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Gene Policinski: Arizona anti-bullying law imperils free speech

The First Amendment’s protection for free speech seems fairly unlimited — an unambiguous provision included in just 45 simple words that begin with “Congress shall make no law …” No intricate phrases, no flowery modifiers. We even have a common ...

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D.C. Circuit weighs graphic cigarette warnings

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday weighed the constitutionality of requiring large graphic photos on cigarette packs to show that smoking can disfigure and even kill people, with two of the three judges questioning how far the government could ...

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Election robocall defense targets Maryland anti-fraud law

A Baltimore judge is weighing the constitutionality of Maryland election law’s anti-fraud provisions, as a political operative stands trial for allegedly conspiring and attempting to sabotage Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2010 re-election with robocalls urging Democrats to stay home and ...

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Cardin co-sponsoring voter suppression bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ben Cardin says he plans to introduce a bill creating new criminal and civil penalties for voter suppression. The Maryland Democrat says he plans to introduce the bill Wednesday along with New York Sen. Charles Schumer. Cardin ...

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Gene Policinski: ’Tis the season for First Amendment tweetout

Give the First Amendment — and the nation — a unique gift this holiday season: On Dec. 15, “tweet” your support for this 220-year-old guarantor of our basic freedoms. And don’t stop there. Round out the holidays by making that ...

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Gene Policinski: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns limited by First Amendment

The comparisons have already started — police in Egypt attacking demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, and police in a number of U.S. cities breaking up “Occupy” camps with clubs and tear gas. If you’re a demonstrator in Cairo or ...

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Gene Policinski: ‘Occupy’ crackdowns limited by First Amendment

The comparisons have already started — police in Egypt attacking demonstrators with clubs and tear gas, and police in a number of U.S. cities breaking up “Occupy” camps with clubs and tear gas. If you’re a demonstrator in Cairo or ...

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