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School Bans ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-Shirts At Tournament

A high school basketball tournament is at the center of a First Amendment controversy. The athletic director at Fort Bragg High School informed his counterpart at Mendocino High School this week that neither the boys nor girls team would be allowed to participate in the three-day tournament hosted by Fort Bragg High starting Monday, Mendocino [...]

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment (If They Are Ignorant Of The Law)

Via The Rutherford Institute, U.S. Supreme Court Rules 8-1 that Citizens Have No Protection Against Fourth Amendment Violations by Police Officers Ignorant of the Law WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Show More Summary

Right-Wing Attempt to Outlaw Election Fails

Right-wing favorite, Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan, just vetoed an effort to outlaw an election of Delegates to an Article V Convention to propose amendments to the US Constitution. Over the last 50 years there have been efforts to start and resist state applications for an Article V Convention, which requires the states to cross a [...]

Liberal Giant Henry Waxman Retires After 40-Years in Congress

My introduction to Henry Waxman came in 1980 watching the film "HR 6161: An Act of Congress" in my political science class at American University. The story was about the passage of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977 where a second-term Rep. Show More Summary

Anti-Gun PSA Gets Ripped Apart By Fox News' Ammosexuals

Naturally, the 2nd Amendment patriots at Fox News misunderstand the aims of a public service announcement. When a teenager finds a gun (it didn't specify if it was loaded or not), he brings it to school and hands it to an adult teacher. Show More Summary

Big Brother in Virginia

Terry McAuliffe gets to work on the 2nd Amendment.

Since 1973 This Law Stopped Your Tax Money From Funding Abortions, Planned Parenthood Wants it Gone

(LiveActionNews) — When Planned Parenthood can’t bully its way to what it wants, it can still wish ill upon things that don’t go its way – like the Helms Amendment. In a tweet last week, the group used The Smiths and their song, “Unhappy Birthday,” as a mouthpiece to convey its sentiments toward the Helms Amendment: Hey fans of […]

How Sonia Sotomayor became the Supreme Court's preeminent defender of civil liberties

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court earlier in December may have disturbing implications for Fourth Amendment rights. But Heien v. North Carolina is notable for another reason: it marks the emergence of Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, as the strongest voice for civil liberties on the court. Show More Summary

How Identifying a Kindred Spirit Can Battle Low Self-Esteem

If low self-esteem had a Constitution, its First Amendment would be: I hate myself. Its Second Amendment would be: Everyone hates me. Illogically, maddeningly, this Second Amendment haunts even the most introverted among us. Not that the Second Amendment of Low Self-Esteem causes introversion, but rather that naturally born loners who are unlucky enough to […]

Salt Lake Tribune Names Marriage Plaintiffs "Utahns Of The Year"

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via the Salt Lake Tribune: These six people put their names to the lawsuit challenging Amendment 3. They stood up, stood together and helped history along. Through 2014, they rode the legal roller coaster — to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Shelby’s ruling, and onto the U.S. Show More Summary

Plaintiffs in suit striking down state’s same-sex marriage ban named ‘Utahns of the Year’

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

The Salt Lake Tribune in conservative Utah named the three couples who took on the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage as their “Utahns of the year.” Derek Kitchen and his partner Moudi Sbeity, Kate Call and her partner Karen Archer, and Laurie Wood along...

Theater To Offer The Interview Movie Viewers Free Popcorn If They Show Up With This Document

The fact that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview is coming out has been seen as a big win for First Amendment rights.Rather than backing down and letting fear and threats stop our freedom of expression, the crude comedy will be coming to theaters tomorrow and is already available for rental and purchase online. Show More Summary

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint...Show More Summary

Could The FAA's Drone Policies Violate The First Amendment?

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Law professor Margot Kaminski has a fascinating post detailing how the FAA's "drone licensing" program could very much violate the First Amendment. A while back, she'd already expressed concerns about the FAA's attempt to ban the use...Show More Summary

Tech Today: Google Streams ‘The Interview,’ Cheers for Intel, CAMP Plunges

Here are some things going on today in your world of tech: The Nasdaq Composite Index is up 0.4% at 4,785.03 in today’s amended trading session, with U.S. markets closing at 1 pm. Happy holidays everyone. In the ongoing fallout of Sony’s (SNE) decision to withdraw the satyrical film “The Interview” from theaters, after threats [...]

Tech Today: Sony Reaches the Small Screen, Cheers for Intel, CAMP Plunges

Here are some things going on today in your world of tech: The Nasdaq Composite Index is up 0.4% at 4,785.03 in today’s amended trading session, with U.S. markets closing at 1 pm. Happy holidays everyone. In the ongoing fallout of Sony’s (SNE) decision to withdraw the satyrical film “The Interview” from theaters, after threats [...]

Licensing Speech in the Big Easy

Ilya Shapiro and Gabriel Latner The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press because the Framers wanted to prevent the creation in America of a license-based censorship. They were deeply opposed to Britain’s systematic...Show More Summary

FDA Will Allow Gay Men to Donate Blood Under Amended Restrictions

5 days agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

After weeks of discussion on the subject, the agency has finally announced it will replace the current lifetime ban with a one-year restriction period for men who sleep with men.

FDA Once Again Reconsidering Lifting Gay Blood Ban With Caveats

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Today the Food and Drug Administration proposed amendments to its current restrictions on who can donate blood. The new changes would finally allow gay men to participate in blood drives provided that they had not engaged in sexual contact with...

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