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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.


Jeff Session May Be Confused about the Drug War

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:46:00 -0400

Is it drug trafficking or drug prohibition that is inherently violent? Adam Bates comments on the strange arguments from the Attorney General.

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Bitcoin Itself Isn’t the 'Main Event' of Bitcoin

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:07:00 -0400

Bitcoin's new highs are no particular cause for celebration or alarm, says Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne. He discusses the blockchain, Whole Foods joining with Amazon, and the troubling trade agenda of the President.

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Pyongyang Changes and Stays the Same

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The death of a student who had been sentenced to decades of hard labor for a minor crime reveals that some things haven't changed in Pyongyang. Some things have changed. Cato’s Doug Bandow, fresh from his trip to North Korea, discusses the Kim Jong Un regime.

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Senate Health Care Bill: Worse Than Doing Nothing

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:01:00 -0400

The Senate's long-awaited health care bill is out. Michael F. Cannon says its provisions would be worse than doing nothing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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A Troubling Turn for U.S. Policy in Syria

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:01:00 -0400

The civil war in Syria appears to be drawing the U.S. further into a costly no-win scenario. Emma Ashford discusses the latest incidents there.

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A Victory for Big Government in Kansas

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:43:00 -0400

Did tax cuts "fail" in Kansas? Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform comments.

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Bullish on Millennials, Bearish on Central Planners

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:04:00 -0400

Glenn Jacobs is better known as Kane from WWE, but he's becoming known both as an outspoken advocate for liberty and a political commodity in his home of Tennessee. He discusses failure, millennials, and the cost of government at #FEECon held this weekend in Atlanta.

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The Federal Budgeting Process Is (Still) Broken (Again)

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:23:00 -0400

The federal budgeting process hasn't worked for more than a decade. How should it be fixed? Bloomberg's Megan J. McArdle suggests that Congress should focus on programs, not broad signaling, and get back to legislating.

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Social Security Won’t Save You from Yourself

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:57:00 -0400

Gallup reports that a growing number of young people believe Social Security will form a primary source of retirement income. Mike Riggs of Reason worries that young people (and libertarians) aren't concerned enough about their own financial independence.

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‘Big Ed’ and the Value of a College Degree

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:48:00 -0400

Is the value of a college degree declining? Neal McCluskey comments.

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Warrantless Surveillance, the Saudis, and Foreign Policy

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:50:00 -0400

The warrantless surveillance of Americans authorized by the FISA Amendments Act needs reform sooner than later. That from Democratic U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.

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Interchange Fees Credit Card Miles/Points/Bonuses

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:43:00 -0400

What's happened since so-called "interchange fees" have been limited by federal law? Thaya Brook Knight explains.

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As Brexit Looms, Conservatives Lose Their Majority

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:15:00 -0400

Prime Minister May called for elections ... and she got them, good and hard. Ryan Bourne describes the path forward for Brexit now that British Conservatives have lost their hold on Parliament.

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After the Comey Hearing (Part II)

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The wink-and-nudge questioning of former FBI director James Comey in the Senate seemed to indicate that there may be far more to the Russia election tampering probe than we now know. And yet, several important issues weren’t covered at all. Cato's Julian Sanchez and Patrick Eddington comment.

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After the Comey Hearing (Part I)

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:09:00 -0400

Not much has changed (legally speaking) following the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the intelligence committee in the Senate. So says Cato's Ilya Shapiro.

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Before the Comey Hearing

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:54:00 -0400

Former FBI Director James Comey will discuss conversations he had with President Trump with the Senate on Thursday. Julian Sanchez describes what we know now and why it matters

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Uncertainty Following U.S. Exit from Paris Climate Agreement

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:14:00 -0400

The President has removed the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement. Ryan Maue comments.

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Lone Wolf Attacks and ISIS Desperation

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:18:00 -0400

Lone wolf attacks for which ISIS claims credit should smack of desperation, not sophistication. Trevor Thrall explains why.

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Criminal Trial Evidence and

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:20:00 -0400

What happens when gathering evidence is stymied by software and hardware terms and conditions? Matthew Feeney discusses the case of

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A Paradox in Our Reactions to (Some) Deaths from Terrorism

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:21:00 -0400

How we think about and respond to terrorist attacks depends a great deal, perhaps too much, on where they happen. Chris Preble comments.

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Feds Make the Case for Ending Civil Asset Forfeiture

Wed, 31 May 2017 21:16:00 -0400

Two reports from federal agencies help make the case for reforming, if not ending civil asset forfeiture. Darpana Sheth of the Institute for Justice comments.

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Trump’s Big Trip Abroad

Tue, 30 May 2017 20:46:00 -0400

What does Donald Trump's trip abroad reveal about his emerging foreign policy? Is there any chance for the U.S. to back away from regional conflicts on the other side of the globe? Emma Ashford comments.

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A Really Good Day

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:00:00 -0400

When attorney and author Ayelet Waldman was contemplating suicide, she chose instead to try tiny doses of LSD. Her book, A Really Good Day, details her experience.

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The Political Solution of CAFE Standards

Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Federal fuel economy standards (CAFE) are effectively a tax on cars, but how is that tax distributed? Peter Van Doren comments.

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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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