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Tuesday Mar 31

A Conversation with Vicente Fox

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

Elected President of Mexico in 2000, Vicente Fox ended leftist rule that dominated the nation's politics for seven decades. His administration implemented sound economic and fiscal policies that helped stabilize the Mexican national economy and paved the way for its current successes.

President Fox will join us for a discussion on hemispheric issues including Mexico's energy revolution, the continuing crisis in Venezuela, and the upcoming Summit of the Americas. His commentary will provide an important and critical perspective on what can be expected in Latin America moving forward.

Tuesday Mar 31

Does Antitrust Trump State Regulation? - The Supreme Court's North Carolina Dental Decision

Location: The Heritage Foundation
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

In its February 25 North Carolina Dental v. Federal Trade Commission decision, the Supreme Court held that a state regulatory board that is controlled by market participants in the industry being regulated cannot invoke "state action" antitrust immunity unless it is "actively supervised" by the state. Will this decision discourage harmful protectionist regulation, such as the prohibition on tooth whitening by non-dentists at issue in this case? Will it also interfere with the ability of states to shape their regulatory programs as they see fit? A U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner and two expert commentators will address this important set of questions.

Tuesday Mar 31

The Future of Innovation: A Conversation Between Tyler Cowen and Peter Thiel

Location: George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM

Host: Mercatus Center

This is the inaugural event of the Mercatus Center's newly established Conversations with Tyler event series.

Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestsellingauthors, are among today's top global thought leaders and influentialinnovators. Join us as these two engage in a serious dialogue on theideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progressin the coming years and decades.

Peter Thiel is among the mostimpressive innovators of the past two decades. As co-founder of Paypaland seed-funder for Facebook, Thiel has been instrumental in theconception and growth of some of today's most entrepreneurial andinnovative companies. In his latest best-selling book, Zero to One,Thiel explains how to build a better future by capitalizing oninnovation. A staunch optimist, he maintains that progress can beachieved anywhere the human mind is able to think creatively. Thieldescribes how entrepreneurial thinking leads to innovation, which buildssomething new and moves the mark from zero to one.

Wednesday Apr 01

Are International Human Rights U.S. Law?

Location: Federalist Society Chicago Student Chapter
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join David Moore for a Federalist Society discussion on international human rights and their relationship with U.S. law.

More on this event to come at fed-soc.org.

Wednesday Apr 01

Citizenship Award Dinner

Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Host: Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

We're bringing back Charles Krauthammer as the 2015 Citizenship Dinner Speaker! In addition to hearing from the always-entertaining Dr. Krauthammer, we will honor Bill and Mary Braum as our 2015 award recipients.

Wednesday Apr 01

Regulatory Humility in Practice: Remarks by FTC Comissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

Location: AEI
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: AEI

Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, has called for regulatory humility, but what does that mean in practice for issues such as online privacy, the Internet of Things, and net neutrality regulation? During this AEI event, Ohlhausen will outline a step-by-step approach for putting the principles of regulatory humility into action and will identify high and low watermarks for the commission's adherence to this approach.

Wednesday Apr 01

Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America

Location: TBA, Columbia, SC
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Federalist Society

Join Professor Michael Heise at a Federalist Society event focused on Catholic Schools and their role in the urban education system.

More information on fed-soc.org.

Thursday Apr 02

Drinks at Your Fingertips: Klink & Regulatory Hurdles to Alcohol Delivery

Location: CATO
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: CATO

What if, instead of heading down to your local liquor store, the next time you found yourself craving an alcoholic beverage, you could simply pull out your smart phone, place an order, and a short while later, get your drinks, all without leaving your home? That's the concept behind Klink, an alcohol delivery app that brings the user-friendly connectivity of the sharing economy to one of the most heavily regulated industries in the nation.

Join the Cato Institute for a lunchtime discussion of the role Klink is playing in the sharing economy, the tough regulatory landscape it must navigate, and what the app means for the future of alcohol delivery.

Friday Apr 03

Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series with Glenn Greenwald

Location: Omni Madalay Hotel, Irving TX
Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: National Center for Policy Analysis

The NCPA and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation are proud to host journalist, lawyer and author Glenn Greenwald for a luncheon on Friday, April 3rd, at the Omni Mandalay in Irving, Texas.

