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    Plan B Gets a Dose of Common Sense

    In a rare scenario in Washington, common sense trumped politics this week as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevented the controversial Plan B drug from being sold to girls younger than 17 without a prescription. On Wednesday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled a recommendation by the Food … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Do Religious People Volunteer More?

    Amidst the bustle of shopping for gifts, baking cookies, and wrapping presents, many Americans will celebrate this holiday season at places of worship, expressing their thanks for the blessings of another year. The religious practice and belief of Americans at the holidays and year-round signal good news for civil society … More

    Thanksgiving--and Giving

    Churches will be aglow on Thanksgiving as families gather to express their gratitude for the blessings they’ve experienced. Their continuing presence in the pews would bode well for our nation as well, given that decades of sociological studies have documented the relationship between church attendance and charitable giving, volunteerism, and … More

    Thankful for a Different Kind of 'Liberal'

    This week is a time of giving thanks, and one of the most treasured gifts for which many Americans are thankful is freedom. In the West, freedom lies at the center of an inherited tradition that goes by the name “liberal,” from the Latin liber, meaning “free.” To sustain genuine … More

    Poverty Measure a Gimmick to Equalize Incomes

    The Census Bureau’s new poverty measure is another tool in President Obama’s endless quest to “spread the wealth.” Although the media portray it as a more accurate measurement of poverty, in reality it deliberately severs all connection between “poverty” and actual deprivation. The new measure places income thresholds for poverty … More

    New York Times: Census Bureau’s Poverty Measure "Flawed"

    In September, the Census Bureau reported that 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty, a steep increase from the previous year’s report of 43.6 million. However, in a New York Times piece yesterday, journalist Jason DeParle and colleagues assert that “most poverty experts” would call the Census Bureau’s measure “flawed.” … More

    House Panel Hears How HHS Mandate Tramples on Conscience Rights

    Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health held a hearing asking the question, “Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?” Many of the panelists responded with a resounding “yes.” Fulfilling a broader requirement of Obamacare that dictates mandatory coverage of certain “preventative services,” … More

    Face the (Family) Facts

    FamilyFacts.org has increasingly become a trusted hub for policymakers and researchers searching out the latest charts and social science research on family, religion, and community issues. One factor spurring this growth is an informative short feature now airing on more than 370 radio stations nationwide, also called Family Facts. Marriage … More

    Welfare Dependence Keeps Growing

    According to a recent Wall Street Journal article citing 2010 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half (48.5 percent) of America’s population now lives in households that receive some sort of government benefit. That is nearly a 10 percent increase over the middle of the recession in 2008, when … More

    Individuals and Communities: No Man Is an Island

    Is individualism adequate to sustain liberty and rein in government? This issue surfaced during the Republican primary debate last week in Las Vegas. “This country has always put people in groups” and treated them accordingly, said Representative Ron Paul (R–TX). America needs to move away from this kind of “group … More