Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook, author of "Gun Control in the Third Reich," presents oral arguments in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in the ongoing appeal of the landmark Supreme Court case of Heller vs District of Columbia. The case affirmed the Second Amendment rights of citizens for lawful purposes such as self-defense.
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appeared on Doug Stephan's Good Day radio program. Eland talks about the state of terrorism in the Iraq and whether the US creates more of a problem with its intervention. He also discusses the question of how ISIS is different than other terror groups.
Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland appeared on the Larry Conners USA Radio program to talk about the negotiations with Iran over their nuclear capabilities. Eland believes that the U.S. should give negotiations a chance to work and that any military action the U.S. or Israel might take would require an invasion of Iran. Airstrikes alone would not stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
Sr. Fellow John C. Goodman, author of "Priceless" and "A Better Choice" joins radio host Larry Kudlow to talk about the costs society is bearing for the breakup of traditional families. Goodman talks about how the welfare state subsidizes and enables and even rewards single parent families.
Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.