When National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden wanted to alert the world to the astonishing degree of surveillance by the government, he sought out Glenn Greenwald. Snowden waited months before entrusting the evidence to him, only after Greenwald agreed to security precautions and encrypted his computer. Greenwald's most recent book — No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State — depicts his 11-day interview with Snowden in Hong Kong, where the former contractor had fled from the United States. During that interview, Snowden revealed to Greenwald the extent of the NSA's vast surveillance system and the extraordinary spying tactics of the American government.

The release of the Snowden files sparked a nationwide debate over the proper line between national security and individual liberty and privacy. Greenwald will tell the audience what led to Snowden downloading massive amounts of classified documents and ultimately sharing those files with Greenwald and the world. He will address Snowden's plan for sharing these documents — and what might be the next step in this ongoing situation.

Whether you are in favor of America's surveillance programs or concerned about government intrusion into individuals' privacy, this NCPA luncheon will provide you with a fascinating and firsthand look at one of the most controversial episodes in recent history — one which will undoubtedly remain at the forefront of the American policy debate.


Friday Apr 03

Press Luncheon: Transparency and Understanding in Dynamic Scoring

Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Host: Tax Foundation

Transparency and understanding. These two words don't come to mind when you think of dynamic scoring. Instead, the current debate over static and dynamic scoring is overwhelmed with secrecy and skepticism. This needs to change.

This debate is an important one. Congress needs to have the best estimates available in order to make smarter legislation. Everyone knows conventional models don't present the full picture, but some question the assumptions incorporated in dynamic analysis.

Unfortunately, the current atmosphere surrounding the debate makes it difficult for reporters to get a straight answer about the what, why, and how a particular model works and the results it produces. Between the partisan politics, black box models, and competing economic philosophies, it can be difficult to decipher the facts from the spin.

Reporters, policymakers, and analysts from all backgrounds need to be on the same page in order to push the discussion past the politics and towards solutions. We need to understand exactly why each of us believes what we believe, how each model works, and what we agree on. In other words, transparency and understanding are crucial.

Because of this, we're inviting reporters interested in dynamic scoring to a luncheon to discuss the history of revenue scoring and macroeconomic analysis, the role dynamic scoring should play, and an explanation of exactly how our Taxes and Growth (TAG) Model works.

Monday Apr 06

Meeting of the Shaftesbury Society with Jay Schalin

Location: Raleigh, NC
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: John Locke Foundation

In spite of the politicization of knowledge on our campuses, a promising trend is re-introducing reality into the Ivory Tower. That is the emergence of independent academic centers that teach history, economics, and the politics in a traditionally objective manner. These centers are proving to be even more effective than anticipated in restoring sensible teaching to the fevered swamps of academe. Hayek, Burke, de Tocqueville, and Adam Smith are alive and well on their campuses.

Monday Apr 06

"Saving Higher Education"

Location: The John Locke Foundation, NC
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: John Locke Foundation

In spite of the politicization of knowledge on our campuses, a promising trend is re-introducing reality into the Ivory Tower. That is the emergence of independent academic centers that teach history, economics, and the politics in a traditionally objective manner. These centers are proving to be even more effective than anticipated in restoring sensible teaching to the fevered swamps of academe. Hayek, Burke, de Tocqueville, and Adam Smith are alive and well on their campuses.

Monday Apr 06

Overcriminalization

Location: Missouri - Columbia Law
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Host: Federalist Society

Join The Washington Post's Radley Balko for a Federalist Society event on overcriminalization in America.

Move information to come at fed-soc.org.

Tuesday Apr 07

Did Affordable Housing Policy Cause the Financial Crisis and Can it Happen Again?

Location: CATO
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: CATO

After more than six years and dozens of books and journal articles on the subject, the causes of the 2008 financial crisis continue to be hotly debated, perhaps none more so than the role of federal housing policy — specifically that of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Community Reinvestment Act. Most experts agree that the increase in the number of loans that required a low down payment, little documentation, and low borrower credit fueled the subprime boom and bust. But what caused lending and underwriting standards to deteriorate so dramatically? Did Wall Street greed drive the demand for subprime lending, or did federal mandates lead the charge? Please join us as Peter J. Wallison, author of the new book Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again, and John C. Weicher examine and debate the causes and consequences of these trends. Correctly understanding the impact of federal housing policy may well determine whether we experience another financial crisis or not.

