McConnell: Obama is Stifling Free Speech

President began delegitimizing opposition speech shortly after Citizens United, Senate GOP leader says
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President Barack Obama is at the vanguard of a coordinated effort to silence political opponents in an effort falsely sold as concern over good government, the Senate’s top Republican said on Friday.

DOE and DOJ Under FIRE

Office for Civil Rights walks back new sexual harassment guidelines
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The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a letter today in response to mounting criticism over new sexual harassment guidelines that critics claim raise more questions than it answers.

Free Speech Under Fire

Free speech advocate: New guideline on sexual harassment at universities threatens First Amendment
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The Obama administration’s Departments of Justice and Education earlier this month issued new guidance on sexual harassment on college campuses that is so broad it makes nearly every student a harasser, according to a nonpartisan group that specializes in campus speech codes.

Rights Have Their Limits, You Know

A few weeks back, Mark Hemingway wrote an excellent cover story for the Weekly Standard on the growing scourge of “human rights commissions.” In it, Hemingway recounted how the owner of his favorite bar felt the eye of Sauron fall upon him for cracking a joke at noted racist Marion Barry’s expense. The First Amendment, you see, is no defense when someone’s feelings might be hurt:

Fighting for Free Speech

New book details free speech restrictions on college campuses
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The author of a new book is angry at the suppression of politically incorrect views on campus.

Free to Speak

Court upholds cheerleaders’ freedom
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A Texas judge has upheld the right of high school cheerleaders to paint Bible verses on banners for their football team, the New York Times has reported.