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Video: Ivy League College Students Have No Idea What’s in the First Amendment

3yrs ago from Red State
A new video from Campus Reform has students from Columbia University being asked if they can name the five rights protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution. Keep in mind that this is an ivy league school, which should mean that these are among the best and brightest students in the world. One is even studying Constitutional Law. The most any student got was three | Read More »
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Shock Poll: a Stunning Number of Americans Cannot Name Even One First Amendment Right

3yrs ago from The Blaze
Americans cherish exercising their constitutional rights: The First Amendment's guarantee of free speech and freedom of religion, the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, among the dozens of others. But how well do Americans truly know their constitutional rights? According to a recent survey on the First Amendment, not well. What did the survey show? The annual survey from the Freedom Forum Institute found that 23 percent of Americans believe the First Amendment "goes too far" but 74 percent of Americans disagreed  — yet 40 percent could not name even one right First Amendment protects. In fact, the First Amendment guarantees Americans five explicit rights: free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, freedom of the press, and freedom to petition the government. Of the 1,009 American adults surveyed, only 36 percent could correctly name one First Amendment right, only 12 percent could name two, and all five? Just one respondent correctly recalled …
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Jay Sekulow on ABC’s ‘This Week’: Tweeting Isn’t Obstruction

3yrs ago from Red State
    As I covered earlier, Jay Sekulow appeared on ABC’s This Week Sunday to talk Trump. Among the topics: obstruction of justice. During his time on the program, the President’s attorney lambasted the idea — courtesy of Robert Mueller — that The Donald’s work on Twitter constitutes obstruction: “Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd. The President has a First Amendment right to put | Read More »
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Newseum Stops Selling Trump-Related ‘fake News’ Merchandise After Journalist Meltdown

3yrs ago from The Blaze
The Newseum, the Washington D.C.-based journalism museum, caved to the online outrage mob over the weekend and removed merchandise that pays homage to President Donald Trump's "fake news" moniker for the mainstream media. What happened? The museum faced a flurry of intense criticism on Friday after Poynter reported the museum sells Trump-related merchandise, including "Make America Great Again" caps and "fake news" t-shirts, in its gift shop. https://twitter.com/jeffjarvis/status/1025479926009552897 Numerous journalists and employees in the news industry lashed out at the museum for the merchandise, calling on the Newseum to immediately stop selling the apparel and remove it from their website. In response to the outrage, a spokesperson for the museum said on Friday it sells the apparel because the Newseum honors the First Amendment and respects difference of opinion. "We recognize why you’re asking the question. As a nonpartisan organization, people with differing viewpoints feel comfortable visiting the Newseum, and one of our greatest strengths is …
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Holy Toledo! Pro-Lifers Sue City Over Rights

3yrs ago from WND
Local governments have tried a variety of ways to shut down pro-life activists who march, carry signs and speak with women entering abortion businesses. Toledo, Ohio, has adopted ordinances on menacing, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, loitering and more. But a lawsuit contends the measures violate the First Amendment rights of the protesters. The American Freedom […]
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Justice for the Kanakas: Australia’s ‘invisible’ Melanesians

3yrs ago from Green Left Weekly
Among the first laws passed by the new Australian parliament in 1901 when the Commonwealth of Australia came into being was the Pacific Island Labourers Act, ordering the deportation of black Melanesian workers known as kanakas. Other aspects of what became known as the White Australia Policy have since been rectified, but this shameful stain on our past has yet to be properly addressed. The process was planned in stages over several years and there were some amendments. In 1901, about 10,000 Pacific Islanders were living in Australia. By 1908, the process was officially completed with the closure of the Pacific Island Branch of the Queensland Immigration Department. Just 1654 kanakas were officially allowed to remain and about 1000 stayed on unofficially.
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Dirtbag Alex Jones Countersues Sandy Hook Parents for $100K

3yrs ago from Red State
What’s a dishonest conspiracy theorist and snake oil salesman to do when he gets sued for calling a mass shooting where 20 children and six adults were murdered an elaborate hoax? Countersue the pants off the grieving parents, of course. Jones wants the suit thrown out, claiming he has a First Amendment right to make stuff up and is countersuing the parents of Noah Pozner, who | Read More »
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Rand Paul Reveals He’ll Vote for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

3yrs ago from The Week
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is all in for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. After weeks of apparent indecision, the Kentucky Republican confirmed in a statement Monday that he will support President Trump's nominee. Paul said in the statement that he's still worried about Kavanaugh's views on data privacy, but after hearing Kavanaugh's strong defenses of First and Second Amendment rights, he decided Kavanaugh was the right man for the job. NEW: Sen. Rand Paul: “After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have decided to support his nomination." https://t.co/DlgWnwHy36 pic.twitter.com/dtcw19VfKO — World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 30, 2018 The Senate's notorious libertarian has caused trouble for several of Trump's nominees, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and CIA Director Gina Haspel, both of whom ended up being confirmed. After Trump named Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, Paul told Politico that he was "honestly undecided" on whether to support the judge because Kavanaugh appeared to prioritize national security over personal privacy. But pundits were convinced Paul would eventually side with Trump. Paul confirmed everyone's suspicions in his Monday statement, putting one more Republican behind Kavanaugh. Republicans have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, and Kavanaugh needs at least 50 lawmaker votes to win the nomination (Vice President Mike Pence can serve as a tiebreaker). But many Senate Democrats have condemned Trump's nominee, and potential swing vote Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine haven't revealed their positions yet, leaving Kavanaugh's spot on the bench a little shaky. Kathryn Krawczyk
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Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Prospect of 2020 Presidential Run: ‘Yeah, I’m Interested!’

3yrs ago from The Blaze
During a meeting with Democrats in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked if he would consider running for president. Holder reportedly responded, "Am I interested it? Yeah, I'm interested!" Is he serious? Holder also said he’d first have to discuss it with his family and probably wouldn’t decide until early 2019, CNN reported. The comments fell in line with what Holder told late night TV talk show host Stephen Colbert on Monday: “I’m thinking about it.” Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement official during the President Barack Obama-era, has dropped hints about a presidential run since March. Holder faced a number of controversies while serving as attorney general, including some relating to the First Amendment. Currently, Holder is raising money for Democrats while traveling the nation as the head of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. So far, Holder has traveled to Arizona, Indiana, and Ohio for state Democratic Party dinners, the Washington …
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ABC’s Cecilia Vega Melts Down Over White House’s ‘Shocking’ ‘Unprecedented’ Ban of CNN Reporter

3yrs ago from News Busters
As reported yesterday, the White House is facing backlash after banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from a presser in the Rose Garden yesterday, after she had yelled questions to the President during a pool spray about the leaked Michael Cohen tape. Thursday morning the journalists on ABC’s Good Morning America melted down over the news complaining that this was a “shocking” and “unprecedented” attack against the First Amendment.
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Levin Nukes Liberal Media Over Their ‘Tyrannical Agenda,’ Legitimizing ‘A Porn Star,’ ‘Crackpot’ Avenatti

3yrs ago from News Busters
In the first hour of his eponymous talk show Monday night, conservative author and host Mark Levin tore into the “totalitarian” liberal media for, among other things, being “historically illiterate” or “ideologically driven” in calling President Trump a Nazi, “mainstream[ing]” Stormy Daniels and “crackpot” Michael Avenatti, and painting themselves as chief defenders of the First Amendment.
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