Survey shows Congress is more religious than America

A new survey shows who believes what and how it differs from what Americans believe as a whole.

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  • The newest survey of congressional religious beliefs shows our representatives aren't quite like us.
  • Members of Congress are much more religious and more Christian than the general population.
  • The effects of this disconnect are debatable.
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In 1988, Bernie Sanders outlined the key problem with news media today

"The function of private media is to make money for the people who own the media. It is a business," Sanders said.

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  • Over his four-decade political career, Senator Bernie Sanders has been an outspoken critic of mass news media.
  • In a 1988 speech, Sanders described how it's virtually impossible to meaningfully discuss substantial political issues in 30-second sound bites, and how the consolidation of news outlets makes it harder for alternative views to reach the public.
  • Surveys show that America's trust in mass media has been declining for years.
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The issues and ideas that mattered most to Americans in 2020

Google's "Year in Search 2020" results reveal a year when "why" was searched more than ever.

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  • Google has released its latest "Year in Search" results, an aggregation of its 2020 data that reveals the year's most pressing ideas, concerns, and questions.
  • Coronavirus and the election dominated trending searches, with most every other category orbiting these massive headline-generating forces.
  • However, the data also show people making the best of it, helping each other, and preparing for a better 2021.
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    How Benjamin Franklin tried—and failed—to form a union

    It was a concept borrowed from the Iroquois, and one that America never quite mastered.

    • Most people know the basics of American history and may even be able to name all 13 colonies, but where exactly did the idea to form a union come from?
    • Political writer and essayist Richard Kreitner explains how Benjamin Franklin learned the concept from the Iroquois Confederation. When he tried to introduce it to the colonists, however, they "thought it was essentially equivalent to tyranny."
    • The idea eventually caught on, but not without land disputes and issues of representation, which explains why the US House of Representatives has 435 voting seats while the Senate has just two seats per state, equal for all states regardless of population size—it was a compromise. Kreitner argues that this imbalance may one day rupture the US political system.
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    Last five American presidents seen as illegitimate in dangerous trend

    Recent American presidents have all faced a crisis of legitimacy in a trend that threatens the health of our democracy.

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  • After a contentious election, some Americans are questioning the legitimacy of President-elect Joe Biden victory.
  • Legitimacy concerns also plagued the presidencies of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
  • The trend of attacking a president's right to rule is growing.
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