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  • A Not-So-Surprising "Clunklusion"

    August 18, 2009
    CEI Editorial Director Ivan Osorio discussed the true economic costs of the Obama administration's "Cash for Clunkers" program, calling it "a costly boondoggle that will yield little net benefit." It is pretty clear that Cash for Clunkers will prove harmful to the long-run economy, but what about the program's other purported purpose--reducing CO2 emissions? Below are a couple of interesting quotes. President Barack Obama, July 31, 2009:
    The [Cash for Clunkers] program has proven to be a successful part of our economic recovery and will help lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign oil, while reducing...
  • Rose Friedman, 1910-2009

    August 18, 2009
    Rose Friedman died today after a life well lived. Sincerest condolences to her family and friends from all of us at CEI.
  • Robert Novak (1931-2009)

    August 18, 2009
    His honesty and devotion to investigative journalism did much to bring balance to the increasingly ideological world of journalism.
  • Legal Experts and Civil Rights Commission Attack Obama Health-Care Plan As Unconstitutional

    August 18, 2009
    Constitutional law professor Rob Natelson argues that Obama's health-care plan is unconstitutional in four different ways. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says that the racial preferences and quotas contained in ObamaCare are likely unconstitutional. Professor Natelson says that ObamaCare is...
  • Robert Novak, RIP

    August 18, 2009
    Robert Novak was a fine man and a great reporter. I feel lucky and honored to have known him. He was persistent, tireless, and incredibly industrious. His tens of thousands of columns were based on a deep understanding of how Washington works and the amazing number of contacts he developed throughout the political establishment. Bob was a staunch conservative, but his investigative reporting was of great value to a much wider audience. He dug up countless important stories and shed light on obscure corners of major issues that no one else was paying attention to. I have missed his columns since the day he had to retire suddenly. And now I'll miss him.
  • R.I.P. Bob Novak: 1931-2009

    August 18, 2009
    We have recently learned about the passing of esteemed columnist Robert Novak.  Kenneth Tomlinson has a column paying tribute to Novak today at Human Events online that may sum up how many feel about him.
    Throughout my life, I followed Bob Novak journalism like I followed the careers of my favorite sports figures. Later, as editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest, I would become one of Novak's nominal bosses, though the fact was that every time I worked with him or was associated with him in any way, it was I who felt privileged. Few journalists have ever affected this country like Bob Novak.
    Tim Carney, a former CEI Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow and former Novak reporter, also has a column about Novak today Human...
  • Regulation of the Day 34: Diabetic Truckers

    August 18, 2009
    It is a violation of federal regulations to “operate a commercial vehicle in interstate commerce” if you have insulin-treated diabetes.
  • CEI Weekly: Berlau on "Government Motors"

    August 17, 2009
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI's fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday.
  • LibertyWeek 56: On the Waterfront

    August 17, 2009
    Host Richard Morrison welcomes returning guest co-host Jeremy Lott and new co-host Kevin Hilferty for Episode 56 of the LibertyWeek podcast. We start with the White House compromising on healthcare, the unintended consequences of the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights and a Pirate (party) invasion of Britain. We continue with a scandalous blast from the past on the New York City waterfront, an appreciation of the life of Les Paul from Ivan Osorio and some fender-bending Olympic News.
  • Freegom Isn't Free

    August 17, 2009

    Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal, a new book by British author Tristram Stuart, will soon be hitting shelves in the UK and the US. It's is a detailed indictment of the massive amount of edible food that industrialized countries throw away, both in the factory and at home. "In America, around 50 per cent of all food is wasted," the Telegraph summarizes, "while over here [in the UK], we dump 20 million tons of food every year. Put all this together and---to make a wearisomely predictable but inescapable point---you could easily feed the world’s hungry several times over."

    The Movement Behind the Man

    Both the book and its author have close ties to a new...

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