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July 4, 2010
It's the nation's 234th, and cartoonists exercised their 1st Amendment rights. Rob Rogers shot off his mouth (malicious about militias!) and answered the timeless question: "Boxers or legal briefs?" Nick Anderson, lamenting a lack of confirmation fireworks, voiced a low opinion of a high court nominee's right to remain silent. And Matt Bors, displaying his constitutionally protected dark irony, energetically reminded us that freedom of speech isn't free, even if you gift-wrap it in the flag.
April 25, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a full-throated defense of gun ownership Friday, telling a National Rifle Assn. audience that firearms are central to achieving the American Dream. The dream, Rubio said, is not just a measure of financial prosperity but the ability to raise a family in a home that is stable, safe and secure. That, in turn, rests on the ability to possess a firearm for self-protection, the lawmaker said. “The safety of our families is not something people should hope government can provide,” Rubio told delegates to the NRA's annual convention, held this year in Indianapolis.
January 24, 2011 | By Ben Fritz
"The King's Speech" and "Black Swan" are indie hits in the U.S., but in Great Britain, they're just plain hits. The two low-budget specialty pictures took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, at the British box office this weekend, beating such bigger-budget and seemingly more mainstream fare as "The Green Hornet" and "The Dilemma. " "The King's Speech," which stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist, took the top spot for the third weekend in a row in the nation where the story takes place.
April 24, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar said in a statement that he has been removed as color analyst for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech. He says his removal "stems from my slurred speech impairment, which is a direct result of the many concussions I received while playing in the NFL. " Kosar is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots, the Browns announced Wednesday. Kosar called that decision "unfortunate," adding that doing the preseason games was "truly one of the remaining joys in my life.
May 5, 2012
President Obama officially launched his re-election campaign with public rallies in Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday.With that launch came a re-tooled stump speech which both defended his record in office and laid out the contrast with Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The speeches in both cities were largely the same. Here's a full transcript of his remarks in Columbus, following the acknowledgement of local leaders. OBAMA: "I want to thank so many of our Neighborhood Team Leaders for being here today.  You guys will be the backbone of this campaign.  And I want the rest of you to join a team or become a leader yourself, because we are going to win this thing the old-fashioned way -- door by door, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.
August 9, 2009 | Erin Aubry Kaplan
In March 2008, Barack Obama gave himself an extended audition for president with "A More Perfect Union," his now-famous speech on race delivered in Philadelphia. It was not something Obama wanted to do; up to that point, race was something the black candidate had avoided talking about in any terms other than hopeful and optimistic.
May 17, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
It looks like Osama bin Laden has dropped out of Obama's campaign speech. In his speech Monday night at a DNC fund-raising event, Obama mentioned that his administration has made progress against Al Qaeda, but he doesn't mention Bin Laden specifically. "We have gone after Al Qaeda relentlessly — and made America safer in the process," he said to applause, according to the White House transcript. Contrast that to his speech on May 10 at a fundraiser in Austin, Texas, where he said: "And because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America.
April 28, 2013
Re "Going for a spin of Cal State," April 24 Cal State University Chancellor Timothy P. White should augment his visits to all 23 campuses with a review and revision of their unconstitutional discrimination and harassment policies that violate the rights of students and faculty members. According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 14 Cal State campuses have harassment policies that ban substantial amounts of speech that do not constitute true harassment and are in fact protected by the 1st Amendment.
September 22, 2012
Re "Free speech or incitement?," Opinion, Sept. 18 Sarah Chayes falsely equates shouting "fire" in a crowded theater with producing and distributing a film that "satirically" criticizes a religion. Free speech is supposed to be challenging, provoking and, at times, distasteful. For example, some Americans have for years tried (in vain) to secure a constitutional amendment making it a crime to desecrate the country's flag. Most clear-thinking politicians would have nothing to do with this.
