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Appeals court backs bloggers’ First Amendment rights

The First Amendment protects, among other things, “the freedom of speech, or of the press.” Yet modern governments, less solicitous of our liberties than the Founding Fathers, keep trying to curtail those  rights. The latest gimmick is to insist that

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We have been deleting abusive comments 65

June 8, 2012 By John Seiler We appreciate our commentators adding to our articles. But the past two days I have spent several hours deleting abusive posts, in particular from one commentator who has contributed interesting, civil comments in the

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FPPC chair backs away from mandatory disclosure of blogger payments 10

April 30, 2012 By John Hrabe  Following widespread criticism from online pundits and free speech advocates, California’s political watchdog is backing away from a plan to require news websites and bloggers to disclose payments received from campaigns and political committees.

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Calif. blog regulations could hit Drudge, citizen journalists 26

April 25, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s chief political watchdog, Ann Ravel, recently announced plans to regulate political websites that accept payments from campaigns. Last year Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to head the Fair Political Practices Commission. California bloggers

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