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10:00 PM ET, April 17, 2013


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Sources: Possible suspect sought in Boston bombing  —  After the explosion: Moment-by-moment  —  (CNN) — Investigators scrambling to solve the fatal bombings at the Boston Marathon want to question a man seen on video as a possible suspect in the attack, two official sources with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.
No Arrest Made in Bombing Investigation … Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack.  Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate.
Los Angeles Times:
Videos point to 2 suspects in Boston Marathon bombing  —  Investigators comb through Boylston Street just beyond the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two days after two bombs exploded.  (Julio Cortez / Associated Press / April 17, 2013)  —  Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Boston Globe:
Image shows suspect carrying, perhaps dropping, black bag  —  Investigators are ‘very close’ in the investigation, said the official, who declined to be named  —  A sign was taped to a barricade near the bombing site Wednesday.  —  An official briefed on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation …
Discussion: Boston Globe, American Power and CBS DC
Daily Mail:
Boston bomber is caught on camera: FBI reveals store footage shows ‘dark-skinned man in backwards hat’ planting second explosive moments before blasts tore through marathon crowds  — Shows the ‘dark-skinned’ suspect walking towards the mail box, dropping a package and walking away
Miketoole / CBS Boston:
CBS News: Possible Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombings Identified  —  BOSTON (CBS) - After a flurry of conflicting media reports Wednesday afternoon, federal, state and local authorities said there has been no arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings.  —  “Despite reports to the contrary …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Reports: Authorities Eye Suspect In Boston Marathon Bombings
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
Reports: Boston Bombing Suspect ID'd in New Video — ‘Arrest Has Been Made’
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Mediaite
This Just In:
Sources: Possible suspect sought in Boston blasts
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects background checks on gun purchases in 54-46 vote  —  The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama's agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.  —  It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with 5 Democrats voting against it.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Drive for Gun Control Blocked in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — A wrenching national search for solutions to the violence that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., in December all but ended Wednesday after the Senate defeated several gun-related measures.  —  In rapid succession …
Ron Fournier /
At Pivotal Point in Presidency, Obama Routed on Gun Control  —  But GOP victory could backfire if empowered and ignored voters revolt.  —  Blame the gun lobby.  Blame Republicans.  Blame a handful of skittish Democrats who gave the GOP cover.  Blame the entire band of demagogues who killed …
Talking Points Memo:
NRA Celebrates Failure Of Background Check Bill In Senate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Firedoglake
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Gun control: Senate rejects background checks deal
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Senate Votes Down Background Check Bill
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Background Checks Die At The Hands Of Senate Filibuster
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Senate rejects gun background checks
Discussion: Hit & Run and
Senate defeats proposed assault weapons ban
Discussion: Reuters
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Senate Torpedoes Background Check Deal
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Gun background check compromise, assault weapon ban fail in Senate
U.S. News:
Feds arrest suspect in ricin-positive letters sent to Obama, senator  —  The ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker were both postmarked April 8 and sent from Memphis, Tenn., signed “I am KC and I approve this message.”  A third letter went to Michigan Sen. Carl Levin.
U.S. News:
Letter sent to Obama tests positive for ricin, officials say
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford  —  National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford's suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor's dramatic comeback bid.  —  Blindsided by news …
Washington Post:
GOP abandons Mark Sanford; ex-wife says sons ‘upset’ over encounter with former mistress  —  Following revelations that his ex-wife accused him of trespassing on her property earlier this year, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) has lost the support of his national party.
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Texas teacher claims she couldn't have fondled black student because she's racist  —  A teacher in Texas has invoked her own racism in a defense against charges that she fondled an African-American student in her first grade class at Northwest Preparatory Academy Charter School in Humble.
Discussion: Wonkette, Gawker and KHOU-TV
Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Move Over “Obama Phone,” Say ‘Hola!’ to the Marco Rubio Immigration Phone, AKA MarcoPhone  —  With the new ‘Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act’ finally being filed in the U.S. Senate, concerns over how much money the immigration reform bill will cost …
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Post Politics
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal  —  A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school.
Discussion: Friendly Atheist and BuzzFeed
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Tom Friedman Continues His Journey To Insanity (The Terrorists Win)  —  Times columnist and global raconteur Tom Friedman outdoes himself as he tries to put the Boston bombing into perspective:  —  Bring on the Next Marathon  —  By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN  —  ...
Discussion: New York Times and Hit & Run
Scott Wong / Politico:   Claire McCaskill: If Boston bombings are terrorism, why not Sandy Hook?
Tanya Eiserer / Crime Blog:
Updated: Wife of ex-JP confesses, says her husband shot former Kaufman DA, his wife and top prosecutor  —  Kim Williams' Facebook profile photo, believed to be quite dated.  (Facebook)  —  Update 12:25 p.m.: Kim Williams' arrest warrant says she confessed to the entire plot, explaining her role and saying her husband was the shooter.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Alleged McConnell Bugger Visited White House  —  Days before Progress Kentucky launched a Twitter offensive against Mitch McConnell, its executive director met with White House officials.  —  Via: J. Scott Applewhite / AP  —  WASHINGTON — The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings …
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