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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Obama is scheduled to speak at 10:15 a.m. ET Friday at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, according to the White House's public schedule.

Later in the day, Obama is set to travel to Costa Rica. Obama is scheduled to hold a press conference with President Laura Chinchilla later in the evening.

David Corn's reporting on Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" comments has received another journalism prize. Mother Jones took home a National Magazine Award on Thursday in the video category.

In a written statement, Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery said: "To be recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors in this way is an incredible honor."

The 2012 campaign-defining scoop won Corn a George Polk award in February.

Read Corn's story and see the video here

Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beast's Washington bureau chief, has left the company, editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced on Twitter Thursday. Daily Beast spokesman Andrew Kirk confirmed the news to TPM and forwarded Brown's memo to staff on the news:

“The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. Under the direction of our newly named political director John Avlon we have added new momentum and authority to our Washington bureau with columnists such as Jon Favreau, Joshua Dubois and Stuart Stevens joining our outstanding DC team of Eleanor Clift, Daniel Klaidman, Michael Tomasky, Eli Lake, David Frum and Michelle Cottle - giving us one of the best politics teams in the business which was instrumental in this week’s Webby win for Best News site.”  

Politico first reported news of Kurtz's ouster. Kurtz, a media critic for The Daily Beast and other news organizations, came under fire on Wednesday over a blog post in which he wrote that NBA player Jason Collins, who recently came out as gay, failed to mention he was once engaged. Collins did, in fact, disclose that detail in his announcement, and The Daily Beast has retracted the piece. 

"The piece contained several errors, resulting in a misleading characterization of NBA player Collins and the story he co-wrote in Sports Illustrated in which he came out as gay," The Daily Beast wrote in its retraction, adding that the site "sincerely regrets Kurtz’s error—and any implication that Collins attempted to hide or obscure the engagement."

After two Kazakhstan citizens were charged in the Boston Marathon bombing case, the country's foreign ministry said it is cooperating with the U.S. in the investigation, Reuters reported

Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, friends of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were charged on Wednesday in connection to the case. Accounting to the criminal complaint, Tazhayakov and Kadyrbayev have been accused of "knowingly destroying, concealing, and covering up" items belonging to Tsarnaev "with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence" the investigation. 

"We would like to emphasize that our citizens did not receive charges of involvement in the organization of Boston marathon bombings," the foreign ministry said in a written statement posted online. "They were charged with destroying evidence."

The statement continued:

At present, our citizens receive the necessary consular assistance. Their guilt has not been proven and the investigation is ongoing. Both Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov cooperate with the investigative bodies and provide them assistance.

 

As we have repeatedly stressed, Kazakhstan strongly condemns any form of terrorism. The Kazakhstan side is cooperating with the U.S. law enforcement bodies in their investigation. 

 Read more here.

The Republican Party has an "outside chance" of taking control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, Karl Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published online Wednesday. 

But it will depend on quality candidates and quality campaigns, Rove wrote, reminding readers of the failed campaigns of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. 

"2014 represents a great opportunity for Republicans: they'd better not let it get away," Rove wrote.

Read the piece here.

President Obama is set to nominate Penny Pritzker as his administration's next commerce secretary and Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative, according to a White House official. Obama is scheduled to announce the nominations at 10 a.m. ET Thursday at the White House before leaving for Mexico.

President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto are scheduled to hold a press conference at 4:10 p.m. ET Thursday in at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, according to the White House.  

Obama is traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica over a three-day trip to focus on America's economic ties to the region, according to ABC News.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a discussion on gun control at 1 p.m. ET Thursday at the White House, according to the VP's schedule. Law enforcement officials are expected to join Biden, according to the White House.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged on Wednesday that he has seen reports of new arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, but told reporters that he doesn't have any additional information on the matter. "I have to refer you to the FBI and local law enforcement," Carney said. 

Carney said he doesn't know whether Obama has been briefed on the arrests, adding that the President is updated regularly on the investigation. 

While investigators have not yet publicly revealed the alleged conduct of the three new suspects arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, they are focusing on whether the three aided accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to NBC News' Pete Williams.

Williams reported on Wednesday that the suspects were roomates of Tsarnaev. Two of the roommates were already in custody related to immigration violations and the third was arrested Wednesday morning, according to Williams.

"The question is whether they helped to take things out of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room after the bombing," Williams said on-air, according to a rush transcript. "Now, no one is saying at this point that they have knowledge of the bombing in advance. That's been the big question. We'll probably learn more about the answer to that question later today when these charges are made public."

CBS News reported that the suspects were arrested for allegedly "harboring or aiding the two brothers" after the bombing. According to CBS, federal charges are pending.

This post has been updated.

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