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This Afternoon

Hi92° Sunny and Breezy

Tonight

Lo64° Clear and Breezy then Clear

Sunday

Hi86° Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo60° Clear

Monday

Hi88° Sunny

Monday Night

Lo62° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi78° Mostly Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo59° Mostly Clear and Breezy then Mostly Clear

Wednesday

Hi85° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo63° Clear

Those so favored are free to speak

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For the purposes of discussion, we once again must remind ourselves what the First Amendment to the Constitution actually says: “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” This presumably would preclude the majority party in Congress from advancing legislation to stifle or gag potential critics, at a time when Congress and its rulers stand in general public disfavor, on the eve of an election when absent restrictions on political speech they could sustain losses, possibly severe. Of course, to take this theme to its logical end, the vulnerable party must “carve out” exemptions tailored to its supporters, free them to maneuver, to spend and speak on its behalf. More arbitrary exemptions could soothe large political organizations — make a deal with them, lest they be tempted to fight back.

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