Political Headlines April 16, 2013: Proposed Immigration Bill Has Widespread Senate Support

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Proposed Immigration Bill Has Widespread Support

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-17-13

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Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emerged from a White House meeting Tuesday confident that President Obama supports the immigration reform bill they plan to introduce Tuesday night.

“While he certainly might not agree with every single part of it, he was very supportive of the bill we have put together and simply wants to make sure we keep moving it along and get something done,” Schumer told reporters at the White House….READ MORE

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Obama to Visit Boston Thursday, Speak at Service for Bombing Victims

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Obama to Visit Boston Thursday, Speak at Service for Bombing Victims

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-16-13

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President Obama is scheduled to travel to Boston on Thursday, three days after the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

As the city grapples with this tragedy, the president plans to speak at an interfaith service “dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a written statement….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 16, 2013: President Barack Obama Calls Boston Bombings ‘an Act of Terrorism’ at Press Briefing

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Obama Calls Boston Bombings ‘an Act of Terrorism’

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-16-13

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President Obama on Tuesday said the bombings at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an “act of terrorism” and vowed that those responsible for the attack would be brought to justice.

“This was heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.  Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror,” the president told reporters at the White House shortly after being briefed by his national security team….READ MORE

Full Text Obama Presidency April 16, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Remarks on the Boston Bombings in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House: “The American People Refuse to be Terrorized”

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President Obama: “The American People Refuse to be Terrorized”

Source: WH, 4-16-13

President Obama Delivers a Statement on the bombs in Boston, April 16, 2013President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a briefing from FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, President Obama went to the Brady Press Briefing Room to update Americans on developments in Boston, following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.

“We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack,” the President said in a televised address. “Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.  Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”

The President assured the American people that while it will take time to determine what happened, “we will find whoever harmed our citizens. And we will bring them to justice.”

In addition to highlighting the tremendous acts of heroism by the men and women of the FBI, the Boston Police Department, and other agencies and first responders yesterday, the President praised the kindness, generosity and love that was on display throughout the city of Boston in the aftermath of the bombings. “if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil — that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”

You can watch the President’s complete statement on YouTube


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Full Text Obama Presidency April 16, 2013: Readout of the President Barack Obama’s Briefing on the Boston Bombings

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Readout of the President’s Briefing on the Explosions in Boston

Source: WH, 4-16-13

This morning the President, joined by Vice President Biden, convened a briefing in the Oval Office with his national security team on the ongoing investigation into the explosions in Boston. Participating in the briefing was Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan.

In the briefing, which was led by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, the President received an update from Attorney General Holder and FBI Director Mueller on the collaborative efforts underway as part of the investigation, including the agency’s close coordination with state and local law enforcement in Boston. The President also received an update from Secretary Napolitano on coordination underway between DHS and state and local partners across the country to share information, including any additional security steps state and local law enforcement may take.

A photo of the briefing can be found HERE.

Political Headlines April 17, 2013: Letter Mailed to Senator Roger Wicker Tests Positive for Ricin

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Letter Mailed to Senator Tests Positive for Ricin

Source: NYT, 4-16-13

An envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi showed positive results for the toxin in tests at a mail facility in Washington. It was sent to the F.B.I. for more analysis….READ MORE

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