First Amendment Today, August 23, 2018: Beto Backs NFL Knee-Takers; PA Judge Denies Rapper 1A Protection; State Laws Target Pipeline Protesters


Texas Democrat and U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke explains his support for NFL knee-takers

Color photo of Beto O'Rourke speaking at a podium, with an American flag in the background, when he was running for Congress in 2012
Beto O’Rourke, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Texas, speaking in 2012 (Beto O’Rourke for Congress via Flickr)

Trump starts online petition to push ESPN to televise national anthem before NFL games

#MeToo-ern Asia Argento admits sex with teen actor in alleged text messages to friend

Democratic group projects “Felons Welcome Here” over entrance to Trump’s D.C. hotel

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules rapper Mayhem Mal’s video for his song “Fuck the Police” is not protected by First Amendment

Activists say state laws targeting oil-pipeline protesters abridge freedom of speech

Amazon was selling a book version of code for printable guns — until Forbes wrote about it

Image of a chunky, white downloadable pistol displayed against a black background
“The Liberator”: A 3D pistol offered by the Texas-based company Defense Distributed (Electric-Eye via Flickr)

See Also:
“First Amendment Today, August 22, 2018: Reason Exclusive on Backpage ‘Witch Hunt’ Goes Viral; Antifa Beats Down Liberal Protester; Animal Crackers Now PC”

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Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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