US appeals court: Beauty pageant can bar trans contestants
A federal appellate court says a national beauty pageant has a First Amendment right to exclude a transgender woman from competing, because including her could interfere with the message the pageant has said it wants to send about "what it means to be a woman.”.
Appeals court OKs Jan. 6 panel subpoena to Arizona GOP chair
A federal appeals court panel has upheld a ruling requiring phone records of the Arizona Republican Party's leader to be turned over to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The ruling issued over the weekend by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by state party Chair Kelli Ward that her First Amendment rights would be chilled if investigators were able to learn whom she spoke with while trying to challenge former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat. Barring a successful appeal, the House committee will get records of calls Ward made and received from just before the November 2020 election to Jan. 31, 2021.news.yahoo.com
KSAT, other outlets sue City of Uvalde, sheriff, school district for Robb Elementary school massacre records
KSAT 12 and more than a dozen media organizations have filed a lawsuit against the City of Uvalde, the Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District seeking access to records related to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Open: This is "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan," July 17
This week on “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan,” with inflation now hitting over 9%, we have a string of guests to talk about the state of the American economy as experts fear a recession is coming. Plus, more on the subpoena to the U.S. Secret Service sent by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol with member Rep. Adam Kinzinger.news.yahoo.com
No foul: On-field religious actions a tradition in many areas
The decision obviously invokes an important but often ignored continuation of the First Amendment reference to religion. While it holds that government can take no action regarding the establishment of religion, it also bans any prohibition of the free exercise of religion. Players themselves — from both teams — gather at in the middle of the field or court for a quick invocation. For many observers it’s a heartwarming show of unity from players, trainers and others, who moments earlier had faced off in possibly bitter competition. Rather than offend those who might not have personal religious interest, post-game invocations show the kind of unity and cooperation that is needed to build communities.myrgv.com
Kinzinger hits back at Boebert’s church and state remarks: ‘We must oppose the Christian Taliban’
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Wednesday criticized comments that Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) made on Sunday in which she called for ending the separation of church and state in the United States. Boebert said in a speech at the Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colo., that she is “tired” of the principle and falsely claimed…news.yahoo.com
Trump-appointed judge slams Florida’s attack on the First Amendment. That’s a relief | Editorial
In their frenzy to protect Donald Trump’s “free speech” rights to spread falsehoods on social media, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans appear to have misunderstood — or flat-out ignored — the First Amendment.news.yahoo.com
Right to film cops weighed by US court overseeing 6 states
U.S. government lawyers on Wednesday asked the appeals court overseeing four western and two midwestern states to recognize that the First Amendment guarantee of free speech gives people the right to film police as they do their work in public — a decision that would allow officers to be sued if they interfere with bystanders trying to record them. Six of the nation’s 12 appeals courts have recognized that right but the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has not and justices heard arguments in the case of a YouTube journalist and blogger who claimed that a suburban Denver officer blocked him from recording a 2019 traffic stop. Natasha Babazadeh, an attorney for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, urged a three-judge panel from the court to rule in that filming police is a constitutional right and said there has been an increase in the number of lawsuits filed against police by people saying they could not record them in public.news.yahoo.com
Texas fires back at tech industry in new Supreme Court filing
The filing escalates a battle between Paxton and industry groups representing some of the country’s most powerful social media firms, which have turned to the Supreme Court after a surprise ruling at the 5th Circuit court last week allowed the law to take effect.washingtonpost.com
Forgotten insurrection clause of 14th Amendment used to force GOP members of Congress to defend their actions on Jan. 6
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks outside the U.S. Capitol on April 28, 2022. Win McNamee/Getty ImagesLawyers representing voters in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina have filed lawsuits alleging that their elected congressional representatives are barred from running for future office based on a little-known provision of the 14th Amendment. Specifically, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment reads: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress … who, having prevnews.yahoo.com
Post Politics Now Leading U.S. political figures step up gestures of solidarity with Ukraine
President Biden on Monday will present awards to federal employees and host a reception to mark the end of Ramadan ahead of a planned visit to Alabama on Tuesday to tour a Lockheed Martin facility that manufactures Javelin anti-tank missiles being sent to Ukraine.washingtonpost.com
Republicans urged Trump to take action on January 6
As rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was bombarded with text messages from Republicans urging President Trump to intervene. The messages also reveal that some House Republicans were discussing martial law. Robert Costa has the latest.news.yahoo.com
‘Liberal Terminator’ Says His Disgusting Rants Are Protected Free Speech. Judge Says Hell No.
CBS8 San DiegoA California judge didn’t buy a San Diego man’s argument that his violent online tirades against people of color are protected under the First Amendment.And now, Timothy Caruthers won’t be eligible to purchase or own a handgun for at least two years, San Diego County Superior Court Judge Richard Whitney ruled last week.“The Court concludes the purchase of a semi-automatic handgun, combined with the evidence of very egregious racial threats, advocacy of violence towards minority gronews.yahoo.com
Supreme Court will hear another clash pitting religious rights against laws protecting LGBTQ persons from discrimination
At issue is the same Colorado anti-discrimination law that came before the court in 2018, when the justices ruled for a baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple.washingtonpost.com
Potential Supreme Court nominee faces questions on religious rights case
Kruger is on the shortlist to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer Jr., and conservative groups are promoting her role in the case Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as evidence that she would not protect religious rights as a member of the Supreme Court.washingtonpost.com
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton agrees to stop blocking people on Twitter, ending lawsuit over First Amendment
Attorneys in the lawsuit, which was filed in April, argued that being blocked from viewing Paxton’s tweets limited the rights of people to access statements made by the public official, therefore violating the First Amendment.
Stone tablet marking First Amendment freedoms finds new home
The faade will be reinstalled at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The tablet is engraved with the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and the right to petition the government. It's a gift from the Freedom Forum, the creator of the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the First Amendment. Ad“It’s so meaningful to bring the text of the First Amendment to Philadelphia,” National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement. He said it would “inspire visitors for generations to come.”A dedication ceremony is planned for later this year.
Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok
NEW YORK – A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores around midnight. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration's app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business. In arguments to Judge Nichols, TikTok lawyer John Hall said that TikTok is more than an app, since it functions as a “modern day version of a town square." In addition, Hall argued that a ban would prevent existing users from automatically receiving security updates, eroding national security. Trump set the process in motion with executive orders in August that declared TikTok and another Chinese app, WeChat, threats to national security.
Trump defies virus rules as 'peaceful protest' rallies grow
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is running as the “law and order” candidate. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment. An indoor rally that Trump held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June was blamed for a surge of virus infections there. Trump held an indoor rally at the Xtreme Manufacturing facility in Henderson, Nevada, on Sunday night. The state restricts gatherings to 50 people — based on White House reopening guidelines —- but thousands of supporters packed into the warehouse space nonetheless.
Tech-rights group sues Trump to stop social-media order
NEW YORK A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed last week, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. Trump, without evidence, has long accused tech companies of being biased against conservatives. There was pushback against Trump's order from various sources. Civil rights and libertarian organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce also criticized Trump's order.