I periodically consult This Day in History to identify appropriate posting topics, which is why I knew the Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred on April 18, 1906. But also on this day: Luther stood his ground at the Diet of Worms (1521); Doolittle raided Japan (1942); Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier (1956); the U.S. embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber (1983); and just last year, Dick Clark died.
Here’s our final news/views roundup of the day:
* D-Trip goes for gold in SC-1 with anti-Sanford ad telling former Appalachian Trail hiker to “just keep walking.”
* And speaking of SC-1: conservative women’s group reportedly looking into possibility of Jenny Sanford write-in campaign.
* Jamelle Bouie assembles evidence that even strong support for immigration reform won’t help GOPers much with Latinos, and that’s an argument you’ll also be hearing from opponents of reform.
* At Ten Miles Square, Ezra Klein discusses three different theories of presidential leadership that Obama is relying on in gun, budget and immigration efforts.
* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer argues that online instruction works best as complement to, not substitute for, regular live courses.
And in non-political news:
* Antibiotics losing ground in race against drug-resistant bacteria.
To end the day, and to honor in a more upbeat way those responding to the disaster in West, Texas, here’s Roxy Music again with their tribute to the Big Country, “Prairie Rose,” in London in 2011.