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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 Awful Consensus in Washington

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0400

What politicians agree on is more troubling than the partisan rancor, according to syndicated columnist George Will. He spoke at the Cato Institute's January Policy Perspectives in Naples, Florida.

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Truth and Perception of Homeschoolers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:31:00 -0400

Homeschoolers aren't very ideological. At least, their ideologies vary widely. Author Zak Slayback says politicians should understand that they dismiss or mess with homeschoolers at their political peril.

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The Government (Sorta) Wants Your Input on Nutrition

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:53:00 -0400

The feds are taking public comment on nutrition guidelines. Terence Kealey believes the current advice ought to be scrapped.

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Trump’s Disappointing Approach to Opioids

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:32:00 -0400

Donald Trump rolled out his approach to handling the opioid problem in the United States: treatment for addicts and execution for drug dealers. Cato's Jeffrey Singer says it's disappointing and almost entirely the wrong approach.

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The Trouble with Paid Family Leave

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:25:00 -0400

What can we learn from other countries with mandated paid family leave? Why do so many prominent Republicans view the idea as a conservative one? Vanessa Brown Calder comments.

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Massive Numbers of Untested Rape Kits

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:58:00 -0400

Why do police departments allow rape kits to go untested? Clark Neily comments.

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#CatoConnects: NAFTA and the Trump Tariffs

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:54:00 -0400

What impact with the Trump tariffs have on renewed negotiations over North American trade policy? Inu Manak and Simon Lester comment.

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The Abolition of Slavery and Libertarian Thought

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:36:00 -0400

What does it mean for historical events to be regarded as victories of modern ideologies? Anthony Comegna comments.

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#Rexit at State Department, Mike Pompeo, and Gina Haspel

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 15:11:00 -0400

Mike Pompeo is expected to replace Rex Tillerson at the State Department, and Gina Haspel, a longtime intelligence agent who oversaw black sites for the CIA, may replace Pompeo at CIA. Chris Preble and Emma Ashford comment.

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Risky Business: The Role of Arms Sales in U.S. Foreign Policy

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0400

In just his first year in office, President Trump signed arms deals at a record pace. What are the costs and benefits of those sales of U.S. weaponry? Caroline Dorminey is author of "Risky Business: The Role of Arms Sales in U.S. Foreign Policy."

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Trump to Meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:14:00 -0400

The White House seems substantially unprepared for a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Doug Bandow and John Glaser comment.

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A ‘Digital Muslim Ban’

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:04:00 -0500

Did the President enact a "digital Muslim ban” in a now-withdrawn executive order? Rachel Levinson-Waldman and Alvaro Bedoya offer their thoughts.

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Criminal Immigrants in Texas

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:27:00 -0500

What does new data in Texas tell us about the propensity of immigrants to commit crimes? Alex Nowrasteh is author of a new Cato Institute policy brief, "Criminal Immigrants in Texas."

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Italian Elections Boost Populists

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:14:00 -0500

The Five Star Movement and Northern League have shaken the political establishment in Italy, and both groups make protection, cultural and economic, a key element of their platforms. Alberto Mingardi comments on the changes.

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Trump’s Tariffs Will Intensify Trade War

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:06:00 -0500

The Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum will punish American manufacturers and invite retaliation from trading partners. The national security rationale for the tariffs is also pretty flimsy. Dan Ikenson comments.

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Putin’s New Deadly Toys

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:55:00 -0500

How does the announcement of a new breed of Russian nuclear weapons alter the calculus for defending against the nuclear threat? Emma Ashford and Eric Gomez comment.

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Why Won’t Courts Question Qualified Immunity?

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 23:07:00 -0500

Courts are loathe to take cases that might alter or weaken qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects police from some of the consequences of serious misconduct. Why? William Baude of the University of Chicago Law School comments.

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Won't Someone Please Think of the Parents?!?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:51:00 -0500

Parents enmeshed in the child protective services system often are asked to prove a negative, that they've done nothing wrong, in order to get their children back. Dan Greenberg of Advance Arkansas Institute comments on recent legislative efforts.

