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? E.B. White is charming, and even adjusted for inflation, the New Yorker was much cheaper in 1932.
Disgraced presidential hopeful (and former trial lawyer) John Edwards went on trial yesterday. Strong majorities of Americans believe that both financial and sexual misconduct by elected officials constitute serious moral problems, and Edwards is facing a double whammy: he is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in campaign funds during his 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination, in an attempt to cover up an extramarital affair.
Speaking of fallen politicians, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has allegedly been washing pots and pans in prison, but he might soon start teaching his fellow inmates Shakespeare and Greek philosophy.
Two years ago, this article would have seemed laughable. Today, it’s worth a read.
I mentioned yesterday that Romney may be seeking unmarried men’s votes this election cycle. He certainly won’t have to work as hard to coax married men and women into his corner. For more on the marriage gap, check out this nifty Wall Street Journal graphic.
In an interesting twist, Mitt Romney announced that he supports Barack Obama’s push to convince House Republicans to extend subsidized interest rates on federal student loans. It’s a smart move on Romney’s part, considering that around two-thirds (66%) of the general population also say the government should do more to help students pay for college and pay off student loan debt.
If you just happen to be passing through Salt Lake City, check out the Mormon Church History Museum. According to the NYT, it’s a fascinating snapshot of where Mormons see themselves in the American story. What’s more, you can’t go wrong with dioramas!
Would it rehabilitate Mitt Romney’s image among dog-lovers if he got a dog and allowed it to be “interviewed” by the Washington Post about some topical subject? Before you laugh, Warren Harding did it.