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Las Vegas Police Union Wants Black Lives Matter Pins Banned From Court

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

The union representing Las Vegas police officers wants to ban lawyers and other people from displaying buttons that say “Black Lives Matter” in co...

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 ...

A Plea for Political Eloquence: A Reminder from Religion

Lloyd Steffen | Posted 03.21.2017 | Religion
Lloyd Steffen

Observers of the current presidential campaign--and that includes just about all of us--have been dismayed at the tone of the discourse coming from th...

A Cop Was Punished Over Politics, And The Supreme Court May Let His Bosses Get Away With It

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court isn't shy about entertaining partisan issues. But in the case of a New Jersey police officer who was punished for...

Why George Orwell Would Vote for Bernie Sanders, Not Hillary Clinton

H. A. Goodman | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The legendary George Orwell would vote for Bernie Sanders, not Clinton or Trump, because Sanders doesn't use semantics as a weapon or shield. The Vermont Senator will win the Democratic nomination and presidency because Americans are tired of what Orwell refers to as defending the "indefensible."

Civility, Free Speech, and Israel

David Moshman | Posted 01.16.2015 | College
David Moshman

A recent letter provides university officials with excellent advice on free speech in connection with issues of Israel and Palestine. The bottom line is this: Political speech, regardless of its civility, is protected by the First Amendment.

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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.

Jason Linkins

Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

Obamacare Wars: When Does Political Speech Become Commercial Fraud?

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans are about to embark upon a summer of lies about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.

DU Citizen Panel Wades Into Campaign-Finance Swamplands

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 11.30.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER– The University of Denver’s “strategic issues panel of accomplished citizens” tasked w...

The Public Good Versus Ann Coulter

Morna Murray | Posted 01.21.2013 | Media
Morna Murray

It's often said that politics is a "dirty business." But in recent years, it seems beyond dirty, almost obscene. Isn't there a line somewhere?

#WordsMatter: The Sticks and Stones of the 2012 Election and Our Political Discourse

Angela Rye | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Angela Rye

How do we foster accountability for political speech? Because simply put: words matter. And words have been particularly important during this year's presidential election cycle.

Changing Politics One Poem at a Time

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Ziel

It's apparent, after this election, that politics is in need of soul reviving as well. I'm proposing that poetry might just be the medicine to repair its failing spirit.

Should There Be a Consumer Protection Law for Campaign Ads?

Luis Toro | Posted 12.04.2012 | Denver
Luis Toro

Why can't political ads be held to the same standard as investment prospectuses or ads for consumer products? In all of these cases, Americans are making important decisions and should be entitled to base their decisions on truthful information.


Tom McNichol | Posted 11.24.2012 | Comedy
Tom McNichol

When I implied moments ago that I might dismantle Social Security and Medicare just after the election, I made a mistake. I meant to think that sentence to myself, not actually say it out loud.

You Didn't Say That

Gareth_Price | Posted 11.04.2012 | Science

Most reasonable people can infer that Obama didn't actually mean that nobody built their own businesses. Quite sensibly, he meant that nobody on their own builds roads or bridges or schools. But, as Republicans point out with undisguised schadenfreude: He didn't say that.

As Religious Officials Get Increasingly Political, IRS Remains Silent

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

* Evangelical ministers plan to endorse candidates * Churches intentionally putting tax-exempt status at risk * Catholic...

Occupy Wall Street: Handmade Signage And Street Theatre

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 11.24.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

"New York is the concentrate of art and commerce and sport and religion and entertainment and finance, bringing to a single compact arena the gladiato...

Taxes Are Going Up: Breaking the Code

Ruth Sherman | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Ruth Sherman

How do I know? Because politicians use coded language and in the past week or so a new phrase has appeared in the political discourse: And that phrase...

The Fallacies of the Citizens United Decision

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Compare: Justice Kennedy, majority decision in Citizens United, January 21, 2010: With the advent of the Internet, prompt disclosure of expenditures...

Shut-Up Wednesdays: A Plea

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Never before have we had so many means to communicate; never before have we communicated less. We are caught up in this whirlwind of mindless blather, of incessant motion masquerading as action, and we desperately need some quiet.

Fred Phelps' Hatemongering and the First Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.

Study: Race And Gender Determine How Politicians Speak | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

New study looks at speech patterns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others. Race and gender influence the way politicians speak, which is not alwa...