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Op-Ed: Trump sending militarized federal forces to Chicago this week

Chicago is being sent about 150 agents by the Department of Homeland Security to combat violence in the city, much like the controversial deployment of federal force in Portland, Oregon.

Op-Ed: In desperate move, Trump promises to put religion back in schools

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his Democratic opponents would tear down crosses and pledged to bring prayer to public schools at a re-election rally to shore up evangelical support.

Supreme Court rules sex offenders have right to use social media

Washington - The Supreme Court of the United States struck down a North Carolina law that prohibited registered sex offenders from using any social media site children can access, regardless of intent. The court found the law violated the First Amendment.

Supreme Court to decide if social media ban is unconstitutional

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday about the constitutionality of a North Carolina law prohibiting registered sex offenders from accessing social media platforms children have access to. Many of the justices seemed troubled by the law.

U.S. Supreme Court will hear sex offender social media ban case

The United States Supreme Court decided to hear the case of a North Carolina man who was convicted under a state law. That law forbids registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites that permits minor children to have accounts or access.

Bill introduced in Congress to make revenge porn a federal crime

Washington - A bill has been introduced in Congress making revenge porn a federal crime. Critics claim the bill is too broad and infringes on First Amendment rights to free speech.

Ohio man may face jail for parodying police on Facebook page

Parma - An Ohio man may face criminal charges that accuse him of creating a Facebook account that parodies the Parma Police Department's official page.

Op-Ed: Privacy vs First Amendment? Hulk Hogan vs Gawker gets serious

Miami - The question of whether the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to invade privacy is a question that shouldn’t even need to be asked. It’s being asked, however, in one of the most high-profile media court cases in decades.

SC law would require journalists to register with the state

State Representative Mike Pitts (R) introduced a bill yesterday that would require journalists working in South Carolina to register with the state or face penalties.

Judge: Idaho 'ag-gag' law violates free speech

A federal judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing the secret filming of animal abuse at factory farms and other agricultural facilities is an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights.

Op-Ed: Woman who damaged Satanic Temple seeks funds for war on Satan Special

Tallahassee - Last December, Susan Hemeryck created a stir when she allegedly vandalized a holiday display put up by The Satanic Temple. She was arrested for her trouble, on a charge of criminal mischief. However, the charge was dropped in March.

Op-Ed: Deadly force shootings-AZ bill would keep police names secret

Phoenix - Rumain Brisbon. Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Kajieme Powell. Ezell Ford. Mike Brown. All young, black, and male. And all shot dead by police under questionable circumstances.

Whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak in U.S. at ACLU conference

Next month, NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden will be back in his home country in Hawaii at a conference sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union. Not back in the flesh, however, but via video link-up.

Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic 'buffer zones'

Washington - The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests near abortion clinics is unconstitutional.

Religious objections do not outweigh public health, says NY judge

New York - A judge in New York City upheld the state’s policy of barring unvaccinated children from public school classrooms if another student is ill with a vaccine-preventable illness.

University president applauds Supreme Court's decision

The U. S. Supreme Court should be applauded for its ruling on May 5, which reinforces the concept of freedom of religion in public meetings, Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper has told the Digital Journal.

Mass. high court rules Pledge of Allegiance not religious

The highest court in Massachusetts has passed down a decision ruling that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools doesn't discriminate against atheists.

Supreme Court to decide if 1st Amendment protects campaign lies

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case next week challenging an Ohio law banning individuals or groups from making false statements about a candidate.

Op-Ed: $ome of the people — Fir$t Amendment ruling destroys US democracy

Washington - The great experiment of America as a free nation is over. Now, free speech is officially dollar-based. The Supreme Court has given American government to the rich on the basis that donations to political parties constitute a form of free speech.

FCC newsroom survey suspended

The Federal Communications Commission has backed down in its attempt at surveying radio and television stations over their newsroom's editorial practices. Called the Critical Information Needs (CIN) study, a pilot test was to have started this spring.

Arizona teen says Confederate flag on his truck led to hate crime

Goodyear - An 11th grader at Millennium High School in Arizona says school officials are violating his rights by banning him from school.

Snowden affair opens up debates on journalist vs blogger rights

The Edward Snowden affair opens up new debates on the rights of a free press. Does the First Amendment declare the media can say or write anything they want to? Can just anyone pass along government secrets claiming press protection?

Op-Ed: Obama, Congress and media naive groundhog logic on surveillance

Sydney - Organised crime, corrupt people and America’s “conspicuously never prosecuted” communities must be celebrating. The groundhog logic is that the groundhogs don’t know what they’re looking at. The shadow has them scared. The facts could kill them.

Op-Ed: Flying a drone over your neighbour’s place - No, it’s not OK

Sydney - The question of whether you can fly a drone over your neighbour’s place is getting a lot of attention online. The legal theory, such as it is, falls somewhere between the First Amendment and privacy laws, and it’s not helping anyone.

Op-Ed: Facing tough media questions on IRS scandal a royal pain

Facing tough media questions on what is another scandal plaguing the Obama Administration, we are once again hearing the same worn out excuse, I know nothing.

In photos ─ Observing the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. Special

Washington - At a time where many feel some freedoms are being eroded in American society, First Amendment rights are still valued. This is evident in Washington, D.C., as at any given time, numerous people can be observed expressing themselves on a variety of issues.

Poll: 1 in 3 Americans want Christianity as official US religion

A newly-released poll has revealed that more than a third of Americans favor declaring Christianity the official state religion of the United States.

South Carolina teacher suspended for American flag lesson

Chapin - A South Carolina high school teacher has been suspended and could face possible termination after trampling the American flag during a lesson about symbols.

Judge says anti-sex trafficking law violates 1st Amendment

Nashville - A Federal judge has ruled a Tennessee law aimed at preventing child sex trafficking violates the First Amendment, issuing a restraining order which prevents the state from enforcing the new law.

Op-Ed: Islamic radicals holding First Amendment hostage

The First Amendment, an instrument of truth and justice. Or has The First Amendment become an instrument for lies and propaganda?
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