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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 Tuesday in the Oval Office is briefed on the Boston Marathon bombings. From left, according to the White House, are: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser to the Vice President Jake Sullivan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and FBI Director Robert Mueller. 

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D) on Tuesday called on Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to apologize for urging caution on immigration reform in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

“Congressman King is cynically exploiting a national tragedy to sabotage the best chance at immigration reform we’ve seen in decades, and keep millions of patriotic immigrants from achieving citizenship," Espaillat said in a written statement. "He should apologize immediately to the hard-working, tax-paying immigrants that have come to our country to ensure a better life for their families."

In an interview with National Review Online, King brought up reports that a Saudi man has been questioned about the bombings. "If we can’t background check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background check the 11 to 20 million people that are here from who knows where," King said.

Espaillat represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, an area with a large Dominican population. 

Below is Espaillat's full statement:

“Congressman King is cynically exploiting a national tragedy to sabotage the best chance at immigration reform we’ve seen in decades, and keep millions of patriotic immigrants from achieving citizenship. He should apologize immediately to the hard-working, tax-paying immigrants that have come to our country to ensure a better life for their families.

 

Keeping the more than 11 million immigrants in the U.S. living in the shadows under our current broken system is not effective policy. 

 

Tragedies like the attack that occurred in Boston should bring us together, and remind us of how much we have in common regardless of our beliefs. But Congressman King has shamefully used this moment to demagogue the immigrant and Latino community at a time when we are on the cusp of achieving a major civil rights victory and reuniting families that have been split apart by our archaic immigration laws."

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A plaque marks a room in the U.S. Capitol dedicated to Gabe Zimmerman, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' outreach director, who was killed in the January 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. 

Giffords and Vice President Joe Biden are reportedly scheduled on Tuesday to attend a ceremony dedicating the room to the Zimmerman. 

The Boston Herald published the name of a roommate of the Saudi Arabia man whom police have questioned about the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Mohammed Hassan Bada, 20, told the paper that police spent five hours in their apartment, located in Revere, Mass., adding that he signed a piece of paper to let the authorities inside. He said he was scared and that police questioned him with an Arabic translator. Police took items from the apartment, Baba said.

The two men have a third roommate, another Saudi man, who is 19 years old and was traveling in New York at the time, Bada said, according to the report.

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President Obama on Tuesday ordered U.S. flags at public buildings and grounds to be flown at half-staff until April 20. Above is a flag at the White House, flown at half-staff. 

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama on Tuesday called the Boston Marathon bombings a "heinous and cowardly act" and said the FBI is investigating the incident as an act of terrorism. 

"Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror," Obama said at the White House.

Dr. George Velmahos, chief of trauma surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, told reporters on Tuesday that doctors have pulled pellets and nails out of Boston Marathon bombing victims. 

"I can't say what they are with certainty, but that's what it looked like," Velmahos said of the nails. He said the objects were consistent across victims' wounds. He said some victims had somewhere between 10 and 40 objects in their bodies.

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