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Lawmakers Call for Examination of Hate Speech in Media Bill introduced in wake of Kansas City shooting

Reacting to Sunday's hate crime at two Jewish centers in Kansas City, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced today a bill to update the government's 20-year-old…

April 16, 2014, 3:49 PM EDT

Supreme Court Strikes Down Individual Campaign Contribution Limits Decision likely to unleash more political ad dollars in midterm election

In a move that is sure to increase spending in the upcoming midterm election, the Supreme Court Wednesday struck down campaign contribution limits that capped individual contributions at $123,000. The court…

April 2, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

Facebook Will Delete Illegal Gun Sales Posts Blocked for users under 18 years old

Facebook and Instagram will take down posts for gun sales that don't follow the law and block all children under 18 from viewing posts from gun sellers or traders. The change…

March 5, 2014, 3:33 PM EST

Finally! FCC Kills Newsroom Study Critics claimed it violated press freedom

The Federal Communications Commission finally killed the study that caused an uproar because it called for researchers to query the stations it licenses and newspapers about how they make editorial…

February 28, 2014, 5:19 PM EST

GOP Wants FCC Newsroom Study Gone for Good Rep. Walden to introduce legislation and hold hearing

Even though the Federal Communications Commission chairman said the agency would stay out of the newsroom in a proposed study of the media marketplace, GOP leaders want to make sure…

February 25, 2014, 12:59 PM EST

FCC Suspends Controversial Newsroom Study Action follows charges that it violated freedom of the press

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has pulled the plug on its controversial study that proposed sending researchers into the stations it licenses to inquire about the editorial process. "In…

February 21, 2014, 5:17 PM EST

FCC Backs Off Study of Newsroom Editorial Practices [Updated] GOP said study violated freedom of the press

UPDATE, Feb. 20: The Federal Communications Commission told GOP lawmakers that the agency has "no intention" of interfering in the editorial decision-making of broadcast stations and newspapers. In a letter released…

February 12, 2014, 9:37 AM EST

Is the FCC's Latest Study an Attempt to Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine? Required broadcasters to give equal time to competing views

A new study proposed by the Federal Communications Commission caught the wrath of 16 GOP members of the Commerce Committee, who see it as a sneaky way to bring back…

December 10, 2013, 5:57 PM EST

Court Upholds Ban on Political Ads on Public Stations Full court reverses earlier decision

Public TV and radio stations will remain commercial-free, as a federal appeals court has upheld the federal ban on political advertising on such stations. In an 8-3 decision, the U.S. Court…

December 2, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

Google: We Have a Right to Publish Security Requests Petitions FISA on First Amendment grounds

Saying that its reputation and business has been harmed by false reports in the media that the government had direct access to its data, Google petitioned the U.S. Foreign Intelligence…

June 19, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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