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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.


Demographics and Monetary Policy

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:00:00 -0500

How do demographic trends interact with monetary policy? Would a change in the Fed's mandate change how the agency looks at demographics? Loretta J. Mester, President of the Cleveland Fed, comments.

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With Cordray’s Departure, Can CFPB Be Scrapped?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:41:00 -0500

Richard Cordray will leave his post as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Does this mean the agency can finally be scrapped? Thaya Brook Knight comments.

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#CatoConnects: The Science of Nutrition and Public Choice

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:59:00 -0500

Are governments institutionally incapable of giving accurate nutrition advice? Cato Visiting Senior Fellow Dr. Terence Kealey is author of Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal.

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Higher Education and Tax Reform

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:19:00 -0500

How will elimination of education-related deductions and other tax changes affect higher education? Neal McCluskey comments.

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How Airlines Compete and How They’re Regulated

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:25:00 -0500

Government control over air travel is still onerous, and that can limit both choice and the safety of travel. Gary Leff of the Mercatus Center and the blog View from the Wing discusses the latest fight over air travel.

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Evaluating Changes at the Federal Reserve

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Tate Lacey discusses the changes that are coming to the Federal Reserve.

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Education Savings Accounts and Customized Education

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:39:00 -0500

How do education savings accounts (ESAs) work? Jonathan Butcher of the Goldwater Institute and the Heritage Foundation discussed their merits at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

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What’s the Matter with Kansas (on Taxes and Spending)?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 21:22:00 -0500

When Kansas cut taxes and raised spending, state lawmakers make a serious (and obvious) error. Dave Trabert of the Kansas Policy Institute offers his thoughts.

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POTUS’s Saudi Friends Shake up Government

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:10:00 -0500

Donald Trump has alienated the leaders of many governments, but Saudi Arabia's leaders are not among them. Now, the Saudis are making radical changes in governance, economics, and traditions. Emma Ashford comments.

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The Real Impact of Money on Elections

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:13:00 -0500

There's too much money in politics, or so goes the chestnut. Economist Jeff Milyo offers some perspective.

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Assessing Misconduct among Border Patrol Agents

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The data on misconduct and corruption among border patrol agents is especially murky, but we have some evidence available to us. Alex Nowrasteh is author of "Border Patrol Termination Rates," a new policy analysis from the Cato Institute.

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Asserting Liberty and the Power of 'No'

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:00:00 -0400

In the long history of the ebb and flow of liberty, some examples stand out. Jim Otteson of Wake Forest University offered a few of those examples at Cato Club 200.

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Architect of Prosperity: Sir John Cowperthwaite and the Making of Hong Kong

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:18:00 -0400

How did Hong Kong rise to prominence as a hub of global commerce? Neil Monnery is author of Architect of Prosperity: Sir John Cowperthwaite and the Making of Hong Kong.

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Pay to Play on Public Lands

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:34:00 -0400

Should you be subsidizing hikers and cyclists on public lands? Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.

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Conservatism on the Rocks

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:01:00 -0400

Conservatism has seen better days. Jeff Flake, Republican U.S. Senator from Arizona, discussed what he sees as problems in the conservative movement at Cato Club 200 in Laguna Beach, California.

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Unions vs. Home Health Care Workers in Pennsylvania

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:02:00 -0400

Home health care workers in Pennsylvania are struggling to stay out of unions. David Osborne of the Fairness Center discusses his case to keep unions out of Pennsylvania homes.

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Guns, Cars, and Regulation

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:36:00 -0400

Treating guns like cars might not end up with the kind of regulation that gun prohibitionists want. But thinking about guns like we think about cars might get us to a more productive conversation. Trevor Burrus comments.

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Elections, Independence, and European Populism

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:33:00 -0400

European populism is on the march, but it's less clear how sustainable the various movements are. Alberto Mingardi of the Istituto Bruno Leoni provides some perspective.

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The Case for Protecting Commercial Speech

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Should commercial speech receive diminished First Amendment protection? Martin Redish of Northwestern Law School made his case at the Cato Institute's conference on the First Amendment.

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The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0400

What does Alexis de Tocqueville have to offer Americans today? James Poulos explains in his new book, The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves.

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Local Zoning vs. State Economies

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Zoning mostly done at the local level, but should states take charge of the process in the name of economic efficiency? Emily Hamilton of the Mercatus Center comments.

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Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Do federal housing subsidies end up subsidizing restrictive zoning at the local level? And how does zoning drive housing costs? Vanessa Brown Calder examines the relationship in a new Cato Policy Analysis.

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Examining the Ideological Divide over Free Speech

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:18:00 -0400

What are the areas of agreement across the ideological spectrum when it comes to freedom of speech? Robert Bauer, White House counsel under Barack Obama makes his case.

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Endless Distraction vs. Living the Good Life

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:59:00 -0400

In a world of endless distraction, it's easy to avoid conscious growth. And, in a world of endless distraction, it's more important than ever to control ourselves. At Cato’s 40th anniversary celebration, Charles Murray discussed the good life.