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The Case against Qualified Immunity

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500

"Qualified immunity" is a doctrine that protects police from misconduct that would send someone without a badge to jail. Clark Neily and Jay Schweikert discuss the controversy.

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Some Bad Reasons to Love/Hate Bitcoin

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:36:00 -0500

When fans and detractors of cryptocurrencies talk, they need to understand the economic fundamentals behind what they're saying. Will Luther comments.

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Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:19:00 -0500

Can the state ban you from wearing any political message at the polling place? Wen Fa is an attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation. We discussed his case before the Supreme Court, Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky.

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Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:06:00 -0500

Trade plays a huge role in the wealth that Americans enjoy, so why has it been so controversial? Douglas A. Irwin is author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy.

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Realizing A Freedom Philosophy

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:16:00 -0500

The struggle over ideas needs people to tell stories to make real the costs and benefits of putting those ideas into practice. Bob Chitester of the Free to Choose Network has spent decades working on this broad project. We spoke this weekend in Chicago.

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Gerrymandered Battle Lines before SCOTUS

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:57:00 -0500

The Supreme Court faces two cases of partisan gerrymandering this term. Why hasn't Congress dealt with this issue? Walter Olson comments.

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The Right to Try Unapproved Drugs and the Prohibition of Truth in Marketing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

You should be able to try any drug you want to save your own life. And doctors and drug companies should be allowed to converse honestly about potential drug benefits without the fear of jail. Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute comments.

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Free-Range Kids vs. Fretful Mother Magazine

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:29:00 -0500

How do give our children the autonomy they deserve without fear? Lenore Skenazy has a few ideas.

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Trump and the GOP Congress Spend Big with Your Money

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:54:00 -0500

Despite some substantial plans to privatize some infrastructure and cut other needless federal spending, the infrastructure and other spending plans by Donald Trump and the GOP Congress are substantial budget busters. Chris Edwards comments.

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#CatoConnects: The Nunes Memo, Surveillance, and Secret Courts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:38:00 -0500

Intelligence experts have generally been skeptical of the conclusions of the "Nunes memo," but the fight over this document may do long-term damage to attempts to provide important oversight for the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Julian Sanchez comments. View full event

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Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500

It's difficult to overestimate what Frederick Douglass overcame to become one of the greatest advocates for liberty in the 19th century. Timothy Sandefur is author of the new Cato book, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man.

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The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What We Can Do about It

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:09:00 -0500

What can be done to counter public corruption? Frank Buckley is author of The Republic of Virtue: How We Tried to Ban Corruption, Failed, and What We Can Do about It.

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The Unbelievable Case of McCoy v. Louisiana

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:15:00 -0500

Is it unconstitutional for defense counsel to concede the defendant's guilt over that defendant's express objection? In McCoy v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to affirm that a competent defendant may play an important role in his own defense strategy. Jay Schweikert comments.

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Lives of the Necromancers

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Politicians testing the credulity of Americans with outlandish statements is far from unprecedented. Anthony Comegna is editor of the new volume, Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin.

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The Tax Bill Didn’t Kill Obamacare

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:44:00 -0500

Obamacare lives. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute discusses what that means for states trying to make reforms.

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Cutting Aid and Cutting Remarks over Pakistan

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:16:00 -0500

The President's rhetoric and tone don't bode well for getting cooperation from Pakistan, even on shared goals. Sahar Khan comments.

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Bad Math on Counterinsurgency

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 20:15:00 -0500

Killing insurgents on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan seems to end up giving us more of them. Erik Goepner comments on how that math does and doesn't add up.

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Little Nukes, Big Deal

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:28:00 -0500

Would expanding low-yield nukes in our nuclear arsenal make us safer? Eric Gomez comments on the new nuclear posture review from the Pentagon.

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Fear of Terrorism Drives Anti-Immigrant Push

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Anti-immigration forces would like you to believe that immigrants pose an outsize risk with respect to terrorism. They don't. Alex Nowrasteh explains.

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The Vast Powers of Customs and Border Protection

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:10:00 -0500

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is imbued with vast powers, and evidence shows those powers are used without many of the checks that exist in other federal agencies. Alex Nowrasteh and Matthew Feeney comment.

