Calendar

Wednesday Jul 23

Gingrich's Contract with America: The Power of Conservative Ideas

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

In 1994, after languishing in the minority for 40 years, the Republicans decided to stop being the me-too party. They took a principled conservative stand against the reigning liberal dogmas – and won big, taking control of Congress. Key to this victory was Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, a conservative agenda that rallied Americans in favor of limited government and promised to reform the way Congress worked.

Since then, politicians across the political spectrum have tried – and failed – to repeat the Contract's success in galvanizing the electorate. Join former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on the 20th anniversary of the Contract with America, as he reflects on the lessons it holds for the political landscape today.

This lecture is the third of four events in the "Lessons for Conservatives from Goldwater to the Tea Party" series hosted by the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. The Simon Center previously featured George Will who reflected on Barry Goldwater's presidential run and a panel discussion on "Do We Need Another Reagan?"

Thursday Jul 24

Debate: Libertarianism vs Conservatism

Location: The Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Featuring Cato Institute Interns; and Heritage Foundation Interns; with an introduction by Chip Bishop, Director of Student Programs, Cato Institute; moderated by Chris Moody, Political Reporter, Yahoo News.

Liberty and virtue are values that both conservatives and libertarians tout as components of their philosophies. Historically, disagreements about the definitions of and balance between liberty and virtue have taken a back seat to other more pressing conflicts, causing the distinct philosophies to often be lumped together. As times have changed, elements of the old "fusionism" alliance have dissolved, and new conflicts have emerged that impose a strain on the formerly functioning, though imperfect, ideological partnership.

Recent policy issues have highlighted disagreements in areas such as the War on Drugs, national defense, welfare, immigration, marriage, foreign policy, and many others. These topics represent important reasons to discuss the similarities and the differences between the two worldviews.

We invite you to a timely debate about the two philosophies and their associated policy applications, as interns from the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute go head-to-head to answer the perennial question: Is libertarianism or conservatism the better political philosophy?

Thursday Jul 24

Energy Exports and Free Trade: How the U.S. Can Take Advantage of a Tremendous Opportunity

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 11:30 AM

Expanding domestic energy production over the past few years has provided a welcome boost to the American economy. The federal government, however, has constrained the economic benefits by significantly limiting companies' ability to trade energy freely around the world. Join as Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) leads a discussion in how open energy markets will create more opportunities for Americans, promote economic prosperity at home and abroad.

Thursday Jul 24

Expanding Opportunity in America: A Conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Location: AEI's Twelfth Floor, 1150 Seventeenth Street NW
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 10:00 AM

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty, which promised not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty but also to cure it once and for all. Unfortunately, that promise is still out of reach for 46 million Americans. So what can we do today to expand opportunity for all Americans?

Please join us as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveils a new set of policy reforms aimed at reducing poverty and increasing upward mobility throughout America. Chairman Ryan's plan seeks to reconnect struggling Americans with their local communities and give social-services programs the flexibility to better serve individual needs. Leading poverty and economic mobility experts will then discuss the policy implications of Chairman Ryan's plan.

Thursday Jul 24

Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice

Location: Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts NW
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Featuring the author Sidney Powell; with comments by Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Ronald Weich, Dean, University of Baltimore Law School; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

In Licensed to Lie, attorney Sidney Powell takes readers through a series of disturbing events, missteps, and cover-ups in our federal criminal justice system. According to Powell, the malfeasance stretches across all three branches of our government — from the White House to the U.S. Senate, to members of the judiciary. Even worse, the law itself is becoming pernicious. Americans can now be prosecuted, convicted, and imprisoned for actions that are not crimes. And if acquitted, there is no recourse against prosecutors who hid evidence vital to the defense. Join us for a discussion of these distressing legal trends and what might be done about them.

Thursday Jul 24

Supreme Court Term in Review and Chapter Launch

Location: State Chamber of Oklahoma, 330 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Please join Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, for a discussion on the recently-ended Supreme Court term. Which decisions will have the biggest impact on the way the Constitution is interpreted years and decades down the line? Which rulings are good news, and which are cause for alarm?

