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In 2016, a painting by St. Louis high school student David Pulphus appeared in the U.S. Capitol alongside hundreds of other winning art competition entries. About seven months later, after pressure from a group of Republican lawmakers with backing from law enforcement, the artwork was removed from display.

Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham
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The latest edition of Politically Speaking takes a bit of a break from the frenetic discussion of Missouri politics by welcoming conservative writers Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham onto the show.

Benson and Ham are co-authors of the book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun). They were in St. Louis last week to speak at a Show Me Institute event on free speech at the Chess Hall of Fame.

David French
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On the latest edition of the Politically Speaking podcast, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum and Jo Mannies are pleased to welcome the National Review’s David French to the program.

French was in St. Louis on Wednesday for a Washington University lecture about free speech on college campuses. It’s a topic that’s become more pronounced in recent months, especially after Donald Trump’s election as president.

A bill in the Missouri House that seeks to ensure First Amendment rights for student journalists received overwhelming support in a hearing Monday night. The so-called Walter Cronkite New Voices Act would require public schools and universities to grant student journalists the same degree of free speech they would a professional journalist.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 14, 2011 - NEW YORK - Anthony Lewis is a friend of the First Amendment. But the former New York Times Supreme Court reporter said last week that the court had gone too far in recognizing the free speech of hateful funeral protesters and corporations that spend big money on politics.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 13, 2008 - The case of the 7 Aphorisms is perplexing because it involves the intersection of two First Amendments doctrines - the right of free speech and the ban against an establishment of religion. Another difficulty is that the case involves the court's confusing public forum doctrine, which generally bars the government, in a tradition forum like a public park, from discriminating against speech based on its content.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: October 31, 2008 - Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon and Gov. Matt Blunt had asked the court to allow enforcement of the 2006 law that makes it a crime to picket or protest "in front of or about" a funeral from an hour before it starts to an hour after it concludes. The law was passed in response to the military funeral protests of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka. The church believes that God kills American soldiers as punishment for the "don't ask, don't tell" policy permitting gays in the military.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 14, 2008 - Late last week, liberal bloggers circulated a long list of books that Palin allegedly wanted off the shelves.  There was just one problem. There was no basis for the claim.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 13, 2008 - Once upon a time, there were people who earnestly believed that the Internet would usher a new era of politics, one marked by more deliberation and reasoned discourse. This would, it was hoped, lead to better political decisions by the electorate and its leaders. These advocates also believed that technology would level the playing field between corporations and everyone else when it came to democratic speech.