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Global Warming Gets Stuck In Ice; Obamacare Challenged In The Show-Me State; Former Chief Wants New NSA To Look Like Old NSA; MSNBC Sorry For Racist Skewering Of Romney & Grandchild; The Science Of Faith – Tuesday Morning News Roundup 12-31-2013

December 31, 2013 by  

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission…because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year. The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them. Source: Daily Mail…

 

  • Next month, the Missouri Senate will consider a bill which would effectively cripple the implementation of the Affordable Care Act within the State. Following the lead of South Carolina and Georgia, Missouri State Senator John T. Lamping (R-24) pre-filed Senate Bill 546 to update the Health Care Freedom Act passed by Missouri voters in 2010. It passed that year with more than 70% support. SB546 would ban Missouri from taking any action that would “compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” That means the state would be banned by law from operating a health care exchange for the federal government. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • Retired general Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, called on President Obama Monday to show “some political courage” and reject many of the recommendations of the commission he appointed to rein in NSA surveillance operations. Source: USA Today… 

 

  • MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized in a series of tweets Tuesday morning for using Mitt Romney’s black adopted grandchild in a comedy segment over the weekend. Source: POLITICO…

 

  • For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints. Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those who cared less about religion. Source: Retuers…

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