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Podcast: Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment

August 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?  Alex Abdo and Eugene Volokh join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the First Amendment aspects of a pending legal case.

The boundaries of free speech at public colleges

August 16, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

When and where can students and members of the public express their free-speech rights at public universities? These First Amendment rights are limited and differ greatly based on policies set by colleges and state lawmakers.

Three Supreme Court cases involving the Ku Klux Klan

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Violent public demonstrations involving white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia last weekend are driving a lot of attention to the long-debated subject of free speech rights in public locations.

Interactive Constitution: Right to assemble and petition

August 14, 2017 By John Inazu and Burt Neuborne

In this essay from the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution project, John Inazu and Burt Neuborne explain how the First Amendment protects two distinct rights: assembly and petition.

Interactive Constitution: The meaning of free speech

August 13, 2017 By Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh

In this essay from the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution project, Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh explain the meaning and limitations of free speech under the First Amendment.

Subpoena threats for news organizations real, but not new

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Justice Department is looking at an expanded policy to subpoena more news organizations who publish classified information. So how would this affect journalists’ First Amendment rights?

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

Twitter users sue President Trump for First Amendment violations

July 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

As promised, a First Amendment group has filed suit in federal court on behalf of a group of Twitter users who were offended after they were blocked by Trump or his surrogates from following the President’s social media account.

Podcast: The future of digital free speech

July 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

At a special event in Los Angeles, CA, Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit, and Eugene Volokh of UCLA discuss current debates about speech online.

Looking back: George Carlin and the Supreme Court

July 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 3, 1978, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in the George Carlin “seven dirty words” case, a decision that still holds sway over the use of indecent and obscene language on television, and in a new era of mass communications.

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