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Daily Media Links 9/19: Both parties to move on Facebook and other tech giants, A chilling study shows how hostile college students are toward free speech, and more…

In the News Law360: Texan FEC Pick Unlikely To Be Derailed By Tweet Drama By Michelle Casady Trainor has previously represented conservative group Empower Texans, which has fought the Texas Ethics Commission on the disclosure of political donors. But David Keating, president of the nonprofit group Center for Competitive Politics, an organization whose stated mission […]

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Daily Media Links 9/18: The Unaccountable IRS, Bill allowing unlimited political spending by corporations, unions passes state Senate, and more…

IRS Weekly Standard: The Unaccountable IRS By The Editors On September 8, Donald Trump’s Justice Department announced it would not be reopening an investigation into the conduct of Lois Lerner, the IRS official responsible for targeting and harassing conservative groups in the 2010 and 2012 elections. That investigation had ended in 2015, when Barack Obama’s […]

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Daily Media Links 9/15: U.S. election agency seeks comment after Facebook cites Russian ads, As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle, and more…

In the News Bloomberg BNA: Conservatives, Reporters, Farmers Back Robber at Supreme Court By Jordan S. Rubin Though the justices are asked to decide whether the Fourth Amendment applies in Carpenter’s case, some of the outside briefs are concerned with another amendment: the First. One of the First Amendment-focused briefs comes from the Reporters Committee […]

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Daily Media Links 9/14: Congress Considers Changes to Trade Association Prior Approval Rules, Senate Panel Likely to Ask Facebook to Publicly Detail Russian Activity on Platform During Election, and more…

CCP CCP Job Opening: Attorney, First Amendment Litigation The Center for Competitive Politics is expanding its litigation team. We are looking for an experienced attorney to take a leading, independent role in First Amendment cases brought in federal and state courts. [Please click on the link above for a detailed description of job responsibilities, requirements, […]

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Daily Media Links 9/13: Trump nominates Texas lawyer Trey Trainor for Federal Election Commission, The Better IRS Reform, and more…

FEC Washington Examiner: Trump to nominate Texas lawyer to FEC By Diana Stancy Correll The White House announced Tuesday evening that President Trump intends to nominate James Trainor III of Texas to be a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission for the remainder of a 6-year term, which would last until April 2021. Once officially […]

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Daily Media Links 9/12: Does Big Philanthropy Threaten Democracy? A Dialogue on The Givers, Denver City Council approves new rules requiring reports of dark-money spending in elections, and more…

In the News NMPolitics.net: New Mexicans should be suspicious of secretary of state’s anti-privacy rulemaking By Bradley Smith and Paul Gessing Doug Nickle’s recent column (“Campaign reporting proposal creates necessary, nation-leading disclosure in NM”) is an example of Orwellian doublespeak at its best… Even as Nickle urges support for rules reducing citizen privacy, he avers […]

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Daily Media Links 9/11: DOJ denies GOP request to reopen case against former IRS official Lois Lerner, Nestled in House Spending Bill: Campaign Finance Deregulation, and more…

The Courts Newseum Institute: State High Courts Can Provide Greater Free-Speech Protections By Lata Nott Forty years ago in the Harvard Law Review,U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan described state constitutions as “a font of individual liberty, their protections often extending beyond those required by the Supreme Court’s interpretation of federal law.”    Brennan urged state high […]

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Daily Media Links 9/8: Feds’ tactics in Johnson-Swallow case are part of what’s ‘destroying the American civil justice system,’ judge says, FEC Might Act on Russia-Linked Facebook Political Ads: Official, and more…

The Courts The Hill: Trump unveils seventh wave of nominees to fill judicial vacancies By Lydia Wheeler President Trump on Thursday announced his seventh wave of judicial nominees as he works to fill more than 100 vacancies on courts across the U.S. Among the batch of 16 nominees, Trump selected his own deputy assistant and […]

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Daily Media Links 9/7: Court order restricting online tabloid images that sharply criticized a recently withdrawn presidential nominee, Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election, and more…

In the News Washington Examiner: How government enables online outrage mobs By Bradley A. Smith Bloomberg columnist Megan McArdle recently noted that “we live in fear of online mobs.”… McArdle argues that the rise of the Internet and online mobs may require us to rethink “the hard, bright line that classical liberalism drew between state […]

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Daily Media Links 9/6: Democrats launch super PAC to win back statehouses, A Free-Speech To-Do List for College Administrators, and more…

Wall Street Journal: A Free-Speech To-Do List for College Administrators Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman During the past year appearances by controversial speakers on college campuses have led to a string of tense, sometimes violent, incidents. As students return to school, administrators will again face the challenge of protecting freedom of speech while ensuring safety […]

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