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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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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After first reporting that a suspect in the investigation of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had been arrested, and then walking back that report, CNN has explained the evolution in a statement to TPM:

“CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings.  As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting.”

CNN issued a correction on its Facebook page, but it was not clear whether a correction was posted anywhere on the network's website. 

HuffPost's Michael Calderone was first to report CNN's statement.

Watch a video of CNN's reporting over the course of the story:


This post has been updated.

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Following statements from the Boston Police Department and U.S. Attorney's office, the FBI said on Wednesday that no arrest has been made in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings: 

Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.

There were conflicting reports Wednesday afternoon about whether officials had made an arrest in the investigation of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. 

CNN was first to report that an arrest had been made, citing anonymous law enforcement sources. NBC News then cut in with a report saying that no arrest has been made.

Boston TV station WCVB reported that an arrest "is imminent or may have already taken place." Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that a suspect was in custody and expected to be brought to federal court. 

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Boston TV station WCVB reported Wednesday that an arrest in the investigation of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings "is imminent or may have already taken place."

WCVB's report comes moments after the Boston Globe and CNN reported that authorities believe they have an image of a suspect in the bombings. 

Late update: The Associated Press reported that an arrest is imminent.


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Jon Stewart on Tuesday opened his show on a somber note, reflecting on the Boston Marathon blasts that have killed three people and wounded more than 170 others.

"I'm just going to say this to Boston: Thank you," Stewart said. "Thank you for once again, in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my believe in humanity and the people of this country. So thank you for everything that you've done. An amazing -- it's quite a little city you've got going."

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A suspicious letter has been found at Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix, Ariz. office, KTAR reported Wednesday, adding that Phoenix police are investigating the matter. 

A suspicious letter addressed to President Obama was intercepted on Tuesday at an offsite mail facility. Another suspicious letter addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) was also intercepted on Tuesday. Both letters have tested positive for ricin.