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Meet Zhenyuanlong, a newly discovered species that even surprised the scientists who examined the 125 million-year-old, intact fossil (Image from Steve Brusatte)

Jurrasic squawk: Feathered dinosaur unearthed in China even surprised scientists who examined it

- The Washington Times

It was over five-feet long, was covered in long feathers, had short arms, talons to reckon with and resembled the Velociraptor - one of the starring monsters of the "Jurrasic Park" films. Meet Zhenyuanlong, a newly discovered species that even surprised the scientists who examined the 125 million-year-old, intact fossil - described as a winged dragon, and the largest on record.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a native of Detroit,  lays out his presidential platform Monday, May 4, 2015, at Detroit's Music Hall that he is running for president. I'm Ben Carson and I'm a candidate for president for the United States," Carson said, before declaring — incorrectly now — that "I'm not a politician." Carson will now visit Texas, where his mother is gravely ill, before flying to Iowa to campaign. (Regina H. Boone/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Ben Carson, Rand Paul among GOP luminaries attending rally against Planned Parenthood at US Capitol

- The Washington Times

Student-organized "Women Betrayed" rallies are numerous on Tuesday against Planned Parenthood following the release of three undercover videos offering evidence that the organization profited from the sale of aborted baby parts. Sixty events are planned in cities nationwide, according to Students for Life President Kristan Watkins. Some GOP heavyweights will attend the event in the nation's capital.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, front, and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

Two-thirds of voters say Obama administration deal with Iran needs approval from Congress

- The Washington Times

Voters are only lukewarm when it comes to the nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran finalized earlier this week - while two thirds appear particularly troubled by evidence of the "imperial presidency" at work on the global stage. 65 percent of voters believe any agreement the Obama administration makes with Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program requires the approval of Congress," says a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday.

Image of Planned Parenthood coverage of the 'baby parts' story on Fox News courtesy of the Media Research Center.

Major broadcasters all but ignore Planned Parenthood fetal body parts investigation

- The Washington Times

A close study from the Media Research Center has examined broadcast coverage of an undercover video revealing Planned Parenthood's senior director of Medical Services referring to the practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies. The chilling account went public Tuesday but warranted little attention from the "Big Three" networks in the aftermath. ABC and CBS completely ignored the story while NBC gave it 39 seconds, omitting "damning quotes," according to the analysis.

Veteran NBC newsman Lester Holt is currently filling in for "Nightly News" anchorman Brian Williams, who has taken leave while questions about his credibility are sorted out by the network. (NBC News)

NBC veteran anchorman Lester Holt wins the ratings race, bests CBS, ABC rivals

- The Washington Times

Five months ago, Lester Holt temporarily took over the NBC Nightly News anchorman's chair following the sudden exit of Brian Williams who was suspended following the discovery that he had made false claims as a newsman. Three weeks ago, Mr. Holt was named the permanent replacement. Nielsen now reveals that the Nightly News is in first place in the ratings race.

In this Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 photo provided by NBC, from left, Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker appear on the "Today" show, in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Bryan Bedder)

How much do TV anchors really make? (Hint: Not all that much...)

- The Washington Times

In past years, the public has heard tell of news anchors like NBC's Matt Lauer who earns $20 million a year, and Katie Couric, now pulling in $10 million from Yahoo News. The multi-million salaries of big name anchors is not the norm, according to an annual survey of current salaries released by the Radio Television Digital News Association, an industry group. The average salary for a news anchor is $83,300, though this can range from a minimum of $14,000 to a maximum of $875,000, depending on market size and other circumstances.

A new book by American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks explains the route to a 'fairer, happier more prosperous America.' (Broadside Books)

New advice for conservatives: 'Build a fairer, happier, and more prosperous America'

- The Washington Times

The title says all: "The Conservative Heart: How to build a fairer, happier, and more prosperous America" by American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks arrives Tuesday, with a clear mission and much acclaim. George Will, Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Mike Lee are among those praising the new book. It's establishing some new turf for conservatives -- and some pushback against the persistent progressive monopoly as "champions" of the needy and vulnerable.

A majority of Americans believe in "fate" a new survey finds. Horoscopes? Not so much. (YouGov poll image)

Majority of Americans believe in fate: Poll

- The Washington Times

Horoscopes don't carry as much weight with Americans as the idea of "fate" according to a new survey. A majority, in fact, believe in fate. The world of Leo, Libra, Gemini and the other star signs? Not so much.

In this July 31, 2014 photo, a traveler passes through Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Flying with God: Most major airports have dedicated chapels

- The Washington Times

Airports may be harried places. But many house holy places. A meticulous analysis of current FAA data reveals that 60 percent of the nation's largest airports have chapels, according to Aleksandra Sandstrom, a researcher and editor with the Pew Research Center.

In response to a voter's question at a New Hampshire forum, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush reiterated that "I honestly think we need to provide a path to legalized status, not citizenship, for illegal immigrants." Analysts say it is hard to pin down Mr. Bush on the immigration issue. (Associated Press)

Confident Republicans more satisfied with presidential field than Democrats

- The Washington Times

Republican voters appear to be more optimistic about 2016 than Democrats at this point. A whopping 71 percent of the GOPers report they are "satisfied" with the field of GOP candidates running for president - despite peevish critics who question the number of hopefuls who have thrown their hats into the ring. Only 57 percent of Democrats are satisfied with their respective line-up of candidates.

FILE - In this June 19, 2015 file photo, the Confederate flag flies near the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. The General Assembly returns Monday, July 6, 2015, to discuss what to do with the rebel flag that has flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

Gallup poll: 67% of GOP, 27% of Democrats say it's OK for Southern states to fly Confederate flag

- The Washington Times

In earlier decades, a majority of both Democrats and Republicans said the Confederate flag was more a sign of Southern pride than of racism, and both groups were comfortable with Southern states flying the flag on state capitol buildings, according to a new Gallup poll. This is not the case anymore. There is a stark partisan divide in opinion between the parties, which a Gallup analyst attributes to a shift in the party makeup.

Nancy Reagan turned 94 on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation)

Cheerful on her birthday: Nancy Reagan at 94

- The Washington Times

Nancy Reagan turned 94 on Monday, complete with a birthday cake trimmed with pink posies, her face aglow with an expectant smile. Social media hummed with well wishes for the former first lady, and observations about her continuing place in history.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton peers over a podium while addressing an audience during a campaign stop at Trident Technical College, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

The big debut: Hillary Clinton gives her first national interview to CNN on Tuesday

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton did not choose Fox News for her very first national interview since she announced her White House bid three months ago. That honor goes to CNN, though the network draws a much smaller audience: Fox News typically draws 2.2 million during primetime, CNN 619,000 according to Neilsen. But no matter. Mrs. Clinton will veer off the Iowa campaign trail on Tuesday long enough to sit down with CNN's senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar; the exchange will air at 5 p.m. and again three hours later.

House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio administered the oath of office to newly elected members of the 114th Congress, as Republicans assumed control of both chambers for the first time in eight years. Mr. Boehner began his third term as speaker. (Associated Press)

Still annoyed: 91 percent of Americans now give Congress a negative job review

- The Washington Times

The nation appears united about about one thing: Americans remain critical of Congress, with an average nine-out-of-10 overall giving lawmakers are negative review. This includes Republicans, Democrats and independents, according to a new Harris Poll. This is the third month for rock-bottom reviews for Congress the pollster says - a finding often reflected in multiple surveys which reveal that the public is weary of partisan gridlock, a "do nothing" attitude among elected officials and continuing acrimony between the parties.