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CEI SUES EPA - CHRIS HORNER
The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed suit today in federal court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to turn over phone bills for the EPA-issued PDA issued to Gina McCarthy, a top EPA official and President Obama’s nominee to serve as the next administrator. CEI’s suit also seeks records EPA has failed to turn over that would reflect whether McCarthy received and/or acknowledged the required training in EPA electronic record use and preservation policies.
SENATE VOTE ON CORDRAY - JOHN BERLAU
It’s not about the man.” That’s what Senate Democrats will say about GOP opposition to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray when his confirmation vote comes up this week (as soon as today), setting the stage for Senate majority leader Harry Reid to pursue the “nuclear option” of ending the 60-vote cloture rule for debate on nominees.
But it is — or should be — largely about the man. In his 19-month tenure at CFPB, Cordray has established a pattern of mismanagement and abuse. Most frighteningly, under Cordray’s leadership, the CFPB is building an extensive database of tens of millions of Americans’ private financial transactions; it smacks of the National Security Agency scandal, but lacks the justification of fighting terrorism. Cordray also displayed a disturbingly cavalier attitude toward Americans’ privacy as attorney general of Ohio. Senators shouldn’t be afraid to question his fitness to serve.
IMMIGRATION & PUBLIC OPINION - DAVID BIER
A record number of Americans favor allowing more foreigners to enter and live in the United States each year. Nearly a quarter of Americans (23 percent) favor “increased immigration,” according to the most recent Gallup poll. As importantly, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) oppose decreasing immigration, also a record. Last year saw the lowest support for decreasing immigration at any point since Gallup began asking the question.