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OpenMarket: July 2019

  • Priorities for New Leadership at Department of Labor

    July 12, 2019
    There is a new sheriff in town at the Department of Labor. After Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned today from his post, President Trump announced that Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will become Acting Secretary of Labor.
  • Climate Risk Disclosure Proposal Would Destroy, Not Protect, Shareholder Value

    July 12, 2019
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday introduced legislation (S. 2075) to require publicly-traded companies to disclose climate-related risks to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Anti-Plastic Crusade Proves Deadly

    July 12, 2019
    News reports this week described the tragic death of a British woman, who died last November while using a metal straw. Apparently, Elena Struthers-Gardner, a former jockey who was disabled from a work-related injury, tripped while holding a mason jar with a metal straw affixed to the lid. When she fell, the straw went through an eye and then into her brain.
  • Who Does More Damage to a Free Economy: Socialists or Cronyists?

    July 11, 2019
    Our friend Matt Mitchell of the Mercatus Center has a fascinating new article at Reason on how businesspeople feel about government favors and privileges. It seems that a poll conducted by Matt and his colleagues finds that corporate managers and executives who work at companies that benefit from cronyism express a noticeably more favorable view of cronyism.
  • Antitrust Basics: Regulatory Uncertainty

    July 11, 2019
    Antitrust laws are not enforced to the letter. They are a matter of regulators’ and judges’ discretion. If they were applied literally, every business transaction would be illegal.
  • Defiance of Congress Melts Federal Reserve Credibility

    July 11, 2019
    In advance of his testimony yesterday before the House Financial Services Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was the subject of a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal that touted his supposedly good relations with lawmakers of both parties. “Powell’s Support Inside Congress Is Deep,” read the Journal headline in the print edition.
  • Surface Transportation Board Delays Consideration of Regulatory Reform Petition

    July 11, 2019
    Yesterday, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) published a decision on a March 2019 rulemaking petition from the Association from American Railroads (AAR). The AAR petition called on the STB to require benefit-cost analysis for legislative rulemakings undertaken by this independent agency, similar to what federal departmental agencies must already do and some other independent agencies now require.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Rebecca Dunn

    July 11, 2019
    The videos and transcripts are in from the the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception. One of the most moving moments of the evening was when longtime friend and supporter of CEI Rebecca Dunn took the stage to deliver a toast to our 35 years of research and advocacy.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Dave Barry

    July 11, 2019
    We here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute were excited when the funny and insightful writer Dave Barry agreed to deliver the keynote address at our 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception. I am happy to report that his delivery exceeded even our expectations.
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Johan Norberg

    July 11, 2019
    It’s been a couple of weeks since the success of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception, and I’m happy to finally be able to bring everyone the videos and transcripts of all of the evening’s speakers. Below you’ll see the remarks delivered by the 2019 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award recipient Johan Norberg, who spoke about human progress and the importance of optimism.


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