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A Big-Spending, Flag-Waving State of the Union

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:22:00 -0500

The State of the Union is a tradition that probably ought to go, but this one had the big spending plans Americans have come to expect. Cato's John Glaser, Chris Edwards, and Neal McCluskey comment on the substantive policy proposals.

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The New and Old Tech of Border Surveillance

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Technology to intercept illegal immigrants can also be used to hassle American citizens. Much of the new technology doesn't work as well as advertised. Meanwhile, the logistical problems with building a massive border wall have barely begun. Matthew Feeney and David Bier comment.

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The New National ID Systems

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0500

A world where authorities no longer have to even ask for ID is a scary one, especially if you have no recourse in how that massive collection of data gets used. Jim Harper is author of "The New National ID Systems."

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Trump Immigration Plan Would Dramatically Reduce Legal Immigration

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

The draconian restrictions on legal immigrants proposed by the Trump White House would exclude nearly 22 million people from the opportunity to immigrate legally to the United States over the next five decades. David Bier comments.

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Puncturing Persistent Myths about Immigrant Crime

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

If you're worried about crime, worry more about the criminality of your fellow Americans and less about the criminality of immigrants. Alex Nowrasteh discusses the data on immigrants and crime.

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Who Pays the Price When You Don’t Get A Speedy Trial? You Do

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:17:00 -0500

Why don't prosecutors and judges pay a price when the right to a speedy trial is violated? Clark Neily comments.

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The 2017 Human Freedom Index

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:01:00 -0500

"The Human Freedom Index” presents the state of human freedom in the world based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil, and economic freedom. It is co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute, and the Liberales Institut at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Ian Vasquez is the report's co-author.

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That Memo, the Deep State, and the FISA Court

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:58:00 -0500

An as-yet-undisclosed memo circulating in the House of Representatives promises to challenge the credibility of some elements in the FBI, but if the claims it contains are substantial, it may pose challenges for the secretive FISA court. Julian Sanchez comments.

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This Year 'Big Content' Likely Won't Push to Extend Copyright

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:10:00 -0500

Without action by Congress, a whole class of copyrighted works will fall into the public domain next year. And yet, Big Content isn't fighting to stop it. Timothy B. Lee of Ars Technica discusses why.

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How Not to Subsidize Renewable Energy

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:19:00 -0500

The renewable portfolio standard is meant to encourage the production of renewable energy in states. One side effect is higher energy costs for low-income people according to Dave Stevenson of the Cesar Rodney Institute.

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The Public Benefit of Private Schooling

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:44:00 -0500

What is the impact of private schooling in countries' quality of public schooling? Corey DeAngelis is author of "The Public Benefit of Private Schooling."

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#CatoConnects: The Feds’ Retrograde War on Pot

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:09:00 -0500

With more discretion given to U.S. Attorneys to enforce federal marijuana laws, what effects will it have on states that have legalized? Trevor Burrus discussed various elements of cannabis prohibition on #CatoConnects.

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The Opioid Crisis Is Really a Heroin Crisis

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:40:00 -0500

Clearly understanding what’s driving the rise in drug overdoses is critical if we want to craft a credible policy response. Jeff Singer is author of the forthcoming Cato paper, "Abuse-Deterrent Opioids and the Law of Unintended Consequences." We spoke at the Cato Institute's State Health Policy Summit.

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Campus Speech and the Libertarian Student Movement

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:10:00 -0500

Do libertarians misunderstand the opponents of free speech on campus? Wolf von Laer is President of Students for Liberty.

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The Antics of State Legislatures

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:40:00 -0500

How do state legislatures obfuscate, trick, and leave the public in the dark? Jack McHugh watches state legislatures for the Mackinac Center.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

What role did governments play in the segregating of America? Richard Rothstein describes the explicit policies that separated black and white America in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

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The Regulators Are Coming for Bitcoin

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

As cryptocurrencies hit new highs, is federal regulation far behind? And if it is, can regulators really do anything to crack down on these decentralized networks? Jerry Brito of Coin Center offers an analysis.

