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January 10, 2020

How rock & roll killed communism

Behind the Iron Curtain, Western-loving youths embraced American pop culture and fashion with feverish enthusiasm. Lacking ready access to these goods on the open market, they improvised by painting flashy colors over their state-issued ties, listening to black-market music, such as jazz and later rock, and using heat rollers to style their hair li ...

December 30, 2019

A Washington court denies Santa’s freedom of speech

In early December, a federal court in Washington held that government has broad leeway to kick people off public property if the government doesn't like what they have to say. The Christmas season timing of the ruling is ironic: The federal court held that the Washington Department of Ecology did not violate the First Amendment ...

December 26, 2019

Officials who block people on social media violate the First Amendment

This piece initially appeared as a syndicated article from Tribune Content Agency in newspapers across the country ~~~ In the social media age, numerous politicians have come under fire for blocking critics from following them on Twitter. The latest is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who recently settled a lawsuit brought by Dov Hikind, ...

December 26, 2019

California’s war on freelance journalism is unconstitutional

A California law scheduled to go into effect on January 1 threatens the First Amendment rights of nearly every freelance journalist in the Golden State and would likely put thousands of them out of work. Earlier this year, in an effort to regulate the rideshare and "gig" economy, and in response to a recent California ...

December 23, 2019

The Hill: California law unjustly and unconstitutionally restricts freelance journalists

Freelancing is a centuries-old practice. But with a controversial state law set to take effect Jan. 1, 2020, freelance journalism soon may become a thing of the past in California. Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB5) was enacted in 2019 to create a new three-part test under California law for determining whether someone is an independent ...

December 16, 2019

The Hill: Call the midwife — but not if you live in Georgia

Debbie Pulley is a midwife, but if she told you that, the Georgia Board of Nursing would fine her $500. That's because the board has barred the use of the title "midwife" by anyone who doesn't hold a nursing license — even people like Pulley, who has spent the past 40 years delivering more than ...

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