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May 14, 2014

Republicans continue being challenged to rethink long-held positions — ostensibly by members of their own base. In the immigration debate, for example, prominent Evangelicals have urged Republicans to embrace immigration reform. Meanwhile, retired military officers — typically considered a reliable part of the Republican voting bloc — are now sounding the alarm on climate change.

From an article in the Wall Street Journal:

The military must do more to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate, including updating war plans and building more ships to operate in the Arctic, a report by a group of retired military officers will say Wednesday.

The report by CNA Corp., a nonprofit research group that frequently does work for the Navy, says the military must be more aggressive as it prepares to deal with everything from increased numbers of natural disasters in the Pacific to expanded shipping in the Arctic. [Wall Street Journal]

The focus isn't on combating global warming, but instead, on military preparation. Still, this news could have political consequences. In the PR business, this is called "man bites dog." (It's not a story if a tree-hugging hippie warns about global warming; it is a story when a decorated military veteran does.)

And according to a survey I was provided (conducted by pollster Alex Lundry), 79 percent of Republicans believe that "strengthening national security with energy independence" is an important reason to take on climate change — and 74 percent of Republicans say "preventing the U.S. from going to war over oil" would be a good enough reason to do the same.

While this report certainly doesn't mean the global warming alarmists are correct, it is yet another example of how conservative orthodoxy is being challenged on all sides — and how Republicans (see Marco Rubio) are increasingly finding themselves forced to answer difficult questions about topics that were once automatic winners. Matt K. Lewis

10:31 p.m. ET
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The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 Sunday night at Levi's Stadium, defeating the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

This is quarterback Peyton Manning's second Super Bowl win. During the first quarter, Brandon McManus of the Broncos made an early field goal, and Malik Jackson followed up with a touchdown. In the second quarter, Jonathan Stewart scored a touchdown for the Panthers, followed by another McManus field goal. McManus had his third field goal of the game during the third quarter, bringing the score to 16-7, but the Panthers earned three points in the fourth quarter after a field goal from Graham Gano. Late in the fourth quarter, C.J. Anderson scored a touchdown for the Broncos. Catherine Garcia

10:19 p.m. ET

Two very different Doritos ads aired during Super Bowl 50 — one featuring feisty dogs just trying to get their paws on some chips, the other a Dorito-loving fetus being taunted by its father.

Both videos were finalists in the brand's Crash the Super Bowl contest. Over the past nine years, Doritos has given fans the opportunity to create 30-second videos, with the winning one airing during the big game. Doritos says thousands of videos have been submitted since the contest started, and now, in its final year, the winner will receive $1,000,000. That could pay for a whole lot of Doritos. Catherine Garcia

9:32 p.m. ET

Beyonce dropped her new single "Formation" on Saturday, and fans were able to listen to it live for the first time during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The performance — complete with a Beyonce army and a uniform inspired by Michael Jackson's 1993 Super Bowl attire — then shifted gears, and Beyonce paired up with Bruno Mars for a mashup and dance off. Watch the performance below. Catherine Garcia

9:06 p.m. ET

For the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Coldplay called in a few friends to help rock Levi's Stadium. After playing a medley of hits, the band stepped aside to let Bruno Mars perform "Uptown Funk" and Beyonce and crew steal the show with "Formation." The show ended with everyone joining forces to sing together, fireworks, and a special message in the stands. Catherine Garcia

8:41 p.m. ET

Fans of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers went all out for Super Bowl 50, donning their wackiest wigs, outfits, and accessories for the big game (all in shades of orange and blue, of course), with some even going so far as shaving the number of their favorite player into their hair. Here's a look at some of the biggest fans at Levi's Stadium. Catherine Garcia

8:18 p.m. ET

Jordan Norwood of the Denver Broncos set a record on Sunday for the longest punt return in Super Bowl history.

Norwood caught the ball and sprinted for 61 yards before being ran down by Mario Addison on the Panthers' 14-yard-line, NBC Sports reports. The new record shatters the previous one made by John Taylor, 45 yards, during Super Bowl XXIII. Catherine Garcia

8:00 p.m. ET

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is known to celebrate first downs and touchdowns by "dabbing," but did you know it was actually Betty White who taught him everything he knows about the dance craze? Okay, that might not be entirely true, but White is certainly taking credit for it in a new CBS Sports video. Watch everyone's favorite golden girl show off her moves in the video below. Catherine Garcia

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