurance to workers begin next year.


“You have literally millions of employees and thousands of employers who have to make plans based on that,” Kazman said. “The longer it is before we get a final resolution, the more those plans have been set and the more subsidies of questionable legality will have been distributed to people purchasing through the exchanges.” > Read more


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

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Can Europe Move Past Its Economic Malaise?

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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 Selected as CEI’s Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

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Wednesday
Oct012014

CEI Today: Obamacare ruling in Oklahoma, 1982 Tylenol anniversary, driverless car event, and more 

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE RULING - SAM KAZMAN  

 

A federal court in Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that IRS subsidies under Obamacare are illegal in states that didn't set up exchanges. CEI general counsel Sam Kazman commented on the ruling:


"Today's ruling by the federal district court in the Oklahoma Obamacare case is extremely encouraging. We are also pleased the court cited the Jonathan Gruber video, which CEI played a large role in publicizing, featuring Gruber's admission that, under the Affordable Care Act as written, states opting out of coverage would not receive federal subsidies." 


> Interview Sam Kazman
 

THE 1982 TYLENOL SCARE - MICHELLE MINTON

Cyanide, Tylenol and How Free Markets Make You Safer

 

This week is the anniversary of one of the most significant food and drug related events in recent memory. Often discussed in college business classes these days, the 1982 Tylenol poisonings is usually heralded as the prime example of how companies should handle a consumer relations disaster. However, it is also a shining example of how the market itself—acting to protect its customers and thus its profits—can improve public safety. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton

 

ANNOUNCING...

Journalist Carrie Sheffield Selected as CEI’s Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

 

CEI is pleased to announce that Carrie Sheffield, a New York-based columnist and broadcaster, has been selected as CEI’s 2014-2015 Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow. > Read more
 

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Can Europe Move Past Its Economic Malaise?

Are Consumers Smart Enough to Understand Airline Ancillary Fees?

 

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

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 72 new final rules the previous week.


 





 

Tuesday
Sep302014

CEI Today: Artificial sweeteners, new EU president, cost of regulation, and more 

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014
In the News Today

 


ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS - MICHELLE MINTON

Study on Artificial Sweeteners Interesting But Flawed

 

​A new study out of Israel on the possible effects of artificial sweeteners is making a lot of headlines this week. Unfortunately (and as usual) members of the media from Forbes to NPR’s Diane Rehm are reporting on the study without taking into consideration the growing criticism of its methodology, conclusions, and prior research on the topic. they are suggesting a link between the consumption of non-caloric sweeteners, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Yet, this link is dubious. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton

 

INCOMING EU PRESIDENT - MATTHEW MELCHIORRE

The National Interest: Can Europe Move Past Its Economic Malaise?

 

Will incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet assignments set the scene for an economic turnaround within the European Union? The answer to that question lies in whether they opt for political expediency—haphazardly trying to enforce arbitrary fiscal deficit targets—or push for market reforms. > Read more

> Interview the author


 

COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS   

 

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: Federal regs cost $1.88 trillion, more with Obama's 'pen and phone' rules

 

Burdensome federal regulations cost American taxpayers and businesses a shocking $1.88 trillion annually — far more than the administration estimates — and that doesn’t include the impact of President Obama’s “pen and phone” rulemaking, according to a “Costberg” analysis from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

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Are Consumers Smart Enough to Understand Airline Ancillary Fees?

 

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

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CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 72 new final rules the previous week.


 





 

Tuesday
Sep302014

CEI Today: 1982 Tylenol anniversary, new Warren T. Brookes journalism fellow, driverless car event, and more 

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
In the News Today

 

THE 1982 TYLENOL SCARE - MICHELLE MINTON

Cyanide, Tylenol and How Free Markets Make You Safer

 

Today is the anniversary of one of the most significant food and drug related events in recent memory. Often discussed in college business classes these days, the 1982 Tylenol poisonings is usually heralded as the prime example of how companies should handle a consumer relations disaster. However, it is also a shining example of how the market itself—acting to protect its customers and thus its profits—can improve public safety. > Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton

 

ANNOUNCING...

Journalist Carrie Sheffield Selected as CEI’s Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow

 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is pleased to announce that Carrie Sheffield, a New York-based columnist and broadcaster, has been selected as CEI’s 2014-2015 Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow. > Read more
 

COST OF REGULATION - WAYNE CREWS   

 

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: Federal regs cost $1.88 trillion, more with Obama's 'pen and phone' rules

 

Burdensome federal regulations cost American taxpayers and businesses a shocking $1.88 trillion annually — far more than the administration estimates — and that doesn’t include the impact of President Obama’s “pen and phone” rulemaking, according to a “Costberg” analysis from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

More in the news...

 

Can Europe Move Past Its Economic Malaise?

Are Consumers Smart Enough to Understand Airline Ancillary Fees?

 

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

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’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

Last week, 84 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 72 new final rules the previous week.


 





 

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