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Today's hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Facebook's use of consumer data took a much more aggressive tone than yesterday's hearing in the Senate. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), congresswoman for California's 18th District, which includes Silicon Valley, was unwilling to ...
This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before three congressional committees to answer questions about the privacy scandal that's engulfed the social media platform since mid-March, when The New York Times and The Observer of London reported that a British voter-profiling ...

Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Jessica Melguin · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Daniel Press · Ryan Radia · Adam Schulman · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. Anna St. John · Devin Watkins · William Yeatman · Competitive Enterprise ...
In 1992, in the case of Competitive Enterprise Institute & Consumer Alert v. NHTSA, a federal appeals court ruled that the agency had deliberately "obscured the safety problem" through a combination of "fudged analysis," "statistical legerdemain," and "bureaucratic mumbo jumbo." In the court's view, it ... Economy
Including such values within the framework of a society is crucial in laying the groundwork on which further technological innovation can flourish. In that same spirit, please join my Competitive Enterprise Institute colleagues and I this weekend when we celebrate Human Achievement Hour, our ... Government Cancer
Human Achievement Hour--to be observed tomorrow, March 24, between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm--is the Competitive Enterprise's Institute's annual celebration of innovation and progress. During this hour, people around the world pay tribute to the advancements that inventors and entrepreneurs ...

The Competitive Enterprise Institute's observance of Human Achievement Hour this week celebrates this optimism, as does its annual Julian L. Simon Memorial Award, to be presented this year to acclaimed Peruvian economist and property rights advocate Hernando de Soto. Pierre Desrochers is the ... Technological
Transitioning to a world in which different skills are valued might be difficult, but in the long run, everybody benefits. These are the sort of benefits--the gains from innovation--that we here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute are celebrating this week in the run-up to this year's Human Achievement Hour.
Environmental activists want you to "take action for our planet and nature" by sitting in the dark for an hour on March 24th. But we at the Competitive Enterprise Institute would rather keep the lights on and celebrate Human Achievement Hour, because we recognize that living well is not a crime. In fact, ...
Here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, we spend a great deal of our time developing ideas to improve how we govern, in order to advance the health, welfare, and economic station of people everywhere. This is why several years ago we launched Human Achievement Hour, an annual celebration ...
Workers should have the right to speak for themselves at their workplace and decide how to spend their hard earned wages. Yet, in around 20 states, the law provides government unions with the power to speak for and deduct money from public employees' paychecks, whether or not these workers desire ...
What a horrible couple of weeks it has been for Bitcoin. The price of the leading cryptocurrency has fallen by half, from nearly $20,000 to as low as $10,000 and below. Maybe Bitcoin's volatility has finally gotten the best of it. Maybe the inevitable crash has taken all the air out of the bubble. Maybe Bitcoin is ...
The Competitive Enterprise Institute submitted a FOIA request to several agencies on how much official time was used during the 2013 government shutdown. The Department of Transportation allowed 209 employees to perform union activity on official time during the shutdown. They performed union ...
In October last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued their final rule regulating small dollar lenders, who issue loans between $100 and $500 over a two-week period for an average 15 percent fee. Later that year, a bipartisan group of congressmen introduced a resolution of disapproval ...
Both editorials detailed questionable dealings in Washington governor and climate activist Jay Inslee's (D) office. Inslee is one of three ringleaders of the climate resistance, with California's Jerry Brown (D) and New York's Andrew Cuomo (D). These two items are in fact the tip of an iceberg CEI has ...
It is CEI's contention that strong labor regulation, including collective bargaining mandates, is detrimental to the general welfare, as it prioritizes the wants of union leaders and their supporters over the needs of other citizens. Lowell Gallaway and Jonathan Robe demonstrated this in our High Cost of Big ...
The Trump administration “might attack our authority” to establish greenhouse gas motor vehicle standards, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chairman Mary Nichols told E&E news ($) last Thursday. If that's true, it's a very big deal. Section 209 of the Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental ...

