First watch: Kerry to Israel, Tea Party's new low, Twitter's year in review

McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 12, 2013 

Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way back to the Middle East today for more talks aimed at brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Kerry, who turned 70 on Wednesday, is making his ninth trip to Israel this year.

The latest Gallup poll shows Congress more unpopular than ever, with only 14 percent of Americans surveyed saying they approve of the job lawmakers are doing. The Tea Party is also falling out of favor. "For the first time, a slim majority of Americans say they have an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement. ... A full third (34%) of conservatives have an unfavorable opinion of the group."

Still popular after all these years (except perhaps with former Vice President Dan Quayle), television's "Murphy Brown" turns 25 today. Katie Couric will reunite the cast on her talk show. Creator Diane English said last year that she was in talks with CBS to revive the comedy about a "60 Minutes"-style newscast.

YouTube's trendiest video of the year: "What does the fox say?"

#2013: Relive the year on Twitter, with a timeline that features highlights from news, entertainment, sports and other trending topics.

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