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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The Associated Press' Twitter account on Tuesday was compromised and posted a message claiming two explosions at the White House had injured President Obama.

AP reporter Sam Hananel quickly posted on Twitter that the news organization's main feed had been hacked.


The AP's corporate communications account called the explosions tweet "bogus."


And the AP's other accounts said the news organization is working on the issue. 


The AP's main Twitter account, which has nearly 2 million followers, appears to be suspended. The Associated Press did not immediately respond to TPM's requests for comment. 

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Jon Stewart on Monday continued to savage CNN in the wake of the network's erroneous reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

Last week, CNN reported that an arrest had been made in the case, an apparent scoop that soon proved to be premature. Other news outlets, including the Associated Press and Boston Globe, filed similar reports. After that, CNN transitioned to reporting that it had no idea what was going on, Stewart said.

"It's a much more responsible way of broadcasting than your usual 'say it first and have Anderson Cooper correct it later,'" Stewart said.

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Two unlikely speakers are scheduled to address Mitt Romney's June retreat: former Obama adviser David Axelrod and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  

The Boston Globe obtained an announcement listing the scheduled speakers, which include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and others. Romney reportedly wrote in the announcement, "As I indicated in your invitation, I have drawn speakers from government and business to identify key opportunities ahead. And I have made sure to invite presenters from both sides of the aisle.”

The retreat for the former presidential nominee's donors is scheduled to be held in Park City, Utah and carries a $5,000 price tag, according to Politico.

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National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Collins released the following statement on news that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) will not seek re-election in 2014:

“Just days after calling ObamaCare a 'train wreck,' its architect Max Baucus waved the white flag rather than face voters. ObamaCare has gone from being an ‘abstract’ discussion to a real life pain for workers and families, which has Democratic candidates like Bruce Braley, Mark Pryor, Mark Begich and Kay Hagan backpedaling. Vulnerable Democrats will face voters just as ObamaCare's tax hikes, mandates, fees, penalties, and red tape bureaucracy take shape over the next eight months, and Senator Baucus' retirement reflects that political reality. The 2014 electoral map is in free–fall for Democrats, who were already facing a daunting challenge."

President Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote address on April 25 at Planned Parenthood's annual gala dinner, the organization announced Tuesday. Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards said in a written statement, "President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights."

The event will honor Ruth K. Westheimer, "Girls" creator Lena Dunham and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform that the U.S. will learn lessons from the Boston Marathon bombings and apply those lessons to prevent future attacks. 

"We will learn lessons from this attack, just as we have from past instances of terrorism and violent extremism" Napolitano said. "We will apply those; we will emerge even stronger. In this case, law enforcement at all levels joined together and shared knowledge, expertise and resources. Many had been specifically trained in improvised explosive device threats, and many had exercised for this very type of scenario. The response was swift, effective and, in many ways, will serve as a model for the future. I think the people of Boston and the greater Boston area showed tremendous resilience over the past week, and so did America."

A 15-year-old boy identified as Conelius German was found shot dead Monday night near President Obama's Chicago home, the Chicago Sun-Times reported early Tuesday. 

Police said the boy was affiliated with a gang, according to the report. First lady Michelle Obama recently spoke about gun violence in Chicago, recalling the shooting death of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who performed in Obama's second inauguration ceremony and was later shot and killed in Chicago.

President Obama on Monday spoke to FBI Special Agent Richard Deslauriers and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, thanking them and other officials for their work investigating the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a readout of the President's calls released by the White House. 

Below is the full statement from the White House:

Today, the President placed calls to FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Deslauriers and Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis to express his appreciation to the men and women of the Boston Field Office, Boston Police Department, and all the members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The President hailed the professionalism and bravery demonstrated by officers since Monday, and praised the impressive coordination between these federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies who together were able to bring this chapter of this tragedy to a close. While the President acknowledged there is still much work ahead, he thanked Special Agent in Charge Deslauriers and Commissioner Davis for their leadership and told them that the law enforcement officials, the citizens of Boston, and all affected by this tragedy were in his thoughts and prayers.

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