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Jeb Bush Lacks Key Presidential Quality

Cody Cain | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

One of the most critical qualities of any president is judgment. Therefore, every candidate seeking this high office must clearly possess sound judgment. This includes the ability to perceive facts correctly and assess situations accurately. This quality is absolutely essential.

The Third Rail of Journalism

Stephen Jaffe | Posted 05.26.2015 | Media
Stephen Jaffe

Google is a wonderful creation. However, despite Google's historic contribution to the world, the fact remains that many of the links it lists on its search pages are often partially or even completely false.

Scott Walker and the GOP Turning First Amendment Rights Upside Down

Sue Wilson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Media
Sue Wilson

It's been a year since the First Amendment suffered a gigantic blow as a result of the 2012 Scott Walker recall campaign. Now, there is another threat to free speech, stemming from that same recall of GOP presidential hopeful Walker looming at the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

'Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee' These Days

John A. Tures | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Fox News has been heavily criticizing a Boston University professor for racist tweets while condemning colleges for having speech codes regulating such words.

First Amendment Lawsuit Says Student Was Punished for Wearing a T-shirt Advocating Gun Rights

Student Press Law Center | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Student Press Law Center

Near the entrance of Logan Middle School is a statue called "The Doughboy" -- a World War I soldier carrying a firearm in one hand, and in the other a grenade.

Tyler Kingkade

Purdue Takes A Stand For Free Speech, No Matter How Offensive Or Unwise

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.15.2015 | College

Purdue University has become the first public institution of higher education to adopt a free speech policy called the "Chicago principles," condemnin...

Ryan J. Reilly

Ferguson Defends Arrest Of Man Who Was Filming Police

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

City officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are defending the arrest of an observer who was filming an arrest during a protest last month, telling a federal...

Reading Charlie Hebdo in Context

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Whether one enjoys Charlie Hebdo's cartoons or finds them offensive, George Orwell's words seem to capture the heart of the matter: "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

The First Amendment Must Be Upheld Consistently, or It Can't Be Upheld at All

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

Being consistent about the First Amendment says a lot. It proves you truly stand behind, and with, the First Amendment. I am using this consistency to make a point here about the First Amendment. Consistency when it comes to rights matters for the protection of that right.

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

Gad Saad | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

In a pluralistic society, people have to accept that others do not hold their religious views with any reverence.

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

A Constitutional Challenge to NYC's Ban on Dancing

Sonja West | Posted 04.30.2015 | New York
Sonja West

For almost 90 years, the city of New York has prohibited social dancing in most restaurants and bars unless the venue has first obtained a special cabaret license.

Humanizing Cannibal Cop on Eve of Appeal: "Thought Crimes" Doc Reveals Unseen Side of Gilberto Valle

Clay Calvert | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Clay Calvert

What Thought Crimes and the case of Gilberto Valle tease out are the fuzzy lines between speech and action, between fantasies and realities, and between life in cyberspace and life in the real world.

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Northern Michigan U. Student Newspaper Board Violated Adviser's Free-Speech Rights in Termination

Student Press Law Center | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Student Press Law Center

In an attempt to get her job back, the ousted student newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University has filed a federal lawsuit against members of the newspaper's board of directors, arguing her termination violated her free-speech rights.

Garry Trudeau Sides With Power Against Real Dissenters

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

When you're challenging the gods, and those who claim to speak for the gods, you are always punching up.

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.08.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If we want to realize social media's full promise of massive unprecedented global conversation conducted in real time, we should be teaching our students how to argue both thoughtfully and effectively.

Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I'm having a hard time reconciling the America I know and love with the America being depicted in the daily news headlines, where corruption, cronyism and abuse have taken precedence over the rights of the citizenry and the rule of law.

Cake Is Speech

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

I had never thought of cake as speech before. I read and re-read the first amendment to see if, in fact, cake is mentioned as part of "freedom of speech." It is not. I thumbed through the dictionary and found no mention of cake under "speech" or "talk" or "words."

Can Students Wear American Flag Clothing to School?

Clay Calvert | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Clay Calvert

School officials banned the wearing of the American-flag clothing on only one day of the school year. What day was that? Cinco de Mayo -- a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. School officials did not ban American-flag clothing on any other school day -- just one.

Christian Paranoia Makes for Awful Legislation

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christians across the country are paranoid. In their minds, there is an unmitigated war on Christianity, where Christians are becoming the most ostrac...

Talking on Eggshells in College

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Speech policing advocates forget that there is incredible value in knowing what people actually think, unfiltered. Believing you can conquer racism, bias and bigotry by rooting out microaggressions and enforcing self-censorship and uptightness is like taking Xanax for syphilis.

Man Jailed for Swearing During 911 Call: The Sad Saga of Boyd Green and a Senseless Arrest

Clay Calvert | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Although Green v. Chitwood seems at first glance trivial, it is both the backstory and the vague terms used in statute that make Green's arrest so outrageous and egregious.

Texas License Plates and the Confederate Flag

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It seems clear that Texas cannot constitutionally forbid the display of the Confederate flag on a license plate because others might find it "offensive or disagreeable." But it is not so simple. Is the government discriminating among private speakers, or is it expressing only the messages it wishes to convey?

Twitter: The Constitution Project's 2015 Constitutional Champion

Ginny Sloan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

The details about the scale of NSA's surveillance activities made many people, both at home and abroad, question the security of their data, as well as the role of their service providers in giving the NSA access to it. But now Twitter is doing something about it.