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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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday ordered flags at public buildings to be flown at half-staff on Thursday in response to the Boston Marathon bombings.

President Obama on Tuesday ordered that flags on public buildings and grounds be flown at half-staff until April 20.

Federal prosecutors are preparing more search warrants in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings, and those warrants could be issued as early as Wednesday, NBC News' Michael Isikoff reported Wednesday on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown."

Isikoff also reported that FBI agents and police are expected to visit stores in the Boston area to investigate the origin of pressure cookers and black bags that were allegedly used in the bombings.

Law enforcement officials on Monday searched an apartment in Revere, Mass., the home of a Saudi national who had been questioned about the bombings. The man, who has not been identified, has been cleared as a suspect. 

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Dr. Peter Burke, chief of trauma services at Boston Medical Center, told reporters on Wednesday that the two patients remain in critical condition at the hospital, including a five-year-old boy. 

Burke said the hospital received around 10 or 11 critical patients after the marathon blasts. In addition to the two critical patients, 10 are in serious condition and seven are in fair condition, Burke said. The patients' ages range from 5 to 78, Burke said.

"Most patients are making good progress through the process," Burke said. 

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The National Rifle Association has released a new web ad, asserting that America's police disagree with President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on gun control. 

"Seventy-one percent of police say Obama's gun ban will have zero effect on violent crime," the ad said, citing a poll from policeone.com. "Eighty percent of police say more background checks will have no effect. Ninety-one percent say the right answer is swift prosecution and mandatory sentencing. Tell your senator to listen to America's police instead of listening to Obama and Bloomberg."

CNN reported that the NRA is spending $500,000 to place the ad on websites like the Drudge Report, The Washington Post and Hulu. The ad was posted online Tuesday.

The Senate on Wednesday is set to vote on background checks legislation introduced by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). Toomey conceded to NBC that the bill doesn't yet have the votes. 

Watch the ad: 

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Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. ET Wednesday to join U.S. mayors in a Google Hangout focused on gun violence, the White House announced. 

Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Oak Creek, Wis. Mayor Steve Scaffidi will join Biden, according to the White House. 

President Obama received another overnight briefing on the FBI's investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a White House official. Obama is scheduled to receive a briefing Wednesday morning from Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Muller, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and others. 

For reasons that are not known, a woman stripped down to her underwear on Tuesday outside the South Carolina Statehouse and sauntered toward a press conference on an anti-littering campaign, WISTV reported

As the woman was being handcuffed, a man speaking at the press conference said, "you've got littering of all shapes and sizes, I can tell you right now" -- an apparent reference to the woman's clothes on the ground. 

The woman, identified as Monica Dixon, was charged with disorderly conduct, according to the report.

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h/t BuzzFeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro.

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Texas' Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott on Monday warned a GOP crowd in Waco, Texas that Democrats pose a greater threat to the Lone Star State than North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un. 

From the Waco Tribune-Herald:

Abbott also weighed in on Battleground Texas, a group formed by veterans of Obama’s presidential campaigns hoping to make Democrats more competitive in Texas, where the party hasn’t won a statewide election in nearly two decades.

 

“One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons,” Abbott said. “The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.”

h/t The Dallas Morning News.

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