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 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.

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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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President Obama on Wednesday at a Democratic fundraiser in Dallas applauded former President George W. Bush on the eve of the opening of his presidential library. 

"I’m really looking forward to attending the Bush library opening tomorrow," Obama said, according to a White House pool report. "One of the things I will insist upon is whatever our political differences, President Bush loves this country and loves its people and shares that same concern, and was concerned about all people in America, not just those who voted Republican. I think that’s true about him and I think that’s true about most of us.”

Obama also promised to continue his charm offensive aimed at Republicans. "Occasionally I may make some of you angry because I’m going to reach out to Republicans and I’m going to keep on doing it,” Obama said, according to the report. “Even if some of you think I’m a sap, I’m going to keep on doing it because that’s what I think the country needs.”

Obama delivered remarks at a fundraiser held at the home of Naomi Aberly. Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative and former Dallas mayor, was in attendance, according to the report. 

President Obama is scheduled to speak on Thursday at Bush's presidential library opening and also at a memorial service for victims of the Waco, Texas fertilizer plant blast. 

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Soledad O'Brien, who most recently hosted "Starting Point" on CNN, has been named a distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, the university said in a written statement Wednesday. 

"At HGSE, O’Brien will explore a wide variety of topics related to public education in America – including the influence of income on educational equality, the role of gender specific education, and efforts to overcome racial and ethnic achievement gaps in education," the university said in its statement. 

O'Brien left the early morning slot at CNN last month. She has said she will continue to produce documentary programs for the network. 

h/t HuffPost.

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New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Wednesday that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects planned to come to New York to "party," not carry out additional attacks, according to NBC News.

CBS News reported earlier this week that the man whose SUV was allegedly hijacked by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said the brothers mentioned Manhattan during the incident.