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CEI Today: Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, EPA's lost messages, BPA researcher bias, credit card interchange fees, and more 

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
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Where in the World is Jonathan Gruber?


The government’s opposition to Supreme Court review of [a major legal challenge to Obamacare, King v. Burwell], filed last Friday made the expected no-need-to-rush arguments about why the Court should wait until the D.C. Circuit finished its en banc review of Halbig v. Burwell. But what stands out is what the brief did not do. It did not mention MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s chief architects, at all. Gruber has been cited in every single previous government brief in King, and in the government’s major filings in Halbig. But in this latest document Gruber is gone. > Read more

> Interview Sam Kazman


The Blaze: EPA Says It Can’t Recover Thousands of Texts Wanted in Freedom of Information Lawsuit

“The destruction of records is a criminal offense, a felony, with up to three years, which is why EPA is saying strange things like there is no evidence any records have been destroyed in the cyber-bonfire,” said Chris Horner, attorney and senior fellow for CEI. > Read more

> Interview Christopher Horner


BPA Research Funding Linked to Researcher Bias?

The number of studies that have appeared in the news during recent years on the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is staggering. Few substances undergo such scrutiny. So why BPA? Congress has poured millions of dollars ($170 million since 2000) into BPA research for what amounts to little more than a witch hunt.> Read more

> Interview Angela Logomasini


Interchange Fee Caps Benefit Large Retailers at Consumer Expense


Surprise! Price controls lead to unintended consequences—including transfers of wealth to parties who lobbied for those controls.

That’s the actual – and unsurprising – result of the an amendment to the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) that caps fees charged by banks for payment cards, mainly debit and credit cards. > Read more

> Interview John Berlau



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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
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ALG's Daily Grind - A Republican rout in the Senate?  


Oct. 9, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

A Republican rout in the Senate?
An unpopular president in his sixth year in office typically does not do well in the midterms, anyway, but 2014 on paper has all the makings of a rout. A look into some of the key races.

Cartoon: Obola

Predicted failure of Obamacare co-ops
The first shoe to drop in an impending Obamacare funding grant scandal was heard in New York this week, where the Freelancers Union, which received a $340 million health insurance co-op grant from the Administration in 2012, announced that they were no longer going to provide health insurance.

Karlgaard: America's missing wealth
Study: "[I]t's been runaway federal regulation that's crimped U.S. growth by the year and utterly smashed it over two generations."


Guinta For Congress (CD1) - Granite Staters are Screaming in a Soundproof Booth  

Ignoring the Will of Her Constituents, Shea-Porter
Reiterates Support for ObamaCare

MANCHESTER – At an interview with Josh McElveen of WMUR on Sunday, Congresswoman Shea-Porter proudly defended her vote on ObamaCare despite “all the problems” caused for Granite Staters.

MCELVEEN: “Let’s talk about an anniversary that just passed… and that’s the Affordable Care Act one year implementation. I know you hate it when I ask this question… Knowing what you know now, hindsight being what it always is, all the problems that were had, if you could make the same vote again, would you make it?”

SHEA-PORTER: “Yes, I would.”

Please watch the exchange HERE.

Frank Guinta released the following statement:

"A clear majority of Granite Staters oppose the Affordable Care Act because it is not working for New Hampshire. Seemingly every day another report comes to light detailing waste, fraud, abuse or government incompetence. From Politifact's Lie of the Year that "if you like your health care plan, you can keep it," to the promise that costs would decrease by $2,500 per family, to the pledge that the economy wouldn't suffer, she is consistently proven wrong. Granite Staters might as well be screaming in a soundproof booth because Congresswoman Shea-Porter still refuses to listen. We deserve a health care plan and a Representative that works for us."


CEI Today: Obamacare news, Big Wind's waning appeal, self-driving cars, and more 

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
In the News Today



News in Halbig v. Burwell


On Friday, the plaintiffs (appellants) in a major Obamacare lawsuit, Halbig v. Burwell, filed their opening brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. The court is rehearing the case en banc after a three-judge panel of the court invalidated the IRS Obamacare rule at issue on July 22. At the government’s request, the entire 13-judge court will reconsider that ruling. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 17.

At issue is an IRS rule that, contrary to the language of the statute, attempts to extend health insurance subsidies and mandates in states that chose not to set up Obamacare exchanges.

"As ouropening brief makes clear, the IRS rule is an agenda-driven attempt to evade the restrictions built into Obamacare by Congress," said Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel. "Even the Fourth Circuit, which ruled against us in the King case, acknowledged we had the stronger argument regarding the text of the law. Now the strength of our argument is underscored by two new developments, both of which are cited in today’s brief. One is the new ruling of the Oklahoma district court, the other the recently unearthed statement by Prof. Jonathan Gruber that flatly contradicts many of our opponents’ contentions."

> Read more
about the lawsuit at

> Interview Sam Kazman



Big Wind Encounters Turbulence in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas


Wind farms are becoming politically controversial in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. Republicans in the Kansas legislature tried to repeal the state’s renewable energy mandate earlier this year, but the bill was narrowly defeated by strong opposition from Gov. Brownback and the wind industry. The governor now says that while he supports the wind industry in Kansas, he thinks it has matured sufficiently so that the state’s 20% by 2020 renewable mandate can be repealed or modified. > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell




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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
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ALG's Daily Grind - Obamacare subsidies fall in Pruitt ruling 


Oct. 3, 2014

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Obamacare subsidies fall in Pruitt ruling
U.S. District Judge Ronald White: "[T]he court is upholding the Act as written. Congress is free to amend the ACA to provide for tax credits in both state and federal exchanges, if that is the legislative will."

Dear NPR, get a real job
The American people can be free of a billion dollar annual commitment to a non-essential organization that would almost definitely survive the transition. Senate aide who helped save Export-Import Bank lands job at agency
A Senate aide who worked on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank has left Capitol Hill to manage congressional affairs for the agency.