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Donald Trump is using Stalinist tactics to discredit climate science

A panel to promote an alternative explanation for climate change would be disastrous. Yet that’s what White House officials want ‘The creation of the new panel of climate change deniers echoes the campaign by Joseph Stalin’s regime.’ Photograph: Czarek Sokołowski/AP Americans should not be fooled by the Stalinist tactics being used by the White House to try to discredit the findings of mainstream climate science. The Trump administration has already purged information about climate change fro...
Tags: Science, Obama, White House, America, ExxonMobil, United States, United Kingdom, Coalition, National Security Council, Greenpeace, Hitler, Donald Trump, Joseph Stalin, Environmental Protection Agency, London School Of Economics, Cnbc

'Very, very severe headwinds’: The threat to bust up Big Tech is giving some experts painful flashbacks to the financial crisis — and one has stopped buying those stocks entirely

As calls to regulate or break up US tech giants increase, Wall Street sees a resemblance to past situations in which massive companies faced years of scrutiny and difficulty. Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said recently that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple should be split up to increase competition. Some experts now say the companies are in for an extended rough period. One money manager explained to Business Insider why he stopped buying those four stocks entirely. W...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, North Korea, Wall Street, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Warren, Department Of Justice, Stifel Nicolaus, Kim Jong, Antonelli, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Facebook Google Amazon

Free speech roundup

We’ll pass the bill first, and let the courts tell us later whether it violates the First Amendment. That’s not how it’s supposed to work [my Free State Notes on a Maryland “cyberbullying” bill] Local laws requiring government contractors to disclose/disclaim ties to the anti-Israel BDS movement have rightly come under criticism. Will that spill over to a constitutionally dubious new Los Angeles ordinance requiring contractors to disclose ties with an advocacy group devoted to a different iss...
Tags: Maryland, Guns, Bullying, Law, Montana, Israel, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, New York Times, Paris, Wisconsin, Pbs, Copenhagen, Free Speech, ABA Journal, Michael Mann

US states that ban alcohol

If you were hoping to deal with the stress of family obligations this Christmas by drinking yourself into a stupor, you’re going to want to plan ahead. While you might think liquor stores would do a ton of business on Christmas Day, nearly half of the US states actually have laws in place that ban liquor sales on that very day. Michelle Minton of the Competitive Enterprise Institute told Reason that these regulations are generally “part of the blue-law category,” meaning they’re rooted in rel...
Tags: Travel, Alcohol, US, North Dakota, Tennessee, Alcohol Laws, All, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Michelle Minton, Alcohol Regulations, Liquor Laws, Arkansas Alcohol, Colorado Alcohol, Connecticut Alcohol, Georgia Each, Idaho Alcohol

Supreme Court Scrutinizing Class Action Settlements That Leave Consumers Empty-Handed

If a multimillion dollar class-action settlement basically doesn't pay a single consumer, is it fair? That's not the start of a lawyer joke; it's the crux of a case being argued Wednesday in the U.S. Supreme Court that, advocates say, has serious implications for the ways consumers benefit from duels with businesses in large-scale litigation. From a report (paywalled): "This is potentially billions of dollars going from everyday consumers to lawyers' slush funds," said Ted Frank, the litigation ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Tech, Frank, U S Supreme Court, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Ted Frank

Tesla shareholders, not the government, should hold the CEO leash

SEC was wrong in its settlement with Tesla to ban Elon Musk from serving as chairman, writes John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.            [Author: Opinion contributor]
Tags: Elon Musk, News, Tesla, SEC, John Berlau, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Opinion contributor

Reforming California’s auto emission standards will bring relief to working poor

California, where there’s been some talk of secession, has long had the privilege of regulating emissions as if it were a nation rather than one of 50 states. A challenge has emerged, though. The Trump administration wants to revoke the federal waiver that allows the state to act autonomously. But rather than fight the president, Sacramento should embrace his sensible agenda so Californians can enjoy safer, less costly vehicles. California was a granted a waiver by Congress in the 1970s to set i...
Tags: Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Alaska, Epa, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, District Of Columbia, Environmental Protection Agency, Burt Reynolds, Trump

