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FIRE Announces This Year’s List of Ten Worst Colleges for Free Speech

Every year since 2011, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has issued a list of 10 individual colleges and universities that, via policies or actions, have threatened the free speech rights of their students and faculty.

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Jeff Bezos Faces Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Girlfriend’s Brother

Michael Sanchez, the brother of Jeff Bezos’s current girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, is suing the Amazon CEO for defamation for allegedly spreading false rumors that Sanchez shared nude photos of Bezos and his sister with the National Enquirer.

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California DMV Settles with Owner of “Come on You Whites” License Plate

The license plate, which included a reference to a slogan used by Jonathan Kotler's favorite soccer team, was rejected after officials determined it contained an "offensive connotation."

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Former House IT Staffer Sues The Daily Caller For Defamation

A former House IT staffer sued the Daily Caller, reporter and book author Luke  Rosiak, and Regnery Publishing for defamation. The suit, filed in D.C. Superior Court on January 28th, alleges that Imran Awan, his wife, and three others were targeted by Rosniak and the conservative news outlet who falsely accused them of crimes including hacking, espionage, and theft.

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Ohio Senate Passes Campus Speech Bill Limiting Imposition of Security Fees

The Ohio State Senate passed a new bill on campus speech on January 28th that will prohibit free speech zones, and ban the imposition of security fees based on the controversial nature of the speaker’s expression. 

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Pompeo Punishes NPR Reporter After Heated Exchange with Colleague

NPR's Michele Kelemen will no longer be allowed to travel with the Secretary of State on his upcoming trip to Europe and Central Asia. The decision appears to be a act of retaliation against the news organization following a tense exchange between Pompeo and Keleman's colleague this past Saturday.

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A Federal Appeals Court Declines to Revive 3D Guns Lawsuit

On January 21st, a three-panel judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to revive a lawsuit that would allow the publication of plans to make 3D guns. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2015 by Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, after the State Department ordered it to remove plans for a 3D-printed pistol from its website.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton For Defamation For Allegedly Calling Her A “Russian Asset”

The defamation suit concerns comments Clinton made in a 2019 podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe. During the course of their interview, Clinton said that a Democrat running in the presidential primary was being groomed by the Russians.

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