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2:20 PM ET, April 16, 2013


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New York Post:
Authorities ID person of interest as Saudi national in marathon bombings, under guard at Boston hospital  —  Investigators have a suspect — a Saudi Arabian national — in the horrific Boston Marathon bombings, The Post has learned.  —  Law enforcement sources said the 20-year-old suspect …
Mark Arsenault / The Boston Globe:
3 killed, more than 130 hurt by bombs at Marathon  —  Two bomb blasts, 12 seconds apart, rocked the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon Monday, killing at least three people, including an 8-year-old Dorchester boy, wounding more than 130, and leaving the sidewalks of Boylston Street covered in blood.
Larry Celona / New York Post:
FBI grills Saudi man in Boston bombings  —  ‘Smells of gunpowder’  —  An FBI investigator examines a bag inside an apartment in Revere, in a building on the street where a man being questioned in the bomb attack lives.  —  Police took a 20-year-old Saudi national into custody near the scene …
Daily Mail:
Pictured: Boy, 8, who was waiting to give his runner father a hug at finish line is named as one of three Boston Marathon bombing victims along with woman in her twenties while 152 are injured and 17 left in critical condition  — Martin Richard, 8, and woman in 20s among three confirmed dead …
CBS News:
Boston Marathon bombings: Suburban apartment searched  —  Law enforcement officers investigating the Boston marathon bombings searched an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, Mass. late Monday into early Tuesday, CBS Boston station WBZ-TV reports..  —  Massachusetts State Police confirm …
John Miller / CBS News:
Authorities question Saudi national in Boston attack  —  (CBS News) Following the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon that has claimed two lives and dozens injured, a Saudi national is being held in custody in relation to the incident who was near the scene of the blast, CBS News correspondent John Miller reported.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:   Injured Saudi is a witness, not a suspect, in Boston bombing
Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people
Israel News Agency:
Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah Celebrate Boston Terror Attack
Nancy Chen / WHDH-TV:
8-year-old boy killed in blast, mother and sister injured
Discussion: Politico, BuzzFeed, CNN, Deadspin and Gawker
Alyssa Newcomb / ABCNEWS:
8-Year-Old Died at Boston Marathon Waiting to Greet Father
Carl Weiser / Politics Extra:
Schmidt: 'I've never been so close to death'
Discussion: The Hill and Yahoo! News
Leah Barkoukis /
FBI Press Conference: “This Will be a Worldwide Investigation”
Discussion: Fox News and Fox News Insider
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
What Obama's learned about talking about terror  —  When bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama was quick to speak out — but extremely cautious about what he said.  —  Obama's decision to step before cameras despite sketchy information …
Discussion: The Plum Line and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Axelrod: Obama Thinks Boston Bombings Could Be Related to ‘Tax Day’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Jihad Watch
Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama, calling attack ‘terror,’ shifts to response
Katherine Connell / National Review:
After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform  —  Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday's bombing in Boston, where three people were killed.
Talking Points Memo:
Steve King Urges Caution On Immigration Reform In Light Of Boston Attacks
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Gun control bill in peril  —  The tough gun-control bill that President Barack Obama wants now has little, if any, chance of passing this Congress - it's struggling in the Senate and facing outright rejection in the House.  —  Vice President Joe Biden worked the phones Monday to try to salvage …
Elianayjohnson / National Review:   Reid: ‘Anti-Gun Legislation Before the Senate’
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Obama's Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure
Discussion: American Prospect
Scott Shane / New York Times:
U.S. Practiced Torture After 9/11, Nonpartisan Review Concludes  —  WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” …
David Weigel / Slate:
Why the Conspiracy Theorists Will Have a Tough Time With Boston  —  Shortly before 9 p.m. I got out of a much-needed, much-delayed catch-up with a friend who shared my desire to escape — briefly — the news from Boston.  It was unescapable.  A bar next door had turned a flatscreen toward the street …
Discussion: Althouse
Mike Konczal /
Researchers Finally Replicated Reinhart-Rogoff, and There Are Serious Problems.  —  In 2010, economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff released a paper, “Growth in a Time of Debt.”  Their “main result is that...median growth rates for countries with public debt over 90 percent of GDP …
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
Obama's snub to Thatcher: President won't send envoy to funeral - and leaves it to her old allies from the Reagan era  — President Obama made decision not to send a member of his administration before yesterday's bombings in Boston  — Instead, Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Barney Frank: ‘No Tax Cut Would Have Helped Us Deal With This’  —  Barney Frank discussing the Boston marathon bombing on CNN this morning:  —  “We are talking about recovery here all morning, as this city, as this state tries to bounce back from this,” the CNN host said to Frank, a former congressman from that state.
Tom Kington / Los Angeles Times:
Pope Francis reaffirms crackdown on U.S. nuns  —  The pontiff backs a Vatican assessment last year that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was promoting ‘radical feminist themes.’  —  A nun watches Pope Francis hold Mass in Vatican City last month before his first Easter message.
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