Show Notes for Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bragman• Gay P.R. guru Howard Bragman calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about NBA player Jason Collins coming out and making history at the first openly gay pro athlete

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about diluted gun control, and Jason Collins’ historic announcement

Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks. FBI agents have removed bags of evidence including DNA samples from the home where Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow has been living.

• Prosecutors and lawyers for surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have begun very early discussions about a possible deal, in which he would cooperate in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, legal sources said Monday.

Jason Collins received an outpouring of support and admiration from the sporting world and many other influential voices on Monday after announcing he was gay. The 12-year NBA veteran became the first active player in a major men’s North American team sport to announce his homosexuality.

• Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor expressed doubts that the nation’s highest court should have ruled on the controversial Bush v. Gore case that decided the outcome of the 2000 presidential election.

Show Notes for Monday, April 29, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the latest in gun control and the Boston Bombings

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage in the Boston Bombings

wallisRev. Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about his new book, “On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good”

• The Boston Bombings suspects’ mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, is drawing increased attention after federal officials say Russian authorities intercepted her phone calls, including one in which she vaguely discussed jihad with her elder son.

President Barack Obama chided Republicans on Saturday for approving a plan to ease air-traffic delays caused by federal spending cuts while leaving budget cuts that affect children and the elderly untouched.

• A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports gay marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal.

Journalists, celebrities, and politicos converged in D.C. Saturday night for the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, laughing along as President Obama and Conan O’Brien took the stage to skewer targets in Washington, Hollywood, and beyond.

Show Notes for Friday, April 26, 2013

Darren CrissDarren Criss (Blaine on “Glee”) calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to talk about his upcoming 16-city North American tour

• Comedian and author Richard Belzer calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Boston Bombings and about the gun control controversy

• Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transferred to prison Friday from the hospital where he had been held since his arrest by police a week ago.

• New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday that the surviving suspect in last week’s marathon blasts that killed three and wounded scores more told investigators that he and his brother were targeting New York next.

President Obama, standing before a line of flag-draped coffins, consoled family and friends on Thursday at a memorial service for firefighters killed in a massive explosion last week at a Texas fertilizer plant.

The Senate moved quickly Thursday evening to help ease the Federal Aviation Administration’s ability to handle automatic spending cuts set forth in the sequester. The House takes up the bill today.

• President Obama and the other four living presidents along with other dignitaries gathered in Dallas to mark the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 25, 2013

FrischBeardKarl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the Far Right’s response to the Boston Bombings

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings acknowledged to the FBI his role in the attacks but did so before he was advised of his constitutional right to keep quiet and seek a lawyer, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

• With deep federal spending cuts known as the sequester beginning to affect air travel and forcing some public-sector layoffs, the White House on Wednesday seemed to offer public support for Sen. Harry Reid’s proposal to temporarily pay down the sequester without generating new tax revenue.

• The number of U.S. states allowing gay marriage is set to enter double digits now that Rhode Island’s state Senate has taken a landmark vote. Legislation allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed passed Wednesday evening by a comfortable 26-12 margin. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he will sign it into law.

• All the living American presidents past and present are gathering in Dallas, a rare reunion to salute one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center today.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Lawmakers are asking tough questions about how the government tracked suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev when he traveled to Russia last year, renewing criticism from after the Sept. 11 attacks that failure to share intelligence may have contributed to last week’s deadly assault.

• A man accused of plotting with al-Qaida members in Iran to derail a train in Canada was due to appear in a Toronto court Wednesday after declaring at his initial court appearance that the charges against him are unfair. Law enforcement officials in the U.S. said the target was a train that runs between New York City and Canada.

Charges were dropped Tuesday against the Mississippi man suspected of mailing ricin-laced letters to President Obama and other public officials — as authorities searched the home of another man hoping to find clues in the expanding investigation.

• On Tuesday, hackers took over the Associated Press Twitter account and falsely claimed that there had been explosions at the White House and that the president was hurt. The tweet was up for a few minutes before Twitter took the account offline.

The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the politicization of the Boston Marathon Bombings

BreenMatthew Breen, Editor-In-Chief of “The Advocate”, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Boy Scouts’ movement on allowing gays

• The hospitalized Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction has told investigators that he and his brother were motivated by religion but were not in contact with overseas terrorists or groups, officials said.

• Two men face a bail hearing today after their arrest on charges of plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, authorities said. The case has raised questions about Shiite-led Iran’s murky relationship with the predominantly Sunni Arab terrorist network.

Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal sequester budget cuts.

River flooding that’s already swamping part of the Midwest from Oklahoma to Michigan could get worse today and Wednesday with more rain and snow spreading over the region.

Show Notes for Monday, April 22, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what he missed during last week’s busy news week

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about media coverage of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings

Tomlin• The legendary Lily Tomlin calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the debut of her new HBO documentary, “An Apology To Elephants”

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is awake and “responding sporadically in writing to questions … about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, ” law enforcement sources told ABC News on Sunday evening.

President Barack Obama late Friday praised Boston police and law enforcement cooperation for their week-long response to the Boston Marathon bombings and acknowledged “many unanswered questions” about what drove the suspects to violence.

• The fertilizer plant that exploded on Wednesday, obliterating part of a small Texas town and killing at least 14 people, had last year been storing 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Show Notes for Friday, April 19, 2013

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

A late-night police chase and shootout has ended with one Boston Marathon bombing suspect dead and another on the run, police said early Friday morning. One police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded during the violent spree.

President Barack Obama on Thursday delivered a message in Boston to those in the city touched by Monday’s deadly bombings, as well as to individuals worldwide watching the country’s response: We will persevere.

• Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.

Members of the “Gang of Eight” promoted their 844-page immigration bill, which was released earlier in the week, on Capitol Hill Thursday. It’s the product of months of intense private negotiations that supporters say will secure the borders and provide a path to legality for nearly 12 million people currently living in the nation illegally.

Rescuers searched on Thursday for survivors in the rubble of homes destroyed by a fiery fertilizer plant explosion in a rural Texas town that the mayor said had killed at least 14 people.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 18, 2013

• Political Strategist Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about gun control, and about this week’s terrorism in America

Lanny DavisLanny Davis, veteran political strategist and former White House special counsel to President Clinton, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about his book “Crisis Tales: Five Rules for Coping with Crisis in Business, Politics, and Life”

Mark Follman from Mother Jones calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to discuss debunking NRA myths about more guns mean safer schools

Rescue workers searched rubble early today for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

• President Obama and gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop the drive to reduce gun violence.

Federal agents on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the mailing of letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator that initially tested positive for the poison ricin. The suspect was identified as Paul Kevin Curtis of Tupelo, Miss.

A service in Boston to honor the victims of the city’s bombings will be attended by President Obama today, as investigators spend a third day combing through evidence in search of those responsible for the deadly blasts.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Kirkman• Comedian Jen Kirkman calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about her new book, “I Can Take Care Of Myself: Tales From A Happy Life Without Kids”

• Former FBI Agent Chris Kerr calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about what investigators are looking for in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

• Federal agents zeroed in Tuesday on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it and why.

A suspicious letter potentially laced with a poison, ricin, and postmarked from Memphis, was sent to the office of Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi. Sources confirmed the letter was sent to Wicker, R-Miss., but did not arrive at his office on Capitol Hill. It was stopped at a mail processing facility.

A bipartisan effort to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the drive to curb gun violence.

The coffin of Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London’s main cathedral on Wednesday for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s political elite, and global dignitaries.

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pierce• Boston-based Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to update us on the Boston Marathon Bombings

The bombs that blew up seconds apart at the finish line of one of the world’s most storied races left the streets spattered with blood and glass, three dead, including an 8-year-old boy, more than 140 wounded and gaping questions of who chose to attack at the Boston Marathon and why.

The 8-year-old boy killed in the explosions at the Boston Marathon has been identified as Martin Richard, The Boston Globe reported. No suspects have been identified in the case, which federal authorities are classifying as an act of terrorism.

President Obama said he ordered the “full resources” of the federal government to respond to the Boston bombings on Monday, and that he also called for increased security around the U.S. as necessary. Notably absent from his remarks was the word “terror,” though federal investigators are classifying the bombings as a terror event.

• Early Tuesday, law enforcement officials went to an apartment in the north Boston suburb of Revere, where they interviewed two men and were seen by reporters removing two trash bags and a duffle bag. It is still unclear what significance, if any, this had with regard to the bombing investigation.

Show Notes for Monday, April 15, 2013

BoehlertEric Boehlert of Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about why some commentators are complaining there was TOO MUCH coverage of Newtown

• With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted.

A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share an immigration overhaul crafted over several months. The Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation tomorrow.

