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  • Parts of PATRIOT Act Declared Unconstitutional

    September 30, 2011
    Two provisions down, many more to go. Until then, President Bush's third term continues.
  • Today's Links: September 30, 2011

    September 30, 2011
    OPINION TIM CAVANAUGH: "Steven Chu, Oh Where Are You?" "Sphinx-like Secretary of Energy Steven Chu may or may not be getting closer to approaching a plan to begin the process of preparing to lay the groundwork for issuing a preliminary statement on the Solyndra bankruptcy. " MICHAEL LEWIS: "California and Bust" "On August 5, 2011, moments after the U.S. government watched a rating agency lower its credit rating for the first time in American history, the market for U.S. Treasury bonds soared. Four days later, the interest rates paid by the U.S. government on its new 10-year bonds were plummeting on their way to record lows. The price of gold rose right...
  • The Legal Battle Over Honolulu's Train to Nowhere

    September 30, 2011
    Rail transit advocates in Honolulu, Hawaii, have seen better days. Significant opposition is threatening the future of the proposed 20-mile, $5.5 billion elevated rail transit corridor. The project, championed by Hawaii Democrats, is the dream of long-time Senator Dan Inouye. Most view it as little more than an expensive monument to the 87-year-old Inouye, who has represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years and is something of a state institution. Critics of the multi-billion dollar elevated rail project have noted that it would destroy the views of Honolulu's famous waterfront, ruin some of Oahu's best farmland, cost far more than service that could be delivered by bus rapid transit, fail to provide access to major population centers, and fail to address congestion issues. According to the recent "2011 Urban Mobility Report" [...
  • Local Union Will Appeal to Obama’s NLRB

    September 30, 2011
    Openmarket.org Minnesota based American Crystal Sugar employee lockout exposes the untenable nature of union contract negotiations. Yesterday, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union’s final charge against American Crystal Sugar was dismissed. BCTGM filed four charges against American Crystal Sugar’s for failing to bargain in ‘good faith’. All charges were denied by the Minnesota National Labor Relations Board. A quote from John Riskey, president of BCTGM local, on the dismissal of the unions charges against American Crystal Sugar demonstrates current union tactics. “But we will appeal,” Riskey said. “We’ve been building our case all along to take to Washington, D.C. and we will be appealing to Washington, D.C.”...
  • Local Union Will Appeal to Obama's NLRB

    September 30, 2011
    Minnesota based American Crystal Sugar employee lockout exposes the untenable nature of union contract negotiations. Yesterday, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union’s final charge against American Crystal Sugar was dismissed. BCTGM filed four charges against American Crystal Sugar’s for failing to bargain in ‘good faith’. All charges were denied by the Minnesota National Labor Relations Board. A quote from John Riskey, president of BCTGM local, on the dismissal of the unions charges against American Crystal Sugar demonstrates current union tactics. “But we will appeal," Riskey said. "We've been building our case all along to take to Washington, D.C. and we will be appealing to Washington, D.C." Unions know if their appeal reaches...
  • CEI Introduces Warren Brookes Fellow of 2011-12: Matt Patterson

    September 30, 2011
    CEI Weekly is a compilation of articles and blog posts from CEI’s fellows and associates sent out via e-mail every Friday. Also included in the weekly newsletter is a brief description of CEI’s weekly podcast and a feature on a major CEI breakthrough made during the week. To sign up for CEI Weekly, go to http://cei.org/newsletters. CEI Weekly September 23, 2011 >>Featured Story Matt Patterson, editor of Capital Research Center's Labor Watch and author of Union of Hearts: The Abraham Lincoln and Ann Rutledge Story, has been named the new Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow. Read more about the fellowship...
  • Regulation Roundup

    September 30, 2011
    Massage parlors are illegal in well-named Horneytown, North Carolina, plus more.
  • Right on Cue

    September 29, 2011
    In this morning's CEI Podcast, my colleague John Berlau predicted that the new price cap on debit card swipe fees would lead to the end of free debit cards and free checking. Well, Bank of America just announced that it will start charging its debit card users $5 per month.
  • Today's Links: September 29, 2011

    September 29, 2011
    OPINION ROGER SIMON: "The Four Laws of Politics" "'So what do you think of Perry?' the guy asks me. I look at his hands.You always look at the hands, an old-timer once told me when I was starting out as a political columnist in Chicago. It’s the first law: Guy asks you about politics, you look at the hands." ERIN GEIGER SMITH: "Could One Music Downloader Change U.S. Copyright Law?" "In the age of iTunes and an-app-for-everything, Joel Tenenbaum's battle with the music industry over illegal downloading seems as relevant as an eight-track cassette.But it turns out the fight could produce something surprisingly...
  • University of Wisconsin Administrators Violate the First Amendment to Silence Dissent and Criticism

    September 29, 2011
    Wisconsin college administrators attacked the First Amendment this week, both by censoring a professor's poster and criticism of fascism, and by inciting a flash mob to shut down a conference organized by a critic of the University of Wisconsin's affirmative action policy, which allegedly violates the Constitution and federal laws against racial discrimination.  National Review describes one of the incidents:
    Earlier this week, campus police showed up at the office of theater professor James Miller to take down a poster he had displayed on his office door. The poster featured a quote from the short-lived television show Firefly, Joss Whedon’s libertarian cult classic that is part...

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