1. The Boston Marathon bombings might have suspended your faith in humanity. This anecdote will bring it back: A group of soldiers dressed in full combat uniforms -who had already completed the Boston Marathon earlier in the day- ran right into the action, aiding victims, pulling off debris, assisting medics and saving lives. Read about this heroic act at Mother Jones and the New York Times.
2. Twitter fan Schuyler Hill alerted us to "Run For Boston," an active spreadsheet encouraging solidarity with the effected Boston Marathoners through simple act of running. read more
Wednesday is the third day in the ongoing investigation into uncovering who is behind the Boston Marathon bombings. We know that 62 people still remain in the hospital, 12 of those in critical condition. Right now, contrary to earlier reports, federal law enforcement authorities say they do not know the identity of the person or persons involved in the attack, which killed three people. On Wednesday night, host Chris Hayes asks the question: What happens when someone is apprehended? Will the identity of the bomber(s) impact the way we describe and govern the incident? read more
The immigration reform package introduced on Wednesday by the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight has received a positive but hedged welcome from pro-reform activist groups. While immigrant justice organizations and labor unions have applauded the Gang of Eight for proposing a path to full citizenship, many voiced concerns over a provision that would make citizenship contingent on increased border security. read more
A report released Tuesday finds that many of the interrogation techniques United States forces used on detainees during the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama constitute torture. read more
Economists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are calling one of the most influential examples of the empirical research behind the push for austerity as a way to bring down the debt into question. On Monday, UM-Amherst's Political Economy Research Institute came out a report finding "serious errors" in a study cited by both Republicans and Democrats alike to justify aggressive debt-reduction programs. read more
In a 2006 PBS interview, Charlie Rose asked Rupert Murdoch about his relationship with former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose funeral is being held today. Rose questioned the timely dilution of labor's power under Thatcher's tenure, which coincided with the expansion of Murdoch's hold in Britain's news businesses. read more
In the aftermath of Monday's attack on the Boston Marathon, anxious citizens in towns and cities across the country have called in reports of suspicious packages to their local police departments.
Thus far, it does not appear that any of the identified packages in fact posed any immediate danger to people in the surrounding area. Suspicious packages have been reported in New York, N.Y.; Cambridge, Mass.; Cincinnati, Oh.; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles County, Calif.; Newark, N.J.; Seattle, Wash.; and Allentown, Penn., among other localities. read more
After two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon today, many marathoners and spectators are both left without a place to stay and unable to get in touch with friends and family. Please use the following links to find your friends and loved ones and or a safe place to stay in the Boston area.
If you or anyone you know is displaced by the events at today's Boston Marathon fill out this form for a place to stay: http://bit.ly/ZwDLxW read more
Updated Tuesday, 10:42 AM
In the aftermath of the two explosions which occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday, President Obama, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and other public officials expressed their condolences to the victims and described the government's response to the attack. Below are excerpts from their public statements. read more
This year, the U.S. government will again fail to collect billions of dollars in taxes from corporations and wealthy individuals who have moved their income into tax havens. And the United States won't be alone; in fact, as much as $20 trillion could be squirreled away in offshore tax shelters around the world. read more