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CEI Today: Obama's 2015 Regulatory Agenda 

Monday, Jan. 5, 2014
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Fox News: Obama administration prepares regulatory rush in 2015

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Obama administration put out 2,375 proposed rules in 2014 that are still under consideration. That's in addition to 3,541 final rules and regulations in 2014, according to CEI. > Read the Fox News story


IBD: Obama's Regulatory Siege Holds Back The Economy


According to data toted up by Competitive Enterprise Institute Fellow Wayne Crews, 2014 ended with 78,978 pages in the Federal Register, the government's regulatory bible. That's the fifth-highest ever. An improvement? Hardly.

As Crews notes, of the "six all-time-high Federal Register page counts, five belong to Obama." > Read the IBD editorial Major & Obscure Regulations We’re Watching in 2015


2015 figures to be a very busy year for regulators in the Obama presidency. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has 60 business days from the promulgation of a major regulation to vote on a resolution that would vacate the rule. Due to the Presidential veto, however, the Congress’s CRA prerogative is usually toothless. Indeed, the only practical window for a successful CRA challenge occurs when the 60 day time limit (for Congress to act) overlaps with a new and like-minded presidential administration. And because the Congress only conducts, on average, about 10 business days a month, the Obama administration faces a deadline of about May 2016, by which it must promulgate all of its major regulations, in order to ensure that any one them cannot be subject to a successful Congressional Review Act resolution (under his successor President). As such, the clock is ticking, and most of this administration’s regulatory action will have to be wrapped up in the upcoming year. What can we expect for 2015? > Read more


 > See also: CEI's 2015 Unconstitutionality Index: 27 Regulations for Every Law

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Daily Signal - 24 States Continue Their Battle Against Obama's Immigration Executive Actions 

The Daily Signal


Jan. 2, 2015

Morning Bell

24 States Continue Their Battle Against Obama's Immigration Executive Actions

Lawsuit claims Obama has "unilaterally suspend[ed] the immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million" illegal aliens in the United States.

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United, Orbitz Want to Keep Your Airline Ticket Prices Artificially High

Daily Policy Focus: Skiplagged operates by selling consumers information they could already find for free, but that airlines count on them not to find.

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Is Legalizing Marijuana a Solution to Unfair Drug Arrests? One Opponent's Take

Kevin Sabet served under three presidents—Clinton, Bush and Obama. Now, he's debunking some of the biggest myths from the pro-pot community.

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Watchdog - 2014 was a weird year for the first amendment


ALG's Daily Grind - Growth still only 2.7 percent year over year 


Jan. 2, 2015

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Growth still only 2.7 percent year over year
When the 2.1 percent contraction in the first quarter is taken into account, the economy has only grown at a tepid 2.7 percent rate in the past 12 months.

Cartoon: Teeing off the New Year
What's Obama got in store for 2015?

Lame Duck discontent puts Speaker Boehner in jeopardy
Next week in the Speaker's vote, if 29 Republicans decide that they will not vote for John Boehner to continue as Speaker, he doesn't get to be Speaker unless he convinces a Democrat to vote for him.

Poll: 60 percent of Republicans Want Boehner Out as Speaker
"These numbers are what you would expect from the members of the other party, not Republican voters."


Daily Signal - Meet the Communist Group at the Michael Brown and Eric Garner Protests 

The Daily Signal


Dec. 30, 2014

Morning Bell

Meet the Communist Group at the Michael Brown and Eric Garner Protests

Mixed among the faces of protesters nationwide calling for justice in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown is a group of Communists fueling a movement against police officers and calling for mass demonstrations.

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Former Catholic School Teacher Fired for Violating Catholic Teaching Awarded $1.95 Million, Mostly for Hurt Feelings

Daily Policy Focus: Can a Catholic diocese require that its employees live up to a moral code that prohibits what is otherwise legal?

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96% of Illegal Immigrant Families With Deportation Orders 'Can't Be Found'

Thousands of illegal immigrants who spilled into border states earlier this year have "disappeared," a Houston TV station discovered in its investigation.

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