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  • Mission Accomplished, He Said | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 20 Jun '14, 12pm

    Today the Federal Reserve System is much different than a century ago. How well has the Fed performed? Was the Fed a good idea? Can we do better? To address those and related questions, the Cato Institute brought together some of the most respected monetary scholars and policymakers a...

  • When Does Defense Aid Work? | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 25 Jun '14, 2am

    The debate over an appropriate American response to Iraq’s resurgent violence and the threat of radical rebels has highlighted the challenges and risks of even limited U.S. assistance. As I argue in a post at The National Interest , Iraq is emblematic of a larger challenge in U.S. for...

  • Congress may hike #VA spending $400 billion. @CatoEdwards is on the case: #vets #military

    Congress May Hike VA Spending $400 Billion | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 20 Jun '14, 6pm

    Last week the Senate voted to greatly increase health care spending for veterans. If the new spending were made permanent, it would cost at least $385 billion over 10 years, as Nicole Kaeding noted . The House version of the bill would cost at least $477 billion if made permanent. The...

  • America: Stay out of Iraq | Cato Institute

    cato.org 19 Jun '14, 2am

    President Obama said today he would essentially take the weekend to decide whether to use the U.S. military to help Iraq’s government repel Sunni Islamist rebels—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—who recently took Mosul and swaths of other territory in northern and central Ir...

  • VA Scandal: Crisis of Big Government | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 02 Jun '14, 8pm

    Peggy Noonan’s op-ed on the weekend was titled “The VA Scandal Is a Crisis of Leadership.” Noonan discusses how President Obama “doesn’t do the plodding, unshowy, unromantic work of making government work.” Obama is not a good manager, and so scandals like the current one are to be ex...

  • Don't Overestimate ISIS Gains in Iraq | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 20 Jun '14, 3pm

    ISIS’s territorial gains in Syria and Iraq are impressive. However, the group has its work cut out for it. First, ISIS may face internal tensions . The nature of the relationship between the group and Iraqi Baathists has been variously reported. While the two have an obvious operation...

  • Veterans Benefits vs. Veterans Hospitals | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 27 May '14, 3am

    Of all the Obama administration’s scandals—Benghazi, IRS/tea party, AP/Fox News, the near daily rewrite of Obamacare, and more—perhaps none is as telling as the unfolding VA Hospital debacle, now reaching seven states, with officials in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, hospital busy destr...

  • Will Congress Block Military Aid to the Syrian Rebels? | Cato @ Liberty

    cato.org 24 Jul '13, 4pm

    Other news has pushed Syria out of the headlines in the past two weeks, but some members of Congress have spent the time preparing for a showdown with the Obama administration over its decision to arm rebels in Syria. Late last month, a bipartisan group led by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)...

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