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The Continuing Challenge to Individual Rights on Campus

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:33:00 -0400

2012 felt like a better year for individual rights on college campuses, according to Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Then things got much, much worse.

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The Bad New Days of Occupational Licensing

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:49:00 -0400

States need a comprehensive way to judge which occupational licenses are justified and which aren't. Jarrett Skorup of the Mackinac Center comments.

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Why Make a Federal Case out of College Sports?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:23:00 -0400

Why is the FBI involved in investigating college sports recruiting scandals? Ilya Shapiro comments.

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What Made the 1986 Tax Reform Happen?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:51:00 -0400

The last major tax reform was 30 years ago. How did it happen? Cato Institute Vice President John Samples comments.

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Protecting Extremist Speech, Regulating ‘Fake News’

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Drawing a legal line around what might constitute "extremist" speech for the purpose of regulation or prohibition is virtually impossible. The same goes for "fake news." Flemming Rose comments.

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Shredding Iran Nuclear Deal Is an Unforced Error

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:32:00 -0400

Whatever you think of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the alternatives are worse. That’s according John Glaser and Emma Ashford, authors of the new Cato paper, "Unforced Error: The Risks of Confrontation with Iran."

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Mandatory Union Fees Return to the Supreme Court

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:07:00 -0400

How free should unions be to take fees from workers? When do those fees violate the First Amendment? Attorney Jacob Huebert discusses Janus v. AFSCME, which will soon go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Assessing the New GOP Tax Plan

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:30:00 -0400

Chris Edwards discusses the tax plan now circulating in Congress.

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Why the U.S. Should Welcome China’s Economic Leadership

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:48:00 -0400

Colin Grabow is author of "Responsible Stakeholders: Why the United States Should Welcome China’s Economic Leadership."

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Trump Revises Travel Ban, Rejects More Refugees

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:00:00 -0400

A new draft of Donald Trump's travel ban may be the most confusing yet. At the same time, the U.S. will take far fewer refugees than in years past. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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Status Report on Renegotiating NAFTA

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Where does the desired renegotiation of NAFTA now stand? Inu Manak discusses the costs and benefits of reopening the massive trade deal.

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CFPB and the Equifax Breach

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter discusses the "unconstitutional structure" of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and possible litigation against Equifax.

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An Afghanistan Strategy with No Measure of Success

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:57:00 -0400

What would it mean for the war in Afghanistan to show improvement? Without metrics, it's hard to say. Chris Preble discusses why the war sits in a holding pattern.

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Challenging a Powerful Exception to the Fourth Amendment

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:07:00 -0400

When Customs and Border Patrol search your computer, what rights do you retain? Matthew Feeney comments.

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A New Party in the Bundestag

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:07:00 -0400

Marian Tupy comments on this week's German elections.

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The Failing Argument for Mandatory Minimums

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0400

New research indicates that the role of mandatory minimums in reducing crime has been smaller than proponents would have you believe. Kevin Ring of Families Against Mandatory Minimums comments.

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Does Public Radio Have a Diversity Problem?

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Does public radio have a diversity problem? Jon Caldara, president of Colorado's Independence Institute, believes it does.

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The Next State to Adopt Scholarship Tax Credits Is …

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:24:00 -0400

What's the record for scholarship tax credits and other school choice programs so far? Jason Bedrick of EdChoice discusses the most recent changes.

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Big Government Crowds out Voluntary Disaster Relief

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:32:00 -0400

How do the feds crowd out disaster relief from friends, neighbors, industry, and even other states? Chris Edwards comments.

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Freedom of Religion vs. the War on Drugs

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:11:00 -0400

Courts should defer to groups that want to use drugs in their religious practice. Eric Sterling of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation provides a brief history of drug laws versus religious liberty.

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Americans Distrust Wall Street and Its Regulators

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:36:00 -0400

Americans don't trust either financial firms associated with Wall Street or the regulators who are trying to control financial firms' activities. Thaya Brook Knight and Emily Ekins discuss the findings of a new Cato Institute survey.

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‘Medicare for Some’ Isn’t Exactly Great

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:27:00 -0400

It's not even clear that "Medicare for Some" is a good idea, let alone "Medicare for All.” Michael F. Cannon comments.

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The Fiscal Pitch for State-Level Criminal Justice Reform

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:16:00 -0400

The cost to public safety of reducing spending on criminal justice programs can be effectively zero. That's according to Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute.

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Why September 14, 2001 Matters

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:01:00 -0400

After 16 years of war, it's time to reckon with the less-appreciated anniversary of September 14, 2001, when Congress gave the President a relatively open-ended power to make war. Gene Healy explains why.

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How States Should Respond to Opioid Crisis

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:56:00 -0400

Is heavy-handed punishment a particularly good way to handle the opioid crisis? I spoke with Greg Newburn of Families Against Mandatory Minimums at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

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The Other Monuments Problem

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:21:00 -0400

The naming of national monuments creates a few underappreciated problems. Hannah Downey of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.

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Market Anarchy in Utah (You Know, for Kids!)

