The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by the extremists who say they’ve established a caliphate, or Islamic state, in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. Continue reading
For most of us, life was back to normal within days or weeks of the Boston Marathon bombings. But for hundreds of victims and their families, that will never be true.
In other news Friday, surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transferred to a federal prison medical center. Tsarnaev is facing federal terror charges for the April 15 attack. Also, police in New York think they found a part of one of the airliners destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk with Judy Woodruff about President Barack Obama’s "red line" on Syria, the FAA furlough deal in Congress, repercussions of the Boston Marathon attack and George W. Bush’s newly dedicated presidential center. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour will livestream updates, including news briefings, from Boston as they happen in the player above. “We’ve closed an important chapter in this tragedy.”-President Obama to.pbs.org/ZxeNm9 — NewsHour (@NewsHour) April 20, 2013 Updated 10:00 p.m. ET: In a press … Continue reading
Police on School and Arsenel streets on Friday in Watertown, Mass. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images. Updated 6:04 p.m. In a news conference in Watertown, Mass., Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told Boston area residents that they may leave their homes, … Continue reading
By many accounts, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who is wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings, was an athletic student who liked rap music and sports. As police continued to pursue the suspect in Watertown, Mass., Friday morning questions arose about possible motivations for the attacks. Continue reading