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Upcoming SCOTUS Ruling Could Starve Public Schools in Favor of Religious Ones 21.1.2020 Truthout.com
Detractors argue that the ruling could result in a mandate for religious voucher programs in every ...
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Can the Constitution stop the government from lying to the public? 19.1.2020 Raw Story
When regular people lie, sometimes their lies are detected, sometimes they’re not. Legally speaking, sometimes they’re protected by the First Amendment – and sometimes not, like when they commit fraud or perjury. But what about when government officials lie? I take up this question in my recent book, “The Government’s Speech and the Constitution.” It’s […]
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A Navy scandal sheds light on the nature of bribery and the limits of free speech 17.1.2020 Raw Story
It seems like everyone’s talking about bribery these days – but I, and anyone else who works for the federal government, have to limit what we can say about what does or does not constitute an ethical or illegal lapse. I am an ethicist who teaches leadership, ethics and law, and I believe a recent […]
Trump to reinforce protections for prayer in schools 16.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The president is expected to remind public schools that students have constitutional rights to prayer — and that they could risk losing federal funds unless those rights are protected.
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When The Government Lies, It's The Constitution That Protects Americans 15.1.2020 Crooks Liars
When regular people lie, sometimes their lies are detected, sometimes they’re not. Legally speaking, sometimes they’re protected by the First Amendment – and sometimes not, like when they commit fraud or perjury. But what about when government officials lie? I take up this question in my recent book, “ The Government’s Speech and the Constitution .” It’s not that surprising that public servants lie – they are human, after all. But when an agency or official backed by the power and resources of the government tells a lie, it sometimes causes harm that only the government can inflict. My research found that lies by government officials can violate the Constitution in several different ways, especially when those lies deprive people of their rights. Clear ...
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Jesus Candy II: It’s Proselytizing, Proud Candymaker Says! 7.1.2020 Crooks Liars
For those not living in a toxic environment of religious coercion, it might seem a bit silly to get upset over a piece of candy. That was certainly the response from a lot of righwing media outlets— Fox News , The Daily Wire , The Blaze , etc.—who relied on a rightwing lawyer who called it a “publicity stunt” when they followed up on my December 23 report here, "Jesus Candy Causes Democracy Decay At Peterson AFB" . The complaint arose from an email sent to Mikey Weinstein, founder and President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, who called it, “the fundamentalist Christian straw breaking the MRFF clients' backs.” And MRFF researcher Chris Rodda explained that it had been two years since MRFF first requested a copy of Peterson’s religious climate survey—without any response except a notification of delay. “They obviously do not want us to see this religious climate survey, indicating that it must be really ...
New filing against the Justice Department from Peter Strzok uses Trump’s own words against the administration 31.12.2019 Raw Story
Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who was fired after texts showing his deep dislike for President Donald Trump were revealed, accused the government of violating his rights to privacy and free speech in a new court filing. The allegations, which are part of his lawsuit challenging his termination, used Trump’s own words against the […]
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Minnesota Court of Appeals overturns revenge porn law 24.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The three-judge panel ruled the law is written too broadly and violates the First Amendment. A chief author of the law says he wants the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the decision.
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Supreme Court will decide if religious freedom shields Catholic schools from teacher suits 19.12.2019 LA Times: Nation

The Supreme Court announced it would hear an appeal by a school that pits religious freedom against anti-discrimination law.

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PewDiePie Echoes Crowder’s Warning on YouTube Concerning Free Speech 17.12.2019 NewsBusters
Some content creators are concerned about the direction platforms are taking after recent policy change announcements. Will free speech be allowed on social media? YouTube’s Vice President and Global Head of Trust & Safety Matt Halprin released a blog on Wednesday, Dec. 11, titled “An update to our harassment policy.” Halprin proclaimed in the blog that YouTube would be taking a harder stance on “malicious insults,” “veiled threats” via simulated violence and “hate speech.” Content creators ranging from gamers like PewDiePie ...
“Ag-Gag” Laws Expose Whistleblowers to Prosecution for Reporting Animal Abuse 15.12.2019 Truthout.com
“Ag-Gag” Laws Expose Whistleblowers to Prosecution for Reporting Animal Abuse
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Russia went looking for puppets in America — and they found Trump and the Republicans 15.12.2019 Raw Story
The Russians wasted decades infiltrating the left attempting to gain purchase in American political life. There was the Communist Party USA, of course. Established in 1919, the CPUSA grew through the 1930s and boasted a membership of about 100,000 at the beginning of World War II. A hundred thousand! Whoop-de-doo! This article first appeared in […]
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Letters to the Editor: Trump parrots anti-Semitic tropes while purporting to protect Jewish Americans 13.12.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Trump has broadened the definition of anti-Semitism to include harsh criticism of Israel. He should think about what he and his supporters have said about Jews.

US court suspends naming restrictions on fake meat firms 12.12.2019 Raw Story
A US court has suspended a law banning makers of vegetarian substitute meals from using the word “meat” to describe their products, as trendy plant-based food companies push back against a wave of restrictions. Livestock farmers have seen the rise of meat substitutes as a threat to their bottom line, and have successfully pushed for […]
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Colorado law that censors disclosure of child abuse case information violates First Amendment, lawsuit alleges 12.12.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
A Denver attorney filed a federal lawsuit this week challenging a state law she claims censors parents and officials from speaking out about potential misconduct in the child welfare system.
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Fight over filming kids outside Bloomington mosque heads to court 12.12.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A Bloomington woman argues she has a First Amendment right to film activity at a public playground next to the Dar Al Farooq mosque. Supporters of a city ordinance prohibiting that filming say mosque opponents want to harass and intimidate.
YouTube’s tougher harassment policy aims to address hate speech, veiled threats and repeat offenders 11.12.2019 techCrunch
In YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki’s quarterly letter last month, the exec said the company was working to develop a new harassment policy. Today, YouTube is sharing the results of those efforts with the release of an updated policy which now takes a stronger stance against threats and personal attacks, addresses toxic comments, and gets tougher […]
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal Of Kentucky's Forced Ultrasound Law 11.12.2019 Crooks Liars
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday chose not to hear an appeal on a Kentucky law reproductive rights groups say is intended only to "shame and intimidate" patients, effectively upholding the statute. The justices did not offer a comment on their reasoning for declining to hear the ACLU's arguments against H.B. 2, which requires doctors at the state's only remaining clinic that provides abortions to perform an ultrasound before giving a patient abortion care. "Healthcare should be free from shame, stigma, and medically unnecessary mandates." —Physicians for Reproductive HealthUnder the law, doctors are required to describe the ultrasound images to the patient in detail while audio of the fetal heartbeat plays, leading the ACLU to describe H.B. 2 as a "forced narrated ultrasound law." The ACLU said Monday that the Supreme Court "has rubber-stamped extreme political interference in the doctor-patient ...
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In “60 Minutes” appearance, YouTube’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency 2.12.2019 TechCrunch
Susan Wojcicki may be one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, but she also holds the unenviable role of being ultimately responsible for a lot of garbage that we, along with our parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and children — not to mention billions of strangers — now consume on YouTube. That garbage, […]
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Denver turned marijuana into money for after-school programs. Other cities are taking note. 29.11.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Denver’s after-school programs have been a major beneficiary of the city’s special retail marijuana sales tax. As efforts to legalize marijuana spread, after-school leaders in dozens of cities are taking this lesson home.
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