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7:40 PM ET, April 18, 2013


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Teen: I Am Not the Boston Marathon Bomber  —  The teenage boy authorities once investigated as possibly being connected to the Boston Marathon bombing told ABC News today he was shocked to see his face pop up on television and all over social media.  —  Salah Barhoun, 17 …
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 …
FBI releases images of two marathon bombing suspects  —  The FBI released images and surveillance video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.  —  In a press conference Thursday, FBI officials said the public will play a critical role in identifying the men accused of committing the bombings.
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.
Resources  —  If you have visual images, video, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere, submit them on  No piece of information or detail is too small.  —  You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, with information.
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 …
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Two men probed in Boston Marathon bombings cleared by investigators  —  Investigators have now cleared the two men whose pictures were circulated last night in an email among law enforcement officials, sources told The Post today.  —  Authorities determined neither had any information or role …
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
Max Read / Gawker:
The Post's ‘Person of Interest’ Is a Local High-School Track Runner  —  “BAG MEN,” the New York Post's front cover brays this morning, underneath a photo of two Boston Marathon spectators.  “Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.”  After its embarrassing performance on Monday …
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Confusion over Saudis in Boston following marathon attack
Todd Eastham / Reuters:
George Soros, enigmatic financier, liberal philanthropist dies at XX  —  (Reuters) - George Soros, who died XXX at age XXX, was a predatory and hugely successful financier and investor, who argued paradoxically for years against the same sort of free-wheeling capitalism that made him billions.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Biden Pledges More Executive Action On Guns “Later This Week”  —  On conference call with stakeholders, Biden says Obama will carry the gun control fight forward on his own.  Updated: The White House says it is only implementing some of the executive actions Obama announced in January.
Tarini Parti / Politico:
Harry Reid: ‘Pause and freeze’ on gun control
Discussion: CNN and The Plum Line
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Next Up: The Gauntlet Facing Immigration Reform
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Morning Joe Host Shames Senators Who Killed Gun Reform: 'We're The 90 Percent And We're Going To Win'  —  The morning after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks to gun shows and online sales, MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough raged against the lawmakers who blocked the bill.
ThinkProgress:   The Senators Who Supported Background Checks Represent Nearly Two-Thirds Of Americans
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ At Senators
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Dem senator: Gun bill ‘virtually meaningless’ without background checks
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Senator Max Baucus / Mike Pompeo:
Pompeo writes to Senator Baucus about Obamacare “Train Wreck”  —  “No one in the country bears more responsibility for the complexity of this law than you.”  —  107 Cannon House Office Building  —  Washington, DC 20515  —  511 Hart Senate Office Building  —  Washington, DC 20510
Jason Howerton /
EXCLUSIVE: SAUDI NATIONAL ONCE CONSIDERED ‘PERSON OF INTEREST’ MAY BE DEPORTED ON ‘SECURITY’ GROUNDS — AND HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FRAMED  —  Editor's note: Please see the Editors' UPDATES we will be placing in order of most-recent below.  TheBlaze's Jonathon M. Seidl contributed to this report.
Evan Hurst / Truth Wins Out:
Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Superstar John Paulk Finally Renounces His ‘Ex-Gay’ Past  —  Paulk Must Now Begin The Hard Work Of Atoning For The Damage He Has Done To LGBT People, And Anne Paulk And The Religious Right Must Stop Peddling The Lie Of The Paulks' “Fairy-Tale ‘Ex-Gay’ Marriage” Immediately, Says Truth Wins Out
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Good As You
Scott Wong / Politico:
Roger Wicker had hired ‘Elvis’ facing threat charges  —  Sen. Roger Wicker said he had once hired and met the Elvis impersonator who was charged Thursday with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and the senator.  —  Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, told reporters the suspect …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll, Hot Air and The Greenroom
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ricin suspect charged, faces up to 15 years
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma lawmaker: ‘I apologize to the Jews’ for ‘Jew me down’ slur  —  An Oklahoma lawmaker who was advocating that the state drop a 70-year-old law protecting small businesses from large retails stores apologized on Wednesday after he used the slur “Jew me down” during a debate on the state House floor.
Michael McNutt / Daily Oklahoman:
Oklahoma lawmaker apologizes for ethnic slur
Discussion: Mediaite and The Maddow Blog
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Sinkhole swallows 3 cars on Southeast Side: ‘I am lucky’  —  A sinkhole on the Southeast Side of Chicago swallowed three cars this morning, one of which was caught on tape.  (WGN-TV)  —  Staff report  —  One person was hospitalized after a sinkhole swallowed three cars in the South Deering neighborhood …
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?
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