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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
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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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CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. >


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Saturday, 10am ET

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.


CEI President Lawson Bader


No one likes stereotypes




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."


ALG's Daily Grind - Supreme Court ends union ripoff of disability caregivers 


July 1, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Obama fails to disclose legal authority to transition Internet functions overseas
The White House has failed to produce the legal basis for transferring the vital Internet names and numbers functions without a vote Congress, despite numerous requests from Senate Republicans, the Wall Street Journal, and an Americans for Limited Government Freedom of Information Act request.

Cartoon: Imperial slap down
Supreme Court unanimously strikes down Obama's abuse of power in making recess appointments.

Supreme Court ends union ripoff of disability caregivers
Somewhat incredibly, the public employee unions and Illinois legislators thought it was a good idea to declare parents, brothers, sisters and children who care for relatives who receive disability payments part of a dues-paying public employee caregiver union.

Davis: 5 Major Takeaways From The Hobby Lobby Decision
Justice Samuel Alito's majority decision: ""[W]e hold that a federal regulation's restriction on the activities of a for-profit closely held corporation must comply with [the Religious Freedom Restoration Act."



ALG - Did the IRS delete Lois Lerner emails from Jan. 2009 to April 2011? 


June 13, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement blasting the IRS for supposedly losing over two years of Lois Lerner emails relevant to continued Congressional investigations of the agency targeting of tea party and other 501(c)(4) non-profit groups:


"Lois Lerner's two years of lost emails are going to make the 18-minute gap in the Nixon tapes look like nothing at all. We will never learn what was in those 18 minutes, but every federal government agency operates under recordkeeping requirements that mandate the agency preserve records that contain proper documentation of the functions, policies, and decisions made by the agency and its officials. It would take a massive, concerted cover up in order to delete those emails. We may never know the contents, but the very fact the emails are supposedly missing is grounds to investigate everyone involved in the chain of custody of these emails.  In short, this two-year email gap makes Richard Nixon look open and transparent."


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IRS claims to have lost over 2 Years of Lerner emails, House Ways and Means Committee, June 13, 2014 at




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