Congress needs to ask the Government Accountability Office to provide a list of agency guidance documents that were properly submitted for review for purposes of the Congressional Review Act. Instead, there have been recent letters inquiring if a particular guidance document counted as a “rules” and ...
In 2018, efforts will continue in Congress and the Trump Administration to reform these rules. In an effort to give relief to Main Street banks and credit unions and empower consumer and entrepreneurs, the House of Representatives in the summer of 2017 passed the Financial CHOICE Act. There are also bipartisan bills in ...
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on January 4th announced an ambitious oil and gas leasing plan for the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2019 to 2024. The Draft Proposed Plan (DPP) partially replaces the Obama administration's plan for 2017-22. According to the Department of the Interior's ...
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) asked the Supreme Court, on my behalf, to review a Google settlement resulting from a class action over the company's alleged privacy violations by its search engine. In In re Google Referrer Header Privacy Litigation, Google settled for $8.5 million, but ...
To judge by its price, Bitcoin had a banner year in 2017. The leading cryptocurrency rose 1,200 percent against the dollar, making millionaires of many geek investors and billionaires of a few. But at one point, Bitcoin was up 1,800 percent. It dropped from the highest heights by year's end, making some of ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Late last week, member and former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Matthew S. Petersen, withdrew as President Trump's nominee for a vacant seat on the District Court for the District of Columbia, after enduring a grilling at his confirmation hearing from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA).
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is part of the dark-money funded network of think thanks that lead the charge to deny the scientific consensus on climate change; funded by a mix of money from the tobacco industry, the hydrocarbon lobby, booze companies, and similar interests. Read the rest ...
The Walt Disney Company has come to an agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox's assets for $52.4 billion, but before the deal goes through, it will face scrutiny from antitrust regulators. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Trump administration, made the surprising and misguided decision last ...
The Unified Agenda (the “Plan” is included in the Fall edition of the Unified Agenda each year) is hardly riveting reading for most people. It's been around since the early 80s but most have probably not heard of it. However, the Agenda and Regulatory Plan in particular do reveal regulatory priorities of the ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) submitted a brief in Janus v AFSCME, Council 31, a case before the United States Supreme Court. The question at hand is whether the First Amendment allows the government to force public employees to financially assist a union they do not support.
The CFPB, under the temporary leadership of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, announced that it would delay implementation of the rule while the agency considers how to roll it back. While this is a promising step, Congress should use the Congressional Review Act to dismantle ...
CEI's Chris Horner recently discovered some questionable payments between green activists and government officials in the state of Washington. We uncovered emails through Freedom of Information Act requests that show special interests are paying the salaries and expenses of staffers in Washington ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
The last twelve months have seen a flurry of new books on politics, economics, and public policy hit the Amazon warehouse shelves. Since last year's precedent-shattering general election, for example, it seems that everyone involved with national politics is writing a campaign tell-all memoir.
According to regulatory watchdog Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, red tape as measured by Federal Register pages dropped from a record 95,894 last year to 61,950. The last time it was so low was in former President Bill Clinton's first year, 1993, and that was the record.
The last twelve months have seen a flurry of new books on politics, economics, and public policy hit the Amazon warehouse shelves. Since last year's precedent-shattering general election, for example, it seems that everyone involved with national politics is writing a campaign tell-all memoir.
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Marc Scribner, of the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute and one of the nation's more foremost conservative experts on aviation, recently penned a scathing article, debunking efforts to call modest increase in the passenger facility charge, or PFC, a “tax increase.” Scribner writes: “The federal cap on ...
In January, the Supreme Court will announce whether it will hear South Dakota v Wayfare Inc., a challenge to North Dakota v. Quill Corp., the opinion that currently limits states from reaching across their border to collect sales tax from remote businesses. Parallel to these likely court proceedings, sales-tax ...
President Trump is scheduled today to release the administration's National Security Strategy (NSS). In their respective blog posts, Mollie Hemingway and Anthony Watts provide excerpts from an advance copy of the document. The excerpts indicate a thorough repudiation of President Obama's attempt to ...
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is part of the dark-money funded network of think thanks that lead the charge to deny the scientific consensus on climate change; funded by a mix of money from the tobacco industry, the hydrocarbon lobby, booze companies, and similar interests. Read the rest ...
During the past eight years, the Obama National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) tilted labor-management relation precedent far in favor of labor unions. This came in the form of overturning thousands of years of precedent that stacked the deck for the benefit of Big Labor. As a result, worker choice and ...
The Walt Disney Company has come to an agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox's assets for $52.4 billion, but before the deal goes through, it will face scrutiny from antitrust regulators. The Department of Justice (DOJ), under the Trump administration, made the surprising and misguided decision last ...
The Unified Agenda (the “Plan” is included in the Fall edition of the Unified Agenda each year) is hardly riveting reading for most people. It's been around since the early 80s but most have probably not heard of it. However, the Agenda and Regulatory Plan in particular do reveal regulatory priorities of the ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Hans Bader · John Berlau · Wayne Crews · Myron Ebell · Ted Frank · Christopher C. Horner · Sam Kazman · Trey Kovacs · Marlo Lewis, Jr. Angela Logomasini · Michelle Minton · Iain Murray · Ryan Radia · Marc Scribner · Fred L. Smith, Jr. William Yeatman · Ryan Young · Competitive Enterprise Institute ...
Whether the government should regulate the Internet like a public utility is a question that's vexed members of Congress and bureaucrats for the past decade. During this time, the Federal Communications Commission has worked to cement itself as the country's Internet regulator. But the FCC's voyage of ...
Last week, when the drama of the dueling directors began at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), I told The Washington Examiner that the new director should “rein in or kill” the CFPB's “NSA-like” database holding sensitive information from millions of consumers' credit cards and mortgages.
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) submitted a brief in Janus v AFSCME, Council 31, a case before the United States Supreme Court. The question at hand is whether the First Amendment allows the government to force public employees to financially assist a union they do not support.
This week, the nine-mile segment of Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway became tolled during the morning and evening rush hours. The tolls apply for single-occupant vehicles (SOVs) on weekdays from 5:30am to 9:30am eastbound in the morning and 3pm to 7pm westbound in the evening. Toll rates ...


 

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