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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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Hosts Lata Nott and Freedom Forum Institute president Gene Policinski talk to the personalities in the news around cutting-edge issues and challenges to the First Amendment, providing first-hand insight and informative inquiry.

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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: August 15, 2019

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Online censorship protections, social media controversies, federal employee union lawsuit and more.
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Are social media companies going “too far” to regulate content on their platforms?

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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 Newsletter: August 8, 2019

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Conspiracy theories’ harmful effects, amendment to limit campaign spending, dismissed lawsuit against Wikileaks and more. First Five Column Katharine Kosin and Kirsti Kenneth reflect on the renewed public discussion of potential
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Countering Conspiracy Theories with Critical Thinking

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Conspiracy theories are growing, alongside their consequences, but it is possible to help limit their spread and harmful effects.
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First Five Newsletter: August 1, 2019

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Dismissed lawsuit against the Post, Google’s “election interference,” research survey on religious knowledge and more.
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Are Religious People Really Ignorant About Religion?

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The answer to that question depends entirely on what we think it means to know about religion.
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First Five Newsletter: July 25, 2019

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Biden wants to reinstate daily televised press briefings, a dismissed lawsuit against Facebook and more.
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Let’s Get ‘Mad as Hell’ About the Vital Information We Won’t Get to See

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A democratic republic based in the ultimate authority of an informed electorate requires the highest degree of government transparency.
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First Five Newsletter: July 18, 2019

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Black Lives Matter petition, social media summit, passing of Justice Stevens and more.
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First Five Newsletter: July 11, 2019

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Trump’s unconstitutional Twitter usage, journalism about climate change, blocking anti-Semitism in schools and more.
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