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 Republican Party has an "outside chance" of taking control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections, Karl Rove wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published online Wednesday. 

But it will depend on quality candidates and quality campaigns, Rove wrote, reminding readers of the failed campaigns of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. 

"2014 represents a great opportunity for Republicans: they'd better not let it get away," Rove wrote.

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President Obama is set to nominate Penny Pritzker as his administration's next commerce secretary and Michael Froman as U.S. trade representative, according to a White House official. Obama is scheduled to announce the nominations at 10 a.m. ET Thursday at the White House before leaving for Mexico.

President Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto are scheduled to hold a press conference at 4:10 p.m. ET Thursday in at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, according to the White House.  

Obama is traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica over a three-day trip to focus on America's economic ties to the region, according to ABC News.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a discussion on gun control at 1 p.m. ET Thursday at the White House, according to the VP's schedule. Law enforcement officials are expected to join Biden, according to the White House.

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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney acknowledged on Wednesday that he has seen reports of new arrests in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, but told reporters that he doesn't have any additional information on the matter. "I have to refer you to the FBI and local law enforcement," Carney said. 

Carney said he doesn't know whether Obama has been briefed on the arrests, adding that the President is updated regularly on the investigation. 

While investigators have not yet publicly revealed the alleged conduct of the three new suspects arrested in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, they are focusing on whether the three aided accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to NBC News' Pete Williams.

Williams reported on Wednesday that the suspects were roomates of Tsarnaev. Two of the roommates were already in custody related to immigration violations and the third was arrested Wednesday morning, according to Williams.

"The question is whether they helped to take things out of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room after the bombing," Williams said on-air, according to a rush transcript. "Now, no one is saying at this point that they have knowledge of the bombing in advance. That's been the big question. We'll probably learn more about the answer to that question later today when these charges are made public."

CBS News reported that the suspects were arrested for allegedly "harboring or aiding the two brothers" after the bombing. According to CBS, federal charges are pending.

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Massachusetts Republican Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez said Wednesday on MSNBC that he would have voted in favor of expanding background checks for gun purchases had he been in the Senate at the time. 

MSNBC host Chuck Todd asked how Gomez would vote on issues like a ban on assault weapons or limits on high-capacity magazines. Gomez said he is not sold on those issues. 

"Chuck, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment," Gomez said. "And I think I have a pretty unique perspective having been a SEAL and firing all these weapons, and I don't believe that we need an assault weapons ban or to limit rounds in a high capacity magazine."

Gomez reiterated his support for expanding background checks, as proposed by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). 

The senate voted down the bill in mid-April. Since then, senators who opposed the legislation have seen their poll numbers plummet.  

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The father of one of the men featured on the New York Post's infamous "Bag Men" front page, which painted the men as persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing, is considering his legal options, according to the Washington Post.

On April 18, the New York Post's front page showed two men carrying bags under the headline, "BAG MEN." A smaller headline read, "Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon."

"A lot of people, they tell me that’s your right to sue them,” El Houssein Barhoum, the father of Salah Barhoum, told the Post in an article published on Tuesday. “I will give him my case and he will study it.”

According to Barhoum, the publication of the paper's front page has taken a toll on his son:

Should the family file a civil complaint, it’ll surely address the upheaval that the New York Post has helped bring to the Barhoum household. The son in the photo, Salah Barhoum, a 16-year-old track athlete (other accounts say he’s 17), sleeps one or two hours per night these days, says El Houssein Barhoum, and sometimes “refuses to go to school.” “He says, ‘I don’t want people to ask me a lot of questions,’ ” the father reports.

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After making a hostile debut in the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz (R-TX) has set his sights on a higher office, according to National Review's Robert Costa

Citing "friends and confidants," National Review reported on Wednesday that Cruz is considering a run for president:

Cruz won’t talk about it publicly, and even privately he’s cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions. But his interest is undeniable.

The senator is never quoted in the piece, but a number of supporters spoke enthusiastically of his prospects.

Cruz has recently been in the headlines for going after his own party. After taking heat from GOP colleagues over his gun control filibuster threat, the conservative firebrand called Republicans "squishes." The line prompted conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin to call on the senator to apologize to his fellow Republicans.

Read more on Cruz's presidential prospects here.

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