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ALG's Daily Grind - Federal court strikes Obamacare exchange subsidies 


July 23, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obamacare exchange subsidies fall in explosive Halbig ruling
Did states intend to deny Obamacare exchanges subsidies when they opted out of creating state exchanges?

The EPA takes aim at Tesla, electric cars
The electric car requires electricity. For electricity to be a more efficient way to power said electric car over, say, petrol fuels, it needs to be available in inexpensive abundance. That's the non-starter for the EPA and the environmental extremist allies of the Obama administration.

Politico: Obamacare's next threat a September surprise
Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise, timing that couldn't be worse for Democrats already on defense in the midterms.


CEI Today: Big Labor, EPA report, winning the climate debate, and regulatory disclosure 


Friday, July 18, 2014
In the News Today


The High Cost of Big Labor - a three part series

An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws

The 24 states with right-to-work laws compare to the other states.The top 10 states most negatively affected by the lack of a right-to-work law are: Alaska, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Wisconsin, New York, and Michigan.

Understanding Public Pension Debt

State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate.



EPA's inspector general's office on Wednesday released a report exonerating the agency from charges it discriminated against right-of-center groups in waiving FOIA fees.


But CEI's Christopher Horner counters that the EPA has acknowledged to him in writing that it sets aside requests from him (and perceived associates) for separate handling. "It thereby admits the bias," says Horner, "and flatly contradicts its public denials of such practices.

"The OIG goes to great lengths to ... avoid the relevant facts," Horner concludes.

> Interview Christopher Horner

ABOLISH EX-IM BANK - RYAN YOUNG Ten Reasons to Abolish the Export-Import Bank

A new CEI study released today compiles ten reasons to abolish the Export-Import Bank. The bank subsidizes companies that export goods abroad, and foreign companies that buy those goods. Whatever the intentions behind the bank, the result is one of the federal government’s largest corporate welfare programs. > Read more

> Related: CEI Podcast: Time to Close the Export-Import Bank

> Interview Ryan Young



James Delingpole Interviews Myron Ebell: 'What They Want to do is Make you Poorer'

What is the best way to win the climate debate? Director of Global Warming and International Environmental Policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Myron Ebell talks climate debate tactics with James Delingpole. Is the starting point of the debate moral, scientific, or political?
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> Interview Myron Ebell


Red Tapeworm 2014: Federal Regulatory Disclosure Becomes More Confused

“The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” normally appears in the Federal Register each fall and (minus the Regulatory Plan) each spring. But until the Spring 2014 agenda’s release in late May, the appearance of the agenda had become quite irregular. Another complication is that agencies are not required to limit their regulatory activity to what they publish in the agenda.  > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

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CEI President Lawson Bader


Obamacare is a
game of Jenga


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Guinta For Congress - Shea-Porter’s Refusal to Accept Science Will Cost NH’s Middle-Class  

Shea-Porter’s Ideology Causing her to Ignore Science and Neglect the Middle Class

This morning, EPA Regional Administrator Curt Spalding hosted an event in Manchester to discuss environmental priorities for the region and the impact this will have on New Hampshire residents and businesses alike.

This is an opportunity to discuss a topic of great importance to the Seacoast region. When Frank Guinta represented this District, he was approached by several towns and cities within the Great Bay Estuary who were concerned about unfunded EPA mandates that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade wastewater treatment equipment.

They argued that the science used by EPA to formulate this policy was incomplete and incorrect in its initial findings. In order to help the affected communities, Guinta wrote legislation to delay the issuance of permits and required a peer review study of the science. A study was recently released which validated the concerns of then Congressman Guinta and the communities. The science was proven inaccurate.

However, the EPA is still pushing this agenda against the people of Rochester, Dover, Portsmouth, Exeter and Newmarket.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

“Shea-Porter has refused time and again to protect the middle-class Granite Staters who will be crushed by this EPA mandate. An example of how devastating this mandate will be to taxpayers comes from the Congresswoman's home city of Rochester, where average homeowners can expect to see their annual wastewater bills double to more than $1200 by 2016. Should they have to foot the bill for a program based on faulty science? I say no. I will continue to fight every single day for taxpayers of this District, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because Carol Shea-Porter refuses to lead."



ALG's Daily Grind - Republican columnist Michael Gerson lifts veil on Establishment GOP's Stockholm Syndrome 


July 16, 2014

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Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson lifts veil on Establishment GOP's Stockholm Syndrome
Gerson: "Tea Partiers and other limited government advocates 'seek to break with the past in a very different manner – repudiating 80 years of institutional development and reinventing American as a nation that rejects the substantive role for regulation or a social safety net.'"

Supreme Court to Obama Administration: You cannot rewrite laws to achieve your political agenda
Had the EPA gotten everything it wanted in UARG v. EPA, it could have regulated hundreds of thousands of new sources of CO2—in addition to the already-regulated major industrial sources of pollutants.

House must defund HUD racial housing quotas in $3.7 billion emergency illegal immigration supplemental
ALG's Mehrens: "Not one penny should be spent by HUD resettling millions of noncitizens in local communities under the guise of 'affordable' housing—the federal government has absolutely zero role in local zoning decisions." Sessions warns Congress Obama's new Immigration strategy 'threatens foundation of our constitutional republic'
"Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama's new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it."


CEI Today: Federal regulations growing, EPA targets Arizona, Obamacare lawsuit, and labor union violence 

Thursday, July 3, 2014
In the News Today


Since 1975, the total pages in the complete CFR have grown from 71,224 to 175,496 at year-end 2013, including the 1,170-page index.

 > Read more


Uncooperative Federalism: EPA Issues 51st Clean Air Act FIP of the Obama Age

Last Friday, EPA Region issued a pre-publication version of the agency’s 51st regulatory takeover of a state Clean Air Act program. This time, the victim was Arizona. To be precise, the agency imposed visibility improvement requirements, known as
Regional Haze, on at a number of stationary sources in Arizona.

Compliance will cost the affected entities millions of dollars; the “benefits,” alas, are apparitional. The regulation won’t engender a discernible improvement in visibility. > Read more

> See also: Primer: The Ongoing Controversy over Whether Clean Air Act §111(d) Authorizes EPA’s Clean Power Plan

> Interview an expert


Halbig v. Burwell

Jonathan Turley wrote in the Los Angeles Times this week that an imminent Obamacare lawsuit, is a "far more fundamental challenge to Obamacare" than Hobby Lobby. Halbig vs. Burwell challenges IRS implementation of the law's penalties and subsidies as applied to states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. A decision is expected very soon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "If Hobby Lobby will create complications for Obamacare, Halbig vs. Burwell could trigger a full cardiac arrest," Turley predicted.

Michael A. Carvin of Jones Day is lead counsel in the case. The Competitive Enterprise Institute is assisting in the lawsuit’s coordination and funding.
> Read more

> Interview an expert

UNION VIOLENCE - ALOYSIUS HOGAN Senator Vitter Follows Proud Tradition of Fighting Against Union Violence

On June 26, 2014, Senator Vitter introduced a bill S. 2535 to amend the federal extortion statute named the Hobbs Act. Senator Vitter is to be commended for addressing the scourge of union violence. The National Institute for Labor Relations Research reports, as of May 2013, that

“[U]nion violence is responsible for at least 203 Americans deaths since 1975; 5,869 incidents of personal injury; and more than 6,435 incidents of vandalism and tens of millions of dollars in property damage…
> Read more

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

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