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 2023-02-03 22:47 

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Constitutional Amendments With CrossIdeological Appeal?...

Walter Olson The National Constitution Center recently convened three ideological "teams" ( libertarian , progressive , and conservative ) to see whether they could come up with ideas for amending the constitution that might draw consensus support...

 2023-02-03 20:51 

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Without a Suspect "Seasonal Adjustment" Payroll Jobs Fell Over 2.5 Million in January...

Alan Reynolds With a State of the Union address coming up, nobody could blame President Joe Biden if he mentions January's supposedly huge 517,000 gain in seasonally adjusted payrolls rather than the actual unadjusted 2,505,000 loss. Economist Mark Za...

 2023-02-03 15:30 

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Regulatory Scrapes: Consumer Choice Can Avert Conflict over Open Banking Rules...

Jack Solowey Last fall, I wrote about the ongoing struggle to implement a section of 2010's DoddFrank Act (Section 1033) that would require financial institutions to give consumers access to their financial data upon request. I contrasted the glacial ...

 2023-02-03 14:43 

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Friday Feature: Soar Academy...

Colleen Hroncich If you're designing a school for kids who have been left behind, you're going to need flexibility, an individualized approach, and a willingness to go at different paces. That's exactly what Kenisha Skaggs has created with Soa...

 2023-02-03 14:31 

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PPP Fraud Investigated in House Oversight Hearing...

Nicholas Anthony In what was one of the first hearings of the new Congress, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability convened to investigate the "rampant waste of taxpayer dollars in [COVID-19] relief programs." Chief among the programs...

 2023-02-02 22:26 

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Comments to USTR Show the RealWorld Harms of the TrumpBiden China Tariffs...

Clark Packard and Alfredo Carrillo Obregon In recent weeks, about 1,500 comments were filed with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) concerning the tariffs imposed by the Trump administration—and maintained by the Biden administration&mdas...

 2023-02-02 22:11 

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Is China Mellowing?...

John Mueller Is China mellowing? If so, Secretary of State Antony Blinken's upcoming visit there could lead to important changes in U.S.-China relations. When necessary, China's president Xi Jinping seems able to abandon even policies with which h...

 2023-02-02 16:34 

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No Shortage of Options for Reforming the Jones Act...

Colin Grabow In a recent blog post my colleague Scott Lincicome and I critiqued a Niskanen Center essay that called for addressing the Jones Act's many shortcomings through heavy-handed industrial policy rather than repealing the century-old law. Whil...

 2023-02-02 15:42 

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The Killing of Tyre Nichols Reaffirms the Urgent Need for Police Accountability...

Jay Schweikert The brutal death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police officers is one of the most egregious examples of police misconduct in living memory. On January 7th, officers stopped Nichols, a 29yearold Black man, for alleged "reckless...

 2023-02-01 22:49 

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Muslim Anger at Sweden over Qur'an Burning Is Misplaced...

Mustafa Akyol and Johan Norberg These days, there is anger across the Muslim world against Sweden. Large protests against the small Scandinavian nation have taken place in Turkey, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. In some places S...

 2023-02-01 15:38 

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The Debt Limit and the High Costs of Debt...

Romina Boccia and Dominik Lett News headlines are filled with speculations about the U.S. debt limit. Most prevalently, whether Treasury could be forced to prioritize interest payments to bondholders while delaying other government obligations when the de...

 2023-02-01 14:16 

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Immigrants Use Less Welfare Than NativeBorn Americans...

Alex Nowrasteh Immigrant consumption of welfare benefits is one of the most serious economic objections to liberalized immigration. Milton Friedman famously said , "you cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state." Elsewhere, h...

 2023-01-31 21:38 

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Natural Gas, Electricity, and Thermodynamics...

Peter Van Doren In Blue America, electricity is in and natural gas is out. The movement to ban natural gas service in new construction started in Berkeley, California in 2019 and has spread to other localities including New York City . The rationale is th...

 2023-01-31 20:45 

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Fed Shifts Attention from 2.1% PCE Inflation to Theoretical Wage Inflation in Services...

Alan Reynolds The last Federal Open Market Committee meeting projected PCE inflation to slow to 2.1% by the end of 2025. Yet 2.1% turned out to be the actual average inflation rate in the second half of 2022. Rather than applaud that performance, Chairman...

 2023-01-31 20:17 

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Answering a Reader: Convention of States Proposals...

Walter Olson The idea of having the states call a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, under the process laid out by Article V of the document itself, has divided libertyminded thinkers of late. I've taken a more s...

 2023-01-31 18:10 

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CBP Has Found 40 Tunnels under Trump's Border Wall...

David J. Bier Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered 40 tunnels from 2017 to 2021, according to data obtained through a Cato Institute Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. CBP discovered these tunnels as former President Trump extended his 3...

 2023-01-31 15:01 

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Evidence Likewise Calls California's "Housing First" Homelessness Strategy into Question...

