What We’re Following
Shifting Demographics: Could Donald Trump be changing his position on immigration? His latest comments seem to promise a policy that’s in line with President Obama’s—a surprising pivot after he alienated Hispanic voters with harsh rhetoric about illegal immigration and his infamous wall. Trump is reaching out to black voters as well, but having little success: Among African Americans, he polls at only 1-2 percent, an unprecedented low.
Compromising Positions: A new study of how gender affects bipartisanship in Congress finds women are more likely to cooperate than men—but only Republican women, and only on particular bills. From University of California President Janet Napolitano’s experience, though, there might be some truth to the claim that women are particularly good at collaborating. “When I was attorney general … the female attorneys general around the country would get together for dinner,” she remembers. “We were having similar experiences and sometimes we wanted to talk about things that maybe our male counterparts didn’t, and I think females are very good at forming those kinds of friendships and allegiances.” Read our full interview here.
Take Me to Church: Fewer Americans are attending religious services than ever before, but it’s not necessarily because they’re not religious. Rather, a new survey of how people choose and attend services found that the most common reason for not going to church was logistics: Would-be churchgoers are just too busy. Meanwhile, about a quarter of Americans have actually upped their involvement in religious communities. Do you attend—or avoid—church for reasons that aren’t religious? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.