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Cato Daily Podcast

The Cato Daily Podcast allows Cato Institute scholars and other commenters to discuss relevant news and libertarian thought in a conversational, informal manner. Hosted by Caleb O. Brown.


Trump Unveils Budget That Eventually Would Balance

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:29:00 -0400

The federal spending plan offered by the White House would eventually balance the budget, and would do so largely with reductions in spending of several programs. Michael Tanner takes the good with the bad.

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Real Spending Reform Means Cutting Spending

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:16:00 -0400

Can Congress achieve real spending cuts without a credible cap on total spending? Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending has some ideas.

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The Three Languages of Politics

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:16:00 -0400

How we choose to talk about politics can explain a lot about what motivates our reasoning toward political issues. Arnold Kling is author of The Three Languages of Politics.

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Jeff Sessions Escalates the Drug War

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:03:00 -0400

What does Attorney General Jeff Sessions want to get out of harsher prosecutions? Kevin Ring of Families Against Mandatory Minimums comments.

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A Misplaced Focus on Trump/Russia ‘Collusion’

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:33:00 -0400

If the new investigation turns up no specific and explicit collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, is that the end of the story? Julian Sanchez comments.

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Trump Travels to Saudi Arabia

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:46:00 -0400

What do Trump and the Saudis have in common? Can Americans who oppose intervention hope for much out of this international trip? Emma Ashford comments.

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Bill Nye and the Risks of Scientific Public Policy

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:16:00 -0400

Science-driven public policy has the potential to run roughshod over ethical considerations and important values. Trevor Burrus comments.

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FCC’s Legal Authority and Net Neutrality

Tue, 16 May 2017 20:18:00 -0400

What should drive FCC policy regarding net neutrality? Berin Szoka of TechFreedom comments.

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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality and Title II Internet Regulation

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:09:00 -0400

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the decision to roll back the 2015 internet regulations will mean greater infrastructure investment and better quality products.

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Avoiding the Avoidable Conflicts with Iran

Sat, 13 May 2017 20:20:00 -0400

Hardliners in the U.S. regarding Iran may empower the Iranian hardliners regarding the U.S. Emma Ashford and Ben Friedman comment.

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Assessing the Iran Nuclear Deal So Far

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:14:00 -0400

How has the Iran nuclear deal performed so far? Judging by rhetoric from the White House, it's done a decent job at keeping Iran's nuclear plans at bay. Ben Friedman and John Glaser comment.

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Comey Fired from FBI, but the Rationale Seems Thin

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The reasons offered by the White House for removing James Comey from his perch at the FBI are remarkably weak. So says Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

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How the Hell Did This Happen?

Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The continued challenge posed by populism in the U.S. and across the globe is concerning, but history should temper that concern. P.J. O'Rourke is author of How the Hell Did This Happen? We spoke at the Cato Institute's 40th Anniversary Celebration.

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Does the President Know What It Means to Know Something?

Tue, 09 May 2017 07:04:00 -0400

Some of the Donald Trump's problems should alarm Americans. That from syndicated columnist George F. Will.

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A Brief History of the Cato Institute: A Live #Cato40 Daily Podcast

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:32:00 -0400

At the recent Cato40 celebration, Cato's David Boaz, Ian Vasquez and Roger Pilon discussed Cato's history and its role in promoting liberty.

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The Soul of the First Amendment

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Floyd Abrams is author of The Soul of the First Amendment.

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Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:21:00 -0400

Has putting feds in the classroom done anything to improve American education? Vicki E. Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children, says the Department of Education has achieved nothing, at best.

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Men without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The proportion of working-age men who aren't working has been in steady decline for decades? Why? Nicholas Eberstadt is author of Men without Work: America's Invisible Crisis. He spoke at the Cato Institute in January.

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Tax Reform Needs Universal Savings Accounts

Tue, 02 May 2017 12:22:00 -0400

President Trump's tax reform plans should include a key benefit for savers: Universal Savings Accounts. Chris Edwards and Ryan Bourne comment.

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Independent Political Speech, Then and Now

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:11:00 -0400

The playing field for independent speech has improved, but there are challenges still for small groups that want to influence elections. Michael G. Adams and Neil Reiff are campaign finance attorneys in Washington.

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Trump at 100 Days of Actual Foreign Policy

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Has Donald Trump been captured by conventional foreign policy thinking? Trevor Thrall comments.

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The Dictatorial Mandate of a "100 Days" Presidential Metric

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:46:00 -0400

What does a successful first 100 days as President look like if not other branches of government rolling over? Gene Healy comments.

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"Trumpism" and "Tylerism"

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:21:00 -0400

What lessons does the accidental presidency of John Tyler have to tell us about the "Trumpism" emanating from the White House? Anthony Comegna comments.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis‎

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:17:00 -0400

Can the public sector truly address the problem of modern poverty in the United States? J.D. Vance is author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis‎.

