The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Cloud of Uncertainty
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Nobody yet knows if the Boston Marathon bombing was the work of al Qaeda, a right-wing militia, a deranged individual or somebody we haven't yet thought of. We hear from the President's emotion memorial speech today and talk with a variety of people with different ways of thinking about the tragedy from different perspectives. Also, picking up the pieces in West, Texas after a fertilizer plant explosion. On Reporter's Notebook, the defeat of gun control and the President's second term agenda.
Banner image: Aftermath of the 2013 boston marathon bombing show people helping others from the scene, April 15, 2013. Photo by hahatango
Picking Up the Pieces in West, Texas after Fertilizer Plant Explosion ()
In the town of West, near Waco, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded last night with enough force to register on earthquake monitors. Between five and 15 people were killed, more than 160 have been hospitalized with injuries, and the search for more victims continues. Speaking of the "nightmare scenario," Texas Governor Rick Perry called their emergency management team "the best…in the country," adding that "they certainly were at their best last night — along with the citizens." Robert Wolilnsky is digital managing editor at the Dallas Morning News.
After Boston: The Climate of Fear ()
Monday's deadly attack on the Boston Marathon has penetrated the consciousness of Americans in different ways. The target was not a symbol of power or dominance, but a crowd of people at play, a strike at "the heart of America" that makes many feel insecure. Does giving in to such fear mean that "terrorists" win? Do we really know this was a "terrorist act?" What can Americans learn from other countries? President Obama rallied Boston at an emotional memorial service today, mourning the dead and cheering the wounded. He said Boston represents the best of American values, as exemplified by support for runners along the way and help for the victims when "celebration turned into tragedy." He vowed again that the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice, but officials still haven't discovered who they are or why they committed such atrocious crimes. We hear from his address and get a variety of opinions amid a cloud of uncertainty.
- Ron Fournier: National Journal, @ron_fournier
- Haider Warraich: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Martin Miller: Duke University
- Bruce Schneier: security technologist and author , @schneierblog
- Chris Doyle: Watkinson School
Defeat for Gun Control Is a Defeat for President Obama ()
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama committed himself to an ambitious gun control package with little chance of passing either house of Congress. Yesterday, the Senate defeated what little was left of it after compromises failed even to win the votes of all Democrats. The President, surrounded by families from Newtown and other gun control advocates, made no secret of his personal anger. This was a bitter defeat that could foreshadow the slow decline suffered by so many presidents after celebrating their second elections. That's according to Glenn Thrush of Politico.
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