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FIRST AMENDMENT

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There is no First Amendment protection for hate speech which is direct, personal, truly threatening or violently provocative (civil-rights.lawyers.com)

The Washington Post's 2017 byline says it all: Democracy Dies in Darkness

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UPDATES: Subscribe to a newspaper today! We need them more than ever (see Fake News to identify fake from real).10/11: Trump threatens to strip the broadcast licenses of network news (in this case, NBC) who report news about him he doesn't like (AKA he calls "fake") (Washington Post). Last time this happened? Nixon, Watergate, 1972. Note: news is not licensed by the federal government. However, these threats must be taken seriously, right now, as they make bare a grave threat to the Fourth Estate (see "take action" links, below). 10/5: Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee should abandon its Russian election meddling investigation and, instead, investigate the US news media. (ABC News) 8/21: Four senior editors at the Los Angeles Times were fired today, suddenly, at once. Ross Levinsohn, who spent 7 years in Fox News' Media Division, is the new Publisher. Perhaps it was because yesterday, the 4 published Enough Is Enough: "The man in the White House is reckless and unmanageable, a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions." 8/17: Go to Stop Trump and Racism sections for info. and action options regarding Trump's response to Charlottesville White Supremacist terrorism. 8/4: Sessions threatens review of ability to subpoena journalists who "leak" information from the White House. (Washington Post) 8/2: Journalists in the White House Press Room continue to be insulted and treated with disrespect. Send a message of support to your favorites today. 7/31: After Scaramucci's profanity filled tirade his first week in the job, Trump fired him, per new COS Kelly's request (New York Times). Older Updates.

LEARN. Quoted from the ACLU: "The new administration now controls what federal agencies say and what side of an issue they officially take. But here's what the administration can and cannot do:

The administration is entitled to use the official channels of government--whether it's press briefings or social media--to put out its own messages. However, the government cannot muzzle employees from speaking out completely. The First Amendment still protects workers' ability to speak in their private capacities, on their own time, about matters that concern the public. Employees cannot be fired for speaking on issues of public concern as private individuals."

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