Category Archives: First Amendment

Middle school and high school parents. This one is for you.

The superintendent of the Needville Independent School District, in Texas, has sent his students a powerful message: If you walk out of classes to protest gun violence, you will be suspended. According to the Houston Chronicle, In a letter sent … Continue reading

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Prager U sues YouTube

The Wall Street Journal examines a First Amendment case that should interest you. A lawsuit filed Monday evening in federal court in San Francisco says YouTube’s more than 30 million visitors a day make the site so elemental to free … Continue reading

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“…censorship techniques take advantage of the fact that all of us have limited attention”

Columbia University’s journalism school recently hosted a symposium on how the First Amendment needs to be adjusted in a digital age. As the Columbia Journalism Review notes, the legal framework under which the media operate directly affects everyone. The internet … Continue reading

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It happened in Berkeley. Will it happen in Auburn?

The Los Angeles Times reports that a so-called free speech rally in northern California over the weekend spiraled out of control in part because many of the people there wanted confrontation. The combatants on both sides were extremists who traveled … Continue reading

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Mr. President is now Mr. Dictator

The number of lines that Donald Trump has crossed since he announced he was running for president has got to be in the double-digits. And yet he has survived all of them. Sadly, he will also survive his latest provocation: … Continue reading

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Trump, to journalists: GO AWAY!

The Associated Press has the story. Trump flew from New York to Washington on his private jet without that “pool” of reporters, photographers and television cameras that have traveled with presidents and presidents-elect. Trump’s flouting of press access was one … Continue reading

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A debate at Amherst and at other college campuses: Do the demands of some stifle the free speech of all?

The New York Times has the story. The sit-in became known as the Amherst Uprising, and produced a manifesto, “What We Stand For,” along with the demands. The demands were born in the flush of activism that spread across campuses … Continue reading

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