First Amendment Report Card: C+ for the five freedoms

The five freedoms of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution received a C+ grade from a panel of reviewers brought together by the Newseum Institute. The report card is an effort to assign a grade four times each year to each of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Panelists were asked to assign an individual grade to each of the freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. (Disclosure: I participated as a [More]

FOIA: The truth laces up its shoes

Imagine you’re in a bar and the guy next to you starts impressing a crowd with stories of battlefield bravery and military decorations. Only you know he’s faking. How could you prove it? It’s not far-fetched: California water official Xavier Alvarez claimed to be a Marine who retired with twenty-five years of service and a Congressional Medal of Honor for getting “wounded many times by the same guy” – but listeners had no way to know whether he [More]