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Still Waiting for Spending Cuts

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

Republicans' desire to cut spending is sharp as a knife when they're in the minority. But facts don't do what they want them to now that the GOP runs Congress. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses prime spending cuts their prospects in 2018.

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New Changes May Ease Medicaid Costs for States

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 22:05:00 -0500

States attempting to grapple with the costs of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act may welcome new changes to Medicaid. Rea Hederman of the Buckeye Institute offers his thoughts.

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Salvadoran Refugees Get the Trump Boot

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:41:00 -0500

What does the end of "temporary protected status" for Salvadoran refugees mean for those families? Are they of any particular risk to Americans? Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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New Signs of a Waning War on Cannabis

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:22:00 -0500

A notorious outlaw industrial-scale marijuana farmer is about to get a fairly light sentence for his activities as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions shows himself to be a somewhat toothless pot warrior. Jim Higdon is author of The Cornbread Mafia. He discusses the numerous signs pointing to the approaching end of marijuana prohibition.

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Fed Policymaker Musical Chairs in 2018

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 23:15:00 -0500

The Federal Reserve policymaking body will change considerably this year. Tate Lacey comments on what that means and what it should mean for the unwinding of the Fed balance sheet.

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‘Swatting’ and Police Accountability

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:21:00 -0500

How can the public send a clear message to police that they, and not malicious tipsters, are ultimately responsible when cops kill innocent people? Clark Neily comments.

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American Foreign Policy in 2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:32:00 -0500

As world leaders debate the relative size of their red buttons, what role should the U.S. play in skirmishes around the globe? Christopher A. Preble comments.

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Prime (Spending) Cuts Congress Should Put on the Chopping Block

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:04:00 -0500

Tax reform is done. But without any Democratic support, bipartisan spending cuts may be a bridge too far. Chris Edwards says there are many spending cuts that could get bipartisan support.

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Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds' Hit-List

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

When the feds thought Vascular Solutions would be a good target for a fraud investigation, CEO Howard Root thought it was merely a shakedown. He was wrong. Howard Root is author of Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds' Hit-List.

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Inside Private Prisons

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

What incentives govern private prisons? Are they fundamentally different from state-run facilities? Do private prison operators or the unions that represent prison workers hold undue sway over policymakers? Lauren-Brooke Eisen is author of Inside Private Prisons.

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A Look at Financial Reform in 2018

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:24:00 -0500

Will elements of Dodd Frank and the Patriot Act that burden banks go away in 2018? Bert Ely discusses elements of financial regulation that might get changed.

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Judicial Nomination Fights Blaze on

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:35:00 -0500

You might hold higher hopes that the worst days are gone in the fight over judicial nominations. Ilya Shapiro says they may be poised to get more rancorous and bitter.

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Two Killings by Police, Strikingly Different Results

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:31:00 -0500

The police killings of Walter Scott and Daniel Shaver provide more reason to change how laws punish bad and incompetent cops. Clark Neily comments.

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In Trying Times, Take Lessons from the Stoics

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Author Ryan Holiday says it's no surprise that stoicism has a resurgence when times are tough.

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Disney, Streaming, and Long Copyright

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Disney's vast catalog is about to expand with the acquisition of the assets of 20th Century Fox. How do decades-long copyright terms affect streaming companies' business models? Peter Van Doren discusses Disney's move.

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The Fate of Obamacare in 2018

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

The Affordable Care Act's individual mandate will be zeroed out in 2019 when some provisions of the tax bill take effect. What is the likely fallout? Michael Cannon comments.

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NSA, North Korea, and the WannaCry Attack

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

An exploit known to the NSA was likely used by North Korean hackers to disrupt thousands of computer systems globally. Julian Sanchez discusses the case.

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Toward a More Robust Tax Reform

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Ike Brannon describes the tax reform that didn't happen, but should have.

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Trump on National Security Strategy

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 17:07:00 -0500

How valuable are national security documents? And speeches about those documents? Trevor Thrall comments on the latest presidential speech on national security.

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