The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
How the War on Drugs Perpetuates Poverty04/18/15
Columbia University professor John McWhorter argues that the Drug War has worsened poverty in America.
Poverty and the Private Sector
What is the role of the private sector in addressing poverty? Harriet Karr-McDonald of the Doe Foundation offers her thoughts at the Cato Institute conference "Can We End Poverty?"
What We Get for Anti-Poverty Spending
What does the U.S. get for more than a trillion dollars in annual anti-poverty spending? Michael D. Tanner puts the spending in perspective.
Is Surveillance Reform Coming?
There appears to be some appetite for surveillance reform in Congress. Patrick Eddington discusses the reasons why.
The Newburgh Sting
A terrorist plot in Newburgh, New York turned out to be largely a production of federal law enforcement agencies. Filmmaker David Heilbroner details the case in his new film, "The Newburgh Sting." The Newburgh Stingand the FBI's Production of the...
Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America
What will legal marijuana look like in the years ahead? Bruce Barcott, author of Weed the People, offers his assessment.
A Weak Agenda for the Summit of the Americas
There are serious issues for any summit of the Americas, but those issues likely aren't on the table. Juan Carlos Hidalgo comments.
The Pre-9/11 Bulk Collection of Phone Records
The DEA had its own phone records collection program years before September 11, 2001. Julian Sanchez comments.
Federal Sentencing Reform in 2015?
Sentencing reform should be a key element of any criminal justice reform package this year, according Mike Riggs of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.
Disparate Impact Analysis at the Supreme Court
How will "disparate impact" be viewed at the U.S. Surpeme Court this year? Walter Olson explains.
Religious Liberty and Its Detractors
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts don't quite function the way you've been told, according to Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist.
Religious Freedom and Discrimination
Does the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the federal government and 19 states enshrine discrimination as its critics claim? Roger Pilon offers his thoughts.
The 'Utah Compromise' on Religious Liberty That Wasn't
Was Utah's compromise on discrimination and religious liberty a good deal? Walter Olson comments.
A Plea for 'Market Monetarism'
Would switching the Federal Reserve's target from interest rates to nominal GDP give the central bank much-needed discipline? Economist Scott Sumner says yes.
Offensive Speech Deserves Protection
Even if virtually everyone agrees that certain speech is offensive, it still deserves protection. Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education explains why.
Blaine Amendments versus School Choice
So-called Blaine Amendments were created to keep states from sending public funds to support Catholic education. And today, those laws foil many efforts at giving parents more choice in education. Following the premiere of the Cato Institute film,...
How Local Cops Swipe Your Cell Data
Stingrays trick your cellphone into connecting with local police, all without your knowledge. It's warrantless surveillance at the local level, says Adam Bates.
Why We Should Protect Offensive Speech
Far from being something Americans should try to wipe out or even merely tolerate, the presence of offensive speech indicates that we live in a free society. It should, therefore, be vigorously protected. Trevor Burrus comments.
Obama's Drug War Record (So Far)
Barack Obama's record as a drug warrior is somewhat mixed. At the very least, his record is more mixed than that of his predecessors. Adam Bates comments.
Syria and the U.S.-Saudi Relationship
How does the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia complicate our foreign policy? Emma Ashford comments.
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