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  • As Election Nears, NYT Makes Another Push for Groupthink

    October 30, 2020
    The New York Times on October 27 ran an article titled “As Election Nears, Trump Makes Final Push Against Climate Science.” The article spotlights President Trump’s recent appointments of three scientists to leadership positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where they now serve, respectively, as chief of staff, chief scientist, and deputy assistant secretary.
  • Record GDP Numbers Need Context: Good news, but More to Do

    October 29, 2020
    Most of the talk about today’s GDP numbers will be related to the election. It shouldn’t. Presidents don’t run the economy; hundreds of millions of ordinary people do. Economic activity is most of the way back to pre-pandemic levels, but not all the way.
  • New CEI Paper: Antitrust Policy in Europe, Lessons for America

    October 29, 2020
    Today, CEI is releasing a new paper on antitrust policy in the European Union by Swiss competition commissioner Henrique Schneider. Europe’s approach to competition policy, as antitrust policy is known there, tends to be more active than in the United States. Schneider provides some useful lessons for policy makers in the U.S. as enforcement ramps up on this side of the Atlantic.
  • Big Government Won’t Protect the Oceans; Markets Will

    October 28, 2020
    Last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a U.S. effort to address plastic litter buildup in oceans and other waters. The desire to solve this problem is laudable, but the plan’s focus on government spending and command-and-control waste disposal policies is the opposite of what we need.
  • FCC Takes Another Step away from Net Neutrality Rules

    October 27, 2020
    After 15 years of unrelenting regulation and litigation, the days of net neutrality as a live policy issue in Washington may be numbered. At its open meeting today, the FCC approved an order aimed at resolving some lingering questions about the agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom order.
  • Department of Labor’s Radical New Concept: Innocent until Proven Guilty

    October 26, 2020
    The Labor Department has an interesting new idea: only publicly shame companies when it is clear that they have made serious violations of the law. It has ruffled the feathers of a few veterans of the prior administration who think the principle of “innocent until proven guilty” should not apply to businesses.
  • Court Ruling Could Kill Uber and Lyft in California

    October 26, 2020

     A California appeals court ruling caps a crusade against ride-sharing apps in the state.

    Just days before Californians themselves were set to decide on the matter, a state appeals court has ruled that app-based ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft must comply  with state law AB5 and classify all of their drivers as employees rather than contractors. The ruling raises the possibility that the companies ...

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 26, 2020
    The Justice Department filed an antitrust case against Google. It is the highest-profile antitrust case since the 1998-2002 Microsoft case. The OSIRIS-Rex spacecraft landed on an asteroid 200 million miles away, collected a rock sample, and is now returning to Earth. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from allulose to off-road vehicles.
  • Comments to EPA’s Proposed Aircraft GHG Rule Show Industry Support, Activist Opposition

    October 23, 2020
    The comment period for the EPA's proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards for commercial aircraft ended on October 12. There was a roughly even split between industry comments supporting the proposed standard and environmental groups and governmental officials complaining that it did not go far enough. However, not every commenter supported the EPA’s decision to regulate in the first place.
  • Boeing Declines to Blackmail Washington Taxpayers, Threatened by Governor in Return

    October 23, 2020
    Boeing recently announced plans to consolidate all production of its 787 Dreamliner jet in South Carolina. In response, Governor Jay Inslee released a statement that called Boeing’s move “an insult to the hardworking aerospace employees” of the state and threatened “a review of our partnership and the company's favorable tax treatment.” In other words, retribution.

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