Tuesday Apr 07

Join the Heartland Institute and Johan Norberg for a Discussion of the DVD Power to the People

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Host: Heartland Institute

The thirst for energy in developing countries will only grow as economic freedom spreads. People there see how we in the West live and refuse to be left behind. In Power to the People, Swedish economist and author Johan Norberg explores the incredible challenge this demand for energy presents to man- and woman-kind. How are we going to maintain our standard of living? How do we reduce our impact on the planet? And how will we get power to all the people?

Norberg travels the world in Power to the People to peel back the layers of this global challenge, often questioning the conventional wisdom on what works and what doesn't. His journey starts in the Moroccan bazaars of Marrakech, which functioned fine for eons without modern conveniences, but where electric lights, computers, cell phones, and credit card readers are now everywhere. Even more telling is Norberg's journey to a remote Berber village in the Sahara Desert. More than half the world still cooks its food over open flames but this is rapidly changing, including here, where women now cook on gas stoves, and some even have refrigerators.

Tuesday Apr 07

The Future of Economic Development: A Conversation Between Tyler Cowen and Jeffery Sachs

Location: George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Host: Mercatus Center

Jeffrey Sachs and Tyler Cowen, both New York Timesbest-selling authors, are among today's top global leaders and mostinfluential economists. Join these leading thinkers in a seriousdialogue on the ideas and policies that will likely shape economicdevelopment in the coming years and decades.

Throughout history,some countries' economies have thrived while others have failed.Currently, one in six people in the world lives on less than $1 per day.

Whatis the connection between a country's economic policies and environmentand its economic growth? What role does a global marketplace play in acountry's economic growth? What are potential solutions being discussedto bring greater prosperity to these countries? By exploring why somecountries have grown out of poverty while others haven't, we can betterunderstand how to fight global poverty for future generations.

Prof.Sachs is a leader and one of the preeminent scholars in this field. Hehas dedicated years of work to answering these types of questions.Please join us for what promises to be one of the most importantdiscussions on development economics in recent years. After the program,we invite you to stay for a reception.

Wednesday Apr 08

2015 Wake-Up Forum - Tri-Cities

Location: Kennewick, WA
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 AM
End Time: 8:00 AM

Host: Washington Policy Center

Wake up Wednesday mornings with WPC, business leaders, and legislators from across the state, taking your questions and comments on one of the most important legislative sessions in our state's history.

Wednesday Apr 08

Affordable Energy Threatened in New Mexico

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM

Host: Rio Grande Foundation

Since New Mexico adopted its renewable portfolio standard in 2007 under then-Gov. Bill Richardson, electricity prices in New Mexico have exploded. Seven such states with renewable mandates saw their rates soar by an average of 54.2 percent between 2001 and 2010, more than twice the average increase experienced by seven other coal-dependent states without mandates. Taylor will be presenting on the myriad forces threatening to drive electricity prices in New Mexico even higher at a Rio Grande Foundation event.

Thursday Apr 09

Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again

Location: Chicago, IL
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Host: The Federalist Society and The Heartland Institute

The 2008 financial crisis — like the Great Depression — was a worldwide historical event. Its cause will be debated for years, if not generations. The conventional narrative is the financial crisis was caused by Wall Street greed and insufficient regulation of the financial system. That narrative produced the Dodd-Frank Act, the most comprehensive financial-system regulation since the New Deal. There is evidence, however, that the Dodd-Frank Act has slowed the economy's recovery. If insufficient regulation caused the financial crisis, then the Dodd-Frank Act will never be modified or repealed; proponents will argue that doing so will cause another crisis.

A competing narrative about what caused the financial crisis has received little attention. This view, which is accepted by almost all Republicans in Congress and most conservatives, contends the crisis was caused by government housing policies, and it is well-documented in this book. Wallison explains that in June 2008, before the crisis, 56 percent of all mortgages in the United States were subprime or otherwise low-quality. Of these, 76 percent were on the books of government agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. When these mortgages defaulted in 2007 and 2008, they drove down housing prices and weakened banks and other mortgage holders, causing the crisis.

No one will be able to claim the financial crisis was caused by insufficient regulation, or defend Dodd-Frank, without coming to terms with the data this book contains.

Friday Apr 10

Cato Institute Policy Perspectives 2015

Location: New York, NY
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 2:00 PM

Host: Cato

This event features a discussion on the Libertarian mind in America by David Boaz, a lecture entitled "Power to the People" by Johan Norbert, and a Luncheon Address entitled "Working Smart" by John Tierney.

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