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Trending In Our News Feeds FBI continues search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The FBI continues to search for a culprit in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, but has yet to identify a suspect in the case. Investigators revealed Tuesday that the bombs appear to have been made from pressure cookers filled with nails and ball bearings. The simple design could imply the work of an amateur bomb maker, or an international terrorist organization. Al-Qaeda has used similar devices in bombings in many countries. The FBI has asked the public to report any information they may have on the identity of the attackers. They have received over 2,000 tips and are relying on crowdsourced surveillance provided by Marathon spectators’ cellphone photos, Vine videos, and Instagram feeds.
 
Authorities have identified the three people killed in the blast as 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Cambell, and Lu Lingzi, a BU graduate student from China. Several hundred mourners gathered in Boston Commons yesterday to remember the victims silently, with candles and flowers. China flooded the Internet with thousands of messages in remembrance of Lu Lingzi.
 
Meanwhile, tremendous acts of heroism and gestures of kindness toward the people of Boston continue. In a speech in the Press Briefing Room, President Obama paid tribute to the “Exhausted runners ... [who] kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood.” The New York Yankees honored the victims by playing Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and displaying a ribbon on the scoreboard with the words: “New York stands with Boston… Pray for Boston.” Boston College students have organized a five-mile solidarity walk for the thousands of runners who did not finish the marathon.
 
Poisoned letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker. An envelope sent to Senator Roger Wicker tested positive for the toxic substance ricin on Tuesday evening. The incident recalls the anthrax scare of 2001. Senator Claire McCaskill said a suspect has been identified, an individual who frequently writes to politicians. Authorities closed the Senate mail facility for more testing and the FBI is leading an ongoing investigation.
 
Senate to finally vote on gun laws. The Senate will vote on as many as nine gun rights amendments this afternoon. Democrat-supported measures include an expanded background check measure and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Republican Senators hope to pass amendments that would make it easier for veterans to buy a gun and keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill. POLITICO brings you all 844 pages of the gun bill.
 
Gang of Eight releases outline of landmark immigration bill. The Senate’s Gang of Eight have released a 17-page outline of their landmark immigration reform bill. The Washington Post summarizes the most important provisions in the bill, which include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and standards for increased border control. The New York Times has the inside story on how cheese pizza helped eight senators cross the aisle to work on immigration reform.
 
The Iron Lady is laid to rest. Britain held an elaborate funeral service for Margaret Thatcher today in St. Paul’s Cathedral. 2,000 officials from around the world attended the service as some Londoners protested the funeral. The Guardian reports that you could put 1,200 students through a year of college with the 10 million pounds spent on Thatcher’s funeral.
 
Protests in Venezuela kill seven. Protests have erupted in Venezuela following the election of Nicólas Maduro, killing at least seven. Maduro and his election opponent Henrique Capriles blame each other for the deaths, while Maduro claims that the U.S. started the violence.
 
FBI accuses wealthy art dealer of stealing millions. FBI agents raided the flagship gallery of the wealthy Nahmad family yesterday in relation to an investigation of a massive gambling and money-laundering scheme. The FBI accuses Hillel Nahmad of running a multi-million dollar gambling ring in the U.S. The investigation accuses 34 alleged criminals of laundering over $100 million.
 
Status Updates Get to know PolicyMic’s rockstar developer, Anthony Sessa! PolicyMic’s Lead Developer Anthony tells you the national security secrets he learned with the State Department, his opinion of the “Anonymous” hacking group, and describes what it takes to program a site like PolicyMic. Read the entire interview, here.
 
Learn how to go viral with our “Feminist Writing Skillshare.” PolicyMic is launching an eight-week program to teach you how to write powerful op-eds, build an online brand with social media, and hold smart conversations about politics, sexuality, and gender. Feminism and gender editor Sam Meier and viral rockstar Liz Plank will help you develop a portfolio of work and hone your writing skills. Find out how to apply, here.
 
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Must Reads From PolicyMic How I Will Respond to the Terrorists Who Almost Killed My Mother (Michael Aaron McKenna Miller, @mckennamiller) – A level-headed response to the terrorists who detonated two bombs during the Boston Marathon, from a man affected by the violence.
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5 Acts Of Kindness From Boston That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity (Elizabeth Plank, @feministabulous) – It is an unfortunate rule that tragedies tend to bring out the best in us. Here are five examples from yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
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We Will Keep Running (Shanthi Marie Blanchard) – The Boston marathon bombing was an attack against the entire long-distance running community. But we will will run through this: long-distance runners always find a way to cross the finish line.
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This is What Women See When Asked to Describe Their Beauty (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayres) – Doves’ new ad campaign provides a startling look at just how negatively women view themselves. Isn’t it about time we cut ourselves some slack?
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3 Reasons You Shouldn't Go to the College Of Your Dreams (Justin Douglas, @JMikeDoug) – Your dream college may not actually be for you. Here are three reasons you should consider other schools, as well.
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What We’re SharingWhat it means to bomb a marathon (The New Yorker).
 
A reporter at the scene tells you what it was like to photograph the Boston bombing (TIME).
 
Why it is useless to come up with conspiracy theories about the bombing (Slate).
 
Innocent until proven Muslim: Twitter’s rampant Islamaphobia after Boston (Mondoweiss).
 
Meet the 27 most impressive students at Harvard Business School (Business Insider).
 
See New York’s income inequality problem by taking a ride on the subway (New Yorker).
 
To get more hours out of your day, look at something awesome (Quartz).
 
Speaking of awesome, these photos of turbo-charged vintage cars are damn cool (Wired).
 
Think you could build a bike that goes 100 mph? (NPR)
 
Bitcoin is everywhere: You can pay for your online dating profile with digital money (Forbes).
 
DessertThe Onion slams the New York Post: “This is a tragedy, does it matter how many people died?”
 
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