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    After Words with Charles Murray

    Charles Murray talked about his book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, in which he argues that it is now possible to roll back the power of the federal government by relying on technology rather than the Constitution, which he says is broken. He was interviewed by Jared Bernstein, former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.

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    Conservative Panel at National Review Ideas Summit

    Panelist talked about the future of conservatism and current conservative ideas and principles.

    This was part of the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit on “Why the Future Is Conservative” held April 30 to May 2, 2015, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel.

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    Book Discussion on The Libertarian Mind

    David Boaz spoke about his book The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, an updated and retitled edition of his book Libertarianism: A Primer. He argued that many people in the U.S. who don’t identify as Libertarian still agree with most libertarian principles. He also spoke about ideological difference between liberals and libertarians. Other topics included wealth inequality, crony capitalism, abortion, bailouts, housing, and personal freedoms.

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    Book Discussion on The Moral Arc

    Michael Shermer talked about his book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, in which he discusses how science has influenced the way we think about human rights, democracy, freedom, education, and prosperity. He spoke at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.

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    President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Bill Galston presented opposing positions on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Mr. Douthat argued that the president’s action was “constitutionally inappropriate.” Mr. Galston stated that President Obama’s decision was consistent with the role of the executive branch when it comes to immigration policy.

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    Scott Pruitt on the Affordable Care Act

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt talked about Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the tax credits and subsidies in the federal-run health care exchanges, Halbig v. Burwell (originally known as Halbig v. Sebelius). Oklahoma won its argument in U.S. District Court that the Obama administration overreached when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled tax subsidies could be extended to federal-run health exchanges.

    This was the closing keynote address of the Cato Institute event, “Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?”

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    Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

    Panelists talked about court cases challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) interpretation of the Affordable Care Act, principally in extending subsidies to federal health exchanges. In the opening keynote address, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R) talked about the case Indiana v. IRS.

    “What Is the Law, and on Which Side Is the IRS?” was the first panel of the Cato Institute event, “Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is ObamaCare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?”

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    Classical Liberal Constitution

    Law professor Richard Epstein talked about his book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government, with law professor Theodore Ruger. They discussed a constitutional interpretation which supports a more limited American federal government. 

    This program was hosted by the National Constitution Center and was moderated by its president, Jeffrey Rosen.

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    Panel Discussion on Big Government

    Authors P.J. O’Rourke, Charles Murray, and John Allison, talked about the growth of the federal government.

    “Who Will Save Us from Big Government” was a panel at FreedomFest, an annual libertarian conference held July 9-12, 2014, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    American Exceptionalism

    Charles Murray spoke by phone about American exceptionalism, a topic he discussed in his 2013 booklet American Exceptionalism: an Experiment in History.