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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 ...
Alas, in the case of senior U.S. national security officials, it seems they are many times bitten, still not shy. Topics: Foreign Policy and National Security. Tags: dumb wars · Creative Commons License This work by Cato Institute is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike ...
Economist John R. Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center released a working paper in which he purports to find that illegal immigrants in Arizona from 1985 through 2017 have a far higher prison admissions rate than U.S. citizens. Media from Fox News to the Washington Times and the Arizona ...
When the government uses a “pen/trap” device without a warrant to collect the Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses associated with a citizen's Internet browsing over time, it is conducting an unreasonable seizure, so this practice generally violates the Fourth Amendment.[1] This brief aims to demonstrate why ...
After much publicly acrimony and week-long speculation about its contents, the “Nunes Memo” (named for GOP House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) chairman Devin Nunes of California) was finally made public today. In reality, the document was authored by thus-far unidentified ...
Economic growth is a poorly understood phenomenon by economists. There are many schools of thought and models that try to understand it but we are far away from understanding it as well as how micro markets function. We may never do so. But there seem to be two non-mutually exclusive ways that ...
The White House today released four principles for immigration reform. Overall, the Trump plan would cut legal immigration and spend about $25 billion on border security and a wall. In exchange, the Trump administration has decided to support an amnesty and citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million ...
Private-sector utilities provide the bulk of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution in the United States. However, the federal government also owns a share of the nation's electricity infrastructure. The government owns the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), as well as four Power Marketing ...
Key House Republicans with the support of the White House have introduced the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760) as their solution to the immigration impasse in Congress. But the bill would have far-reaching negative effects on economic and labor force growth in the United States, instituting the ...
The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice (DHS/DOJ) released a report this morning on the threat of international terrorism. This report was required by President Donald Trump's executive order that, among other things, originally established the infamous travel ban. The new DHS/DOJ report ...
The Cato Institute is calling on the U.S. Congress to resist efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) biometric exit program through a DACA deal, calling it “a big waste of money.” In a post written by Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity immigration policy analyst David ...
The National Center for Health Statistics reported last month that a record 63,600 deaths occurred in 2016 due to overdoses. Digging deeper into that number shows over 20,000 of those deaths were due to the powerful drug fentanyl, more than 15,000 were caused by heroin, and roughly 14,500 were ...
The city of Seattle has now put its stiff new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages into effect, and Costco managers in the tech city, much to their credit, have not hesitated to post signs informing shoppers of its impact. According to a reporter's photo, the sign atop a Gatorade Frost Variety Pack lists ...
From President Donald Trump to the rise of new nationalist political parties in Europe to a general resurgence of the term in recent years, nationalism seems to be on the march. Nationalism is a political movement that has made major inroads in recent years while preaching a message of immigration ...
A March 2017 Cato Institute Immigration Research and Policy Brief employed a commonly used residual statistical methodology to analyze the incarcerated population in the U.S. Census for 2014. We found that illegal immigrants were about 44 percent less likely to be incarcerated than native-born ...
National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru has a new article, “The Tax Cut Doesn't 'Tilt Toward the Middle Class.” The piece apparently responds to commentary by Veronique de Rugy and me about the effects of the GOP tax plan. Ramesh says: According to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), households ...
Republicans have enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the largest tax overhaul since 1986. While many people seem to think that the legislation favors the rich, it actually delivers the largest relative tax cuts to the middle class. That is clear if you dig beneath the surface of estimates from the liberal Tax Policy ...
The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) has released its distributional analysis of the final Republican tax bill. The bill provides even larger percentage cuts for middle earners than previous versions of the legislation. If the legislation is enacted, higher earners will pay an even larger share of the overall ...
The federal government imposes a mandate to blend corn ethanol and other biofuels into the nation's gasoline. This “renewable fuel standard” or RFS raises prices at the gas pump. The “10% Ethanol” sticker you see when filling your tank signals that you are being economically exploited by the ...
The Cato Institute, joined by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Cause of Action Institute, has filed an amicus brief supporting that petition. This important area of law desperately needs clarification, particularly at a time when compelled-disclosure regimes have proliferated and some courts have ...
The White House released another immigration framework Thursday. Like its past efforts, this plan calls on Congress to enact draconian restrictions on legal immigrants. Members of Congress will have to flesh out the details, but in the most likely scenario, the new plan would cut the number of legal ...
Last night, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) opposing the FISA Amendments Act Section 702 reform amendment offered by House members Ted Poe (R-TX), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and several dozen ...
The United States' immigration system favors family reunification, even in the so-called employment-based categories. The family members of immigrant workers must use employment-based green cards despite the text of the actual statute and other evidence that strongly suggests that this was not ...
The 2004 report remains the most damning IG report I've ever read, and after Holt announced his departure from Congress in 2014, I decided to continue my own investigation into this episode as an analyst at the Cato Institute. In March 2015, I filed a FOIA request seeking not only the original 2004 DoD IG ...
Michael Currier, like more and more defendants in recent years, was charged with multiple, overlapping offenses: (1) breaking and entering, (2) grand larceny, and (3) possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. This charging decision turned on an aggressive application of Virginia's felon-in-possession ...
Political debate in the modern world is impossible without memorizing a list of euphemisms, and there is no shortage of public opprobrium for those who talk about certain topics without using them. In addition to the many euphemisms that are accepted by virtually everybody, the political left has its own set ...
Featuring James Lankford (R-OK), U.S. Senator; Steve Ellis, Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense; Romina Boccia, Deputy Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, Heritage Foundation; Ryan Bourne, R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute; moderated ...


 

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