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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Edward L. Birk

Could the President Punish NBC News for What He Says Is a False Report?

A recent NBC News report said that the president wanted an almost tenfold increase to our nuclear warhead stockpile. Trump was quick to claim the story was “made up and “pure fiction” on Twitter. He followed that up with a tweet threatening the broadcast license for NBC.   With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country! — […]

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Are You in Control of Your Life Choices?

It is a common misconception that only the very wealthy need an estate plan. But the reality is most people can benefit from one. It puts you in control of what happens not only after death, but also during your life if you become incapacitated. With an Estate Plan You choose who acts on your behalf when you are unable You make decisions regarding life support You choose who makes medical decisions You choose how […]

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Should the Press and the Public Be Shut Out during Times of Crisis?

During times of crisis, it is easy to understand why emergency management personnel want to control the message. They may have specific, urgent information to get out. They may want to minimize panic. But is shutting out the press and the public the best way to do that? That is exactly what happened during Hurricane Irma. The press was admitted into a small room in the Florida Emergency Operations Center with a glass wall. The […]

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Is Flipping the Bird Disorderly Conduct or Protected Speech?

In August of 2014, pastor John Berry asked teachers attending his service to stand and be recognized, and he requested that the congregation pray for their success in the upcoming school year. One church member, homeschooling father David Justin Freeman, did not appreciate the request. According to court testimony, Freeman flipped the bird at the pastor and shouted, “Don’t send your kids to the evil public schools. Don’t let Satan or the devil raise your […]

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Lawsuit Threats from Movie Mogul Weinstein: Are They Real?

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of offensive conduct has been widely reported. Both before and after the New York Times published its articles, his attorneys threatened to sue the Times for defamation. It’s hard to imagine how that is a credible threat. Mr. Weinstein admitted that some of his conduct has caused pain to his colleagues. His statement in the newspaper included this: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past […]

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The Difference Between Fake News and a Media Error: What We Can Learn from Las Vegas and Tom Petty

Fake news. Like the tale of the Trojan Horse, the idea has been around a long time. Only today, fake news moves at light speed. And if we aren’t careful, fake news can deceive us just like the story says the Trojans were tricked centuries ago. Consider two recent examples of false reporting: premature stories of rocker Tom Petty’s death and intentionally misleading reports of the Las Vegas shooters’ connection to ISIS and left-wing politics. […]

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