Is the American Dream Dead?

Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that … [Read more...]

TSA Reports 20 Percent Increase in Number of Guns Found on Travelers in 2013

Today's Buzz covers the effect of reality television on teen pregnancies, how marijuana plantations in California could be harming the state's salmon population, and the origins behind some popular Jewish surnames! … [Read more...]

Can Reality TV Lower the Teen Birthrate?

According to a new economic study, shows like MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and its spin-off, “Teen Mom” may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010 alone. … [Read more...]

What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

Today's Buzz covers the national cold snap, Germany's offering of classes on Islam to elementary school students, and a proposal for a statue of Satan in Oklahoma. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Addresses New Challenges to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an injunction December 31 temporarily blocking a portion of the Affordable Care Act that requires religious organizations to offer health care plans covering contraceptives. … [Read more...]

2014: Year of the Bible?

Today's Buzz covers the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, as well as marijuana sales in Colorado and where uninsured Americans reside. … [Read more...]

National Catholic Reporter Highlights PRRI Data in Exploration of American Catholics

Brian Roewe's latest piece for The National Catholic Reporter uses PRRI research to explore American Catholics' opinions on a range of issues in light of the questionnaire distributed by the Vatican earlier this year, which asked bishops around the world to answer questions on topics like same-sex couples, marriage issues and contraception. … [Read more...]

Vatican Polls Priests on How They’re Dealing with Birth Control, Same-Sex Couples in Church

Today's Morning Buzz covers food stamp cuts, questions about Obamacare and abortions, and the dropping number of parents home-schooling for religious reasons! … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Teen Birth Rates Decline Among Hispanics

A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent. … [Read more...]

Politics and the Plan B Appeal

The FDA’s recent decision to lower the age of access for emergency contraception to 15 exposes a tipping point in Americans’ - especially Democrats' - perspectives on contraceptive use for teens. … [Read more...]


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