More First Amendment Articles

  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact of life in American politics, justices will...

  • Va. community colleges relax speech restrictions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Community College System relaxed its policy governing student speech and demonstrations Tuesday, less than a month after being sued by a student who was barred from preaching on campus. Community colleges spokesman Jeff Kraus said the executive committee of...

  • Pulitzer for NSA coverage echoes tradition in news

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Coverage of the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on matters of secret intelligence. Revelations about the NSA's secret collection of information...

  • First Amendment freedom can't survive 'war on women' mobs

    Shouldn’t college students know as much about American civics as they do about pop culture? Media Research Center TV went to American University last month to find out, discovering few who could name a single U.S. senator or the number of senators from each state. But most knew the...

  • Opposing government coercion is true 'price of citizenship'

    When I hear people talk about the Elane Photography case from New Mexico, I am reminded of a sign Jon Stewart held during his television show about restoring civility to public controversies: “I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure you're not Hitler.” Stewart rightly criticized the...

  • Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision strengthens First Amendment rights

    A big part of politics is getting together with people who agree with you about government and want to do something about it.

  • 'Totalitarian temptation' seen in persecution of reporters, former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich

    New York Times reporter James Risen -- not to be confused with Fox News reporter James Rosen -- is determined to protect the identity of a source. Risen and the Times have taken the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will deliver a verdict later this year.

  • Wisconsin 'John Doe' probe is the latest partisan attack on free speech

    Score one for the defense of free speech.

  • Civility --- and lack thereof --- in aftermath of university pro-life protest

    The mother of the 16-year-old pro-life demonstrator who suffered a rough confrontation with a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has shown a rare civility — the spirit liberals are forever bemoaning the lack of but rarely demonstrate themselves. The event: A small...

  • Reporter protests being 'detained' by Capitol police for trying to question EPA head Gina McCarthy

    U.S. Capitol police officers "detained" a journalist who was attempting to question Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, according to the reporter, who was released after a background check.

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • West Texas county judge restricts interviews

    SNYDER, Texas (AP) — A West Texas county judge is restricting his availability for interviews as tensions escalated between him and the local daily newspaper. The Snyder Daily News (http://bit.ly/1huASXE) reports Scurry County Judge Ricky Fritz is refusing to answer questions about whether...

  • Md. judge halts prayers at county board's meetings

    WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A federal judge in Maryland says the Board of County Commissioners for Carroll County has to stop with opening meetings with prayers that reference Jesus Christ or any specific deity. Judge William Quarles Jr. ruled Wednesday. He says that while a lawsuit over the...

  • With Obamacare, Caesar strays over the church-state line

    “Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Mark 12:17 Living Paraphrase) When considering what belongs to Caesar and what belongs to God, what happens when the federal government seeks to replace God by defining “church”...

  • Examiner Editorial: Chuck Schumer's bill may not help journalists protect sources

    Sen. Chuck Schumer is a fast-talking New York Democrat who is trying to have it both ways on protecting journalists and their sources from government intimidation and prosecution. Schumer said recently he has enough votes to gain Senate passage of his Free Flow of Information Act that would...



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