The Fifth Circuit Gets the Right to Editorial Freedom Very Wrong
Thomas A. BerryIn September of last year, Texas passed a law declaring that large social media platforms are “common carriers” subject to onerous regulations over who and what they can host. The law prohibits platforms from removing, demonetizing, or blocking a user or a piece of content based on the viewpoint expressed. Platforms found to violate this requirement face liability for each piece of conte nt they remove.NetChoice, a trade association of online businesses, sued to block the law on First Amendment grounds, among other claims. A federal district court in Texas ruled in favor of NetChoice and preliminarily en...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas A. Berry Source Type: blogs

Required Diversity Statements on Campus: Are They Constitutional?
Walter OlsonRequired statements on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are fast becoming a part of admissions and hiring at universities and professional schools. “A review of the admissions process at 50 of the top-ranked medical schools found that 36 asked applicants their views on, or experience in, DEI efforts,”according to a recent report by Laura L. Morgan for the advocacy group Do No Harm.Controversy has mounted over to the extent to which these requirements,in the words of Princeton's Keith Whittington, function as "political litmus tests, requiring that scholars pledge themselves to believe and advance a set...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Walter Olson Source Type: blogs

Nitazene Overdose Deaths on the Rise —The Iron Law of Prohibition Cannot Been Repealed
Jeffrey A. SingerLast week the Tennessee Department of Healthreported that overdose deaths from synthetic opioids classified asnitazenes have increased four ‐​fold between 2019 and 2021. Nitazenes, like fentanyl and its analogs, aresynthetic opioids that were originally developed to treat pain. They are anywhere from 10 to 20 times more potent than fentanyl. As with overdoses from fentanyl and other opioids, overdoses from nitazenes can be reversed by administering naloxone, although the antidote might need to be given repeatedly to the victims.The first nitazenes were developed in the late 1950s by the Swiss drug make...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

The Dangerous Journalism Competition and Preservation Act Returns
Ryan Bourne and Rachel ChiuYesterday, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary voted 15 –7 toadvance the worryingJournalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA).This bill would carve out an antitrust exemption for news media, enabling journalistic groups to band together as “joint negotiation entities” to demand payment from major digital platforms (such as Meta and Google) for links to and previews of their publications. If the joint negotiation entity cannot reach an agreement with the platform, the journalists would be able to force independent arbitration to se t the payment level.Last month, weexplained why this...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Bourne, Rachel Chiu Source Type: blogs

The Senate EARN Act Would Expand the Welfare State
Romina BocciaTheEnhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act includes a troubling provision that has received very little media coverage.An ABLE account amendmentwould increase spending on means-tested welfare programs by circumventing federal asset tests.When the original ABLE Act emerged back in 2014, my then-colleague at the Heritage Foundation, Robert Rector, and Iwrote:While the upfront cost of the ABLE Act is not enormous by Washington standards, the precedent of weakened asset limits in multiple welfare programs may well lead to huge costs in the future. Welfare spending did not balloon to nearly $1 trillion dollars...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Romina Boccia Source Type: blogs

Friday Feature: West Virginia Families United for Education
Colleen HroncichAs school choice programs expand throughout the country, there ’s often an information gap. Many parents—even in states with a long history of choice—have never heard of these programs This means their children may be missing out on an educational option that would help them thrive.Parents in West Virginia won ’t have this problem if Jamie Buckland has her way. A homeschooling mom of four, Jamie startedWest Virginia Families United for Education (FUE) in March to help families navigate their options in a  changing environment.While FUE is new, Jamie ’s efforts helping families find their best e...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 23, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Colleen Hroncich Source Type: blogs

Tax Differences Between Cities
Chris EdwardsThere are large differences in tax burdens between states. New York and Florida provide a  good illustration because their populations are similar. In 2019, state and local governments in New York imposed$192 billion in taxes, which was more than double the $86 billion imposed by governments in Florida.More evidence on large tax differences comes a  study by the District of Columbia. It compares state and local taxes on hypothetical households in the largest city in each state and D.C. The study includes sales, property, individual income, and automobile ‐​related taxes. It does not include federal taxes...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 22, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Chris Edwards Source Type: blogs

PragerU ’s Video “Who Cares about Illegal Immigration?” Has Numerous Problems
Alex NowrastehPragerU recently released a  video by podcaster and influencerWill Witt titled “Who Cares about Illegal Immigration?” PragerU has releasedimmigrationvideos before that also have serious factual errors that support dubious conclusions, one of which I ’vecritiqued. Their newest video is no exception. Below I  will block quote a few of Witt’s statements and respond.Did you know that we are, in effect, adding a  new city the size of Philadelphia to our country every year? That’s how many illegal immigrants came into the United States in 2021 and will in 2022.Border Patrol and the Office of Field Ope...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 22, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Alex Nowrasteh Source Type: blogs

