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Scary Scrum of Candidates

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

With all the real scares at home and abroad, it is strange that we take such pleasure in imaginary ones. Several Republican presidential candidates, for example, appear to suffer from demonic possession.

Report Exposes For-Profit College Abuses in Converting to Non-Profits

David Halperin | Posted 10.06.2015 | Education
David Halperin

The struggle is far from over to make higher education a place where student and taxpayer interests are placed at the forefront, where honest and effective education enterprises reap the greatest rewards, and where greedy and duplicitous operators are shown the door.

Wall Street, The Koch Brothers and the Alternative

Mike Lux | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Wall Street and the Koch brothers have an agenda for America that, unless you are a top executive of a powerful corporate conglomerate, won't work out very well for you. The Democratic Party must embrace a progressive populist economic agenda if it wants to offer a winning alternative in 2016.

Financial Foxes Are Guarding the Wall Street Henhouse

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

From the libertarian praise heaped upon these regulators, and from their own statements, it appears that they are big fans of deregulation. These men are charged with creating and enforcing the financial rules of the road, but they are anti-rule.

SEC Commissioner: We Shouldn't Be Promoting Investor Confidence

Mike Lux | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar, said in a speech to Cato recently that the goal of the SEC should not be to "promote investor confidence," but instead to "promote investor skepticism." This is a scary example of a radically libertarian philosophy that could cause our financial system to melt down in a big way.

Modern Conservatives Hate It's a Wonderful Life

Mike Lux | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Only the worshipers of big business could root against George Bailey. The too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks that brought us the 2008 financial collapse and the Great Recession, the Koch brothers and their like, with their Ayn Randian "selfishness is good" philosophy, have sadly brought us an economy utterly dominated by the Henry Potters of the world -- except on steroids.

Two Kinds of Meanness: The Modern Conservative Movement

Mike Lux | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my great sadness, the modern conservative movement has devolved into something quite different from the kind of Bob Dole conservatism I grew up around. It's not necessarily more conservative, mostly just a whole lot meaner. It is important to note, though, that there are two different kinds of meanness that animate it, and they are very different from each other.

Bank Runs Are Good, Cato Director Says

Lauren Windsor | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Selgin also thinks deposit insurance should be eliminated, forcing consumers to thoroughly research bank balance sheets -- regardless of the financial savvy it would require for the average American to do so.

Let the Dialogue Resume!

Carl Pope | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

The energy and climate waters, it appears, are finally getting safer for thoughtful conservatives to test and navigate.

Libertarianism vs. Liberty

Peter Schwartz | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

A recent op-ed in the New York Times chastises Rand Paul for being insufficiently libertarian. His critics are particularly upset over his "hawkish" foreign policy, accusing him of abandoning the ideal of individual liberty. The reverse, however, is true

Bargaining Power to the People

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Moving right-to-work (for less) from the state to the county level is the latest tactic in the relentless campaign by CEOs and corporations to reverse gains made by workers in the 1930s New Deal.

Why 68 Million of Us Will Soon Be Uninsured if Supreme Court Agrees With D.C. Think Tank

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

At least four million Americans will rejoin the ranks of the uninsured -- and consequently lose access to affordable health care -- if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of Obamacare in a case that hinges on the interpretation of a single sentence in the law.

Climate Change You Can Believe In

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

We know it's important not to confuse day-to-day weather patterns with climate, which measure variations of things like temperatures and humidity over long periods of time, but it's clear that these disasters are made more powerful by global warming. The pain is only going to get worse for us and for future generations, unless we act now.

Renewing the Spirit Behind Gingrich's 'Contract With America'

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

As the 2016 presidential election approaches, I feel uninspired by the Republican candidates who appear most likely to be pursuing the nation's highest office. With Democrats having at least one candidate who will likely be able to unite their base, I fear that Republicans may once again be without a visionary leader.

When Is the Science Settled?

Dave Pruett | Posted 08.20.2014 | Green
Dave Pruett

The first stage in planting doubt is to deny the evidence. When the evidence can no longer be denied, the second stage kicks in with its disingenuous claim: "The science isn't settled." This most cynical trick of disinformers exploits a germ of truth that strikes at the heart of all science.

An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The death of the American steel industry is fine with the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Cato Institute. They say Americans should thank foreign states that violate international trade laws by subsidizing their steel industries.

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are the top 10 examples of corporate welfare and welfare for the rich. There are actually thousands of tax breaks and subsidies for the rich and corporations provided by federal, state and local governments, but these 10 will give a taste.

Koch-Funded Climate Contrarians Make Mischief on Capitol Hill

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With Congress about to head out of town for its summer recess, a Washington-based think tank is ramping up a campaign to foil any attempts to institute a tax on carbon emissions.

Cato Editor: Voting Rights Act Ruling A 'Victory For Democracy'

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.26.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

With the Supreme Court's dramatic new decision invalidating an important provision of the Voting Rights Act, attention is already turning to how Congr...

Unreliable Sources 5: How the News Media Help the Kochs & ExxonMobil Spread Climate Disinformation

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Elliott Negin

Given the Heartland Institute's penchant for misrepresenting science, you would think reporters would be curious about who finances its work. You would be wrong.

Koch Bro. Linked To Big Publication

NSFWCorp | Yasha Levine | Posted 05.16.2013 | Media

Our story begins late last week when I got a tweet from @AlphaInvictus telling me to go check ...

Jason Linkins

Even More Obstacles For Immigration Reform | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

Chances are, if House Democrats have the opportunity to vote "yes" on a comprehensive immigration reform bill, they are going to do so. And unless I a...

Koch News Is Bad News

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Media
Timothy Karr

What do you get two billionaire brothers who already have everything? According to the New York Times, the Kochs want a national media presence as well.

Marijuana and Taxes

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.23.2013 | Denver
SidneyAnne Stone

What started out as a plea for medical care to better serve patients has come down to dollars and cents.