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25 Dec
Happy Holidays from your friends at Cato Today! We are so thrilled to be able to share updates, research and analysis from Cato scholars with you every day, and we look forward to another wonderful year in 2017.

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COMMENTARY

The Problem with United States’ Unshakeable Backing of the Philippines
by Christine Guluzian on The Hill (Online)

Despite the Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, throwing a series of lambasts and insults Washington’s way, the United States has continuously reassured the Philippines of its solid commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance.

Why Kuwait’s Elections Matter
by Doug Bandow on National Interest (Online)

It doesn’t take a lot of votes to get elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly. In the smaller districts a couple thousand ballots will do. But the legislature really matters. Only Bahrain has a similar elected body, but that Gulf state has destroyed any pretense of democracy with the ruthless repression, backed by neighboring Saudi Arabia, of the Shia majority by the Sunni monarchy.

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Nelson v. Colorado (07:30)

When a court throws out a case against you after you’ve paid restitution, shouldn’t you get your money back? David G. Postcomments on the case of Nelson v. Colorado.

FROM CATO’S BLOGS

Do Colleges Have an Edifice Complex, an Amenities Arms Race, or Both?
by Neal McCluskey

Think of college, and your mind may well conjure images of ivy creeping up the walls of stately, gray, Gothic stone buildings in which the deepest of learning occurs. 

Let States Prosecute Assaults, Regardless of Their Motivations
by Ilya Shapiro

In January 2015, Randy Metcalf was involved in a bar-fight in Dubuque, Iowa, where he seriously hurt a man. Was he prosecuted for assault under state law? No.

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Visit Freedom in the 50 States to view the full list of rankings, customize the data and access state-specific recommendations for reform. 

FEATURED POLICY SCHOLAR

Benjamin H. Friedman
Research Fellow in Defense and Homeland Security Studies

Benjamin H. Friedman writes about U.S. defense politics, focusing on strategy, budgeting, and war. Ben is a graduate of Dartmouth College, a PhD candidate in political science at the MIT, and an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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