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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 wor… [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!

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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 paren… [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.

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The Morning Buzz | Senate Likely to Finalize Bipartisan Immigration Bill this Week

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? Next time you get a latte, try not to be disappointed, it probably … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Maryland Senate Votes to Repeal the Death Penalty

The Maryland Senate voted to repeal the death penalty yesterday. The bill will now progress to the House of Delegates. Americans are nearly evenly divided on whether people who are convicted of murder should receive the death penalty, or life in prison… [Read more...]


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