Inside the First Amendment

Can Government Contractors Refuse Workers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Office Meeting

The greatly expanded scope of the exemption means that it has the potential to bolster one aspect of religious freedom (for some) while undermining another.
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Are social media companies going “too far” to regulate content on their platforms?

Social media

Americans are no longer taking everything they see on the internet at face value — and that’s a good thing for our democracy.
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‘First Five’ Commentary on First Amendment Issues Returns to Weekly Distribution

The “First Five” weekly column replaces the commentary known as “Inside the First Amendment,” written by various Institute staff since the mid-1990s.
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On Campus Speech: Thanks, Mr. President — But No Thanks

Free Speech, campus, backpack

Taking a shortcut through the First Amendment in the name of free speech is not a good idea — and that’s what Trump’s approach will be.
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News — Can We Own It? Should We Be Able To?

Newspapers, IFA

Information about the world around us is a right, a public good — and also a product.
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Student Journalism: More Needed Than Ever

Free Press, Journalist, Journalism

We take note of the great work being done by journalists who happen to be students as we recognize the 50th anniversary of a major student-First Amendment decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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The Ripple Effects of the Government Shutdown — Why We Should be More Civil to our Civil Servants

TSA, associated press, government shutdown

How’s our economy doing? Are the Trump tariffs actually working? Is it a good time to buy a house, start a business or invest in the stock market? No one knows.
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A Growing List: 2019 Threats to First Amendment Freedoms

More of us than ever appear concerned about our First Amendment rights than at any time in the past 25 years.
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Time to Stand up for Journalists, for the Pursuit of Truth

Free Press, Journalist, Journalism

We must defend journalism and commit to the pursuit of truth, even when it means extra effort to separate it out from misleading and false information.
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Misinformation, Hoaxes and Hyperpartisan News

We’re increasingly swapping the sort of stories that aren’t really meant to be read. This kind of content signals to others about where you stand.
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