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The Morning Buzz | 2014 Baseball Season Begins

[04.01.2014]

Today’s Buzz looks at the origins of April Fools’ Day, baseball’s opening day, NCAA Final Four, veterans struggling after serving in Iran and Afghanistan, Catholic recommendations for making deportation more humane, and an alarming climate change report from the IPCC.

Oregon Will Not Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

[02.21.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plans to veto a school prayer bill, Oregon’s attorney general’s announcement that the state will not defend its ban on same-sex marriage, and a state-by-state map of sales tax rates!

Could Michael Sam be the NFL’s First Openly Gay Player?

[02.11.2014]

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.

Is the NFL Ready for a Gay Athlete?

[02.10.2014]

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 athlete?

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

[02.10.2014]

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.

Is Soccer Destined to Become America’s National Pastime?

[02.07.2014]

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?

A Bipartisan Compromise on Immigration Reform?

[02.03.2014]

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!

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

[01.31.2014]

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 that the supernatural was at play in sporting events.

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

[01.30.2014]

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.”

How is America Doing? Depends on who you ask.

[01.29.2014]

A poll released yesterday by Gallup reveals a large divide between white and non-white Americans who were asked how they think the country is doing. Nearly 57 percent of non-white Americans respond positively about the current state of the U.S. compared to 33 percent of white Americans. This marks the first time in recent history such a large racial gap has existed on this issue.