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7:20 AM ET, December 31, 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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and GovBeat
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites to Carry Out Drone Tests
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Home Depot shopper hurt by own gun  —  Man's concealed pistol misfires  —  A Green Oak Township man was injured Thursday evening when he accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Home Depot store in Brighton.  —  Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman said the 32-year-old man …
Eugene Kontorovich / Commentary Magazine:
Murders or Houses: Kerry's V.A.T. on Peace  —  The release of unrepentant Jew-killers from Israeli prisons to keep the engine of the peace process running has left many, even those sympathetic with the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, angrily wondering why Prime Minister Netanyahu did not accept a settlement freeze instead.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Power Line
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.
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 …
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: Politico, Pat Dollard and Hot Air
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
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Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
David Stanway / Reuters:
China Says Over 3 Million Hectares of Land Too Polluted to Farm
Discussion: CHINAdaily, ThinkProgress and ABC News
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
The Obamacare Obama gets
Mike Konczal / The New Republic:
2013 Was a Bad Year for Wall St. Lobbyists
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Former General Turned Conservative Activist Calls For Citizen's Arrest Of Obama
Discussion: The Raw Story
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Syria, Iraq, Egypt most deadly nations for journalists
Discussion: Al Jazeera English, Politico and CNN
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Woman Busted For Attacking Live-In Boyfriend When He Refused To “Cuddle” In Bed
James Nye / Daily Mail:
‘Christmas Cop Killer’ suspected of bank heist spree across the country was a former veteran …
Heather /
Joe Lieberman Predicts Military Action Against Iran Before The End Of 2014
Discussion: Liberaland and Fox News
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Here's Why I Don't Sweat The Haters
Discussion: Eschaton and Joe. My. God.

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Ted Johnson / Variety:
Concept for Live TV On-the-Go Was Around Long Before Aereo

Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Newspaper industry narrowed revenue loss in 2013 as paywall plans increased

Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Kyiv Post delivers English language news from embattled Ukraine with budget of $60k a month

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