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The First Amendment protects five core freedoms that are under attack every day — from the left, the right, and everywhere in between. First Five strives to foster interest in First Amendment news and provide a platform for discussion among enthusiasts and activists.

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News & Commentary

Enjoy regular commentary on First Amendment issues from Gene Policinski and Lata Nott and periodic contributions by other experts at the Institute.

First Five Newsletter: January 23, 2019

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Proposed rules and guidance to religion and public schools, arguments that could dramatically alter the line separating church and state and more.
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First Five Newsletter: January 16, 2019

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First Amendment-ish issues, posts of off the record interviews with political candidates, social media policies on political speech and more.
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The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or punishing your speech, but it doesn’t apply to private organizations.
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First Five Newsletter: January 9, 2019

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Libel lawsuit against California, 2020 resolutions, Facebook banning videos of deepfake content and more.
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2020: The year to support, defend – and trust – our free press

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In 2020, in order to defend and support that core freedom, we will need to confront in real ways the storm of disinformation, news manipulation and dwindling ranks of journalism that’s been building for nearly a decade.
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First Five Newsletter: December 19, 2019

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Recap of 2019’s First Amendment issues, Americans basic rights under siege, Reporters Without Borders annual round-up and more.
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We’re divided in new ways over our core First Amendment freedoms

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Recap the controversial and multi-faceted First Amendment issues of 2019, from a Black Lives Matter activist lawsuit, the Ukraine-Biden investigation controversy, regulatory threats over political advertising and beyond.
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First Five Newsletter: December 12, 2019

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Public officials nationalist sentiments of religious holidays, visa applicants to submit social media handles, upcoming events and more.
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Baby Jesus Wasn’t a Patriotic American

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Religious communities should be concerned when public officials, including those in the White House, use religious holidays like Christmas to stoke nationalist sentiments among their Twitter followers.
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