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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.


Taking Freedom to Young People with The Tuttle Twins

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:24:00 -0500

Translating classic works of libertarian thinking like The Road to Serfdom for a very young audience is a challenge. Connor Boyack hopes his Tuttle Twins book series will do just that.(image)

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More from Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:09:00 -0500

Johan Norberg discusses Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future at Cato Club 200 in October.(image)

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The Power of Voter-Led Ballot Initiatives

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:06:00 -0500

Since Colorado adopted a voter-led ballot initiative process, the results have been mostly positive. Jon Caldara discusses the state's experiment with the referendum process.(image)

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The Human Freedom Index 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:24:00 -0500

How do different kinds of freedom interact around the world to produce the outcomes we value? Ian Vásquez is one of the authors of the new Human Freedom Index.(image)

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Cuba after Castro's Dictatorship

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 -0500

Juan Carlos Hidalgo discusses the next steps for Cuba now that longtime dictator Fidel Castro has died.(image)

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Trump and Free Political Speech

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:28:00 -0500

The incoming Trump administration raises fears of further regulation of political speech. David Keating of the Center for Competitive Politics discusses the risks and opportunities.(image)

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Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:24:00 -0500

James Traficant was a folk hero, but his story should provide some understanding of this very strange election year. Eric Murphy is producer of Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown.(image)

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Libertarians, Class, and the Left

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:21:00 -0500

Libertarians often find it difficult to talk about class, but understanding how the state creates permanent classes may be essential to engaging with other ideological groups. Anthony Comegna comments.(image)

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After the Election, What You (and They) Should Read

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0500

What should Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson, and you be reading this Thanksgiving? Sarah Skwire makes a few suggestions.(image)

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The DEA's Quiet War on Kratom

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:01:00 -0500

Kratom is a plant the DEA wants banned, but it's far from clear that it poses any serious danger. Andrew Turner, a veteran with post-traumatic stress, is among those who say they benefit enormously from using kratom.(image)

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Sanctuary Cities, Secure Communities, and Trump Immigration Policy

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:56:00 -0500

How will sanctuary cities fare with with a future Trump administration? Alex Nowrasteh comments.(image)

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Can Trump Make the U.S. a 'Global Subsidy Cop'?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:43:00 -0500

If the U.S. wants to end the practice of other countries subsidizing key industries, it would require the U.S. to clean up its own business giveaways. Scott Lincicome comments.(image)

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Women Are More Than Their Interactions with the State

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:41:00 -0500

As many voters are licking their wounds after failing to elect the first female U.S. President, Anthony Comegna talks about how the important historical role of women on behalf of liberty is more than mere interactions with the state.(image)

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More States Legalize and Tax Marijuana

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:17:00 -0500

More states, most notably California, have moved to legalize and tax marijuana. Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation describes some of the wrinkles the remain in the tax treatment of cannabis.(image)

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Undoing Executive Action in a Trump Presidency

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:02:00 -0500

It may be a mixed bag on actual policy, but the Obama Administration's various executive actions may be swiftly undone as Donald Trump becomes President.(image)

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President-elect Trump to Contend with Two Tribes of Foreign Policy Thinking

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:51:00 -0500

Which factions will be duking it out as a Trump administration foreign policy is forged? Trevor Thrall explains.(image)

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President-elect Trump and Financial Regulation

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:48:00 -0500

Does a pending Trump presidency present opportunities to deregulate financial markets? Thaya Brook Knight comments.(image)

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President-elect Trump and the Gift of Executive Power

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:00:00 -0500

President-elect Trump will inherit all of the expansions of executive power given to him by his predecessors, most notably Barack Obama. Gene Healy says the one-time "thought experiment" is now a reality.(image)

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President-elect Trump and Foreign Policy

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:38:00 -0500

The foreign policy of President-elect Donald Trump remains a mystery, in part because so few foreign policy experts were willing to advise him during the campaign. Emma Ashford comments.(image)

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A Surprise Ending to Presidential Election 2016

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:34:00 -0500

An unprecedented election ends in surprise, and more questions for President-elect Donald Trump's substantive policy. David Boaz comments.(image)

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Libertarian Women and the Dorr War

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:03:00 -0500

The Dorr War failed, but it gave rise to many prominent women deserving of appreciation. Anthony Comegna comments. Related episode: The Dorr War in Rhode Island featuring Anthony Comegna.(image)

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Is There a Silver Lining to Election 2016?

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:29:00 -0500

The 2016 election for President features two of the most reviled candidates in the history of polling. Could that spur efforts to shift important powers back to Congress? Gene Healy comments.(image)

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When (if Ever) Should Government Fund Science?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:33:00 -0400

Government should mostly take a hands-off policy toward scientific inquiry. Terence Kealey explains why.(image)

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You Have the Right to Remain Innocent

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400

Don't talk to the police, even if you want to help them solve a crime. James Duane says that's the advice police and lawyers give their own children. He explains why in his new book, You Have the Right to Remain Innocent.(image)

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Biting the Hands That Feed Us

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 04:00:00 -0400

Why do governments fight the people fighting hunger? How does the government promote food waste? Baylen J. Linnekin explains in Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable.(image)

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Is Criminal Justice Reform Really Dead?

