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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.


The Driverless Cars Are Coming

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

Driverless cars will change where you life, 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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Libertarians, Trump, and Giving (Less) Credit to Politicians

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:53:00 -0500

What does Donald Trump mean for the broad libertarian movement? And why shouldn't we give credit to politicians when they do things we like? Anthony Comegna comments.

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Trump Messes with Texas over Civil Asset Forfeiture

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:28:00 -0500

When President Trump this week suggested destroying the career of a state lawmaker in Texas, he put civil asset forfeiture in the spotlight like never before. Texas State Senator Konni Burton is that lawmaker. She wants civil forfeiture to end entirely.

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Executive Power Enables Trade War with China

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500

The delegation of trade authorities to the executive may end up allowing Donald Trump to instigate mischief in the trade realm. Dan Ikenson discusses a possible trade war with China.

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Trump’s Framework for Financial Regulation

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:07:00 -0500

New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump's recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.

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Trump Travel Ban Heads to Court

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:07:00 -0500

As a federal court considers the travel ban on people from several majority Muslim countries, how many people have been affected? The figures presented by the White House seem to be way off. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The Cracks in Trump’s Wall Plan

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:46:00 -0500

Whoever pays for it, President Trump's plans for a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico is fatally flawed on a number of fronts. Dan Griswold explains.

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Ask A U.S. Citizen: Do Immigrants Commit More Crimes?

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500

What topic are you curious about? Tweet your questions at #AskACatoExpert. David Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement. In every census since 1980, immigrants have been half as likely to be incarcerated as natives. This is especially true of those most likely to be here illegally — who are FIVE TIMES less likely to be incarcerated. Produced by Caleb O. Brown, Cory Cooper and Tess Terrible.

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Neil Gorsuch and the Nomination Process

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:03:00 -0500

Neil Gorsuch's own writings raise at least one concern about how he would perform on the Supreme Court. Ilya Somin comments.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal vs. Team Trump

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:46:00 -0500

Why do key members of the Trump Administration believe the Iran nuclear deal is so weak? How would other signatories to the deal respond to a U.S. withdrawal? John Glaser comments.

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What Should Libertarians Like about Neil Gorsuch?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, has much to recommend him to libertarians, according to Cato adjunct scholar Andrew Grossman.

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Neil Gorsuch Nominated to Supreme Court

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:19:00 -0500

Federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. What do we know about his judicial opinions and philosophy? Ilya Shapiro comments.

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Optimism on Immigration Reform

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:22:00 -0500

From where does the U.S. receive refugees and why does that matter? And why be optimistic about prospects for immigration reform? Tim Kane of the Hoover Institution comments.

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Close U.S. Military Bases around the Globe?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:03:00 -0500

Does the U.S. really need a military presence in dozens of countries around the globe? John Glaser comments.

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Fact and Fiction on Trump’s Immigration Order

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:54:00 -0500

How fair are the criticisms of Donald Trump's order on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries? But the order is probably still illegal. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The Trouble(s) with Defunding Sanctuary Cities

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:15:00 -0500

Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with cities and states refusing to help enforce federal law. David Bier says the same is true for immigration.

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Betsy DeVos and School Choice

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:22:00 -0500

What should a Department of Education headed by a school choice advocate actually do? Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick comment.

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Brexit, Trump, and Expanding Global Trade

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:39:00 -0500

As Theresa May appears to work toward positioning Britain as a global hub for expanding trade, the U.S. turns inward. Tom Clougherty and Ryan Bourne comment on Brexit, the European Common Market, and Trumpian Protectionism.

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India's Devastating Crackdown on Cash

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:05:00 -0500

When India suddenly told citizens to swap out their old cash for new cash, the impact was devastating. Jim Dorn explains.

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The Populist Parallels of Sanders and Trump

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500

President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have some strong parallels in their populism. John Samples comments.

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Obama Leaves ‘Loaded Weapon’ in the White House

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:00 -0500

Barack Obama expressed concerns about "leaving a loaded weapon lying around" for future presidents to wield. And then he did exactly that. Gene Healy comments on the outgoing President’s aggrandizement of the Oval Office.

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Reflections on the Obama Foreign Policy

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:58:00 -0500

What do we know about the costs and benefits of the Obama foreign policy as his time in the White House comes to an end? Chris Preble comments.