Weekly Primer: A Trump Administration Plan Would Put Asylum-Seeking Kids In Jail Longer

The Trump administration has introduced another attempt to detain immigrant and asylum-seeking children and families indefinitely in the United States. The effort to codify changes to the Flores Settlement Agreement, which strictly limits the time children can stay in detention facilities, also includes language changing who can “sponsor” unaccompanied minors out of the Department of Homeland Security’s custody. Currently, the list includes siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents. The proposed ...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, White House, Dhs, Esa, United States, New York Times, Epa, Department Of Homeland Security, Freitag, Scott Pruitt, Chevron, Susan Collins, Orwell, Trump

Un-forthcoming Schneiderman loses another round to CEI

A New York appellate court has upheld an order that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pay counsel fees to the Competitive Enterprise Institute for having resisted required disclosure of the “AGs United for Clean Energy” secrecy agreement [Anna St. John, CEI; Chris White, Daily Caller] Attorneys general began tangling with CEI in April of 2016, and have experienced repeated setbacks in courtroom battles since then. Tags: attorneys general, climate deniers to the wall, Eric Schnei...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, CEI, Attorneys General, Chris, Schneiderman, Eric Schneiderman, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Climate Deniers To The Wall, AGs United for Clean Energy, Anna St John

“The monkey selfie lawsuit lives; PETA and the photographer settled last year, but the Ninth Circuit will be issuing a ruling anyway”

“The monkey selfie lawsuit lives; PETA and the photographer settled last year, but the Ninth Circuit will be issuing a ruling anyway”: Sarah Jeong of The Verge has this report. And Mark Austin of Digital Trends has an article headlined “Citing monkey business, court refuses to toss simian selfie lawsuit.” The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which filed an amicus brief against vacatur, has posted online Friday’s order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Peta, Digital Trends, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Sarah Jeong, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Mark Austin

States Want Their Own Net Neutrality Rules, But How Will This Impact Business?

Several states are trying to pass their own respective versions of “net neutrality” rules after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December of 2017 repealed a prior agency administration’s mandate to impose them unilaterally. States Joining the Battle for Net Neutrality By trying to enact internet regulations, the various pending or embryonic legislative proposals would almost certainly create legal battles in local courts, and potentially higher tribunals. Many argue that since t...
Tags: Google, New York, Fcc, Congress, Montana, Washington, Sales, America, Netflix, Maine, Tennessee, Tom Wheeler, Bill Clinton, Silicon Valley, Louisiana, Royal

Thursday round-up

Yesterday the court doubled its opinion output for this term in argued cases. Adam Liptak reports on all four of yesterday’s opinions for , and Nina Totenberg does the same at NPR. In Murphy v. Smith, the justices held 5-4 that courts must apply up to 25 percent of a judgment to pay attorneys fees in civil-rights cases brought on behalf of prisoners. Subscript offers a graphic explainer for the opinion. At LAWnLinguistics, Neil Goldfarb remarks that in analyzing the text of the relevant statute...
Tags: Google, Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Washington Post, Virginia, Court, Iran, Atlantic, United States, Liberty, SEC, Fox News, Associated Press

Friday round-up

Briefly: For the Los Angeles Times, David Savage reports that at their conference this morning the justices will consider a cert petition that asks them to overturn a case that bars “states from requiring mail-order sellers to collect sales taxes if the vendors ha[ve] no ‘physical presence’ in that state,” noting that “lawyers for 35 states, including California, are urging the high court to overturn the physical-presence rule as outdated and unfair to them as well as to the struggling ‘brick a...
Tags: Google, Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, California, United States, New Jersey, Ncaa, Ohio, New Mexico, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Los Angeles Times, US supreme court

As climate deniers claim credit for killing Net Neutrality, the FCC's internal auditor reveals that Neutracide was based on a lie

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is part of the dark-money funded network of think thanks that lead the charge to deny the scientific consensus on climate change; funded by a mix of money from the tobacco industry, the hydrocarbon lobby, booze companies, and similar interests. (more…)
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Climate, Denialism, Competitive Enterprise Institute, the paranoid style in American media, Reality Has A Well-known Left-wing Bias, Neutracide

"CEI Opposes PETA Monkey Business in Selfie Settlement"

"CEI Opposes PETA Monkey Business in Selfie Settlement": The Competitive Enterprise Institute issued this news release regarding a proposed amicus brief that the organization submitted yesterday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. On Tuesday, I had this post collecting coverage of the settlement.
Tags: Law, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Competitive Enterprise Institute, PETA Monkey Business

Symposium: Granular analysis versus doctrine in Carpenter

Jim Harper is vice president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. As a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, he filed an for the institute in support of Timothy Carpenter’s petition for certiorari in Carpenter v. United States. The outcome of Carpenter v. United States will turn on how granular the Supreme Court is in analyzing what happens when government agents require telecommunications providers to disgorge data about their customers. If the court carefully thinks through the applicatio...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Washington, Digital, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Arizona, Smith, Marshall, Robinson, Riley, Cato Institute, Carpenter

A Big Oil-Backed GOP Proposal For A Carbon Tax Is Just As Suspect As It Sounds

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Tags: Texas, News, Labor, Congress, Washington, Senate, General Motors, Exxon Mobil, Paris, Treasury, Epa, Social Security Administration, Donald Trump, Council, Environmental Protection Agency, Shell

Who influenced Trump's climate thinking?

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and its director of energy may have just helped change the political and environmental direction of an entire nation. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.
Tags: News, Cnn, Stories, Trump, Drew Griffin, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Trump Announces He Will Withdraw The U.S. From The Paris Climate Deal

President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that the U. S. will withdraw from the Paris global climate pact, saying the accord is a bad deal for Americans. Trump, who has claimed without evidence over the years that climate change is a "hoax," made the announcement at the White House's Rose Garden."In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," Trump said. He added that he will renegotiate the terms of the...
Tags: Fashion, Music, White House, Russia, America, Walmart, Syria, Earth, United States, Paris, Portland, Nicaragua, Shell, Trump, Apple Google, Rose Garden

Third Circuit: neighbors who criticized condo residents over emotional support dogs must face civil rights suit

In blog posts and comments, two residents of a Virgin Islands condominium complex criticized two other residents who were (in line with rights prescribed to them under federal law) keeping emotional-support dogs despite a no-dog rule in the complex. Among other statements, one or the other of the two said dog owners would be “happier in another community,” speculated that “diploma mill” paperwork could certify any canine whose owner cared to claim stress, suggested the complex should “lawyer up”...
Tags: Law, Obama, Uncategorized, Free Speech, First Amendment, Ninth Circuit, Virgin Islands, Third Circuit, Berkeley Calif, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Hans Bader, Housing Discrimination, Harassment Law, Hostile Environment, Revock, Bloggers And The Law

For Hard-Liners, Even The Trump EPA Isn't Doing Enough To Undermine Climate Science

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Tags: Texas, London, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Massachusetts, Politico, Cnn, Paris, Epa, Oklahoma, Illinois

Budget, Personnel Cuts Reflect Environmental Progress, Essential Regulatory Reforms

By Paul Driessen President Donald J. Trump Ammoland Shooting Sports News USA -( The Trump White House wants significant reductions at the Environmental Protection Agency: two dozen or more programs, including a dozen dealing with President Obama’s climate initiatives; a 20 percent downsizing in EPA’s 15,000-person workforce; and a one-fourth reduction in its $8.1 billion budget.The plan requires congressional approval, and thus is hardly a “done deal.” Not surprisingly, it i...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Congress, US, America, Earth, United States, Alaska, Washington Dc, Michigan, Epa, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, Scott Pruitt, Pebble Mine

