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4:25 PM ET, April 23, 2013


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Washington Post:
Boston bombing suspect cites U.S. wars as motivation, officials say  —  The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Why Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Autopsy Should Include A Check For CTE  —  Could the amateur boxing career of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombings, have had a role in the massacre?  That's a question leading brain researchers …
David Rothkopf / CNN:   Not all terrorism is equal  —  The week in Boston in photos
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul: Suspect not enemy combatant
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer: Boston terror bombings not relevant to immigration reform debate
Discussion: Politico
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Defense hawks say Boston bombings prove America is the battlefield
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Andrew Kitzenberg /
Boston Bombing Suspect Shootout Pictures  —  On Thursday night [Friday morning] at 12:45am EST. I was in my living room working on my computer when I heard multiple “pops” coming from outside.  At that point, I had no idea that I was about to become an eye witness to the biggest news story in the country.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Bush is back  —  It took less than 4 1/2 years of the Obama presidency for President George W. Bush to mount his comeback.  While doing absolutely nothing on his own behalf (he's been the most silent ex-president in my lifetime), his approval is up to 47 percent according to The Post/ABC poll.
Ron Fournier /
Go Ahead, Admit It: George W. Bush Is a Good Man  —  In the rush to mythologize and demonize our presidents, we forget they're human.  —  White House press secretary Ari Fleischer walked into the media cabin of Air Force One on May 24, 2002, and dropped identical envelopes in the laps of two reporters …
Anne Bartlett / Post Politics:
Baucus to retire rather than seek reelection in 2014, strategists say  —  View Photo Gallery —The 2014 midterm elections are just around the corner.  These are the races to watch.  —  Baucus, 71, first elected in 1978,has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Max Baucus retiring  —  Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult reelection campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Baucus Won't Seek Re-election to Senate
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Nevada Senate Votes To Repeal Ban On Same-Sex Couples' Marriages  —  During the course of the debate, Nevada Sen. Kelvin Atkinson told his colleagues — and the world — that he is gay.  Monday's vote was the first step in a long process.  —  WASHINGTON — Late Monday …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
French lawmakers approve same-sex marriage bill
France approves gay marriage law
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mensah M. Dean /
Judge tosses three murder counts against Kermit Gosnell  —  After hearing impassioned arguments from attorneys on both sides of the Kermit Gosnell capital-murder trial Tuesday, a Philadelphia judge threw out three of the seven first-degree murder charges Gosnell faced for allegedly killing fetuses born alive at his abortion clinic.
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Gosnell's Attorney: ‘Ludicrous’ ‘To Say a Baby is Born Alive Because It Moves One Time’  —  ( -The defense attorney for late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for murdering babies who survived abortions, told a Philadelphia court today that it is “ludicrous” …
Fox News:
Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe  —  The Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama has been released, the U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday.  —  Jeff Woodfin, chief deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Oxford, Miss. …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Reid will try to replace sequester with war savings from Afghan drawdown  —  The cuts went into effect on March 1 after the White House and Congress could not agree on a replacement.  The White House insisted on using some tax increases while Republicans refused.
Discussion: Politico
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Mitt Romney's all-star retreat in June will include David Axelrod, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney this morning announced a series of high-profile speakers who will address a retreat that the former Republican presidential nominee is putting together in June.
New York Times:
In Gun Bill Defeat, a President's Distaste for Twisting Arms  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Mark Begich, Democrat of Alaska, asked President Obama's administration for a little favor last month.  Send your new interior secretary this spring to discuss a long-simmering dispute over construction …
UN Watch:
UN Official Justifies Boston Bombings as ‘Retribution’, Blames America & ‘Tel Aviv’  —  Richard Falk warns of “worse blowbacks,” says “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return”  —  In a letter sent today to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice (see below) …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Most Expect ‘Occasional Acts of Terrorism’ in the Future  —  Six-in-Ten Say Post-9/11 Steps Have Made Country Safer  —  OVERVIEW  —  Last week's bombings at the Boston Marathon attracted broad public interest: 63% of Americans say they followed the story very closely, among the highest interest in any news story in the past decade.
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Why the FBI Didn't Make Much of Russia's Request to Probe Boston Bomber  —  The FBI had good reason not to make too much of their Russian counterpart's 2011 request to check out Tamerlan Tsarnaev, U.S. officials tell Eli Lake.  —  On the surface, it looks like another failure to connect the dots.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Napolitano: Homeland Security knew about Boston suspect's trip to Russia
Discussion: Politico
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese carjack victim of Boston bombers only escaped when they stopped for Red Bull... and they didn't kill him because he 'wasn't American'  — Man carjacked by Boston bombing suspects says he was able to escape after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went into a store for Red Bull and chocolate bars
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