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ALG's Daily Grind - GOP blundering toward the finish line 


Sept. 16, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

GOP blundering toward the finish line
The Republican Party which should be on the precipice of enjoying a massive electoral victory based upon the unpopularity of President Obama, the economy and the number of red states Democrats are being forced to defend in the Senate. Why don't the polls show it?

Cartoon: "End of Civilization"

Could Scottish independence ultimately spell end for Tories?
Labour Party would lose 41 out of 59 Scottish seats in Parliament, but could still be the largest party come the 2015 general elections. How?

Daily Caller: White House coordinated with Department of Labor to hide illegal Obama fundraiser Hilda Solis' schedule
A Freedom of Information Act request by Americans for Limited Government triggered a cover-up by the White House.


ALG - Obama's Labor fundraising scandal cover-up denounced 


September 15, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement demanding the resignation or firing of White House General Counsel Lamar Baker, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Harnett, and Deputy Solicitor of Labor Deborah Greenfield for conspiring to conceal documents legitimately requested under the Freedom of Information Act:


"It is appalling that a simple request for the schedule of then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was elevated to the highest levels of the White House in an attempt to conceal her activities. White House General Counsel Lamar Baker even went so far as to demand our identity clearly to determine whether or not to release the information under the Freedom of Information Act.


"FOIA was never supposed to be give information to your friends and withhold it from your critics. In fact, it is intended just for the opposite purpose. The cavalier abuse of this fundamental government transparency tool should result in the resignations or firing of White House General Counsel Lamar Baker, Associate White House Counsel Kathleen Harnett, and Deputy Solicitor of Labor Deborah Greenfield."


Documents show that ALG's FOIA appeal was delayed by over two years:


Sept. 1, 2010:  In response to a Jan. 14, 2010 FOIA request from ALG, DOL withheld a calendar entry showing that Solis met with Cecilia Munoz from White House on April 7, 2009.


Oct. 26, 2010:  ALG files FOIA appeal, challenging redactions.


Approx. March 2012: Solis makes a fundraising call to a DOL employee during business hours in order to aid the President's reelection campaign.


Apr. 8, 2013 to May 6, 2013:  DOL finally consults with White House Counsel's Office about releasing the calendar entry; White House agrees to release.


May 20, 2013: DOL issues final response to ALG which includes the production of the calendar with the calendar entry.


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ALG's Daily Grind - Barack Obama's two-face on Freedom of Information 


July 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Delay and deny: Obama's two-face on Freedom of Information
The delay and denial of Freedom of Information Act  records requests to appease the White House must stop and agencies should instead get back to following the law.

Paul Ryan's war on poverty
How does qualifying another 10 million people for government assistance via the Earned Income Tax Credit lead us on a path to prosperity?

Corwin: NTIA's FOIA disclosures shed limited light on IANA transition decision
Internet Commerce Association counsel Philip Corwin sheds more light on the Obama Internet giveaway using Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by Americans for Limited Government.


CEI Today: FOIA reform, Dodd-Frank & Obamacare, and a near-future Obamacare ruling 

Monday, July 14, 2014
In the News Today


FOIA REFORM & EPA - WILLIAM YEATMAN Bipartisan FOIA Reform Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Federal agencies routinely circumvent information requests, and the censors’ primary tool for achieving opacity is a statutory exemption from disclosing “deliberative process.” Colloquially, it’s known as the “b(5)” exemption; among information seekers, it’s known as the “withhold it because you want to” exemption.
> Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


Washington Examiner: Just as health insurance premiums and deductibles skyrocketed due to Obamacare's many mandates, so too may those of life, home and car insurance due to provisions of
Dodd-Frank. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau


Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach


A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling

Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.


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Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the academic watchdog Retraction Watch, discusses the trend of increasing fraud, falsification, and plagiarism in the scientific community and the disincentives to retracting bad science reporting.


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ALG's Daily Grind - Obamacare's part time economy 


July 7, 2014

Obamacare's part time economy
The unemployment rate headlines were joyous and Wall Street took off.  The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that June's unemployment rate was down to 6.1 percent.  But what did the numbers mean, after you looked beneath the headline?

OPEC for the Internet
Why is the U.S. government ceding its own property and creating a private, global monopoly over all Internet domain names?

Elitist activism: The Washington Redskins and the arrogance of Capitol Hill
Washington Times FOIA request reveals not a single person filed a complaint or negative comment about the Redskins team name to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office before the government agency's ruling.

Armstrong: Expropriation Is Back - Is Christine Lagarde The Most Dangerous Woman In The World?
"A new IMF paper is described in great detail exactly how to now allow the private sector, which has invested in government bonds,  to be expropriated to pay for the national debts of the socialist governments."