Friday Jul 25

The Nation's Gun Show

Location: Dulles Expo Center (South Hall), 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly VA 20152
Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Join us for the largest gun show in the Metro D.C. Area! C and E Gun Shows is dedicated to producing the most professional, safest and ethical gun shows in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise, and our dealers with the largest crowds of qualified buyers anywhere, while always doing all we can do to protect the Constitution of the United States of America.

Show Hours:
Friday 3 pm-8 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Admission:
3-Day Pass - $18.00 $12.00 - Adults $6.00 - Kids 12 to 17 Free for kids under 12
Phone: 540.951.1344 or 540.953.0016

22 Miles from Washington, DC - Directions: I-66, Exit 53B, go 3 miles Rt. 28 N, turn right onto Willard Rd., take 2nd left into the Chantilly Shopping Center, Follow signs to Expo Center.

Sunday Jul 27

Cato University 2014

Location: Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 9:30 AM

Cato University is the Cato Institute's premier educational event of the year. This annual program brings together outstanding faculty and participants from across the country and, often, from around the globe, all sharing a commitment to liberty and learning. Its widening popularity is due to not only the quality of the attendees, faculty and topics, but the opportunity it provides participants to form new and enduring friendships, and for sharing experiences and perspectives in a one-of-a-kind, brain-energizing environment. Would you like to meet like-minded people from all over? Have a spectacular vacation while sharing ideas on how to advance, enhance, and defend your principles about liberty, free-markets, individual rights, the dangers of a sprawling, expensive, and intruding government among other subjects? If so, Cato University is definitely for you. Cato University 2014 will be held at the magnificent Rancho Bernardo Inn, which is just a few miles north of San Diego. To make this wonderful program accessible to as many people as possible, we've kept the cost of Cato University at $995, including all meals, receptions, lectures, materials, books, and evening events. In addition, we've been able to arrange an exceptionally low room rate for participants at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Monday Jul 28

Extremism at the EPA: A Discussion on Federal Overreach, Regulation Costs, and Climate Realities

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the next step in its climate change agenda with a draft rule that would cap carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases from existing power plants. In doing so, the EPA used questionable science, ignored climate realities, and discounted major investments around the world to build power plants. This rule will significantly reduce the use of coal as an efficient and inexpensive source of reliable power in America, if the EPA is allowed to succeed in finalizing it in addition to other climate change regulations already in the books or on the way. The consequences will be lost jobs and higher energy costs for American families and businesses with no meaningful reduction in global emissions or temperatures.

During the final week of July, the EPA will be holding its public hearings on the proposed rule in three different states throughout the nation, as well as the District of Colombia. At the beginning of this crucial week, join us as we discuss climate realities and fallacies, the EPA's war on coal, and efforts to stop the EPA's unchecked climate change regulation. Leading the discussion will be a special address by Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania's 3rd District, whose successful fight against federal overreach in the private sector led him to Washington and motivates his ongoing effort to stop such regulatory extremism.

Monday Jul 28

Young America's Foundation National Conservative Student Conference

Location: George Washington University's Marvin Center, Washington, DC
Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 AM

Full-time college students are invited to apply Young America's Foundation's premiere conference, now in its 36th year. This conference features the stars of the Conservative Movement: leading policy-makers, professors, media personalities, and activists; tremendous opportunities for networking with like-minded peers across the country; and a colossal amount of invaluable activism resources. Conservative interns on Capitol Hill and the DC area are also invited to attend portions of the event on a part-time basis. Early Bird Rate: $100* (includes tuition, materials, lodging, and meals). After May 31, the fee increases to $175. Acceptance is subject to approval.

Tuesday Jul 29

11th Annual Supreme Court Round-Up

Location: Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's Twentieth Floor Reception Area, 130 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Time: 5:30 PM

The Honorable Paul D. Clement, a partner at Bancroft PLLC and former Solicitor General of the United States, will review the U.S. Supreme court term that closed in June 2014 – highlighting the results in significant cases, discussing the various Justices' voting patterns, etc. he will also preview the cases that may land on the Court's docket in the term beginning in October 2014.

Registration fee:
$10.00 for current members, law students, and clerks
$20.00 for non-members with advance registration.

Prices are $5.00 higher without pre-registration.

Payment accepted at the door by cash or check to "The Federalist Society."

Approved by the Pa. CLE Board for one (1) hour of substantive CLE credit.

Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Preregister via e-mail to CLEadmin@philafedsoc.org, or call Grace Engel at (215) 575-7169.

Tuesday Jul 29

Arresting Your Cash: How Civil Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool with a dark side. Meant to ensure that "crime does not pay," civil forfeiture laws allow police to seize property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. But this tool often has low evidentiary standards, and in many states law enforcement can keep whatever they seize as profits – leading some agencies to treat civil forfeiture as a way to raise revenue, often at the expense of innocent property owners. As stories continue to surface of cops behaving more like robbers – seizing homes, money, and cars on dubious grounds – action is being taken. States have begun to reform their laws to protect their citizens' property rights, and the issue has now reached Congress. What is the outlook on forfeiture reform, and where do we stand today?

Representative Tim Walberg of Michigan's 7th District, recently brought stories of forfeiture abuses to the attention of the House, and has called publicly for federal civil forfeiture reform. Radley Balko, an author, blogger, and investigative journalist for The Huffington Post, writes frequently on law enforcement matters including civil forfeiture; he has brought to the public's attention many of the innocent victims of civil forfeiture abuse. Scott Bullock is a Senior Attorney at the public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice, who has litigated a number of forfeiture cases and is a leading expert in forfeiture law.

Tuesday Jul 29

Regdata 2.0: Quantifying Regulation

Location: Cannon House Office Building 121
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University invites you to a Regulation University program that introduces an enhanced research tool for quantifying federal regulation.

RegData 2.0 provides a revolutionary way of quantifying regulation by industry, agency and restriction terms found in text of the Code of Federal Regulations.

RegData allows you to:

  • Go beyond 'page' or 'rule' counts: RegData 2.0 allows you to assess regulations by number of restrictions per regulator, or restrictions relative to total word count
  • See how the regulatory metrics compare across industries
  • See how much regulation is generated by a particular agency, bureau, committee, or administration per year
  • See how regulatory restrictions have changed over time for a particular industry
  • Examine the degree to which agency production of regulations changes after Congress passes new laws

In this program, Senior Research Fellow Dr. Patrick McLaughlin will explain the new features available in RegData 2.0 and how to conduct searches that can help with your most pressing regulation questions.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a valuable presentation. Space is limited. Please register online for this event.

This event is free and open to all congressional and federal agency staff. This event is not open to the general public. Food will be provided. Due to space constraints, please no interns. Questions? Please contact Caitlyn Van Orden, Event Associate, at cvanorden@mercatus.gmu.edu or (703) 993-4925.

Wednesday Jul 30

2014 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference

Location: Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Wilmington, NC
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Time: 6:30 PM

The NC Public Charter Schools Association proudly presents the 2014 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference July 30- August 1 at the beautiful Hilton Wilmington Riverside along the Cape Fear River in historic Wilmington. We are expecting 500 passionate educators, administrators, board members, parents, students, valued business members, legislators, and other stakeholders to make this the largest and most exciting charter event in our region! The event's focus will be recognizing our growth and opportunity and be called "Waves of change, oceans of opportunity!" The conference will include: Top speakers, including Jon Hage, CEO and founder of Charter Schools USA and the CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Nina Rees. Invited speakers include NC Gov. Pat McCrory, Speaker of the NC House, Thom Tillis, Dr. June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board Chair Bill Cobey, with more to be announced soon. 48 quality breakout sessions with top rated presenters, covering Advocacy, Governance/Leadership, Instruction, and Operations (our Call for Presentations closes February 28). Special "in-house training or "board retreat" options for a limited number of member schools that register early. Charter Champions Awards. Common Core training. Hospitality Suite open for attendees and vendors! Great restaurants a short walk away or the Ruth's Chris Steak House in the hotel. Super Hilton Wilmington Riverside rates for summer/beach area at $129 through June 29th (hint: register early and get a river view room for an extra $10). Book your room below! Networking with your peers. Association members $109 Non-members $159 (both increase $40 later).

Wednesday Jul 30

American Legislative Exchange Council 2014 Annual Meeting

Location: Dallas, TX
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:30 PM

As America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state lawmakers, ALEC brings together legislators, policy experts and business leaders to exchange and share ideas. The ALEC Annual Meeting, in Dallas, Texas, is a spectacular opportunity to join the conversation on limited government, free market policies.

