The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
Loretta Lynch and Civil Asset Forfeiture01/29/15
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, doesn't appear to draw much of a distinction between civil and criminal asset forfeiture. Adam Bates says that's a big problem.
School Choice in 2015
2015 may end up as another "Year of School Choice." Jason Bedrick discusses the possible reforms.
Scholarship Tax Credits in the Granite State
How does the Granite State do education reform? Charles Arlinghaus of the Josiah Bartlett Center in New Hampshire discusses scholarship tax credits, which allow low-income parents to send their children to a new school.
Fixing Dodd-Frank Means Ending Dodd-Frank
Fixing Dodd-Frank won't be achieved by nibbling around the edges of reform. Mark Calabria discusses the deeper problems in the 2010 financial reform law.
Land Use Planning and Economic Growth
Edward Glaeser argues that too little attention is paid to land-use regulation when it comes to promoting economic growth. From "The Future of U.S. Economic Growth" conference.
Gay Marriage Returns to the Supreme Court
Does the 14th Amendment require states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? Can states prohibit same-sex marriage at all? The Supreme Court will have its say this year. Ilya Shapiro comments.
Beginning of the End for Civil Asset Forfeiture?
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has halted so-called "equitable sharing" seizures undertaken by federal agencies. Tim Lynch says the move should be just the first step toward ending civil asset forfeiture entirely.
Leaving Science to the Private Sector
Should science and research be considered public goods? Terence Kealey argues on behalf of leaving science to the private sector.
Too Big to Jail
How do prosecutors negotiate with corporations when they file charges? Brandon Garrett is author of Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations.Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations (Cato Book Forum)
Your Beer Is Full of Taxes
A struggle to cut federal excise taxes on beer again reveals the strange ways we regulate alcohol. Michelle Minton comments.
Reject the Medicaid Expansion
The best way for states to curb Obamacare is in simply rejecting the expansion of Medicaid. That according to Christie Herrera with the Foundation for Government Accountability.
The Struggle for Truly Free Speech
Flemming Rose, in a conversation with Jonathan Rauch, describes his newspaper's decision to publish depictions of the prophet Mohammed and the firestorm that followed.
Saving Congress from Itself
Former U.S. Senator James L. Buckley makes the case for ending subsidies to state and local governments.
Human Progress Marches On
Steven Pinker puts human progress in perspective.If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Do We Remain So Pessimistic?
A Path to Lower Spending in 2015
Divided government can mean smaller government. There are some reasons to be optimistic that government could shrink in 2015. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending offers his take.
NSA's Christmas Eve Document Dump
The National Security Agency left something under the tree: redacted accounts of some agency abuses over the last decade. Patrick Eddington comments.
'Ungoverned Spaces' Aren't Ungoverned
So-called 'ungoverned spaces' is the latest term of art for places where central governments don't reach. And for some technocrats and interventionists, the mere fact that spaces aren't governed is a problem. Jennifer Keister comments. The Illusion of...
Self Censorship & Stoner Comedy
Sony will now issue The Interview in limited release, but there are clear lessons in the fight over the release of the film. Journalist Mary Katharine Ham discusses the strange and troubling precedent.
Sanctions Give Russia a Convenient Scapegoat
Sanctions aren't meant to wreck an economy, but sometimes they contribute to an economy's decline anyway. Emma Ashford discusses the case of Russia.
Insiders vs. Outsiders & the 'CRomnibus'
There are good reasons to believe the fight between insiders and outsiders in both major parties will yield some more libertarian public policy. Reason Magazine's Peter Suderman comments on the fight over the so-called "CRomnibus."
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