Religion Oct. 23, 2008

The Free Exercise Clause and the Legislative and Executive Branches

Courts have long grappled with questions of religious freedom, but other government bodies also help ensure protection of this cherished liberty.

U.S. Politics Oct. 23, 2008

Liberal Democrats Top Conservative Republicans in Donations, Activism

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, voters remain riveted to the presidential campaign. But liberal Democrats are engaging in far more activism than other partisan and ideological groups.

Oct. 23, 2008

Republicans: Still Happy Campers

Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

Religion Oct. 23, 2008

Brutalism v. Church: A Congregation Sues D.C. Over Historic Landmarking

To the city of Washington DC, it’s a classic example of Brutalist architecture; to church members, it’s a costly concrete block that obstructs their ability to practice their Christian Science faith.

Hispanic Oct. 22, 2008

Latinos Account for Half of U.S. Population Growth Since 2000

A new Pew Hispanic Center report analyzes changes in Latino growth and settlement patterns over the past three decades. The report includes a series of interactive maps and data bases that provide demographic information about the Latino population in each of the nation’s 50 states and 3,141 counties.

Media & News Oct. 22, 2008

Canvassing Campaign Media: An Analysis of Time, Tone and Topics

Coverage of the presidential race has not so much cast Obama in a favorable light as it has portrayed McCain in a substantially negative one, according to a new study of the media.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2008

Most Voters Say News Media Wants Obama to Win

By a margin of 70%-9%, voters say most journalists want to see Obama, not McCain, win on Nov. 4. Since 1992, voters have consistently believed the media favor the Democratic candidate, but this year’s margin is especially wide.

Media & News Oct. 21, 2008

Polls and Plumbers Drive Narrative

Campaign coverage increasingly focused on tactics — including McCain’s invocation of an Ohio plumber to represent the working man – as well as fights in battleground states and the parade of polls.

U.S. Politics Oct. 21, 2008

Doubts Grow About McCain’s Judgment, Age and Campaign

Obama is inspiring more confidence on several key issues, including Iraq and terrorism, than he did before the debates, and his margin over McCain as the candidate best able to improve economic conditions has grown.

Internet & Tech Oct. 19, 2008

Networked Families

Parents and spouses are using the internet and cell phones to create a “new connectedness” that builds on remote connections and shared internet experiences.