Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:20:00 -0400Driverless 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.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:36:00 -0400Donald 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.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:41:00 -0400What exactly did the public, much less the Senate, get out of the nomination hearings of Neil Gorsuch? Ilya Shapiro comments.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:16:00 -0400How 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.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:24:00 -0400Do 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.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:01:00 -0400The proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development amount to a tiny fraction of total federal welfare spending. Vanessa Brown Calder comments.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:55:00 -0400Peter Van Doren explains why substantive regulatory change will mean changing statutes, not merely reorganizing the executive branch.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:02:00 -0400The successful spending reforms of other countries may not yet be on the President's radar. They should be. Dan Mitchell explains.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:32:00 -0400A 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.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:40:00 -0400The 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.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:53:00 -0500As 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.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:38:00 -0500Republicans 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.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:44:00 -0500The 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.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:28:00 -0500Julian Sanchez traces the origin and likelihood of a strange claim from the White House of wiretapping by the previous administration.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:31:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:42:00 -0500The 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.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0500President 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.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0500With Donald Trump's plans for big spending on the military, entitlements, and infrastructure, big-government conservatism has returned to Washington. Michael Tanner comments.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0500The 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.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:51:00 -0500What has the Affordable Care Act meant for health insurance coverage? What should repeal look like? Aaron Yelowitz comments.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:05:00 -0500SpendingTracker.org 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.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:49:00 -0500Feds 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.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:45:00 -0500What laws are enabling President Trump's stepped up immigration enforcement? Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:30:00 -0500How do Islam and classical liberalism diverge? Can there be a reconciliation? Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without Extremes, comments.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500H. 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.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:58:00 -0500Sean 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.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:49:00 -0500Massive 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.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:42:00 -0500The 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.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:22:00 -0500Stingrays trick your phone into giving data to the cops. Is that legal? Constitutional? Adam Bates comments.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:57:00 -0500How do so-called "bottleneckers" restrict competition and harm the public? Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice discusses his new book, Bottleneckers.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:53:00 -0500What 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.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:28:00 -0500When 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.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500The 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.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:07:00 -0500New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump's recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:07:00 -0500As 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.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:46:00 -0500Whoever 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.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500What 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.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:03:00 -0500Neil Gorsuch's own writings raise at least one concern about how he would perform on the Supreme Court. Ilya Somin comments.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:46:00 -0500Why 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.
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, has much to recommend him to libertarians, according to Cato adjunct scholar Andrew Grossman.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:19:00 -0500Federal 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.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:22:00 -0500From 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.
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:03:00 -0500Does the U.S. really need a military presence in dozens of countries around the globe? John Glaser comments.
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:54:00 -0500How 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.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:15:00 -0500Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with cities and states refusing to help enforce federal law. David Bier says the same is true for immigration.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:22:00 -0500What should a Department of Education headed by a school choice advocate actually do? Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick comment.
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:39:00 -0500As 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.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:05:00 -0500When India suddenly told citizens to swap out their old cash for new cash, the impact was devastating. Jim Dorn explains.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have some strong parallels in their populism. John Samples comments.
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:00 -0500Barack 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.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:58:00 -0500What 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.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:54:00 -0500A policy that gave Cubans help escaping Cuba has come to an end in President Obama's final days in office. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:56:00 -0500The 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.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:51:00 -0500The world lost the great civil libertarian, journalist, and Cato scholar Nat Hentoff last week. Scott Bullock comments on his several legacies.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500The "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.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:58:00 -0500Without 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.
Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500What 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.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:09:00 -0500Can the specter of a President-elect threatening companies with punitive taxes really make the U.S. a better place to invest? Simon Lester comments.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0500With 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.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:45:00 -0500Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:24:00 -0500Banning speech doesn't stop terrorism, and for some people such bans can make radical, disfavored ideologies more attractive. Flemming Rose comments.
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 22:23:00 -0500President-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.
Tue, 03 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500How 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.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:44:00 -0500What 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.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:41:00 -0500Does 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.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:38:00 -0500How 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.
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:57:00 -0500How 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.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:54:00 -0500Heather Ann Thompson discusses Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.
Sun, 25 Dec 2016 08:50:00 -0500Opposition 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.
Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500Homesharing is facing increasing scrutiny from state and local governments. At the State Policy Network annual meeting, Christina Sandefur discusses the controversy.
Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:35:00 -0500Why 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.
Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:03:00 -0500Drought creates big problems in California. Bad water allocation makes those problems worse. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research center comments.
Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:09:00 -0500When 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.
Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:52:00 -0500The 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.