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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 on Thursday at the dedication of former President George W. Bush's presidential library gave his predecessor a nod for the work he did on immigration reform. 

"We remember (Bush's) commitment to reaching across the aisle," Obama said in Dallas. "To unlikely allies like Teddy Kennedy, because he believed we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some. And that we have to repair a broken immigration system, and that this progress is only possible when we do it together. Now seven years ago, President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, and our economy, and our security, and for this incredible country that we love. And if we do that, it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of President George W. Bush."

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday at the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush's presidential library joked that the new building is the "latest grandest example of the eternal struggle of former President's to rewrite history."

Clinton called the building a "beautiful library."

The body of a man who was misidentified as a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been pulled from the Providence River, NBC affiliate WJAR reported on Thursday. Sunil Tripathi was a Brown University student. He had been missing for more than about a month, according to the report. After the FBI released photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tripathi was falsely identified as a suspect in the case. 

Only one gun was recovered from the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and it was apparently found at the site of the police shootout in Watertown, Mass., where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed, ABC News reported Wednesday. 

ABC News, along with the Associated Press and New York Times, reported that the younger suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was unarmed when he was arrested. As the AP reported, police claimed they engaged in gunfire with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev when he was found hiding in a boat.

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GOP strategist Frank Luntz went off the record before a group of college Republicans earlier this month at the University of Pennsylvania to discuss the negative impact he believes right-walk talk radio has had on the GOP, Mother Jones reported Thursday. 

"And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic," Luntz said of right-wing talk-radio programs, according to a recording of the event. Luntz added that talk radio has been especially damaging to Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform efforts.

"He's getting destroyed," Luntz said, "by Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy."

According to Mother Jones' piece, written by David Corn, Luntz asked the audience to allow him to speak off the record, prompting one college newspaper reporter to switch off his device. But another student, Aakash Abbi, captured the sound bite on his iPhone. 

Corn has built a reputation reporting on surreptitious recordings, starting with Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments and continuing with a secretly recorded Mitch McConnell campaign strategy meeting. 

Listen to the audio and read Corn's full piece here.

Former President George W. Bush has a message for the Republican Party: "You will exist in the future."

In an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday, Bush added that his brother Jeb Bush would make a great candidate in 2016. "He'd be a marvelous candidate, if he chooses to do so," Bush said, adding, "He doesn't need my counsel 'cause he knows what it is, which is 'run!'" 

Bush's comments about the GOP come at a time when the party is working to rebuild after losses in the 2012 election. The Republican National Committee in March released a post-mortem on the election, which concluded that the party needs to adopt a more inclusive tone. That message has hit a few speed bumps at the local level.

Bush has been on a media tour ahead of the opening of his presidential library in Dallas. Bush, President Obama and the other living U.S. Presidents are scheduled to attend the library's opening ceremony on Thursday.

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