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What Do We Get for Federal Transportation Security Spending?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:11:00 -0400

Each layer of transportation security should be evaluated for its cost and contribution. John Mueller comments on which layers of security spending give us the biggest and smallest improvement.

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Fixing Elements of Medical Malpractice with Contract

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:51:00 -0400

Typical medical malpractice reform efforts are aimed at lowering costs for physicians, but what if many problems associated with medical malpractice could be handled via contract? Walter Olson explains.

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To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Policing in America has often become insular and adversarial toward the communities police are supposed to protect and serve. Norm Stamper discusses his new book, To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police.

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The Playground Fight: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:13:00 -0400

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, the Supreme Court considers to what extent a government giving used tires to a church playground can constitute a state establishment of religion. Trevor Burrus comments.

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The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:55:00 -0400

What does pop culture have to tell us about our own hopes and fears about technology? Kimberly Hurd Hale is author of The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film.

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The Drive to Mandate Paid Family Leave

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:43:00 -0400

What can federally mandated unpaid family leave tell us about the likely impacts of a proposed mandate for paid family leave? Vanessa Brown Calder comments.

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The Welfare of Nations

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400

What damage is being done by failing welfare states? What lessons can be learned from the best welfare states? James Bartholomew is the author of The Welfare of Nations.

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Homeland Security Wants Drones That Recognize Your Face

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:12:00 -0400

The Department of Homeland Security wants border drones that can recognize faces and track individuals over long distances. Matthew Feeney discusses the implications for liberty and privacy.

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Should The Feds Put Social Security into Stocks?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:12:00 -0400

Putting Social Security revenues into the stock market and giving the feds control over those investments would be a big mistake. So says Michael Tanner.

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Trump’s Grand Nonstrategy?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:23:00 -0400

What underlies Donald Trump's assault on Syria? Even if it's not a grand strategy, it might indicate a ready willingness to engage in further ill-advised conflict. John Glaser comments.

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Russia, Trump, and Bombing Syria

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:18:00 -0400

What does Russia get from backing Bashar al Assad in the face of U.S. throwing bombs at Syria? Emma Ashford comments.

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Trump Attacks Syria without Congressional Approval

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:06:00 -0400

President Trump has attacked Syria with apparently no support from Congress or other world leaders. Chris Preble comments.

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Federal Dietary Advice and The Case Against Sugar

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:43:00 -0400

Knocking down a scientific hypothesis is easier than knocking down a regulation built upon that hypothesis. Gary Taubes, author of The Case Against Sugar, argues there are big problems in how institutions conduct scientific inquiry today.

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Understanding the Urge to Muzzle Campus Speech

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:19:00 -0400

Understanding the apparent surge in attempts to shut down speakers on college campuses is an important task. Steve Simpson of the Ayn Rand Institute offers his analysis.

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Regulation at 40

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0400

Regulation Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The magazine's editor, Peter Van Doren, details some of what we now know thanks to the magazine's continuing run. Related: Regulation at 40, by Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey.

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Combating the Hurdles and Hoops of Occupational Licensing

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:08:00 -0400

The mindset of the regulator has overtaken so many professions by imposing licensing, but fighting back requires a strategy to re-engage the judiciary. Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice comments.

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The Election in Ecuador & New Fights over Free Trade

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:15:00 -0400

This week Ecuador could remove President Correa from office. What might that mean for the country? And why are we fighting the same old fights over free trade? Mary Anastasia O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal comments.

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Defending Free Speech in Uncertain Times

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Defending free speech amid cries of "fake news" from the highest levels of government is a unique challenge. Flemming Rose comments.

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Lee v. United States and Jury Nullification

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0400

The Supreme Court takes up Lee v. United States today. The Cato Institute filed a brief in the case regarding the right to and rationality of defendants asking for a jury trial. Tim Lynch comments.

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The Smart Way to Repeal ObamaCare

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:19:00 -0400

How should Congress repeal and replace ObamaCare now that the American Health Care Act has failed? Michael Cannon explains.

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The Driverless Cars Are Coming

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Driverless cars will change where you live, how you work, and will reshape whole industries. And they'll be here before you know it. Randal O'Toole comments.

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Trump’s Border Wall Means Seizing Private Land

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:36:00 -0400

Donald Trump's proposed border wall will require one of the largest seizures of private property in recent American history. Ilya Somin discusses the complicating factors.

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Why Have Supreme Court Nomination Hearings?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:41:00 -0400

What exactly did the public, much less the Senate, get out of the nomination hearings of Neil Gorsuch? Ilya Shapiro comments.

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Clarity on Immigration and Crime Rates

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:16:00 -0400

How do the crime rates of immigrants compare to native-born Americans? Alex Nowrasteh explains in his new paper, Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin.

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The Wikileaks CIA Dump and Domestic Surveillance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:24:00 -0400

Do any real safeguards assure that Americans' data isn't being collected by intelligence agencies? The new Wikileaks revelations about CIA hacking tools offer little comfort. Patrick Eddington comments.

