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10:45 AM ET, December 31, 2013

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Daily Mail:
Outrage as MSNBC panelists make Mitt Romney's adopted black grandchild the punchline of a joke  — Host Melissa Harris-Perry led guests in a segment that ridiculed a photo of the extensive Romney family and its single black member, a baby  — Panelist Dean Obeidallah compared …
Discussion: Althouse
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Sarah Palin: MSNBC ‘despicable’  —  Sarah Palin says MSNBC should ashamed of a “despicable” segment in which they mocked Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson.  —  “Leftist media hounds are not expressing an opinion with this attack; they are expressing a prejudice that would never be accepted …
Discussion: Mediaite
Caleb Howe / The Right Scoop:
Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mocks Black Romney Grandchild As Token
Townhall.com:
Why Obamacare Will Only Get Less Popular  —  Lisa Myers has an excellent investigative reporting piece up at NBC News documenting how one small business is dealing with Obamacare.  The quotes from the article are just brutal: … Myers does report that, “A handful of the Extreme Dodge workers came …
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Tom Coburn / Wall Street Journal:
The Year Washington Fled Reality  —  ‘Message discipline’ can win elections but is not a healthy way to run a country.  —  The past year may go down not only as the least productive ever in Washington but as one of the worst for the republic.  —  In both the executive branch and Congress …
New York Times:
The Facts About Benghazi  —  An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
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Andrew Rosenthal / Taking Note:
Republicans React to Benghazi News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
7M ObamaCare enrollment target a tall order despite recent surge  —  Experts say the Obama administration faces a tall order in hitting the 7 million enrollees the Congressional Budget Office projected would sign up for ObamaCare in 2014.  —  After a surge of enrollees in December …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The NY Times Looks In the Wrong Place for Corrupt Academics  —  Academic research of all kinds receives funding from a variety of sources.  Does the money taint the research?  That is a complicated question that sometimes deserves to be asked.  But this hit piece by David Kocieniewski …
Bloomberg:
Change Is Obamacare's Only Certainty  —  I said in my last post that our newly implemented health-care law “is undoubtedly going to change in the near future, in ways that will make it more or less stable than it is now.”  To see what I mean, take the individual mandate.
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2013  —  Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio, and an Arkansas House member head the list of political winners in 2013.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now seen as a formidable presidential contender, is one of the biggest political winners of 2013.
Discussion: americanthinker.com
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.”
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Republicans growing more skeptical about evolution
S.A. Miller / New York Post:
State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted  —  WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Overdue reforms boost Mexico — and the United States  —  Most Americans have an image of Mexico as a nation convulsed by violent drug wars and enervated by the exodus of hundreds of thousands of desperate immigrants across our southern border.  —  That image is out of date.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
ACLU sues for details of U.S. surveillance under executive order  —  (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to force the U.S. government to disclose details of its foreign electronic surveillance program and what protections it provides to Americans whose communications are swept up.
Paul Tilsley / Fox News:
‘Stuck in our own experiment’: Leader of trapped team insists polar ice is melting  —  The leader of a scientific expedition whose ship remains stranded in Antarctic ice says the team, which set out to prove climate change, is “stuck in our own experiment.”  —  But Chris Turney …
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.
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites to Carry Out Drone Tests  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration will authorize test sites for drone aircraft in upstate New York, New Jersey and at least eight other states, the agency said on Monday, preparing for a time when unmanned aircraft …
Discussion: The Week, Business Insider and Mediaite
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FAA:
FAA Selects Six Sites for Unmanned Aircraft Research
Discussion: Mashable and GovBeat
 
 
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David Stanway / Reuters:
China Says Over 3 Million Hectares of Land Too Polluted to Farm
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Former General Turned Conservative Activist Calls For Citizen's Arrest Of Obama
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