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  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Kent Lassman

    July 11, 2019
    All of the media content from the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception last month is now available, including remarks from Master of Ceremonies Katherine Mangu-Ward, and CEI President Kent Lassman, whose speech you can view below (followed by a transcript).
  • CEI Annual Dinner 2019: Katherine Mangu-Ward

    July 11, 2019
    We’re still thanking everyone who supported, sponsored, and attended the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th Anniversary Dinner and Reception last month. One of the superstars of the program that we’re especially grateful to is our fabulous master of ceremonies, Reason magazine editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward. 
  • Most of Federal Government Action Would Survive Even Strict 'Gundy' Analysis

    July 11, 2019
    The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gundy v. United States “suggests that the way our government works will be substantially changed towards greater democratic involvement,” as my colleague Devin Watkins explained on these pages last week. Although the Constitution permits Congress to pass laws that “leave the executive the responsibility to find facts and fill up details,” as Justice Gorsuch wrote in his Gundy dissent, “Congress must set forth standards ‘sufficiently definite and precise to enable Congress, the courts, and the public to ascertain’ whether Congress’s guidance has been followed.”
  • Free Trade Needs Louder Cheerleaders

    July 10, 2019
    There’s a new RealClear Opinion Research poll out, and it shows a disappointing lack of support for free markets and trade. RealClear found that only half of registered voters thought global trade had been a net positive for the U.S. over the past ten years. This is a significant decline in support, down from what had been a bipartisan consensus for decades.
  • Affordable Clean Energy Rule Improves Obama-era Policy, Still Contains Fatal Flaw

    July 9, 2019
    The Federal Register yesterday published the Environmental Protection Agency’s final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, along with the agency’s response to public comments on the August 2018 draft ACE rule. ACE repeals and replaces the Obama administration’s signature climate policy, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Guidance Documents of the Week: Social Security Administration and Treasury

    July 9, 2019
    Guidance documents are statements of policy issued by your favorite alphabet soup agencies, which more often than not translate into law, despite rarely going through the notice-and-public comment period required of most regulations. 
  • Antitrust Basics: Rule of Reason Standard vs. Consumer Welfare Standard

    July 8, 2019
    Regulators have used two different standards to judge antitrust cases over the last century or so: the “rules of reason” standard and the “consumer welfare” standard. This post will briefly introduce them both.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    July 8, 2019
    It was a four-day week for the federal government as the nation celebrated Independence Day. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from the Paper and Packaging Board to claiming mines.
  • CIRCLE of Misinformation Spread by Environmental Health Centers

    July 8, 2019
    This is the second in a series of posts regarding the Trump administration’s plan to cut Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants to children’s environmental health centers. As noted in a prior post, while presented as funding for scientific, university-based research, much of the funds simply advance junk science and environmental activism.
  • Climate Policies, Not Climate Change, Are Bigger Threat to World's Poor

    July 3, 2019
    The most recent United Nations climate report, this one from the Human Rights Council, is titled “Climate Change and Poverty” and asserts that “climate change will have devastating consequences for people in poverty.” Add just one more word and the UN would actually be onto something, since climate change policies, if widely adopted, would severely hurt the poor around the globe.

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