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Federal criminal justice reform in 2016 isn't quite totally dead yet. Marc A. Levin, Policy Director for Right on Crime, Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, comments on prospects for reform this year.(image)

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'Brexit' and Freedom in Great Britain

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:52:00 -0400

Daniel Hannan is a member of the European Parliament and a strong supporter of the Brexit referendum. He spoke at the Cato Institute's Cato Club 200 event in Park City, Utah.(image)

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Obamacare Premium Hikes and Bare-Bones Coverage

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 20:21:00 -0400

The health insurance premium hikes aren't the worst surprise from the Affordable Care Act this year. Michael Cannon explains.(image)

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Washington State Eyes Another Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:04:00 -0400

Why is the rest of Washington state considering closing the gap with Seattle's very high minimum wage? Chris Cargill of the Washington Policy Center comments.(image)

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Bureaucratic Searches vs. the Fourth Amendment

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:23:00 -0400

The Fourth Amendment is implicated when any government official wants to poke around in your house for no good reason. In Ohio, Maurice A. Thompson of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law is trying to fight it.(image)

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Immigrants, Labor, and Welfare in Sweden

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:18:00 -0400

Swedish writer Hanna Marie Björklund discusses some labor and welfare problems as Sweden attempts to assimilate recent immigrants.(image)

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Voting with Feet vs. Voting with Ballots

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:32:00 -0400

The decisions we make in the voting booth tend to be less informed and less decisive than the votes we cast with our feet. Ilya Somin, author of Democracy and Political Ignorance, explains.(image)

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Does Michael Moore ♥ Citizens United?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:30:00 -0400

Did the Citizens United decision make Michael Moore's new film possible? Trevor Burrus comments.(image)

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A Defense of the Universal Basic Income

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:31:00 -0400

The Universal Basic Income is an idea with many detractors. Charles Murray is not among them.(image)

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Of Dogs and Men

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:13:00 -0400

The new film Of Dogs and Men details several episodes in which police shoot family dogs. The film's producer, Patrick Reasonover, says its all too common, but that police are beginning to recognize the scale of the problem.(image)

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Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:19:00 -0400

Johan Norberg says human progress isn't inevitable, but it's worth examining just how much freedom has improved life on the planet. His new book is Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future.(image)

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Article I Powers and Election 2016

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:57:00 -0400

Senator Mike Lee of Utah believes it's more important than ever that Congress begin reasserting the powers that it has long delegated to the executive. He comments on the Electoral College in 2016 and criminal justice reform. Recorded in Park City, Utah.(image)

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Fostering a Chinese Free Market for Ideas

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:20:00 -0400

The story of China's move toward capitalism is still not well understood. Ning Wang of the Ronald Coase Institute says the future of Chinese development will hinge critically on a free market in ideas.(image)

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'Appeals Court Finds CFPB Structure 'Unconstitutional'

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:24:00 -0400

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was supposed to wield broad, relatively unaccountable powers on behalf of consumers. There's just one problem with that, according to a federal appeals court. Mark Calabria comments on the ruling.(image)

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Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:42:00 -0400

Lawrence W. Reed's new book details examples of how heroes are made. The book is Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction.(image)

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Finding Foreign Policy Substance in POTUS Debate

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:58:00 -0400

There wasn't much, but the small bit of foreign policy substance in the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was illuminating. Chris Preble comments.(image)

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The Gathering Storm in State Pensions

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 01:08:00 -0400

"Denial" is the single word that the Reason Foundation's Peter Constant uses to describe the attitude many state governments have taken toward pension finance problems.(image)

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"John Doe" Prosecutors Lose Big in Wisconsin

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 01:00:00 -0400

A three-year fight over free political speech in Wisconsin has come to an end. Eric O'Keefe was among the so-called "John Does" under investigation.(image)

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Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:41:00 -0400

The Affordable Care Act doubled down on the trend toward giving federal agencies broad latitude to determine what a statute actually means. Josh Blackman is author of Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power.(image)

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Federal Criminal Justice Reform Focus Shifts to 2017

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:18:00 -0400

Time has effectively run out on federal criminal justice reform in 2016. So says Greg Newburn of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.(image)

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A Legal Wrinkle for Education Savings Accounts in Nevada

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 21:48:00 -0400

Education Savings Accounts in Nevada are constitutional, but the funding mechanism is not. So says the Nevada Supreme Court. Jason Bedrick explains what should happen next. (Recorded September 30, 2016)(image)

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Who Needs Judicial Engagement?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:24:00 -0400

Evan Bernick is author of the lead essay in this month's Cato Unbound.(image)

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How Do Local Police Use Data about You?

