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If You Support Trump Because You Like Free Speech, Read This

Clinton J. Moyer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Clinton J. Moyer

Whether they admit it to themselves or not, these people don't actually support Trump because he "speaks his mind." They are not merely superfans of free speech who feel political correctness has gone too far.

It's Time For Congress To Protect Intimate Privacy

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 07.18.2016 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Numerous privacy laws protect the confidentiality of medical records, financial information, and many other forms of sensitive information. But existing laws offer much less protection for our most sensitive information: private photographs and videos of nudity or sexual activity.

Baton Rouge: 'Put Those Damn Weapons Down!'

Bill Quigley | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Bill Quigley

“Put those damn weapons down. I’m not going to tell you again, goddamn it. Get those goddamn weapons down.” That was the first command of one o...

The Perilous State Of Religious Liberty

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Shayne Looper

Religious liberty in the United States is in peril. Many of the people empowered to decide which behaviors merit civil protections and which do not are not religious people. They fail to understand religious liberty because they do not understand the religious life.

No Exceptions To Equal Protection

Joe Kennedy III | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Joe Kennedy III

One month after a deadly attack against the LGBT community in Orlando, Republican Leadership in the House of Representatives will mark this week's anniversary in an ugly way.

A Man Burned The Flag And Got Arrested, Which Is Clearly Unconstitutional

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics

A young man who wasn't feeling very patriotic this 4th of July weekend decided to burn an American flag and tell the world about it on Facebook -- onl...

Free Speech Battle at Republican National Convention

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Last week's celebration by 1.3 million delirious Cleveland Cavaliers fans over their once-in-a-lifetime basketball championship has suddenly morphed into the Black Hole of next month's also unprecedented Republican National Convention, with far less local pride, and far less joy.

Justice Alito Warns Of 'Ominous Sign' For Religious Freedom At The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Tuesday shunned a religious challenge to Washington state regulations requiring all licensed pharmacists to dispense emergency co...

Activists on Film: Police Body Cameras and the First Amendment

Brynne O'Neal | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Brynne O'Neal

As new studies cast doubt on claims that body cameras reduce violence by and against police, it is essential that police departments consider carefull...

Republican Attorneys General Defend Big Oil Over Climate Fraud Probe

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 06.17.2016 | Green

A group of Republican state attorneys general is standing up for oil giants over an investigation into whether companies like Exxon Mobil misled the p...

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton And Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom Of The Press

Bill Blum | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Blum

This time, in the continuing shadow of 9/11 and the never-ending war on terror abroad and at home, the dangers come not only from the expanded operations of government agencies like the NSA and FBI, but from the ambitions of both presumptive presidential nominees.

The American News License Never Expires

Mark Silva | Posted 06.14.2016 | Media
Mark Silva

There is nothing like the attempted denial of a fundamental right in a free society to ensure that this right will be exercised to its fullest. If "yes" was ever intended to ingratiate a news reporter, in a bid for good press, "no" is a sure guarantee that you won't like what you read.

Federal Prisoner Who Blogged For HuffPost Has No First Amendment Rights, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A blogger who wrote for The Huffington Post while serving a federal prison sentence didn't have a First Amendment right to publish an arti...

Ali Is Dead, Fear Is Alive and Free Speech Is Being Dealt a Knock-Out Punch

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

One could say that we have allowed our fears -- fear for our safety, fear of each other, fear of being labeled racist or hateful or prejudiced, etc. -- to trump our freedom of speech and muzzle us far more effectively than any government edict could.

This State May Soon Guarantee Students Their First Amendment Rights

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics

Student journalists in Illinois may soon be able to work without fear of censorship due to a bill making its way to the governor's desk that would cod...

Equality, Empowerment, Unity -- Bring Back the Draft

Jim Treacy | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Today, it seems to be all about self. What can my country do for me: A long list of "I want" -- presumed entitlements, as rights, by virtue of American birth. The "home of the free and land of the brave" lost to narcissistic death spiral.

Lessons in Censorship

David Moshman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
David Moshman

Public schools, we all agree, should teach civics and promote democracy, including respect for constitutional rights. Unfortunately, regardless of th...

Shame On the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

All the justices had to do was right a 60-year wrong that made it illegal to exercise one's First Amendment rights on the Supreme Court plaza.

Facebook, Under Attack for Choosing 'Trending' Stories, Should Embrace the 1st Amendment

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.11.2016 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Rather than disclaim charges of human fingerprints on stories that it publishes or links to, it should defend vigorously its right to include in its "trending" section any news stories it chooses. While disputing the critique that its story choices skew left, it should make loud and clear its claim of exclusive authority to decide whether, where, how and when to publish content.

Q&A: Burt Neuborne on "Madison's Music," a Bold New Approach to Interpreting the Constitution

The National Book Review | Posted 05.09.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: To mark Law Day, the National Book Review interviewed Burt Neuborne, the Norman Dor...

How to Address Campus 'Bias Incidents' Without Restricting Free Speech

Azhar Majeed | Posted 05.04.2016 | College
Azhar Majeed

Such discourse may be unpleasant and off-putting, but campus community members should use their own voices to respond, not call for disciplinary action and the silencing of others.

Convicted Gov. Bob McDonnell May Just Convince Supreme Court He's Innocent

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics


Supreme Court Rules Political Speech Is Protected Even If You Didn't Actually Speak

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a former police officer who was demoted by his supervisors because they thought, mistakenly, that he had ...

Texas Wants to Prevent Inmates' Friends and Family From Speaking

Wallis Nader | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Wallis Nader

On Friday, April 15, 2016, a new policy published by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) took effect. It prohibits Texas inmates from "maintaining active social media accounts for the purposes of soliciting, updating, or engaging others, through a third party or otherwise" -- and raises serious First Amendment concerns.

Exxon Tries To Bury Climate Documents By Claiming First Amendment Rights

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

ExxonMobil is fighting a subpoena seeking its internal documents on climate change, arguing that the order violates the company's constitutional right...