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Dana Milbank: Never have we seen such a spectacle

Donald Trump would quash such dissent as was heard at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But America is still free, and the people will be heard.


Karin Klein: What happened to Roseanne and Kaepernick has zero to do with First Amendment rights

This era of political discontent has seemingly made us all experts on the First Amendment and freedom of speech. Or at least, there’s a lot of complaining about one news …


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Local government officials may be barred from blocking Twitter critics

A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

Judge: President can’t block critics on Twitter

A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.


Lawsuit targets petition restrictions at state fairgrounds

A man said the city of Puyallup violated his constitutional rights when police barred him from collecting signatures for initiative petitions on a public sidewalk outside the Washington State Fairgrounds.


Alarmed by fake news, states push media literacy in schools

Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman

It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 1:44 p.m.

Angela Davis’ GU talk draws critics, but no try at shutdown

College students across the country have staged protests and spoken out against controversial speakers on their campuses, but often those speakers have represented far-right political views. A different kind of …


Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests

Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboys players who don’t stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Child porn conviction upheld in youth sexting case

A Spokane youth who texted a picture of his genitals to a woman can be convicted under the state laws against child pornography even though he is the child involved, …


Outside View: Hate speech abhorrent; banning it worse

The moment Americans empower the government to tell them what they can and cannot say, our nation and its cherished democratic principles will be doomed.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

Tech companies banishing extremists after Charlottesville

In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Lawsuit: Washington cyberstalking law violates free speech

A retired Air Force major is asking a federal court to declare Washington state’s cyberstalking law unconstitutional, saying he’s been threatened with prosecution – and up to a year in …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

GOP bill would let churches endorse political candidates

Churches should have the First Amendment right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans, who quietly tucked a provision into a sweeping spending bill …


Judge to Trump: No protection for speech inciting violence

A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally.


UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:18 p.m.

Fired Spokane Valley firefighter’s religious email case will be heard by State Supreme Court

A Spokane Valley firefighter trying to get his job back since he was fired in 2012 will argue his case against the Spokane Valley Fire Department before the Washington State …


White House says Trump’s tax return was ‘illegally published,’ but Maddow is probably in the clear

Even before Rachel Maddow unveiled President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax return live on MSNBC Tuesday night – which did take way too long – the White House claimed the …


Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Iran-contra, March 2, 1987


Kathleen Parker: Freedom won’t ring without press

How long before Donald Trump’s words convince some off-balanced Second Amendment ‘patriot’ to take out a ‘crooked’ media person, fully expecting to be applauded by the president-elect?


Analysis: You can’t strip flag-burners of citizenship, even if flag-burning could be made a crime

Donald Trump tweet Tuesday: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”


Trump wants stiff penalties for burning American flag

President-elect Donald Trump started Tuesday by issuing a broadside on the First Amendment, suggesting on social media that burning the American flag should be a criminal offense.


Website asks Supreme Court to block subpoena over sex ads

The classified advertising website Backpage.com urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how the company screens ads for possible sex trafficking.


Will Bunch: Dangerous disregard for press and First Amendment

Citizens say they love journalism and want the facts, as long as it’s the fact that the other guy (or gal) is a bum.


Gary Crooks: Follow the rules on letters

Here are the leading reasons letters to the editor are rejected.


Movies provide backdrop to free-speech battles

By labeling certain expression and condemning it to specific areas, authorities may chill undesirable opinions while sidestepping constitutional protections.


Views mixed on religion, rights

Readers respond to this question: Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?


Analysis: How far could Donald Trump legally go to take on his protesters?

Donald Trump can insult hecklers at his rallies, tell ‘em to “go home to mommy” and even suggest they should have been roughed up. But the increasingly heated, intense protests …


Online reviews of businesses are protected speech, Oregon Supreme Court affirms

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court was correct to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of a wedding venue that received a negative review …


Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.