The CATO Institute Daily Podcast
The Ill-Defined Crime of 'Structuring'10/29/14
The IRS is seizing the assets of business people, but then won't file criminal charges. Larry Salzman from the Institute for Justice is taking the agency to court.
Rand Paul's 'Conservative Realism'
Rand Paul seeks to separate himself from other Republicans (and Hillary Clinton) by offering restraint as a value in American foreign policy. Christopher A. Preble comments.
Cybersecurity Threats and Hysteria
The threats to law enforcement posed by strong encryption seem to be at odds with the benefits encryption provides against threats to cybersecurity. Julian Sanchez comments.
Liberalism, Libertarianism, Socialism and Conservatism
The intellectual traditions of conservatism and socialism, oddly enough, owe much to classical liberalism. So says Brian Doherty, author of Radicals for Capitalism. He spoke at this year's Cato University.
Devolving Power from States to Localities
Devolving state power and money to local governments and people drives growth and fosters self-government. Greg Lawson from the Buckeye Institute discusses how to make it happen.
Legal Protections for State Pensions
Judges are beginning to question the on-the-books legal protections assigned to state pensions, especially when those protections conflict with other laws. Eileen Norcross studies pensions at the Mercatus Center.
New Mexico's Federal Dependence
Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation describes the impact of New Mexico's dependence on federal largesse.
Correcting the Hobby Lobby Record
Ed Whelan corrects the record and reviews the Supreme Court's narrow Hobby Lobby decision.
Remembering Leonard Liggio
Leonard Liggio was an important pillar in the modern libertarian movement and someone who connected modern libertarian ideas with their historical antecedents. Tom G. Palmer comments on Liggio's impact on ideas and libertarianism.
Giveaways in the Tax Code
How do states hand out special benefits in the tax code? William Freeland from the American Legislative Exchange Council provides some notable examples and avenues for reform.
Bootleggers, Baptists and Recent Experience
The "Bootlegger and Baptist" theory, a public-choice theory developed more than 30 years ago, holds that for a regulation to emerge and endure, both the "bootleggers," who seek to obtain private benefits from the regulation, and the "Baptists," who...
What Happens after Right-to-Work?
What happens after so-called right-to-work legislation passes? Joe Lehman of the Mackinac Center details the experience in Michigan.
Conservatives Opposed to the Death Penalty
Conservatives broadly believe in law and order, but the death penalty as an institution has clearly failed. Marc Hyden with Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty says it's time for government-run executions to end.
A Renewed Public Appetite for Federalism
The public broadly wants to shift the power to make key political decisions away from the federal government to state governments. John Samples discusses the public's developing appetite for federalism. Public Attitudes toward Federalism: The Public's...
The New Backdrop of Permanent War
We have entered a time where the backdrop for debates about executive power is endless war. Gene Healy comments on the President's assertions of nearly unlimited war powers.
College Students demand Freedom from Speech
"Disinvitation season" for commencement speakers has become something of a hallmark of the college experience in recent years. Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education explains in his new essay, "Freedom from Speech."
Educational Freedom Wins in Florida
A judge in Florida has turned back a union challenge to education savings accounts for special needs children. Clint Bolick of theGoldwater Institutecomments.
Colorado's Cannabis Experiment
Colorado is one of two U.S. states that has relegalized marijuana. How is the experiment going? Jon Caldara of Colorado's Independence Institute comments.
Prospects for State Pension Reform
Many state pension funds are still in dire financial condition. The case for reform is stronger than ever. Lance Christensen with the Reason Foundation talks about how lawmakers can ask fund managers and actuaries the right questions.
Mandatory Minimums at the State Level
Harsh sentencing laws that gives judges no discretion can effectively destroy whole families. Greg Newburn of Families Against Mandatory Minimums discusses a few recent cases.
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