September 1, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Is the candidate with the "titanium spine" comparing herself to the Iron Lady? Michele Bachmann drew a connection with Margaret Thatcher in a speech to a veterans group today, praising the resolve of the former British prime minister along with another GOP icon, Ronald Reagan. "It took two very strong leaders on the world stage, one a woman and one a man, to reverse the course of their respective countries," Bachmann said at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis. The Minnesota congresswoman equated the Iranian hostage crisis, resolved after Reagan took office, to Thatcher's handling of the Falkland War, saying, "We should heed the lessons that they hold for dealing with those who seek to wreak havoc on peace and on democracy across the world today.
April 24, 2014
Re "Lying is free speech too," Editorial, April 20 As a free-speech advocate, I would probably agree with your editorial opposing the criminalization of false political speech if politics was a level playing field. Unfortunately, it isn't. Imagine if the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List - with millions of dollars contributed by corporate ideologues - was able to purchase massive amounts of television and newspaper advertising falsely accusing a candidate of voting for "taxpayer-funded abortions.
April 20, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Does the 1st Amendment allow states to make it a criminal offense to disseminate false statements about a political candidate? Should citizens who fear that their free speech will be chilled by such a law be permitted to challenge it even if they aren't in danger of imminent prosecution? Only the second question will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it is inextricably linked to the first one. If the court rules that the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, may not challenge Ohio's criminalization of false political speech, that law and similar ones in other states will remain on the books.
April 15, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
April 11, 2014 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been updated
LAS VEGAS - With a flash of comedic timing, Hillary Clinton dodged the first controversy of her not-yet-declared 2016 presidential run after a heckler threw a shoe and a nearly half-century-old political document at the former first lady and secretary of State during a speech here. Shortly after Clinton began a keynote speech Thursday night at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries convention, a woman walked down the aisle and threw the items. She then turned around, put her hands in the air and walked away as security officers took her into custody.
April 11, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
The earth did quake; the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. Then peace was made with God as Jesus' body came to rest. That peace, and with it the ability to notice beauty in all things, is expressed in the last aria of Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," which begins with the text, "Make thyself clean, my heart. " This aria is among the most sublime gifts given in all of music, a vision far better suited for the soul than the stage. Yet Peter Brook tailors it meticulously to "The Suit.
April 10, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver his first State of the City address late Thursday afternoon, plugging his “back to basics” agenda to a crowd of city officials, selected community members and the press. The speech is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m at the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center on Exposition Park Drive. The event will not be open to the general public, but the address is expected to be viewable via live stream at and . The annual mayoral speech, a chance for Garcetti to set forth his vision and foreshadow his budget plans, comes one day after a prominent commission delivered its own batch of recommendations for fixing the city, warning that without action Los Angeles could become "a city left behind in the 21st century.
September 3, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
Sarah Palin did not announce a presidential candidacy Saturday in her speech to the Tea Party of America. Instead, she hit the usual "tea party" high notes about the dangers of a second Obama term and the perilous financial situation the country faces. But in addition to those familiar themes, she also unleashed a high spirited attack on “corporate crony capitalism” and the “permanent political class.” It was not lost on the crowd of about 2,000 that a certain Texas governor has spent most of his career in office and has been accused of rewarding his financial backers.
April 30, 2011
The Supreme Court this week heard a case from Nevada in which one side has made a startling assertion: that a legislator's vote is a form of speech protected by the 1st Amendment. If the court takes that idea seriously, ethics watchdogs across the country could find it harder to police and punish conflicts of interest. Michael A. Carrigan, a city councilman in Sparks, Nev., was censured by the state ethics commission for voting on a hotel/casino project that hired his close friend and longtime campaign manager as a public relations consultant.
April 10, 2014
Re "Mozilla CEO resigns after Prop. 8 outcry," April 4 If former Mozilla Chief Executive Brandon Eich had made a contribution - however long ago - to, say, an anti-Semitic group or even one of the organizations trying to sell the message that a woman's place is in the home after all (in short, any cause that seeks to infringe on the civil liberties or equality of any specific social group), we wouldn't be having this conversation. Why is it, among all the other "antis," anti-gay attitudes are somehow singularly defended as expressions of free speech?
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 54, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and appeared on "Monday Night Raw" two nights later. After receiving a huge ovation from the fans, Warrior (born James Hellwig, but he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago) talked about death in a speech that now seems a bit eerie. You can watch it above, and a transcript is below: “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat.
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