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People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court, on April 23, 2018. There's less than a month left in the Court's term and many of the most controversial and contentious cases will be decided in the coming weeks. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Olutosin Oduwole at his home in New Jersey in 2016. Shankar Vedantam /NPR hide caption

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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

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On Tuesday, California State University, Fresno, announced that no disciplinary action would be taken against Randa Jarrar, pictured last year, over her controversial tweets about Barbara Bush. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Sometimes it can feel like there is a terrorist attack on the news every other week. But how much attention an attack receives has a lot to do with one factor: the religion of the perpetrator. David McNew /AFP/Getty Images David McNew/ AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Weight of Our Words

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Anti-abortion-rights demonstrators stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 after oral arguments over buffer zones around abortion clinics. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Amos Yee, a blogger who fled Singapore, spoke to reporters outside of the U.S. immigration field office in Chicago on Tuesday after being released from federal custody. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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After days of uncertainty, an event at the University of California, Berkeley, touted as "Free Speech Week" by organizers — including far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos — has been canceled. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Study Looks At How People Think About Free Speech

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks about campus sexual assault and enforcement of Title IX on Thursday at George Mason University in Arlington, Va. "One rape is one too many ... one person denied due process is one too many," she said. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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How President Trump's Rhetoric Is Changing The Way Americans Talk

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Phoenix police move protesters away after using tear gas outside the Phoenix Convention Center, where President Trump hosted a rally, earlier this week. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Police Struggle To Balance Public Safety With Free Speech During Protests

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In December, a Texas A&M student signs a message board ahead of an "Aggies United" event in response to a speech by white separatist Richard Spencer. Spencer was scheduled to return to the school for a "White Lives Matter" rally on Sept. 11. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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