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More on Politics and Parties


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Cato Studies

Obamacare: What We Know Now

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Grading the Government’s Data Publication Practices

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Mitt Romney’s Energy Plan

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Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

Gene Healy. White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

Public Filings

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Congressional Term Limits

By Edward H. Crane. Testimony. January 25, 1995.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Do Presidents Rush Rules to Avoid the Congressional Review Act?

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Removing Direct Contribution Limits: Free Speech and Disclosure

Adam G. Byrne. Cato Journal. Fall 2016.

The Peculiar Business of Politics

Richard E. Wagner. Cato Journal. Fall 2016.


Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2016

Featuring Peter Goettler, Terence Kealey, Gene Healy, & David Friedman. September 23, 2016. City Seminar.

Policy Perspectives of the Presidential Candidates: Executive Power and the Role of the Presidency

Featuring Gene Healy and Caleb O. Brown. August 5, 2016. Sponsor E-Briefing.

Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter

Featuring Ilya Somin and John Samples. June 8, 2016. Book Forum.