Regulation at 40

The last four decades have seen landmark liberalization of U.S. regulatory policy, yet many promising reform ideas now languish and policymakers have backslid in some cases. On this, the 40th anniversary of Regulation magazine, Cato is pleased to offer this overview of American regulation and its reform, and offer some thoughts on how further liberalizations could be achieved.

What Kind of a Judge Is Neil Gorsuch?

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings this week on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies has issued several works that cover everything from a close reading of Judge Gorsuch’s appellate court opinions to the importance of judicial independence, from both the president and Congress, to why the battle for the courts today is so intense. It is, says Roger Pilon, because the country is fundamentally divided over the meaning of the Constitution.

The House GOP Leadership’s Health Care Bill Is ObamaCare-Lite — Or Worse

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised legislation that “fully repeals ObamaCare.” The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives has released legislation it claims would repeal and replace ObamaCare. But according to Cato scholar Michael F. Cannon, this bill is a train wreck waiting to happen: “The House Republican leadership bill does not replace ObamaCare. It merely applies a new coat of paint to a building that Republicans themselves have already condemned.”

Criminal Immigrants: Their Numbers, Demographics, and Countries of Origin

In his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to deport most illegal immigrants who come in contact with law enforcement. His order is based on the widespread perception that illegal immigrants are a significant source of crime in the United States. New research from Michelangelo Landgrave and Cato scholar Alex Nowrasteh find that immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives relative to their shares of the population. Even illegal immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.

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Recent Commentary

Trump’s Wars

The president is doubling down on the Middle East quagmires he once criticized.

Outrage on Wheels

The story that Trump’s budget would kill the Meals on Wheels program was too good to check. But it was false.


March 29

Can Health Insurance Innovations Reduce Prices and Drive Cost-Effective Care?

Featuring James C. Robinson, Leonard D. Schaeffer Endowed Chair in Health Economics and Policy; Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology, University of California–Berkeley; Mark V. Pauly, Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics, and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; moderated by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

March 31

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2017

Featuring P.J. O’Rourke, Author, How the Hell Did This Happen? The Election of 2016, H.L. Mencken Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Gary Taubes, Author, The Case Against Sugar; Sallie James, Director of Development, Cato Institute; Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

10:30AM to 2:00PM
InterContinental Barclay Hotel - 111 E 48th St, New York, NY

Of Special Note

New Audiobook – The Tyranny of Silence

The Tyranny of Silence

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose, then the paper’s culture editor and principally responsible for publishing the cartoons, writes about the people and experiences that have influenced his understanding of the crisis, including meetings with dissidents from the former Soviet Union and ex-Muslims living in Europe. He provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic. Now available as a fully unabridged audiobook on

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Cato Pocket Constitution

To encourage people everywhere to better understand and appreciate the principles of government that are set forth in America’s founding documents, the Cato Institute published this pocket-size edition.

Now Available

The Libertarian Mind Audiobook

The Libertarian Mind, by David Boaz, longtime executive vice president of the Cato Institute, is the best available guide to the history, ideas, and growth of libertarianism, and is the ultimate resource for the current, burgeoning libertarian movement. This acclaimed book is now available as a fully unabridged audiobook, ready for immediate downloading, on

CatoAudio – Now Available on the Cato Website

Every month CatoAudio puts you right in the middle of policy debates in Washington. Through highlights from the Cato Institute’s events and conferences, you can listen to in-depth discussions from well-known leaders, authors, experts, pundits, journalists, and scholars. Previously only available as a paid subscription service delivered by mail, CatoAudio is now available free of charge on the Cato website – which includes over five years of archived recordings.