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:21:00 -0400

Local police databases have their uses, but they've been abused, as well. Adam Bates comments.(image)

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The Legal State of Drones and Other Surveillance

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:15:00 -0400

Jay Stanley is a senior fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.(image)

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The Dorr War in Rhode Island

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:02:00 -0400

"The Dorr War" pitted the people of Rhode Island against a government they wished to abolish. It didn't go well. Anthony Comegna details the history.(image)

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"Young Americans" and Cultural Nationalism

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:00 -0400

A national purpose demands a large, expansive government. Anthony Comegna discusses the "Young Americans" and the rise of cultural nationalism.(image)

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The Permission Society

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:26:00 -0400

How does the "ruling class" turn rights into privileges? And what can be done to turn the tide? Timothy Sandefur explains in his book, The Permission Society.(image)

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Who Controls Your Health Care Spending?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:17:00 -0400

Are employers really shifting the burden of health care spending back to employees? Michael F. Cannon comments.(image)

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The Power of State Constitutions to Protect Liberty

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:36:00 -0400

State constitutions often protect liberty better than the U.S. Constitution, and in many cases fighting the government in state court can be much easier. Clint Bolick, a justice on the Arizona Supreme Court, comments.(image)

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Economic Freedom Marches On

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:49:00 -0400

The lesson of economic freedom remains clear: Freedom and prosperity go hand in hand. Ian Vasquez comments on the new Economic Freedom of the World Index.(image)

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Collective Action and Evolutionary Psychology

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:12:00 -0400

When groups have to decide, scale matters. Leda Cosmides comments.(image)

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Africa: A Hopeful Continent

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:53:00 -0400

The people who have written off Africa as a "hopeless continent" should take another look. Marian Tupy comments.(image)

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Government Is a Lousy Lender

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:53:00 -0400

The big government shift into allocating capital has made many problems worse. Ike Brannon comments.(image)

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Assessing the Terrorism Risk of Immigrants

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:34:00 -0400

How likely are you to be killed by a foreign-born terrorist inside the United States? The odds are vanishingly small. Alex Nowrasteh discusses the data.(image)

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Modern Zoning versus Microhousing

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:32:00 -0400

Renters in Seattle are learning that the low-cost tiny apartments they'd like to occupy are being zoned out of existence. Vanessa Brown Calder comments.(image)

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What's a Faithful Electoral College Elector to Do?

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:15:00 -0400

The Electoral College is meant to provide a check on mob rule. So what's a faithful elector to do in 2016? Andrew M. Grossman comments.(image)

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Self-Control or State Control? You Decide

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:41:00 -0400

Being responsible for your own happiness is an opportunity, not a burden. Tom G. Palmer is editor of the new book, Self-Control or State Control? You Decide.(image)

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The Protectionist Impulse

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 21:35:00 -0400

The benefits of trade may be all around us, but that doesn't mean we're naturally supportive of it. Dan Pearson explains.(image)

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Welfare Reform and Immigrant Outcomes

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:03:00 -0400

How has welfare reform impacted the fates of immigrants to the United States? David Bier parses the data.(image)

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Paul Ryan's Focus on Poverty amid Political Season

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 07:45:00 -0400

In a political season featuring divisive candidates, Paul Ryan has spent an inordinate amount of time promoting his own sketched out plans for reforming programs aimed at alleviating poverty. Michael Tanner comments.(image)

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A Doubling Down on 'Trumpism'

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:37:00 -0400

Donald Trump's photo-op in Mexico has done nothing to obscure his insistence on both building a wall at the southern border and deporting millions of undocumented immigrants. Alex Nowrasteh comments.(image)

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Alabama's Odd Regulation on Talking to the Government

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:43:00 -0400

Alabama requires both registration and an ethics course for anyone deemed a "lobbyist" by the state. Paul Sherman of the Institute for Justice is challenging the requirement.(image)

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Police 'Pre-search' and the Fourth Amendment

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 02:30:00 -0400

Baltimore police have engaged in large-scale surveillance without any authorization. The implications for policing are troubling. Jim Harper comments.(image)

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The Missing American Jury

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:42:00 -0400

How has the role of the jury been diminished in American courts? Suja A. Thomas is author of The Missing American Jury.(image)

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Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:00:00 -0400

How have the Nordic states fared compared to the glowing endorsements from the likes of Bernie Sanders? Nima Sanandaji is author of Debunking Utopia.(image)

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American Umpire at Home and Abroad

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:00 -0400

How has the view of the United States as an "umpire" served U.S. foreign policy? Elizabeth Cobbs is author of American Umpire.(image)

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Let Civil Society Resettle Refugees

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400

Canada's program to allow private individuals and group to sponsor the resettlement of refugees should be a model for the U.S. So says Cato policy analyst David Bier.(image)

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Is This the Obamacare Death Spiral?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:12:00 -0400

Major insurers have exited or curtailed their involvement in Affordable Care Act "exchanges," leaving many Americans with zero exchange-based health coverage options. Michael Cannon comments.(image)

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Welfare Reform after 20 Years

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:36:00 -0400

It's been two decades since Bill Clinton signed a large welfare reform act into law. How has it fared? And how should we think about welfare reform in the future? Michael D. Tanner comments at the Cato Institute's conference on welfare reform.(image)

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