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ALG's Daily Grind - Virginia Congressman warns EPA regs could cause brownouts 


Feb. 28, 2014

Virginia Congressman warns EPA regs could cause brownouts
With 330 coal-fired power plants closing or converting because of new EPA regulations and electricity generation declining, U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith warns that the nation's power grid is becoming taxed.

Cartoon: Guns to butter
Obama and Hagel unveil their newer, lighter Pentagon budget.

The Tea Party Grows Up
140,000 comments against the freedom-killing IRS regulations, and a whole new way to fight big government. It seems the tea party has grown up, and not a second too soon.

Washington Examiner: Conservative USC alums fight on over FCC newsroom survey
ALG's Rick Manning and other University of Southern California alums blast their former school for working on the controversial Federal Communications Commission study into American newsroom editorial decisions.


ALG's Daily Grind - IRS regs trample Tea Party's free speech, but unions get to keep their carve-out 


Feb. 27, 2014

IRS regs trample Tea Party's free speech, but unions get to keep their carve-out
New proposed regulation prevents the tea party and other 501(c)(4)s from even mentioning the names of politicians in and around election time, but $772 million spent by Big Labor on elections and lobbying in 2012 would be unaffected by the rule.

Why did the FCC pull its multi-market study monitoring newsroom content?
The multi-market study on critical information needs was just one of dozens of studies and analyses conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to monitor media content and viewpoint diversity.

Putting an end to the EPA's 'secret science'
American taxpayers foot the bill for the Environmental Protection Agency's costly regulations, and they have a right to see the underlying science.

Adams: In defense of the Elastic Clause of the Constitution
"I recently spoke at Emory University, where one student defended all of President Obama's unconstitutional actions by invoking the Elastic Clause of the Constitution." What Elastic Clause?


Franklin Center - 2014: The year of the union? 

2014: The year of the union?

Here at the Franklin Center, we’ve seen a disturbing theme emerge from our investigations over the past week – abusive union influence.

As citizens, we cannot afford to ignore these stories. Here are three of the most important ones.

VIDEO: Washington state exchange drops $2.6 million on rap videos

Why would a state spend so much money on 30-second music videos? To get young people to sign up for healthcare, of course!

Watch it here at WatchdogWire!

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Unions claim to represent hard-working Americans, but the stories our reporters have uncovered recently tell a different tale. Big Labor is on the attack the attack in 2014, and whether it means spending hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns or committing gross acts of physical violence, they're determined to take whatever steps necessary to ram through their agenda. Holding government accountable means holding interest groups accountable too, and our yearlong investigation of Labor's power play is just getting started.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity


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In The News

TheBlaze airs "Investigating John Doe" - featuring Watchdog reporter M.D. Kittle

Drawing from’s 28-part series, "Wisconsin’s Secret War," TheBlaze's "For the Record" exposes Democrats' war on free speech.

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CEI Today: Stop Gov't Abuse Week - Regulating energy drinks, bureaucracy run wild, and California water crisis

Thursday, February 27, 2014
In the News Today


The Baltimore Sun: No one cards at Starbucks - Energy drinks aren't the enemy, as state bills would have you believe

In Maryland, as in other states, consumers need to show ID when buying alcohol or tobacco products. Energy drinks could be added to that list of "adult" products if bills before the General Assembly are passed. House bill 1273 and Senate bill 986 were filed to ostensibly protect the Free State's children from a potentially hazardous product. But not only will the bills fail to protect minors, they could backfire and cause more harm than good for both adults and children in Maryland.
> Read more


> Interview Michelle Minton


> Interview Michelle Minton


BUREAUCRACY RUN WILD - WAYNE CREWS Congress Must Affirm Final Agency Rules before They Are Law

Congressional over-delegation of powers to bureaucrats has created a disconnect between the power to establish regulatory programs and responsibility for the results of those programs.

As federal power grows, popular appeal of a campaign to end “regulation without representation” might also. Requiring Congress to approve major and controversial mandates before they become binding law affirms a bedrock principle of accountable government, and embodies a superior regulatory reform than any enhanced cost-benefit or risk assessment. > Read more

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National Review’s Law and Disorder Debate
Man vs. Wild: California in Crisis 

Friday, February 28, 2014, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)

Is nature taking a vendetta out on the state of California, or has bad policy wrought the water crisis in California? Featuring CEI's William Yeatman. > RSVP and for more information

March 6-8, 2014




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ALG's Daily Grind - The Bullying of America 


Feb. 25, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds and cartoons granted.

The Bullying of America
In combating liberal bullying, conservatives need to learn from the successes of the left rather than simply shake their collective heads and wonder what the world is coming to.

Cartoon: Rat Feed

EPA in the Supreme Court's Crosshairs
The Supreme Court has heard arguments on Monday and will rule on how much room, if any, the EPA has to rewrite federal law for their own regulatory purposes.

Wall Street Journal: The 'Absurd Results' Power Grab
"The Obama Administration's penchant for rewriting the law via regulation will get a major test on Monday when the Supreme Court hears a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's "carbon endangerment" rule. This case is especially significant because it will determine whether the agency can rewrite its own previous rewrite of the Clean Air Act to bypass the normal channels of democratic consent."