Media & News Dec. 16, 2008

Blagojevich Framed as Obama’s First Crisis

The scandal involving Illinois Gov. Blagojevich became 2008’s biggest weekly story not related to the election or economy — topping both the Russia-Georgia war and NY Gov. Spitzer’s prostitution scandal — and siphoning off attention from the week’s other big stories.

U.S. Politics Dec. 16, 2008

What a Year! People-Press Poll Reports in 2008

Findings from Pew Research Center polls over the year told the story of the longest — and one of the most exciting — presidential elections in U.S. history as well as recording the public’s reactions to other major events ranging from the pope’s visit, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the onset of a mega-economic downturn.

Hispanic Dec. 15, 2008

Latino Workers in the Ongoing Recession: 2007 to 2008

The current recession has seen a small but significant decline in the percentage of Latino immigrants active in the U.S. labor force; however, the absolute number of immigrant Latinos working or seeking work still increased slightly over the last year.

U.S. Politics Dec. 15, 2008

Hillary’s New Job Better Known than Dow Jones Average

While just about everyone knows Obama’s new secretary of state, fewer than half were generally aware of where the Dow is trading these days. A new Pew News IQ survey provides an updated look at the public’s knowledge of political and world affairs. Test your own knowledge of current affairs against that of the broader public before you read the report.

Internet & Tech Dec. 14, 2008

Future of the Internet III: How the Experts See It

A survey of internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.

Internet & Tech Dec. 14, 2008

The Future of the Internet III

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2008

Good News for the Administration

A majority of Americans says news stories about the incoming administration are mostly positive. Republicans are hearing more mixed reports.

U.S. Politics Dec. 11, 2008

Bearish Outlook Fuels Consumer Cutbacks

Nearly six-in-ten who say they are cutting back or delaying purchases report they are doing so because they worry things might get worse. Fewer than one in four say they are cutting back because their own financial situation has worsened. Lower fuel and food costs do not appear to have had a positive impact on the public so far.

Media & News Dec. 9, 2008

News of Obama’s Team Linked with Mounting Challenges They’ll Face

With desperate automakers asking Congress for $34 billion, Barack Obama unveiling key Cabinet members, and the U.S. scrambling to ease tensions between India and Pakistan, the three top storylines in the news intertwined last week.

Religion Dec. 8, 2008

After Bush, Islam’s Real Challenge

Scholar Vali Nasr argues that the 2003 invasion of Iraq has fundamentally shifted the region’s balance of power and that the most important conflicts of the Middle East now revolve around the Shia/Sunni sectarian divide.