Vanessa Brown Calder and Jordan Gygi A recent Cato blog examined the effects of Utah's "Housing First" policy, which aims to provide the chronically homeless with permanent housing without requiring treatment for mental health issues or substa...

 2023-01-30 17:47 

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Buy Now, Pay Later, Regulate Ever?...

Nicholas Anthony Like many online services, "buy now, pay later" exploded in use during the pandemic. But now many are wondering what the future might hold for this service. While investors have begun to step away from the industry, politicians an...

 2023-01-30 17:06 

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School Choice Week, History Edition...

Neal McCluskey Last week was National School Choice Week , and Cato's Center for Educational Freedom tackled several topics tied to the history of choice. It's a history too often ignored by opponents, who assert that the desire for choice began w...

 2023-01-27 20:28 

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Friday Feature: School Choice Milestones...

Colleen Hroncich As we wrap up our National School Choice Week look at the history of school choice, I'm going to explore some notable milestones in the U.S. over the years. For more indepth coverage, be sure to check out our new School Choice Timelin...

 2023-01-27 20:08 

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Data Privacy Day 2023: Where Data Privacy Policy Stands at the Start of 2023?...

Jennifer Huddleston Saturday, January 28 is Data Privacy Day. These days, Data Privacy Day can feel more like (the classic film) Groundhog Day with each passing year seeing more of the same doubling down on problematic policy trends. The state patchwork o...

 2023-01-27 16:45 

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PCE Inflation Fell to 2.1% in the Second Half, from 7.7% in the First...

Alan Reynolds PCE Inflation Fell to 2.1% in the Second Half...

 2023-01-27 15:03 

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Overstating Crypto Crime Won't Lead to Sound Policy...

Jennifer J. Schulp , Jack Solowey , Nicholas Anthony , & Nicholas Thielman Last week, the Justice Department announced criminal charges against Anatoly Legkodymov for violating anti-money laundering laws while operating Bitzlato, an off-shore crypto excha...

 2023-01-26 20:03 

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School Choice and the Courts...

Colleen Hroncich As Neal McCluskey explored yesterday, education involves " developing the minds—and for many, the souls— of human beings ." This basic truth has resulted in education being a common battleground since the early days of...

 2023-01-26 17:03 

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The Pandemic Was a Catastrophe for Global Freedom — New Human Freedom Index...

Ian Vsquez In the year 2020, 94 percent of the world's population saw a fall in its freedom compared to the year before. The annual Human Freedom Index , released today by the Cato Institute and the Fraser Institute, documents how the Covid19 pandemic...

 2023-01-26 15:33 

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Anti(trust)-Hero: The Consumer Welfare Standard, Ticketmaster, and Swifties...

Jennifer Huddleston This week, Ticketmaster found itself under the hot lights of a U.S. Senate hearing room as a bipartisan group of senators roasted the company for allegedly engaging in anti-competitve practices. When Ticketmaster angered musician Taylo...

 2023-01-25 22:25 

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A MultiState Wealth Tax Carries Budgetary Risks...

Marc Joffe Having been thwarted at the federal level, Progressives are now turning to states to implement a wealth tax, with California taking the lead. But whether Progressives can repeat their success with state and local level $15 minimum wage laws rem...

 2023-01-25 22:21 

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Why Religion and School Choice Seem So Tightly Connected: Human Minds and Souls...

Neal McCluskey "If I'm not happy with my public park, should I get a voucher for a country club?" "If I don't like the highways, should I get money for private roads?" "What if I don't like the fire department? Should I get...

 2023-01-25 21:03 

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What Is the Legal Authority for Biden's Parole Programs?...

David J. Bier President Biden announced on January 5, 2023 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be creating new programs for Venezuelans, Haitians, Cubans, and Nicaraguans that would grant parole—a temporary discretionary status&mdas...

 2023-01-25 19:45 

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Parents Still Poached of Baby Formula While Egg Supply Is Turning Sunny Side Up...

Scott Lincicome , Gabriella Beaumont-Smith , and Alfredo Carrillo Obregon Reports last Friday broke that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened an investigation into potential criminal conduct at the Michigan factory at the center of the "nationwi...

 2023-01-25 15:45 

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Cryptocurrency Miners Vote with Their Feet...

Nicholas Anthony and Gabriella Beaumont-Smith To say the last few months have been tumultuous for the cryptocurrency industry may be an understatement. But it's interesting to consider how the cryptocurrency mining industry has proven resilient—...

 2023-01-25 15:34 

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More Industrial Policy Won't Solve the Jones Act's Many Problems...

Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome We at Cato have been happy to see a growing list of public officials, policy analysts, and everyday Americans join us in recognizing the Jones Act's many problems. Among these new critics is the Niskanen Center, which ...

 2023-01-25 15:31 

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The GOP Wants to Return Discretionary Spending to FY2022 Levels: A Brief Analysis...

Romina Boccia The U.S. debt limit looms in early summer, with current estimates suggesting that Treasury may run out of borrowing authority under the $31.4 trillion debt limit sometime in June or July. Earlier this year, House Republicans committed to pai...

