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Wednesday
Dec112013

CEI Today: Online gambling, Obamacare marriage penalty, Internet taxes, and an NLRB ambush election

Tuesday, December 11, 2013
In the News Today

ONLINE GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

The Hill: Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s futile war on online gambling


Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is not known for modesty. So it was fitting the recent announcement of his plans to push for a federal online gambling ban is making headlines. Adelson, who said his “moral standards” compelled him to act, is launching an advocacy group, the Coalition To Stop Internet Gambling, to portray the activity as a threat to vulnerable populations such as low-income players and minors. Not only is he wrong, but his proposed ban would cause harm to the very groups he claims to want to protect. > Read more

 

> Interview Michelle Minton
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OBAMACARE MARRIAGE PENALTY - HANS BADER


Michael P. Tremoglie: Obamacare's Marriage Penalty


Being married is expensive - and not just for the usual reasons. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Hans Bader - and others - it is an expensive proposition as far as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) premiums and taxes are concerned.


Bader maintains that there is a discriminatory treatment of married versus unmarried couples. For proof he cites the Kaiser Family Foundation's (KFF) ACA premium calculator.  > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader

MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT - RYAN RADIA

One News Now: As year comes to end, debate goes on for Internet sales tax


Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says he is very skeptical of the Marketplace Fairness Act. "It's an attempt to solve, I think, a legitimate issue but it's the wrong approach," says Radia. "It would, in many respects, create many new hassles and set a precedent for future taxing authority that goes beyond the borders of a jurisdiction.

"Even a small Internet seller could be subject to an audit by "any or all of those states" that have a sales tax, adds Radia.
> Read more


> Interview Ryan Radia

NLRB AMBUSH ELECTIONS - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: NLRB Ambush Elections Coming Soon


Monday, the National Labor Relations Board’s savvy legal maneuver takes the labor agency one step closer to finalizing its ambush election regulation. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs
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Thursday
Oct312013

CEI Today: Controversial NLRB appointee, elitist NYT attack on cars/suburbia, and global warming before the Supreme Court 

Thursday, October 31, 2013
In the News Today

NLRB GENERAL COUNSEL IMPLICATED IN EMBEZZLEMENT COVER-UP

Workplacechoice.org: Congressional Scorecard Update–Richard Griffin Confirmation

Tuesday, the Senate voted 55-44 to confirm Richard Griffin as the National Labor Relations Board general counsel, with Senator Lisa Murkowski as the sole Republican to vote to confirm Richard Griffin. The near party-line vote on Richard Griffin’s confirmation is representative of the political divide in Congress today.

Now Griffin has been confirmed as the NLRB’s general counsel, and again circumvented Senate inquiries. Griffin was able to avoid debate over his confirmation because Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has moved for a cloture vote.

And there is good reason why Reid and the Obama administration has done this. Mr. Griffin has never had to publicly comment on being named in a federal complaint filed last October by 10 members of IUOE Local 501, which alleges Griffin was complicit in a cover-up of a scheme to embezzle funds from the local union.
> Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

ELITIST ATTACK ON CARS & SUBURBIA - MARC SCRIBNER

Globalwarming.org:
NYT Jane Brody’s Uninformed Attack on Cars and Suburbia


While at a conference where participants discussed the wannabe social engineers cum urbanists’ war on automobility and housing affordability, Jane Brody’s broadside against Americans’ “dependence on automobiles” and suburban living was published by the New York Times.  Unfortunately, Brody has fallen for one of the popular but incorrect urban elitist tropes about cars and the suburbs:

Long commutes are killing us! Urban cores are healthier than the suburbs! Low-density living is just fattening us up for self-slaughter!
> Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner

GLOBAL WARMING CASE BEFORE SUPREME COURT - MARLO LEWIS

Forbes: Will Supreme Court Review Of Greenhouse Rule Take Air Out Of EPA Regulatory Overreach?

 

In a Supreme Court case on the EPA's greenhouse gas rule, the court could make EPA mothball its big plans to impose greenhouse permitting requirements on new and modified power plants, steel mills, cement production facilities, paper and pulp factories and other large industrial installations. That would validate criticism that the agency is bent on expanding its power regardless of the law. > Read more

 

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

    

 

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CEI President Lawson Bader

Alarmism is dangerous

 

CEI Podcast for Oct. 30, 2013: Bringing Transparency to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

George Mason University law professor and Mercatus Center senior scholar Todd Zywicki discusses his paper, “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Savior or Menace?”

 




Tuesday
Oct292013

CEI - Oppose Obama’s Pick For NLRB General Counsel

Lawsuit Accuses Griffin Of Covering Up Union Embezzlement In Former Position

 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 – Richard Griffin, one of three members of the National Labor Relations Board who lost their seats when their “recess” appointments were thrown out by the courts, has been appointed NLRB’s general counsel, subject to Senate approval.