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A Proposed Cut to HUD

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:01:00 -0400

The proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development amount to a tiny fraction of total federal welfare spending. Vanessa Brown Calder comments.

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Real Regulatory Change Means Changing Statutes

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:55:00 -0400

Peter Van Doren explains why substantive regulatory change will mean changing statutes, not merely reorganizing the executive branch.

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Does Trump Care about Spending Reform?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:02:00 -0400

The successful spending reforms of other countries may not yet be on the President's radar. They should be. Dan Mitchell explains.

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Unwarranted: Policing without Permission

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:32:00 -0400

A great deal of government surveillance of Americans is done without a warrant. And asserting your right against such surveillance is often virtually impossible. Barry Friedman, author of Unwarranted, comments.

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Make Health Insurance Legal Again

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:40:00 -0400

The focus of reforming health coverage should be to legalize more varieties of it. So says Dr. Jeffrey Singer, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.

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End the Federal Prohibition on Marijuana

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:53:00 -0500

As long as the feds refuse to enforce marijuana laws uniformly across the United States, Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA) says it's time to end federal cannabis prohibition.

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The Disappointing Replacement Plan for ObamaCare

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:38:00 -0500

Republicans had the better part of a decade to come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The House leadership plan retains many of Obamacare's elements. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) comments.

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The (Revised and Redacted) Trump Travel Ban

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:44:00 -0500

The Trump travel ban covering several majority Muslim countries is a slight improvement, but contains many of the same flaws as the original. Alex Nowrasteh explains.

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White House Confusion on Wiretapping

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:28:00 -0500

Julian Sanchez traces the origin and likelihood of a strange claim from the White House of wiretapping by the previous administration.

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Regulators of Beer, Regulators of Speech

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:31:00 -0500

The regulation of alcohol may be antiquated, but sometimes regulators cross into regulating commercial speech. Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, talks about regulation of beer and regulation of speech.

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How Quality of Care Changes Minds on Obamacare

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:42:00 -0500

The linchpin of health care reform may be the impact Obamacare has on the quality of care. Michael Cannon and Emily Ekins comment on the law and new polling data on how to reform health care.

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Feds Should Focus on Privatization over New Infrastructure Spending

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0500

President Trump’s massive centrally planned infrastructure proposal misses the mark. Cato’s Chris Edwards argues that Trump should focus on devolving control of assets and privatize many currently public infrastructure projects.

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Big Government Conservatism Returns

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0500

With Donald Trump's plans for big spending on the military, entitlements, and infrastructure, big-government conservatism has returned to Washington. Michael Tanner comments.

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Trump Proposes Big Spending at the Pentagon

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0500

The Pentagon has never really been audited and the strategic focus of our military is scattered, at best. So why increase the military budget? Ben Friedman comments.

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Consequences (and Repeal) of the Affordable Care Act

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:51:00 -0500

What has the Affordable Care Act meant for health insurance coverage? What should repeal look like? Aaron Yelowitz comments.

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How Much Does Your Congress Critter Vote to Spend?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:05:00 -0500 is a project aimed at giving citizens a clear idea about how much individual members of Congress vote to spend. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses the project.

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If States Don't Play Ball, How Much Cash Can Feds Withhold?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:49:00 -0500

Feds often condition federal funds on state government behavior. But how much can the feds withhold if states don't play ball? That may be a critical question as President Trump seeks state help with his immigration plans. Josh Blackman comments.

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Trump Pushes Expansive Immigration Enforcement

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:45:00 -0500

What laws are enabling President Trump's stepped up immigration enforcement? Alex Nowrasteh explains.

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Faith, Radicalism, and Islam without Extremes

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:30:00 -0500

How do Islam and classical liberalism diverge? Can there be a reconciliation? Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without Extremes, comments.

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Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500

H. L. Mencken's relationship with religion and religious people was complicated. D. G. Hart is author of Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken.

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Obama vs. Trump on Drug War Priorities

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:58:00 -0500

Sean Dunagan, a former DEA researcher and now with Law Enforcement Action Partnership, discusses the Obama record and Trump Administration plans with respect to the ongoing War on Drugs.

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The Left Should Want a Robust First Amendment

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:49:00 -0500

Massive protests greeted Donald Trump upon his inauguration, but speaking out against the president will require a robust First Amendment. Will the American Left support it? Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics believes so.

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Michael Flynn and the Value/Danger of Selective Intelligence Leaks

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:42:00 -0500

The departure of Michael Flynn from the Trump Administration reveals more than just the problems of poorly timed phone calls to foreign officials. Julian Sanchez comments.

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Stingray: A New Frontier in Police Surveillance

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:22:00 -0500

Stingrays trick your phone into giving data to the cops. Is that legal? Constitutional? Adam Bates comments.

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Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:57:00 -0500

How do so-called "bottleneckers" restrict competition and harm the public? Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice discusses his new book, Bottleneckers.

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