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Fallout mounts from Montana U.S. House candidate’s assault on reporter

A reporter for The Guardian claimed that U.S. House of Representatives candidate Greg Gianforte “body slammed” him and broke his glasses as he was attempting to ask questions. After interviewing several witnesses the county sheriff cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault saying that Gianforte’s act did not constitute a felony. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle, May 24, 2017, […]

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Trump tries to dodge transparency on waivers for former lobbyists

The Trump administration drew a sharp rebuke from the head of the Office of Government Ethics for asking him to withdraw a request for copies of waivers for former lobbyists hired to work for the administration or a federal agency. Ethics chief Walter Shaub said he expects federal agencies to release copies of waivers, writing, […]

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Transparency for prescription drug prices gains steam

U.S. Senator John McCain and two democratic colleagues introduced a drug pricing bill that fights escalating prescription drug prices by bringing transparency to plans by companies to increase prices. The law would require companies to produce a transparency and justification report 30 days before increasing the price of certain drugs. The report would require details […]

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Trump administration withdraws data from public

To shield companies and employers from public criticism, the Trump administration is failing to publish government data relating to such issues as workplace violations, energy efficiency and animal welfare abuses. In addition, it no longer publishes data concerning climate change or the ethics waivers for appointees who would otherwise be prevented from taking government jobs […]

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Meeting with Comey: Press reports alleged Trump threat to reporters

It’s alleged that Trump said in his meeting with then FBI director James Comey not only that Comey not investigate former national security adviser Michael Flynn, but also that something be done about the “pesky press,”  specifically putting reporters in jail for publishing classified information. (techdirt, May 18, 2017 by Tim Cushing) Given the Trump […]

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Federal court challenge of Ohio online harassment law

A coalition of liberals and conservatives are suing in federal court on First Amendment grounds over a new Ohio law that states: “No person shall knowingly post a text or audio statement or an image on an Internet web site or web page for the purpose of abusing, threatening or harassing another person.” The plaintiffs […]

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Angry Trump tweet targets daily press briefings

Unhappy with coverage over the firing of FBI director James Comey, President Donald Trump tweeted that he could not guarantee his press secretaries’ accuracy so it might be best to switch to written responses. The White House Correspondents Association released this statement, Shutting down the briefings “would reduce accountability, transparency, and the opportunity for Americans […]

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First Amendment case: Bookstore sues California over new sports memorabilia autograph law

Bay Area book store Book Passage is suing California over AB 1570 that establishes a “thicket” of requirements to sell books valued over $5 autographed by authors. Co-owner Bill Petrocelli claims the new law mandates crippling expenses in establishing the authenticity of signatures therein threatening their tradition of author events and violating the First Amendment. […]

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Maz Jobrani: UC Berkeley commencement speaker makes case for campus free speech

Comedian and UC Berkeley alumnus Maz Jobrani made a strong plea for students to support free speech in his Berkeley commencement address May 13. “As someone born in Iran where free speech is limited and people fight for it on a daily basis, even dying for it, I would urge you to not take that […]

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Law professor challenges Post editorial on racist speech in universities

In reaction to a racial incident featuring banana skins and string nooses at American University, the Washington Post praised the university for its response and wrote, “Two-bit provocations such as hanging nooses on campuses play on emotions made raw in the wake of a presidential campaign that featured the vilification of minorities and barely veiled […]

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