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Before You Go Spouting Off About Free Speech, A Primer on the First Amendment

Gather ‘round folks, we’re about to learn a little free speech law. Very little.

UC Berkeley is having a tough time with student groups inviting speakers a majority of their students dislike. These incidents have provoked a lot of hot takes about the free speech and the First Amendment. So before you wage into your latest anonymous flame war on Twitter, Reddit, or Pinterest about this, let’s have a look at the law.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.11.16

A. Here’s GoPro video of the raid that took down El Chapo after six months on the run (and a harrowing encounter with actor Sean Penn). ABC News
B. Apparently the deans of law schools don’t really like US News & World Report or the way they do their rankings. Or at least the dean of University of Nebraska — tied for #56 — doesn’t. The dean of Yale might have a different opinion. Bloomberg
C. The Supreme Court appears poised to strike down a California law requiring teachers to pay representation fees to teachers unions they don’t want to join, characterizing it as compelled speech that violates the teacher’s First Amendment rights. Reuters
D. Ohio sheriff collects drugs from police departments in his county, claiming he’s doing so on the behalf of the DEA. The DEA has never heard of him. Raw Story
E. Police departments use big data to calculate a threat score, including what’s on your social media accounts. Watch out. The Washington Post