What Happened at the Boston Marathon: Recap, Analysis, Opinions From Around the Blogosphere

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Boston Marathon bombs leave gaping questions: Who and why (San Jose Mercury News)
President Barack Obama was careful not to use the words “terror” or “terrorism” as he spoke at the White House Monday after the deadly bombings, but an administration official said the bombings were being treated as an act of terrorism. “We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” the president said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.” The FBI took charge of the investigation into the bombings, serving a warrant late Monday on a home in suburban Boston and appealing for any video, audio and still images taken by marathon spectators.

Barack Obama seriousBoston Marathon bombings: Security experts weigh in on potential culprits, motives (CBS News)
The FBI is leading a worldwide investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, checking all intelligence leads and possible informants, trying to find out who planted the bombs in Boston. They’ve been questioning one man who was said to be acting suspiciously at the scene, but no one has yet been identified as a suspect. Boston officials said Monday’s twin bombing attack came with no warning. Boston Commissioner Ed Davis said on Monday, “We talk about the threat picture all the time as we lead up to this particular event and we have no information that this was going to happen.”

Boston Marathon Bombing: Ben Affleck, Pink, Miley Cyrus React (MTV.com)
Oscar-winner Ben Affleck, who grew up in Boston and based two of his films, “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone,” there, wrote on his Facebook page, “Such a senseless and tragic day. My family and I send our love to our beloved and resilient Boston.” New Kids on the Block singer Joey McIntyre ran the marathon and said the bombs went off five minutes after he finished the race. “I’m OK, but I’m sure there are many hurt,” he tweeted, “I don’t know what to say. I feel for everybody involved with the Boston Marathon. My family is OK. I am OK. Gonna take a while to process.”

Pakistani Taliban deny role in Boston Marathon bombings (Fox News)
The Pakistani Taliban have denied any role in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three people and injured more than 140. The group’s spokesman, Ahsanullah Ahsan, denied involvement in a telephone call with The Associated Press on Tuesday. He spoke from an undisclosed location.

Barney Frank On Boston Marathon Bombings: ‘No Tax Cut Would Have Helped Us Deal With This’ (Huffington Post)
Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that the response to the Boston Marathon bombings made the case for a robust government. “In this terrible situation, let’s be very grateful that we had a well-funded, functioning government. It is very fashionable in America … to criticize government, to belittle public employees, talk about their pensions, talk about what people think is their excessive health care, here we saw government in two ways perform very well,” Frank said on CNN’s “Starting Point,” noting the cooperation between state, local and federal authorities. “No tax cut would…

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