So we end this work-day as it began: Boston in lockdown, police officers deployed and in peril, amidst a massive manhunt for someone probably strapped with explosives. Maybe we know a bit more about the alleged Boston bombers, but not enough to support the many “political implications” already flying in every direction, now far beyond our borders.

Here, in this unsettled environment, are some remainders of the news day:

* Not already, please: conservatives claiming tweets by terror fugitive show he’s an Obama fan.

* Life must go on: Wonkblog’s Brad Plumer calculates ongoing cost of Boston lockdown.

* With exquisitely poor timing, PARADE offering first joint interview of George and Laura Bush since 2009.

* At Ten Miles Square, Joshua Tucker makes it clear that not all Muslims in the former Soviet Union should be regarded as potential Jihadists.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein reminds us that a 51-vote Senate might have passed some obnoxious Republican gun amendments.

And in non-political news, a hopeful sign for us all:

* The world’s oldest person celebrates his 116th birthday.

Jamie Malanowski, a contributor to the magazine and to Ten Miles Square, and author of a new biography of Levon Helm, will be handling Weekend Blogging.

So in a break from our usual morning-evening Video theme, here, to close the day, is The Band, featuring Levon Helm on drums and lead vocals, performing “Don’t Do It,” in New York in 1971.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.