Not an Onion headline.”Soledad O’Brien named Harvard fellow.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Not a matter of banning guns. We’d have to ban lots and lots of things if we thought background checks would keep us safe. “A New Hampshire fireworks store has told the FBI that it sold four-hundred dollars worth of fireworks in February to accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.”

Not actually a failure of gun control or explosive powder background checks at all. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) talks sense: “I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama administration’s counter-terrorism policies and programs. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama — the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state, the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In over seven years after 9/11, under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask why the Obama administration is failing in its mission.”

Not a promising development for Thomas Perez. “Senate Republicans say Democrats postponed a vote on President Obama’s nominee for labor secretary after they learned that a whistleblower related to a questionable case was invited to testify at a Thursday hearing. Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson, a member of the panel, had asked Frederick Newell to discuss the involvement of Thomas Perez and the Justice Department in the disposition of several housing discrimination cases in St. Paul, Minn.” Yikes.

Not expecting John Kerry to be so much worse than Hillary Clinton, but he is. The latest blunder: “For decades, the United States has reserved the term “special relationship” for two countries, Britain and Israel, but Secretary of State John Kerry called for a new ‘special relationship’ with China during his recent trip to Asia. The U.S.-UK ‘special relationship’ has been a hallmark of bilateral relations for decades. Kerry acknowledged it explicitly during his first trip abroad, which began in London, standing alongside British Foreign Secretary William Hague.” A special relationship with an oppressive regime bent on dominating Asia? Oy.

Not encouraging. “The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government’s highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists. But the list is so vast that this did not mean authorities automatically kept close tabs on him, sources close to the bombing investigation said on Tuesday.”

Not to be overlooked. “A spokesman for the [Boston] mosque, run by the Islamic Society of Boston, has said that congregants have been questioned by the FBI. The mosque did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday from NBC News. Earlier this week, Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston told The Huffington Post: ‘I would not be willing to do a funeral for [Tamerlan Tsarnaev]. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim.'”

Not a surprise to those following Rep. Paul Ryan’s career since the 1990s. “In Rubio, [immigration] reform advocates have had a Republican champion in the Senate. But in the House, they’ve struggled to find a leading conservative willing to step up. Ryan could be that figure. He may not be ready to officially endorse the Gang of Eight’s legislation, but in his speech, he praised the group’s efforts and defended its bill on several fronts.”