Berkeley reverses its decision to cancel an Ann Coulter speech. Lawyers for the President contend that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because that infringes on his First Amendment rights. And a bipartisan voting rights group brings partisan gerrymandering to a Supreme Court test. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer 

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UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date
Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks of the University of California, Berkeley reversed an earlier decision to cancel a campus speech by Ann Coulter and instead proposed an alternate May 2 date for the conservative author.

Trump lawyer: ‘No right’ to protest at rallies
President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights.

‘Pivotal Moment’ for Democrats? Gerrymandering Heads to Supreme Court
A bipartisan group of voting rights advocates says the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature, the State Assembly, was gerrymandered by its Republican majority before the 2012 election and is taking the case to the Supreme Court to see if it crossed the line.

Justice Dept. debating charges against WikiLeaks members in revelations of diplomatic, CIA materials
Federal prosecutors are weighing whether to bring criminal charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization, investigating whether the group bears criminal responsibility for the recent revelation of sensitive CIA cyber-tools.

Scientists prepare to march on Trump
Scientists and climate activists opposed to the Trump administration are bringing their message to the streets of Washington. Organizers will host the March for Science on the National Mall on Saturday, followed by the People’s Climate March the week after.


Military court convicts Cameroon journalist Ahmed Abba
A military court in Cameroon has convicted Ahmed Abba, a journalist for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa service, on charges of “non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

Venezuelans Face Police During Anti-Government Protests
Ugly scenes—now a common sight as furious demonstrators show their opposition to President Nicolas Maduro—were seen for a second night, 24 hours after three people died in shocking confrontations.

The latest protest Moscow is trying to ignore: Thousands of angry truckers
Thousands of truckers in Russia clogged highways to protest a private toll system run by a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Truckers say the price is cutting into their already bare-bones incomes.

‘Why Are We Being Told What to Say, What to Eat, When to Stand’: A.P. Shah on False Nationalism
Former chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India and chief justice of the Delhi high court A.P. Shah spoke recently at a lecture in New Delhi on the growing attacks on civil liberties in the name of Indian nationalism.

Israeli justice minister talks blogger Lapshin’s sentence
Israel will put efforts for blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is under arrest in Azerbaijan, to serve his sentence in Israel, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Interfax news agency in Moscow.

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