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

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics

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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...

Why I Still Won't Put My Son in the Boy Scouts

Nathan Greenberg | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Nathan Greenberg

August 2001 saw my resignation from Troop 392 and the entire Scouting organization. The Supreme Court may have been right in its result, but the Boy Scouts were wrong in their attitudes.

Political Correctness: The Effects on Our Generation

Kai Sherwin | Posted 04.08.2016 | Teen
Kai Sherwin

According to Listverse, a school in California sent five students home after they refused to remove their American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, the...

No, Commissioner Weintraub, the FEC Can't Circumvent Citizens United

Allen Dickerson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Allen Dickerson

There are reasons to question the propriety of a federal officer attempting to "blunt" a First Amendment ruling against her agency, and I am unaware of another federal entity whose commissioners take to the pages of major newspapers to decry binding Supreme Court precedent.

When Is PC Un-PC?

Sophia Armenakas | Posted 03.31.2016 | Teen
Sophia Armenakas

In principle, political correctness encourages people to choose their words carefully so as not to offend those who have faced or continue to face dis...

Apple v. the FBI: Is the Fight Over?

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

The Apple case brought to the forefront an ongoing debate of the balance between national security and civil liberties. Partly, because Apple decided to fight back and has the resources to actually do so. But the battle over civil liberties has been brewing for some time.

After Near-Death in Supreme Court, Will Public Employee Unions Change Their Ways?

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Public employee unions, the most powerful special interest group in California and most other states, came within a heartbeat of losing that power this week, as a legal challenge by dissident public school teachers came to a close in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Discrimination Is Not a Religious Value

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

The "new commandment" Jesus gave his followers the night before he died was "love one another," but most certainly do not love one another by passing legislation that misuses religion as an excuse to discriminate against one another.

A Case of Religious Freedom? Hell, No!

Sandy Goodman | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion
Sandy Goodman

How anyone can argue with a straight face that simply filing a few words of objection to gain exemption from employee contraception violates any group's freedom of religion beggars the imagination.

Why Hulk vs. Gawker Is Not About Privacy vs. Free Speech

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.23.2016 | Media
Mary Anne Franks

The high-profile case of Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) against Gawker Media has prompted a flood of headlines, thinkpieces and blog posts characterizing the conflict between the two parties as "privacy versus free speech." This characterization misunderstands both concepts and obscures the important issues at stake in the case, whatever its ultimate outcome might be.

New Jersey is Pushing Unconstitutional Anti-BDS Legislation Because No more Plausible Deniability

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.21.2016 | Impact
Yolanda Rondon

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a non-violent political protest against Israel's policies and practices that violate the huma...

Will UC Regents Bow to Political Pressure and Adopt Unconstitutional Policy?

Omar Zahzah | Posted 03.21.2016 | College
Omar Zahzah

At a time when politicians and public figures have proposed interning Muslims, it is all the more troubling that the UC Regents are using a statement against intolerance as an attempt to keep UC campuses free of debate critical of Israeli policies regardless of the threats it poses to First Amendment Rights and scholarship.

Donald Trump's Incitement to Lawless Action, True Threats, and the First Amendment

Bryan L. Adamson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Bryan L. Adamson

To say that Trump may not criminally responsible for incitement or threats is not to say that he should not be held responsible for his actions. Trump should have to account for failing to own his contributions to the noxious atmosphere of his rallies.

The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

What The Hulk Hogan Verdict Means For Freedom Of The Press

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.19.2016 | Media

A lewd, muscular, mustachioed wrestling hero in a sex tape with the wife of his best friend -- a man named Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem. It's no doubt...

Donald Trump, Protest, and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Questions have arisen in recent days about whether Donald Trump, his supporters, and his opponents have acted in ways that either violate the First Amendment or can be punished consistent with the First Amendment. Here are some questions and answers.

Donald Trump's War on the First Amendment

Bill Blum | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Blum

The bullying billionaire can sling mud and demean his real and imagined enemies with the best of them. The problem, however, is that he can't take it when others fire back.

The Donald Doesn't Understand Libel Law...Which Surprises No One

David Chavern | Posted 03.15.2016 | Media
David Chavern

If Mr. Trump wants to address media organizations that "write purposely negative and horrible, false articles" then the law is already established as to his rights to do that.

Was Apple Right To Reject 'The Binding Of Isaac' On iOS Because It Depicts Violence Towards Children?

Quora | Posted 03.14.2016 | Entertainment
Quora

Was Apple right to reject The Binding of Isaac on iOS because it depicts violence towards children? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge shari...

Create Fixed Judicial Terms to Depoliticize Supreme Court Nominations

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent. That body is empowered to say no as well as yes. And the most important qualification for office is philosophical. Put simply: Does the nominee believe the Constitution means anything apart from the jurists' personal preferences? If not, then the Senate should reject the nomination.

Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Congress does not represent us. The courts do not advocate for us. The president does not listen to us. And the First Amendment's assurance of the right to speak freely and petition our government for a redress of grievance no longer applies to us.

Censorship Is Not All Bad

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.09.2016 | Media
The University of Central Florida Forum

If you want to change the levels of censorship in our society--in other words, to benefit society by loosening or tightening censorship--the best approach is to appeal to the stated values of our institutions.