Bill Of Rights

‘We’ll never be the same’: How a hydroponic tomato garden inspired cops to raid a family’s home

The police report would claim it all kicked off at 7:38 a.m., but Bob Harte later thought it had to be earlier.<p>His 7:20 a.m. alarm had just yanked him awake. Got to get the kids — a boy in seventh grade, a girl in kindergarten — ready for school. Then he heard, like a starter’s pistol setting …

Fourth Amendment

A huge week for guns: A federal circuit court has done what the Supreme Court would not

Can government deny Americans one of our most important rights, specifically protected by the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, unless we can prove that we really, really need and deserve it? Thankfully, a federal appeals court has ruled in favor of our rights and against government overreach.<p>The 2-1 …

Opinion

Open-Carry Swords: A Civilized Second Amendment Right

Things that should not be abridged.<p>Starting in September, Texas will allow you to open-carry swords. The state already allows you to carry around …

Second Amendment

Creeping Totalitarianism

Posted: Jul 28, 2017 12:01 AM<p>Polling from YouGov this week shows 45 percent of Republicans support letting courts shut down "news media outlets for …

First Amendment

Student loan companies to feds: Tell states to stop regulating us

Over the past few years, lawmakers in Maine, California, Illinois and elsewhere have worked to pass state laws that would require student loan companies to abide by certain rules as a way to protect borrowers. Now these companies are asking the federal government to tell states to stop.<p>The National …

Government

To thwart the trolls, social-media sites should require users' real names

If you criticize a company on the Internet, do you have a right to keep your identity hidden? A California appeals court ruled the other day that businesses have to prove online comments are false and financially harmful before they can unmask anonymous critics via subpoenas.<p>The decision has …

First Amendment

Why Hasn’t Trump Already Pardoned Kushner, Flynn, Page and Manafort?

Anyone he pardons loses the right against self-incrimination and can be compelled to testify under pain of contempt and perjury.

World News

UC Irvine Professor Says Trump 'Violated First Amendment'

Adding to the national standard of college campuses having a vendetta against President Trump, a University of California, Irvine professor recently …

First Amendment

This Insane Poll Shows Free Speech In America Is Dying

It’s a troubling moment for freedom of speech.<p>For years, the Right has suggested that the Left is the force most dangerous to freedom of speech. From …

First Amendment

Poll: Most GOP Voters Say Courts Should Fine News Outlets for Biased Stories

Throughout his campaign and early presidency, Donald Trump has argued that the First Amendment gives journalists “too much protection,” most …

First Amendment

After SCOTUS Ruling, Some Rush To Trademark Racially Charged Terms, Symbols

The same day that the Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional for the Patent and Trademark Office to ban racially charged or offensive …

First Amendment

Memos: NSA Violated Civil Liberties 90+ Times Under Obama

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed that the Obama administration had committed over …

Fourth Amendment

Restrictive concealed carry law violates Second Amendment, DC Circuit rules

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• Restrictive concealed carry law violates…<p>Second Amendment<p>Shutterstock.com<p>A federal appeals court has blocked a Washington, D.C., gun …

Second Amendment

Google Challenges Canada’s Global Blocking Injunction in the US

Despite being what courts have described as an “innocent bystander”, Google has found itself at the heart of a potentially damaging intellectual …

First Amendment

Attorneys: New Jersey Issues Bill Of Rights After Lawsuit By Ebola-Quarantined Nurse

<b>TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)</b> — The Christie administration has agreed to put new rules in place for quarantines after a woman was held back in 2014 …

Disease

American Politics is a Continuous Campaign, But That’s Okay

Posted: Jul 27, 2017 12:01 AM<p><b>Editor's Note</b>: <i>This column was written by</i> <i>Kayla Gowdy.</i><p>On June 28th, President Donald Trump held his first fundraiser for …

First Amendment

McConnell’s attempt top butcher ObamaCare is political malpractice

I must pay homage to that great American baseball player and twister of words, Yogi Berra. I thought of Yogi last week as America witnessed the …

Health Care

Reports that Capitol Police Barred Journalists From Taping Health Care Protests and Ordered Videos Deleted Raise Serious First and Fourth Amendment Concerns

• Home<br>• Reports that Capitol Police Barred Journalists From Taping Health Care Protests and Ordered Videos Deleted Raise Serious First and Fourth …

Fourth Amendment

D.C.'s Rule Requiring a "Good Reason" to Carry a Gun Struck Down

The District of Columbia has suffered another defeat in its decades-long effort to restrict gun rights.<p>Today the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck …

Second Amendment

The Senate Should Pass ‘Kate’s Law’ and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

The need for laws such as these two pieces of legislation is clear.<p>On June 29, the House passed two amendments to the Immigration and Nationality …

Tenth Amendment

Republicans Toy with a Misguided Tax on the First Amendment

Page: 1 2<p>President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have laudably made passing tax reform — real tax reform, not just shuffling …

First Amendment

Gillian Triggs: Australian government 'ideologically opposed to human rights'

In her last week as human rights commissioner, Triggs says human rights are ‘regressing on almost every front’<p>Gillian Triggs has accused the Australian government of being “ideologically opposed to human rights”, saying Australia’s human rights are “regressing on almost every front”.<p>Triggs has used …

Rights & Freedoms

The Other Bill of Rights

“I can read whatever I want. No one can stop me. I can help other people read what they want. And no one can stop them.” <b>Zoe Fisher</b> for <i>The Rumpus</i> …

Constitutional Amendments

The John Roberts court: Champion of free speech

Barack Obama had his share of poor decisions and outright failures. One of his worst moments came during his 2010 State of the Union address. With six justices seated in front of him, he upbraided the Supreme Court for a decision on campaign finance regulation.<p>"With all due deference to separation …

First Amendment

Michigan Juror Rights Pamphleteer Free From Jail Pending His Appeal

Kallman argues that Wood's distribution of <i>Your Jury Rights: True or False?</i>, a flyer published by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), was …

First Amendment

There’s no First Amendment right to engage in anti-Israel boycotts — but there is a right to call for such boycotts

A reader emailed me last week about the controversy related to whether the the proposed Israel Anti-Boycott Act would threaten free speech. That turned out to require a considerable amount of research into the existing law that the proposal would amend, but I was intrigued and happy to do it; …

First Amendment

Does the Seventh Amendment Mean What it Says?

James Madison once wrote: “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort … . This being the end of government, that alone is a just …

Constitutional Amendments

Massachusetts court to ICE: We're not going to hold people not facing criminal charges for you

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man who had a criminal charge dismissed should not have been then locked up to await federal officials …

Tenth Amendment

Republican Disgustingly Uses Audio From Scalise Shooting for Campaign Spot

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is running in the Republican primary to take over Jeff Sessions's Senate seat, and he has decided the best opening argument is …

Second Amendment

Illinois College Threatens ‘Disciplinary Proceedings’ for ‘Offensive Language’

Students will effectively lose their First Amendment rights under this policy.<p>Carl Sandburg College in Illinois may put students through …

First Amendment