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    Inside Job

    Mark Zupan talked about his book Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest, in which he argues that government insiders, such as elected officials, bureaucrats, and…

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    Jonathan Rauch on Campaign 2016

    Jonathan Rauch talked about his cover piece for The Atlantic, in which he describes how the 2016 campaign has been characterized by strong voter distrust of the establishment and the…

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    State Political Parties

    Panelists, including Republican National Committee Chief Counsel John Phillippe, South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jason Perkey, and American Prospect senior editor Eliza…

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    Free Speech

    First Amendment law experts talked about One, Inc. v. Olesen*, a landmark free speech case, and its long-standing effect on later obscenity rulings. Among the topics they discusses were the…

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    Future of Free Speech

    Constitutional scholars and authors talked about the future of free speech in America. Topics included college campus censorship, defamation, Holocaust denial, the Supreme Court’s Sebelius…

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    Federal Marijuana Policy

    Panelists talked about the impact of marijuana legalization and argued that certain adverse consequences could be avoided through strong federal actions that would allow states to legalize marijuana…

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    Marijuana Legalization

    Panelists talked about the domestic and foreign policy implications of legalizing the possession and sale of small quantities of marijuana for recreational use. They analyzed survey data on…

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    State and Federal Marijuana Laws

    Panelists talked about conflicts between federal and state laws following the 2012 legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. They responded to questions…

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    Tea Party Movement Ideology

    Panelists talked about the ideological makeup of the tea party movement, in particular a study that found most were united on economic issues but split on social issues.

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    The Science of Liberty

    Timothy Ferris looked at the relationship between the scientific revolution and the rise of liberalism and democracy. He spoke about the topic at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.…

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    No One Sees God

    Michae Novak talked about his book No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers (Doubleday; August 5, 2008). He contends that atheists and the religious have the same…

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    Gay Marriage

    Mr. Rauch discussed his book, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, with several American Enterprise Institute scholars. In the book, published by…

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    Sexual Orientation and Midterm Elections

    Participants talked about gay and lesbian issues in the 2006 midterm elections and the potential impact of election results on future campaigns, including the 2008 national elections. Topics…

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    Hurricane Katrina

    Mercatus Center scholars talked about their research analyzing the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. One year after the hurricane and the severe flooding from…

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    Size Matters: How Big Government Puts the Squeeze on America\'s Families

    Joel Miller talked about his book Size Matters: How Big Government Puts the Squeeze on America’s Families, Finances, and Freedom (And Limits the Pursuit of Happiness), published by Nelson Current. The…

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    Political Polarization

    Mr. Rauch talked about political polarization and whether or not the nation is divided by “red/blue” states, areas and issues. That is the topic of his article in the annual Jan./Feb. state…

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    Same-Sex Marriage Debate

    Participants debated the question, “Should Government Accept Same-Sex Marriage?” Arguing “yes” was Mary Bonauto, attorney for Massachusetts' GLAD chapter, who argued the Massachusetts Supreme Court…

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    U.S. Government Policies

    The panelists talked about a variety of U.S. economic, social, and fiscal policies. Following prepared remarks, they responded to questions from the audience.

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    Barriers to Faith-Based Organizations

    The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives released a report on obstacles to the involvement of faith-based organizations in federal social services programs. Participants…

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    Government End

    Mr. Rauch talked about his book Government End: Why Washington Stopped Working, published by Public Affairs. The author argued that the postwar proliferation of professional lobbyists and…

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