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Morning Round-Up 4/18

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?…But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands!” Psalms 10:1, Psalms 10:14

Article of the Day: What was going on at the Texas fertilizer factory before it exploded?  

Morning Headlines


  1. Texas Plant Explosion
    1. AP–5 to 15 People Killed in Texas Explosion
    2. NYT–Huge Blast At Texas Fertilizer Plant Kills at Least 5 People
    3. Reuters–Up to 15 killed in Texas fertilizer plant explosion
    4. WSJ—Fertilizer-Plant Blast Kills Five to 15 in Texas
    5. WaPo—Fertilizer plant explosion injures at least 160 in Central Texas; 5 to 15 feared dead 

Associated Press

  1. Image Leads to Hunt for Boston Bombing Suspect
  2. Miss. Man Arrested for Mailing Suspected Ricin 

New York Times

  1. Suspicions in Boston Attack Turn to Man Seen in Videos
  2. Senate Blocks Drive for Gun Control  (4/18)


  1. Gang of Eight aims to stop conservative attacks
  2. Obama’s biggest loss  
  3. No amnesty: Marco Rubio’s toughest crowd


  1. FBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin letter case
  2. Obama to visit Boston amid search for suspect seen on video 

Wall Street Journal

  1. Video Provides Clues to Bomber (4/17)
  2. Senate Scuttles Gun Limits (4/17)
  3. Labor Pick Faces Backlash Over His Aggressive Record (4/17)

Washington Post

1. Gun control overhaul is defeated in Senate (4/17)

2. Boston marathon bombings: Investigators zero in on possible suspect


Associated Press

  1. Pakistan’s Musharraf On the Run After Arrest Order
  2. Options Narrow For Venezuelan Opposition
  3. Syrian Rebels Capture Parts of Army Base in Homs 

New York Times

  1. More Children in Greece Are Going Hungry (4/17)
  2. Top Obama Officials Differ on Syrian Rebels in Testimony to Congress  
  3. Europeans Step Toward Easing Syria Oil Exports (4/17) 


  1. North Korea demands end of sanctions if U.S. wants dialogue
  2. Pakistan’s Musharraf flees court as judges order his arrest
  3. Taliban in Qatar see no early peace talks with U.S.: sources 

Wall Street Journal

  1. Musharraf Flees as Court Orders Arrest
  2. Emerging Markets Put Stimulus Fears on G-20
  3. German Parliament Approves Bailout for Cyprus

Washington Post

  1. Venezuelans are polarized in post-election crisis
  2. North Korea hints at willingness for talks, despite ongoing rhetoric  
  3. Kerry, lawmakers have testy exchanges on Benghazi (4/17)

Top Conservative Stories of the Day: 


  1. Obama Rages Over Gun Deal Collapse (4/17)
  2. Terrorism Expert: Saudi National Questioned Over Boston Bombs To Be Deported (4/17)
  3. Welfare Programs Now One-Sixth of Federal Budget (4/17)

The Daily Caller  

  1. House lawmakers call on ABC, NBC, CBS to explain media’s Gosnell, Planned Parenthood ‘blackout’ (4/17)
  2. Economist: Immigration reform can revive U.S. economy (4/17) 

Hot Air

            1. Report: 60-70 dead in Texas fertilizer plant explosion; Update: 5-15 dead, 160 injured  

National Review

  1. Violating Immigration Law—by Executive Command—in Texas
  2. Gun Controllers: Wide of the Mark (4/17) 

Washington Free Beacon

  1. Going Into Labor: Perez expected to be grilled by Republican senators
  2. Resetting the Bar: Special Operations Forces reexamining standards as women ready to join ranks

The Weekly Standard

            1. A Media Smear

Top Liberal Stories of the Day:

The Daily Beast

  1. A Shameful Day in the Senate
  2. Mark Sanford Ditched by NRCC, but Counting Him Out Would Be Unwise
  3. The Republican Pitch to Latinos: Too Little, Too Late 

Huffington Post

  1. Obama Gun Policy Agenda Comes to Maddening End (4/17)
  2. Republicans See Party Future On The Line As Immigration Debate Heats Up (4/17)

Talking Points Memo

  1. Juxtaposition


            1. Oklahoma Congressman: ExxonMobil ‘Should Be Patted On Back’ For Arkansas Oil Spill (4/17)


WaPo—House Republicans had to bail on Mark Sanford. But they may still get the last laugh.  

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