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CEI Today: Obamacare in court, re-regulating rail, and Human Achievement Hour 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
In the News Today


While the Hobby Lobby case is before the Supreme Court this week, another challenge to Obamacare is in court. On Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC will hear arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius.

In that lawsuit, launched in May 2013, a group of small business owners and individuals in six states sued the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act, which obliterates the distinction drawn by Congress between state and federal insurance exchanges. The rule undercuts the choices made by many states to stay out of the program, and it will force the plaintiffs to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, and face other burdens. US district court Judge Friedman ruled against the plaintiffs in January.  The case is now on expedited appeal.
> Read more about the case

> Interview Sam Kazman

> See also: What the district court got wrong (and right) in Halbig v. Sebelius, By Jonathan H. Adler  


Report: Special Interest Lobby Threatens Freight Rail Deregulation

New rules proposed by a commercial shipper lobby, the National Industrial Transportation League, could reverse Congress’ efforts to partially deregulate the railroad industry, which has helped lower costs for consumers and allowed businesses to improve their operations. The federal government’s Surface Transportation Board will hold a hearing on the proposal this week, March 25-26, 2014. > Read more

> Interview Marc Scribner


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Human Achievement Hour pays tribute to the human innovations and access to affordable energy that allow people around the globe to live better, fuller lives.

Kicking off Human Achievement Hour 2014



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Miraculous Growth of Dubai - Sameer Al Ansari discusses his experience with the development of the financial center in the desert.





CEI Today: Union release time and the Obama record on regulations + overtime mandate 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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UNION RELEASE TIME IN OHIO - TREY KOVACS Ohio Constitution Prohibits Union Release Time

Yesterday, Media Trackers reported the Ohio Centerville Classroom Teachers Association membership agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that is still waiting on approval from the school board.

Unfortunately, according to Centerville City Schools Superintendent Thomas Henderson, the union perks from the last contract will remain intact unless the school board refrains from approving the contract and negotiates a new agreement.

The most obscene union privilege in the contract is union release time, or a taxpayer subsidy to unions, which pays government workers to perform union business unrelated to their job duties while they continue to draw a government salary.
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


Forbes: 15,177 U.S. Executive Orders: President Barack Obama's Not The Only One With A Pen And Phone


It’s well known that President Obama pledges to use his “pen” and “phone” to implement a “year of action” with or without Congress.

There is some inexactness involved 
but the table I’ve assembled below reckons a total, overall, of 15,177 as of year-end 2013 (officially we’re at 13,659). Highlighting executive orders matters because decrees or fiats issued in a limited government context have different implications than executive orders in the activist government context that prevails now. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews


> See also: Wayne Crews of Competitive Enterprise Institute joins Rod Arquette to discuss the expansion of federal regulations under President Barack Obama



The Washington Times: More overtime rules enrich Obama

By making overtime rules burdensome nationwide, the Obama administration eliminates this competitive advantage enjoyed by conservative and moderate states over liberal ones. That rewards Mr. Obama’s political base even as it harms the country as a whole. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader





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Zac Bookman, Co-founder and CEO of OpenGov, explains how his citizen-friendly web platform is making government budgets, tax, and spending data accessible online, and why politicians and municipal managers are taking to it eagerly.



ALG's Daily Grind - Has the EPA lost its mind? 


March 7, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

Has the EPA lost its mind?
New legislation by House Republicans: When the EPA issues a new regulation requiring retrofitting or that some new technology be used by energy providers, perhaps they should double-check to see if the technology actually exists yet.

Cartoon: A tale of two bears
The Russian bear versus the care bear.

Tea Party Texas
Incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R), who was shellacked by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) two years ago, got whipped badly in the primary earlier this week, with 73 percent of the primary voters rejecting his bid for renomination.

Caldwell: Dave Camp's tax reform shows why we should abolish the IRS
"[Dave] Camp has attempted to improve the system by working within it. To see a dedicated and diligent public servant achieve such an underwhelming result through this approach yields an inescapable conclusion: The system itself must be scrapped."



NH House Republican Leader Statement on Bill Prohibiting Electronic Devices While Driving 

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement relative to the House passage of HB1360, a bill that would prohibit reasonable use of phones and electronic devices while driving. The bill passed by a 192-133 vote.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We have good, reasonable laws on the books that prohibit distracted driving of any kind, whether those distractions are food related, pet related, person related or phone related. This bill unfairly suggests all users of cellphones or electronic devices are distracted. The vast majority of drivers have been operating their vehicles safely for years, even before hands-free technology hit the market. We should be enforcing distracted driving laws as they stand, rather than ending the use of cellphones for everyone.”


NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on HB1360 Bans Cellphones While Driving

The House Republican Alliance released a statement today on the passage of HB1360-A, a bill that would ban use of hand held devices while driving and prohibit any use of cell phones while driving for citizens under the age of 18.

"This bill is a strong overreach of government into our private lives.  Distracted driving, including texting while driving, has been in the law for years. Forbidding drivers to call home - or set their GPS - while stopped in traffic is a ridiculous intrusion into our private lives," stated Rep. Mark Warden- Goffstown.