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4:25 PM ET, April 8, 2013


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Daily Mail:
‘Tramp the dirt down’: George Galloway's extraordinarily crass tweet leads the Left's sickening ‘celebration’ just minutes after Baroness Thatcher's death  —  George Galloway has provoked criticism after writing a ‘distasteful’ comment following the death of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette  —  The dictate that one ‘not speak ill of the dead’ is (at best) appropriate for private individuals, not influential public figures  —  News of Margaret Thatcher's death this morning instantly and predictably gave rise to righteous sermons on the evils of speaking ill of her.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Why The Modern Republican Party Would Reject Margaret Thatcher  —  Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom, died on Monday, leaving behind her a legacy of conservative values that American politicians still cite to this day.  Upon learning of her death …
Margaret Thatcher dies  —  Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died “peacefully” at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke, her family has announced.  —  David Cameron called her a “great Briton” and the Queen spoke of her sadness at the death.  —  Lady Thatcher was Conservative prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
MARGARET THATCHER, RIP  —  Margaret Thatcher in 1987.  —  I am going to leave the encomiums to the late Margaret Thatcher to the people who loved her best, of whom I am decidedly not one.  What I remember best about her is that she pretty much invented the modern concept …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Three Who Saved the West
Congressman Steve Stockman:
Stockman: Thatcher would want us to ‘fight on, fight to win’ and crush liberalism
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
No, Margaret Thatcher Wouldn't Have Been a Liberal Now
Discussion: Guardian, Hit & Run and Eschaton
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Anti-Declinist  —  Mrs Thatcher's predecessor as Prime Minister …
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs and Ed Driscoll
David Weigel / Slate:
Margaret Thatcher vs. Pop Culture
Discussion: BuzzFeed, and Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Threatens Filibuster Reform With Nuclear Option  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) threatened in his most explicit terms yet to use the so-called nuclear option to weaken the filibuster if Republicans keep blocking judicial and other nominees from coming to a vote.
Washington Post:
Gun legislation's prospects improve
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
A Republican website without “Republicans”  —  The buzzy new website from House Republicans doesn't mention its party affiliation.  The brand has seen better days  —  The new website for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of House Republicans …
Hollywood Reporter:
Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Roger Ebert's Funeral  —  The anti-gay group says it will protest outside the movie critic's memorial service Monday in Chicago.  —  Leaders of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for picketing at the funerals of soldiers and gay teenagers …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
We need an IQ test for politicians  —  While politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun owners, I'm starting to think that what we really need are IQ tests for political officeholders.  The only problem is, that might leave us with a lot of vacancies in Congress and America's statehouses.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Concerns About Global Warming on the Rise  —  Majority believe global warming is happening, but many still say it's exaggerated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. worry about global warming is heading back up after several years of expanded public skepticism.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Chelsea Clinton opens door to run  —  Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton said Monday she would consider running for office if she could make a “meaningful” impact on the country.  —  “Right now, I'm grateful to live in a city and a state and a country where I strongly support my mayor …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate confirms White to lead SEC  —  The Senate unanimously approved Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monday.  —  Shortly after returning from a two-week break, the Senate quickly acted to approve the former federal prosecutor to lead the Wall Street watchdog …
Discussion: Reuters and CNN
COMMUNISM SURVIVOR BLASTS SALEM GUN GRABBERS: “YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT FREEDOM IS!”  —  “You don't know what freedom is because you never lost it!”  With a pointed finger Manuel Martinez called out Anti-Gun Committee Leader Floyd Prozansky during heated testimony on Friday.  You can bet Prozansky got the message.
Michael Tackett / Bloomberg:
Texas Turns Battleground as Cowboy Boots Win Hispanics  —  Alex Steele begins his pitch on how to turn Texas into a Democratic state like any good politician, with the story of how he got to this place.  —  It begins in California's Central Valley, where he grew up: his father working …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Wall Street Journal:
Workers Stuck in Disability Stunt Economic Recovery  —  Former truck driver James Ottesen, of Mason, Ohio, said being on disability “kind of reminds me of welfare.'  —  The unexpectedly large number of American workers who piled into the Social Security Administration's disability program during …
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
As Media Coverage Of A Female Candidate's Appearance Go Up, Her Chances Of Winning Go Down
NBC News:
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Wall Street Journal:
Some Small Businesses Opt for the Health-Care Penalty
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Mahablog