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Change is coming to higher education, but it won't be easy and it won't be popular. Glenn Reynolds argues that decades of federal subsidies and piles of student debt have not given us better outcomes for students.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/52CTeELbs4E" height="1" width="1" />
An improved standard of living depends on experimentation with new ideas, but politicians always seem to insist that innovators seek permission first. Author Adam Thierer argues they have it precisely backwards.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/e0RyrbW2FFw" height="1" width="1" />
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party emerged victorious in elections there, but the swelling concentration of power into his office has been troubling to more than just his opposition. An ultranationalist, anti-Semitic party also made large gains in the parliament.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/pRZipJ9YhA0" ...
The Federal Reserve's record over the past century includes the Great Depression, the Great Inflation and the Financial Crisis in 2008. Is it time for a monetary commission to examine the Fed's record in greater detail?

Event: The Fed’s 100th Anniversary and the Case for a Centennial Monetary Commission<img ...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contributed mightily to the financial crisis. The bailouts delivered to Fannie and Freddie were much larger than those received by many other financial firms, but opposition remains to winding the two firms down.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/9zZwlP_gZA8" ...
Contributions to candidates as individual acts don't corrupt the political process, so what about contributions overall?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/pXfJRl8qRJM" height="1" width="1" />
The kidney shortage in the United States is expensive for those affected. And if it's too expensive, it's often fatal. Iran has dramatically alleviated the kidney shortage by allowing donors to be compensated.The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/yBk4zYzTato" ...
Sanctions on foreign countries that do bad things don't tend to achieve the desired results, but what about lifting punitive trade restrictions on countries in need? Bill Watson calls them "anti-sanctions."

Let's Try Anti-Sanctions<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/2a3zSLVkf1U" ...
The Supreme Court will soon have another chance to rein in police searches of our personal electronics.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/V1gi2pPSzso" height="1" width="1" />
Even on humanitarian grounds, the war in Libya didn't help the people of that country prosper, says Benjamin H. Friedman.

Did the Military Intervention in Libya Succeed?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/hMWWcbdGl1Q" height="1" width="1" />
When should your right to free expression be trumped by the demands of antidiscrimination laws?

Choosing What to Photograph Is a Form of Speech<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/DRtv8oSyH-I" height="1" width="1" />
There was a time in the United States when young children roamed free of the fear of kidnapping or other horrible fates. The world has gotten much safer since then.

Quit Bubble-Wrapping Our Kids!<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/xLZPcO64uTk" height="1" width="1" />
The NSA's use of hijacked botnets and fake Facebook pages are aimed at gathering intelligence on a massive scale, whether or not those surveilled are suspected of any wrongdoing.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/o5J1QsKSaJ0" height="1" width="1" />
The head of the Senate intelligence committee accuses the CIA of surveilling and intimidating Senate staffers as they attempted to learn more about alleged CIA abuses.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/CatoDailyPodcast/~4/bPnSlX9xK2g" height="1" width="1" />
The IRS is a political agency. It's been used against political opponents going back to at least the 1960s. New proposed rules governing nonprofits that lobby Congress could muzzle those groups when they want to talk to their own members. David Keating is President of the Center for Competitive Politics.

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The dramatic rise in criminal penalties at both the state and federal level is cause for concern. Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation argues that many petty crimes, though rightfully illegal, shouldn’t carry jail time. Restitution, he argues, is often a more appropriate penalty.

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There has been an explosion of partnerships, exchanges, and programs between U.S. institutions of higher education and those in China. While made in the spirit of intellectual and scholarly collaboration, these relationships have proceeded without serious consideration of the practical and moral/ethical ...
Federal funds designated for “overseas contingency operations” are supposed to be for unplanned expenses associated with war. But the funds avoid federal budget caps on military spending and avoid normal scrutiny associated with other federal spending priorities. Now that the war in Afghanistan is ...
The President’s myRA proposal aimed at helping low-income Americans save for retirement seems to have missed a key element of helping low-income people save more: the tax break provided by traditional IRAs. The myRA proposal doesn’t provide that break and, says Jagadeesh Gokhale, that makes it an ...
The state pension problem continues to worsen, but several states are moving ahead with positive reforms. Will Freeland is a research analyst at the American Legislative Exchange Council. We talked about which states are doing reform right and how to know if your state lawmakers are serious about fixing ...
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