Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Donald Trump.
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Americans are overwhelmingly committed to a free press and hostile to government restrictions, a new poll finds. But the country is divided on the meaning of President Trump's attacks on the press.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins in front of the White House.
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The Trump administration's hostility toward journalists is raising new questions about what rights journalists have to access government officials and events.
Alex Jones speaks during a rally for candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, leaves the the Supreme Court Wednesday.
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The Supreme Court's Janus ruling extends strong protection to the First Amendment 'right of silence' and continues their trend of expanding First Amendment rights, often at the behest of conservatives.
Pastors kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court, as a counter-protester holds a sign that says “What’s Christian About Discrimination.”
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Arguments on religious freedom have taken place throughout US history and have landed in the Supreme Court as well. Interpretations have changed over time.
Funeral services took place for Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, one of the students killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, while a hearse with another shooting victim drives by.
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Family members of Sandy Hook victims sued media personality Alex Jones over his claims that the killings were a hoax they participated in. Current law makes their lawsuit unnecessarily hard to prove.
The president uses his Twitter feed to make official announcements.
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A Twitter account used for official purposes is a public forum protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge has ruled.
The justices have previously ruled that the government cannot compel people to speak its message or associate with ideas they do not hold.
Most people know that the First Amendment protects free speech. But two upcoming Supreme Court cases reveal how it also gives people in the US the right not to speak.
A 1979 image that shows disciples of Rajneesh lying on the ground, in meditation at the mystic’s headquarters in Poona, India.
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A scholar explains the popular use of the label 'cult,' and what makes it problematic.
Derek Cote, a homeless man, panhandling in the median strip on a street in Portland, Maine.
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The First Amendment protects everything from porn to hateful signs outside military funerals. That includes fundraising pitches of all kinds.
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments Friday.
Thirteen Russians were charged Friday with using social media to interfere with the 2016 election. A media expert explains why this should not lead to government regulation of social media.
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The first amendment protecting press freedom is under unprecedented threat in the Trump era.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court await a court decision in June 2016.
Under a California law, faith-based crisis pregnancy centers must post signs with information about family planning services. The centers say it violates their First Amendment rights.
The apparently growing practIce of governments and government officials blocking critics on social media has serious implications for freedom of expression.
Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
The wedding cake on display at Masterpiece Cakeshop.
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The Supreme Court appeared divided over claims of religious freedom in the case of a gay wedding. History shows how contentious religious freedom has been in America.
Demonstrators gather at the University of Florida.
The white nationalist's visit to the University of Florida shows just how messy life's moral dilemmas can get.
A crowd gathers before a speech by Ben Shapiro at University of California Berkeley.
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From the football field to the library, this roundup of archival stories explores how the First Amendment applies to various aspects of our lives.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined his team in taking a knee before a game on Sept. 25.
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Team owners' defense of their players 'taking a knee' during the national anthem shows the vital role business leaders play in political discourse – one championed by Citizens United.
A man sporting a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017.
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Given recent events, you might have had an inkling that extremist views have been resonating. Researchers from the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention have the hard data to back it up.
Demonstrators gather in anticipation of controversial speaker Ann Coulter near the University of California, Berkeley campus, April 27, 2017.
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New laws pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina would require public universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. But these laws would do more to hinder free speech than protect it.