Called it! Eleven Years Ago

By Jim Harper

What is this blog for, if not to let Cato scholars call out what smarty-pantses they are? The Wall Street Journal reports on automobile license plates as the “new tracking frontier.” For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe’s Toyota Tercel almost weekly. They have shots of it cruising […]

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Another UN Push for Global Taxation

By Daniel J. Mitchell

I spoke at the United Nations back in May, explaining that more government was the wrong way to help the global economy. But I guess I’m not very persuasive. The bureaucrats have just released a new report entitled, “In Search of New Development Finance.” As you can probably guess, what they’re really searching for is […]

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Is the Federal Government Bound by the Agreements It Makes With States?

By Ilya Shapiro

The Interstate Agreement on Detainers, a compact authorized by federal statute, provides a simple procedure for transferring custody of prisoners between states. Because the federal government annually seeks to prosecute thousands of prisoners already in state custody, it joined the IAD in 1970 to get the benefit of this unified procedure. When it joined, it […]

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Poll Shows Romney Winning High Water Mark for Libertarian Vote

By David Kirby

In a recent article on TheBlaze, Reason’s Matt Welch, FreedomWork’s Matt Kibbe, and David Boaz, speculated whether Romney can win over libertarians. As we’ve shown in previous studies, libertarians represent a key swing vote that decides elections. Well, Emily Ekins and our friends at Reason shared with us data from a recent Reason-Rupe poll by […]

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Squandering Assessment Test

By Neal McCluskey

Yesterday the annual summary of SAT—formerly Scholastic Aptitude Test—scores came out, and the news was once again disheartening. Indeed, average reading scores hit a record low, and math remained stagnant. Writing scores also dipped, but that part of the test has only existed since 2006. There are important provisos that go with drawing conclusions about the […]

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Washington’s Disdain for Wealth Creators Is a Big Part of the Problem

By Daniel Ikenson

Like too many other long-reigning fixtures on Capitol Hill, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) doesn’t appreciate the magnitude of the challenge to the authority he presumes to hold over America’s job and wealth creators. Or maybe he does, and frustration over that fact explains why he besmirches companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard. Levin presided […]

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PolitiFact Weighs in on Obama and Sequestration

By Christopher Preble

The Romney campaign is airing a television ad in Florida, and similar ads in other states, accusing President Obama of pushing “defense cuts” that “threaten thousands of jobs.” “Romney’s plan?” the narrator continues, ”Reverse Obama’s defense cuts, strengthen our military, create over 700,000 jobs for Florida.” PolitiFact decided to run Romney’s claim that Obama bears the blame for […]

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‘Has the Fed Been a Failure?’

By Gerald P. O’Driscoll

That is the provocative title of the lead paper in the prestigious economics publication, the Journal of Macroeconomics. It is authored by George Selgin, William D. Lastrapes, and Lawrence H. White. (Selgin and White are professors, Cato scholars, and many-time participants in the annual Cato monetary conference). The journal’s editor considered the paper so important […]

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U.S. Bends to Protests in Pakistan

By Malou Innocent

To contain mass protests in Pakistan over a now infamous anti-Islamic film, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appear in a $70,000, U.S.-funded ad on Pakistani television denouncing the film and saying America “respects all faiths.” This joint White House-State Department effort seems terribly misguided, as I would wager that Pakistanis are […]

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‘Do Indians Rightfully Own America?’

By Walter Olson

Bryan Caplan at Econlog revisits an old libertarian chestnut about land ownership, and following the lead of Murray Rothbard analyzes it in a priori fashion with little attention to the devices that Anglo-American law long ago evolved to adjudicate claims of ancient title, such as statutes of limitations and repose, laches, and adverse possession. But […]

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