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National Security: A Gateway Drug to Protectionism

Writing in The Hill last week, retired Brigadier General John Adams declared global overcapacity in the aluminum sector to be a national security threat and urged President Trump to “impose meaningful relief” for domestic industry. With...Show More Summary

Earmark Supporters Should Run for Local Office

If you are interested in national issues such as defense, foreign policy, and trade, and want to hold public office, you should run for Congress. If you are interested in roads, beaches, subways, and policing, you should run for city...Show More Summary

Warrantless Spying Careens Toward Reauthorization

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act—and its controversial Section 702, which establishes general warrants for wiretapping foreigners—and rejected an amendment offered by Rep. Justin Amash...Show More Summary

New Government Terrorism Report Provides Little Useful Information

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...Show More Summary

Year of Federal Spending Cuts, 2018

As an optimist, and I hereby proclaim 2018 “Year of Federal Spending Cuts.” To kick-off the celebrations, Cato has published Downsizing Federal Government Spending. The new book discusses federal spending cuts on agriculture, education, health care, infrastructure, welfare, and many other activities. Show More Summary

Privatizing Federal Grazing Lands

The federal government owns 640 million acres of land—mainly in the West—which is 28 percent of land in the United States. For more than a century after the nation’s founding, the federal government aimed to sell or give away western lands to individuals, businesses, and state governments. Show More Summary

Embarrassing the Country

Rachel Campos-Duffy, the wife of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), cohosting “Outnumbered” on Fox News Friday, complained that Democrats “make our country look bad” by revealing what President Trump said in a meeting with members of Congress: “I...Show More Summary

Federal Gas Tax Increase Misguided

The Trump administration will release its long-waited infrastructure plan in coming weeks. The plan is expected to include $200 billion over 10 years of federal funding. Where will the money come from? The president has pondered raising...Show More Summary

An Invisible Trade War No Longer

As the trade paparazzi speculate about whether and when Trump will impose trade sanctions on China and what those sanctions will be, a trade war is already widening right under their noses. For more than a decade, the United States and...Show More Summary

DACA Deal Should Exclude Expensive Biometric Exit System

President Trump is promoting comprehensive immigration legislation drafted by key House Republicans that touches on all aspects of the system. The bill would provide legal status to young immigrants, cut legal immigration, and provide for more border agents, but one provision should not be ignored: a biometric exit system. Show More Summary

Colorado: Where Anyone Can Squelch Political Speech

With school board elections approaching, Tammy Holland purchased ad space in her local paper to inform her neighbors about their available options when it came time to vote. For this brazen exercise of her free speech rights, Ms. Holland found herself forced to expend considerable time and resources to defend her actions in court, twice. Show More Summary

Eighth Circuit Makes Tangled Mess of Hair Braiding Case

Readers of this blog may recall Cato’s filing an amicus brief for an appeal in the Eighth Circuit supporting two Missouri women’s challenge to state requirements that they become licensed as cosmetologists or barbers before being allowed to work as African-style hair braiders. Show More Summary

A Spying "Reform" That Makes Things Worse

Donald Trump’s whiplash-inducing Twitter comments about the surveillance legislation his administration had just endorsed didn’t stop the House of Representatives from approving a bill to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act for another...Show More Summary

California Spending Under Governor Brown

The Wall Street Journal had a flattering piece about Governor Jerry Brown’s budgeting today: California Gov. Jerry Brown appears poised to exit office next year with a top political priority in hand: free from the massive budget deficits that had weighed on his predecessors. … Mr. Show More Summary

House Votes To Reauthorize FISA Section 702 Mass Surveillance Program

Two months of drama in the House of Representatives over the soon-to-expire FISA Section 702 mass surveillance program came to an end this morning, with a bipartisan group of House members first defeating a FISA reform amendment (USA RIGHTS Act) offered by Rep. Show More Summary

What to Do with Diversity Green Cards in the DACA Deal

A surprising Politico story this morning laid out the contours of a rough deal to legalize the DACA recipients.  There are several welcome developments.  First, it would be a wider DREAM Act that goes beyond the DACA recipients.  InShow More Summary

Trump's Foreign Policy: No Hope, Little Change

Over at The National Interest, I review some recent articles (e.g. here, here and here) claiming that President Donald Trump has completely reoriented U.S. foreign policy in the span of one year. If true, that would be a pretty mean feat. Show More Summary

How a Bitcoin System Is Like and Unlike a Gold Standard

Many commentators have compared Bitcoin to gold as an investment asset. “Can Bitcoin Be Gold 2.0?,” asks a portfolio analyst. “Bitcoin is increasingly set to replace gold as a hedge against uncertainty,” suggests a Cointelegraph reporter. Economists,...Show More Summary

Trump Undermines House GOP Leadership On FISA Reauthorization

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 others. Show More Summary

Minnesota's Not-Nice Crackdown on "Political" Apparel

Imagine yourself waking up on November 8, 2016, and preparing to head to the polls for the culmination of nearly two years of presidential campaigning. You feel passionate about your favored candidate and so put on your “I’m With Her” t-shirt or your “Make America Great Again” hat, to show pride in your selection and solidarity with the cause. Show More Summary

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