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  • How the Government Could Save Move-And Protect Workers

    March 30, 2013

    By Trey Kovacs, Townhall.comROCUNITEDlogo-2db2df-150px

    In this era of sequestration, why is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarding millions in grants to an organization under Congressional investigation?

    The group in question is the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), a union-backed "nonprofit" organization that bills itself as providing a path towards upward mobility and a better life for restaurant workers. Yet it is under investigation over charges of alleged multiple health violations, and is notorious for exploiting vulnerable...

  • CEI Podcast For March 28, 2013: The TSA's Illegal Body Scanners

    March 28, 2013
    Despite a court order, the TSA is still dragging its feet on complying with the law. Fellow in Land-use and Transportation Studies Marc Scribner has the latest developments in the case.
  • Texas appellate victory for CCAF

    March 28, 2013
    We won the case of Kazman v. Frontier Oil, knocking out 100% of the attorneys' fees in a $0 shareholder derivative suit that made shareholders worse off because it was brought solely for the benefit of the attorneys. Details at Point of Law.
  • White House Immigration Bill Will Be A Disaster Without Accessible Work Visas

    March 27, 2013
    Obama RacinePresident Obama’s recently leaked immigration bill left off the most important component of an immigration bill: the immigration part. Given the fact that the Chamber of Commerce and the big unions -- the AFL-CIO and the SEIU -- were still locked in vain negotiations over a potential guest work program, the president clearly did not want to leak a version that would step on the toes of his two biggest backers. Unfortunately, without a robust work visa system, the White House bill will be a disaster. The bill contains 95 pages on “worksite...
  • Education Department Joins EPA In Touting Communist Killers

    March 27, 2013
    The Department of Education featured a quote from mass-murdering dictator Mao Zedong on its website. Mao, the longtime Communist dictator of China, killed up to 60 million people through executions, torture, and the government-created famines of the abortive "Great Leap Forward." As law professor Jonathan Turley notes,
    In one of the truly moronic acts from a government official, the Department of Education posted a mangled quote of Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong on its website as the saying of the day for children. It is clear that whoever approved it had no idea who Mao was or the atrocities that he committed,...
  • More on Citigroup Securities

    March 26, 2013
    I discuss continuing developments in the Citigroup Securities fee objection at Point of Law. Our objections (December, March) have attracted a lot of press coverage.
  • The Red Tape Challenge

    March 25, 2013
    Over at the Daily Caller, Christian Rice and I take a look at a successful regulatory reform model in the UK: the Red Tape Challenge:
  • When The Nanny State Kills

    March 25, 2013
    The government told people to switch from saturated animal fats to unsaturated vegetable fats. But that advice may have killed a lot of people. As David Oliver notes, a recent study "in the British Medical Journal" shows that "those who heeded the advice" from public-health officials "to switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated vegetable oils dramatically reduced their odds of living to see 2013," incurring up to a "60% increase in risk of death by switching from animal fats to vegetable oils." This possibly deadly medical advice has a...
  • The Cancer Clusters That Weren't

    March 25, 2013
    e_brockovichA recent post in ACSH Dispatch examines an interesting question: How likely is it that some U.S. communities have elevated cancer rates, a.k.a, "cancer clusters," because of chemical pollution? The answer: not very. ACSH points to an enlightening article published in Slate by George Johnson, who notes:
    Time after time, the clusters have turned out to be statistical illusions—artifacts of chance. … The Erin Brockovich incident, one of the most famous, is among...
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week In Regulation

    March 25, 2013
    59 new regulations, from patent fees to pork export reports.

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