Wednesday Jul 30

The Iraq Meltdown: What Next?

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

The swift collapse of Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq in the face of an al-Qaeda-spearheaded Sunni insurgency is a disastrous setback for U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East policies that will have dangerous regional spillover effects. The Islamic State, formerly known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and before that as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, now poses a rising threat to the United States and U.S. allies. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) will discuss Iraq and the broader implications for the American foreign policy. Following his remarks, a panel of experts will discuss the current trends in Iraq.

Thursday Jul 31

Campaign Management Workshop

Location: TBD (Loudoun County, VA)
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM

Do you want to learn how to organize your community, make a difference, and work on a political campaign?

Good news! You can learn all of this at the Leadership Institute's Campaign Management Workshop.

This workshop teaches you how to manage or contribute to a winning campaign. Every year thousands run for elected office, but only a few win. Get the skills necessary to be a leader for the campaign of your choice.

At this workshop you will learn to:

  • Recruit and manage the volunteers you need to knock on doors and make phone calls.
  • Build a grassroots infrastructure to put your campaign over to the top on Election Day.
  • Raise money for your cause or campaign to pay the rent and keep your campaign going.
  • Develop and communicate an effective message that reaches key voters.

Thursday Jul 31

Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Location: Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM

Economics suffers from a bad reputation as a "dismal science" plagued with lifeless graphs and dry statistics. In reality, this accusation has less to do with substance than with style; the subject itself is lively and vital. Economics provides a powerful framework for understanding what goes on in the marketplace, the voting booth, the family, the community, and every other sphere of social activity; indeed, the application (or misapplication) of its principles shapes the fate of nations. The greatest teachers of economics, from before Adam Smith on down to the present, have always impressed upon the public their discipline's explanatory powers and importance for human well-being.

In Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Peter J. Boettke contributes to this tradition by discussing the ideas of some of the most important economists of the past century – famous and not so famous "worldly philosophers" whose innovative theories shed light on pressing issues such as inflation and unemployment, capitalism and socialism, competition and entrepreneurship, law and politics, and customs and civil society. He also explains how the conduct of economists, both in classrooms and in scholarly journals written for their peers, enhances or diminishes the influence of economic thinking on the world of practical affairs.

Boettke's thorough diagnosis of the maladies of today's economics profession is especially valuable. He concludes by urging his colleagues to return to their discipline's original mission: to make sense of human action and communicate the findings to a public sorely in need of cogent counsel. Scholarly and yet highly accessible, Living Economics enables readers to see far across the human landscape by standing on the shoulders of giants in the economics profession, as Boettke and his occasional chapter co-authors – Christopher Coyne, Steve Horwitz, Peter Leeson, David L. Prychitko, and Frederic Sautet – eagerly acknowledge. Its sparkling insights make it worthwhile reading for economics teachers, students, and anyone interested in exploring the frontiers of the economic way of thinking and their potential impact on the world.

Peter Boettke is a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and the Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

Thursday Jul 31

Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2014

Location: Laughing Man Tavern's Game Room, 1306 G St NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

For the second year, the Tax Foundation, National Taxpayers Union Foundation, and our latest partner, the Washington D.C. chapter of Liberty on the Rocks, invite students, activists, and residents to join in celebrating the life and legacy of Milton Friedman. The event will include drinks, games, and special remarks from a former student of Milton Friedman's, Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Stephen Entin.

Thursday Jul 31

Federal Budget Outlook: It's Worse than You Think

Location: The Cato Institute's Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave NW
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 1:00 PM

Featuring Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI) and Member, Senate Budget Committee; and Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.Org, Cato Institute; moderated by Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute.

The Congressional Budget Office has released its new budget outlook, and there is some good news about the recent decline in the deficit. However, the long-term fiscal outlook remains grim. Senator Johnson is leading efforts to focus Washington's attention on the debt crisis that will occur in coming years without major spending reforms. He advocates using 30-year projections to judge proposed fiscal policy changes, and he will illustrate his findings in a PowerPoint presentation. Chris Edwards will discuss why the fiscal outlook is worse than shown in official projections and how an unreformed budget will sap growth and undermine future living standards.

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