Political Speech
Kellyanne Conway

Federal Agency Accuses Kellyanne Conway of Violating Hatch Act

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to President Trump, has been accused of violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in campaign politics at work. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) recommended that Trump fire Conway for being a “repeat offender” of the Act. “As a highly visible member of the administration, Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” said the letter to the president. “Her actions erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.” At the heart of the accusation are Conway’s recent comments about Democratic presidential candidates in television interviews and on social media.

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Donald Trump and Prince Charles

Trump Urges Supporters to Boycott CNN’s Parent Company

President Donald Trump took to Twitter and urged his supporters to boycott CNN’s parent company, AT&T. “I believe that if people stoped (sic) using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News! Why wouldn’t they act. When the World watches @CNN, it gets a false picture of USA. Sad!," he tweeted.

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First Amendment Monument

Iowa Man Sues County Sheriff’s Department for Free Speech Violations

The ACLU is suing an Iowa county’s sheriff’s department on behalf of a man who says his First Amendment rights were violated when he was charged with criminal harassment after he posted negative comments about a police officer’s conduct.

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PEN America Rebuts Trump’s Motion To Dismiss Suit Over First Amendment Violations

PEN America filed its response to a motion to dismiss filed on April 10 by the Department of Justice on […]

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Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff Proposes Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Courts’ 2010 Citizens United ruling that lifted restrictions on corporate campaign contributions. The proposed amendment would allow Congress and states to impose reasonable limits on campaign contributions, and allow states to create mechanisms for public funding of campaigns.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Anti-BDS Law For Violating the First Amendment

A federal judge in Texas ruled that a law that prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel violates the First Amendment. Bahia Amawi, a U.S. citizen of Palestinian descent, worked as an independent contractor for a school district in Austin, Texas for nine years. Last year, when her contract came up for renewal, it contained a clause that said she wouldn’t boycott Israel. She refused to sign it, so the school district terminated her services.

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Ted Cruz campaign sign

Cruz Challenging FEC Over Campaign Finance Limitation Arguing That It Restricts Political Speech

Senator Ted Cruz is suing the Federal Election Committee over a provision of Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) that he […]

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Mary Beth Tinker

Tinker Turns 50: Celebrating Half A Century Of Student Free Speech

February 24, 2019 marks 50 years since the Supreme Court made its landmark ruling in Tinker vs. Des Moines that protected the First Amendment rights of students in public schools.

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