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Fineman On Obama's Outrage Of Gun Bill Failure: "Righteous Indignation"

DESCRIPTION: NBC’s Kasie Hunt and the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman report on the Senate’s vote Wednesday to kill the background checks bill.  Send to a Friend |

Chris Matthews: McCain "Back In My Heart Again" For Gun Control Vote




CHRIS MATTHEWS: Mary Landrieu (D) from Louisiana, that was a very courageous vote. I think Joe Manchin (D-WV) really came up, he bellied up and did the right thing. He went up there, he found a partner in Pat Toomey (R ) of Pennsylvania. I think Pat Toomey deserves reelection at this point -- on this issue, at least. I think John McCain, once again, is back in my heart again. You've done it, John. Anyway, another patriotic vote by John McCain. Send to a Friend |

Matthews: New Photos From Finish Line Examined By FBI

NBC’s Pete Williams reports on the latest details surrounding the investigation into the Boston Marathon blasts. Chris Matthews also speaks with former CIA counterterrorism director Larry Johnson about the aftermath of the event.  Send to a Friend |

Former CIA Terrorism Analyst On Boston Bombs: That Type Of Explosive "Has Been A Hallmark Of Al Qaeda"

CHRIS MATTHEWS: How about the pressure cookers? Now, they're kitchen products. I was asking people, apparently any Wal-Mart, any, you know, Sonoma, whatever it's called. Almost any store, high end or low end or middle end, will have it available. LARRY C. JOHNSON, FORMER CIA ANALYST: You can always tell what a particular brand it is and even trace it back to where that was produced. It’s important to note that particular model, that type of explosive, has been very popular along the Pakistan/India border. CHRIS MATTHEWS: what does it do to screw on top of a…? JOHNSON: It's not so much the scree -- they have developed a system for it: you put the explosives inside. Could have been ammonium nitrate, TATP. It was not likely a high military explosive because of the smoke color. MATTHEWS: Why is the compression built up more? JOHNSON: It’s not so much the compression. It gives you something, you can hold it in there, can put some bearings in. It's a nice, convenient container. The detonator will go in through the top. You still have to figure out a way for that detonator to ignite. MATTHEWS: What does it tell you these were set off sequentially, that one goes, then a couple seconds later another goes? How hard a project is that for an amateur, malevolent Unabomber type, and how much does it suggest an organized international operation? JOHNSON: You know, take your scale of zero where you can't even open a door and ten being the world's best bomb maker, this is about a six. This means somebody did the prior planning. They knew how to develop the devices. They were able to set the timers in such a way they didn't detonate beforehand and detonated close enough to each other. This has been a hallmark of al Qaeda. MATTHEWS: Closer to organized terrorism groups than a crackpot? JOHNSON: Yes, absolutely. Send to a Friend |

Chuck Todd: Why Was Obama Concerned About Calling Attack Terrorism?

CHUCK TODD: Well, I can tell you a few things. Number one, when you heard the President's statement, and many people have noted the fact, and the White House themselves acknowledged it after the fact, that the president didn't use the word terrorism. And I can tell you from talking to some sources they discussed whether he should use that word or not and they made the decision not to. That doesn't mean that they don't believe and they aren't treating this as an act of terror, but that they're being very careful. And part of the reason why is that they -- and the president himself seemed to emphasize this -- is they still don't know who did this, nor do they know the motivation. Is it an individual? Is it a group? Is it domestic? Is it international? And I can tell you, and you can hear it in the president's voice and talking to others, there is clearly some frustration about how little they seem to know. And I know that it's my understanding Michael Leiter is listening in on this, I'm just curious, why would there be such concern internally about being careful whether you call something terrorism and why they made the decision not to? (Hardball, April 15, 2013) Send to a Friend |

Chris Matthews: Did Tax Day Have Anything To Do With Boston Bombing?

CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Well, Michael, tax day today. That came up. You know, I was thinking of all the iconic events that are being told about today. Of course I knew it was tax day because I got them in. But of course, it's Patriots Day. It's also the Boston Marathon. And would you as an expert be thinking domestic at this point? I don't think tax day means a lot to the Arab world or Islamic world or certainly not to al Qaeda in terms of their world. It doesn't have iconic significance." Send to a Friend |

Chris Matthews: "Domestic Terrorists Tend To Be On The Far Right"

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me ask you about domestic terrorism as a category. Normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right, well that’s not a good category, just extremists, let’s call them that. Do they advertise after they do something like this? Do they try to get credit as a group or do they just hate America so much or its politics or its government that they just want to do the damage, they don't care if they get public credit, if you will? Send to a Friend |

Matthews: Obama Stands At Crossroads, Stakes Are High

Chris Matthews shares his thoughts on the progress President Obama needs to make in order to follow up his first-term successes. Send to a Friend |

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