The United States and Japan opened the door Sunday to new nuclear talks with North Korea if the saber-rattling country lowered tensions and honored past agreements, even as it rejected South Korea’s latest offer of dialogue as a “crafty trick.”

Two more people have died in China from a new strain of bird flu, raising the death toll from the virus to 13, state media reported Sunday. In all, 60 cases of the virus, known as H7N9, have been reported in China.

Adam Scott of Australia produced the performance of his life to win the Masters Sunday and finally exorcise the demons of last year’s British Open.

Show Notes for Friday, April 12, 2013

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for an hour of Fridays With Fugelsang

Timothy Kurek joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his autobiography “The Cross in the Closet”, which highlights his “coming out” as a heterosexual Christian exploring life as a gay man in the LGBT community

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea today on an unusual diplomatic journey, traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test and risking that his presence alone could spur Pyongyang into another headline-seeking provocation.

A new gun control law cleared a major Senate hurdle Thursday, with 16 Republicans voting with most of the chamber’s Democrats to begin the process of moving one of President Obama’s top domestic initiatives through a long, legislative slog.

• The Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded with “moderate confidence” that North Korea might have a nuclear weapon that’s small enough to be placed on a ballistic missile. But the DIA also says that if that is the case, the reliability of the missile would be low.

53% favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry, which is up 2 points since the NBC/WSJ survey last asked this question in December, though that increase is within the poll’s margin of error. 42% oppose gay marriage.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 11, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the gun control bill, lingering racism in America, and marriage equality

Velshi• Al Jazeera America’s Ali Velshi calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to tell us about the new business lineup Al Jazeera America has in store

• Kristen Stills calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Autism Speaks Concert at Club Nokia that will be headlined by her husband Stephens Stills

• Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) unveiled a deal yesterday morning to expand background checks to nearly every commercial gun purchase. President Obama said there were parts of the agreement “that I might prefer to be stronger,” but welcomed the move.

• President Barack Obama declared on Wednesday that his newly unveiled fiscal 2014 budget would “reignite” sputtering economic growth and pressed skeptical Republicans to help him “finish the job” of deficit reduction.

• A brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that nearly two-thirds of Americans – including eight-in-10 Latinos – support giving undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

• TMZ reported Wednesday that Ryan Seacrest is the latest victim in the trend of swatting, or calling 911 for help when no assistance is needed as some sort of prank.

Show Notes for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SparksGuitar• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Humpdays With Hal

President Barack Obama today is sending Congress his 2014 budget, an effort to achieve an elusive “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits that have soared above $1 trillion for each of the past four years.

Sen. Mitch McConnell was prepared to go after Ashley Judd as “emotionally unbalanced,” according to secret audio tapes of the GOP-er’s strategy session, but the release of those tapes have prompted an FBI investigation into who may have bugged the senator’s office.

A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. The Senate has set a roll call vote for tomorrow on starting consideration of the firearms legislation.

• If North Korea decides to launch a missile, the United States is ready to respond and is capable of intercepting it, the Commander of US Pacific Command told Congress on Tuesday.

• Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan says her upcoming court-ordered trip to rehab is “a blessing.” The actress discussed her planned rehab Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

Show Notes for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about this morning’s news in the rudest way possible

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the president’s latest push for background checks for gun sales

McDonald Citizen• Comedian Michael McDonald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of hilarity

• Legendary director Garry Marshall calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the premiere of “Billy & Ray” at his Falcon Theater in Toluca Lake, CA

North Korea intensified threats of an imminent conflict against the United States and the South on Tuesday, warning foreigners to evacuate South Korea to avoid being dragged into a “merciless, sacred, retaliatory war”.

• President Obama yesterday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws.

• The Maryland General Assembly on Monday approved a measure allowing medical marijuana programs at research centers that choose to participate. The action sends the bill to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who indicated he is likely to sign the bill.

Show Notes for Monday, April 8, 2013

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about what the media have been ignoring in this week’s news

Stills• Rock legend Stephen Stills joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the release of his new box set, “Carry On”

• Talks between Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama’s plan for combating gun violence.

• Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that if a military conflict breaks out with North Korea, “the North loses and the South wins with our help.”

• White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer is telling Republicans their “my way or the highway” approach would spell the GOP’s defeat in upcoming budget negotiations. He also is telling Obama’s Democratic allies that they, too, will have to bend on the spending plan that is due Wednesday.

• As the Senate returns from recess this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he thinks the bi-partisan Gang of Eight will have its immigration plan completed by the end of the week.

