Twas a wild morning of disturbing and dramatic news. It’s hard to imagine Dzhokhar Tsarnaev evading a massive dragnet and a city-wide lockdown a whole lot longer, but until he’s apprehended or killed, the barely controlled speculation about why and why here will continue.

Here are some mid-day news bites, some on Boston-related matters, some not:

* TNR’s Lydia DePillis has a useful backgrounder on what you ought to read about Chechnya.

* Congress remains at loggerheads over CISPA.

* Boy Scouts proposing “compromise” between the right thing and the wrong thing: accepting gay scouts but rejecting gay scout leaders.

* Chechen leader blames violent behavior of alleged bombers on their upbringing in America.

* Politico‘s Anna Palmer already out with a long piece examining political fallout of Boston bombings in terms of guns, immigration, the economy, sequestration and U.S.-Russian relations.

And in non-political news:

* News you thought had already happened: Kim K’s divorce from Kris Humphries finalized.

Back after catching a number of breaths (not so easy with the head cold spreading southwards).

Ed Kilgore

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.