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- Three people were killed Monday after "two bomb blasts, 12 seconds apart, rocked the finish line" of the Boston Marathon (Boston Globe). Pres. Obama "said he ordered the 'full resources' of the federal government" to respond. Obama: "Make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this, we'll find out why they did this" (CNN).
- The Senate's Gang of Eight will release a "sweeping" reform proposal today "that would represent the most ambitious overhaul of the nation’s immigration system in three decades" (Washington Post). Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) previewed the proposal in an op-ed this a.m. (Wall Street Journal).
- "Supporters of a bipartisan compromise to expand background checks for guns sales currently don't have" 60 votes and will delay the proposal to gather support, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) (CNN).
- SC-01 Special: House Majority PAC has delayed the launch of a new TV ad in the district, originally slated to begin airing today, because of the tragedy in Boston (release).
- MA SEN Special: All five candidates suspended their campaigns in the wake of yesterday's explosions and offered their condolences for victims and their families. Ex-Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez (R) ran in the marathon, but was unharmed (On Call).
- LATEST Q1 FEC REPORTS: Rep. John Barrow (D-GA): $436K raised, $439.5K on hand; Rep. Tom Price (R-GA): $571K raised, $2.1M on hand (Hotline reporting). Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI): $230K raised, $248K on hand (Honolulu Civil Beat). Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA): $1.1M raised, $1M on hand (On Call). Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI): $371K raised, $813K on hand (On Call). Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D): $1.9M raised; $1.6M on hand (On Call). Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ): $460K raised, $3.7M on hand (Hotline reporting). Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): $1.1M raised, $5.4M on hand (On Call). Ex-SD Gov. Mike Rounds (R): $184K raised; $369K on hand (On Call). Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR): $526.6K raised, $560.5K on hand; Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC): $99.7K raised, $133.6K on hand; Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC): $93.1K raised, $1.5M on hand; Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV): $142.7K raised; $217.1K on hand (On Call).
- IA-03: State Sen. Staci Appel (D), "considered a strong candidate to challenge" Rep. Tom Latham (R), has decided against a bid (Des Moines Register). Latham raised $300.8K in the first quarter, though "only one Iowa resident is listed as a donor" (Des Moines Register).
- AR GOV: Ex-Rep. Mike Ross (D) will announce his candidacy on Wednesday, after earlier ruling out the race (AP).
- IL GOV: Treas. Dan Rutherford (R) raised "over" $300K as he considers a bid, and ended the first quarter with $740K on hand (Capitol Fax).
- MN GOV: Gov. Mark Dayton (D) "raised just" $32K "so far this year" and had about $86K on hand as of two weeks ago (Minneapolis Star Tribune).
- WH '16: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): raised $2.28M "across three affiliated" political cmtes and had $2.32M on hand (Roll Call).
- According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of nat'l adults, conducted 4/11-14, 50% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as POTUS, while 45% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 3/7-10, 50% approved of Obama, and 46% disapproved (release).
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Mark Dayton has drawn fire recently for his tax hike proposals and raised only $32,000 in the first quarter, but he has yet to draw a GOP challenger. With the MN GOP in rebuilding mode, it could be a sign potential candidates are wary the party's campaign apparatus isn't strong enough to challenge even a vulnerable Dem statewide.
• Nick Rahall's meager fundraising report seems to confirm what we'd already guessed: he's not interested in Jay Rockefeller's seat. But he seems to have forgotten just how precarious his own seat is. The NRCC is already running ads against him and though he lacks an opponent so far, $142K isn't likely to scare one off.
• It sure sounds like Rick Perry is planning to run for something in a few years. He's just still not saying what.
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "I've never been so close to death or witnessed it" -- ex-Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), who finished the Boston Marathon "a few minutes before" the explosions (Cincinnati Enquirer).
- Ex-Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) will be knighted today "in recognition of his leadership on foreign affairs and his efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons" in a ceremony at the British Embassy (The Hill).
- "I can't say with finality yes or no, but I don't believe so" -- ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), asked if he used public resources in his inappropriate communications with several women, in his first TV interview since the scandal (NY1).
- Businessman Herman Cain (R) "convened a gathering of conservatives" in DC on Monday "with the goal of devising a strategy to convince fellow African-Americans to join their movement" (CNN). Cain "insisted," however, that "he does not want to be called Republican for fear of being saddled with the 'dumb things' Republicans have said in the past" (CNN).
- "There are things about South Carolina that fill me with despair -- one of them is that they managed to nominate Mark Sanford" -- comedian Stephen Colbert, at a private DC fundraiser for sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch's (D) SC-01 campaign (On Call).
- Ex-Rep. Allen West's (R-FL) campaign committee "made a 'charitable donation'" of $400K to the Allen West Foundation, his new non-profit group, which he plans to use to "train and educate conservative candidates who are minorities or have military backgrounds" (Center for Public Integrity).
- "If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party" -- ex-DNC chair Howard Dean, on Obama's budget proposal (BuzzFeed).
- Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have spoken on the Senate floor "as frequently as the 30 least talkative senators combined" (Houston Chronicle).
- "Alleged McConnell Recorder Launches Legal Defense Fund" (BuzzFeed).
- In 1961 before breaking the home run record, Roger Maris hit his first homer in Game 11 off of Paul Foytack in Detroit.
- That last one stumped the Wake-Up Call! community, so here's a toss-up: "Who or what are M&Ms named for?" The 3rd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Democrats Risk Alienating Young Voters by Opposing Cuts in Entitlement Spending
- Boston Blasts Bring a Chill to Washington
- 'Chained CPI' Could Hit Middle-Class Retirees Hardest
- Still a Long Way To Go in Senate On Gun Control
- Immigration Reform Isn't Hurting Marco Rubio's Bottom Line
Our thoughts are with the victims in Boston and their families. The Shot/Chaser will be back tomorrow.
Sarah Mimms, Editor