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Monday, April 08, 2013

Stories to Watch: 4/8/13

Brixton woman celebrates Thatcher's death
Let's start out with some of the best stuff written today about Margaret Thatcher:

And to all those on the right who are outraged that not all are sad to see Maggie go, I have two words: Andrew Breitbart. No go forth and STFU, lest you choke on your own hypocrisy.

The prospects of passing some sort of meaningful gun regulation are actually improving. The president says he's as "determined as ever" to get something on his desk and signed.

Sen. Tim Johnson finally comes out in support of marriage equality. That leaves three Democratic holdouts in the Senate: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Pryor (D-AR), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). All conservadems. Is it any wonder I don't spend a lot of time endorsing the Blue Dog cause?

The latest terrifying effect of pollution: giant crabs. I'm not kidding. Can we please stop living in a 1950s "science gone mad" movie?

If you were worried about Bobbie Jindal becoming president, you can probably stop now. In fact, the failure of Jindal's quintessentially Republican tax plan spells bad news for the party's policies nation wide.

Why do we even have to register to vote? We should be registered automatically.

"Libertarian" Rand Paul's big idea for marriage equality: let's debate it for "another couple of decades." Yeah, let's allow government to continue to dictate whether or not you're allowed to marry the love of your life -- for the next 20 years, at least -- because that's "liberty." If there were some sort of penalty for abuse of the English language, Rand Paul would be on death row.

A study shows the more coverage a women gets for her appearance, the worse her chances of winning an election -- even when that coverage is positive. The good news: the study "found that women who confront the coverage as out of place in a political campaign, regain their lost points." The bad news seems to be that even talking about a woman's appearance makes the woman seem superficial and shallow -- even when it's not the woman doing the talking.

Finally, the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, "could be delayed because his court-appointed lawyers have been hit by US budget cuts." The sequester strikes again.

[photo via BrixtonBlog]

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