New Survey Explores Perceptions of Appropriate Dress for Women in Muslim-Majority Countries

What’s appropriate for women to wear in public? This question is the subject of a new study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, which recently surveyed people in seven Muslim-majority countries—Tunisia, Egypt, I… [Read more...]

New Poll Finds Record-High 42 Percent of Americans are Independents

Today’s Buzz covers political independents, GOP’s interest in making poverty a political issue ahead of the 2014 vote, and a pal’s ride in the popemobile!

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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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What’s to Blame for the Polar Vortex?

As freezing temperatures break records and make headlines across the country, some wonder what’s behind the so-called polar vortex responsible for the frigid dips. The severe drop in temperature may not come as a complete surprise for many Americans,… [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.

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War on Poverty Turns 50

Today’s Buzz covers same-sex marriage in Utah, a look at who’s impoverished in America today, and how to teach kids gratitude.

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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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Colorado Won’t be the Only State to Legalize Marijuana Sales for Long

As marijuana became legal this week in Colorado, the state became the only place in the world where marijuana is regulated from seed to sale. The historic move follows an important shift in public opinion on the legalization of marijuana — in 2013, a… [Read more...]

California Supreme Court Rules Undocumented Immigrant Can Practice Law

Today’s Buzz covers same-sex marriage disputes, a museum with biblical animals, and a calendar of the 2014 holy days for 10 major world religions!

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Legal Wrangling in Utah Over Same-sex Marriage Raises Questions About Federalism and States’ Rights

The Supreme Court’s handling of the case will affect similar state laws on same-sex marriage across the country. But should the question of whether to legalize same-sex marriages be decided at the federal level, or should it be left up to the states?… [Read more...]


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