The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Should You Need a License to Braid Hair?07/25/14
Occupational licensing boards demand that hair braiders either spend thousands of dollars and hours to become cosmetologists or be put out of business. Paul Avelar with the Institute for Justice is challenging those requirements.
The Right Number of Legal Immigrants?
Policy arguments over immigration focus almost solely on those who arrive illegally. What's the right number of legal immigrants? Tim Kane of the Hoover Institution put that question to a group of scholars.
Sentencing Commission Makes Reform Retroactive
Sentencing reforms approved by the U.S. Sentencing Commission will become retroactive, affecting tens of thousands of prisoners. Molly Gill of Families Against Mandatory Minimums comments.
Halbig against ObamaCare's Mandates
A win for the plaintiffs in the case of Halbig v. Burwell would free a quarter million employers and 57 million workers from ObamaCare mandates. Michael F. Cannon explains.
Support for Common Core Crumbling
Even some fans of national education standards no longer support Common Core. Neal McCluskey, author of Feds in the Classroom, offers his thoughts.
A Renewed Push for Fed Transparency
The Federal Reserve has assumed new powers in recent years. At the agency's 100th anniversary, Mark Calabria evaluates the calls for reining in the Fed.
Insurance Coverage & Obamacare
New surveys indicate that ObamaCare has lowered the rate of uninsured Americans, but what does that mean in terms of quality of care and the full price tag? Michael Tanner comments
Interventionists versus Rand Paul
The interventionist wing of the GOP is picking on Rand Paul's less-than-interventionist foreign policy. Justin Logan weighs in.
Unaccompanied Children in Limbo
Alex Nowrasteh argues that the "unaccompanied minors" crisis on our southern border calls for providing legal status to workers already in the United States illegally.
The State on a Train
Snowpiercer is effectively a film about the state versus the oppressed, according to John Samples, vice president and publisher at the Cato Institute.
To Secure Digital Privacy, Require Warrants
Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) believes that law enforcement routinely stretches its mandate to the breaking point and often goes beyond. He says President Obama's former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, should be investigated for lying...
Unions & Home Health Care Workers
To what extent should government-subsidized home health workers be compelled to support unions? Walter Olson reviews the Supreme Court's ruling.
Aereo and Innovation
Aereo lost at the high court, which raises new questions about how innovation can occur within and around our current system of copyright. Julian Sanchez comments.
Rational Optimism about Planet Earth
In his recent work on the greening of our planet, Matt Ridley discovered something interesting: likely scenarios in which humans contribute more to climate change (according to the IPCC) are the same ones in which incomes grow more slowly.
Export-Import Bank: A Fiscal Policy Litmus Test
The Export-Import Bank is a federal agency that subsidizes the financing of U.S. exports, but the need for such a government agency has always been doubtful. Columnist Tim Carney explains why the arguments for keeping the bank don't stand up to...
Hobby Lobby's Narrow Victory at SCOTUS
Pay no attention to the hype. Today’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is a narrow and fully justified application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to closely held, for-profit corporations. Trevor Burrus explains.
Assumptions about Income Inequality
Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century provides a wealth of data, but the book's underlying assumptions may complicate its policy prescriptions, according to Don Boudreaux.
EPA Rules and the Clean Air Act
Will proposed EPA rules actually harm coal-producing states? The evidence isn't clear, says Peter Van Doren, editor of Regulation Magazine.
SCOTUS to Cops: Get a Search Warrant for Cellphones
In its ruling today in Riley v. California, the Supreme Court unanimously established a clear new rule for police-citizen interaction: The police can’t, without a warrant, search the digital information on cell phones they seize from people they...
Returning to a Stable Dollar
The return to a stable dollar may take some time, but it's critical for the global economy, says author and publisher Steve Forbes.
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