First Amendment

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Poll: A Third Believe 1st Amendment Goes Too Far

A new survey finds a third of Americans believe the First Amendment goes too far in guaranteeing freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition — up from 13 percent in last year’s survey.

07/16/2013

File photo of people attending an event at The Newseum in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for HEARST)

Newseum in D.C. Makes Changes as Funding Falls Short

In five years since moving to its new home overlooking the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum has become a major attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment. Yet it’s been struggling mightily to cover its costs.

07/08/2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after a weekly Senate Republican caucus meeting on May 21, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

McConnell: White House ‘Institutionalized Practice Of Pitting Bureaucrats’ Against People They’re Serving

The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, says the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

06/21/2013

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GOP Senator: Holder’s Actions Against Journalists ‘Like East Germany’

Sen. Pat Roberts said Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over allegations that he knew of the gathering of journalists’ telephone records and emails.

05/31/2013

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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against IRS, Holder On Behalf Of 25 Tea Party Groups

The American Center for Law and Justice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 conservative organizations in federal court. The lawsuit accuses Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the IRS of targeting Tea Party groups in a “pervasive” and “organized scheme.”

05/30/2013

File photo of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

GOP, Dems Challenge Holder Over Subpoenas To AP

Congressional Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday challenged Attorney General Eric Holder over the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation of national security leaks and its failure to talk to The Associated Press before issuing subpoenas for the news service’s telephone records.

05/15/2013

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High Court Rejects Tobacco Marketing Appeal

The Supreme Court has rejected a First Amendment challenge by tobacco companies to a 2009 law that restricts how they can market their products.

04/22/2013

The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquarters on March 9, 2007 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal Judge Rules FBI Letters Demanding Customer Info Unconstitutional

They’re called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They’re sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.

03/16/2013

A federal judge has ordered New Orleans to scale back its area banning banners and team memorabilia after an ACLU lawsuit argued it infringes upon free speech. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)

Fed Judge Rules Super Bowl ‘Clean Zone’ Infringes First Amendment, ACLU Files Suit

The city of New Orleans must scale back its plans for a “clean zone” where the use of banners, signs and flags would be restricted during Super Bowl week, a federal judge said Thursday.

01/24/2013

File photo of the 2008 Republican National Convention. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters At Party Conventions Could Be Armed

The thousands of protesters expected at the Democratic and Republican national conventions can come armed with a lot more than signs and slogans: State law in Florida and North Carolina allows concealed weapons, including guns.

04/27/2012

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