The Federal Aviation Administration has created a no-fly zone over the explosion site at the Boston Marathon, the Associated Press reported:
The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in a statement Monday he is pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a hearing on immigration reform legislation from Wednesday to Friday.
Below is Rubio's full statement:
“The Judiciary Committee’s announcement that it will hold multiple hearings on the immigration bill is an encouraging development, and I will continue working with my Senate colleagues to schedule more hearings on this important legislation. As we go forward in this immigration debate, we need more openness and transparency that I firmly believe will only help improve this bill and earn the public’s confidence that it will truly establish the strongest border security and enforcement measures in U.S. history, modernize our immigration system to help create more jobs for Americans, and deal with our undocumented population in a tough but fair way.
“I am pleased that Chairman Leahy is also postponing this week’s immigration hearing to Friday, which provides additional time for senators and the American people to review the immigration bill being introduced this week. This extra time will give the American people and their senators a chance to better prepare for this first major opportunity to ask questions about the bill.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) was dealt another political blow on Monday after the Louisiana House of Representatives deferred on bills that would repeal the state's income tax, a major component of the governor's agenda, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Jindal pulled his tax plan, which would have eliminated the state's income and corporate taxes, last week after receiving withering criticism over the proposal. As the Times-Picayune reported, after Jindal dropped his own plan he tasked the legislature with coming up with alternative measures. But the state's House of Representatives answered the call with: not now.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement on Monday indicating that he will vote no on the background checks deal reached by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA):
“The Toomey-Manchin proposal, while well-intentioned, is not a solution to illegal gun violence. We already have major holes in the current National Instant Criminal Background (NICS) system. There are thousands of people who have been adjucated as a danger to themselves and others who are not currently in the NICS system. Additionally, in 2010 over 13,000 fugitives failed a background check yet less than 15 people were successfully prosecuted. Instead of expanding a broken background check system, let’s fix it.
“I have bipartisan legislation which would accomplish that goal. I hope the Senate will soon debate and approve my legislation.”
"Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough on Monday -- Tax Day in the U.S. -- launched into a rant against President Obama after it was revealed that the President paid an 18 percent tax rate.
"So a guy who I hear is worth $14 million is paying a tax rate far lower than what a teacher pays," Scarborough said, adding the President's "hypocrisy is mind-boggling."
"This President plays class warfare for a year and a half on the campaign trail," Scarborough added. "Let's keep this graphic up. He attacks Mitt Romney for paying a lower tax rate than school teachers, repeatedly. Democrats repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney for paying a lower tax rate than teachers, than Warren Buffet's (secretary) -- poor Warren Buffet's secretary, God help her, God bless her. And yet this President, after demagoguing this issue for a year and a half, pays an 18 percent tax rate, which, by the way, is half of the tax rate that I pay."
A Florida police officer who was fired for bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a training session has claimed that the targets were used as a no-shoot training tool, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
Port Canaveral, Fla. Police Sgt. Ron King on Saturday posted a video on YouTube explaining his side of the story.
"I am being accused of using a Trayvon Martin silhouette target for firearms training in a manner that is less than professional," King said near the beginning of the video. "I take these allegations seriously, and I find that others are accusing me of something that I just plain did not do."
King explained the nature of the targets in question.
"As a result of last year's Trayvon Martin shooting, a company offered for sale a target of a faceless silhouette wearing a hoodie, with its hands in its pockets, one of which was holding two objects," he said. "These objects in the hand were non-threatening, and the target was something that I viewed as an example of a no-shoot situation. While others have used it as a novelty, I view it as a tool for scenario-based firearms training. Although to date the targets have never been used, I did possess those targets for those training reasons."
James O'Keefe has come out in support of David Corn's reporting on a secretly recorded meeting of Mitch McConnell campaign aides. In a column for The Daily Beast, he also argued that laws concerning secret recordings could discourage whistleblowers from surfacing information in the public interest.
From O'Keefe's column, titled "James O’Keefe in Defense of Taping Mitch McConnell, and Everyone Else":
While the two young people who allegedly recorded McConnell, Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, may have overstepped the line this time, conservatives need to understand that the potential punishment they face is incommensurate with the crime under the present law. Raw and unfiltered recordings are the best tools we have to expose things as they really are. Last year John Fund referred to our video showing Eric Holder’s ballot to vote offered to a stranger as “cinema verité.” Now David Corn said of his McConnell tape, “No one needs to listen to me or any commentator to know what it means ... It’s all there ... It’s journalism verité.” As someone who shares David Corn’s vision of bringing veritas to the vulgate, or truth to the people, I wholeheartedly agree.
O'Keefe has faced scrutiny and made plenty of headlines for his secret recordings and antics, and he recounted his experience as an activist journalist in the piece. Read the whole thing here.