It’s been a busy news morning for a change, one that appears to have ended the Thatcher Retrospective that dominated political talk the last two days. Here are some mid-day news/views morsels of varying tastiness:

* After Manchin said NRA “neutral” on his gun proposal, NRA itself put out statement saying it “wont work.”

* Tomorrow Republicans will begin to gather in Hollywood (you know, that secular-socialist Babylon) for the RNC’s “spring retreat.” Expect yesterday’s “rebranding” proposals to begin to give way to claims the rebranding is already done.

* Will her weirdness every subside? Aides hustle Michele Bachmann out of a press conference to avoid questions about ethics investigations of her 2012 presidential campaign.

* Nate Silver notes Bobby Jindal no more unpopular in Louisiana than Mitt Romney was in Massachusetts when his gubernatorial term ended.

* Arianna Huffington invites Chris Christie (along with Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Shaq O’Neill) to accompany her to White House Correspondents Dinner, that great Beltway status test.

And in non-political news:

* Martha Stewart heads list of America’s “most damaged brands.” Again, this is non-political news, so GOP does not qualify.

Back in a few.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.