First Amendment

Man sentenced to 3 years for Facebook threat to kill Obama loses appeal

He told Secret Service of "biblical and constitutional duty" to assassinate Obama.<p>A Wisconsin man lost his bid before a federal appeals court to set …

Bill Of Rights

Does Alexa Have Free Speech Rights?

In November 2015, Victor Collins was found dead in a hot tub in James Bates’ home in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bates was charged with murder. During …

Artificial Intelligence

Chicago Scholar Tackles ‘Sex and the Constitution’

<b>“Papa Knows Best”</b><p>Samuel Roth was a character. Born in 1893 in the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe, Roth emigrated to America as a child and …

Bill Of Rights

Cosmopolitan Doesn’t Understand How The Constitution Works

Jill Filipovic’s latest essay at <i>Cosmopolitan</i> is like the Lernaean Hydra: it is almost impossible to know where or how to strike it, given its …

Constitutional Law

Gorsuch's Free-Speech Lesson

Senate Democrats have been flailing this week trying to land a punch against Neil Gorsuch, but the Supreme Court nominee has had much more success in his role as a legal counterpuncher. Take the nominee’s response to Democratic hectoring over the First Amendment.<p>Rhode Island limelighter Sheldon …

Opinion

Meryl Streep will play the opposite of Miranda Priestly in new movie ‘The Post’

In “The Post,” a new movie about the Washington Post’s behind-the-scenes battle to publish the Pentagon Papers, feminism and the First Amendment take center stage, according to an undated copy of the film’s script received by the Post.<p>Starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks as executive editor Ben Bradlee …

Lifestyle

School Prayer Room for Muslims May Violate First Amendment, Texas AG Says

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's objections to a Muslim prayer room at school has been criticized an "Islamophobic publicity stunt."

Bill Of Rights

Watch Sen. Whitehouse Grill Gorsuch About Dark Money, Corporate Power, and Citizens United

Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court has not revealed a great deal about the nominee. …

Equality

Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court, and Religious Freedom | Religion & Politics

(Justin Sullivan/Getty)<p>A little over a year ago, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died. Justice Scalia was among the most consequential jurists in …

Religion

How the First Amendment Applies to Trump’s Presidency

One of the strangest sentences in American law comes from Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Under the First Amendment,” he wrote, in 1974, “there is no such thing as a false idea.” That is not a decree that the world brims with truth. He meant that we rely on the marketplace of ideas, rather than on …

Government

Kurt Eichenwald Case: Texas Grand Jury Says a GIF Is a ‘Deadly Weapon’

A Texas grand jury has decided that a GIF can be just as deadly as a gun or knife.<p>The U.S Department of Justice and a Dallas grand jury issued indictments Monday against John Rayne Rivello, who is accused of intentionally tweeting a Graphic Interchange Format (GIF) animation designed to Newsweek …

Grand Juries

Neil Gorsuch Will Likely Restore Religious Freedom to Its Rightful Place

The Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Gorsuch, nominated to join the Supreme Court, began yesterday. In <b>Nathan Diament</b>’s opinion, Gorsuch …

Religion

Easily caricatured, safe spaces can help students learn (essay)

In 2015, Arnold and Cassie Stigmore endowed a new campus building at Lynnfield College in honor of their daughter, Alexis. “When our Alexis felt …

Higher Education

Hearing Wednesday: National Security Letters Violate the First Amendment

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge an appeals court Wednesday to find that the FBI violates the First Amendment when …

Surveillance

Appeals Court Says Prior Restraint Is Perfectly Fine, Refuses To Rehear 3D-Printed Guns Case

It looks as though the Supreme Court may have to step in and settle a particularly thorny question involving the First Amendment, Second Amendment, …

Bill Of Rights

The Expressive Rights of Others.

The California Aggie, Jay Gelvezon/Courtesy.“The expressive rights of others.” Quite the phrase, isn’t it? That’s the new free speech, at least …

Higher Education

Executive Editor Martin Baron delivers Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics at Penn State University

<i>Executive Editor Martin Baron delivered the Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics to students and faculty at Penn State University. The full text of his prepared remarks is below.</i><p>Thank you for the invitation to speak here at Penn State.<p>Margaret Oweida was kind to endow a lecture on the subject of …

Journalism

The Answer To 'Can I Get Fired For Talking About Politics At Work?'

Shutterstock<p>In the days after the election, conversation shifted at work from upcoming projects to the outcome. Nothing felt more important than what was happening in our country and I openly discussed how I felt with several co-workers. Additionally, I took my thoughts to social media. It’s safe …

Bill Of Rights

First Amendment controversy brews over Texas high school's prayer room

A Texas high school's on-site prayer room -- which serves as a spot where Muslim students can pray -- is stirring controversy.<p>Liberty High School in Frisco established the room in 2009, but Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is concerned that the room may be off-limits to students of other religious …

News

Where does top court pick Gorsuch stand on key First Amendment issues? | Opinion

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for United States Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch …

Constitutional Law

Is There a First Amendment Right to Hire 'Buxom' Weather Reporters?

The television industry has always wrapped itself in the First Amendment to protect its right to entertain and report the news. But networks are also …

TV

No worries, Trump — First Amendment still protecting free speech, even yours

<i>I’m 7-foot-4 and three times as smart as you. The president of Trinidad and Tobago bugged my smart TV last summer and recorded me watching</i> …

Constitutional Law

Make no mistake, disclosing Trump's tax returns (and anyone else's) is a felony

One can argue about whether public officials should be expected to release their tax returns. Frankly, as a former public official at the Federal Election Commission, I believe we’ve gone way too far in denying officials any semblance of a private life.<p>I don’t care what President Donald Trump’s tax …

Government

The Republican fight to criminalize protest tactics

By Vice News on Mar 16, 2017<p><i>This segment originally aired March 14, 2017, on VICE News Tonight on HBO</i><p>Since the beginning of 2017, Republicans in over 18 states have proposed bills that would criminalize certain protest tactics. In Missouri, lawmakers want to make it illegal to wear masks, and in …

Bill Of Rights

Judges’ ‘Twilight Zone’ logic in slapping Trump’s travel ban

<i>Bing. Bing. Bing. Bing.</i> You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind — a journey into a wondrous …

Opinion

Ex-FCC Boss: Gut Net Neutrality and You Gut Internet Freedom

In 2015, former Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler helped pass the Open Internet Order, a sweeping set of rules designed to protect …

Net Neutrality

Liberal Judicial Activism

<b>1992</b>—By order of a trial court, the sponsors of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston are required to allow the Irish-American Gay, Lesbian …

Conservative POV

GOP senator asks IRS to review enforcement of limit on church political activity

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator asks IRS to review enforcement of limit on church political activity Nervous GOP senators …

Government

The Dangerous Precedent Set by Judicial Attacks on Trump's Travel Ban

Judge Derrick Watson’s imaginative reasoning asserts a new power to disregard formal law if the president’s words create a basis for mistrusting his motives.<p>Let’s start with the law.<p>The president of the United States has power to bar “any class of aliens” both as immigrants and as nonimmigrants and …

Foreign Policy

Trump Weighs Legal Action Against MSNBC, Reporter Over Tax Return Release

Personal attorneys working for President Trump are weighing possible legal action against the cable news network MSNBC and a private journalist for reporting a portion of the president’s 2005 tax returns, a move the Trump legal staff believes could have violated federal privacy laws, the FOX …

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