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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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Environmentalists Rejoice: Court Says Land Regulation Doesn't Go 'Too Far' - Sat, 24 Jun 2017
The court upheld a regulation preventing a Wisconsin family from developing part of their land, denying them government compensation. The decision is a huge win for regulators and environmentalists.

Drone Company Leaders Meet With Trump To Ask For More Clarity On Rules - Sat, 24 Jun 2017
This week, U.S. drone companies met with President Trump to discuss industry regulations. NPR's Melissa Block talks with April Glaser of Recode about how these companies actually want more regulation.

Country's Mayors Gather In Miami To Advocate For Cities - Sat, 24 Jun 2017
Just weeks after the backlash to pulling out of the Paris climate deal, U.S. mayors gathered in Miami are putting climate change at the top of their agenda.

What The GOP Bill Means For People On Medicaid - Sat, 24 Jun 2017
NPR's Melissa Block asks Rodney Whitlock, who worked on health policy in the Senate and is now a lobbyist, for hospitals about what the GOP plan could mean for those who rely on Medicaid.

Week In Politics: Health Care And The Supreme Court - Sat, 24 Jun 2017
This past week has seen no shortage of news in politics from Capitol Hill and the White House. And next week will see its fair share as decisions on health care and Supreme Court cases are expected.

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