The Morning Buzz | Tea Party Group Plans Latino Outreach

The Tea Party Express, the country's largest Tea Party political action committee, is planning a Latino outreach bus tour. It's unclear how successful this will be, given the considerable divisions between Hispanic Americans and Tea Party members on key issues like immigration. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | D.C. Residents Most Likely to Identify as LGBT

New data from Gallup shows that residents in the District of Columbia are most likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (10%), while people in North Dakota are least likely to identify as LGBT (1.7%). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gallup found that of the 10 states and D.C. where at least 4% of respondents identified as LGBT, seven are among the most liberal states in the country. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Teen Pregnancy Rates Fall in New York City

New data shows that teen pregnancy rates in New York City have plunged 27% over the past decade. Over this time, the city has worked to make it easier for teenagers to access condoms and other contraceptives. A slim majority of Americans favor allowing methods of birth control to be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental approval. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Muslim Advocates Campaign to Reclaim “Jihad”

Muslim activists are launching an ad campaign to reclaim the word "jihad." … [Read more...]

Catholics’ Perspectives on Transgender Issues

A former teacher at a Catholic school is suing, saying that he was dismissed based on his transgender identity. Catholics are, overall, supportive of legal protections for transgender people. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Transgender Teacher Sues Catholic School for Discrimination

A transgender teacher is suing the Catholic prep school where he worked for more than three decades, saying that he was fired illegally. More than three-quarters (76%) of Catholics agree that Congress should pass laws to protect transgender people from job discrimination. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Catholic Leaders Say Gun Control Is a “Pro-Life” Issue

Last week, in advance of the "March for Life," a group of Catholic nuns, priests, and scholars sent a letter arguing that gun violence is also a "pro-life" issue. Our new survey shows that among Catholics who say the term “pro-life” describes them very well, 61% support stricter gun control laws. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Most Jewish Americans Voted on Economic Justice, Not Israel

Most Jewish voters were drawn to the polls last November by economic justice concerns, rather than issues related to Israel, according to a new poll from Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring. In our Jewish Values Survey last spring, we found that only 4% of American Jews named Israel as their top voting priority for the 2012. … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Why Pro-Life Catholics and Evangelicals Part Ways on Gun Control

Just before President Obama announces his new gun control policy proposals, including an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers, Dr. Robert P. Jones illuminates the religious divide on gun control in a column for "Figuring Faith." … [Read more...]

Figuring Faith | Why Pro-Life Catholics and Evangelicals Part Ways on Gun Control

Just before President Obama announces his new gun control policy proposals, including an assault weapons ban and better background checks for gun buyers, Dr. Robert P. Jones illuminates the religious divide on gun control in a column for "Figuring Faith." … [Read more...]


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