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This classic book, originally published 15 years ago and now brought back into wide national view by the Cato Institute, answers these questions by taking readers through a history of jury independence and exploring the range of powers a jury can undertake in ensuring justice and fairness in our cherished legal system.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank founded in part by billionaire Charles Koch—chairman of the board and CEO of the conglomerate Koch Industries—and Americans for Tax Reform— a politically conservative U.S. taxpayer advocacy group founded by Grover Norquist—are among the groups urging ...

President Trump recently said that he would deploy troops to the Mexican border in response to the over-hyped story of about 1,000 Central Americans who are walking to the U.S. border to ask for asylum, which is their right under American law. “Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to ...
The Cato Institute has posted the video of its recent book forum on Princeton political scientist Keith Whittington's excellent new book Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech. The event includes a presentation by the author, commentary by me, and questions from the audience (both ...
A prominent libertarian think tank is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to use a lawsuit over a fatal shooting by a New Mexico State Police officer to roll back the “qualified immunity” that protects police from liability. The Cato Institute, based in Washington, D.C., and with high profiles in both the news media and ...
This afternoon, for the second time in the space of a month, President Trump is expected to invoke his authority under a rarely used statute to levy restrictions on a vast swath of imports and investment from China. The cause for today's measures is behavior that the U.S. Trade Representative has ...

Scholars at the Cato Institute, however, were particularly active in their opposition. Cato's Chairman, William Niskanen, came forward with one of the earliest arguments against war with Iraq, in December 2001, in a debate at the institute with former CIA Director James Woolsey, and in a follow-up article in ...
Economists believe taxes can be designed to ensure prices reflect the social costs of activities such as alcohol consumption and smoking. But politicians all too often use the veneer of economic reasoning to justify nannying levies that won't work or ignore damaging unintended consequences. An example ...
More holes are being shot through an illegal immigration crime study quoted as fact by conservative lawmakers and media outlets. The Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank funded by the conservative Charles Koch Foundation, pointed out a flaw in fellow conservative John Lott's claim that illegal ...
In his new book Enlightenment Now and in his McLaughlin Lecture at the Cato Institute this week, Steven Pinker made the point that we may fail to appreciate how much progress the world has made because the news is usually about bad and unusual things. For instance, he said, quoting Max Roser, if the ...
China is now a richer country, so it's "worthwhile" asking Beijing to wind down its protectionist practices, said Simon Lester, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute. President Donald Trump has been singling China out for unfair trade practices, but the U.S. alone may not be effective at prompting Beijing to ...
Last week, the Cato Institute announced the launch of an important new initiative aiming to vindicate civil rights and police accountability by opposing the legal doctrine of qualified immunity. (Qualified immunity is the doctrine that a government official can be held liable for a constitutional violation only if ...
In his State of the Union address, President Trump expressed support for a Right to Try law that would allow terminally-ill patients to test medicines not yet fully vetted by the FDA. This perspective recognizes the tradeoff between benefits and risks. The administration is singing a different tune, however, ...
The Cato Institute has therefore filed an amicus brief urging the Court to hear Mr. Pauly's case and to reconsider its misguided qualified immunity jurisprudence. This brief will be the first of many in an ongoing campaign to demonstrate to the courts that this doctrine lacks any legal basis, vitiates the power of ...
Media report that President Trump intends to announce import restrictions on steel and aluminum at a press conference or signing ceremony today. Where exactly that leads is anyone's guess, but it is certain to be a place less stable, less predictable, and less cooperative than the place we are right now.
Reports are circulating that President Trump is convening a gathering at the White House this morning to announce, in the interest of national security, his plan to impose restrictions on imported steel and aluminum. Though the details of his plan remain unclear as of this moment, Commerce Department ...
Bob Levy, chairman of the board of the Cato Institute, said that “neither I nor Cato President Peter Goettler were aware of the criminal charges brought last year against Cato board member Preston Marshall” prior to an inquiry from POLITICO. “If Mr. Marshall is found guilty of these allegations, we will ...

The Assad regime, backed by Russia, claims that the attacks, which include air strikes and barrel bombs, are necessary to rid Eastern Ghouta of terrorists. Eastern Ghouta is the last rebel stronghold and home to both Jaysh al-Islam, a Syrian opposition militia that routinely attacks the Assad regime, Islamic ...
Checkpoint America: Monitoring The Constitution-Free Zone is a new Cato project designed to map Department of Homeland Security Custom and Border Protection (CBP) internal checkpoints and provide the public with information on their operations, as well as the chance to help improve our information ...
Diego Zuluaga is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, where he covers financial technology and consumer credit. Before joining Cato, Zuluaga was Head of Financial Services and Tech Policy at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. While at the IEA, ...
Pro-market academics also felt the chill of the new political environment, with several prominent reformers, including economist Mao Yushi, the 2012 recipient of the Cato Institute's Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, being effectively silenced. The consolidation of Xi's personal power, especially if it ...
Peter Goettler, president and CEO of the Cato Institute, spoke about the increasingly divisive nature of partisan politics Monday evening at a Berkeley Forum event. In his presentation, titled “Proud to be 'Tribeless,' ” Goettler described the two mainstream political parties as “tribes” with their own group ...
Another set of national exam results—the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—is upon us, and much will likely be made of them. But in the aggregate, what the new scores show is just that things haven't changed much over the last couple of years, and only as captured by this particular ...
A US attack on Syria is imminent, but don't expect a congressional debate on whether it's wise or lawful, the Wall Street Journal reported this morning. “I think for a surgical strike, they easily have the authority to do it,” says Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker. That's the same Senator ...


 

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