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12:25 PM ET, April 18, 2013


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Boston Globe:
Authorities have clear video images of two suspects in Boston Marathon bombings, official says  —  Authorities have clear video images of two separate suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings carrying black bags at each explosion site and are planning to release the images today in an appeal …
New York Post:
Authorities circulate photos of two men spotted carrying bags near site of Boston bombings  —  Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line, The Post has learned.  —  In the photos being distributed …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: FBI to release video of two suspects in Boston bomb attack  —  Law enforcement officials plan to release images of two suspects in the bombing of the Boston Marathon, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.  —  According to the paper, the suspects were seen separately on video gathered …
Barry Petchesky / Deadspin:
The Boston Bombing Witch Hunt Bags Another Innocent Kid  —  On Monday, the New York Post doggedly stuck to its claim that 12 were killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.  On Tuesday, CNN (among others) reported that a suspect had been arrested, before walking that all the way back.
Frank Smyth /
How the gun lobby has already blocked Boston's bombing investigators
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hillary Clinton reacts to Boston bombing
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Taylor Marsh
Gabrielle Giffords / New York Times:
A Senate in the Gun Lobby's Grip  —  SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby.  But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets.  The fear that those children who survived …
Rebecca Schoenkopf / Wonkette:
‘INSTAPUNDIT’ TELLS WHATS-HER-NAME, THAT LADY WHO GOT SHOT IN THE FACE, TO STOP ‘BULLYING’ PEOPLE  —  Of the many, many, many fine citizens who have sorely tested our hippie nonviolent ways this week, we may have finally found a winner.  See that tweet up there?
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
The Angriest Obama We've Ever Seen  —  After the Senate failed to expand gun background checks, the president flashes anger  —  The compromise on background checks died today in the Senate.  And President Obama is as angry as we've ever seen him.  —  Late this afternoon …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Gun Control Effort Had No Real Chance, Despite Pleas
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   A Shameful Day in the Senate  —  The NRA got its victory …
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Senate rejects gun checks offered by Toomey, others
Discussion: Politico, Post Politics and Reuters
Washington Post:
President Obama's remarks on failure of Manchin-Toomey background check plan (TRANSCRIPT)
Discussion: National Review
EMS Director Says 60 To 70 Dead In West Explosion  —  West EMS Director Dr. George Smith says as many as 60 or 70 people died and hundreds were injured Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion in West.  —  A rescuer earlier said he knew of five deaths.
Selwyn Crawford / Dallas Morning News:
Live video: Explosion, injuries reported at fertilizer plant near Waco in West, Texas  —  A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked the town of West, north of Waco, causing multiple injuries and leaving people trapped and buildings on fire.  —  Firefighters were reported among …
Randy Lee Loftis / Dallas Morning News:
West fertilizer plant said in report that it presented no risk
Discussion: Quartz, Daily Kos and
Lateef Mungin / CNN:
Deadly blast rattles Texas town
Jason Howerton /
MIND-BOGGLING DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT RICIN LETTER SUSPECT: 'I'M ON THE HIDDEN FRONT LINES OF A SECRET WAR'  —  Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, of Tupelo, Miss., has been arrested in connection with ricin letters that were sent to both Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and President Barack Obama," The New York Times reports.
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.
Gang of Eight aims to stop conservative attacks  —  The Senate's Gang of Eight is mounting an aggressive lobbying campaign with one major goal: weaken the conservative opposition to a sweeping immigration overhaul.  —  Hours after the bill was unveiled after 2 a.m. Wednesday …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Lame Duck Squawks, But Why?
Discussion: Washington Times
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ At Senators  —  “Shame on you!”  Patricia Maisch and Lori Haas yelled in rapid succession at the 46 senators who had just voted to kill a compromise amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or online.
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
How Savvy Jenny Sanford Sabotaged Ex-Husband Mark's Political Comeback  —  Obama Delivers Emotional Condemnation of Senate Republicans After Gun-Control Defeat  —  A couple of months ago, when I was reporting a feature on Mark Sanford's political comeback and the ongoing soap opera between …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitch McConnell ad seizes on secret audio  —  Mitch McConnell continues to seize on the bungled taping of his Louisville campaign headquarters.  —  The Senate Minority Leader will go on the air Thursday with a new commercial that links last week's brouhaha to the Democratic president's desire to oust him.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, CNN and First Read
Kevin Diaz / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Former chief of staff to break silence on Michele Bachmann  —  WASHINGTON - GOP operative Andy Parrish, a former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, is expected to tell an Iowa Senate ­ethics panel that her 2012 presidential campaign made improper payments to its state chairman.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 18, 2013 - Big Gender Gap As Kasich Leads 2014 Ohio Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; He Leads Dem Challengers In Early Look At 2014 Race  —  With a commanding lead among men, Ohio Gov. John Kasich leads likely Democratic challengers in an early look …
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon: Obama out for guns  —  Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon says that the president is out to take your guns.  —  The pitcher, who came to prominence during his run with the Boston Red Sox (including as the team's closer during …
Discussion: Detroit Free Press
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The Raw Story:
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Sarah Palin / CNN:
Palin's special treat for Rand Paul
Discussion: Politico
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More Children in Greece Are Going Hungry
Discussion: The Tell and ParaPundit
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Lawyer up, Issa warns CIA staff
Discussion: CBS News and Hot Air
Matthew Green / Reuters:
Pakistan's Musharraf flees court as judge orders his arrest
Discussion: The Week and FP Passport
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
House Democrats, restaurant owners backing minimum wage increases
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Max Baucus Says He Fears Obamacare Is Headed For ‘Huge Train Wreck’
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers