Category Archives: Nanny State

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling

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Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act’s 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.

CEI Podcast for May 14, 2014: Federal Ban on Online Gambling?

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CEI Fellow Michelle Minton discusses why a federal ban on online gambling would be counterproductive.

CEI Podcast for December 18, 2013: The FDA Goes after 23andMe

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The Food and Drug Administration recently banned 23andMe, a genetic testing service, from marketing its product to consumers. CEI Executive Director and Senior Fellow Gregory Conko thinks the FDA should reverse the ban.

CEI Podcast for November 27, 2013: Toxic Turkey Day?

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Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini debunks scare stories about chemicals in your family’s Thanksgiving dinner, ranging from BPA in canned foods to naturally occurring pesticides in potatoes. Anti-chemical activists forget the cardinal rule of toxicology: it is the dose that makes the poison. Relax, eat well, and enjoy spending time with your family this Thanksgiving.

CEI Podcast for November 7, 2013: A Prohibitive Excise Tax

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A new CEI study finds that the most expensive ingredient in beer isn’t grain, hops, or equipment: it’s taxes. Study co-author and Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies Michelle Minton has more on the problem, and how and how two bills currently before Congress might solve it.

CEI Podcast for September 5, 2013: A New Energy Drink Scare?

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Fellow in Consumer Policy Studies Michelle Minton puts a scary new study about energy drinks and children into its proper, non-scary context. The risks that do exist are best dealt with through parental supervision, not legislation.

CEI Podcast for June 7, 2013: National Donut Day

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June 7 is National Donut Day. General Counsel Sam Kazman is urging Americans to eat not one but two donuts—one for themselves, and one for their liberty. Contrary to what some regulators and food activists might say, it’s ok to indulge now and then.