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A couple of political scientists out of Penn State University went looking into the way evolution is taught in classrooms, and discovered that the vast majority of teachers are overly cautious in their presentation of the concept, contrary to National Research Council guidelines. (more)

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Faced with the happy prospect of describing what one MSNBC reporter could not -- the 41 combinations of sex that Americans are having, according to a new survey -- Stephen Colbert breaks it down with the help of his articulated friends Not Barbie and Samwise Gamgee.

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It's not time for presidential panic, but lawmakers up for re-election could be in a different boat if Obama's ratings stay in this slump.

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President Barack Obama's on-the-job approval rating is slipping, with two polls in the past week showing that fewer than half of those surveyed are happy with the way he is conducting the business of the presidency.

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That recession is over statement looks more unfortunate every day. The Department of Agriculture disclosed Monday that a little more than 49 million Americans had trouble putting food on the table last year -- the highest percentage since the government began keeping track in 1995, up 13 million people from the previous year. (continued)

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A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that people in 25 countries view the U.S. more favorably now that President Obama is in office than they did during the Bush II era, but it's not a worldwide trend -- Israel and parts of the Muslim world are among the exceptions.

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Obama speaks disdainfully of "ideology," but there comes a time when first principles need to be articulated. Conservatives have entered this fight with guns blazing while progressives have hidden behind a Maginot Line armed only with the word pragmatism.

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The percentage of Americans who follow no religion has doubled since 1990, according to a new survey of religious identity. At 15 percent, they are now the third largest group, behind Catholics and Baptists. The Christian majority has dwindled by 10 points in the last 18 years.

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