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Obama Lied About Obamacare, Now Wants Political Lying To Be Legal

Eric Zuesse | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Obamacare fails to come close to meeting candidate Obama's promises: Mr. Obama never even tried to fulfill on them; he was opposed to them.

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.

The Latest State To Get Rid Of College 'Free-Speech Zones'

AP | LARRY O'DELL | Posted 04.12.2014 | College

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia. The Virginia Co...

Billboard Slamming Bobby Jindal's Medicaid Opposition Can Stay, Judge Rules

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

A billboard criticizing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) for his opposition to Medicaid expansion may remain, a federal judge ruled on Monday in a trad...

Ryan Grim

Now He Tells Us: McCutcheon Attorney Admits Money Is Not Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Dan Backer, the lead lawyer behind a landmark case that further opened the campaign finance floodgates, conceded in an interview with HuffPost Live th...

Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Squelching political corruption was the purpose of the campaign spending finance laws that the right-wing justices gutted. The spending limits shrank billionaires' ability buy politicians.

Supreme Court Should Decide Whether Rap Lyrics Are Free Speech

Clay Calvert | Posted 04.03.2014 | College
Clay Calvert

It's time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the critical issue of how the combustible combination of rap music, social media and violent imagery are pushing the envelope of the First Amendment right to free speech.

ACLU Steps In When School Allegedly Tells Boy He Can't Read Bible

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

On March 20, staff at Tennessee's Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. I...

A Poison Pill for the Federal Shield Law

Kurt Wimmer | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Kurt Wimmer

This isn't an attempt to improve the Free Flow of Information Act, it's an attempt to kill it. As appealing as it might seem to cover absolutely everyone in the United States as a potential "journalist," the result is clear. A privilege held by everyone can be held by no one.

The Religious Beliefs of Corporations

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

The Supreme Court decision about the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ObamaCare) found that the individual mandate to have health insurance is a tax, which congress has the power to impose. It is not a stretch to look at the employer mandate as a tax as well.

Stephen Colbert's Joke, the Limitations of Twitter, and Society's Inability to Understand Satire

Azhar Majeed | Posted 03.31.2014 | Media
Azhar Majeed

Much worse than the problems inherent in Twitter use, to me, is what this controversy demonstrates about many people's inability to digest satire and think critically about what it is saying.

Maine Governor Proposes State Commission To Fact-Check Campaigns

The Huffington Post | Sara Bondioli | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

A proposal by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to have the state's ethics panel fact-check campaign statements is raising concerns about possible First Amen...

Why Billboards Are Important

Brigham A. McCown | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Brigham A. McCown

Recently, electronic billboards have been popping up alongside America's roadways, catching the eyes of motorists. The reactions vary wildly. Some op...

Open Diplomacy, Wartime, and the Modern Surveillance State

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

The amorphous nature of wars since at least the dawn of the Cold War in the mid-1940s has meant that the U.S. has more or less been at war for generations. This, in turn, has precipitated the ever-burgeoning war-industrial-intelligence complex.

Animal Rights and the Erosion of the First Amendment: AETA, Ag-Gag and Why You Should Care

Anjali Sareen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Anjali Sareen

It's not simply the curtailment of practices used by activists to expose animal operations; it's in fact the abridgment of the right of free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Social Media and the First Amendment

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Fifty years after the U.S. Supreme Court defined broad constitutional free speech rights, we exercise freedom every day by using social networks. Nevertheless, this use of liberty also remains at issue in schools, the workplace and beyond.

St. Patrick's Day Parade's 'Disgraceful' Message to Irish LGBTQ Community

Caelainn Hogan | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Caelainn Hogan

More than 300 groups march at the NY St. Patrick's Day parade that draws thousands of spectators. Gay people are only allowed to march as long as they keep their sexuality to themselves. As a gay Irish friend put it bluntly, "If everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, that means faggots, too."

Bullet Holes in the Bill of Rights

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

I find it incredible, and deeply disheartening, that the confirmation of our next U.S. Surgeon General may come undone because Dr. Vivek Murthy has expressed his support for widely favored gun control measures, such as an assault weapons ban.

The Right to Be Wrong

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The Seattle Archdiocese has a constitutional right to impose Catholic teachings in church-run schools. I disagree with those teachings, but I also respect and cherish the First Amendment.

The Single Most-Stolen Item In A Library (And It's Not A Book)

Roz Warren | Posted 03.11.2014 | Fifty
Roz Warren

The truth is that we're living in an era where anyone, of any age, can view all the naked tushies they want, whenever they want, online.

Atheists Are Not Offended by a Cross, They Are Offended by Discrimination

Dan Arel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

When you build a skyscraper using steel beams you build it using crossbeams. When these buildings come down, there is a high chance some of those cros...

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Thrown in Jail for Filming Police

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.10.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Once again, the U.S. government is attempting to police the world when it should be policing its own law enforcement agencies.

Celebrating Sullivan: The Central Meaning of the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, perhaps the most important First Amendment case in American history. In the words of the great First Amendment scholar Alexander Meiklejohn, the decision was "an occasion for dancing in the streets." Why was Sullivan so important?

Liberty Institute's Kelly Shackelford Spreads 'Fear and Misinformation' at Air Force Academy Leadership Symposium

Chris Rodda | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

One of the speakers at this year's National Character & Leadership Symposium was Kelly Shackelford, the President & CEO of the Liberty Institute, which describes itself as "the largest legal organization dedicated solely to defending and restoring religious liberty in America."

Free Speech, RIP: A Relic of the American Past

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether that means marching out...