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Thursday
Jun192014

US House Republicans - VIDEO RELEASE: We Are Waiting 

We Are Waiting

 

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WASHINGTON D.C.  – The House Republican Conference today released a new video highlighting the Internal Revenue Service’s failure to produce two years of emails from Lois Lerner, the former head of the agency, and at least six other IRS employees. Specifically, the IRS lost the e-mails for Nicole Flax, former Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who was a frequent visitor to the White House and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This only raises more questions. Worse, the IRS has been keeping the fact that the agency lost these critical records a secret for months. 

 

While President Obama said his administration would "work hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed," the American people are still waiting for answers.

 

Video Script

Jake Tapper (CNN): "Sorry, my hard drive crashed" is probably not the kind of excuse that would get you off the hook if you were being audited, but that is exactly the explanation the IRS and now the Obama administration are using to explain more than two years of missing emails from Lois Lerner.

 

President Obama: The misconduct they've uncovered is inexcusable; it is inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it. I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the IRS.

 

Thomas Roberts (MSNBC)The IRS seems to have a major problem keeping its own records straight. The agency says it has lost a trove of emails to and from Lois Lerner.

 

President ObamaOur administration has to make sure that we are working hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.

 

Megyn Kelly (Fox News)The other way they can get Lois Lerner’s allegedly deleted emails or allegedly lost emails is they can go to the White House and say, "Okay, White House, you give us everything from those two years between anybody on your team and Lois Lerner." Are they likely to cooperate with that, the administration?

 

President ObamaOur administration has to make sure that we are working hand-in-hand with Congress to get this thing fixed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun192014

CEI Today: EPA testimony, TSA body scanners, finance for the people, and more 

Thursday, June 19, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA TESTIMONY TODAY

Today, 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.

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
 

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

 

DEMOCRATIZATION OF FINANCE - IAIN MURRAY
 
The Freeman: Finance for the People; Peer-to-peer finance is democratizing access to capital
 
The world—especially the United States—stands on the brink of a new era of democratization of finance, as technology expands access to capital to ever more of us. We could all be capitalists—if the regulators allow it.

The trouble is that these innovations are now attracting the attention of regulators. The Department of Justice is targeting payment processors in a regulatory crackdown known as Operation Choke Point.
> Read more
 

IRS & EPA MISSING EMAILS - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: IRS Email Imbroglio Triggers Trip Down Memory Lane…Directly To EPA’s “Contumacious Conduct” under Carol Browner

 

You’ve likely read or heard about how a supposed technological glitch resulted in the loss of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails from the very period of time when she allegedly used state power to prosecute the President’s political enemies. Lerner’s “honest” mistake evokes an even more blatant circumvention of transparency laws and ethical norms: Landmark Legal Foundation v. EPA.

In the course of the suit, the federal district court for the District of Columbia issued an injunctive order prohibiting EPA from destroying any relevant records. That an injunction was necessary is telling. Nonetheless, in blatant contravention of the court’s order, “the hard drives of several EPA officials were reformatted, email backup tapes were erased an reused, and individuals deleted emails received after that date.” 
> Read more

 

> Related: Lawsuit Seeks EPA Administrator’s Deleted Messages


> Interview William Yeatman

 

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CEI celebrates its 30th anniversary today at our annual dinner. Founder and Chairman Fred Smith talks about CEI's past and future successes. > Listen to the podcast

 


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

@libertynkilts

CEI sues the NSA
 

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Tuesday
Jun172014

CEI Today: EPA's American Lung Association, Operation Choke Point, Clean Air Act politics, and more 

Monday, June 16, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION  - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: American Lung Association Manipulates ‘Maternal Instinct’ to Sell EPA Power Grab


The American Lung Association (ALA) has launched a TV and digital ad campaign touting EPA’s Clean Power Plan, also called the carbon “pollution” rule for existing power plants. The commercial, titled “Mother’s Instinct,” features a baby boy in a crib with a monitor that lets Mom (and us) hear him breathing.

Fact check time. First, mercury emissions from power plants do not poison anyone’s air.
> Read more


>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY

Wednesday: The Semi-Annual Report of the Consumer FinancialProtection Bureau”

 

Richard Cordray,  director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is set to testify Wednesday 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

> Interview an expert

 

CLEAN AIR ACT POLITICS - WILLIAM YEATMAN

Globalwarming.org: On Key Clean Air Act 111(d) Interpretation, NRDC Cynically Reverses Itself

In light of the Departmentof Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business. > Read more
 
>Interview William Yeatman

 

New! Primary Document Dump Fridays
Anatomy of an Ongoing Sue & Settle Scandal

“Primary Document Dump Fridays” is a new weekly feature at globalwarming.org. Every Friday, we’ll post all the primary documents relevant to a major issue.

