Margaret Thatcher

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Streep Set to Play Thatcher
 Streep Set to Play Thatcher 

Streep Set to Play Thatcher

Actress in talks to star in Falklands-era biopic

(Newser) - Meryl Streep is set to team up with Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd again for a movie with considerably less singing and dancing. Producers have confirmed that the actress is in talks to play Margaret Thatcher in a biopic focusing on the tense 17 days leading up to the 1982...

Palin to Visit Margaret Thatcher

Former Alaska gov wants to meet 'political heroine'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will visit Margaret Thatcher in England, the former Alaska governor announced in a Facebook post. Palin calls Thatcher "one of my political heroines" and says the former UK leader's "life and career serve as a blueprint for overcoming the odds and challenging the ‘status quo....

'Thatcher Has Died' &mdash;But Not That Thatcher
 'Thatcher Has Died' 
 —But Not That 
RIP, dear cat

'Thatcher Has Died' —But Not That Thatcher

Canadian official's cat dies, setting off a diplomatic snafu

(Newser) - When a Canadian official's beloved cat died, he texted a friend with the sad news: "Thatcher has died." See where this is going? That friend happened to be at a diplomatic dinner, and next thing you know, word had spread lickety-split that Margaret Thatcher had passed away. Canadian...

Thatcher Urged Gorbachev to Block German Reunification

British leader warned Soviets that the change would endanger security

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher called on Mikhail Gorbachev to halt German reunification months before the Berlin Wall came down, newly unearthed Kremlin documents reveal. Thatcher—telling the Soviet leader he should disregard NATO pronouncements on the issue—said the breakdown of the Warsaw Pact wasn't in the interests of the West, the...

Thatcher Leaves Hospital After 2+ Weeks

Former British PM suffered broken shoulder after fall

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher was released from the hospital today after undergoing surgery for a broken arm, the Telegraph reports. Although the former British PM was originally expected to return home sooner, she spent 17 days recuperating after she fell in her house in London. Thatcher, now 83, has abandoned most public...

Thatcher in Hospital After Breaking Arm

Former British PM expected to be released soon

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher, now 83, has been hospitalized after breaking her arm in a fall in her home in London, reports the UK Times. A spokeswoman for the long-serving prime minister said she would be released today and was "very lucky." Thatcher has suffered multiple strokes in recent years,...

London OKs 10-Ft. Bronze Reagan Statue

(Newser) - London officials have overcome their distaste for an American artist and approved a 10-foot, bronze statue of President Reagan, the Independent reports. The Westminster City Council also waived a rule delaying statues for 10 years after a figure's death; Reagan died 5 years ago. Nancy Reagan and former PM Margaret...

What Thatcher Could Teach Obama
 What Thatcher 
 Could Teach Obama 

What Thatcher Could Teach Obama

Reflecting on Iron Lady 30 years after her election

(Newser) - Thirty years after Margaret Thatcher’s election as Britain’s prime minister, Michael Elliott reflects on three things the Iron Lady could teach President Obama. First, Elliott notes in Time, Thatcher “knew what she wanted,” using a “short set of criteria” to evaluate proposals. “Keeping things...

30 Years On, Thatcher Still Divides

Britain's first female PM polarized during her rule, and after

(Newser) - Thirty years ago today British voters elected Margaret Thatcher in a landmark election, ushering in 18 years of Conservative rule. She remains a polarizing figure: her enemies still regard her as nearly diabolical, while her admirers speak of her as a saint. The Telegraph looks back on her tumultuous 11-year...

'Vicious' Speech Bodes Well
 'Vicious' Speech Bodes Well 
OPINION roundup

'Vicious' Speech Bodes Well

Commentators weigh in on how Sarah Palin did

(Newser) - How’d Sarah Palin do in her convention debut? Commentators agree that she showed impressive speaking skills, but part ways on whether she was convincing as a potential VP.
  • The speech was “great” but “vicious,” Dahlia Lithwick writes at Slate. Palin, uses what Lithwick calls a risky

Margaret Thatcher Suffering From Dementia: Daughter

Multiple strokes, dementia taking their toll on former 'Iron lady' of Great Britain

(Newser) - Britain’s Iron Lady is succumbing to the effects of multiple small strokes and progressive dementia, reports the Telegraph. Margaret Thatcher's daughter, Carol, writes in a memoir to be published in September and now being serialized in a British newspaper that the former prime minister, now 82, has struggled for...

Thatcher Leaves Hospital
Thatcher Leaves Hospital

Thatcher Leaves Hospital

Former British PM said to be doing fine after precautionary stay

(Newser) - Margaret Thatcher is back home after an overnight stay in a London hospital triggered by a "fainting episode," a spokesman says. Tests showed nothing more serious than that for the former British PM, the Guardian reports. Thatcher, 82, who suffered multiple strokes in 2005, smiled and waved to...

Gorbachev Goes Easy on Putin, for Now

Ex-leader defends prez, even as Kremlin rolls back democracy

(Newser) - Gorbachev remains pals with Putin, even as the Russian prez pares back reforms that Gorbachev holds dear, the Wall Street Journal reports. The former leader reserves his blame for the Kremlin, and spares Putin, calling him "a very normal person"—even after Moscow shut down Gorbachev's political party...

In London, Giuliani Picks Up Cred and Cash

Hopeful meets with three PMs and no shortage of donors

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani left behind the cornfields of Iowa for cosmopolitan London yesterday, where he met with campaign contributors and no fewer than three prime ministers. After a visit to Tony Blair's new offices and to Gordon Brown at No. 10, Giuliani got his most desired photo-op of all, writes the...

Sunset for Blair&rsquo;s New Dawn
Sunset for Blair’s New Dawn

Sunset for Blair’s New Dawn

(Newser) - With Tony Blair about to step down, Alan Cowell considers the departing PM's most important accomplishments and failures. The former: moving Britain’s poiltical center of gravity away from Margaret Thatcher’s rugged individualism and toward a more compassionate society. 

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