The exact type of bomb used in the Boston marathon attack — a pressure cooker filled with shrapnel — was recommended by Al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine in a 2010 article entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” Instructions were later “reprinted in Lone Mujahid Pocketbook, a compendium of tips for the do-it-yourself jihadist placed online this year by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports. This doesn’t mean Al Qaeda was personally involved in yesterday’s attack, but it could be an important clue for investigators nonetheless.
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family….
I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!