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Monday
Dec012014

CEI Today: EPA Clean Power Plan, Lame Duck, college debt, central banking, and more 

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
In the News Today

 


EPA CLEAN POWER PLAN - MARLO LEWIS

 

Clean Power Plan Comment Deadline Monday
 
The comment deadline for the president's Clean Power Plan is today, and CEI will submit comments on it.

William Yeatman calls the rule “an illegitimate exercise in executive authority. It’s expensive and threatens electric reliability. If finalized, the rule would fundamentally overhaul the electric industry without the permission of Congress or the American people. Yet the rule would also in no way impact the climate." See: EPA’s Illegitimate Climate Rule

Marlo Lewis says the rule would be “the most expensive environmental regulation ever imposed on the electric power sector and cause double-digit electricity price rate hikes in 43 states.”
 

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LAME DUCK PREDICTIONS - IAIN MURRAY


Pittsburgh Tribune-Revew: What lame ducks might do


Iain Murray is vice president of strategy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization advocating limited government, free enterprise and individual liberty. He spoke to the Trib regarding how Congress might spend its upcoming lame-duck session.

Q: With just a handful of legislative days remaining in December, what concerns do you have about potential actions by Congress?

A: There are concerns there might be attempts to sneak a few things through that would have much less chance of getting passed under the new Congress, and there also might be some possibilities that Congress might do a few unwise things, thinking, “It's a lame-duck session. We can get away with it.”
> Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

COLLEGE DEBT - CARRIE SHEFFIELD

Forbes: Mired In College Debt, Millennials Need Better Options


As national dialogue continues about the usefulness of a traditional, 4-year college degree, data show the Millennial generation is falling behind previous ones in savings, net worth, even the ability to move out of their parents’ homes.  Yet creation of alternative pathways, just like K-12 school choice, is an uphill battle against entrenched educational bureaucracies. > Read more

 

> Interview Carrie Sheffield
 

CENTRAL BANK IMPACT ON STANDARD OF LIVING - RYAN YOUNG

Washington Examiner: Easy come, easy go
 

Instead of constantly and unpredictably tinkering with interest rates, money supply, exchange rates, and other variables, central banks should pursue a humbler monetary policy. This would emphasize an honest, stable, and predictable price system that creates a better environment for those private sector engines of growth. > Read more

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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Tuesday
Nov252014

ALG's Daily Grind - Rosy retail forecasts are humbug 

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Nov. 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Rosy retail forecasts are humbug
Maybe it will be a good shopping season and maybe it won't. But here are some factors to consider.

Cartoon: Obama's fowl pardon
Obama's executive amnesty puts U.S. workers on the chopping block.

Washington Examiner: GOP still split over anti-'amnesty' strategy
ALG's Mehrens: "It is this kind of pathetic response that encourages Obama to continue his effective dissolution of the separation of powers."

 

Tuesday
Nov252014

Daily Signal - Riots Engulf Ferguson After Grand Jury Decides Not to Charge Officer; Obama Urges Calm 

The Daily Signal

 

November 25, 2014

Morning Bell

Riots Engulf Ferguson After Grand Jury Decides Not to Charge Officer; Obama Urges Calm

The decision comes after months of consideration from the 12-person panel in the case that sparked violent protests and riots in the town of 21,000.

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Media, Democrats Called Out Former Presidents on Abuse of Executive Power. Where Are Those Voices Now?

Daily Policy Focus: In this case of Obama defying voters, Congress and the Constitution in one fell swoop, the left has drifted between quiet unease and full-throttled support.

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White House, Congress Raided Hundreds of Millions from Anti-Bioterrorism Fund

A review of documents by The Daily Signal found that Congress and the Obama administration have attempted to take money—in some cases successfully—from Project BioShield to pay for other priorities that had nothing to do with defending the nation from bioterrorism.

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Tuesday
Nov252014

CEI Today: 3,415 pages of regulations, Obama's China deal, honeybees & pesticides, and more 

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
In the News Today

 

3,415 PAGES OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Big Sexy Holiday Fun With The 2014 Unified Agenda Of Federal Regulations
 

The fall Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions always seems to appear just before the Holidays. You know, when nobody’s really looking. The new federal government compilation was just released on Friday.


