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Obama agenda: 'People shouldn't jump to conclusions'

The Boston Globe: “President Obama on Monday evening pledged the full weight of the federal government to figure out who is responsible for Monday’s double bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and the White House said it is treating the attack as an `act of terror.’ In a three-minute address from the White House, Obama urged caution, saying ‘people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.’ Significantly, reflecting caution about the unknown motive and perpetrators, the president himself did not call the incident a terrorist attack. However, a White House official speaking after the president’s remarks but only on the condition of anonymity, said that the administration views it that way.”

NBC’s Mike O’Brien has more from Obama’s remarks: "We still do not know who did this or why and people should not jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this," he said. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice."

Josh Gerstein: “The content of his three-and-a-half-minute speech Monday—in particular his notable aversion to labeling the incident as ‘terror’ or ‘terrorism’—seemed to reflect a continuing desire not to stoke fears or make premature public judgments even as he made sure to offer the public presence that he’d initially avoided during his first experiences managing terrorist attacks as president. … The most searing of the Obama White House’s previous terrorism experiences is likely the Christmas Day 2009 attempted bombing of a Delta airliner headed for Detroit. After that incident, Obama took three days to appear before cameras and talk about the episode. That delay led to sharp criticism from Republicans in Congress and led some in the public to conclude that Obama — who was vacationing in Hawaii at the time — wasn’t taking the incident seriously. Obama and his aides were careful not to repeat that mistake Monday.”

“In addition to receiving updates on the attack, Obama will meet with a foreign leader and welcome a champion NASCAR driver at the White House,” USA Today notes. “Obama -- who received updates on Boston overnight -- is scheduled to be briefed this morning by White House counter-terrorism adviser Lisa Monaco, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and other senior officials on the bombing that has killed at least three people, and injured more than 100 others.”

USA Today has the story of two Newtown, CT, residents who were participated in the marathon.

Some front pages:
The Boston Globe
: “Marathon Terror” is the banner headline over a photo showing people down and trails of blood.
The New York Times
: “Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100.”
The Washington Post
: “An ‘act of terror’ in Boston.”
The L.A. Times
: “Terror in Boston.”
USA Today
: “Terror returns.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
: “Terror in Boston.”
Miami Herald
: “Deadly Finish.”
The New York Daily News: “Marathon Massacre” over a blood-strewn photo.
Chicago Tribune
: “ ‘We will find out who did this’”
Des Moines Register
: “Nation’s fears reawawkened.”
Anchorage Daily News
: “Terror in Boston.”
Montgomery Advertiser
: “Terror in Boston.”
The Arizona Republic
: “Horrific Day in Boston.”
La Nacion (Argentina)

O Povo
(Brazil): “Terrorismo.”
BILD
(Berlin): “Terror beim marathon!” over a gruesome photo of a bloodied man in a wheelchair.
Kleine Zeitung
(Austria): Bombenterror beim Marathon.”
Bresciaoggi
(Italy): “Boston, bombe alla maratona Terrore e morte.” (Boston, bombs at the marathon. Terror and death.)
The Guardian
(UK): “Terror in Boston as twin blasts hit city marathon.”
The Times of London
: “Bombs bring carnage to end of Boston marathon.”

National Journal: “If chained CPI ends up happening as part of a budget deal, the people who would suffer the most could be working people or those in the middle class who do not have private pensions, huge savings accounts, or many assets to sustain them in retirement.”