PEN America Misses the Root Problem of Book “Bans”
Neal McCluskeyIt ’sBanned Books Week, an annual event that spotlights efforts to remove books from public schools and libraries. In past years it has passed quietly as books have been challenged, but not with thenationwide impact we ’ve seen in the last year or so. A new report from the free ‐​expression watchdogPEN America documents “bans” in 138 school districts – many with connections to state actions – affecting 1,648 unique titles, between July 2021 to June 2022. These numbers are likely a floor, derived only from challenges reported in the news or directly to PEN.To what does PEN attribute the rise?...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 22, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Neal McCluskey Source Type: blogs

Russian Oil Price Controls: How They Would Work and What They Might Do
Justin Logan andPeter Van DorenTo avoid a  large increase in oil prices to European customers that would result from reduced supply, finance ministers from the G‑7 nations recentlyagreed in principle with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen ’s plan to reduce Russian revenues from the sale of its oil. The plan would limit the price paid to Russia rather than ban the sale of Russian oil to the European Union, as is currently scheduled to take effect in early December. Price caps are aimed at keeping supply roughly constant while reduci ng Russian revenue.How would these price controls function? How will markets likely ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 21, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Justin Logan, Peter Van Doren Source Type: blogs

The Biden ‐​Cryptocurrency Reports: Part 5, The Future of Money and Payments
Nicholas AnthonyThe reports mandated by President Biden ’s Marchexecutive order are here and seek to offer a  comprehensive framework for the responsible development of digital assets (commonly known as cryptocurrencies). Asnoted early after the release, however, many of the items were left to be determined. But that doesn ’t mean that the reports should be ignored. This series of blog posts will tease out some of the subtler points from each of the reports released on Friday.Recommendations from the U.S. Department of the TreasuryThe fifth report, “The Future of Money and Payments, ” came from the U.S. Department...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Nicholas Anthony Source Type: blogs

The Biden ‐​Cryptocurrency Reports: Part 4, Responsible Advancement of U.S. Competitiveness in Digital Assets
Nicholas Anthony andJack SoloweyThe reports mandated by President Biden ’s Marchexecutive order are here and seek to offer a  comprehensive framework for the responsible development of digital assets (commonly known as cryptocurrencies). Asnoted early after the release, however, many of the items were left to be determined. But that doesn ’t mean that the reports should be ignored. This series of blog posts will tease out some of the subtler points from each of the reports released on Friday.Recommendations from the U.S. Department of CommerceThe fourth report, “Responsible Advancement of U.S. Competitiveness in Dig...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Nicholas Anthony, Jack Solowey Source Type: blogs

Lofgren, Cheney Introduce Bill to Reform the Electoral Count Act
ConclusionOn the whole, both versions of ECA reform represent thoughtful, carefully considered attempts to answer some very complex constitutional and practical questions.While my purpose here is to analyze the policy merits and not the political path forward, the widely shared presumption is that ECRA, with its broader bipartisan support in the Senate, is likely to be the vehicle that ultimately moves towards passage. But the timing of PERA ’s introduction and possible passage by the House presents a good opportunity for the Senate to adopt some of its most important contributions when ECRA receives its committee markup...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Andy Craig Source Type: blogs

The Biden ‐​Cryptocurrency Reports: Part 3, Implications for Consumers, Investors, and Businesses
Nicholas Anthony andJack SoloweyThe reports mandated by President Biden ’s Marchexecutive order are here and seek to offer a  comprehensive framework for the responsible development of digital assets (commonly known as cryptocurrencies). Asnoted early after the release, however, many of the items were left to be determined. But that doesn ’t mean that the reports should be ignored. This series of blog posts will tease out some of the subtler points from each of the reports released on Friday.Recommendations from the U.S. Department of the TreasuryThe third report, “Implications for Consumers, Investors, and Business...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 20, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Nicholas Anthony, Jack Solowey Source Type: blogs

The Biden ‐​Cryptocurrency Reports: Part 2, The Role of Law Enforcement in Detecting, Investigating, and Prosecuting Criminal Activity Related to Digital Assets
Nicholas AnthonyThe reports mandated by President Biden ’s Marchexecutive order are here and seek to offer a comprehensive framework for the responsible development of digital assets (commonly known as cryptocurrencies). Asnoted early after the release, however, many of the items were left to be determined. But that doesn ’t mean that the reports should be ignored. This series of blog posts will tease out some of the subtler points from each of the reports released on Friday.Recommendations from the U.S. Department of JusticeThe second report, “The Role of Law Enforcement in Detecting, Investigating, and Prosecu...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - September 19, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Nicholas Anthony Source Type: blogs