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  • Consumer Reports, "National Snitch"?

    September 2, 2009
    This week, CEI criticized Consumer Reports for reporting a high-performing shower head to federal authorities-not because it is defective or fraudulently advertised, but because it exceeds government limits on shower head water flow.  CEI General Counsel, Sam Kazman had this to say about the review:
    "Consumer Reports has it backwards, [...]Its duty is to consumers, not bureaucrats. It should not be acting as a nosy bathroom cop, trying to toss good products in the slammer just because they violate some intrusive federal regulation. More basically, people ought to be able to use whatever shower fixtures they want, just like they can decide how long a shower to take...
  • Government gets 'emergency' control of the internet in new Senate bill

    August 28, 2009
    This story just hit the Drudge Report's front page.  Declan McCullagh at CNET writes today about the latest revision of S.773, a bill that would give the president "emergency control" of the internet in case of a "cybersecurity emergency."  Wayne Crews, CEI Vice President for Policy,  released a statement on the naming of the cybersecurity chief and ...
  • EPA Whistleblower's Office May Get Shut Down

    August 26, 2009
    Following a whistleblower report that criticized a global warming rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reportedly considering shutting down the agency office in which the critical report originated.  Dr. Alan Carlin, the senior analyst whose report EPA unsuccessfully tried to bury, worked in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE).  According to a story in last Friday’s Inside EPA, the agency is now considering shutting that office down.

    The Washington Times ran...
  • R.I.P. Bob Novak: 1931-2009

    August 18, 2009
    We have recently learned about the passing of esteemed columnist Robert Novak.  Kenneth Tomlinson has a column paying tribute to Novak today at Human Events online that may sum up how many feel about him.
    Throughout my life, I followed Bob Novak journalism like I followed the careers of my favorite sports figures. Later, as editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest, I would become one of Novak's nominal bosses, though the fact was that every time I worked with him or was associated with him in any way, it was I who felt privileged. Few journalists have ever affected this country like Bob Novak.

    Tim Carney, a former CEI Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow and former Novak reporter, also has a column about Novak today Human...
  • UBS and IRS reach an "agreement"

    August 13, 2009
    Yesterday my colleague at CEI, John Berlau, released a statement about the recently announced deal between Swiss bank UBS and the IRS.  It is being reported that the bank may end up turning over at least a portion of the over 50,000 names just to get the U.S. off its back.  As it seems, any agreement reached in this case will be the result of UBS being bullied by the IRS to divulge its customers names simply because it says so.  The potential slippery slope is evident.  In this scenario, the Federal government can persuade foreign companies to ignore the laws of their home nations basically by force.  Berlau makes the point that I have  been making in all of my blog posts on this...
  • Trustbusters should call off fishing expedition in Microsoft-Yahoo deal

    August 11, 2009
    In today's Seattle Times, CEI Information Policy Analyst Ryan Radia and CEI Policy Fellow Jonathan Hillel talk about the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee's threat of "careful scrutiny" over the recent Microsoft-Yahoo deal.  Read the piece here or see below.
    MICROSOFT and Yahoo want to join forces in Internet search to better compete against Google. But first, they need the blessing of government antitrust enforcers. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., already has threatened "careful scrutiny" of the deal. But trustbusters should not go fishing for problems in the Internet search market. In the...
  • Ebell ranked in top 10 of most-respected global warming skeptics

    July 31, 2009
    Myron Ebell may be enemy #1 to the current climate change community. Ebell works for the free-market thinktank Competitive Enterprise Institute and, according to his own bio, has been called a climate "criminal" and a leading pusher of misleading ideas.
  • UBS v. IRS saga continues

    July 29, 2009
    Today, Wall Street Journal reports that a Miami court has set meeting Friday between the IRS and UBS to look at where they are in settlement negotiations over the case of the IRS demanding that the Swiss bank turn over the names of more then 50,000 U.S. citizens alleged to be tax evaders.
  • Justice Dept. Should Leave the Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal Alone

    July 29, 2009

    Statements of Ryan Young and Wayne Crews

  • Radia reacts to Zittrain in NY Times

    July 27, 2009
    Mr. Zittrain proposes a “fair practices law” that would require companies to release personal data back to users upon request. Such a rule may sound workable, but purging specific data across globally dispersed server farms is no simple endeavor. Who is to pay for the implementation of such privacy procedures — especially for free services like Facebook or Twitter that have yet to turn a profit?


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