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Study: Medical Expenses Cause Close to 4% of Personal Bankruptcies--not 60%

A new study by economists Carlos Dobkin, Amy Finkelstein, Raymond Kluender, and Matthew J. Notowidigdo – “Myth and Measurement — The Case of Medical Bankruptcies” [subscription required] – challenges the conventional wisdom on the effect of medical bills on the rate of personal bankruptcy. Show More Summary

States & HHS Can Provide Relief from ObamaCare while Congress Dithers

Congress appears unwilling to provide any sort of ObamaCare relief.  But did you know states can exempt their residents from ObamaCare’s costliest regulations simply by letting them purchase insurance licensed by U.S. territories—i.e.,...Show More Summary

Trump to Impose Restrictions on Imports and Investment from China

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. Show More Summary

Disciplining China at the WTO

The scope of the Trump administration’s Section 232 “national security” tariffs is filled with uncertainty – exemptions are being negotiated this week – but we are already on to the next set of aggressive trade moves: reports suggest...Show More Summary

Maryland School Shooting Complicates the School Safety Movement

This week, a seventeen-year-old student at Great Mills High School in Maryland brought a Glock 17 handgun to the school and wounded two students before being stopped by Blaine Gaskill, the school resource officer. The event came weeks...Show More Summary

Three Bad Arguments for Government Paid Leave

Government-provided paid leave is back in the headlines, and Ivanka and company are in the process of building a Republican coalition for it. The coalition includes Republican senators Mike Lee, Joni Ernst, and Marco Rubio. As a result, bad arguments for government paid leave are increasingly pervasive on both sides of the aisle. Last week, Caleb O. Show More Summary

Bad Urban Design to Blame for Driverless Car Fatality

The death of a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber autonomous car Sunday night has led to questions about whether driverless cars are safe. However, it appears that the accident could not have been prevented no matter who was in control of the car. Scene of the accident. Show More Summary

Putin’s New Term—From Brezhnev to Stalin

As was widely expected, on Sunday Vladimir Putin was once again reinstalled (reconfirmed, re-enthroned) in the Kremlin. The term “elected” cannot be used in this case since nothing that happened on March 18, 2018, or in the months leading...Show More Summary

How Many Sessions Does it Take to Screw Up Good Policy?

A snowstorm has shutdown most of D.C. today, but Congress is working to pass a budget to keep the government open. Again. As I’ve written before, there’s more at stake in the budget than just keeping the government up and running. For several years, Congress has refused to fund federal prosecutions of state-legal medical marijuana (a.k.a. Show More Summary

Protectionists Agree: Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Will Leave Us Worse Off

President Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum drew swift warnings from free traders, including here at the Cato Institute, that such naked protectionism will lead to job losses and reduced prosperity. But don’t just take our word for it. Show More Summary

This Blogpost Isn’t Authorized by the Supreme Court

Can the government force private parties to speak against their own interests and disparage the products they offer? The answer is yes when potential consumer harms are significant (think tobacco labels and other safety warnings) orShow More Summary

“Criminal Aliens” Commit Mostly Victimless Crimes, Few Violent Crimes

During his campaign, President Trump promised to target the “bad hombres” in the United States illegally. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) statistics indicate that his administration has cast a much wider net. More thanShow More Summary

An Unhappy Anniversary for the Iraq War

On the unhappy 15th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, the Charles Koch Institute’s William Ruger and Boston University’s Andrew Bacevich offer important and timely op eds. Writing in the New York Times, Ruger sees Iraq as “just the worst in a string of failures” of U.S. Show More Summary

"There's No Fear of Being Caught"

The front page of Monday’s New York Times featured a story about a dirty little police practice colloquially known as “testilying.” Testilying is the name police officers coined to describe lying in official statements, such as sworn affidavits, about particular facts to make a criminal case appear stronger. Show More Summary

Supreme Court, Over Thomas/Gorsuch Dissent, Passes Up Chance to Rein in Administrative State

More than seven decades ago, litigation over the Emergency Price Control Act of 1942 left courts with an embarrassing black eye that would affect decisions for decades. In Bowles v. Seminole Rock & Sand Co. (1945), the Supreme Court decided to give controlling deference to administrative agencies’ interpretations of their own regulations. Show More Summary

Invalid When Made: The District Court's Madden v. Midland Decision

The seven-year saga of Madden v. Midland began as a dispute over a four-figure consumer debt. But billions of dollars’ worth of loans, and the future of consumer lending markets, now hang in the balance. Madden began in 2011 as a lawsuit based on a claim of usury. Show More Summary

The Two Faces of Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Arabia’s prodigal son returns to Washington this week, beginning a tour through the United States apparently aimed at drumming up investment in the country. Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is young with big ideas: he wants to reform Saudi society and wean the Saudi economy off oil. Show More Summary

Privatize Dulles and National Airports

The Trump administration is proposing to privatize two airports owned by the federal government in Virginia, Dulles and Reagan National. William Murray discussed some of the advantages in the Washington Post, and noted that Australia...Show More Summary

Giving NAFTA Some Teeth

The eighth round of negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are expected to take place sometime next month. While progress has been made, the thorniest issues have yet to be addressed. One of the most contentious issues is dispute settlement. Show More Summary

Wyden’s FOSTA Fix

The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), an anti-sex trafficking bill with grave implications for an open internet, has passed in the House and will likely receive a Senate vote later this week. Senator Ron Wyden has proposed an...Show More Summary

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