The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Case Studies of Foiled Terror Plots05/06/15
Many terror plots foiled by the FBI were largely orchestrated by the agency. John Mueller discusses many of the cases.
What is the U.S. Military Strategy in Syria?
What is the U.S. military trying to accomplish in Syria? Emma Ashford comments.
New Oil Technology and American Security
Do new methods for securing petroleum-based energy threaten to alter the balance of global power and destabilize parts of the world? Eugene Gholz, an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, argues that it's hard to find clear...
Montana Moves to Rein in Militarized Police
Montana's move to rein in militarization of police may serve as a model for states wishing to exercise greater control of their police forces. Adam Bates comments.
Fire More Federal Workers
The firing rate for federal workers is a small fraction of the rate in the private sector. Chris Edwards explains why that needs to change.
Republicans' Faith-Based Surveillance Policy
Prominent Republicans like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio support blanket spying on Americans even though it's been shown to deliver few dividends. Julian Sanchez explains.
Scott Walker's Nativist Turn on Immigration
Republicans Scott Walker and Ted Cruz may have plenty to argue about on the debate stage when it comes to immigration. Alex Nowrasteh discusses their positions and proposed state-based worker visa programs.
Why Jail Parents Who Can't Afford Child Support?
Jailing or denying a driver's license to parents who can't afford child support payments is, at best, totally incoherent. Walter Olson explains.
SCOTUS Rules on Police Stops & Drug-Sniffing Dogs
The Supreme Court has made it a little harder for police to detain motorists following the end of a legitimate traffic stop, but it won't end the use of drug-sniffing dogs. Jim Harper comments.
How Might the GAO Audit the Fed?
The Government Accountability Office has some authority to look into how the Federal Reserve does its business, but is that sufficient? Former GAO comptroller general David Walker comments. Should GAO Audit the Federal Reserve?
Are There Really No Libertarians?
There may be few self-identified libertarians, but there are millions of Americans who hold broadly libertarian views. Emily Ekins comments.
How the War on Drugs Perpetuates Poverty
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.
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