For this week’s Primary Document Dump, we’ve chosen to highlight an ongoing “sue and settle” outrage that demonstrates everything insidious about this practice that has proliferated in the Obama Age.

> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 19!

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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

CEI sues the NSA
 

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Brink Lindsey, Vice President for Research at Cato Institute, comments on the prospect and viability of Ralph Nader’s recent push for a transpartisan coalition to combat crony capitalism.
 

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Saturday
Jun142014

Cooler Heads Digest 13 June 2014 

13 June 2014

In the News

The Poor Are Bearing the Cost of Solar
Monica Martinez, Forbes, 13 June 2014

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
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 12 June 2014

Obama & the EPA: It’s about Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies
Benjamin Zycher, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2014

Wind’s PTC: The Opposition Mounts
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 11 June 2014

Watchdog Rebuffed on EPA Data Turns to NSA
Stephen Dinan & Jim McElhatton, Washington Times, 10 June 2014

Chinese Official Plays Down Emission Cut Expectations
David Stanway, Reuters, 9 June 2014

News You Can Use
Antarctic Sea Ice Sets May Record

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center, Antarctic sea ice reached its greatest extent for any May in the satellite record.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

Cantor’s Defeat Paves Way for McCarthy’s Move up to Majority Leader

The very surprising defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the Republican primary election in Virginia on 10th June by David Brat means that House Republicans must elect a new majority leader.  Representative Cantor announced the next day that he will serve out his term, but will resign as majority leader on 31st July.  The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race.  Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run.  Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate.  Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy.  Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.

Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit.  Recognizing that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capitalism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.

If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip.  A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.).  Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican.  The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support.  It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority.  Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.     

White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk Science

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming.  In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.”  In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act.  

This is extremely worrying.  President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:

Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats?  “I do,” said Obama. Science adviser “John Holdren typically makes presentations when there are new findings,” and his reports show that environmental stresses are now impacting both foreign and domestic policy.

A video of the interview was part of the final episode of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” the most recent piece of global warming propaganda that no one watched. 

Across the States
William Yeatman

California Commits Cap-and-Trade Revenues to High-Speed Rail Boondoggle

California Governor Jerry Brown this week reached an agreement with Democratic leadership in the Legislature to spend up to $250 million of the 2014 proceeds from the state’s cap-and-trade energy rationing program on a planned high speed rail in the hinterlands. Under the plan, many billions more would be spent on the project through 2020. Pacific Legal Foundation’s Harold Johnson told ClimateWire that the decision was a “gift” to opponents of California’s climate policy, and he is spot-on. The state’s high speed rail is the ultimate boondoggle, as has been reported by my colleague Marc Scribner. The first portion would connect Merced to the San Fernando Valley, at a cost of $31 billion. Anyone even remotely acquainted with California demography could tell you that this is an outrageous price to pay to connect these lightly populated regions.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Australian PM Abbott Asks Canada To Join Coalition to Oppose Global Carbon Caps

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Ottawa and Washington this week for talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama.  It was reported that Abbott talked to Harper about creating a coalition to oppose global efforts to conclude a new international agreement that puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions.  It was also reported that he hoped to recruit the prime ministers of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India to join the coalition.  British Prime Minister David Cameron seems an unlikely opponent of global energy-rationing policies, but China and Japan are in fact already allies, although their rhetoric is designed to conceal their opposition to new global carbon caps.    

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Abbott did discuss climate policies during their meeting, but did not share any details.  Since Obama is creating an energy-rationing regime through executive fiat and Abbott’s government is moving to repeal Australia’s carbon tax and dismantle its climate bureaucracy, the lack of details almost certainly means that they found no common ground. 

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Jun132014

CEI Today: EPA clean power plan, vote on union subsidy, and suing the NSA 

Friday, June 13, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: 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?

 

EPA’s carbon “pollution” rule for existing power plants, dubbed the Clean Power Plan, requires states, on average, to reduce power-sector carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

 

If EPA really believes the rule will deliver $31 billion in climate benefits in 2030, then why do the Clean Power Plan rule, the RIA, and the By the Numbers Fact Sheet provide no estimates of how the rule will affect warming rates, sea-level rise, drought frequency, tropical storm behavior, polar bear populations, heat mortality risk, or any other climate-related indicator people care about? The answer should be obvious. It’s because the rule will have no perceptible impact on those indicators in 2030 — and very likely not even in 2100. > Read more


>Interview Marlo Lewis

 

UNION SUBSIDY - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: 60 House Republicans Vote in Favor of Union Subsidy

In light of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Internal Revenue Service scandals, many Republican congressmen have come out against the practice known as union official time, which releases federal employees from their regularly assigned duties to conduct union business. > Read more
 
>Interview Trey Kovacs

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader
@libertynkilts

 Government and baseball



 

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Linda Chavez discusses her career— serving in the Reagan White House and her experience with the changing political landscape, from labor unions to immigration.

 

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