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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.



 



#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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https://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/cdn.cato.org/dailypodcast/American-Foreign-Policy-in-2018-updated.mp3




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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Tax Cuts (Not Spending Cuts) Are on the Way

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:04:00 -0500

The centerpiece of the Republican tax reform plan is a substantial cut in the corporate tax rate. Spending cuts will apparently have to wait. Chris Edwards comments.


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The Federal Reserve’s Unresolved Questions

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0500

With the Federal Reserve likely to raise interest rates at this week’s FOMC meeting, another step will be have been taken in the Fed’s “Normalization” plan. The Fed will, however, enter 2018 facing many more issues. Tate Lacey comments.


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Peril and Promise in Facial Recognition Technology

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:26:00 -0500

How governments and corporations make use of your face will grow in importance in the coming years. Protections for your privacy are currently hard to come by. Clare Garvie of the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology comments.


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The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:53:00 -0500

How is policing being changed by new technology? Andrew G. Ferguson is author of The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement.


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Protecting the Prairie Dog and Federal Overreach

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:57:00 -0500

Protecting species is often a complicated task. It doesn't help when the feds overreach. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.


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Liberating Telemedicine

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:24:00 -0500

Many hurdles remain in place for innovation in the sphere of telemedicine. Shirley Svorny offers her thoughts in a new Cato paper, "Liberating Telemedicine: Options to Eliminate the State-Licensing Roadblock."


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Finally, An Audit for the Pentagon

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:03:00 -0500

Whatever turns up in a planned audit for the Pentagon won't address a larger problem: The U.S. military does too much in too many places. Still, it’s a good idea. Chris Preble discusses what an audit might reveal.


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A Proposed Ban on ‘Bump Stocks’ and State Reciprocity for Gun Permits

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:57:00 -0500

A ban on so-called "bump stocks" earned a surprise endorsement from some Republicans. As Congress considers a bump stock ban and the creation of state reciprocity of gun permits, Dave Kopel offers his thoughts.


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Oral Argument in the Case of Masterpiece Cakeshop

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 22:10:00 -0500

The arguments are varied in the case of the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker who refused a commission from a gay couple. What did the oral argument reveal? Ilya Shapiro comments.


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Will Tax Reform End the Individual Mandate?

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:22:00 -0500

One casualty of tax reform may be the mandate that hides the costs of Obamacare. Michael F. Cannon discusses the change.


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Police Snooping and Collins v. Virginia

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:54:00 -0500

In Collins v. Virginia, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to reaffirm that your home is truly your castle. Jay Schweikert discusses the Cato Institute’s brief in the case.


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Assessing the North Korea Threat

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 22:14:00 -0500

Is North Korea ready to talk? Is the United States? Cato Senior Fellow Doug Bandow comments.


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The Flynn Plea

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 08:00:00 -0500

What does it mean to be a "cooperating witness" in an FBI investigation, especially one looking into potential collusion between a campaign and the Russian government? Michael Flynn is finding that out. Clark Neily comments.


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The Proper Response to Russian Election Meddling

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:13:00 -0500

What's the best way to handle the continuing attempts by foreign governments to destabilize American institutions with social media and mere advertising? Flemming Rose discusses the importance of not taking the wrong lessons.


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The Trump Foreign Policy a Year Later

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 20:45:00 -0500

A year later, what does the Donald Trump foreign policy look like? Cato's Sahar Khan and John Glaser comment.


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The Continuing Fight over the Throne at CFPB

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:20:00 -0500

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is less accountable than most federal agencies by design. That's in part why outgoing director Richard Cordray felt perfectly comfortable naming his own replacement. Thaya Brook Knight discusses the fight.


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Water Rights, Water Fights in the American West

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:35:00 -0500

In the American west, if you don't use your water rights, you can lose them. That's not a great plan for conserving water. Reed Watson of the Property and Environment Research Center comments.


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Eliminate the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit is a subsidy to developers, and it's a credit that creates many opportunities for mischief. Chris Edwards and Vanessa Brown Calder discuss their new report on the subject.


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The Narrow Path of Fixing Health Insurance and Complying with Obamacare

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500

Complying with Obamacare while innovating in health coverage is a difficult task, according Rea Hederman of the Buckeye Institute. We spoke at the State Policy Network annual meeting in San Antonio.


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The Rent Was Too Damn High (1830s Edition)

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:00:00 -0500

How did selective grants of corporate power culminate in a war on rent in New York in the 1830s and 1840s? Cato's Anthony Comegna explains.


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China’s Economic Slowdown and Institutional Change

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:57:00 -0500

Economist Charles Calomiris examines the relative strength of the Chinese economy in light of the country's economic slowdown, capital controls, and continued broad central planning.


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The New State of Occupational Licensing

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:31:00 -0500

Occupational licensing represents a potentially serious impediment to economic progress, and yet eliminating licenses is a long, laborious process. Lisa Knepper and Jennifer McDonald of the Institute for Justice discuss their License to Work report.


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The New Attempts to Restrict Bitcoin

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:17:00 -0500

Bitcoin's turbulent times have been driven in part by technical considerations and government attempts to crack down on the cryptocurrency. Will Luther, a professor of economics at Kenyon College, comments.


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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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