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  • Not Going Gently: Rogue NLRB Lands One More Blow

    August 7, 2013
    For the first time in a decade, the National Labor Relations Board is composed of five legitimately appointed members. However, one of the last decisions handed down by the outgoing rogue NLRB members was as blatantly union-bias as it gets.
  • Europe's Continued Stagnation Is Not Surprising, Given Lack of Reform

    August 7, 2013
    The Guardian reports that Italy’s record-long economic slump has continued for another quarter. This isn’t much of a surprise given Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s continued refusal to countenance necessary structural reform, especially as it pertains to changing the country’s wildly outdated labor laws that have proven politically impossible to change. On a broader scale, today’s news is a microcosm for the rest of Europe. As long as countries push off necessary reform to the fundamental structure of their economies—meaning the creation of business-friendly regulatory environments, structural...
  • Senate NLRB Deal Backfires on GOP…Again

    August 5, 2013
    Just over a week ago, Democrats suckered Republicans into a deal to avert what Senator Harry Reid referred to as the “nuclear option” that would have weakened the Senate filibuster rules.
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    August 5, 2013
    82 new regulations, dairy import licenses to information sharing.
  • The Misleading Push for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    August 2, 2013
    Last year, the Senate did not ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, with supporters falling just short of the two-thirds vote needed for ratification of a treaty. Supporters used misleading arguments to press for the treaty's adoption. This year, they will try again to ratify the treaty, since changes in the composition of the Senate due to the 2012 election have increased its chances of passage. Deceptive arguments for the treaty continue. As the Cato Institute's Walter Olson notes, a recent editorial in the New York Times
    perpetuates myths about the convention that I had hoped by now would...
  • 'Universal' Health Care Universally Loathed

    August 2, 2013
    Once upon a time labor unions and all their Labor Bosses loved Obamacare. But not anymore. Unions are slowly opening their eyes and accepting the possibility that Obamacare might just not be all that great. Ironically, the leaders who once endorsed Obama and all his reforms are now expressing their concerns about the law’s increased costs and how it "will hurt millions of Americans” – opinions that many others had expressed all along.
  • $26.7 million victory for CCAF in Citigroup Securities case

    August 2, 2013
  • Raul Labrador's Sane Immigration Policy Reflects His "Libertarian Streak"

    August 2, 2013
    Raul LabradorRep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has led the effort in the House to fix immigration laws in the most conservative and free market way possible. Labrador has not floundered in the immigration waters, stammering out apologies for his views or flipping to new ones. Rather, he has stuck to his one basic principle: Congress created this problem. It is time for them to fix it. Unlike other immigration reformers in the GOP, there is no clear incentive for Labrador to stick his neck out on the issue. In the short-term at least, Labrador lacks the transparent national ambitions of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla...
  • CEI Podcast for August 1, 2013: Is Washington the Next Detroit?

    August 1, 2013
    Fellow in Technology and Entrepreneurship Bill Frezza sees parallels between Detroit's recent bankruptcy and the federal government's own fiscal problems. Fortunately, he sees a way out.

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