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Friday
Dec122014

CEI Today: China, Gore and Kerry at the climate conference, plus a White House fail on regulatory disclosure 

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
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CHINA AT THE CLIMATE CONFERENCE- CHRISTOPHER HORNER


The Blaze: China Recoils on Transparency at Climate Conference, but Obama Administration Still Confident in Deal

Despite China’s refusal this week to accept international scrutiny of its pledged reductions in carbon emissions, President Barack Obama said Thursday that China will abide by “higher standards and in a verifiable way.”

Asserting the bilateral agreement is entirely separate from the Lima conference makes little sense, “unless their spin is the Chinese will allow inspection of the Beijing deal but not a multilateral deal,” said Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

“We’ve known all along this was trust but don’t verify,” Horner told TheBlaze. “Politically, this was meant to get ahead of multilateral talks to take away the argument that China is not doing anything. All this [China’s action this week] does is expose the Beijing’s bilateral.”
> Read The Blaze report


> Interview Chris Horner
 

REPORTS FROM COP-20 IN LIMA - MYRON EBELL

It was Climate Action Day at the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru.  A three-hour “high level” session featured a number of prominent elected leaders, UN officials, and climate activists. It gave me a chance to hear former star of stage and screen Al Gore twice more.  Gore said that, “We are designing the future of humankind here in Lima and then Paris” next year.  If that isn’t scary enough, U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew in a few hours later to give a speech in the main press conference room.  It wasn’t an official speech to the COP, but was meant to show the delegates and the world that the Obama Administration is determined to make the negotiations succeed.
> Secretary of State John Kerry Tries To Out-Gore Al Gore

> Al Gore Preaches Hellfire And Redemption

> United States Makes Impressive But Misleading Presentation

> 350.org Protests Allowing Fossil Fuel Lobbyists To Attend


WHITE HOUSE REGULATORY DISCLOSURE - WAYNE CREWS
 

Deteriorating White House Regulatory Disclosure Needs Active Congressional Review

 

Among many regulatory reforms needed in the new 114th Congress, here is yet one more way that regulatory disclosure needs a shot in the arm.

The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is supposed to appear twice a year, has undergone some internal reporting changes at the Office of Management and Budget that cause fewer long-term rules to be reported. Note that Obama’s economically significant rules are nearly 50 percent higher than Bush’s and his “significant” rules are way above. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews
 

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Nov252014

CEI Today: 3,415 pages of regulations, Obama's China deal, honeybees & pesticides, and more 

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
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3,415 PAGES OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The 2014 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations
 

The fall Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions always seems to appear just before the Holidays. You know, when nobody’s really looking. The new federal government compilation was just released on Friday.


The Agenda is supposed to help give researchers a sense of what’s happening with Washington bureaucracies and their regulations. But in the era of “pen and phone” and executive orders, it’s not so clear any more, and it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

The new Agenda reports on at total of 3,415 rules and regulations at the “active,” “completed” and “long-term” stages. That’s up from 3,305 last year, but down from 4,062 at this point in 2012.
> Read more

OBAMA'S CHINA DEAL - MARLO LEWIS

U.S.-China Climate Deal: Who Snookered Whom?

In the recent U.S-China climate deal, who snookered whom? Did Xi pull a fast one on Obama? No. Obama got exactly what he wanted. Obama seeks China’s support for an agreement under which the United States is politically bound by pledges to the international community to implement the Carbon Pollution Rule and Clean Power Plan. Obama seeks thereby to shield his illegitimate, unlawful climate policies from potential repeal by the next president and future Congresses.


Xi did not snooker Obama. It remains to be seen whether Obama will snooker Congress and the public. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

New Field Study Confirms Neonicotinoids Have Little Impact on Honeybees


As the Ontario provincial government in Canada considers policies that may force farmers to stop using, or drastically reduce use of, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a new study shows why such policies are unlikely to do any good. Supposedly, limiting use of these pesticides will improve honeybee hive health, but such regulations will simply make it harder for farmers to produce an affordable food supply. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more

 

> Related: NLRB's Mysterious New Member Dodges Important Questions, But Stresses Need for Fully Staffed Board


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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Friday
Nov142014

CEI Today: Obama's climate change China Deal, Internet sales taxes, and more 

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
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OBAMA'S CLIMATE CHANGE CHINA DEAL - MYRON EBELL & CHRIS HORNER

Ebell: It is not clear what President Xi’s commitment means, but President Obama’s signature on the deal has no legal force. And it will be up to future Presidents and Congresses after he leaves office in January 2017 to decide whether to require the emissions reductions agreed to.

 

Horner: This deal is the latest move by the president to circumvent congressional approval, in this case by using a ‘politically binding’ promise to others that he hopes make his EPA's rules untouchable here at home. > Read more


> Interview an expert
 

MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT - RYAN RADIA & HANS BADER

 

Economic and Legal Problems with Internet Sales Taxes

CEI released a new study analyzing the economic downsides and legal problems with Internet sales taxes on the state and federal levels. With Congress poised to consider a similar tax in the Marketplace Fairness Act during this lame-duck session, lawmakers should preserve states’ rights to compete and not give into big-box retailers and their lobbyists.

 

The authors cite how the adoption of nexus taxes resulted in Overstock.com pulling out of its affiliate business in New York, while in North Carolina, many retailers cut ties with affiliate marketers in that state.

 

"Congress should reject legislation like the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) because it would take more money out of consumers’ pockets, discourage entrepreneurs, and harm small businesses. It would create a sales tax cartel punishing Internet retailers,” said CEI's Ryan Radia. > Read more

> Interview an expert
 

OBAMACARE & JONATHAN GRUBER - SAM KAZMAN

Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
 
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more


ROLL CALL
Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute


Part One
& Part Two


Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint. > Read the interview
 

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Wednesday
Oct152014

Watchdog - The lawbreaking presidency of Elizabeth Warren  

 

Secret recordings reveal Elizabeth Warren would be Regulator-in-Chief

 

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has played it cool, denying she’ll run for president in 2016 in a way that seems designed to boost expectations she will.

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 Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

 



During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States, and at roughly another 500 around the world.

 

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Campaign spokesman threatens reporter with arrest for asking for documents


The campaign spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper threatened this reporter with arrest and called police when the reporter attempted to get the candidate’s tax returns, which were distributed to other Colorado media weeks ago.
Sunday
Oct122014

Heritage - Cab Drivers Fight It, Entrepreneurs Embrace It: The Rideshare Revolution 

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October 10, 2014

Morning Bell

Cab Drivers Fight It, Entrepreneurs Embrace It: The Rideshare Revolution

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft have expanded to more than 100 cities across the United States, offering an alternative to the traditional taxi.

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Human Rights Activist Says Communist China Is ‘Many Times More Dangerous’ Than ISIS

Opponents of forced abortion and sterilization under China's One Child Policy call it "the real war against women."

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United States Is No Longer World's Largest Economy

Daily Policy Focus: America held the distinction since 1873. How worried should we be?

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