Politics

Boston Bombings: The Aftermath

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5:07 pm

Trafficking amendment goes down

Trafficking amendment goes down

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A bipartisan anti-trafficking amendment that was endorsed by the NRA was also voted down 58 to 42.

9:49 pm

IRS will give extensions to Boston-area taxpayers

IRS will give extensions to Boston-area taxpayers

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From the AP:

The Internal Revenue Service says Boston-area taxpayers need time to finish their tax returns without worry.

Noting the tragedy of the explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon that killed two and injured more than 100, the IRS said it will be providing individual tax filing and payment extensions. Details will be announced Tuesday.

9:00 pm

Alex Jones conspiracy floated at presser

Alex Jones conspiracy floated at presser

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Earlier today, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones suggested that the bombing was a “false flag” to undermine civil liberties. A reporter from InfoWars asked law enforcement officials if they agree. Via @Travis Waldron:

8:55 pm

At least 3 dead

At least 3 dead

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Police Commissioner Edward Davis said that at least three people have died as a result of the explosions and promised to provide additional details tomorrow morning.

8:52 pm

FBI to lead the 'potential terrorist investigation'

FBI to lead the ‘potential terrorist investigation’

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced that the FBI has taken the lead in the investigation and said that Boston will have “heightened law enforcement presence” and conduct “random checks of backpacks” tomorrow. The FBI agent in charge described the matter as “a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation.”

8:39 pm

At least 5 other explosive devices found

At least 5 other explosive devices found

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UPDATE: Authorities have determined the devices were not bombs

Via WSJ:

8:29 pm

Police search for truck

Police search for truck

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CNN reports that law enforcement officials are searching for a Penske truck that tried to gain access to marathon route before blasts, but was reportedly turned away.

8:23 pm

U.K. front pages of the Boston bombing

U.K. front pages of the Boston bombing

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Via @suttonnick:

7:55 pm

Authorities questioning 'person of interest'

Authorities questioning ‘person of interest’

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At a Boston-area hospital, per the Boston Globe:

7:43 pm

Numerous children seriously injured

Numerous children seriously injured

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Via Reuters:

7:26 pm

Congress holds a moment of silence

Congress holds a moment of silence

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Congress held a moment of silence at 6:30 PM led by Rep. Michael Capuano, in whose district the bombings occurred. Flags around the Capitol have also been lowered to half-mast:

7:12 pm

Obama: Individuals responsible for bombing 'will feel the full weight of justice’

Obama: Individuals responsible for bombing ‘will feel the full weight of justice’

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Speaking at the White House press briefing room just hours after the explosions, Obama was careful not to characterize the attack and instead stressed that “we still do not know who did this or why and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.” A White House official added that the Boston explosions will be “approached as an act of terror.” Watch his remarks:

7:08 pm

What we know

What we know

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Two bombs — in two different locations — detonated next to the Boston Marathon finish line at 2:50 PM on Monday afternoon, about three hours after the winners crossed the line. The Boston Police Department estimates that two explosions, possibly detonated by a remote device, injured at least 100 people and killed two, including an 8-year-old. Police say no suspects are in custody, though they are “questioning many people.” Officials have described the devices as small homemade bombs.