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6:35 PM ET, April 16, 2013


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Yahoo! News:
Second Boston Marathon victim identified: Krystle Campbell  —  A second victim in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified: Krystle M. Campbell, a 29-year-old originally from Medford, Mass.  —  Her father, William A. Campbell Jr., told Yahoo News he's in shock that his daughter was killed.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Bomb Details Emerge in Boston Case  —  BOSTON — The explosives used to kill three people and injure 176 at the Boston Marathon on Monday were likely some kind of “pressure-cooker” devices that sent sharp bits of shrapnel flying into victims in the vicinity of the blast, several law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Injured Saudi is a witness, not a suspect, in Boston bombing  —  U.S. law enforcement officials said Tuesday that a Saudi national injured in the Boston Marathon bombing is regarded as a witness, not a suspect.  —  The Saudi, who is recuperating at a Boston hospital, is in his 20s …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
PHOTOS of SAUDI NATIONAL Person of Interest in Boston Custody ...Update: Saudi Ruled Out as Suspect  —  Here is the Facebook page of the Saudi national guarded by federal agents at a Boston hospital.  —  Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi  —  The name was released by Townhall and Free Republic.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Jack Kingston urged Guard ‘take a pass’ on Boston Marathon  —  A year ago, Rep. Jack Kingston was so concerned about the National Guard's shriveling budget that he wanted it to “take a pass” on major events like “the Boston Marathon.”  —  The Georgia Republican pleaded with the guard's leaders …
Bridget Johnson / The PJ Tatler:
An Al-Shabaab Link to Boston Marathon Bombings?  —  A series of Twitter gloats today raised questions about the possible involvement of Somali terror group Al-Shabaab in the Boston Marathon bombing.  —  No person or group has yet directly taken responsibility for the attack that killed three and wounded 176, 17 of those critically.
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 …
CNN's GUT CHECK for April 16, 2013
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
New York Post:
Authorities ID person of interest as Saudi national in marathon bombings, under guard at Boston hospital
Associated Press:
AP source: Boston Marathon bombs built out of pressure cookers packed with shrapnel
Discussion: The Week, WorldViews and Mediaite
Tagg Romney: They messed with the wrong people
CBS News:
Boston Marathon bombings: Suburban apartment searched
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Militia Groups Denounce Boston Marathon Attack
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Leah Barkoukis /
FBI Press Conference: “This Will be a Worldwide Investigation”
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Is The Reinhart-Rogoff Result Based on a Simple Spreadsheet Error?  —  So this is huge.  Or, rather, it won't matter even a tiny little bit but it ought to be a big deal anyway.  You've probably heard that countries with a high debt:GDP ratio suffer from slow economic growth.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Tell and Gawker
CEPR:   How Much Unemployment Was Caused by Reinhart and Rogoff's Arithmetic Mistake?
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
Obama's Second Term Already Looks Like a Failure  —  President Barack Obama's second term has so far been a story of high liberal hopes and scant liberal achievements.  —  The president has been re-elected, demographic trends favor the growth of his coalition, his party has a technological edge …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
After Boston, Dems decry sequester
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
What Obama's learned about talking about terror
Discussion: CNN
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate at war over Thatcher resolution  —  Senate Republicans and Democrats are in an intense battle over the contents of a resolution to honor former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died last week and will be laid to rest on Wednesday.  —  The fight has prompted Senate Foreign …
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:
Axelrod: Obama Thinks Boston Bombings Could Be Related to ‘Tax Day’  —  In explaining why President Obama didn't call the Boston bombings a “terrorist attack,” former adviser David Axelrod said, “I'm sure what was going through the president's mind is — we really don't know who did this — it was tax day”:
Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
GOP Rep. Peter King On Boston Bombing: “We Need More Cameras”
Discussion: Hot Air, Naked DC and CNN
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” …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
How out of touch is today's GOP?  —  I already touched on today's new Post poll this morning, but there are a bunch of numbers in here that really deserve their own post.  —  To wit: It finds that only 23 percent of Americans — that would be fewer than one in four — believe the Republican Party is …
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.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Pope Upholds Reprimand of American Nuns' Group
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Report: 2 escorted off Boston plane  —  Officials in Boston are taking no chances, a day after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon — including on flights out of nearby Logan Airport.  —  A plane headed to Chicago was brought back to the gate at Logan Airport, after some passengers …
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.
Kevin Cirilli / Reuters:
Barney Frank focuses on spending in Boston
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Jeff Flake  · 19,330 like this  —  In a previous post I said that I wanted to study the Manchin-Toomey proposal before commenting on it.  —  Here are a few thoughts: Manchin-Toomey would expand background checks far beyond commercial sales to include almost all private transfers …
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Fate of Manchin-Toomey gun proposal uncertain
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: Senate immigration bill ‘clearly a compromise’
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Climate scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
New York Sports Talk Show Host Calls For Murder In Response To Boston Bombing
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Napolitano: No indication Boston was part of ‘broader plot,’ but still cautious
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Lawmakers Worry About Attacks Against Muslims, Arabs Following Boston Bombing
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Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Glenn Beck: Boston Bombing Is A Reason To Buy Gold
Discussion: Wonkette, Business Insider and Gawker