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Participating in Political Discourse

Free discussion about government and politicians is a cornerstone of American democracy, but many people raise questions about the role and influence of corporations and the news media in our system.

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  • Constitution
  • Elections
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • 7-12
  • College/University

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Are there limits to political discourse?

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1908: The President Versus the Press

President Theodore Roosevelt considers suing two newspapers for criminal libel over allegedly false stories that portray the U.S. government in a negative light.


2008: Paying for Political Speech

The nonprofit advocacy corporation Citizens United runs afoul of a campaign finance law, raising new questions about the extent of corporate speech rights.

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