More First Amendment Articles

  • Supreme Court to address whether campaign lies are a crime

    The Supreme Court is set to address whether the age-old act of political mudslinging and false accusations are a crime, with the fate -- or at least the tone -- of campaign attack ads at stake. The case brings into conflict two deeply held constitutional values: the right of wide open and...

  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect. Scalia thinks the judicial branch is the least qualified government branch to balance...

  • Examiner Editorial: IRS should collect taxes, leave political speech alone

    Silk purses can sometimes be made from sow's ears, but such an outcome will never happen with the proposed IRS nonprofit oversight rule that would put the federal tax agency in the role of regulating First Amendment freedom of speech and association. The rule was conceived as part of the Obama...

  • 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...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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