Trey Kovacs, labor analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says it would be a disaster – in addition to a travesty of justice – if Griffin were to be confirmed. Here are his four reasons why:

  • A lawsuit filed this month in federal court in California alleges Griffin was complicit in a scheme to cover up embezzlement at the International Union of Operating Engineers. The lawsuit alleges numerous violations of the RICO Act and names Griffin, then IUOE’s general counsel, as a defendant.
  • Congress established the NLRB as an impartial body whose members represent the public interest in labor disputes. Even union bosses in the past have said union leaders would be ill-suited to the job because they would be predisposed to certain outcomes. Richard Griffin comes directly from the union movement and has demonstrated willingness to be extremely partisan on behalf of unions.
  • Griffin favors card check elections for union representation and opposes workers’ rights to a secret ballot.
  • Even after it became clear Griffin’s appointment to NLRB would not survive, he refused to resign and continued to promulgate pro-union regulations and decisions.


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Monday
Oct212013

CEI Today: Obamacare in court, NLRB nominee, and America's credit rating

Monday, October 21, 2013
In the News Today

OBAMACARE IN COURT - SAM KAZMAN

IRS Attempts to Impose Employer Mandate in States Outside Obamacare Exchanges

 

A federal judge will hear motions Monday on a lawsuit that challenges how the IRS will enforce the Affordable Care Act.


Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, in which CEI attorneys are assisting in coordinating, include a group of individuals and small business owners in six states who have sued over an IRS regulation imposed under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will subject them to a series of penalties and force them to cut back employees’ hours, even though they are located in states that have refused to set up their own insurance exchanges. > Read more

 

> Listen to the podcast: CEI Podcast for October 17, 2013

> Interview Sam Kazman

OBAMA NLRB NOMINEE - TREY KOVACS

Workplacechoice.org: Controversial NLRB General Counsel Nomination Vote Approaching

Now that the partial government shutdown is over, its back to business as usual. As such, the Senate will tackle the controversial nomination of Richard Griffin for general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.

Griffin, the former general counsel of the International Union of Operating Engineers, was recently named as a defendant in a RICO lawsuit.
> Read more


> Interview Trey Kovacs

 

US CREDIT RATING - JOHN BERLAU

Fox Business: Has credit rating process become politicized?

Kroll Bond Rating Agency COO James Nadler and Competitive Enterprise Institute’s John Berlau on the potential political aspects to the ratings process.
> View the interview

> Interview John Berlau

 

    

 

CEI is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles of free enterprise and limited government.  For more information about CEI, please visit our website, cei.org, and blogs, Globalwarming.org and OpenMarket.org.  Follow CEI on Twitter! Twitter.com/ceidotorg.

 

CEI President Lawson Bader

OBAMA, FATHER OF ALL CZARS

Creating White House-approved authorities on science would only further politicize a field that is far too politicized already.  > Read more

 

 




Tuesday
Aug272013

CEI Today: Court NLRB ruling, why China nixed Kyoto emissions limits, and Sept 9 net neutrality in court

Monday, August 26, 2013
In the News Today

COURT NLRB RULING - IVAN OSORIO

Openmarket.org: Court Strikes Down another Obama NLRB appointment


If you cant’ get legislation through Congress, then make policy through regulation. Until the courts get in the way. The former has been the Obama administration’s approach to implementing policies it wants but cannot get passed in Congress. The latter describes the latest legal setback to Obama’s agenda — a federal judge striking down Obama’s recess appointment of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) top lawyer as unconstitutional.


On August 13, U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle ruled that President Obama’s appointment of NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon did not conform to the requirements of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA). Therefore, Solomon could not delegate to a regional NLRB director the authority to pursue legal action against an employer.  > Read more

> Interview Ivan Osorio

WHY CHINA REJECTED KYOTO EMISSIONS LIMITS - MARLO LEWIS

Globalwarming.org: Why Did China Reject Binding Emissions Limits at Kyoto?

China’s economic growth is still strongly correlated with fossil energy consumption and emissions. Even a ‘soft’ Kyoto target limiting emissions to 25% above 2005 levels would have eliminated trillions in cumulative GDP since 2005. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

 

 
 

NET NEUTRALITY - WAYNE CREWS

Openmarket.org: Before Net Neutrality Eats the World


On Sept. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Verizon’s challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s December 2010 Order on “Preserving the Free and Open Internet.”

At stake is not merely the destruction of infrastructure wealth for decades, but of content flexibility, consumer welfare and even infrastructure security and “cybersecurity.”
> Read more


See also: Before Net Neutrality Eats the World (Part 3): The FCC’s Disdain for Markets

Before Net Neutrality Eats the World (Part 5): The Fallacies Motivating Net Neutrality

 

> Interview Wayne Crews

 

 

   

 

 

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August 22, 2013: Germany Legalizes Bitcoin

 


Iain Murray
discusses Germany’s decision to legalize Bitcoin, a controversial digital currency.


NEW REPORT


Praying for Growth at the GDP Altar

The Perils of Confusing GDP Growth Figures with the Real Economy

CEI's 2012-2013 Warren Brookes journalism fellow, Matthew Melchiorre, critiques a report by economists that claims fiscal stimulus in 1930s America accounted for faster recovery relative to Greece today.