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Court orders White House to restore Jim Acosta’s press pass

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10:30am 11/16/2018 at 10:30am
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Judge Timothy J. Kelly, a Trump appointee, has just ruled on the motion of Jim Acosta and CNN for a temporary restraining order restoring Acosta’s White House “hard pass”.

Based on reports from reporters in the media room, it appears that the Judge ruled that while the White House doesn’t have to...

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OANN Brief: Acosta’s “repeated, unprofessional conduct … has hindered our free press from functioning effectively during White House briefings”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 16, 2018 at 9:43am 11/16/2018 at 9:43am
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The Judge will rule today on the motion for a temporary restraining order filed by Jim Acosta and CNN.

While most of the media supports Acosta, One American News Network filed late on November 15, 2018, for permission to file an amicus brief (pdf.) (full embed at bottom of post) opposing...

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Jim Acosta and his media enablers are on the verge of creating law that will damage journalism

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 4:00pm 11/15/2018 at 4:00pm

“Bad facts make bad law” is a common saying. What that means is that bad facts in a specific case can create legal precedent that is damaging to others, not just the bad actor in the case.

Nowhere is that more clear than in the pending motion by Jim Acosta and CNN,...

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Court adjourns without yet granting Jim Acosta and CNN the emergency injunction they requested

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:44pm 11/14/2018 at 5:44pm
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UPDATE: The Judge has postponed the decision from 3 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

A federal District Court Judge in D.C., Timothy Kelly, heard two hours of argument today on the motion for a temporary restraining order requested by CNN and Jim Acosta regarding his White House “hard pass”.

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Gov’t: Trump has discretion to limit Acosta access, particularly after “disrupting press proceedings”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 12:30pm 11/14/2018 at 12:30pm
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On November 13, 2008, CNN and Jim Acosta filed in federal court in D.C. for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction seeking a court order overruling the White House decision to revoke Acosta’s “hard pass” — the press pass that provides Acosta with “regular and unescorted access to the White...

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CNN sues Trump over suspension of Jim Acosta’s press pass after he got physical with White House intern

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10:02am 11/13/2018 at 10:02am
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Trump asks Court to SLAPP Stormy Daniels with $341,559.50 in legal fees plus sanctions

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00pm 10/29/2018 at 9:00pm
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Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, sued Donald Trump for defamation over Trump’s assertion that Daniels’ lied about supposed threats against her. She is represented in the case by Democrat presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti.

Those alleged threats were covered by us on April 17, 2018, Internet Works Feverishly to Identify Sketch of...

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Appeals Court throws out lawsuit accusing Trump of inciting a riot

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 8:40pm 9/11/2018 at 8:40pm
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At a Trump campaign rally in Louisville on March 1, 2016, anti-Trump protesters tried to disrupt the event, as they had done and would do elsewhere, like Chicago.

In Louisville, Trump called for the crowd to “get ’em out of here… Don’t hurt ’em, don’t hurt ’em.”

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Court denies preliminary injunction in U. Michigan Bias Response Team lawsuit

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00pm 8/9/2018 at 1:00pm

In early May 2018, we covered a lawsuit brought by a new group called Speech First challenging U. Michigan’s Bias Response Teams, Lawsuit: U. Michigan speech code and Bias Response Team “profoundly chill free speech and open discourse”.

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo on claim he may put NRA out of business: “I would like to believe it’s true”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 7:00pm 8/5/2018 at 7:00pm
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Among New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leading political enemies is the National Rifle Association.

Long before the Parkland Shooting and the national movement to pressure companies to sever ties to the NRA, the NRA was battling Cuomo’s absurd gun control legislation, the so-called SAFE Act. That legislation had to be partially rewritten...

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Who’s afraid of the 1st Amendment?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 8:00pm 7/1/2018 at 8:00pm
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In Janus vs. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees), the Supreme Court (in a 5-4 decision) ruled that government unions cannot require non-members to pay union dues.

Earlier this week, Obama-appointed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her minority dissent to the Janus ruling that the Court had...

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SCOTUS: Minnesota can’t tread on voters’ t-shirts through “political” apparel ban at polling places

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/14/2018 at 9:00pm
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The Supreme Court, in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, ruled that a Minnesota law that banned “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” at polling places on Election Day was unconstitutional.

The case was brought by voters who, among other things, wanted to wear a Tea Party Patriots...

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Lawsuit: U. Michigan speech code and Bias Response Team “profoundly chill free speech and open discourse”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 7:40pm 5/8/2018 at 7:40pm

If you have not heard of Bias Response Teams, then you haven’t been around campus in the last decade.

These teams, often referred to at BRTs, are the equivalent of SWAT teams standing by to enforce campus speech and conduct codes. All of the problems we have documented with campus sexual assault...

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Federal Court: YouTube restrictions on PragerU videos do not violate 1st Amendment

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00pm 3/28/2018 at 1:00pm
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In October 2017 we reported on a lawsuit filed by Prager University against Google and YouTube [Complaint] based on restrictions YouTube division had put on PragerU videos:

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Masterpiece Cakeshop Theater

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm 12/15/2017 at 8:00pm
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I have to admit, I fell asleep at the baker’s wheel.

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was argued to the Supreme Court earlier this month and I, didn’t cover it. Not out of lack of interest, but more feeling like we’re chasing a swarm of daily dust ups created...

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Actual Malice at Vassar College

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:30pm 10/28/2017 at 8:30pm

I’m still trying to get my mind around the Vassar College campus reaction to my planned lecture on “hate speech” and free speech, which I wrote about in Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech.

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were whipped into a frenzy...

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Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:20pm 10/26/2017 at 2:20pm

On October 25, 2017, I gave a speech at Vassar College on “An Examination of Hate Speech and Free Speech on College Campuses.” The main sponsor was the Vassar Conservative Libertarian Union, which also sponsored my 2014 speech at Vassar. Other sponsors were Students for Liberty and the Leadership Institute.

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