In today’s Morning Buzz, a federal judge overturns the death penalty in California, cities make it harder and harder for homeless people to survive, Republicans block a bill that would guarantee employees’ birth control coverage, PRRI Affiliated Scholar Melissa Deckman looks at the efficacy of the “war on women,” and atheists begin giving invocations at town meetings across the country.
In today’s Buzz, Missouri’s governor vetoes a law that would allow concealed guns in schools, the White House unveils plans to tackle global warming, a federal court rules that the University of Texas can keep using race as a factor in admissions, and more.
Today’s Buzz covers the Supreme Court ruling about a buffer zone around abortion clinics in Massachusetts, where the Supreme Court Justices fall on the liberal-to-conservative spectrum, Maine Senator Susan Collins announces her support for same-sex marriage, the fourth republican senator to do so, President Obama’s thoughts on environmental issues, 45th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Today’s Buzz covers a halted execution in Texas, Brookings identifies opportunity bottlenecks when it comes to earning potential, Harvard cancels Satanic Mass, a video illustrating the collapse of Antarctica ice sheets, several local governments refuse to assist federal immigration policy, women’s filibuster in Missouri to protest abortion waiting period, Virginia divided on legality of same-sex marriage ban.
Today’s Buzz reports on the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, a new website for people of faith who support Hillary Clinton, Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens supports the legalization of marijuana, Mississippi appeals court hears arguments in case that could shutter only abortion clinic in the state, the connection between humanitarianism and immigration, and Obama’s modest immigration reforms.
Today’s Buzz reports on the chummy relationship between evangelical Protestants and the Catholic Church, North Dakota’s abortion ban overturned, the drop in the number of immigration court-ordered deportations, re-evaluating Civil War casualties, a GIF of the economic recession, and Americans’ beliefs about the resurrection of Jesus.
In today’s Buzz — NYC Police Commissioner shuts down the squad collecting surveillance on Muslims, women’s lack of advancement in the workplace pinned to confidence levels, Hobby Lobby president designs Bible curriculum, Senator McCaskill focuses on overhauling sexual assault policies and colleges and universities, what happened to ideological moderates in Congress?, the endurance of abortion as a politically potent issue.
Click here to read The Atlantic article by Dr. Jones about how white evangelical Protestants are more aligned with official Roman Catholic Church positions than Catholics and how the Pope’s call for economic justice may effect this political match made in heaven.
Last Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, conservative activist and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition Ralph Reed said Millennials (Americans ages 18 to 33) are “more pro-life than Baby Boomers and older Americans.” Political columnist Ron Fournier with National Journal quickly disagreed, arguing Millennials are equally pro-life as older Americans. After the broadcast, PunditFact endeavored to set the record straight and relies on PRRI data to do so.
A full 87 percent of Catholics polled report Pope Francis is doing an excellent or a good job as pontiff. However, respondents disagree with Catholic doctrine on some social issues. For instance, a majority (65 percent) say abortion should be allowed in some or all cases, and more than three-quarters (78 percent) support the use of contraception.