Valentine’s Day: Past and Present

Today is Valentine’s Day, the holiday that celebrates romance and love and is named for a martyred priest who officiated marriages. The holiday dates back to the 5th century and has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Although crime, imprisonment and execution lie at the genesis of Valentine’s Day, current tradition calls for people to exchange flowers, candy and gifts with their special someone. And if the past is any... more … [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...]

Is the NFL Ready for a Gay Athlete?

Michael Sam, a defensive end from the University of Missouri and The Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said during an interview Sunday that he is gay. Sam, projected to be an early pick in the May NFL draft, could become the league's first openly gay active player in history. Although a full two-thirds (67 percent) of Americans agree gay and lesbian relationships should be accepted by society, one still has to wonder: is the macho culture of the NFL ready to embrace a gay … [Read more...]

Could Soccer Replace Football and Baseball as America’s Favorite Sport?

Today's Buzz covers the GOP's approach to solving economic inequality, a same-sex ballot measure in Oregon, and whether administering medical marijuana to children is in line with Christian values. … [Read more...]

Is Soccer Destined to Become America’s National Pastime?

PRRI's Research Director Daniel Cox explores the possibility that soccer could replace football and baseball to become America's national pastime in his latest for Huffington Post Sports. His piece follows news that British soccer star David Beckham has purchased a U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Miami, contributing to the league's rapid growth and increasing popularity in America. But will the momentum continue? … [Read more...]

Where in America is Health Insurance Most Expensive?

Today's Buzz covers Facebook's 10th anniversary, a drop in the number of abortions in the United States, and what could be the end of American exceptionalism. … [Read more...]

What Are Younger Americans Doing on Facebook?

As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary tomorrow, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the company is looking forward to another decade of “helping connect the rest of the world.” The site has already done a pretty thorough job of connecting facebook logoAmericans, with 45 percent reporting in 2012 that they used Facebook at least a few times a week. Still, does the site provide much more than a place to post pictures of your friends, pets or kids? … [Read more...]

A Bipartisan Compromise on Immigration Reform?

Today's Morning Buzz covers why sports fans pray to God, the possible future of immigration reform in America, and Sikhs' efforts to build understanding of their faith! … [Read more...]

Atheist Group Launches Ad Aimed at Americans who See Supernatural at Play in Sports

The organization American Atheists has placed a billboard ad across from MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ, where Super Bowl XLVIII will take place this Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Aimed at sports fans who see the supernatural at play on the field, the ad claims, “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football.” David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the ad was at least in part a reaction to PRRI’s recent survey that found half of Americans reporting a belief … [Read more...]

Is the Super Bowl a “Quasi-Religious Festival” for Americans?

Today's Buzz covers average wait times to see a doctor, the use of the phrase "God bless America," and Pope Francis's "gentle revolution." … [Read more...]


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