Archive | September, 2012

The First Amendment and Civil Rights in Selma: Is a Monument to Early KKK Leader Constitutional?

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This is the battle of the first amendment against itself -- free speech and the establishment clause
“Nathan Bedford Forrest.”  There are drastically competing emotional reactions to that name.  To many, the name symbolizes America’s painful history of racial violence and oppression — it’s the name of a man who was an early leader and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan; a murderer; and a slave-trader.  Others, however, view Forrest…
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Do online petitions engage people who would otherwise not be, or is it just all too easy to sign and then forget?

Slacktivism or This Generation’s Activism: Do Online Petitions Work?

Don’t want to see “Breaking Bad” end? Sign an online petition! Think schools should serve better food? Sign an online petition! Want to make sure that adorable baby panda has a stuffed animal to cuddle? Sign an online petition! Over the last few months, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of online…
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The Trouble with App Icons

The Trouble with App Icons

When it comes to intellectual property, every headline seems to be about Apple. But its $1 billion victory over Samsung along with the release of the new iPhone 5  might be overshadowing another, equally important, trademark case in this continuing saga of IP battles. As of last Tuesday, The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied…
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How to Vote

How to Vote: Make Sure You Rock Your Vote this November

1. #register The first step is to register. Thanks to Rock The Vote, you can easily do this online here — just make sure you register in the state you’re currently living in. Each state has a different deadline, but in most states, you need to register at least 30 days before the election. Click…
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Romney's Protest of Protestors

What Do Artifacts From the Past Say About Our Presidential Candidates?

Taking a different approach to campaign reporting, Frontline is publishing the “Artifacts of Character“– a weekly series that features exclusive artifacts (including writing, photos, audio clips and videos) from Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s past that highlight experiences and key moments in the candidates’ lives. “Behind the campaigns, behind the slogans, who really are Mitt…
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