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national lead

May 15th, 2013
06:50 PM ET

Healing, heartache one month after Boston bombings

It has been a month since two explosions turned a time-honored tradition into a grim reminder of how vulnerable we all are to an act of terror. The bombs went off within seconds of each other near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. That senseless tragedy claimed the lives of 8-year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lingzi Lu, and in the aftermath, officer Sean Collier, who was killed during the manhunt for the bombing suspects.

275 people were hurt in the attack, six remain hospitalized.

For the survivors, the pain in many ways remains raw. But there are encouraging signs that the city is on a path to healing.

For Jarrod Clowery, who was injured in the attack, the little things are now a blessing.

"I'm a new man, I don't sweat the little things like I used to," said Clowery. "Watch this!" he says, as he gets up and hops around on his leg. "I am so blessed, if you had seen my legs a month ago."

national lead

May 15th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Obama’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Here’s what they might be saying in the White House this evening: It’s only Wednesday.

It’s been a rough week for the Obama administration with revelations the Justice Department tracked reporters’ phone lines adding to the pressure already building over the response to that attack in Benghazi last September and the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

The president began it by sitting next to Attorney General Eric Holder at a Washington memorial for slain police officers.

Holder moved next to the hot seat, where he fielded lawmakers and largely deflected questions about the phone tracking.

A sampling of his responses: “I was not the person who was involved in that decision.” “I was recused in that matter.” “I am not familiar with the reasons why.” “I am simply not a part of the case.” “Uh, I don't know...I don't know.”

Across town, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t have it much easier at his press briefing.

CNN Contributor Paul Begala was an adviser to President Bill Clinton and has his advice for how this White House can handle the firestorms.

“You have to get out ahead of these things. You have to put everything out,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “There’s another side of it though. You can not be too dismissive. You have to honour (congressional inquiry) even if you think the motive is political.”

Watch more of his advice for the president.

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May 15th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Missing children myths, and the real steps parents should take to protect kids

Three women in Cleveland found after being held captive for nearly a decade brought hope to families still looking for their missing children.

But parents lucky enough to have their children at their side might be surprised to hear how many myths are out there on how to protect kids.

David Finkelhor, director of Crimes Against Children Research Center, wrote of five myths about missing children for The Washington Post. He joined CNN's "The Lead" to talk about those myths and how to keep kids safe.

Myth 1: Most missing children have been abducted by strangers

"Of the hundreds of thousands of children who are reported missing to the police every year, less than 100th of 1% are abducted by strangers in the long-term, kind of serious episode most parents are concerned about," said Finkelhor.

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