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The First Amendment

Jul 20, 2018
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The First Amendment has played a key role in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions this year -- from organized labor fees to non-members who enjoy the fruits of collective bargaining to the question of whether a Colorado baker was obliged to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher we examine the origin of the concept of free speech, and why Justice Elena Kagan in her dissent in the organized labor case said the ruling had “weaponized the First Amendment.” 

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The First Amendment

Jul 11, 2018
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The First Amendment has played a key role in several U.S. Supreme Court decisions this year -- from organized labor fees to non-members who enjoy the fruits of collective bargaining to the question of whether a Colorado baker was obliged to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

It took more than 280 characters, but a federal judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that President Trump and his aides cannot block critics from seeing his Twitter account simply because they had posted caustic replies to his tweets in the past.

Updated on March 21 at 7:35 p.m. ET

Supreme Court justices on both sides of the ideological spectrum expressed skepticism Tuesday about California's "truth-in-advertising" law requiring anti-abortion clinics to more fully disclose what they are.

The anti-abortion "crisis pregnancy centers" objected to the law on free-speech grounds.

While some more liberal justices appeared receptive to the state's case initially, doubt about the law seemed to increase as the argument progressed.

A trial date is set in a white nationalist's lawsuit against the University of Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott is scheduled to hear the case March 18, 2019.

Updated 6:05 p.m. ET

Every state has a law creating campaign-free buffer zones outside of polling places — laws the Supreme Court has long upheld.

On Wednesday, the justices tackled similar and even stricter laws that bar "political" apparel inside polling places.

The court did not indicate which way it was leaning in questioning Wednesday. Lawyers on both sides of the arguments were pressed hard.

Richard Spencer
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White nationalist Richard Spencer’s plan to speak at the University of Cincinnati has been scuttled by a legal standoff over the Ohio school's demand for a security fee of nearly $11,000.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The University of Cincinnati is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the organizer for white nationalist Richard Spencer's campus tour, calling it meritless.

Richard Spencer / Twitter

Kent State University has turned down a request from associates of white nationalist Richard Spencer to hold an event at its Student Multicultural Center on May 4. That’s the 48th anniversary of the day the National Guard shot 13 students protesting the Vietnam War, killing four.

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Associates of Richard Spencer say they finally booked a date next year for the white nationalist to speak at the University of Cincinnati: March 14, 2018.

President Trump is facing a lawsuit for blocking people from his Twitter account.

This week some First Amendment advocates joined the suit — and they are making a novel argument about the right to communicate with the president in the digital age.

University of Cincinnati President Neville Pinto says he agonized over the decision to allow white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

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The University of Cincinnati board of trustees has condemned hate while defending a decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

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An associate and organizer of campus tours for white nationalist Richard Spencer has followed through on threats to sue The Ohio State University after school officials refused to rent campus space for Spencer to speak.

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A lawyer for white nationalist Richard Spencer says he will file a federal lawsuit against The Ohio State University after officials refused to allow him to rent space on campus.

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