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An arbitrator is expected to rule today on a lawsuit brought by major tobacco companies against states participating in the multi-state master settlement agreement (MSA), to reduce their payments to states if their market share falls more than 2 percent.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Communications Christine Hall-Reis on the constitutionality of the master settlement agreement.



Crude oil prices rose by 15 cents to above $64 a barrel on Monday amid concerns over the political situations in Iran and Nigeria and the upcoming hurricane season.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy Myron Ebell on why talk of America being “addicted to oil” is misguided.



A privately built rocket crashed and burned as it attempted to take off seconds into its maiden launch. Yet this should only be a temporary setback to private space flight—if government regulators don’t get in the way.

CEI Expert Available to Comment: General Counsel Sam Kazman and Objectivist Center Executive Director Edward Hudgins on how deregulation has helped private space flight—and could do the same for other industries.



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