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OpenMarket: October 2019

  • A Federally Funded Witches' Brew of Dangerous Advice

    October 31, 2019
    Halloween is the one day of the year kids enjoy being a little spooked. But what would you think about a taxpayer-sponsored effort to frighten parents 365 days a year? The federal government funds a network of activists that spew needlessly alarming information about chemical risks to children. Not only is this year-round fear fest no fun, it pushes a slew of harmful—and even dangerous—advice.
  • Twitter's Ban on Political Ads Has No First Amendment Implications

    October 31, 2019
    Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey announced that the social media platform will ban all political advertising. This comes on the heels of Facebook’s recent announcement that the company won’t fact check political ads on their platform. Whichever tack tech companies take with their privately owned platforms, there are no First Amendment implications. The First Amendment prevents only the government from making laws that abridge freedom of speech.
  • The Unmeasured Costs of Federal Agency Liberation from Congress, Self-Funding, and Permanence

    October 30, 2019
    In considering the overall costs of regulation, little attention is given to the intractability of the administrative state itself. Congress shows little appetite for restraining agencies and, unfortunately, once established, Republicans may be more prone to seek to run the agencies than to eliminate them.
  • Major Auto Companies Auto Dealers Back Trump Fuel Economy Rule

    October 29, 2019
    On October 29, Marlo Lewis testified before the House Oversight Environment Subcommittee on the Trump administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule. As he noted, replacing the Obama mileage standards with the SAFE rule would have vanishingly small impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures, and sea level rise..
  • Spooky Halloween Regulations

    October 29, 2019
    Halloween is this week. That means costumes, spooky decorations, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin spice everything. The Code of Federal Regulations contains several rules to keep everything safe and tidy.
  • Just in Time for Halloween: Climate Scares Debunked

    October 29, 2019
    Sharing scary stories is Halloween tradition and this time of the year reminds us of some folks who try to strike fear in the hearts of people: climate alarmists.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 28, 2019
    The Washington Nationals made it to the World Series, and the White House canceled some of its newspaper subscriptions. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from eligible billfish to re-exporting goods to Cuba.
  • VIDEO: How to Build a Political System to Protect Liberty

    October 25, 2019
    Our friends at Learn Liberty have started releasing new videos again, and we couldn’t be more excited. One of the most recent, “3 Different Ways Constitutionalism Affect Liberty,” stars Prof. Ilya Somin of George Mason University, who gives us an excellent refresher on how the precise structure of a government’s powers has important implications for maintaining a free society.
  • Trump Administration Challenges Constitutionality of California Climate Pacts

    October 25, 2019
    Just when I thought the Trump administration could not get any bolder in challenging California’s self-anointed power to determine national climate policy, the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a constitutional challenge to the state’s greenhouse gas emission trading pacts with the Canadian provinces of Québec and Nova Scotia.
  • CEI Report: Universities Misuse Federal Children’s Environmental Health Grants to Pursue Political Agenda

    October 24, 2019
    For more than two decades the federal government has funded a number of “children’s environmental health centers.” Since they are housed in universities, you might think these centers would produce objective science on environmentally related children’s health risks, but think again.


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