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10:30 AM ET, April 9, 2013


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Hugo Young / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher left a dark legacy that has still not disappeared  —  Days before he died in 2003, Guardian columnist and Thatcher biographer Hugo Young wrote an epitaph for the prime minister who changed Britain forever  —  The first time I met Margaret Thatcher, I swear she was wearing gloves.
Paul Krugman:
Did Thatcher Turn Britain Around?  —  There will presumably be a lot of commentary about Margaret Thatcher over the next few days, although probably nothing like the “Reagasm” of 2004.  And there will in particular be many assertions that Thatcher turned around a moribund British economy.
Discussion: AEIdeas and Prairie Weather
Morrissey / The Daily Beast:
‘Thatcher Was a Terror Without an Atom of Humanity’  —  Singer Morrissey, of the seminal 1980s band The Smiths, reacts to news of the death of former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  —  Thatcher is remembered as The Iron Lady only because she possessed completely negative traits …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Margaret Thatcher and misapplied death etiquette
Jerusalem Post:
PM: Thatcher a true friend of Jewish People, Israel
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Margaret Thatcher May Have Helped Invent Soft-Serve Ice Cream
Discussion: The Week
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd's Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo  —  A recording of a private meeting between the Senate GOP leader and campaign aides reveals how far they were willing to go to defeat the actor/activist.  —  On February 2, Mitch McConnell …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Mitch McConnell joins Senate gun filibuster  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would join a group of Senate Republicans threatening a filibuster to oppose a cloture vote if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moves a gun bill to the floor this week.
Nick Storm / cn|2 Politics:
Grimes tells Democrats she is unsure of her next step but takes subtle swipe at McConnell
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Uh-O: Jon Stewart Tears Into Obama's ‘Attractive’ AG Comment And Michelle's ‘Single Mom’ Gaffe  —  Jon Stewart kicked off The Daily Show Monday night by looking at some of the more troubling aspects of President Obama's difficult weekend.  From his unfortunate remarks about California Attorney …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Santorum doesn't think Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage  —  He doesn't think it will rule in favor of same-sex marriage.  —  A “chastened” U.S. Supreme Court won't make the mistake of granting same-sex marriage rights, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum predicted in an interview Monday.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal's Political Collapse Is Dangerous News For The National GOP  —  Sure the GOP may need a little outreach here and a little fine tuning there, but Republicans in Washington say they're confident that a principled message of low taxes and cuts to social services will eventually propel them back to victory.
Talking Points Memo:
Bobby Jindal Pulls Tax Plan After Outcry
John Ingold / Denver Post:
Fox News' Jana Winter wins reprieve in theater shooting case  —  Fox News reporter Jana Winter arrives at Arapahoe County court on April 1, 2013.  She could be put into jail at a hearing this week after refusing to reveal anonymous law enforcement sources to the court.  (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Jana Winter trial deferred by judge
Discussion: Fox News Insider and NewsBusters
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Watch Navy's New Laser Cannon, Mounted on a Ship, Kill a Drone  —  The video above is what the Navy's top officers view as the future of their dominance on the surface of the world's waterways.  A laser cannon, its magazine limited only by the amount of energy pumped into it and costing pocket change …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and Beach Movie Actress, Dies at 70  —  Annette Funicello, who won America's heart as a 12-year-old in Mickey Mouse ears, captivated adolescent baby boomers in slightly spicy beach movies and later championed people with multiple sclerosis, a disease from which she suffered …
Andy Grimm / Chicago Tribune:
Today's elections: Jesse Jackson Jr. successor, municipal races  —  Voters across the Chicago area will go to the polls for local elections today, picking winners in a range of races from a replacement for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to a high-profile suburban mayoral contest featuring a former Bears' star.
Nouri al-Maliki / Washington Post:
The U.S. has a foreign-policy partner in Iraq  —  Today, on the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, the debate about whether it was worth it to topple the regime and the direction of the U.S.-Iraqi relationship is influenced by a pessimistic view that the United States has lost Iraq.
Sen. Tim Kaine / Virginian-Pilot:
Let Senate vote on gun measures  —  Nearly four months after the horrific Newtown shootings, the Senate is poised to do something that hasn't been done for a long time in Congress - actually have a meaningful floor debate on reducing gun violence.  Some senators and lobbyists are trying to make sure that no vote can take place.
Rachael Bade / Reuters:
New gun control strategy: Tax 'em  —  State and local officials are pushing a new way to expand gun control: taxes.  —  Gun owners in and around Chicago last week started paying a new $25 tax on every firearm they purchase.  In California, a statehouse panel on April 15 will hear testimony …
David Adams / Reuters:
Exclusive: Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba visit had U.S. Treasury Department OK - source  —  (Reuters) - A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, a source familiar with the itinerary said on Monday.
David S. Cohen / Variety:
News Corp. Threatens to Make Fox Cable-Only Amid Aereo Dispute … LAS VEGAS-News Corp. president and COO Chase Carey told the opening gathering at the NAB Show Monday that if Fox does not prevail in the Aereo case, it will consider turning its network into a subscription service.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg group's gun-control scorecard will give lawmakers letter grades  —  New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, one of the nation's most committed and deep-pocketed gun-control proponents, is ratcheting up pressure on lawmakers by launching a new system to grade them based on their votes and statements on gun issues.
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Wall Street Journal:
Fisker Edges Closer to Chapter 11
Daily Mail:
VIDEO Mobs clash with police during ‘celebrations’ in Bristol
Discussion: Spectator and Hot Air
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Vice President as Underdog? That Could Be Biden in 2016
Discussion: Reuters and Weasel Zippers
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Takes Gun-Control Campaign to Connecticut Again
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Liberals warn Democrats on Obama budget
Discussion: The Hill and
Caroline May / The Daily Caller:
Obama declares Tuesday ‘National Equal Pay Day,’ despite paying female staffers less than male counterparts
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 Earlier Items: 
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
Why do people hate deficits?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Futile Protest  —  Femen is a feminist group that began …
Discussion: PhotoBlog
Michael K. Lavers / Washington Blade:
Tiven: Gay couples will not ‘be included’ in immigration reform bill
Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
A lot can change before Election Day 2014, when 36 states will hold elections for governor.
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Does BuzzFeed Know the Secret?
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul's Same-Sex Marriage Plan: Continue The Debate ‘For Another Couple Of Decades’
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama at 51% approval but lower on key issues

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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

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