State AG/contingency-fee lawyer joint ventures

Joint ventures between state attorneys general and contingency-fee private lawyers are an ethical disaster area — and unconstitutional to boot. Peggy Little explains in a new white paper [Competitive Enterprise Institute: paper, press release, related blog post] Tags: attorneys general State AG/contingency-fee lawyer joint ventures is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Attorneys General, State AG, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Peggy Little

Trump Administration Considering Shutting EPA's Enforcement Office: Report

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Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, America, Barack Obama, House, Epa, Oklahoma, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Huffington Post, Sierra Club, Trump, Democratic, Kate Sheppard

Myron Ebell says Trump plans to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency

Climate change denier Myron Ebell recently hinted serious changes could be made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Donald Trump administration. In a telling new interview, he said the agency could reopen a review of car fuel efficiency standards, and withdraw or change climate education information. Ebell called Trump's campaign goal to scrap the agency an "aspirational goal". The EPA won't be gone tomorrow, but Ebell indicated its functions could be radically curtailed as...
Tags: Health, Politics, Design, News, Obama, Congress, Government, White House, Environment, America, Policy, Paris, Guardian, Epa, Greenpeace, Donald Trump

Myron Ebell Calls Environmental Movement The 'Greatest Threat To Freedom'

Myron Ebell, the longtime climate denier who led President Donald Trump’s transition work at the Environmental Protection Agency up until his inauguration, did not mince words Monday about his disgust with the green movement. Seeming to echo language often used by the scientific community to describe the climate change crisis, Ebell called the movement to combat it the “greatest threat to freedom and prosperity in the modern world,” The Guardian reports. Speaking at an event in London hosted by ...
Tags: London, News, China, Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Paris, Stephen Hawking, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency, Huffington Post, Sierra Club, Kyoto, Trump, Chris D Angelo, White House Press, Sean Spicer

EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say

WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there. EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation.  An EPA staffer provided the information to the co...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, Epa, Oklahoma, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Huffington Post, Trump, Hill, Kate Sheppard, Pruitt, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Myron Ebell

The airing of grievances: A Festivus wail

Since 2009 I have observed Festivus – the holiday for the rest of us, celebrated on December 23 – by publishing misspellings, grammar flubs, and punctuation errors committed in the name of commerce. It’s all been lighthearted and lightly instructive: my way of honoring The Airing of Grievances, a mock-tradition of this mock-holiday. This year, however, my grievances are much more grievous than a misplaced apostrophe or a misspelled brass plaque. Like many of you, I was dismayed by the 201...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Craigslist, Wikipedia, Advertising, ExxonMobil, Walmart, Reagan, Hillary Clinton, United States, Linguistics, Disasters, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Ivy League

Conservatives Must Strongly Support Trump On Climate Change

by Tom Harris Conservatives Must Strongly Support Trump On Climate Change AmmoLand Gun News USA –  -(  President-elect Donald Trump’s opposition to the global warming alarm is a refreshing change from the Obama administration’s naïve and hugely expensive crusade to lead the world to ‘save the climate.”Not only has Trump been right on the money in his descriptions of the sub-prime science underlying the scare. He also clearly understands that there is little chance the develo...
Tags: Guns, Obama, Congress, Climate Change, US, America, Earth, United States, Ronald Reagan, Washington Dc, New York Times, Paris, United Nations, Un, Epa, Stephen Harper

Donald Trump To Choose Fast-Food CEO To Be His Labor Secretary

In a rebuke to President Barack Obama’s work on the labor front, President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday is expected to choose a fast-food executive to be the nation’s next labor secretary, tasked with enforcing workplace safety and wage laws on behalf of U.S. workers. Andrew Puzder, who advised Trump during his presidential campaign, is the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which includes the burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. among its brands. He’s largely credited with turning aroun...
Tags: News, Obama, New York City, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Gop, New York Times, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Republican National Committee, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Trump, Hill, Carl, Sunnyvale California