Inside the First Amendment

‘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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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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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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Note to White House: You Don’t Get to Decide the “Rules,” Either

White House

Even as the White House restored the “hard pass” to CNN’s Jim Acosta, permitting him onto White House grounds, it promulgated some new, unrealistic rules for journalists.
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You Think Bombs Will Deter, Discourage and Destroy Freedom? Think Again.

Pipe Bomb, Time Warner, CNN

If you think this latest round of attacks, as dangerous and sad and reprehensible as it is, will quiet a free people, guess again.
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We Should Protest Proposed Restrictions on White House Protests

White House

The National Park Service has proposed new regulations and is considering new fees that thousands fear will dissuade most demonstrators from protesting at the White House.
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The Whereabouts of Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Should Concern Us All

Jamal Khashoggi, free press

Where is Jamal Khashoggi? In the name of press freedom and what it means to us as citizens of the United States, we not only expect an answer, we demand it.
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Corrections Should Be Seen As Good Things, Not Weapons For Critics

Newspapers, IFA

To err is human — but, it would seem, corrections are not seen by many as divine.
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Can social media be “fixed”?

Social media

Executives from Twitter, Facebook and Google testified before Congress. Again.
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Can Brennan make a First Amendment case? Yes, to ‘us’

Speech Religion Newseum

Our freedom of speech is most protected when we chose to speak out on matters of public concern.
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