Cato News Notes

March/​April 2020 • Policy Report

BOAZ, PILON PARTICIPATE IN ARENA STAGE CIVIL DIALOGUES
Both David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, and Roger Pilon, director emeritus of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, recently participated in the Civil Dialogues series at Washington’s award‐​winning Arena Stage, moderated by Amitai Etzioni of George Washington University. Pilon debated the question, “What is the proper role of government in our economic and social life?” Boaz addressed the question, “Have we privatized too much?”

CATO STUDIES CITED IN NYT EDITORIAL
The New York Times editorial board cited two Cato studies in its February 4, 2020, editorial responding to President Trump’s expansion of his travel ban to six additional countries. “Extreme Vetting of Immigrants: Estimating Terrorism Vetting Failures” (Policy Analysis no. 838) by David Bier notes the lack of justification for the president’s “extreme vetting” policy. “Do Immigrants Import Terrorism?” (Working Paper no. 56) by Andrew C. Forrester, Benjamin Powell, Alex Nowrasteh, and Michelangelo Landgrave examines the overstated risk of immigrants committing acts of terrorism.

P. J. O’ROURKE NOW WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST
P.J. O’Rourke, one of America’s leading political satirists and commenters as well as an H. L. Mencken research fellow at the Cato Institute, has joined the Washington Post as a regular columnist.