Fact Tank Dec. 31, 2013

As 2014 brings new state laws, a look at public opinion on the issues

Every new year means adding thousands of new state laws to the books. This year’s wide range includes everything from tanning bed age limits (Illinois), to a new ban on selling shark fins (Delaware). While most new laws represent incremental change, sometimes state laws can also signal broader movement on a public policy issue or […]

Fact Tank Dec. 26, 2013

Obama had strong support from LGBT adults even before stance on Sochi Olympics

President Obama said the inclusion of openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia underscores American values. Obama and his administration had been viewed positively by LGBT Americans even before this most recent expression of support for LGBT rights.

Fact Tank Dec. 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions

In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

Eastern and Western Europe divided over gay marriage, homosexuality

Recent developments in Croatia and Scotland highlight a stark divide between Eastern and Western Europe on the topic of same-sex marriage.

Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

A year after Newtown, little change in public opinion on guns

After the horrific shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a year ago claiming the lives of 20 children and six adults, there was a sense in the country – especially among gun-control supporters — that the tragedy would be different from similar ones in the past and push the nation to action. But ultimately, a sustained change in public opinion did not materialize, and a bill to tighten gun laws died in the Senate.

Internet & Tech Dec. 11, 2013

Americans Strongly Value Libraries in Their Communities

Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, and most of them say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.

Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2013

Study: Muslim job candidates may face discrimination in Republican states

Job candidates who posted their Muslim identity on Facebook received fewer interview calls than those whose posts suggested they were Christian. The contrast was particularly notable in Republican-leaning states.

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Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Timeline: Key Dates in the End-of-Life Debate

Issues surrounding the end of life have been debated since long before New York became the first state to explicitly outlaw assisted suicide in 1828. This timeline looks at major events on the topic in the U.S. since the 1960s.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues

In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.

Religion Nov. 21, 2013

To End Our Days

The Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of the End-of-Life Debate