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First Amendment news and analysis from The Nation
December 9, 2022
Democrats Dodged a Bullet in the Midterms, but the Culture War Is Far From Won
A functioning democracy requires the consent, if not the votes, of a good deal more than half the country.
December 6, 2022
The Supreme Court Has Officially Launched Its War on LGBTQ Rights
On Monday, the court heard
303 Creative v. Elenis
, a case that the theocrats on the court will likely use to undermine marriage equality.
August 24, 2022
When Rap Lyrics Become Incriminating Speech
The use of their songs in criminal cases has had dire consequences for hip-hop musicians.
July 25, 2022
The Arizona Prison System Is Censoring “The Nation.” We’re Doing Something About It.
Arizona prison authorities are stopping incarcerated people from reading
. We’re working with the ACLU’s National Prison Project to assert their First Amendment rights.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
June 28, 2022
The Theocrats on the Supreme Court Strike Again
With the praying football coach decision, the court’s conservatives upended a key precedent and knocked another hole in the wall separating church and state.
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June 22, 2022
The Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to the Separation of Church and State
In a new ruling, the theocrats on the court turned one of the nation’s fundamental principles on its head.
December 20, 2021
The Prosecution of Julian Assange Absolutely Threatens Freedom of the Press
The Biden administration should abandon a course that could lead to the criminalization of whistleblowers and investigative journalism.
August 11, 2021
At Risk in Israel’s Backlash Against Ben and Jerry’s? The Right to Protest.
Israel’s push to punish the ice cream company is part of a larger offensive against Palestine activists—one that mirrors the broader right-wing assault on social justice movements.
August 5, 2021
From a High-School Cheerleader, a Lesson in Free Speech
As school resumes, the Supreme Court’s decision in the most significant student free speech case in decades reverberates across the country.
July 27, 2021
Letters From the August 9/16, 2021, Issue
Calling Arizona… Black Main Street… Privileged information… The bronze ceiling (
Erin L. Thompson