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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Free speech doc ‘No Safe Spaces’ clearly sides with one set of voices

What might have been a pertinent, evenhanded examination of the notion of free speech on today’s college campuses wastes little time in exposing an overwhelmingly right-leaning bias in the disappointingly …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Social media platforms and the fate of truth

While Facebook surely deserves the scorn it has received, one wonders whether Twitter’s absolute ban is not overkill.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates

As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …


Harvard freshman says he was denied entry to U.S. over friends’ social media posts

Ismail Ajjawi touched down at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday night, prepared to begin his freshman year at Harvard University. The 17-year-old Palestinian student never left the airport. The …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

‘Give me a call’: How Spokane-area politicians deal with uncivil comments on their social media accounts

In the wake of a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump was in violation of the First Amendment when he blocked a critic on Twitter, local politicians said they …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019

Defenders of vegan bacon sue Mississippi over labeling law

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor warns veterans not to act as mob against radicals

Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019

Trump orders colleges to back free speech or lose funding

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday requiring U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal research funding.


Trump says he’ll issue order protecting campus free speech

President Donald Trump says he will soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want to get federal resources.


Trump says he’ll issue order protecting campus free speech

President Donald Trump says he will soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources.


UW to pay $127,000 in legal fees in settlement with College Republicans over free speech

The University of Washington has settled a lawsuit with the UW College Republicans club over $17,000 in security fees the university planned to charge the club for holding


U.S. weighs in against University of Michigan bullying policy

University of Michigan policies prohibiting harassment and bullying on campus are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, the Justice Department said Monday in siding with a free speech group that has …


100 years ago in Spokane: Officials praise new limits on free speech

Federal officers in Spokane were pleased with a new amendment to the espionage act, which would allow them to arrest and prosecute people engaging in all kinds of “seditious” speech.


UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018

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: Tue., April 3, 2018

Judge to decide if Nazi ‘troll storm’ is protected speech

Attorneys for a neo-Nazi website publisher and a Montana woman asked a judge Tuesday to decide whether the white nationalist had a First Amendment right to unleash a “troll storm” …


Kathy Griffin warns that her nightmare ‘can happen to you’

Kathy Griffin says she hopes to make her U.S. comeback by laughing about the disturbing photograph that got her in hot water with the feds and almost killed her career. …


100 years ago in Spokane: Dishwasher jailed for blaming capitalists for World War I

Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was having breakfast at the Electric Kitchen cafe when he treated customers to his views about America’s involvement in the war. But he did so a …


State Senate passes bill protecting students’ free speech

A bill to protect high school and college students’ rights to publish and speak freely in school-sponsored media has passed the Washington Senate.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

U.S. appeals court: Idaho spying ban at farms unconstitutional

Idaho’s ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses violated free speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

U.S. opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at U.N. to banning it

The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn’t like Nazis.


Supreme Court to hear crisis pregnancy centers’ appeal

The Supreme Court is stepping into a free speech fight over California’s attempt to regulate anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017

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 …


A year after the ‘Trump wall,’ WSU navigates issues of speech and diversity

WSU President Kirk Schulz said it will take a lot more work to heal the campus after what has been a tiring and tumultuous year.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Angela Davis remains an important voice in America’s struggle with racism

She grew up amid the church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, of the 1960s – and went on to study at the Sorbonne. She was fired by the University of California …


Christine Flowers: QB and officer offer speech lesson

While the only real damage Kaepernick can do is screwing with our Sunday afternoons, this U.S. Army officer poses a threat to the government.


Outside View: Colleges should protect free speech

It is essential for colleges to protect and promote all viewpoints, ensuring that universities welcome a wide range of contributions to the marketplace of ideas.


Black Lives Matter is a movement that can’t be sued, judge says

Black Lives Matter is a social movement, like the tea party or the civil rights movement, and therefore can’t be sued, a federal judge ruled Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Sessions says U.S. will intervene in campus free speech cases

Decrying what he sees as political correctness run amok, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday the Justice Department will support students who sue universities claiming their free speech rights were …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017

Shawn Vestal: Bigot bros put on a melodrama at WSU

They called it a “free speech rally.” A better description of the gathering at WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall might have been “Alt-Right Melodrama,” starring Washington’s most famous bigot bro: James …