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Freedom of the Press v. National Security -- A Tough Balance

Lanny Davis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

I for one believe the bar should be very, very high -- that is two "very's" -- before any reporter should have to be subpoenaed to testify and required to reveal the source of a story.

Holder May Change Rules On When To Spy On The Press

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.30.2013 | Media

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., under fire over investigative tactics in leak cases, has opened internal discussions over tightening rules on whe...

What I Would Have Said to Eric Holder

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Justice Department's recent actions towards the media is so disturbing because it represents a step backward to a much uglier time, with fewer legal protections for the press. There is a very fine line between targeting leaking and targeting the media who print the leaks.

It's Called Freedom of the Press for a Reason

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.24.2013 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Imagine what international observers must be thinking as they watch the U.S. government, in the name of leak investigations, chisel away at one of America's most famous contributions to the democratic way of life: freedom of the press.

Freedom of the Press and Criminal Solicitation

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Striking the right balance between the government's legitimate need for confidentiality, the press's legitimate need to obtain information about government action, and the public's "right to know" what its representatives are up to, is a difficult and delicate task.

College Media Often Feel The Associated Press' Pain

USA Today | Posted 05.20.2013 | College

When the Justice Department secretly seized phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, the AP got a taste of what many college journalis...

My First Foray into Politics and Bringing You the Power

Arshad Hasan | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Arshad Hasan

Some people get into politics because their parents were political, or because their friends got them into it, or maybe they were idealistic in their ...

Real Outrage Is That Surveillance of AP Reporters' Calls Was Probably Legal

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.20.2013 | Media
Peter Scheer

The government's actions likely have already succeeded in deterring government officials from confiding in journalists about national security matters. And that, of course, is the administration's real objective.

Zach Carter

McConnell Defends White House On AP Scandal | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday appeared to defend the Obama administration's controversial leak investigation ...

An Open Letter to the Congressional Committee Investigating Politically-Motivated IRS Audits

Philip Radford | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Greenpeace is offering to testify about being the target of politically motivated audits in 2004, because regardless of which party holds power, these abuses are egregious and must stop.

The AP 'Scandal': The Straight Scoop

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU, a strong proponent of press freedom and a staunch believer in both a robust First Amendment and a vibrant Fourth Amendment. But I also care about rational public discourse, and the furious condemnation of the Department of Justice in this situation is way over the top.

Hanging Out at the Playboy Mansion While Colonel Davis Waits for Justice

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards were established in 1979 to honor individuals who make significant contributions to protect First Amendment rights for Americans.

The U.S. Government Tramples on Its First Amendment

Christophe Deloire | Posted 07.15.2013 | Media
Christophe Deloire

Is the much-criticized Patriot Act now too shameful to be mentioned? Its effects unfortunately persist. They flout the First Amendment. They endanger the information of public interest that journalists have a duty to reveal and citizens have every right to expect.

When the U.S. Administration Tramples on the First Amendment

Christophe Deloire | Posted 07.15.2013 | Media
Christophe Deloire

The magnitude of this violation of phone call confidentiality speaks volumes about a political readiness to ride roughshod over the right to data privacy and the right to protect one's sources, the cornerstone of journalistic work.

Scott Pelley Is No Fred Friendly

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.13.2013 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Fred Friendly was a friend of mine. He was also my teacher at Columbia University, and later my professional mentor. He launched my career in television and media.

High School Violated Class President's Rights With Suspension

Adam Goldstein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Adam Goldstein

If you have identifiable people who are threatening to fight, you suspend them. If you don't have identifiable people who are threatening to fight, then you're making it up and you don't have a legitimate, let alone substantial, risk.

Lying in Defense of "the Truth"

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Dr. Joe Wenke

Yes, we have now crossed the line, and there will be no turning back. Facts no longer matter, at least to a significant percentage of Americans. To them, all that matters is the "truth," even if they have to lie to defend it.

Pen vs. Gun: I'll Absolutely Take the First Amendment Over the Second

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

If the NRA is not going to give an inch on the Second Amendment, then let's invoke our absolute First Amendment rights to speak and assemble without restrictions.

The First Casualty Of Religious Wars Is Truth

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Over the past decades, conservative Christians have had almost full reign within the military, and they disproportionally make up most of the Chaplaincy. In the last several years, though, there has been closer scrutiny of the conduct of certain chaplains and commanders who have used their positions to advance their own religious beliefs.

New First Amendment Suit Poses Existential Threat to Government Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It's not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments' resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. No, the new existential threat facing government unions comes from... the First Amendment.

Big-Ag Afraid of Its Reflection, Seeks Ag-Gag Bill for Protection

Food Politic | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Food Politic

Is it up to the consumer, the farmer, or the state to determine what constitutes animal cruelty? Abuse is inherent in the making of the factory farm, and it's the publics' right to see it, and decide if they can stomach the level at which it's happening.

High School Sued For Allegedly Forcing Kids To Attend Christian Assemblies

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

Students at Mississippi's Northwest Rankin High School who claim that they and their classmates were forced to attend assemblies about Christianity an...

The Supreme Court Should Overturn the Anti-Prostitution Pledge Requirement

Elizabeth Gavin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Gavin

The Supreme Court should overturn the anti-prostitution pledge because, in addition to curtailing HIV/AIDS programs, it violates the First Amendment.

The Right to Fight AIDS

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Serra Sippel

Today, we need more open discussion and debate about public health, not less. Current law stands in the way of the discussion and independent thinking necessary to find an end to the HIV epidemic.

University Of Buffalo Professor Arrested For Profanity Use Against Student Pro-Life Display

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

A University at Buffalo professor was arrested after unleashing a profanity-laced tirade over a pro-life display on the university's campus, according...