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CEI Today: Suing Google, green cronyism, Obama fiduciary rule, the SEIU, and more

Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Forbes: European Commission Still Searching For Google Monopoly

Antitrust is one of America’s worst exports, but one adopted with relish by the European Commission (EC) as exemplified in newly announced formal charges against Google Inc. Antitrust is predatory corporate welfare policy. Firms do get large and powerful, but never as large and powerful as governments that collude with rent-seeking firms to forcibly channel customers to the latter.  > Read more



Washington Free Beacon: Steyer Nonprofit Owns Stake in Green Energy Investment Firm

“It’s like a closed loop of cronyism,” said William Yeatman, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute specializing in energy and environmental policy.
“Steyer’s political giving fuels policies that enrich his friends, while at the same time it also bolsters the resources used by advocacy groups that lobby for these same policies,” Yeatman said. > Read more


Fiduciary rule elicits mixed reactions

The new Department of Labor fiduciary rule, which Obama officials have said will mandate that brokers and others only give investment guidance that serves savers’ “best interest,” will likely resemble Obamacare for your IRA and 401(k). Though the full regulation still has not been publicly released, there are troubling indications of paternalism from the previous Department of Labor rule withdrawn in 2011 and the Obama administration’s own talking points. > Read more


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White House Petition Asks President to Veto Online Gambling Ban

In order to receive a response from the White House the petition must receive 100,000 signatures by May 2. > Read more


The Man Who Brought Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court


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CEI Today: Let Me Google That For You, an enviro flip-flop, Operation Choke Point, and more 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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LET ME GOOGLE THAT FOR YOU - RYAN YOUNG The Let Me Google That for You Act

The Commerce Department’s National Technical Information Service doesn’t just charge people for documents that can be found for free with a simple Google search. It also has a staff of 150 and a $66 million budget, which modern technology has rendered completely wasteful.
> Read more

> Interview Ryan Young

ENVIRO FLIP FLOP - WILLIAM YEATMAN NRDC Doubles Down on Disingenuous Interpretation of Clean Air Act


Last Friday, 12 Attorneys General filed a lawsuit challenging EPA’s recently proposed greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. Putting aside the significant procedural and jurisdictional matters attendant to the case, the meat and potatoes of the AGs’ complaint is that 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act prohibit EPA from issuing the rule.

In response to a reporter’s query, NRDC’s David Doniger called the lawsuit “laughable.” But NRDC used to make the same argument that is now being advanced by the States. Simply put: NRDC used to argue that EPA doesn’t have the authority to issue the Clean Power Plan. Talk about your all-time flip-flops! > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


OPERATION CHOKE POINT - IAIN MURRAY "Operation Choke Point" Targets Legal Businesses, Harms American Consumers

A new Competitive Enterprise Institute report digs into a campaign by federal regulatory agencies to shut down businesses that are politically disfavored but perfectly legal, under the pretext of preventing fraud.
> Operation Choke Point: What It Is and Why It Matters

> Interview Iain Murray


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Operation Choke Point
the govt’s helicopter parent

I thought we frowned upon using physical force and intimidation to get our way?

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General Counsel of @ceidotorg, Sam Kazman on the latest Obamacare court decisions.



CEI Today: George Will on regulation, new EPA energy regs, Google driverless cars, and more 

Thursday, May 29, 2014
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How EPA’s Impending Climate Plan Conflicts with Congressional Intent as Evidenced by the Federal Power Act


Next week, the President is expected to “personally” unveil a climate plan for existing power plants that would, as reported, give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to impose demand-side management programs on unwilling States.

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) demand-side response regulation impermissibly infringed on the States’ exclusive authority to regulate retail electricity markets.


This is a problematic contradiction. > Read more

> Interview William Yeatman


GOOGLE DRIVERLESS CARS - MARC SCRIBNER How Policy Makers Should Approach Google’s Driverless Shuttles

Tuesday, Chris Urmson, director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, wrote a post for the company blog describing Google’s newest prototype: fully automated vehicles that lack manual steering, accelerating, and braking functions.

Products such as the Google driverless “carts” should not be subject to strict federal motor vehicle safety standards and states seeking to recognize the legality of autonomous vehicles should be sure to include legislative provisions that make this distinction. 
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner


George F. Will: According to the annual "snapshot of the federal regulatory state" compiled by Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, four of the five largest yearly totals of pages in the Federal Register — the record of regulations — have occurred during the Obama administration. The CEI's delightfully cheeky "unconstitutionality index," measuring Congress' excessive delegation of its lawmaking policy, was 51 in 2013. This means Congress passed 72 laws but unelected bureaucrats issued 3,659 regulations. > Read More

See also: U.S. Regulation Compared to the World’s Largest Economies

> Interview Wayne Crews

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Henry Juszkiewicz, President of Gibson Guitar, discusses his response to the federal government’s armed raid.

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State




Digital Citizens Alliance - Bad Actors are Back in Business on YouTube


Popular Teen and Pre-Teen Site YouTube Still Infested With Videos for Illegal Prescription Drugs and Steroids, Stolen Credit Card Numbers, Fake Passports and Content Theft

New Poll: Nearly Nine out of 10 Americans Agree – Google has “responsibility to help make the Internet safe”

Washington, DC – The Digital Citizens Alliance today called on Google to stop profiting from a myriad of illegal and dangerous activities that take place on YouTube.  Those activities include the marketing of illegal prescription drugs and steroids, fake passports, stolen credit cards, and content theft.

