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Climate Deniers, Meet Joe Camel

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

In short, the global warming deniers are as wrong as the smoke-blowers who said in the 1960s that a pack a day was fine. No one seriously argues today that tobacco isn't bad for you -- and if they did, no one would listen.

The IRS Is Also Abusing 'Marijuana'

Rob Kampia | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Rob Kampia

Long before the IRS began singling out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names, "marijuana" was a political buzzword that elicited special attention from the IRS.

The Invisible Founder

Jimmy Soni | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Jimmy Soni

Purity politics have deep roots in American history, and we ought to look back much further than November to understand the real attractions, and the equally real pitfalls, of purism. It's a tension that dates back to America's founding, and beyond.

Who Was The Real Cato?

The Daily Beast | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home

What on earth filled the minds of those brilliant men we call the Framers?...

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons From Cato

Rob Goodman | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Rob Goodman

Cato didn't have Caesar's military skill, or Cicero's eloquence, or Pompey's boyish good looks. But he had something even more formidable: a determination to hold himself, and those around him, to an insanely high standard.

Rome's Last Citizen

Jimmy Soni | Posted 12.15.2012 | Home
Jimmy Soni

How did the legend of a Roman who walked the halls of his Senate eighteen hundred years before America was born speak so powerfully through the ages? And why did Washington, in the darkest moment of his career, choose Cato to lift the spirits of his army? Who was Cato?

Ryan Grim

Romney Argues Big Spending Cuts Would Cause 'Depression,' Contrary To Tea Party Activists | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

Republican House Speaker John Boehner and GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney have, in the course of the past week, pushed starkly different approach...

Dan Froomkin

Do Koch Bros. Have A Master Plan? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Anyone wondering why the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist Koch brothers are trying to seize control of the libertarian Cato ...

Laissez Cato Faire

Kevin Dowd | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Kevin Dowd

The most likely outcome of a Koch takeover is that Cato would be eviscerated, the brand would be destroyed and the Kochs would take over an empty shell -- in short, the outcome would be a catastrophe, and even the winners would gain nothing.

Another Twist In Koch Brothers' Lawsuit?

Kansas City Star | Dave Helling | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics

Merits of the case aside, though, the dispute could provide an interesting test of the limits of federal tax law relating to organizations like Cato -...

The Definitive Case Against Privatizing Social Security

Warren Mosler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warren Mosler

With the current Social Security program you give the government your dollars now, and it gives you back dollars later. That is exactly what happens when you buy a government bond.

It's Always a Bad Year to Get Out of Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Greenwald

2010-06-06-soldier.jpg After 104 months of war, the last 12 of which saw the U.S. triple the number of troops in Afghanistan, attempted terror attacks against our country are at an all-time high.

You Are Now Paying for the Next Three Mile Island

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Desperate for cash, the nuclear industry wants us all to pay hundreds of billions for the joy of living downwind from more 3 Mile Islands for which they intend to assume no liability.

To Protect or Not to Protect? The Answer Depends on How You Ask the Question

Janis Bowdler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Janis Bowdler

I will be the first to admit that debates on banking reform don't always leave people on the edge of their seats. But if you have been following the O...

Washington Post Joins Wall Street Sneak-Attack On Social Security

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Johnson

At the end of the year the Washington Post published as "news" a story that pushed the idea of "a special commission to make the tough decisions that will be required to dig the nation out of debt."

Health Care Debate Loses Coherence

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

One suspects, however, that behind much of the "Don't Tread On Me" rhetoric directed at Obama is a spluttering "... but, but, but, you're black!"