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

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
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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

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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 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

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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.
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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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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.

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

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October 10, 2014

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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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ALG's Daily Grind - So goes retail... 


August 15, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted. 

So goes retail
So goes retail, so goes the economy. Well, retail growth is doing worse now than it was during the first three months of the year, and this time there's no cold spell or snow to blame. 

The Giver movie shows the Left's egalitarian consequences
The Giver shows a world without choice. Is that where we're headed now?

Another boring August?
Instead of engrossing articles detailing how the Democrat voting miners in the Minnesota's Iron Range are going to have to reconcile Senator Al Franken's anti-mining stance with their almost knee-jerk support for Democratic Party candidates and what that means for the majority, we have puff pieces and exposes on Hillary Clinton.

Street: China appears ready to dump its U.S. treasury bonds
Lombard Street Research: "For a long time the threat that Beijing might sell US Treasuries rang hollow, but no longer. Growth trouble across the Pacific may have a much bigger impact on US yields in 2015 and 2016 than the expected pace of US central bank tightening."



ALG's Daily Grind - VA actions kill veterans: A precursor for Obamacare? 


May 16, 2014

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VA actions kill veterans: A precursor for Obamacare?
CNN: At least 40 veterans died waiting to see a doctor at the Phoenix Veterans Health Care System, and that the bureaucrats in charge had created a secret list of patients who were determined to be too ill to help, so they denied them care and allowed them to die.

Johnson-Crapo housing finance bill leaves taxpayers on the hook
Read the bill: "The full faith and credit of the United States is pledged to the payment of all amounts from the Mortgage Insurance Fund which may be required to be paid under any insurance provided under this title."

Manmade 'climate disruption'—the hype and reality
President Obama and White House advisor John Podesta are convinced that Congress and the American people have no power or ability to derail the Administration's determination to unilaterally impose costly policies to combat "dangerous manmade climate disruption."

Stockman: Why China will implode
"It's a monumental building aberration, not an economy."