 2023-01-25 01:58 

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IRS and the Tax Filing Season...

Joseph Bishop-Henchman Monday marked the beginning of income tax filing season, with every American now facing a deadline to get their papers together and submit forms to the IRS. Biden Administration officials promised in the New York Times that the rece...

 2023-01-24 20:48 

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Milton Friedman, School Choice Pioneer...

Colleen Hroncich As our new School Choice Timeline shows, calls for public funding to follow students to a variety of educational options date back centuries. However, Nobel Prizewinning economist Milton Friedman is often considered the father of the mode...

 2023-01-23 22:24 

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New School Choice Timeline: Equality for Diverse People...

Neal McCluskey It seems like no matter where you live, you don't have to look far to see your fellow Americans fighting over whose values, histories, and more will be taught in public schools. They're fighting over Advanced Placement African Ameri...

 2023-01-23 17:48 

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India's BBC Ban...

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar The Indian government has banned a BBC documentary series, India: The Modi Question , blocking it on Youtube and other digital outlets. The official reason—that it "undermines the sovereignty and integrity of Indi...

 2023-01-23 14:08 

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The Supreme Court Should Reject an Attempt to Undermine Section 230...

Thomas A. Berry and David Meyer-Lindenberg Not everyone may know about Section 230, but it plays a huge role in shaping the online world. It's a short law; the most important part is just twentysix words long. And it was enacted in 1996 because Congre...

 2023-01-20 19:44 

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Friday Feature: Charlotte Mason...

Colleen Hroncich Earlier this week marked the 100 th anniversary of the death of British education pioneer Charlotte Mason, whose influence continues to be felt around the world. This anniversary has prompted her fans to celebrate her legacy and share her...

 2023-01-20 19:40 

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Union Share of U.S. Workforce Drops Again To Modern Low...

Walter Olson A few words to add to Daniel Griswold's excellent post nearby on this news: Six months ago I wrote in this space casting doubt on the popular notion that unions in the United States were on the brink of a great wave of organizing success....

 2023-01-20 18:12 

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Decline in Union Density No Cause for Worry...

Daniel Griswold Union organizers have been winning a few battles to organize workers in coffee shops and distribution warehouses, but they continue to lose the war over the relative importance of unions in the private-sector labor market. This week the U....

 2023-01-20 18:09 

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High Court May Toughen Employers' Legal Duty To Accommodate Religion...

Walter Olson The Supreme Court last week agreed to hear Groff v. DeJoy , a case on how stringently employers should be obliged to accommodate workers' religious practice and belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It will revisit the s...

 2023-01-19 22:27 

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Evidence Calls "Housing First" Homelessness Strategy into Question...

Vanessa Brown Calder and Jordan Gygi Last month, the Biden administration unveiled a new federal plan to address homelessness, with the goal of reducing homelessness 25 percent by 2025. The plan's foundation rests on an approach known as Housing First...

 2023-01-19 21:36 

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Inflation Fell to 1.9% in the Second Half of 2022 from 10.7% in the First...

Alan Reynolds In the first half of 2022, January to June, CPI inflation averaged 0.89% a month (nearly 1%). In the second half, the monthly changes averaged 0.16% (less than twotenth of one percent). Just multiply the average monthly inflation rate times ...

 2023-01-19 15:32 

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Fentanyl Test Strips Save Lives, Yet Most States Ban Them As "Drug Paraphernalia"...

Jeffrey A. Singer Today's Wall Street Journal reports that recreational drug users at parties and nightclubs increasingly use fentanyl test strips before engaging in drug use. Singersongwriter Kalie Shorr, who has lost a sister and childhood friend to...

 2023-01-18 22:20 

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The NAACP Has a Demand: Teach Our Kids to Read...

David Boaz The Fairfax County NAACP in Virginia is making demands on the local school system: they want the schools to teach black and Hispanic kids to read. And they want the school to start using the best researchtested methods, the phonicsbased approac...

 2023-01-18 19:33 

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About Those "Misplaced" Classified Documents......

Patrick G. Eddington No one should envy Attorney General Merrick Garland. He now has another presidential scandal involving "misplaced" or otherwise purloined classified documents on his hands. Except this time, it involves President Joe Biden, th...

 2023-01-17 19:40 

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Two States Embrace Occupational Licensing Reform...

Marc Joffe The effort to scale back onerous state licensing requirements has notched two victories in the opening days of 2023. The governors of Nevada and Ohio are reducing barriers to professionals hoping to offer their services to state residents: a st...

 2023-01-17 14:57 

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Congressional Pay for Performance: No Budget, No Pay...

Romina Boccia Imagine you are an executive at a major corporation. One of the core responsibilities of your job is to collaborate with the other executives to adopt budget and organizational policies for your corporation each year. Instead of meeting your...

 2023-01-16 13:45 

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Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr....

Anastasia P. Boden Today we celebrate the birthday of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life and career demonstrate the enduring importance of our constitutional ideals and the centrality of the courts in making them a reality. Compared to contempo...

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