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Has the Fed Been a Failure?
As the one hundredth birthday of the Federal Reserve System approaches, it seems appropriate to once again take stock of our monetary system. In the latest issue of Cato Policy Report, economists George Selgin, William D. Lastrapes, and Lawrence H. White survey the relevant research and conclude that the Federal Reserve System has not lived up to its original promise. Also in this issue, new president John A. Allison shares his thoughts on joining the Cato Institute.

An Inexorable March to Legalization?
With new laws legalizing marijuana use on the books in Colorado and Washington, everyone is waiting to see how the Justice Department will react. Meanwhile, House legislation has been introduced to get the feds to back off states that pass legalization measures. A new Cato study and a forum featuring the former DEA chief examine where marijuana laws are headed nationwide.

The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America

In his compelling new book, Ted Galen Carpenter details the growing horror overtaking Mexico and explains how the current U.S.-backed strategies for trying to stem Mexico’s drug violence have been a disaster. The only effective strategy, says Carpenter, is to defund the Mexican drug cartels by abandoning the failed drug prohibition policy, thereby eliminating the lucrative black-market premium and greatly reducing the financial resources of the drug cartels.

Military Spending Cuts No Reason to Compromise on Taxes
In recent days, several senior Republicans have allowed that they would be willing to compromise on a pledge they made to oppose tax increases. At least one of those lawmakers, Senator Lindsey Graham, has said that he would negotiate on “revenue generation” because he is unwilling to let sequester budget cuts “destroy the United States military.” But Cato scholars have long argued that the proposed cuts in military spending would allow the United States to maintain a substantial margin of military superiority, and would in fact pay dividends for the U.S. economy over the long run.

How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity

Until the last quarter of a millennium, mankind depended on living nature for all its food and clothing, most of its energy, and much of its material and medicines. Then mankind began to develop technologies to augment or displace living nature’s uncertain bounty. In a new study, author Indur Goklany shows how fossil fuels not only saved humanity from nature’s whims, but nature from humanity’s demands.

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Democrat Ruben Kihuen Won't Seek Re-Election Following Sexual Harassment Allegations - Sat, 16 Dec 2017
His announcement comes a day after the House Ethics Committee said it opened an investigation into the harassment allegations leveled at the 37-year-old freshman congressman from Nevada.

Barbershop: The Alabama Senate Race And Accusations Against Russell Simmons - Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, Dru Ealons, founder of the Ealons Group, and Huffington Post's Julia Craven join guest host Ray Suarez in the barbershop to talk about the Alabama Senate race, identity politics and sexual harassment.

Weighing The Impact Of Repealing The Health Insurance Mandate - Sat, 16 Dec 2017
The tax bill being considered by Congress includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News talks to guest host Ray Suarez about how that could affect the health insurance market.

What It Took To Convince Final Holdouts To Support The GOP Tax Bill - Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Republicans seem to have secured enough votes to pass their tax bill next week. It marks the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. Guest host Ray Suarez speaks with NPR's Kelsey Snell about the bill.

Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty Words - Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysts have been told to omit words such as "vulnerable," "transgender" and "evidence-based" from an upcoming budget. Critics say it amounts to censorship.


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