Thursday’s Mini-Report

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Today’s edition of quick hits:

* The FBI released some important information and images this afternoon as part of the Boston investigation.

* The AP reports this afternoon that lab tests confirm the presence of ricin in the letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The suspected mailer, Paul Kevin Curtis, was formally charged by federal officials today.

* National Review, a conservative magazine, blasted Gabrielle Giffords’ New York Times op-ed as “childish” and “an embarrassment.” Take a look at the piece for yourself and see if you agree.

* Oh, New York Post, maybe you should go enjoy a little quiet time for a while.

* CISPA passed, 288 to 127: “Pro-business legislation aimed at helping companies fend off sophisticated foreign hackers sailed through the House on Thursday despite a White House veto threat and an outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups that say it leaves Americans vulnerable to spying by the military.”

* Keep a close eye on this: “Britain and France have informed the United Nations that there is credible evidence that Syria used chemical weapons on more than one occasion since December, according to senior diplomats and officials briefed on the accounts.”

* Texas: “A former justice of the peace who had come under increasing suspicion in recent weeks was charged on Thursday with the revenge killings of the Kaufman County district attorney and a chief aide, who had successfully prosecuted the man for burglary and theft last year.”

* Pakistan: “In his latest setback since returning from exile last month, the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf quickly fled a courtroom on Thursday after a judge revoked his bail and ordered his arrest.”

* In case you’re considering relocating, pack for a long trip: “Astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler planet-finding spacecraft said Thursday that they had found the most Earth-like worlds yet known in the outer cosmos, a pair of planets that appear capable of supporting life and that orbit a star 1,200 light-years from here in the constellation Lyra.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

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Thursday's Mini-Report

Updated