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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.


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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More from Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:48:00 -0400

Robert McDonald discusses the polarizing figure of Thomas Jefferson at Cato University.(image)

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Searching for Substance in Trump's ISIS Rhetoric

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:48:00 -0400

Taking Donald Trump at his word on policy matters is a tricky endeavor. Ben Friedman parses the Republican nominee's latest speech on fighting terrorism.(image)

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America's Invisible War in Somalia

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:22:00 -0400

The little-understood U.S. intervention in Somalia has delivered tragic results. Bronwyn Bruton of the Atlantic Council comments.(image)

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NSA's Stolen Malware Now Up for Auction

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:41:00 -0400

It appears a group of hackers stole NSA's own malware and now are offering the tools for auction. Julian Sanchez comments.(image)

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Obama DEA Maintains Strict Cannabis Prohibition

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:27:00 -0400

The Obama Administration's DEA has reaffirmed that it will not reschedule marijuana from the most restrictive category of controlled substances. Adam Bates comments.(image)

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Unraveling a Party System, the 1850s and Today

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:37:00 -0400

What do the elections and political party crackups have to tell us about the strange election year of 2016? Anthony Comegna comments.(image)

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The Sparsely Detailed Trump Economic Plan

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:28:00 -0400

The Trump economic plan contains tax cuts, but virtually no engagement with the larger problem of excessive federal spending. Michael Tanner comments.(image)

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Obama's Pardons and Commutations So Far

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:21:00 -0400

Adam Bates discusses President Obama's record on pardons and commutations in his final year in office.(image)

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Hillary Backed 9 of the Last 7 U.S. Military Interventions

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:45:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton's long history as an advocate for war is hard to overstate. Christopher A. Preble comments.(image)

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The Human Cost of Welfare

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 21:14:00 -0400

Lisa Conyers discusses her coauthored book, The Human Cost of Welfare: How the System Hurts the People It's Supposed to Help.(image)

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The GOP's Looming Dark Night of the Soul

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 21:27:00 -0400

The rise of Donald Trump has clearly signaled the disconnect between voters and the GOP. Ben Domenech says a realignment of the parties may be well underway.(image)

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When Presidents Oppose Government Science

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:22:00 -0400

Many past presidents have been outright opponents of government-supported science. Terence Kealey walks through the history.(image)

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Bernie Drives Debate over Glass-Steagall

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:29:00 -0400

A proposed return to Glass-Steagall financial regulation is now a part of both GOP and Democratic platforms. How did that happen? Would it prevent another financial crisis? Mark Calabria comments.(image)

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Haitian Coffee Grows on Trees

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:35:00 -0400

What factors have led Haiti, once the world's leading coffee producer, to tumble into subsistence-level farming? And why does that industry repeatedly fail to return? Tate Watkins, author of Haitian Coffee Grows on Trees, discusses his work.(image)

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Which States Might End the Income Tax?

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:15:00 -0400

A few states with demographic issues might be the next ones to end the dreaded income tax. Stephen Slivinski of Arizona State University predicts at least one state will soon end the personal income tax.(image)

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Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:37:00 -0400

What do the elections involving Thomas Jefferson have to tell us about the political culture of today? Robert McDonald, author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson's Image in His Own Time, offers his thoughts.(image)

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Does Hillary Hate Uber?

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:08:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton's public lionizing of entrepreneurs appears to stand at odds with various policies she'd like to see adopted. Jared Meyer of the Manhattan Institute says the sharing economy stands to lose a great deal.(image)

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When the Feds Pay Environmentalists to Sue Them

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:36:00 -0400

There's a one-way street when environmentalists sue the federal government. When the groups sue and win, they often get their legal fees covered. Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.(image)

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Blockchain Revolution

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:22:00 -0400

The bitcoin revolution hasn't quite delivered as promised, but the underlying technology may be far more revolutionary. Don and Alex Tapscott, authors of Blockchain Revolution, comment.(image)

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Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:17:00 -0400

The fight over climate change has focused primarily on mitigating emissions. Professor Matthew E. Kahn of USC argues that changes in the urban landscape has much to teach us about so-called adaptation.(image)

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When Cops Use Robots to Kill

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:16:00 -0400

The shooter in Dallas who killed several police officers was ultimately taken out with a robot and explosives. What can be done to assure that use of technology remains a last resort? Matthew Feeney comments.(image)

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Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:56:00 -0400

"Our Foreign Policy Choices: Rethinking America's Global Role" details key lessons from the last two decades of American-led warfare. Christopher A. Preble puts those lessons in the context of our current election season.(image)

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Turkey's Coup Attempt and Crackdown

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:50:00 -0400

Does U.S. militarism compromise NATO obligations? A. Trevor Thrall talks about the recent coup attempt in Turkey.(image)

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Political Party Shifts on Immigration, Guest Workers

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:56:00 -0400

How have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tried to take advantage of changing views on immigration? Alex Nowrasteh and David Bier comment.(image)

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Polling on Crime and Punishment

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:29:00 -0400

How have Americans changed their thinking on crime and punishment? Derek Cohen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation comments.(image)

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Challenging CBO Rosy/Dire Projections

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:26:00 -0400

Congressional Budget Office numbers about the future of debt and deficits should be taken with more than a grain of salt. Dan Mitchell explains.(image)

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Citizens United and Electoral Reform

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:34:00 -0400

Krist Novoselić is chairman of In his assessment of reforms to make changes to elections in the United States, he ranks overturning Citizens United at the bottom and argues that groups have free speech rights.(image)

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Evaluating the Next British Prime Minister

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:12:00 -0400

New British PM Theresa May doesn't have a record that should encourage people who support free markets and relatively free migration. Tom Clougherty comments.(image)

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Free Parking's High Cost to Transit

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:36:00 -0400

Market pricing of on-street parking could save commuters time and energy, but locals don't like it. Ike Brannon comments.(image)

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Hillary Clinton's Free College Addendum

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 19:10:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton has added more goodies to her plans for free college for young people. Neal McCluskey discusses some of the problems.(image)

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Alton Sterling, Body Cameras, and 'Proper Police Procedure'

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:43:00 -0400

Body camera footage and witness recordings help investigators after police-initiated killings. In the case of Alton Sterling, killed by Baton Rouge police this week, will investigators ask the right questions? Matthew Feeney comments.(image)

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Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 03:33:00 -0400

The policies that have led to America's growing security state required the abdication of Congress and the courts. Karen J. Greenberg is author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State.(image)

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