April 2, 2010

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Friday, April 02, 2010

"Militia" vs "terrorist" and lawsuits that stifle First Amendment rights

All the Rage

The arrest of members of a so-called Christian right-wing militia last weekend capped a week of anger and violence that ricocheted around U.S. politics. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which recently published a census of such groups, discusses the alarming rise of U.S. ...

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Who You Calling Terrorist?

The press have mostly referred to the Hutaree members as militiamen, but the label "terrorist" could apply as well. Daniel Levitas, an expert on homegrown terrorist groups, says that there's a double standard regarding which groups get the label.

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Banking Concern

NPR’s economics correspondent Adam Davidson has spent the last two years breaking down the financial crisis with clear, simple language. But Davidson is stymied by regulation, which he says has proven resistant to even his brand of explanatory journalism.

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Ad Hominem

Despite how overwhelmingly complex and boring financial regulation is, one group wants to help the public understand the issue – the banks and businesses who would be regulated. They’ve spent millions on ads and lobbyists to spin regulation as just another government takeover. Bob surveys their ad campaign.

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Poet for the Millions

Open political protest is a rarity in the Persian Gulf, but Saudi Arabian Hissa Hilal has used a reality TV poetry competition to speak out against extremist Muslim clerics and their radical religious edicts. Reporter Hassan Hassan talks about what Hilal’s success represents.

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Anonymous Justice

The Cleveland Plain Dealer sparked an ethical controversy when a front-page story alleged that one of its legions of anonymous online commenters was a local judge, and that the judge had posted controversial comments about at least three cases over which she presided. Plain Dealer editor Susan Goldberg talks about ...

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SLAPP Back

A SLAPP, or “strategic lawsuit against public participation,” is a little known but widespread threat to the First Amendment. SLAPPs are meritless suits brought by companies, individuals and sometimes the government, not to win, but to silence critics. Congress is now considering federal

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