First Amendment

Far-Left Bullies Suppress Civil Rights In California

Featured image The “heckler’s veto” is not recognized in American law, but it is increasingly becoming a fact of life in American cities. The hecklers are always from the far left, and they generally come armed. This is a scandal of major proportions, but is rarely recognized as such. The Associated Press reports on a blatant violation of civil rights: A planned right-wing rally in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge »

Free Speech? What’s That?

Featured image It is no secret to anyone who has been paying attention that the Left’s commitment to free speech–perhaps never strong in the first place–has been eroding rapidly. Now even the American Civil Liberties Union is beginning to backtrack on the First Amendment. The Associated Press reports: Faced with an angry backlash for defending white supremacists’ right to march in Charlottesville, the American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a feeling among »

Talking ten theses, with footnotes

Featured image On Monday our friend Seth Leibsohn invited me to appear on Phoenix AM 960’s Seth and Chris Show yesterday afternoon. Seth asked me to discuss my post on the law, the leaks and the New York Times. My discussion with Seth frames the background to my “Ten theses on leaks.” What is to be done? In my view, the Trump Department of Justice must pick its best case to prosecute »

For AG Sessions, ten theses on leaks

Featured image This past Friday Attorney General Sessions held a news conference to announce the Justice Department’s dedication to stopping the flood of leaks of classified information that is undermining the Trump administration and damaging our national security. The transcript of Mr. Sessions’ statement at the press conference is posted here. What is to be done? This was the only potential reform of policy or practice mentioned by Attorney General Sessions: “[O]ne »

Is the Times a law unto itself?

Featured image Yesterday on FOX News Special Report, Chris Wallace led a panel discussion of Attorney General Sessions’s press conference announcing the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress leaks of classified information. Video of the segment is below. In the course of the segment Charles Krauthammer addresses the applicable law in a manner that is extremely misleading. This is what he had to say on the legal issues (my transcription): I thought we »

CNN blows lid off Trump tweet

Featured image CNN dispatched the head of its “leading investigation team for the social, mobil generation”– Andrew Kaczynski of the so-called KFile unit — to blow the lid off the source of the GIF showing President Trump taking down CNN. President Trump tweeted it out on July 2 (below). #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 If you’ve been following the news, you know that Trump’s tweet represents »

Free Speech? Not In Minneapolis!

Featured image The City of Minneapolis has established a hot line to report speech and conduct that are deemed hateful. The city’s press release says: Through its 311 service, the City of Minneapolis has opened a new hotline for reporting hate crimes, which are harassing behaviors motivated by prejudice. That is wrong. “Harassing behaviors” may or may not be crimes; in many cases, depending on how the phrase is understood by people »

Portland Tries to Stamp Out Free Speech

Featured image The mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, is trying to block a free speech rally in his city: The mayor of Portland, Oregon, on Monday urged U.S. officials and organizers to cancel a “Trump Free Speech Rally” and other similar events, saying they are inappropriate and could be dangerous after two men were stabbed to death on a train as they tried to help a pair of young women targeted »

Trump Threatens Press Freedom? Ridiculous

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial board wrote on Tuesday: “Trump administration continues to threaten a free press.” Did I miss the news about President Trump vowing to shut down CNN or the New York Times? Of course, that didn’t happen. So what is the editorial board talking about? [A]t a campaign-rally style event on Saturday, Trump used the bully pulpit to try to bully the news media, which he said »

NYT Reporter: Why Can’t We Assassinate Conservatives?

Featured image Gardiner Harris is the New York Times’s White House reporter. His Twitter feed, where many reporters reveal themselves, shows Harris to be an unabashed cheerleader for the Democratic Party. To cite just one of many examples: Republicans consider ending the Republic as we know it: That Supreme Court Stonewall May Not Crumble Anytime Soon https://t.co/9CG8cfeT78 — Gardiner Harris (@GardinerHarris) November 4, 2016 So when Gardiner Harris asks questions of Josh »

Must the Constitution Protect Flag Burning? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Democrats are burning American flags in violent demonstrations and riots across the country, which led Donald Trump to re-ignite an old debate with a tweet: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016 Trump’s suggestion that flag burning should not be treated as protected »

Free Kim Strassel!

Featured image YouTube has restricted Kim Strassel’s PragerU short course on The Intimidation Game. It’s almost like they want to prove her point. At least she’s in good company (PragerU tweet below). In a separate tweet, Kim explains that her video “is restricted for any young people with parental controls” as well as “schools and libraries.” Consider it a preview of the next Clinton administration, when Citizens United is to be reversed »

Finally, a Baker Liberals Can Love

Featured image In Louisiana, a 17-year-old girl who was about to turn 18 and was excited to vote in her first election went to a local bakery and asked for a birthday cake with an American flag and “Trump 2016” on it. No way, said the woman behind the counter. No Trump! The baker was well within her rights, of course. We have freedom of conscience in America, and she shouldn’t be »

Who’s afraid of religious liberty? An introduction

Featured image Professor Richard Samuelson’s closely argued Mosaic essay “Who’s afraid of religious liberty?” is must reading. In it Professor Samuelson explains the assault on our religious freedom under the ever expanding regime of anti-discrimination law and practice. I urge readers who care about the subject to read the whole thing; there is no substitute for it. I invited Professor Samuelson to write a brief introduction for Power Line readers. Professor Samuelson »

Hillary’s First Priority If She Wins? To Shut Up Her Critics

Featured image Hillary Clinton is giving a speech today in which she describes one of her top priorities as president: Hillary Clinton will pledge on Saturday to introduce an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision within the first 30 days of her administration, an aide said Saturday. A reader writes: Global terrorism, coup in Turkey, unrest in USA, cops killed in cold blood by sniper in »

Democratic Party Officially Opposed to Free Speech

Featured image We have written several times about efforts by Democratic Attorneys General and others to make it a criminal offense to point out deficiencies and errors in the Left’s catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory. Criminalizing one side of a political debate is, as far as I know, unprecedented in American history. Yet the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee has now made this assault on the First Amendment official party policy: Democratic operatives »

Dear AG Healey (Rated R for language)

Featured image I can’t say that this is how all overreaching government authorities should be answered, but it does set an inspirational example. At the Daily Caller Michael Bastach explains: Alex Epstein had a terse response to a subpoena sent by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey Wednesday. Healey demanded the oil giant ExxonMobil hand over 40 years of documents, including information pertaining to the company’s dealings with about a dozen think tanks »