“President Barack Obama is seeking to refocus a nervous nation’s attention on those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an ‘act of terror’ at the Boston Marathon,” AP writes. “Americans also will be looking to the president to offer reassurances about the nation’s safety as investigators scramble to answer key questions about an attack with origins that are yet unknown.”
“Mitt Romney is planning to attend the interfaith service on Thursday in Boston to honor the victims of this week’s bombings, joining a host of other dignitaries that include Romney’s former rival, President Obama,” The Boston Globe reports.
The New York Post front pages photos of two men they say federal authorities are looking for.
The New York Daily News cover: “We’ve been betrayed by liars and cowards. It’s shameful.”
“The inability of President Obama and Democratic leaders to round up the required 60 votes in favor of enhanced background checks dealt a striking defeat to a major initiative of the president’s second term, falling short despite numerous pleas and trips to Washington by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, whose children were murdered five months ago by a lone gunman with a semi-automatic assault rifle,” the Boston Globe writes.
Politico calls it “Obama’s biggest loss.”
Gabby Giffords in the New York Times: “Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious. I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done, and until we have changed our laws so we can look parents in the face and say: We are trying to keep your children safe. We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on. I am asking every reasonable American to help me tell the truth about the cowardice these senators demonstrated. I am asking for mothers to stop these lawmakers at the grocery store and tell them: You’ve lost my vote. I am asking activists to unsubscribe from these senators’ e-mail lists and to stop giving them money. I’m asking citizens to go to their offices and say: You’ve disappointed me, and there will be consequences.”
More: “They will try to hide their decision behind grand talk, behind willfully false accounts of what the bill might have done — trust me, I know how politicians talk when they want to distract you — but their decision was based on a misplaced sense of self-interest.”
Giffords and husband Mark Kelly will hold a press conference at 10:00 am ET at the National Press Club in DC.