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When We Are All Enemies Of The People

John Feffer | Posted 03.17.2017 | Media
John Feffer

Even before the election of Donald Trump — and his extraordinary declaration that the media are the “enemies of the people” — U.S. journalism ...

The Final Solution: The Death Of Liberalism

Francis Levy | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Francis Levy

There has been much talk of Donald Trump curtailing First Amendment rights and silencing the press, but there are even more subliminal reactions to th...

Supreme Court Explores Whether Sex Offenders Have Free Speech Rights On Social Media

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.28.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The U.S. Supreme Court is aware that President Donald Trump tweets and that knowledge of his social media use is one way for the public...

New York Times Subscriptions Jump Each Time Trump Attacks, Says Editor

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 02.27.2017 | Media

President Donald Trump has actually helped increase subscriptions to the “failing” New York Times with his tweets, Executive Editor Dean Baquet re...

Two Ways to Fight Spicer's Dangerous Ban on News Media

Williesha Morris | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Williesha Morris

So many patronizing phrases come to mind when I think of all of my warnings and angry submissions about Trump. “Just give him a chance.” “He can...

These Emerging Artists Are More Than Ready To Defend The First Amendment

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.24.2017 | Arts

“I love the First Amendment,” President Donald Trump proclaimed on Friday at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference. “Nobody loves it...

Donald Trump: The First Amendment Gives Me The Right To Criticize 'Fake News'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump criticized the media again on Friday while speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Ma...

Arizona Republicans Want To Prosecute Protesters The Same Way They Do Terrorists

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.28.2017 | Politics

UPDATE: Feb. 28 ― Arizona House Speaker J.D. Mesnard (R) announced Monday that the chamber will not hear a bill that would permit the government to ...

Tennessee Considers Bill To Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee are pushing for a new law that would protect drivers who injure protesters who block traffic from being sued. The b...

Children Shouldn't Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance Until They Understand What They Are Saying

Janis Couvreux | Posted 02.13.2017 | Education
Janis Couvreux

There is a profound difference between indoctrination and civic instruction, and I venture to say that given the current state of civics and the political environment of this country, we are now witnessing the prevalence of indoctrination over civic knowledge.

A Word Of Pastoral Advice: Don't Trump The Johnson Amendment

J. Andrew Daugherty | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
J. Andrew Daugherty

Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s. --Gospel of Matthew 22:21I am a Roger Willi...

When The Nazis Came To Illinois

Ira Glasser | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Ben Stern, now 95 years old, was still a teenager when the Nazis invaded Mogielnice, the small town outside Warsaw where he and his family lived. Swep...

Dear So-Called President Trump: Where's My Protest Paycheck?

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Dear So-Called President Trump:I was among the roughly five million Americans who took to the streets in cities across the country a few weeks ago in ...

Checks and Balances and The Wise Amendment

Tom Allon | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Tom Allon

Women's March Washington, D.C. photo credit: Caitlin Scanlon The ingenious framers of the American constitution more than two centuries ago got most ...

Homophobic, Racist, Xenophobic Conservative Jesus Freak Todd Starnes Doesn't Understand Freedom of Speech

Dale Hansen | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Conservatives often claim that any news that doesn't support their narrative is "fake news" yet many of these same people are oblivious to how fictiti...

Trump Vows To 'Destroy' The Law That Bans Churches From Endorsing Candidates

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump has pledged to repeal a 50-year-old tax law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from participating in po...

I'm Suing Trump But Am Not Calling This A 'Constitutional Crisis' -- Yet

Erwin Chemerinsky | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
Erwin Chemerinsky

Although I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump’s disregard for the Constitution in his first days in office, I am hesitant to join those w...

Rise Up: This Is Not Complicated

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

"Hitler didn't steal the power, his people voted for him, and then he destroyed his people." - Pope Francis If we want freedom If we want peace If we...

The Clear And Present Menace Of SciLence

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2017 | Science
David Katz, M.D.

I heard from a public health colleague this week, whose work and time are partly funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that the CD...

The First Amendment Doesn't Protect The Federal Workers Tweeting Out Climate Data

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics

The Constitution can be heartbreaking sometimes. The free speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment do not apply to the rogue National Park ...

2 Journalists Arrested At Inauguration Still Facing Felony Charges

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. has dropped charges against four of six journalists arrested while covering protests against Presiden...

Justice Sotomayor Wonders Whether 'Trump Is A Thief' Trademark Is Legal

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In a closely watched trademark case the Supreme Court heard on Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a hypothetical question starrin...

Inaugural Parade Route Doesn't Violate First Amendment, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld as “content-neutral” a rule that barred an anti-Trump group from protesting along a porti...

An Era of Activism Like We've Never Seen?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 01.16.2017 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

On January 15, I went to a rally on the steps of the New York Public Library. It was sponsored primarily by PEN--an organization of poets, essayists a...

Congressional Alt-Right Special Snowflake Offended By High Schooler's Painting

David Michael Conner | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
David Michael Conner

Part of the purpose of art is to incite debate, even at the expense of offending people.