Morning Must Reads: April 18

In the news: massive explosion in central Texas, the 844 page immigration reform package, Senate drops gun control reform, Paul Kevin Curtis and ricin.

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Cherry trees are in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 10, 2013.

  • A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in central Texas Wednesday night left more than 160 people wounded and killed an estimated five to 15 people
  • Senate’s Gang of Eight releases its 844 page proposal to reform immigration law in America. It expands E-Verify, speeds up visa processing to help boost tourism, provides a $100 million pilot grant program for states and local governments, creates new housing and pay standards for certain parts of the agricultural industry, impose penalties totaling into the thousands of dollars for companies found to be employing illegal immigrants, and sets up a path to legal status for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country.

  • Senate balks at gun control reform.
  • Late Wednesday afternoon, the FBI arrested Paul Kevin Curtis, a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and Republican Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi
  • Non-military domestic use of drones is expected to be $90 billion industry within the next decade and to create 100,000 high-paying jobs.
  • Washington complacency to Boston Marathon bombings.
  • CNN drops the ball