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8:35 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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Yes, There IS Evidence Linking al Qaeda to Benghazi
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: Truthdig, Mashable, NBCNews and GovBeat
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
F.A.A. Picks Diverse Sites To Carry Out Drone Tests
Discussion: Business Insider and Mediaite
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.
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: Hot Air and Clayton Cramer
Wall Street Journal:
A Large New Tax on Small Business
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Official Who Oversaw Health Law's Rollout Is Retiring  —  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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Cost of Being Mayor?  $650 Million, if He's Rich  —  Michael R. Bloomberg loves tropical fish.  So when he was elected mayor, he installed two giant aquariums in City Hall.  —  The cost to him for having the tanks cleaned out every week for the past 12 years: around $62,400.  —  The mayor likes to nosh, too.
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.
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
2nd deadly blast hits Russian city of Volgograd ahead of 2014 Sochi Olympics  —  (CNN) — Another deadly blast has struck the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing at least 14 people and further highlighting Russia's security challenges as it readies to host the Winter Olympics in less than six weeks.
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 …
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
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 …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Woman Busted For Attacking Live-In Boyfriend When He Refused To “Cuddle” In Bed  —  Buster  —  A Florida woman was arrested early Saturday for battering her live-in boyfriend after he refused to “cuddle” with her when they went to bed, police report.  —  Shavonna Rumph, 31, and Henry Price …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Mike Konczal / The New Republic:
2013 Was a Bad Year for Wall St. Lobbyists  —  Everyone assumed the banks would beat financial reform.  They didn't  —  2013 was a not-awful year for financial reform.  If you aren't terrified of jinxing even the smallest good news, you might even say it was pretty good.
CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for the war in Afghanistan has dipped below 20%, according to a new national poll, making the country's longest military conflict arguably its most unpopular one as well.
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republicans to blame for the public's disgust with Congress
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