We’re a big part of the fix for ‘junk news’

Individual consumers bear just as much responsibility as social media companies in the fight against junk news.
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Hefner, Rolling Stone: Goodbye to two original free spirit, free speech icons

With the impending sale of Rolling Stone and the death of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, the sun sets on two champions for free expression.
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Patriotism, respect for flag cannot be ‘ordered’

This weekend’s “Take a Knee” controversy brings to mind failed efforts from our past to mandate patriotism.
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‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Charlottesville protesters

Attempts to censor neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups is a betrayal of our nation’s core principles — not to mention ineffective and counterproductive.
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When it comes to our freedoms, is a C+ grade good enough?

First Amendment Report Card

In a report card issued by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, the First Amendment gets a barely passing grade.
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Results of this year’s State of the First Amendment national survey released

The 2016 State of the First Amendment

This year’s State of the First Amendment national survey (SOFA), conducted in partnership with USA TODAY, does more than just sample our attitudes about those five core freedoms – it also may show just how those freedoms can work.
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Where are privacy, national security limits in new Digital Age?

Apple vs. the FBI

The legal tug of war between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to a single iPhone is shaping up to be one of the first great national disputes of the Digital Age.
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Washington Post reporter sentenced in secret – an Iranian shame

Jason Rezaian

A government official has announced that The Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has now been sentenced to prison following his conviction last month on espionage and other charges.
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Julian Bond — A voice of reason, a call for change

Julian Bond. Paul Sancya/Courtesy The Associated Press

In a nation beset for more than 50 years by racism, divided by war, and brimming with confrontation, anger and violence — there was the voice of Julian Bond: soft spoken and serious, reasoned but no less passionate, and always, always, challenging.
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Survey: Americans say it’s OK to take down ‘that flag’

Confederate battle flag

The Confederate battle flag is coming down in South Carolina, on store shelves and on license plates, and for most Americans, that’s just fine, even if we differ over its meaning. And therein is the real change.
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