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Morning Examiner: Today is not the day for an immigration hearing

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We are all learning so much about the two Boston Marathon bombers so fast. So far, we know they are legal permanent residents and brothers from Chechnya who have been in the United States for about a year.

How did they get in the United States? Why were they given legal permanent residency? Why did they begin killing Americans? We don’t know.

And yet despite all these questions, Senate Democrats are still intent on rushing the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill through the Senate. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to have a hearing on the 844-page bill that Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., released at 2:45 AM Wednesday morning. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to be the main witness. Might not she have something a little more pressing on her plate today?

Like Obamacare, the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill is a far-reaching piece of legislation that will touch the lives of almost every American. It deserves a thorough and thoughtful vetting. A hearing no American will pay attention to, starring a distracted witness, is no way to begin this conversation.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy should delay his scheduled immigration hearing today.

From The Washington Post
Editorial: Gang of Eight immigration reform fails accountability test
Susan Ferrechio: DeMint rejects immigration bill authored by Gang of Eight
Philip Klein: Liberals vs. the Great Compromise
Tim Carney: Industry lobbies and immigration overhauls
Conn Carroll: Myth vs. Fact: Yes, the Schumer-Rubio bill does allow lawsuits to gut border security

In Other News
The Boston Globe, One Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed, another at large: The search for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects — the man seen wearing a white baseball cap — this morning led to the sudden shutdown of the MBTA’s entire network of commuter rail, bus, and subway services.
The Washington Post, Britain, France claim Syria used chemical weapons: Britain and France have informed the United Nations that there is credible evidence that Syria has used chemical weapons on more than one occasion since December, according to senior diplomats and officials briefed on the accounts.
The Wall Street Journal, Rise in U.S. Gas Production Fuels Unexpected Plunge in Emissions: U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically in recent years, in large part because the country is making more electricity with natural gas instead of coal.

Lefty Playbook
The Alliance for Justice attacks Justice Antonin Scalia for a speech he made on voting rights in California.
Kevin Drum says Obamacare implementation is going just fine.
Talking Points Memo posts statements from all four Democratic Senators who voted against gun control.

Righty Playbook
National Review comes out against the Schumer-Rubio amnesty.
Andrew Stiles details how Obama cooks the books on deportation numbers.
Daniel Horowitz explains how Obamacare-Style waiver authority in the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill nullifies all of Rubio’s border security talking points.

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