1. “The Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook, and risk.” Excellent points from Francis Wilkinson about what we tolerate and what we don’t.
2. “One of the best qualities that Americans have, a quality that professional emergency management people have always doubted, is resilience.” Mark Ambinder on not repeating the mistakes of 2001. Must read, from someone who really knows his stuff.
3. Heather Hurlburt assesses the initial reaction to Boston, and gives the United States excellent marks, but now the hard part: “Not turning on each other, or our institutions, or our own freedoms, whatever the truth behind these terrible attacks proves to be… can we keep it up?”
4. Brian Beutler on phony outrage and the silly cable network focus on calling bombings “terrorism.”
5. Also on the press, but a totally different topic: Diane Winston has a very interesting post on the press, the Gosnell trial, “secularism,” and religion.
6. Speaking of religion: Ed Kilgore reminds us of the religious core to the thinking of Martin Luther King Jr. — and how it relates to his too-often-forgotten radicalism.
7. “It’s a delicate thing for Republicans to oppose what President Obama does while respecting who he is and honoring what he represents. By and large, the present generation has failed at that task.” David Frum with a good item about what Rand Paul might have done differently at Howard.
8. Pessimistic about the gun bill? Would it help to know: Joe Biden is on it. Chris Moody has the VP report.
9. Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews on evidence-based government.
10. “Yes, of course it was torture.” Andrew Sullivan on the new bipartisan commission report on the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Important.
11. My discussion about preventing future torture.
13. How much unemployment did a math error cause? Dean Baker on one of today’s big stories: that economic finding supporting austerity isn’t holding up.
14. And more from Boston: E.J. Graff has a wonderful essay on the local context: wishing the national press didn’t need to be there.
15. While Mark Goldberg reminds us of the international context.
16. And the Toomey-Manchin compromise is serious trouble, with Dean Heller announcing he’ll vote against it.