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Yes, Your Data Is Your Property Protected By The 4th Amendment

Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired at midnight Sunday night. While Congress debates extending the NSA’s surveillance programs that were operating under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, one of the stranger arguments made in favor of extending the government’s Section 215 powers is “you don’t own your data, the phone company does.”

Alex Nowrasteh’s Personal Attacks On Senator Jeff Sessions Hurting CATO Institute

CATO, or at least its immigration policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh, seems to have abandoned the libertarian think tank's intellectually rigorous tradition for one of childish ad hominem attacks on Senator Jeff Sessions or anyone else who disagrees with the Obama administration’s open borders policies.

How Obama and Big Spending Republicans Made America the World’s #2 Economy

The United States is now the world’s #2 economy and American corporations are holding some $2 trillion in cash – much of it overseas – because politicians of both parties won't stop spending.

Politicians Befriend Big Business, Undermine Free Markets

Eric Cantor's defeat is a useful reminder that even the political class is ultimately accountable to the people, but only by sharing that message widely do we have any chance of rolling back the rampant political privilege and cronyism which dominates Washington today.

Memorial Day Is A Reminder That War is Foolish

Memorial Day was originally conceived as a day to memorialize the horror and cost of the American Civil War, our country's most costly war, but that purpose is all too often lost in shallow celebrations that equate militarism with patriotism.

CommonCore Gets BAD Review in New Study

Robby Soave, Daily Caller

States with education standards most closely aligned to Common Core fared worse on math tests than states with their own standards, according to a new study. It is a shame that Common Core implementation is so widespread, given the lack of evidence to support it.

Three Cheers for the Rule of Law: Holding Deadbeat Debtor Argentina to Account

The only consistent protection against rapacious politicians is the rule of law.  In most Third World countries governments loot and plunder without limit.  Constitutional and legal rules set Western industrialized nations apart.

Cut Cairo’s Dole: It Hurts America and Egypt

Cato's Doug Bandow makes the case that no one in Egypt seems to be listening to Washington today. Egypt’s military is shooting demonstrators, setting political schedules, appointing civilians friendly to the military, and planning to rewrite the constitution. The Obama administration’s decision to ignore American law by continuing U.S. assistance, despite the military coup, is making the situation in Egypt worse.

Washington Foolishly Tilts Towards War in Syria

In the first in a series of columns on national security and foreign policy, Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, says that at the very moment Washington should be pursuing a policy of peace, policymakers are preparing to join a civil war in which America’s security is not involved, other nations have much more at stake, many of the “good” guys in fact are bad, and there would be no easy exit.