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:28:00 -0400

Utah has removed many of the pointless licensing requirements for businesses operated by minors. Connor Boyack of the Libertas Institute discusses the importance of giving kids a taste of truly free enterprise.

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Resolving the Tullock Paradox

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 16:04:00 -0400

Why is there so little rent seeking? Is rent seeking itself still misunderstood? Matthew Mitchell of the Mercatus Center discussed the issue at FEECon in June.

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A Fraught Case for Exiting the Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:28:00 -0400

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s public pitch explaining the problems of the Iran nuclear deal spent precious little energy discussing what happens if the U.S. exits the deal. Emma Ashford evaluates the arguments.

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Trump Will ‘Wind Down’ DACA

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 20:23:00 -0400

The White House will end President Obama's Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but Jeff Sessions' defense of ending DACA on policy grounds misunderstands immigration almost entirely. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The Coming Debt Fight

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 21:05:00 -0400

Choosing the size of the national debt is a fight worth having. So why doesn't anyone want to have it? Michael Tanner comments.

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A Debt against the Living

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:56:00 -0400

Ilan Wurman is author of A Debt against the Living.

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Carpenter v. United States

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 03:49:00 -0400

The Supreme Court has an opportunity to change how governments may track Americans. Jim Harper comments.

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Trump Moves to Accelerate Militarization of Cops

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:36:00 -0400

The Obama White House narrowed the scope of military gear that could be distributed to local police forces. The Trump White House has undone those small restrictions. Clark Neily and Adam Bates discuss the change.

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A Balanced Threat Assessment of China’s South China Sea Policy

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:12:00 -0400

What does the U.S. gain by risking war in the South China Sea? Not much, according to "A Balanced Threat Assessment of China’s South China Sea Policy," a new Cato Institute paper. John Glaser and Eric Gomez comment on the dispute.

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End Pot (Research) Prohibition

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Marijuana is legal to consume in a handful of states. So why is researching marijuana virtually impossible? Trevor Burrus discusses the federal role in prohibiting pot research.

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The Paradox of Tolerance

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 21:02:00 -0400

How do we tolerate intolerance? Jason Kuznicki comments.

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Debasing Monuments to the Confederacy

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:16:00 -0400

Should monuments to the Confederacy be removed or merely reframed? And where should that line of thinking stop? Walter Olson offers a few ideas.

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Trump on Afghanistan: ‘No Nationbuilding’ in Name Only

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:35:00 -0400

The Afghanistan strategy laid out by Donald Trump looks a lot like one that previous battlefield commanders have suggested is sorely wanting. Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner comment.

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Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:42:00 -0400

The successes of protectionism are grossly exaggerated. Scott Lincicome discusses his new paper, "Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures."

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Neo-Nazis to One Side, Antifa to the Other

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A full-throated rejection of Nazism in its various forms doesn't compel anyone to ally with the strongly anti-liberal elements of the Antifa movement. Daniel McCarthy of The American Conservative discusses the sad events in Charlottesville.

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China Spells out Its (Limited) Commitments to North Korea

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:25:00 -0400

China has presented to the U.S. and North Korea its perceived commitments if the two countries decide to tangle. Chris Preble comments.

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Evaluating the Practical War Power of Presidents

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:46:00 -0400

What powers are granted to the President to make war? What are the costs and benefits of constraining it further? Gene Healy comments.

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School Choice, Public Schools, and Bigotry

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:03:00 -0400

The new attack on school choice appears to be claiming that proponents are bigoted in some way, or at least the roots of school choice arose from racist impulses. Neal McCluskey evaluates the bold claim.

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Preserving the Iran Nuclear Deal: Perils and Prospects

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:08:00 -0400

Since he started his bid for office, President Donald Trump has been a forceful detractor of the Iran nuclear deal, repeatedly vowing to dismantle it. But the nuclear deal affords the United States a number of opportunities. Ariane Tabatabai is author of "Preserving the Iran Nuclear Deal: Perils and Prospects."

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Chicago Sues Feds over Immigration Mandates

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Chicago is suing the federal government over the withholding of funds if the city doesn't obey federal dictates on immigration. Alex Nowrasteh comments.

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The Soul of the First Amendment

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:06:00 -0400

What are the emerging threats to the rights enshrined by the First Amendment? Floyd Abrams' new book is The Soul of the First Amendment.

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The High Cost of Turning Local Cops into Immigration Cops

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:06:00 -0400

The 287(g) program allows local cops to become deputy federal law enforcers for immigration and the Trump Administration is working to expand it. The program's effectiveness so far is less than stellar. Matthew Feeney comments.

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Must E-Verify Go National?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:52:00 -0400

The flawed E-Verify program is voluntary so far, but making the program mandatory would balloon the technical errors and due process problems while threatening to throw millions of Americans out of work. David Bier makes the case.

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Understanding the Opioid Crisis

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:50:00 -0400

Some misconceptions persist around opioids, addiction, and chemical dependence. Jeffrey Singer comments on the opioid crisis.

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