Morning Must Reads: April 19

In the news: Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Texas explosion, Simpson -Bowles, immigration, Syria's chemical weapons, Gitmo's library, TIME 100

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People drink coffee under cherry blossoms as the sun rises along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013.

  • One Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed, another at large.
  • A blast Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas has left more than a dozen dead, and 150 injured. It destroyed a school and 75 or so homes. Pictures
  • Bowles, Simpson release new debt plan
  • National Review board thinks the proposed path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the US is unacceptable.
  • Opinion:
    • Rich Lowry: Sen. Marco Rubio is helping Sen. Chuck Schumer’s chances of becoming Majority Leader.
    • George Will: executive branch agencies shouldn’t be funded by the firms it regulates, but from congressional appropriation. He also warns of the federal gov’t. making subprime loans federal policy again
    • Paul Krugman: Even if debt exceeds 90% of GDP America will be fine.
    • David Brooks: Republicans won’t be harmed by voting down stricter gun control, but they will suffer if they shut down movement on immigration
  • Britain and France inform U.N. Syria has used chemical weapons.
  • Guantanamo Bay libraryGirl with the Dragon Tattoo, Islamic literature, Lord of the Rings, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Political Guide to the TIME 100