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The Institute for Free Speech promotes and defends the First Amendment rights to freely speak, assemble, publish, and petition the government through strategic litigation, communication, activism, training, research, and education. Our dedicated professional staff works tirelessly to protect political speech under these freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. We are the nation's largest organization dedicated solely to protecting First Amendment political speech rights. Free political speech guaranteed by the First Amendment is the most important right. It is the right that allows citizens to criticize, challenge, and ultimately improve their government. Despite its importance, the Institute for Free Speech is the only organization with a dedicated professional staff and mission seeking to promote and defend American citizens' First Amendment political speech rights.

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Restoring Civic Duty and Civility: A Conversation with Cindy McCain, Heidi Heitkamp, and Anne Applebaum

Organizer: Renew Democracy Initiative and McCain Institute

The election may be over, but we are more polarized than we've ever been. In the 1960 presidential election, just 10 percent of political ads were negative; in 2012, only 14 percent were positive. It often feels like half the country simply cannot relate to the other half. Where do we go from here? How can we reintroduce hope and a sense of belonging?

The Renew Democracy Initiative and the McCain Institute are excited to host three incredible women to discuss these questions and think about how we can move forward. McCain Institute Chair Cindy McCain and RDI Board member and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) are prominent members of opposing political parties, but have never let that get in the way of their friendship. They have worked tirelessly to mend the divides tearing our nation apart and we look forward to learning more about their unique friendship as we discuss how to make cross-partisan friendships a reality.

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