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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

@libertynkilts
 

If it walks like a lame duck





 

Friday
Nov212014

CEI Today: Executive overreach, Apple Pay, beyond Gruber, online gambling, and more 

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

EXECUTIVE OVERREACH - WAYNE CREWS

President Obama's Executive Overreach Compounded by Regulatory Dark Matter


As far as the president’s pen and phone is concerned, the vehicle most regulatory in impact appears not to be executive orders (with major exceptions like a minimum wage requirement for federal contractors and the impending far-reaching order on immigration policy), but instead presidential Memoranda. Congress needs to keep a closer eye on all these. > Read more


> Interview Wayne Crews
 

RETAILERS VS. APPLE PAY - IAIN MURRAY

 

CNBC: Why retailers are wrong on Apple Pay

 

if the large retailers succeed in shutting down Apple Pay, you might see the war in your wallet end with its credit cards disappearing. And the worst effects will fall on those who cannot afford an iPhone. If this battle is lost, the war could go further. Currently, American regulations do not cover credit cards, but could be extended to them, as in the EU.  > Read more


> Interview Iain Murray
 

BEYOND GRUBER - SCOT VORSE

 Beyond Gruber: How HHS Flip-Flopped on Federal Exchange Subsidies

A growing body of contemporaneous evidence shows that even many Obama administration officials believed just the opposite—that subsidies would only be made available on state-established exchanges. >
Read more


> Interview Scot Vorse
 

ONLINE GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

Coalition Opposes Online Gambling Ban


While RAWA supporters contend that this legislation is a simple fix to 53 year old Wire Act legislation on sports betting, RAWA attempts to apply federal sports betting regulations to online gambling – even though this legislation was created decades before the invention of the internet.
> View the coalition letter

> Interview Michelle Minton

 

CROWDFUNDING - JOHN BERLAU

CEI Report on Crowdfunding Urges Congress, Reg
ulators to End ‘Millionaires Only’ Rules for Investment
 
This week, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a new report on how regulation threatens entrepreneurs and their abilities to start businesses, create jobs, and bring new products to market. > Read more

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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

@libertynkilts

If it walks like a lame duck





 

Thursday
Aug212014

CEI Today: Virtual currency regulation, Newsweek online gambling oops, affirmative action rules, and more 

Thursday, August 21, 2014
In the News Today

 

VIRTUAL CURRENCY REGULATION

The Impending BitLicense and Premature Regulations

Last month, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced its proposed regulations for businesses engaged in “Virtual Currency Business Activity.

 

A prematurely designed set of draconian rules could force Bitcoin businesses to leave New York for good, shutting out a burgeoning industry before it has a chance to develop—and leaving New York behind the rest of the market. > Read more

> Interview an expert

 

ONLINE GAMBLING - MICHELLE MINTON

Newsweek’s Cover Story on Internet Gambling Plays Fast and Loose with Facts

Newsweek’s recent cover article
 on online gambling, “How Washington Opened the Floodgates to Online Poker, Dealing Parents a Bad Hand,” by Leah McGrath Goodman, has elicited a wide range of deservedly negative responses. The title alone indicates its blatant bias.

However, Goodman’s one-sided article presents a good opportunity to dispel many of the falsehoods and unwarranted fears swirling around the online gambling discussion.
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - HANS BADER

 

Duplicative New Affirmative-Action Rule Drives Up Taxpayer Costs and Restricts Competition


Does it make sense to require a park campground operator that has a few hundred employees at 120 different locations to come up with 120 separate affirmative-action plans, one for each site? Just because it also receives a measly $52,000 federal contract to clean bathrooms used by tourists (which it does very cheaply, at cost, in order to make its nearby concessions more attractive)?


To any economist, the answer would be “no.” But to the Obama administration, the answer is “yes.” > Read more


> Interview Hans Bader

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Aug202014

CEI Today: Republicans + online gambling, an auto loan mess, Solar Solution, and more 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
In the News Today

 


ONLINE GAMBLING BAN - MICHELLE MINTON

Townhall: Republicans Seek to “Restore” an Online Gambling Ban that Never Existed

Republicans generally oppose federal encroachment on policy matters traditionally left to the states. SO why is Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex) alone among his GOP House colleagues in opposing a federal online gambling ban that would preempt state laws, reward special interests, and curtail an otherwise lawful pastime enjoyed by many Americans? 
> Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton
 

AUTO LOAN MESS - JOHN BERLAU

 

Newsmax: Govt Meddling Creates Auto Loan Mess

 

Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans. > Read more


> Interview John Berlau
 

SOLAR 'SOLUTION' - FRED L. SMITH, JR.

The Not-So-Free Market at Work


In the mail, I recently received a brochure from a firm called Solar Solution LLC, claiming to be the District of Columbia’s #1 solar installer. Included was the following table showing the initial estimated cost and then, in subsequent columns, the multiple layers of subsidies one might obtain. These include the 30 percent federal tax credit, the D.C. solar grant, and the Solar Renewable Energy Credit.
> Read more

> Interview Fred Smith



> See also: Are Fossil Fuels the Past, Renewables the Future?

 

 

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Saturday
Jul122014

CEI Today: Imminent ruling on Obamacare, UAW & Volkswagon, online gambling, and more 

Friday, July 11, 2014
In the News Today

 

OBAMACARE LAWSUIT

Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach

 

A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges.

According to the explicit language in the
Affordable Care Act, tax credits for purchasing federally-regulated healthinsurance on the “Obamacare” exchanges are only supposed to be available "through an Exchange established by the State." But the IRS decided to dole out the tax credits in those states anyway by arguing the federally-created exchange can somehow be “an Exchange established by the State.”  Don’t laugh; two liberal trial court judges bought the argument in cases like Halbig v. Sebelius, which is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and King v. Sebelius, which is on appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Decisions by those appeals courts are expected any day now.  > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader


 

UAW & VOLKSWAGON IN CHATTANOOGA - TREY KOVACS

Labor unions should not have the power to take away workers’ right to a secret ballot election.

Thursday, UAW officials announced plans to establish a local members’ union to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Ostensibly, membership would initially be voluntary, and no employees would be required to join. In addition, the newly created members’ union would not have bargaining rights with management and could only use its influence to impact work conditions.

However, the members’ union is just a stepping-stone for the UAW. UAW leadership also announced that they and the automaker reached a "consensus" and anticipate Volkswagen management will voluntarily recognize the UAW if they sign up a large enough portion of employees. Once that happens, the UAW would be able to negotiate a contract that would apply even to workers who oppose UAW representation.  


> Interview Trey Kovacs
 

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling


Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.

 

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