The Agenda is supposed to help give researchers a sense of what’s happening with Washington bureaucracies and their regulations. But in the era of “pen and phone” and executive orders, it’s not so clear any more, and it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

The new Agenda reports on at total of 3,415 rules and regulations at the “active,” “completed” and “long-term” stages. That’s up from 3,305 last year, but down from 4,062 at this point in 2012.
> Read more

OBAMA'S CHINA DEAL - MARLO LEWIS

U.S.-China Climate Deal: Who Snookered Whom?

In the recent U.S-China climate deal, who snookered whom? Did Xi pull a fast one on Obama? No. Obama got exactly what he wanted. Obama seeks China’s support for an agreement under which the United States is politically bound by pledges to the international community to implement the Carbon Pollution Rule and Clean Power Plan. Obama seeks thereby to shield his illegitimate, unlawful climate policies from potential repeal by the next president and future Congresses.


Xi did not snooker Obama. It remains to be seen whether Obama will snooker Congress and the public. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

HONEYBEES - ANGELA LOGOMASINI

New Field Study Confirms Neonicotinoids Have Little Impact on Honeybees


As the Ontario provincial government in Canada considers policies that may force farmers to stop using, or drastically reduce use of, a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a new study shows why such policies are unlikely to do any good. Supposedly, limiting use of these pesticides will improve honeybee hive health, but such regulations will simply make it harder for farmers to produce an affordable food supply. > Read more

 

> Interview Angela Logomasini
 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more

 

> Related: NLRB's Mysterious New Member Dodges Important Questions, But Stresses Need for Fully Staffed Board


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

Featuring Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton)
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Monday
Nov242014

CEI Today: EPA's renewable fuel news, Obama's NLRB nominees, online gambling ban update, and media bias against free speech 

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
In the News Today

 

EPA'S RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD - MARLO LEWIS

Renewable Fuel Standard: EPA Retreats from Cutbacks

News reports Friday revealed that EPA will pull back from its November 2013 proposal to reduce this year’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending targets. By law, EPA was supposed to finalize the 2014 targets in November 2013. However, a final rule establishing RFS targets for 2014 is not expected until 2015. EPA’s more-than-year-long delay in finalizing the 2014 targets reveals what may be the most damning unintended consequence yet: market unpredictability.
> Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

OBAMA NLRB NOMINATIONS - ALOYSIUS HOGAN

 

The Hill: An NLRB prescription for trouble

 

President Obama's nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have proven a prescription for trouble, and Lauren McFerran is no exception. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) promptly whisked McFerran to her examination — Thursday's confirmation hearing — after her nomination last week. But Republicans would be wise to conduct a thorough examination and not rush the process. > Read more


> Interview Aloysius Hogan
 

ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Adelson's Online Gambling Ban Losing Political Steam


It was a bad week for Sheldon Adelson. The billionaire casino owner has said he’ll spend whatever it takes to stop the spread of legal online gambling in the U.S. This week, however, the prospects for Adelson’s bill dimmed significantly as leaders in the conservative and free market movements began to speak out against the measure. > Read more

 

> Related: coalition letter


> Interview Michelle Minton
 

MEDIA BIAS AGAINST FREE SPEECH - HANS BADER

Taxpayer-Funded Green Ministries in Prince George's County Violate the Constitution
 
Reporters like separation of church and state, unless it’s progressives violating it. Then, they lose interest in the concept. A recent Washington Post story cheerily reported on churches getting exemptions from a state-mandated stormwater fee (Maryland’s “rain tax”) in exchange for taking “green” positions, in the progressive bastion of Prince George’s County, Maryland. The story did so without even mentioning the serious issues that raises under the Establishment Clause and the First Amendment. > Read more

DEC. 5 - REPEAL DAY EVENT

81st Anniversary Celebration of Repeal Day: Prohibition Still Doesn’t Work

 

On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, supposedly ending our nation’s failed experiment with prohibitionism. Yet, 81 years later, modern-day prohibitionists continue to deny the laws of supply and demand, attempting to control what individuals can choose to put into their own bodies.

 

Featuring Walter Olson, Senior Fellow, Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute & Editor, Overlawyered.com (@walterolson); Stacia Cosner, Deputy Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (@TheStacia); Michelle Minton, Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies, Competitive Enterprise Institute (@michelleminton); moderated by Kat Murti, Digital Marketing Manager, Cato Institute (@KatMurti). > Register
 

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Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking.
 
Jay Richards, co-author of The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot.


 

CEI President Lawson Bader

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If it walks like a lame duck