The Morning Buzz | Is the American Dream Still Alive Today?

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? Helsinki may be the most honest city in the world, according to a new study by Reader’s Digest. Reporters traveled to 16 cities on four continents where they pretended to drop wallets, then watched to see how many folks returned... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | “Straight-Only” Sorority Proposal Met With Criticism Nationwide

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? The man in the moon is slowing our roll. Scientists say the moon’s gravity causes gravitational friction, which is responsible for extending our day to 24 hours from 23 hours about 200 million years ago. A student’s anonymous e-mail proposing... more … [Read more...]

Six Months into the Papacy of Francis I

He tweets from his own handle, preaching messages like “prayforpeace” in 140 characters or fewer to nearly three million faithful followers on Twitter. Hardly half a year has passed since his election as both the first South American pope and the first of the Jesuit order, yet already Pope Francis I seems to be charting a new course for the Catholic Church. His public statements during the last six months... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Palestinian Leaders Say Jews’ Visits to Sacred Site Could Threaten Peace Progress

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? A new report finds Americans eat 23 pounds of cheese per year, roughly triple the amount we ate back in 1970. I’m a little disturbed by this, and yet strangely hungry… A Nashville, Tenn., high school has changed its policy... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Obamacare Glitch Could Leave Half a Million Kids Without Coverage

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? For all you hippies out there, get ready to be totally bummed: Volkswagen’s last minibus is rolling off the assembly line in Brazil at the end of this year. The factory plans to go out with a bang, producing the final few... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Why are More Americans Rejecting Religion?

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? Miley Cyrus’s stuck-out tongue at the VMAs got tongues wagging across America, and now doctors are talking about what the appearance of that often-overlooked body part can tell you about your health. Are the left-leaning tendencies of young and racial... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Rabbis, Cantors Urge Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

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? So it turns out that box of Beanie Babies in your attic isn’t worth millions, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s disappointed. But on the bright side, my fellow taxpayers, the man responsible for creating the plush... more … [Read more...]

Nontheist Political Action Committee Launches in Washington

This week marked the launch of the first nontheist political action committee in the United States. On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Action introduced the Freethought Equality Fund PAC which, according to the organization’s announcement, aims to “provide financial assistance to candidates who support secular government.” Although ostensibly a vehicle to promote nonreligious political candidates, the group will not limit itself solely to endorsing atheists. Current elected officials and candi … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Muslim-American Comics Tour U.S. to Break Stereotypes about Islam

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? Panera CEO Ron Shaich is thinking about food more than normal. He’s currently eating on just $4.50 per day to raise awareness of what it’s like to live on food stamps ahead of the House’s consideration of funding cuts for... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Washington Navy Yard Shooting Sparks Conversation on Gun Control

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? The tragic shooting of more than a dozen people yesterday in an attack on Washington’s Navy Yards is stirring once again the conversation on gun control in America. Sixty percent of Americans favor passing stricter gun control laws, while 37 percent oppose.... more … [Read more...]


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