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Obama receiving updates on Boston investigation from Situation Room

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President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were briefed Friday morning on the manhunt for a suspect wanted in connection with the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Just after 9:45 a.m., Obama started a briefing in the White House Situation Room with his national security team.

In the room with the president were Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy National Security Advisor For Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes, Deputy Counsel to the President Avril Haines and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State John Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan joined via video conference. The White House labeled the meeting as a “follow-up to the regular briefings that the president received through the night.”

The briefing wrapped up just after 10:45 a.m.

The suspects in the bombings have been identified as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, brothers from a Russian region near Chechnya. Police said Tamerlan was killed in ant overnight shootout, but Dzhokhar is still at large.

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Brian Hughes

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The Washington Examiner