Trending In Our News Feeds – 3 more suspects charged in Boston investigation. Authorities arrested and charged three more suspects with hindering the FBI’s investigation into the Boston bombing case on Wednesday. The suspects — Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, and Robel Phillipos — are college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The FBI claims they knowingly hid incriminating evidence by throwing Dzhokhar’s backpack and laptop in a landfill. The AP details the entire FBI report.
In another major development in the case, criminal defense lawyer Judy Clarke officially joined Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s legal team on Monday. Clarke is known for helping high-profile clients like the Unabomber and Jared Loughner avoid the death penalty. CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin predicts Clarke will try to cut deals with the FBI and humanize Dzhokhar in the eyes of the public to help him avoid the death penalty. Toobin says, “I cannot tell you what a legend Judy Clarke is in the United States legal system.” Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports the father of the Arab Boston high school student who was depicted as a “bag man” by the New York Post may take legal action against the paper. El Houssein Barhoum says his son cannot sleep for more than a couple hours a night and refuses to go to school.
Obama visits Mexico in support of immigration reform. President Obama meets with President Enrique Pena Nieto today and will try to gain support for immigration reform in the U.S. by emphasizing the benefits of increased economic partnership with Mexico. Researchers associate a weak Mexican economy with high rates of illegal immigration to the U.S. Obama will also likely try to ensure Mexico’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Paternership (TPP). The TPP would create a free-trade bloc across the Pacific that would benefit both the Mexican and U.S. economies.
Economic partnership has played a contentious role in the North American immigration debate for the last 20 years. Critics argue that the 1994 North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) hurt the Mexican economy by putting Mexican business in direct competition with their U.S. counterparts. PolicyMic pundit Kat Robinson also claims that U.S. businesses encouraged illegal border crossing by actively reaching out to Mexican workers to fill openings in the American workforce. However, a World Bank report published in late-2003 says NAFTA actually strengthened Mexican economic performance.
White House to challenge “Plan B” ruling. The Justice Department will challenge a federal court ruling that would force the government to make the emergency “Plan B” contraceptive available to women of all ages over-the-counter. DOJ’s challenge will not affect the FDA’s Tuesday decision to make Plan B available to women 15 and older without a prescription. The White House argues that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman overstepped his legal authority by mandating that the government provide Plan B to all women without a prescription. Korman’s ruling would have gone into effect this Sunday.
North Korea sentences American to 15 years hard labor. North Korea’s official news agency reported today that the country’s Supreme Court sentenced American citizen Kenneth Bae to 15 years of work in a labor camp. The Court convicted Bae of trying to overthrow the North Korean government. Authorities arrested Bae last November while he was leading a tour group of Chinese businessmen. South Korean human rights activists believe Bae may have been arrested for taking photos of starving North Korean children. Cheong Seong-change, a senior fellow at Seoul think tank the Sejong Institute, says, “North Korea has shown their intention to use [Bae] as a negotiating card as they have done in the past.”
GOP to launch $20 million data sharing project. The Republican National Committee is preparing to announce a partnership with two unknown companies to develop a massive data mining and sharing platform. The project, which could cost up to $20 million, looks to close the widening gap in sophistication between Democrat and GOP data programs. In the 2008 and 2012 election cycles, Obama’s Organizing For American campaign group developed a strong grassroots strategy by collecting troves of data about registered voters.
Must Reads From PolicyMic – 20 Million People Are Trafficked in Modern Day Slavery – America is Leading the Fight to Stop It (Alison Friedman) – The State Department is using an innovative method used in domestic violence cases to help millions of victims of horrific human trafficking get their lives back on track.
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Meet a Muslim and Become An Expert On Islam (Manar Milbes, @TheVeiledVixen) – We can all help to eliminate stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam by making an effort to meet ordinary American Muslims.
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Top 5 Moments Ever At the Kentucky Derby (Michael Calabrese, @EastBreese) – From Secretariat to Winning Colors, these are the five greatest races in the history of “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
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What We’re Sharing – Paul Miller lived without the Internet for a year: this is what he learned (Verge).
Twitter has a creepy new hashtag: #followateen (New Inquiry).
Inside Taco Bell’s ambitious mission to transform Mexican food (Fast Company).
Surprise! Casinos don’t like it when you find a way to hack into slot machines (Wired).
In this hyper-connected world, if you’re not motivated, you’re screwed (NY Times).
Crowdsourcing the stars: data sharing is leading to more scientific discoveries than ever (New Yorker).
Researchers have successfully measured the saddest day in the Twittersphere (Poynter).
29% of registered voters think armed rebellion might be necessary (Talking Points Memo).
Youth unemployment is a big and growing problem around the world (Economist).
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