First Amendment

White nationalist to control which journalists cover Florida 'free speech' event

University of Florida says Richard Spencer has authority to deny access Expert: school has ‘unfortunately sacrificed’ journalists’ first amendment rights<p>A white nationalist has been given full control over which journalists will be permitted to cover his “freedom of speech” event at the University …

News (U.S.)

The FCC Chairman Dings Trump’s Threat To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License: ‘I Believe In The First Amendment’

Like so many other aspects of his presidency, it looks as if Donald Trump’s threats to revoke NBC’s broadcast license were a bunch of hot air. The former NBC star lashed out at the network last week, after NBC News ran a report that Trump had allegedly inquired about increasing the United States …

Net Neutrality

“Constitutional conservatives” are endorsing the anti-Constitution Roy Moore

Roy Moore doesn’t follow the Constitution, and that’s not bothering Rand Paul or Mike Lee<p>Judge Roy Moore, the Republican Party's Senate candidate in Alabama, received two high profile GOP endorsements on Tuesday from self-professed constitutional conservatives — despite his own iffy relationship …

Equality

FCC chairman pushes back on Trump's NBC tweets

FCC chairman Ajit Pai offered a measured response Tuesday to President Trump's tweets last week arguing for a challenge to broadcast licenses for NBC …

Politics

How the Supreme Court's Upcoming Ruling in Same-Sex Marriage Wedding Cake Case Might Impact Other Small Businesses

Spoiler: Probably not much.<p>One of the most contentious cases on the U.S. Supreme Court's fall docket involves a Colorado baker's much-publicized refusal to craft a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. This five-year-old case is described as a major battle between free speech and antidiscrimination …

Equality

Senate Dem hammers FCC Chair for response to Trump tweet

“[Ajit Pai’s] statement is better than nothing, but it is merely a reiteration of the FCC’s authorities under the law,” Schatz said in a statement on …

Fake News

Trump forces FCC chairman to declare loyalty to First Amendment

Ajit Pai offered what sounded like a mission statement.<p>At an event this morning at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, the FCC chairman was asked about the latest affronts by President Trump to the First Amendment. After NBC News published a report that Trump favored boosting the U.S. …

Opinion

FCC chair says it can't revoke TV licenses, despite Trump threat

President Trump tweeted last week that licenses for TV networks airing what he calls "fake" news "must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked."<p>Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission that handles licensing, says he doesn't have the authority to do that.<p>On Tuesday Pai …

Entertainment

Why the First Amendment won’t protect PR pros online

Free speech is a cornerstone of our democracy.The First Amendment guides many U.S. citizens' core beliefs, shaping how we think and view ourselves …

Public Relations

Trump is not threatening the First Amendment; Americans' ignorance of what it means most definitely is

For the second time in as many months, Americans are demonstrating a profound ignorance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But this time, it’s not about the NFL and freedom of speech; it’s about our sacrosanct freedom of the press.<p>Backlash followed swiftly Thursday after President …

Opinion

Did Trump tweet poison legal case against athletes who kneel?

By Tracy Jan, (c) 2017, The Washington Post<p>The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply …

NFL

FCC Commissioner to Trump: First Amendment, Baby! Learn to Love it!

Sit down and shut it, you mentally deranged, wannabe-dictator!Ok. Nobody said that (out loud), but that’s the gist of the message from the FCC, in …

Conservative View

Trump's Justice Department Lawyers Ask Court to Toss Twitter Users' Lawsuit

The DOJ argues Trump's tweeting isn't "state action" and its supporting statements imply the site would be well within its rights to ban the …

Donald Trump

Did Trump violate the First Amendment?

Freedom of the Press Foundation executive director Trevor Timm says that President Trump has "already violated the First Amendment" by threatening TV licenses. Speaking of amendments, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post says the 25th Amendment option for removing Trump should be "taken seriously."<p>…

Liberals Embrace 'Dark Money'

Remember when Democrats and the press corps complained about “dark money” and wanted to rewrite the First Amendment to ban certain campaign contributions? Well, well. Now the progressive operatives at Fusion GPS are invoking free-speech rights to block the House Intelligence Committee’s probe of …

Opinion

College presidents and provosts gather to consider issues of free speech

If college leaders had any hope that speaker disruptions and free speech disputes would be last semester's news, they have seen otherwise in the …

Higher Education

FCC Commissioner Slams Trump’s Tweet Threatening NBC: ‘We Have to Honor the First Amendment’

CNN’s <b>Brian Stelter</b> spoke this morning with <b>Jessica Rosenworcel</b>, one of the Democratic commissioners on the FCC, about <b>President Trump</b>‘s threat to …

Brian Stelter

CNN: ‘Autocrat’ Trump Violating First Amendment and Should Be Removed

CNN’s un-<i>Reliable Sources</i> went off the rails Sunday as media preacher Brian Stelter dedicated part of his sermon to attacking President Trump for …

Conservative View

To kneel or not to kneel

Kneeling is counterproductive<p>In any contest between patriotism and the struggle against racism, patriotism will come out on top for most Americans. …

Opinion

White House claims Trump’s Twitter account is personal, so he can block whoever he likes

The White House has filed a legal brief arguing people blocked by President Donald Trump’s Twitter account cannot sue him for restricting their …

Liberal View

Trump's lawyers: Courts have no say over his Twitter feed

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump can block his critics from following him on Twitter without violating the First Amendment despite a lawsuit's claims that it violates the Constitution to do so, government lawyers say.<p>Trial attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington submitted …

News (U.S.)

FCC chairman silent amid Trump's attacks on press

President Trump continued his assault on NBC News Friday, retweeting former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's assertion that "the President will not be …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Proudly Tweets He’s Destroying Health Care Economy That Employs Millions Of Americans

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Health Care

Trump touts First Amendment rights for religious groups

President Donald Trump fervently advocated for religious liberty in a speech before a group of conservative Christian voters Friday, citing the …

Rights & Freedoms

The Religious Right Is Using Hurricane Tragedies to Leverage More Public Funds for Churches

The religious right wants to open up the spigots of government funding after natural disasters. The eventual goal may be the undoing of the First …

Religion

After Trump tweets threat to free press, FCC’s GOP commissioners remain silent

By Tom WheelerNothing is supposed to surprise us in Washington these days. So, I guess we shouldn’t have been surprised when President Trump tweeted …

Net Neutrality

Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists

A state lawmaker in Indiana has drafted a measure to require licenses for journalists akin to those that pertain to handgun owners, a proposal legal experts says directly violates the First Amendment.<p>The measure would require journalists — defined as anyone writing or broadcasting news for a …

Politics

Trump May Not Be Serious About His NBC Threats... But He May Have Violated The First Amendment

By now, you've almost certainly heard about President Trump's multiple tweet attack on NBC for having a story he didn't like. A few times, Trump has …

Censorship

Correction: Confederate Monument-Protest-Lawsuits story

In a story Oct. 12 about two lawsuits filed against white nationalists and other groups who descended on Charlottesville in August, The Associated Press erroneously reported a request in one of the lawsuits. The suit filed in federal court does not seek a ban on similar gatherings, but asks the …

News (U.S.)

Why Trump's Threats Against Media Licenses Might Actually Violate the First Amendment

With very few exceptions, the free speech protections enshrined in the U.S. Constitution give Americans the right to say pretty much whatever we …

Censorship