CEI Weekly:Florida Judge Strikes Down Obamacare

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CEI Weekly
January 28, 2011

>>Featured Story

Judge Vinson ruled that the Interstate Commerce Clause does not give Congress the authority to pass an individual health care mandate and that the entire federal health care bill was therefore unconstitutional. CEI released a statement immediately following the decision with commentary from Senior Counsel Hans Bader, who also blogged about the case here. CEI had earlier filed an amicus brief in the case of behalf of Governors Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) and Donald Carcieri (R-R.I.).

>>Shaping the Debate

The Rush to Condemn Genetically-Modified Crops
Greg Conko and Henry I. Miller’s article in The Hoover Institution Policy Review

Empire State or Nanny State: Suffolk Should Not Ban Energy Drinks
Michelle Minton’s op-ed in The Daily Caller

No, There Was No Public Offering Made
John Berlau’s letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal

Politicized Science: “The Erin Brockovich Chemical”
Angela Logomasini’s op-ed on Pajamas Media

Liberating Credit Unions and Entrepreneurs
John Berlau’s column on CampaignforLiberty.org

With Energy Czar Gone, Michigan Wins
Chris Horner’s citation in The Detroit News

Obama Pushing Energy Agenda Already Rejected by Voters
Marlo Lewis’s citation in The Washington Examiner Blogs

>>Best of the Blogs

The GOP and the Health Insurance Mandate
By Greg Conko

Long Island Nanny-State Lawmakers Need to Get Priorities Straight
By Angela Logomasini

On Mountaintop Mining Veto, EPA is Guilty of Environmental Hyperbole
By William Yeatman

If Obamacare is Repealed, Conventional Wisdom is Defeated
By Lee Doren

>> CEI Podcast

February 3, 2011: The EPA vs. West Virginia

Energy Policy Analyst William Yeatman looks over the EPA’s recent decision to deny a mining permit in Logan County, West Virginia that would have created 250 jobs. William believes the EPA has overestimated the proposed mine’s environmental effects. Jobs, he contends, are being treated as less important than bugs. The decision has also set up a heated political conflict between West Virginia and Washington, D.C.