U.S. Politics Feb. 28, 2008

Obama Has the Lead, but Potential Problems Too

Obama has moved out to a broad-based advantage over Clinton in the national Democratic primary contest. Public attitudes about the war in Iraq have turned more positive, a favorable development for McCain.

Pew Research Center Jan. 2, 2008

Legislative Roundup: 2007 Marked by Activism

Disgusted with federal gridlock, states are carving out their own global-warming and immigration laws and expanding health coverage for uninsured children.

Internet & Tech Dec. 31, 2007

In Search of Solutions: How People use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies to Find Help

A new survey challenges the assumption that libraries are no longer relevant, although the internet is now the most consulted information source.

Religion Dec. 19, 2007

The Death Penalty in America

Religious communities have been deeply involved on both sides of the capital punishment issue. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a case challenging use of lethal injection, a Pew Forum special report examines the history of the death penalty, arguments before the court and public opinion.

U.S. Politics Nov. 7, 2007

A Year Later: Public Dissatisfied With Democratic Leaders, But Still Happy They Won

Republican leaders share blame for Congress’s lack of productivity; Democrats holds 12-point advantage over GOP as better able to manage the federal government.

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

The Free Exercise Clause and the Parameters of Religious Liberty

An expert on law and religion discusses concrete examples of protected religious expression – must the sheik remove his turban when boarding a plane?

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

A Delicate Balance: The Free Exercise Clause and the Supreme Court

More than a century of court decisions in this area have forged a ragged path from one extreme to the other, with permutations in between.

U.S. Politics Aug. 2, 2007

A Summer of Discontent with Washington

All three branches of the federal government are under fire from the American public. Just 29% approve of President Bush’s job performance while the proportion with a favorable view of Congress has declined 12 percentage points since January. Even favorable opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court have fallen, from 72% in January to 57% currently.

Religion Jun. 6, 2007

Legal Backgrounder: The Supreme Court Charts a New Direction on Abortion Jurisprudence in Gonzales v. Carhart

A Pew Forum legal backgrounder examines the new direction in jurisprudence charted by the Supreme Court’s April 2007 ruling that the Federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act does not violate the constitutional right to abortion.

Religion Apr. 19, 2007

High Court Decision Could Raise Abortion’s Profile in Campaign

Although the court did not entirely eliminate the health exception, Wednesday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding a federal law banning a controversial abortion procedure probably made the waiver less meaningful. This will almost certainly energize both sides in the abortion debate and put pressure on presidential contenders to take clearer positions on the issue.