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Trending In Our News Feeds – The Iron Lady passes. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died this morning from a stroke. She was the first female leader of a major Western power. PolicyMic pundit Zak Cheney-Rice gives you five essential facts about Thatcher and Zainab Akande describes how the Iron Lady ended the Cold War.
In surprise move, China pressures North Korea. Over the weekend, Chinese President Xi Jinping criticized North Korea – a historical ally of the Chinese – stating, “No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain.” Xi’s criticism hints at the possibility of Chinese intervention on the Korean Peninsula. Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea developed a new plan to attack the source of any North Korean strike while avoiding an all-out war. The Washington Post has North Korea’s brand-new propaganda music video.
Anonymous falls short in Israel cyber attack. Members of the hacking group Anonymous launched a cyber strike on Israeli websites this weekend. “Operation Israel” attempted to take down government websites, as well as the official site for the Holocaust memorial. However, the attack caused minimal damage.
3 major political developments this week. Senators Charles Schumer and John McCain announced that the “Gang of Eight” will release an immigration reform bill by the end of the week. The bill will include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and stronger border security. Politico reports Obama’s legacy on gun control hinges on the fate of whichever background check bill Democrats take to the Senate floor this week. The Washington Post tells you everything you need to know about White House’s 2014 budget, set for release on Wednesday.
Chile investigates foul play in the death of legendary poet Pablo Neruda. Authorities are opening the tomb of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda in order to determine the cause of his death. While Neruda’s family claims he died of cancer, the poet’s driver insists he was poisoned by military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Wikileaks publishes millions of secret documents. Wikileaks released a new project today that describes the extent of America’s global influence. The “Public Library of U.S. Diplomacy” (also coined “The Kissinger Cables”) contains 2 million government documents from the 1970s.
Report reveals obstacles for women politicians. A report released by leading feminist research centers finds that physical descriptions of women political candidates negatively impact their chances of election. The report concludes that even neutral and positive physical descriptions hurt female politicians’ favorability with voters.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – This Brave Eagle Scout Won't Tolerate the Boy Scouts' Anti-Gay Policy (Gabriel Rodriguez, @Zikan) – Hamilton Foster, an Eagle Scout, has taken a stand against the Boy Scouts' controversial policy regarding gay participants. He joins a growing chorus of scouts protesting the organization.
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5 Successful Teenagers Who Put Your Accomplishments to Shame (Caitlin Reilly) – Here are five impressive teenagers who will make you question how you've been using your time.
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38 Completely Normal Thoughts to Have As College Graduation Looms (Katie Kirnan, @katiekirnan) – Senior year's a blast, except for finals, job applications, and the unknown road ahead. Stop stressing! This list will confirm that all your pre-graduation thoughts are completely normal.
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John Kerry Mourns the 25-Year-Old Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan (Areej Elahi-Siddiqui, @andareejsays) – A suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of five Americans and an Afghan doctor. One of those killed was a young diplomat — the first to die on the job since Benghazi.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Creator George R. R. Martin Drops the “F-Bomb” (Mayura Iyer, @mayuraiyer) – Despite the show’s excessive nudity, Game of Thrones empowers women, so it should be no surprise that the author behind the original books calls himself a feminist.
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