Cinema has the power to expose us to unfamiliar philosophies and ways of life, and this year's Oscar nominations are no exception. Painting a diverse picture of America in not just race and gender, but also in ideas and experiences, movies like "Hidden Figures," "Captain Fantastic," and "Moonlight" remind us that toleration, dialogue, and acceptance don't have to stay on the silver screen,...
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There’s More to Oscars Diversity Than Race

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On Tuesday, Uber's fleet of self-driving cars rolled into Tempe, Arizona, after California's autonomous regulations put the brakes on Uber's testing of the vehicles. Arizona has fewer regulatory hurdles for self-driving cars, giving tech companies the flexibility to experiment and fostering permissionless innovation.

Uber’s self-driving cars are now picking up passengers in Arizona

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"If the government wants to reach into your pocket and pull a hundred bucks out for a speeding ticket, they darn well better provide you with an adequate and reasonable and fair forum to contest it if you choose to contest it."

Judge orders New Miami to pay back $3 million in tickets

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02/23/2017 at 22:03. Facebook
We’re live at #CPAC with Dana Wade, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, talking with Amity Shlaes about “The Forgotten Man” and cronyism in America.
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02/23/2017 at 21:45. Facebook
Where does libertarianism fit into today's political climate? Will Ruger, the Charles Koch Institute's vice president of research and policy, and Jason Sorens, founder of the Free State Project, propose the concept of "virtue libertarianism," which aims to "regulate society by manners and morals, as far as possible, rather than the blunt instrument of law." Daniel McCarthy explores.

Reviving Libertarianism

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02/23/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Happy Birthday to visionary economist and founder of the Austrian School of economics, Carl Menger.
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02/23/2017 at 17:15. Facebook
When the fines and fees associated with the criminal justice system begin to pile up, "about half of all states suspend driver’s licenses for those who owe — and in most cases, simply cannot afford to pay — criminal justice debt." Marc Levin and Joanna Weiss argue that license suspension is counterproductive, making it more difficult for people to pay off their debt and even resulting in those...
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Suspending driver's licenses creates a vicious cycle: Column

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02/22/2017 at 22:00. Facebook
After disaster struck, what if biodegradable drones could be launched to quickly transport critical supplies such as medicine and food? Otherlab, with funding from Darpa, has developed a single-use cardboard drone that could revolutionize humanitarian aid. Though still a prototype, the final version would be composed of a mushroom-based material allowing it to quickly decompose without a trace.

The Brilliant Drone That’ll Deliver Medicine, Then Rot Away

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02/22/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
40 states require an average of 900 hours of training to become an HVAC contractor. In Missouri, taxpayers are on the hook for about $100 million for an empty NFL stadium after the Rams left town. These are just a few examples of how cronyism creates barriers to opportunity and results in government favoritism for a few private interests at the expense of the American people.

Giving Voice to the 'Forgotten,' Who Pay for Elite Policies | RealClearMarkets

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02/22/2017 at 17:15. Facebook
Proposed revisions to California's cottage food laws could create opportunities for home cooks to sell hot, prepared foods directly to customers from their kitchens. By ending “the criminalization of something that has been happening for a long time,” lawmakers and home cooks alike are excited by the economic opportunities potential changes could bring.

Cottage food industry may get boost from bill

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02/21/2017 at 22:00. Facebook
How can the tech industry get involved with criminal justice reform? In an interview with Tech Crunch, Chris Redlitz, founder of The Last Mile, explains how teaching inmates relevant and employable tech skills, such as coding, can help reduce recidivism for non-violent offenders.

Tech tackles criminal justice reform | Bullish

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02/21/2017 at 20:30. Facebook
UPDATE: After the American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle published stories examining lapses in reporting officer-involved shootings in Texas, some police departments have begun to file reports in response, helping improve overall transparency efforts and policing reform.

After initial delay, agencies report 10 officer-involved shootings

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02/21/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
From GPS to tablet computers, Star Trek technologies have made their way into reality, and vision visors for the blind could be coming next. By "taking advantage of tech that is cheaper, smaller and faster because of popular gadgets like smartphones and virtual-reality headsets," companies such as eSight are creating devices to improve the vision of the legally blind.

For the Blind, an Actual-Reality Headset

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02/20/2017 at 22:00. Facebook
President Trump's executive order on Dodd-Frank is a first step towards financial reform, but Dana Wade, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, argues more needs to be done to curb regulation that is at odds with the interests of consumers, taxpayers, and economic growth.

"Why are we to believe that the same regulators who failed to prevent the last financial crisis will be...
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Trump's Executive Order On Financial Reform Didn't Go Far Enough

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02/20/2017 at 20:45. Facebook
On the anniversary of his death, we reflect on Fredrick Douglass' vision of a free society, where all members were valued and had equal opportunity to flourish.

"I would unite with anybody to do right, and with nobody to do wrong."

The Continuing Quest for Dignity and Liberty – Charles Koch Institute

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02/20/2017 at 18:30. Facebook
Today we celebrate our country's first president, George Washington. Happy Washington's Birthday from all of us at the Charles Koch Institute!
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02/20/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Our founder, Charles Koch, is joining #UNCFKochScholars today to discuss entrepreneurship, mutual benefit, and what it means to find good profit--watch the live-stream below.
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02/19/2017 at 20:45. Facebook
From selling homemade ceviche in a Facebook group to giving food to the homeless, regulation has a bumpy history with its relationship with food, and farmer's markets are no exception. Baylen Linnekin warns against the "existential threats" farmers markets face from regulators, arguing that, "local consumers—rather than me, or you, or local lawmakers—know best what they want to see at their...
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Lawmakers and Regulators Act Like They Hate Farmers Markets

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02/19/2017 at 18:00. Facebook
In 2007, "the Texas Legislative Budget Board projected that the state would need more than 17,000 new prison beds over five years, a building project that would cost $530 million, never mind the operating costs." Texas lawmakers determined it was time for a change, working across the aisle to enact criminal justice reforms that resulted in a drop in both incarceration and crime rates.

Even in Texas, Mass Imprisonment Is Going Out of Style

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02/18/2017 at 20:45. Facebook
Earlier this year, police obtained a search warrant to access information from an Ohio resident's pacemaker to indict him on charges of arson. From Fitbit's to insulin pumps, as medical technology continues to become more advanced, questions about individual privacy are being raised. How do you think health, privacy, and technology should be balanced?

What Happens When the Computer That Keeps You Alive Can Also Put You In Jail?

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