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Obama Closes Sanctuary for Cuban Refugees

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:54:00 -0500

A policy that gave Cubans help escaping Cuba has come to an end in President Obama's final days in office. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The New Silk Road

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:56:00 -0500

The 7,500 mile journey from China to London along the "new Silk Road" signals a new era of trade between those countries. U.S. officials should take the hint. Christine Guluzian comments.

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Remembering Nat Hentoff

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:51:00 -0500

The world lost the great civil libertarian, journalist, and Cato scholar Nat Hentoff last week. Scott Bullock comments on his several legacies.

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Trump and Trade: Peril and Promise of a Border Adjustment Tax

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The "border adjustment tax" may be a move to head off a possible trade war undertaken by President-elect Trump. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell discuss the risks and opportunities of such a plan, and alternatives that should be on the table.

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Trump and Trade: Executive Power to Restrict Trade

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:58:00 -0500

Without Congress, just what can a President do to disrupt trading relationships? How far can the President go toward raising the price of products that Americans want? Daniel J. Ikenson comments on executive power and international trade.

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Trump and Trade: How Multinationals Make Decisions

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

What makes firms decide where to locate new production facilities? What is the role of the American tax and regulatory environments in attracting production facilities? Dan Pearson comments.

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Trump and Trade: Threatening Toyota via Twitter

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:09:00 -0500

Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.

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Trump and Trade: The Protectionist Triumvirate

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500

With Wilbur Ross at Commerce, Peter Navarro at the new National Trade Council, and Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative, Donald Trump has assembled a team aimed at protecting U.S. industry from competition. Dan Ikenson and Dan Mitchell comment.

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All Obama’s Wars

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:45:00 -0500

Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.

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Unpopular Speech and the Terrorist Threat

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:24:00 -0500

Banning speech doesn't stop terrorism, and for some people such bans can make radical, disfavored ideologies more attractive. Flemming Rose comments.

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Trump’s Mixed Messages on Nukes

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:23:00 -0500

President-elect Donald Trump makes many statements via social media and off-mic about America's plans for nuclear weapons, but it's not clear what they mean. Ben Friedman comments.

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What States Can Do about Obamacare

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500

How states choose to comply with the Affordable Care Act can make a difference for taxpayers. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute makes his case.

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Sex Offender Registries at the High Court

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:44:00 -0500

What are the constitutional issues raised when a government can put someone, even a registered sex offender, behind bars simply for making use of social media? David Post comments on the Packingham case that goes before the Supreme Court next year.

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Occupational Licensing and Recidivism

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:41:00 -0500

Does occupational licensing hamper ex cons who want to be productive members of society? Stephen A. Slivinski of Arizona State has some new research on the subject.

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Eye Exam Startup vs. South Carolina

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:38:00 -0500

How customers get eyeglasses in South Carolina could be undergoing a big change, but not if the incumbent industry can help it. Robert McNamara of the Institute for Justice discusses the case.

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Monetary Methods and Election 2016

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:57:00 -0500

How should the Federal Reserve clear the way for competitive currencies? Jim Grant is publisher of Grant's Interest Rate Observer. We spoke during Cato's monetary conference in November.

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Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:54:00 -0500

Heather Ann Thompson discusses Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

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Taking Seriously the New Populist and Alt-Right/Fascist Thinkers

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:50:00 -0500

Opposition to liberty isn't always rooted in mere ignorance. It's often rooted in a school of thought that opposes liberty. Tom G. Palmer discusses the new thinkers who are working to make intolerance respectable again.

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Homesharing vs. Government

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500

Homesharing is facing increasing scrutiny from state and local governments. At the State Policy Network annual meeting, Christina Sandefur discusses the controversy.

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The Missing Bridge to Vocational Education

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:35:00 -0500

Why are public high schools so bad at preparing young people for so many real jobs in the private sector? Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute comments.

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The Price of Water, California Edition

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:03:00 -0500

Drought creates big problems in California. Bad water allocation makes those problems worse. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research center comments.

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Nelson v. Colorado

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:09:00 -0500

When a court throws out a case against you after you've paid restitution, shouldn't you get your money back? David Post comments on the case of Nelson v. Colorado.

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What Federal Agencies Don’t Want You to Know about Forfeiture

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:52:00 -0500

The IRS and Customs and Border Patrol are dragging their feet in providing basic information about their civil asset forfeiture programs. Lisa Knepper of the Institute for Justice explains why they've filed suit.

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