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5:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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 Guardian
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Confusion over Saudis in Boston following marathon attack  —  Boston - The Department of Homeland Security tells CNN that there has been some confusion and misreporting regarding the Boston Marathon bombing and two Saudi nationals.  —  One is in a Boston hospital, and has been questioned …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: FBI to release video of two suspects in Boston bomb attack
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 Easley / The Hill:
Dem senator: Gun bill ‘virtually meaningless’ without background checks
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
The Senators Who Supported Background Checks Represent Nearly Two-Thirds Of Americans  —  Yesterday the Senate voted 54-46 in favor of a provision that would expand background checks for gun sales, which, in the bizarro world of the United States Senate, means that the provision fails.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Morning Joe Host Shames Senators Who Killed Gun Reform: 'We're The 90 Percent And We're Going To Win'
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:   Gun Violence Victims Detained, Put Through Background Check For Yelling ‘Shame On You’ At Senators
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.
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: Hot Air and The Greenroom
Jason Howerton /
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Ricin suspect charged, faces up to 15 years
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.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Saudi student hurt in Boston bombing not a suspect, not being deported
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
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 …
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Krauthammer Got Played  —  Gang of 8 Fakery, Part 1: Remember that wacky Charles Krauthammer column from a month ago-the one that began by shredding the Marco Rubio amnesty plan but wound up endorsring it?  Krauthammer's reasoning at the time was strange, but (barely) defensible.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Sarah Mimms /
DCCC Piles On in South Carolina  —  Just one day after the National Republican Congressional Committee pulled its support for former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's special election campaign, its Democratic counterpart is going up on the air in the First District.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
One Wednesday last month, Ann Curry, camouflaged in a hat and trench coat, trudged into the art-deco lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.  It had been nine months since she was pushed out as co-host of the “Today” show.  Curry was now NBC's “national and international correspondent” …
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Club for Growth splits with Cantor, opposes House GOP ObamaCare bill
Discussion: Politico
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The Raw Story:
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
A Shameful Day in the Senate  —  The NRA got its victory …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitch McConnell ad seizes on secret audio