Could a New “Smart Gun” Change the Way Americans Think about Gun Control?

Today's Buzz covers a new smart gun, President Obama's focus on addressing poverty, and whether the religious right movement has fallen in America. … [Read more...]

Best Places to Live in the U.S., Presidents’ Day (?) Wrap-up and Race in America

Today's Buzz covers President Obama and his faith, the history of Presidents' Day, and a look at the best and worst places to live in America. … [Read more...]

Georgia Sheriff Cancels Valentine’s Day Due to Weather

Today's Buzz covers a divide among Catholic bishops on LGBT rights, new numbers on Obamacare enrollees, and some facts and figures on Valentine's Day. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

President Obama Raises Minimum Wage for Federal Workers

Today's Buzz covers a raise in the federal minimum wage, a new survey on Catholics in America and around the world, and controversy over the way Bob Jones University has handled cases of sexual assault. … [Read more...]

God Talk: A New Book by Paul Djupe and Brian Calfano

God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion, a just-released volume examining whether and how religion influences public opinion, politics and candidates, is the latest book co-authored by PRRI affiliated scholar Paul Djupe of Denison University and Missouri State University’s Brian Calfano. The authors use use experimental methodology to understand how elites might use religion to influence the public as well as how the public reacts to the use of politics by religious e … [Read more...]

New Survey Examines Catholic Attitudes toward Church Doctrine

A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception. … [Read more...]

Washington State Governor Issues Moratorium on Death Penalty

Today's Buzz covers a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington state, the historically inaccurate inclusion of camels in Genesis, and new efforts to address economic inequality. … [Read more...]

Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Justice Department Extends Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples

Earlier this week, the Justice Department extended more federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, with Attorney General Eric Holder instructing his employees “to recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible.” Gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed, including those currently living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage, can expect a host of new benefits. … [Read more...]

Could Michael Sam be the NFL’s First Openly Gay Player?

Today's Buzz covers extended federal benefits for legally married same-sex couples, efforts to reform the government's surveillance programs, and controversy over homophobia within the NFL. … [Read more...]


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