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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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Without Senate Relief, Jobs Picture Grim - Wed, 07 Apr 2010

NEA President: Mass Teacher Firings Not the Answer - Fri, 26 Mar 2010

Higher Ed Members Push Ahead in Unpredictable Times - Fri, 26 Mar 2010

MetLife Survey: Resources, Collaboration Keys to Success - Wed, 24 Mar 2010

Is Hiding Income and Destroying Records Obstruction? Maybe Not - Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Justices issued a potentially far-reaching decision Wednesday making it harder for the federal government to prosecute obstruction of IRS enforcement of the tax code.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Cambridge Analytica Scandal - Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence addressing the controversy over how a voter targeting firm harvested the personal data of some 50 million users. He acknowledged the company made mistakes.

Tax Change Delivers A Blow To Professional Sports - Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The change of a single word in the 2017 tax overhaul means professional sports franchises could take a big tax hit each time they trade a player.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Weighs In On How Congress Could Regulate Facebook - Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Congressional staffers are slated to meet with Facebook officials this week. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and a member of the Commerce and Judiciary committees, about what action Congress could take to regulate how Facebook uses user data.

Federal Judge Expected To Rule In Kansas Voter Registration Lawsuit This Fall - Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The trial has ended in the lawsuit alleging Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's requirements for registering to vote in his state are unreasonable, as has a hearing to determine if Kobach was in contempt of court. A federal judge will rule on the suit this fall.


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