Show Notes for Friday, April 5, 2013

Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) President Michael Goodwin calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about by the current taxi strike in Las Vegas

Fugelsang2• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Fridays With Fugelsang

President Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday.

• U.S. officials suspect that North Korea may be preparing for a test of its medium-range missile after seeing evidence of it being transported to North Korea’s eastern coast. Such a launch would be the latest in a series of provocations by North Korea in recent weeks.

• A University of Denver psychiatrist treating movie-theater massacre defendant James Holmes warned police of “homicidal statements” Holmes made one month before the Aurora, Colo., attack, according to a search warrant unsealed Thursday.

• Roger Ebert, the longtime critic who popularized film criticism with his “thumbs up, thumbs down” reviews in print and on television, died on Thursday. He was 70.

Show Notes for Thursday, April 4, 2013

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the flurry of Senators who are changing their positions about marriage equality

alazraqui• Actor/Comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Coffee With Carlos

Connecticut lawmakers passed a bipartisan package of gun laws that will expand the state’s existing assault weapons ban, impose limits on the size of magazines, and require universal background checks in the state scarred by one of the worst school shootings in American history.

President Obama on Wednesday insisted “there doesn’t have to be a conflict” between respecting gun rights and enacting new gun controls as he tries to use the power of his office to prompt a reluctant Congress to take action in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

• An advanced anti-ballistic missile system will be sent to Guam to protect American military sites, U.S. defense officials said as North Korea escalated its threats and warned “the moment of explosion is approaching fast.”

NBC confirmed yesterday that after 22 years, Jay Leno will step down as the host of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” next spring. Jimmy Fallon, now the star of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” will take over shortly thereafter.

Show Notes for Wednesday,

Fitzgerald• Actor/Activist Melissa Fitzgerald joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the circumstances behind Ashley Judd not running for Senate

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Humpdays With Hal

• A task force backed by the National Rifle Association has put forth a slate of recommendations to improve school safety, including a proposal to arm school personnel and train educators on how to police school campuses with the aim of reducing the response time during a school shooting.

North Korea on Wednesday barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run factory park just over the heavily armed border in the North in the latest sign that Pyongyang’s warlike stance toward South Korea and the United States is moving from words to action.

GOP Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois on Tuesday became the second sitting Republican senator to endorse gay marriage — a move that also could shift the political debate over legalizing gay marriage in Kirk’s home state.

The White House says it is “encouraged” by recent progress on efforts to overhaul immigration. Spokesman Jay Carney cited positive comments from a bipartisan cast of senators over the weekend.

Show Notes for Monday, April 2, 2013

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about KeystoneXL Pipeline’s bad week

DupuyTina Dupuy of TheContributor.com calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about how far to take ‘Freedom of Religion’

EJ Graff of “The Advocate” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the National Organization For Marriage and their avoidance of campaign finance laws

Connecticut lawmakers say they have reached an agreement on gun control legislation that they said would be one of the toughest in the nation, 3½ months after 26 people were killed in a mass shooting at Newtown.

• Two key Senate lawmakers said Sunday that a deal on a comprehensive immigration reform bill is close but not complete after a breakthrough in talks between business and labor groups this weekend.

Exxon Mobil Corp continued efforts on Monday to clean up thousands of barrels of crude oil spilled from a near 65-year-old pipeline in Arkansas, as a debate raged about the safety of the KeystoneXL pipeline.

North Korea announced plans on Tuesday to restart a nuclear reactor that has been closed since 2007, but emphasized it was seeking a deterrent capacity, rather than repeating recent threats to attack South Korea and the United States.

Show Notes for Monday, April 1, 2013

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about everything gay before the Supreme Court last week

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about how dangerous Fox News is for the Republican Party

Sweeney• Actress Julia Sweeney calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about her new book, “If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother”

• Sen. Chuck Schumer said yesterday that while there is not a final deal on immigration legislation just yet, the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight” senators working on immigration reform has reached a “substantive agreement” on the major components of an immigration plan.

• Authorities have launched a massive investigation into the weekend killings of a Texas district attorney and his wife, which occurred months after an assistant prosecutor was shot dead in the same county.

University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered a graphic, horrific broken right leg during Sunday’s NCAA Midwest Regional final that left his teammates and coach in tears.

• After a week of legal twists and turns, James Holmes will find out today if he could face execution if convicted in the Colorado theater attack that killed 12 people.