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Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE
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Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

UC Berkeley Protests Spark Debate Over First Amendment


The campus was rocked this week by both peaceful and violent protests that ultimately shut down the planned appearance of far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest


GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Fake News and the New McCarthyism


Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Dec 4, 2016 ENLARGE

Waiting for the Barbarians


The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

18 Journalism Groups Send Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump for Press Access


Journalists are concerned that the incoming chief executive will be a threat to freedom of the press and government transparency during his presidency.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Reflect a Nationwide Search for Justice

The Truthdig team sat down with documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to discuss the criminalization of journalists documenting the protests in North Dakota, the election and the troubling state of American democracy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Dropped in Vindication for Press Freedom (Video)


North Dakota has dismissed riot charges issued after the Democracy Now! host reported on security guards assaulting nonviolent Dakota Access pipeline protesters in September. By filing the charges in the first place, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism,” Goodman said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Amy Goodman Explains Decision to Turn Herself In to North Dakota Authorities (Video)

What had the journalist been doing at the Dakota Access pipeline protest? Her job.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a Spoiler Is the Same as Saying ‘Shut Up’

People from outside the major parties who are pursuing elected office are exercising their First Amendment rights. Calling them spoilers is “political bigotry” that Americans should never tolerate, the activist says.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime


The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

North Dakota Charges Journalist Amy Goodman for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights


At a Dakota Access pipeline site, the “Democracy Now!” host documented use of vicious guard dogs by private security personnel in clashes with protesters. Authorities have charged her with trespassing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press


The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

CAIR-LA Files Federal Lawsuit Accusing Long Beach Police of Stripping Woman of Hijab


A male officer allegedly removed Kirsty Powell’s religious headscarf by force during an arrest, and now the United States’ largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization seeks justice.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s War on the First Amendment


Despite the GOP front-runner’s reputation for speaking his mind and “telling it like it is,” he is an enemy of freedom of speech, suing anyone who says something he doesn’t like. But it gets worse: As president, he promises, he would dismantle safeguards that foster robust discussion of public issues.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Blame the Campus Liberals’ Campaign Aims at Yale


A national campaign to blame campus distempers on politically correct liberals has found yet another target in angry students and anxious administrators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day


With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue


The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values


Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know


All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term


Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets


The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case


There is no honor among thieves or ideologues, and it is sad to see a great university’s leadership descend into petty squabbling and vicious infighting over the illegal firing of Urbana-Champaign professor Steven Salaita.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment


ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Campus Administrators Invoke ‘Civility’ to Silence Critical Speech


University administrators are successfully rallying around the value of “civility” in discourse as a means of silencing and getting rid of professors deemed politically troublesome.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent


Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia


The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

Caricature Assassination


Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America


The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the people from their government. If the First Amendment’s right to speak out publicly was the people’s wall of security, then the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy was its buttress. It was once thought that the government should neither be able to stop citizens from speaking nor peer into their lives.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan


Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

Supreme Court Watch: Campaign Spending, Union Busting and the Subversion of the First Amendment


Although predicting the outcome of Supreme Court cases is never a sure thing, two decisions that may be handed down any day have the clear potential to transform the meaning of the First Amendment and once again expose the court’s radically pro-corporate and anti-union agenda.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE

Do Companies Have a First Amendment Right to Track You?


If you think that is a purely academic question, think again.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE

Is Texas Spending $82 Million to Teach Creationism in Charter Schools?


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Texas is violating the Constitution’s First Amendment to teach a myth as fact in publicly funded schools, a Slate writer asserts.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE

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Posted on Nov 25, 2013 ENLARGE

ACLU Argues Bulk Gathering Violates Rights


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Civil liberties campaigners with the ACLU told a New York court Friday that the NSA’s dragnet collection of U.S. phone records violates constitutional rights to freedom of association and privacy.

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Larry Flynt


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The man who made his fortune selling pictures of naked women demonstrates virtue unmatched by most of his peers by writing against the planned execution of the man who left him paralyzed.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE

Abortion’s Back on the Supreme Court Docket


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Two new cases regarding abortion rights in the U.S. are coming up before the high court. Let’s just hope SCOTUS doesn’t further limit access to reproductive health care as many states are finding ways to do just that.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE

Supreme Court Could Eliminate Campaign Caps on Individual Donors


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An effort to remove the limits on total campaign contributions by a single donor is before the Supreme Court. Progressives predict the elimination will lead to an estimated $1 billion increase in giving over the next seven years by the top 1,219 donors from the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE

Wisconsin Drops Charges Against Protest Videographer


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The local district attorney, after a lengthy delay, decided there was insufficient evidence that videographer Damon Terrell was doing anything illegal this summer as he filmed the noontime Solidarity Sing Along in the State Capitol in Madison. Justice delayed, yes, but still justice. Now, on to the civil suits ...

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE

The Qurans Didn’t Burn, but Maybe the First Amendment Did


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Florida minister Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday before he could torch thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans as an anti-Islamist protest. And civil libertarians should be concerned.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE

Singing and Photography Can Land You in Jail


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While the NSA has been drawing international attention for its massive collection of personal data and its seemingly preternatural inability to follow its own shadowy protocols for handling the material, it’s useful to remember that our national eavesdroppers aren’t the only governmental entities running roughshod over the Bill of Rights.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE

‘Purse Boys’ Aren’t All the Rave in D.C.


A sexist article in The New York Times tries to make it sound like male aides carrying female politicians’ handbags is wrong and, perhaps worse, newsworthy; members of the LGBT community are being treated like second-class citizens in America; meanwhile, a company relied on the First Amendment to justify its immoral use of private information found on pharmaceutical prescriptions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: The ‘Terrifying’ State Assault on Press Freedom

“We are now in the last moments of an effort to, in essence, effectively extinguish press freedom,” the Truthdig columnist told “Democracy Now!” in a conversation Wednesday about revelations of the Justice Department’s seizure of work, home and cellphone records of up to 100 reporters and editors at The Associated Press.

Posted on May 15, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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Posted on Mar 1, 2013 ENLARGE

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