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The Morning Briefing: Austin Bomber Dead, Gov't Shutdown Redux and Much, Much More

Good snowy Wednesday morning.

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president holds a Cabinet meeting
  • President Trump hosts the Financial Services Forum spring meeting

Austin bombings

Press conference: (5:56amET) Surveillance teams zeroed in on and located the suspect and found his car outside a hotel. Tactical teams were on their way, but the vehicle started to drive away. As the SWAT team approached the vehicle, the suspect detonated a bomb in the car killing himself. One of the SWAT team fired on the suspect and there will be an investigation into that shooting. Another officer was injured during the blast. Police cannot publicly name the suspect because he hasn't been positively identified. Police caution that they do not know where the suspect has been in the last 24 hours and to be vigilant as there might be more packages out there. The investigation will continue. Police cannot say if he acted alone. The dead suspect was a 24-year-old white male. Police believe the individual was responsible for all the incidents starting on March 2. They do not have a motive for the bombing.

BREAKING: FNC is reporting (5amET) that law enforcement identified the bomber and he blew himself up in his car when he was surrounded. A press conference is expected any time now.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that local police had located the suspect using a mix of cellphone information, security video and store receipts.

Authorities identified the suspect based largely on security video and other evidence gathered when the suspect shipped an explosive device from a FedEx store in Austin, the newspaper reported. They used cellphone technology to trace the suspect to a hotel in Williamson County, a source told the newspaper.

Yesterday, another bomb detonated at a FedEx facility near San Antonio and a second bomb was intercepted in Austin.

The two FedEx bomb incidents hours apart on Tuesday morning brought to six the number of explosive devices - five of them detonated - that have come under investigation in Texas this month as the work of a suspected serial bomber.

Baffled investigators have taken the extraordinary step of issuing public appeals through the media asking that whoever is responsible to at least come forward with a demand or an explanation.

There was another explosion last night, but law enforcement say that it is not related to the other bombings. Developing...

Government headed for a shutdown?

Here we go again. ABC News reports:

With Congress heading toward another government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is “hoping today” that negotiators will finalize an agreement Tuesday, and said congressional leaders are not yet discussing a continuing resolution as a backup plan.