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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.

Supreme Court Weighs If Some Credit Card 'Swipe' Fees Violate The 1st Amendment

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The last thing the U.S. Supreme Court wants is to regulate how the corner bagel shop does business. The justices on Tuesday puzzled ove...

Renowned Journalist Nat Hentoff Dead At 91

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 01.08.2017 | Media

Nat Hentoff, the longtime journalist, jazz critic, activist and provocateur known for his commitment to social causes and his defense of the First Ame...

Sean Spicer: Trump Not Worried About Breaking Media Precedents

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.29.2016 | Media

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a radio interview Thursday that Donald Trump would hold press conferences while in office, bu...

Donald Trump And The Constitution

Leon Friedman | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics
Leon Friedman

One of Donald Trump's plans when he becomes president is to strike back at the press for the negative stories they print about him. During the primary...

Sean Spicer Says Donald Trump Is A 'Champion' Of First Amendment

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s pick for press secretary, rushed to his new boss’ defense on Friday, contending that the president-elect is a “champ...

Why President-Elect Trump's bluster needs to be taken seriously

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!— Donald J...

A Petition Asking Mike Pence to Ban Evolution in the Name of Religion? Utter Hogwash!

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2016 | Education
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Not surprisingly given the results of the presidential election, the supposed war between religion and science has just heated up. The most important...

A Hollywood Legend Teaches Us How To Resist Donald Trump

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 12.15.2016 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

Just as holding communist views was not illegal during the McCarthyite era, today it is of course not illegal to hold "liberal" views, nor is it illegal to be a Muslim, nor is it illegal to work on a scientific project that Donald Trump feels is invalid.

The Best Gifts For The News Junkie In Your Life

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 12.07.2016 | Media

When historians look back on 2016, they will remember it as both a very good and very bad year for the news media. There was the proliferation of prop...

Will Hate Go To Trial? Following The Case Against Anti-Gay Extremist Scott Lively

Sarah S. Kilborne | Posted 12.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah S. Kilborne

One might reasonably question, who is this man Scott Lively and how did he acquire so much foreign influence? As we have seen in the presidential election, rhetoric is powerful. The right words at the right time to the right audience can move the most unthinkable of mountains -- for good or for ill.

Atheist Sets Up Anti-Trump Festivus Pole At City's Christmas Display

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 12.02.2016 | Weird News

Donald Trump is already getting some Christmas jeer. Florida atheist and First Amendment activist Chaz Stevens has made the president-elect the subje...

Authors Sign Pledge To Protect Free Speech Under Trump

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.01.2016 | Arts

Demanding apologies from polite dissenters, floating loss of citizenship as punishment for flag-burning: President-elect Donald Trump has given suppor...

Freaking Out About The Trump Presidency Doesn’t Help Anyone

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

I admit that my powers of prediction are so-so. After all, I didn’t think the racist misogynist would win. However, in my defense, I was the only pr...

As Fascism Comes To America...

Aaron Todd | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Aaron Todd

It does not come waving a flag while carrying a cross. It was, in fact, our mistake to assume that this would be the case

You Want to Talk Flag Burning? Let's Talk Flag Burning!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.30.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We've been to this circus before. This one's from the summer of '89, along with a terrific Tony Auth cartoon....

Mitch McConnell Stands Up For Flag Burning Even When Trump Won't

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Since Donald Trump helped him keep the reins of the Senate as majority leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn’t stood up much to the pr...

The War on the First Amendment Didn't Start Last Week

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

For those who woke a week ago to realize the First Amendment is under attack, I lost my job at the State Department in 2012 for writing We Meant Well,...

This Is What The Erosion Of Democracy Looks Like

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

A lot has been written about what might happen to democracy during a Trump administration, but we should not let that overshadow what is already happening to our democracy.

The Truth About Lying in Political Advertising

Jack Myers | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Jack Myers

All of us in the advertising and media business should be concerned about the repercussions our industry will most certainly confront as this election...

Why A Free Press Really, Really Matters

The Huffington Post | Samantha Storey | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

President-elect Donald Trump. We’ve had a few days to let that sink in. People are grieving. Hate crimes are happening. Protesters are protesting. J...

In Ballot Selfie Battle, Free Speech Beats Fear Of Voter Fraud

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK Oct 26 (Reuters) - Voting is democracy’s most fundamental right and responsibility and recent federal court rulings say you have a constitu...