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11:05 PM ET, December 30, 2013


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Numbers / Pew Research Center's Religion …:
Public's Views on Human Evolution  —  According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans growing more skeptical about evolution  —  When it comes to increasing partisanship in the United States, it seems no issue is immune.  And that includes evolution.  —  A new Pew Research Center poll shows a widening political gap over theories about how humans came to be …
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows
Caleb Howe / The Right Scoop:
Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mocks Black Romney Grandchild As Token  —  On MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the panel was discussing several topics of the “of the year” variety.  In the below clip, panelists are shown photos 'of the year" and asked to offer humorous captions.
Andrew Rosenthal / Taking Note:
Republicans React to Benghazi News  —  The article The Times published on Benghazi this weekend infuriated many Republicans, who ran screaming to television studios.  —  Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has made a special crusade out of the attack on the American diplomatic …
Fox News:
‘Completely false’: Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report
Steve Benen /
The Great 2013 Sunday Show Race  —  The general impression is rooted in fact: the Sunday shows love Republicans.  “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” “This Week,” “State of the Union,” and “Fox News Sunday,” hoping to reflect and help shape the conventional wisdom for the political world …
FAA Selects Six Sites for Unmanned Aircraft Research … After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country.
Discussion: Mashable, NBCNews, GovBeat and Truthdig
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites To Carry Out Drone Tests
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
Gracie Blackburn / ESPN MediaZone:
SEC Network Hires Tim Tebow for Pregame Show SEC Nation, Additional ESPN Duties  —  Will Make Analyst Debut During ESPN's VIZIO BCS National Championship Coverage January 6 from Pasadena  —  Former Florida quarterback and Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, has been hired as a college football analyst …
Lisa Myers / Investigations:
Workers at auto dealership come face to face with Obamacare trade-offs  —  Before the new health care law, a Michigan car dealership offered employees a company health insurance plan.  Things are different now.  Lisa Myers reports.  —  By Lisa Myers, Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News
Discussion: Clayton Cramer and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
A Large New Tax on Small Business
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Dem Congresswoman: Obamacare Sign-ups Low Because Millions Think GOP Repealed the Law  —  Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) joined MSNBC host Richard Lui on Monday to discuss the number of Affordable Care Act beneficiaries released by the Department of Health and Human Services over the weekend.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Clayton Cramer
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Dem. Rep.: Obamacare Enrollment Low Because People Think Law Is Repealed
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
ABC News:
Beyoncé Slammed for Sampling Shuttle Tragedy on New Album  —  Beyoncé has been labeled “insensitive” by some current and former NASA astronauts and their families for sampling audio from the space shuttle Challenger disaster for a love song off her newly released album.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Second Official to Leave After Health Site Trouble  —  WASHINGTON — The No. 2 official at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who supervised the troubled rollout of President Obama's health care law, is retiring, administration officials said Monday.
Retiring: Top official who oversaw Obamacare website
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama, Clinton Continue Reign as Most Admired  —  Sixth year in a row for Obama, 12th straight year for Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the sixth consecutive year, Barack Obama ranks as the Most Admired Man among Americans, and Hillary Clinton is again the Most Admired Woman.  Both won by comfortable margins.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Obamacare Obama gets  —  Who says government health care doesn't work?  There is a government health plan that is available to a small number of individuals.  The risk pool consists of a few dozen people, all of whom work in one building in downtown Washington.
Jim Haddadin / The Telegraph:
Nashua police investigate report of state Rep. Campbell running over ducks at hotel  —  NASHUA - A Florida man called police last week after watching a state representative from Nashua plow his BMW into a crowd of ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, reportedly killing one or more of the birds …
Alasdair Glennie / Daily Mail:
You can't parody Islam, says Palin: Monty Python star believes religious sensitivities have increased so much it would be impossible to make Life of Brian today  —  During his Monty Python days he poked fun at everyone from the Establishment to Christianity.
Special Report: Japan's homeless recruited for murky Fukushima clean-up  —  (Reuters) - Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men.  —  He isn't a social worker.  He's a recruiter.  The men in Sendai Station …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Israel May Start Paying For All Abortions For Women Between 20 And 33 Years Old  —  Beginning in 2014, Israel may cover the cost of elective abortions for women in between the ages of 20 and 33.  Health officials in the country recommended the new policy on Monday, and indicated …
David Stanway / Reuters:
China Says Over 3 Million Hectares of Land Too Polluted to Farm  —  BEIJING — About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China's farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official said on Monday, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Former General Turned Conservative Activist Calls For Citizen's Arrest Of Obama  —  Paul Vallely, a former general who now works as a conservative activist and Fox News analyst, suggested in a recent interview that President Obama should face citizen's arrest for his supposedly treasonous crimes.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Nikki Haley, Scott Walker bet beers, BBQ on Capital One Bowl  —  ‘Let the smack talk begin!  Go Gamecocks!’  Haley posted on her Facebook page.  Reuters  —  Close  —  Call it a trial run in sportsmanship before the 2016 election.  —  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Wisconsin …
David Frum / CNN:
Out of jobs, out of benefits, out of luck  —  Job seekers attend a job fair in Chicago in 2012.  When the doors opened at 9 a.m., the line was half a mile long. … (CNN) — The old deal made rough sense.  —  The United States would provide only a very thin social-insurance cushion …
Discussion: Washington Center …
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