Digital Citizens made public its investigative report, “Digital Weeds: How Google Continues to Allow Bad Actors to Flourish On YouTube,” that shows how YouTube is still infested with hundreds of videos promoting dangerous and illegal activities – nine months after Digital Citizens first showed ads running next to some of YouTube’s most dangerous videos. And just as troubling, both Google and the bad actors profit from advertising running along on the same YouTube page as these videos. 

In many of the latest examples Digital Citizens discovered, ads from some of America’s best-known companies were running next to videos pushing access to dangerous products.

“Google has to start acting like the great company they claim to be and make Internet safety a priority,” said Tom Galvin, Executive Director of Digital Citizens. “When confronted with this issue last summer, Google scrubbed YouTube of thousands of incriminating videos to stop the criticism. Not surprisingly, the videos are back. I’ll say what I said nine months ago – the company that claims “don't be evil” is its credo has to stop treating this as a PR problem and end its relationship with the bad actors who peddle dangerous drugs, stolen credit cards and Fake IDs.”

Click here to see the report, a short video on how Google makes its money, as well as new polling results showing Americans’ growing concerns about how Google does business.

In June 2013, Digital Citizens demonstrated countless examples of videos on YouTube that promoted the sale of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Tramadol. In addition, the report, entitled, “Google, YouTube and Evildoers: Too Close for Comfort,” demonstrated how bad actors promoted the sale of forged passports and drivers licenses, escort services and prostitution, counterfeits and content theft. Google responded to the public criticism by immediately removing the videos while claiming their systems worked.

New Poll Shows Americans Concern with Google is Growing
A Digital Citizens Alliance national survey released today reinforces how the public is looking to Google to do more to protect Internet users:

·      The majority of Americans (57 percent) said Google should not post ads or accept ad revenue from sites that are providing illegal or illegitimate products or services.
·      By a 26-point margin (53 percent-27 percent) Americans don’t believe that Google is doing enough to make the Internet a safer place.
·      88 percent of Americans agreed with the statement “As a nearly $40 billion business, Google has a responsibility to help make the Internet safe.” 
·      Americans don’t feel very safe online. Less than one in five (18 percent) said they feel “very safe” online, compared to 65 percent who feel “very safe” in their neighborhood, shopping at stores or walking to local parks.
Digital Citizens commissioned Axis Research to conduct the poll. Axis Research surveyed 1,006 voters by phone across the United States from February 19-23, 2014; 32% of all interviews were conducted via cell phones.  The margin of error is ± 3.1 percentage points.
Details from “Digital Weeds” Report

In its “Digital Weeds” investigation, Digital Citizens researchers search YouTube again for some of the same videos promoting illegal or dangerous activities found during research in 2013.

These subject areas include:

Prescription Narcotics: Digital Citizens found hundreds of videos promoting the sale of illegally acquired prescription drugs. One video promoting where to buy Oxycontin and Roxicodone without a prescription had an ad promoting the 2014 Winter Olympics right next to it. In another case an ad for the Discover Card is flanked next to a video offering the stimulant Adderall and other drugs.
Stolen Credit Card Numbers: Financial fraud and ID theft are a scourge and growing threat to Internet commerce. Yet on YouTube there are videos on how to get stolen credit card numbers. In some of the videos there are ads from premium brands – in one case a Honda ad – that not only give credibility to criminals selling stolen credit card numbers, but enriches them too.

Fake Passports, Goods Currency: Digital Citizens found ads embedded in videos promoting the sale of fake passports, ID cards, fake money as well as fake goods. In one video promoting knock-off Michael Kors handbags an ad ran for the University of North Carolina’s Business School.
Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs): Digital Citizens looked APEDs in a separate report in October of 2013. Steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs remain popular on YouTube, which is especially troubling given their allure by teens who make up a large part of YouTube’s audience. One HGH video, on YouTube since March 2013, has over 41,000 views. It has an ad embedded promoting flights to Los Angeles, one for hair loss and another for drug rehabilitation. Google analytics enable it to connect ads that are relevant to the video, but apparently those analytics won’t flag illegal activity.

Digital Citizens found that these videos were once again flourishing on YouTube  - and Google continues to profit from them. Google profits by running ads tied to videos, and then splits the revenue with these bad actors.

“Just like after our first investigative report, we expect YouTube to take these videos down and the ads to go away almost instantly, but that is actually evidence of the problem, not the solution,” Galvin said. 

About Digital Citizens Alliance
Digital Citizens is a consumer-oriented coalition focused on educating the public and policy makers on the threats that consumers face on the Internet and the importance for Internet stakeholders – individuals, government and industry - to make the Web a safer place. Based in Washington, DC, the Digital Citizens Alliance counts among its supporters: private citizens, the health, pharmaceutical and creative industries as well as online safety experts and other communities focused on Internet safety. For more information, please visit


ALG - House punts on debt ceiling, cedes power of the purse 


Feb. 12, 2014

House punts on debt ceiling, cedes power of the purse
Paul Ryan on December 15: "We don't want nothing out of this debt limit." Yet, that is exactly what the American people got in return for a one-year extension of borrowing authority by the House.

Political targeting of Walker supporters proves it can happen here
Conservative groups in the state of Wisconsin whose leaders have had their private homes raided by local police due to their attempts to support Gov. Scott Walker during the labor unions' failed attempt at recalling him from office.

Time to reform the Endangered Species Act
If you find oil or natural gas on your property, the value goes up. If you find an endangered species, your land becomes virtually worthless because the critter prevents productive use.

Washington Examiner: Google endorses NSA surveillance-reform bill
Rep. Justin Amash: "The biggest names in tech are getting behind the Freedom Act because it is the only legislation that protects Americans' privacy from unconstitutional government surveillance. Momentum is on our side, and I have no doubt that the Freedom Act would pass today if it were brought to the floor for a vote."