Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups in a 32-question survey of religious knowledge by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. On average, Americans got 16 of the 32 questions correct. Atheists and agnostics got an average of 20.9 correct answers. Jews (20.5) and Mormons (20.3). Protestants got 16 correct answers on average, while Catholics got 14.7 questions right. How will you do on the quiz?
Robert Gibbs will leave the post of White House press secretary in February. But he will remain an adviser to President Obama, in addition to joining the speaking circuit.
Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean criticized departing White House aides for acting like 'they knew everything and we knew nothing.'
The swearing-in of new members of Congress can be a moving scene, but it's not actually how it appears in pictures. What are the rules for taking the oath of office?
Now that the Republican party holds a majority in the US House they are likely to become more results-oriented in the lead up to 2012. The 'party of no' may even become the party of compromise and results.
In 2010, Los Angeles saw 297 homicides – down from more than 600 a year in the 1990s. The mayor and police groups praise the LAPD, but other are dubious.
Capt. Owen Honors of the USS Enterprise was not sanctioned until this week for making lewd videos and broadcasting them over the ship's televisions several years ago. Critics say such permissive behavior contributes to rising rates of sexual crime in the military.
The food safety law aims to secure the farm-to-table food chain. But some Republicans are threatening to hold up funding, saying the food supply is already '99.999 percent safe.'
The US House of Representatives rewrites its own internal rules every two years, and House Republicans are proposing sweeping rules changes to limit the cost and scope of government, increase openness, and make it easier to cut taxes. The rules package will face a vote when the new Congress convenes on Jan. 5. It typically passes on a party-line vote without amendment. These new rules include:
Do gay couples have a constitutional right to marry? A US appeals court withholds judgment, instead asking California's Supreme Court to resolve whether Prop. 8 backers have legal standing to defend the gay marriage ban.
For many years, the National Football League has given the Wonderlic aptitude test to rookie players. The test has 50 questions with a 12-minute time limit. Put three minutes on the clock and try our shortened version of the test, created with sample questions from ESPN.com and testprepreview.com. Multiply the number of right answers you get by 3.85 to compare with full test results. Can you do better than NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (35) or Tom Brady (33) or Peyton Manning (28)? How about Colin Kaepernick (37) or Joe Flacco (27)? The average NFL quarterback scores 24 on the test, according Paul Zimmerman, author of "The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football."
Obama achieved several legislative victories just before going on vacation. But with a GOP-led House vowing to target 'ObamaCare' and government spending, difficult battles await.
Does the president's flexibility on shave ice flavors show an openness to compromise as the Republicans take control of the House?
In order to become a US citizen, immigrants must pass the Naturalization Test. American citizenship bestows the right to vote, improves the likelihood of family members living in other countries to come and live in the US, gives eligibility for federal jobs, and can be a way to demonstrate loyalty to the US. Applicants must get 6 answers out of 10 in an oral exam to pass the test. According to US Citizenship and Immigration services, 92 percent of applicants pass this test. You must get 58 or more of these test questions correct in order to pass.
Green Bay Packers beat Philadelphia in the first week of the NFL season. Now, in one of this weekend's NFL wild card playoff games, the Green Bay Packers face Michael Vick and the Eagles again. Who's got the edge?
The House GOP bill to repeal the new health-care reforms would reset laws of the land to last March, before Obama signed the measure. It also calls on Republicans to craft own reform plan.
By early 2014, some 20 US states and the District of Columbia had legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In Nov. 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado passed initiatives to make their states the first in the country to allow recreational use of the drug. But under federal law, the sale of cannabis remains illegal. And the US Food and Drug Administration states that marijuana has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States." How much do you know about marijuana? Take our quiz and find out:
Panda cow: The so-called "panda cow" born in Larimer County is thought to be one of only about 24 in the world.
The healthcare law has a new detractor in Wisconsin's political circle. The newly inaugurated governor has given Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen the go ahead to join a lawsuit brought by 20 other states challenging the healthcare law.
The African-American community in Chicago has tried for some time to coalesce around a single candidate for mayor. Now, after Rep. Danny Davis dropped out, Carol Moseley Braun is the main black candidate.