On Tuesday—the same day as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) chairs a congressional committee hearing on the Obama drone war—The Nation's Jeremy Scahill releases Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield. The book chronicles what Scahill dubs the "world battlefield": a physical and virtual collection of missions and special forces deployments that the general public knows little about. Enmeshed in his hard-line war reporting is a compelling personal narrative and comprehensive analysis that shocks: the counter-terrorism effort, Scahill says in the above interview, may be having the inverse effect. read more
A West, Texas, resident has filed what could be the first of many victim-led lawsuits against the owner of the fertilizer plant which exploded last week, killing 14 and injuring 200 people. Andrea Gutierrez, who lost her home and nearly all of her physical possessions in the explosion, is seeking damages from Adair Grain, Inc. as compensation for loss of property and "physical as well as emotional injuries," according to a statement from the firm representing her case.
Randy Roberts, Gutierrez's attorney, said that the explosion was almost certainly a result of Adair Grain's negligence. read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
1. Commander Chris Hadfield of the International Space Station releases videos informing Earthlings of the newest Space goings-on. Twitter fan Kathleen Elder alerted us to his latest: What happens when you're in space and you dip a wash cloth in water, and then try to wring it out? Watch to find out.
On Monday, the Justice Department announced that the suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings, Dhzokhar Tsarnaev, was charged with conspiring to use a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
Last Wednesday, Chris Hayes asked FBI veteran, Donald Borelli, how the FBI determines when a crime is terrorism. How, Chris inquired, do we distinguish between a crime like the one committed at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Boston Marathon Bombings? read more
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Boston bombing suspect Dhzokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, a charge which could carry the death penalty, the Justice Department announced. Three people were killed and over 170 injured in the twin explosions placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. He was also charged with malicious destruction of property. read more
In the past month, two major industrial accidents have changed the landscape of entire American towns. In late March, an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying tar sands oil ruptured in the small town of Mayflower, Ark., dumping tens of thousands of gallons of corrosive fossil fuel into a residential area. And last week, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, detonated, killing 14 people and destroying several buildings in the surrounding area. read more