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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Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man suspected of mailing letters containing ricin to lawmakers, on Tuesday was released from jail on bond, but the charges against him haven't been formally dismissed, his lawyer said.

His lawyer, Christi McCoy, told CNN that the conditions of the bond are sealed. She said Curtis was released to his family.

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to hold a news conference on the case at 6 p.m. ET, the Associated Press reported

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye is scheduled to address Congress on May 8, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced in a written statement Tuesday:

“It will be my honor to welcome President Park to the United States Capitol next month. Given the North Korean regime’s recent provocative actions, President Park’s address to Congress will serve as a vital and timely reminder that Americans and South Koreans will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to preserve our hopes for peace and freedom.”

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.

Read the full release here

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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."