Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400Has Donald Trump been captured by conventional foreign policy thinking? Trevor Thrall comments.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:46:00 -0400What does a successful first 100 days as President look like if not other branches of government rolling over? Gene Healy comments.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:21:00 -0400What lessons does the accidental presidency of John Tyler have to tell us about the "Trumpism" emanating from the White House? Anthony Comegna comments.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:17:00 -0400Can the public sector truly address the problem of modern poverty in the United States? J.D. Vance is author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:11:00 -0400Each layer of transportation security should be evaluated for its cost and contribution. John Mueller comments on which layers of security spending give us the biggest and smallest improvement.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:51:00 -0400Typical medical malpractice reform efforts are aimed at lowering costs for physicians, but what if many problems associated with medical malpractice could be handled via contract? Walter Olson explains.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:00:00 -0400Policing in America has often become insular and adversarial toward the communities police are supposed to protect and serve. Norm Stamper discusses his new book, To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:13:00 -0400In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley, the Supreme Court considers to what extent a government giving used tires to a church playground can constitute a state establishment of religion. Trevor Burrus comments.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:55:00 -0400What does pop culture have to tell us about our own hopes and fears about technology? Kimberly Hurd Hale is author of The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:43:00 -0400What can federally mandated unpaid family leave tell us about the likely impacts of a proposed mandate for paid family leave? Vanessa Brown Calder comments.
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:00:00 -0400What damage is being done by failing welfare states? What lessons can be learned from the best welfare states? James Bartholomew is the author of The Welfare of Nations.
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:12:00 -0400The Department of Homeland Security wants border drones that can recognize faces and track individuals over long distances. Matthew Feeney discusses the implications for liberty and privacy.
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:12:00 -0400Putting Social Security revenues into the stock market and giving the feds control over those investments would be a big mistake. So says Michael Tanner.
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:23:00 -0400What underlies Donald Trump's assault on Syria? Even if it's not a grand strategy, it might indicate a ready willingness to engage in further ill-advised conflict. John Glaser comments.
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:18:00 -0400What does Russia get from backing Bashar al Assad in the face of U.S. throwing bombs at Syria? Emma Ashford comments.
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:06:00 -0400President Trump has attacked Syria with apparently no support from Congress or other world leaders. Chris Preble comments.
Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:43:00 -0400Knocking down a scientific hypothesis is easier than knocking down a regulation built upon that hypothesis. Gary Taubes, author of The Case Against Sugar, argues there are big problems in how institutions conduct scientific inquiry today.
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:19:00 -0400Understanding the apparent surge in attempts to shut down speakers on college campuses is an important task. Steve Simpson of the Ayn Rand Institute offers his analysis.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:55:00 -0400Regulation Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The magazine's editor, Peter Van Doren, details some of what we now know thanks to the magazine's continuing run. Related: Regulation at 40, by Peter Van Doren and Thomas A. Firey.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:08:00 -0400The mindset of the regulator has overtaken so many professions by imposing licensing, but fighting back requires a strategy to re-engage the judiciary. Clark Neily of the Institute for Justice comments.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:15:00 -0400This week Ecuador could remove President Correa from office. What might that mean for the country? And why are we fighting the same old fights over free trade? Mary Anastasia O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal comments.
Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400Defending free speech amid cries of "fake news" from the highest levels of government is a unique challenge. Flemming Rose comments.
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0400The Supreme Court takes up Lee v. United States today. The Cato Institute filed a brief in the case regarding the right to and rationality of defendants asking for a jury trial. Tim Lynch comments.
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:19:00 -0400How should Congress repeal and replace ObamaCare now that the American Health Care Act has failed? Michael Cannon explains.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:20:00 -0400Driverless cars will change where you live, how you work, and will reshape whole industries. And they'll be here before you know it. Randal O'Toole comments.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:36:00 -0400Donald Trump's proposed border wall will require one of the largest seizures of private property in recent American history. Ilya Somin discusses the complicating factors.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:41:00 -0400What exactly did the public, much less the Senate, get out of the nomination hearings of Neil Gorsuch? Ilya Shapiro comments.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:16:00 -0400How do the crime rates of immigrants compare to native-born Americans? Alex Nowrasteh explains in his new paper, Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:24:00 -0400Do any real safeguards assure that Americans' data isn't being collected by intelligence agencies? The new Wikileaks revelations about CIA hacking tools offer little comfort. Patrick Eddington comments.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:01:00 -0400The proposed cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development amount to a tiny fraction of total federal welfare spending. Vanessa Brown Calder comments.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:55:00 -0400Peter Van Doren explains why substantive regulatory change will mean changing statutes, not merely reorganizing the executive branch.
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:02:00 -0400The successful spending reforms of other countries may not yet be on the President's radar. They should be. Dan Mitchell explains.
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:32:00 -0400A great deal of government surveillance of Americans is done without a warrant. And asserting your right against such surveillance is often virtually impossible. Barry Friedman, author of Unwarranted, comments.
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:40:00 -0400The focus of reforming health coverage should be to legalize more varieties of it. So says Dr. Jeffrey Singer, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.
Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:53:00 -0500As long as the feds refuse to enforce marijuana laws uniformly across the United States, Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-VA) says it's time to end federal cannabis prohibition.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:38:00 -0500Republicans had the better part of a decade to come up with a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. The House leadership plan retains many of Obamacare's elements. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) comments.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:44:00 -0500The Trump travel ban covering several majority Muslim countries is a slight improvement, but contains many of the same flaws as the original. Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:28:00 -0500Julian Sanchez traces the origin and likelihood of a strange claim from the White House of wiretapping by the previous administration.
Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:31:00 -0500The regulation of alcohol may be antiquated, but sometimes regulators cross into regulating commercial speech. Jim Caruso, CEO of Flying Dog Brewery, talks about regulation of beer and regulation of speech.
Thu, 02 Mar 2017 22:42:00 -0500The linchpin of health care reform may be the impact Obamacare has on the quality of care. Michael Cannon and Emily Ekins comment on the law and new polling data on how to reform health care.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:06:00 -0500President Trump’s massive centrally planned infrastructure proposal misses the mark. Cato’s Chris Edwards argues that Trump should focus on devolving control of assets and privatize many currently public infrastructure projects.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0500With Donald Trump's plans for big spending on the military, entitlements, and infrastructure, big-government conservatism has returned to Washington. Michael Tanner comments.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0500The Pentagon has never really been audited and the strategic focus of our military is scattered, at best. So why increase the military budget? Ben Friedman comments.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:51:00 -0500What has the Affordable Care Act meant for health insurance coverage? What should repeal look like? Aaron Yelowitz comments.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:05:00 -0500SpendingTracker.org is a project aimed at giving citizens a clear idea about how much individual members of Congress vote to spend. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses the project.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:49:00 -0500Feds often condition federal funds on state government behavior. But how much can the feds withhold if states don't play ball? That may be a critical question as President Trump seeks state help with his immigration plans. Josh Blackman comments.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:45:00 -0500What laws are enabling President Trump's stepped up immigration enforcement? Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:30:00 -0500How do Islam and classical liberalism diverge? Can there be a reconciliation? Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without Extremes, comments.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:02:00 -0500H. L. Mencken's relationship with religion and religious people was complicated. D. G. Hart is author of Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:58:00 -0500Sean Dunagan, a former DEA researcher and now with Law Enforcement Action Partnership, discusses the Obama record and Trump Administration plans with respect to the ongoing War on Drugs.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:49:00 -0500Massive protests greeted Donald Trump upon his inauguration, but speaking out against the president will require a robust First Amendment. Will the American Left support it? Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics believes so.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:42:00 -0500The departure of Michael Flynn from the Trump Administration reveals more than just the problems of poorly timed phone calls to foreign officials. Julian Sanchez comments.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:22:00 -0500Stingrays trick your phone into giving data to the cops. Is that legal? Constitutional? Adam Bates comments.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:57:00 -0500How do so-called "bottleneckers" restrict competition and harm the public? Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice discusses his new book, Bottleneckers.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:53:00 -0500What does Donald Trump mean for the broad libertarian movement? And why shouldn't we give credit to politicians when they do things we like? Anthony Comegna comments.
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:28:00 -0500When President Trump this week suggested destroying the career of a state lawmaker in Texas, he put civil asset forfeiture in the spotlight like never before. Texas State Senator Konni Burton is that lawmaker. She wants civil forfeiture to end entirely.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:42:00 -0500The delegation of trade authorities to the executive may end up allowing Donald Trump to instigate mischief in the trade realm. Dan Ikenson discusses a possible trade war with China.
Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:07:00 -0500New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump's recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:07:00 -0500As a federal court considers the travel ban on people from several majority Muslim countries, how many people have been affected? The figures presented by the White House seem to be way off. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:46:00 -0500Whoever pays for it, President Trump's plans for a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico is fatally flawed on a number of fronts. Dan Griswold explains.
Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:21:00 -0500What topic are you curious about? Tweet your questions at #AskACatoExpert. David Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on visa reform, border security, and interior enforcement. In every census since 1980, immigrants have been half as likely to be incarcerated as natives. This is especially true of those most likely to be here illegally — who are FIVE TIMES less likely to be incarcerated. Produced by Caleb O. Brown, Cory Cooper and Tess Terrible.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:03:00 -0500Neil Gorsuch's own writings raise at least one concern about how he would perform on the Supreme Court. Ilya Somin comments.
Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:46:00 -0500Why do key members of the Trump Administration believe the Iran nuclear deal is so weak? How would other signatories to the deal respond to a U.S. withdrawal? John Glaser comments.
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, has much to recommend him to libertarians, according to Cato adjunct scholar Andrew Grossman.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:19:00 -0500Federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch is President Trump’s pick to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. What do we know about his judicial opinions and philosophy? Ilya Shapiro comments.
Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:22:00 -0500From where does the U.S. receive refugees and why does that matter? And why be optimistic about prospects for immigration reform? Tim Kane of the Hoover Institution comments.
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:03:00 -0500Does the U.S. really need a military presence in dozens of countries around the globe? John Glaser comments.
Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:54:00 -0500How fair are the criticisms of Donald Trump's order on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries? But the order is probably still illegal. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:15:00 -0500Generally speaking, there's nothing wrong with cities and states refusing to help enforce federal law. David Bier says the same is true for immigration.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:22:00 -0500What should a Department of Education headed by a school choice advocate actually do? Neal McCluskey and Jason Bedrick comment.
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:39:00 -0500As Theresa May appears to work toward positioning Britain as a global hub for expanding trade, the U.S. turns inward. Tom Clougherty and Ryan Bourne comment on Brexit, the European Common Market, and Trumpian Protectionism.
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:05:00 -0500When India suddenly told citizens to swap out their old cash for new cash, the impact was devastating. Jim Dorn explains.
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:03:00 -0500President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have some strong parallels in their populism. John Samples comments.
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:16:00 -0500Barack Obama expressed concerns about "leaving a loaded weapon lying around" for future presidents to wield. And then he did exactly that. Gene Healy comments on the outgoing President’s aggrandizement of the Oval Office.