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7:10 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.
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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 …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Former GOP Candidate Reacts After Man He Allegedly Framed For Ricin Poisoning Is Released  —  A former Republican candidate for Mississippi's House of Representatives named J. Everett Dutschke expressed disbelief and dismay Tuesday shortly after a man he was accused of framing for mailing letters …
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Andrew Kitzenberg / getonhand.com:
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.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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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.
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.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Careers Taking a Turn For the Worse
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 …
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Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun News:
In split vote, Nevada Senate passes measure to begin repeal of gay marriage ban
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
French lawmakers approve same-sex marriage bill
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Stella Tremblay, New Hampshire Legislator, Says U.S. Government Planned Boston Bombing  —  A Republican state legislator in New Hampshire is claiming that the United States government is responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing.  —  State Rep. Stella Tremblay (R-Auburn) …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Defense hawks say Boston bombings prove America is the battlefield  —  GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) said their libertarian colleagues who say the United States should not be considered part of the battlefield in the war on terror are “ignoring the recent events” in Boston.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Kevin Cullen / The Boston Globe:
Also admits he and brother Tamerlin were behind killing of MIT officer  —  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to authorities Sunday that he and his brother were behind the Marathon bombings, according to a senior law enforcement official.  —  Tsarnaev made his admissions to FBI agents who interviewed …
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Miketoole / CBS Boston:
Miller: Tsarnaev Brothers Killed MIT Officer Because They Needed A Gun
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Mensah M. Dean / Philly.com:
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.
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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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN in talks with Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter for new ‘Crossfire’ show  —  Earlier this month, news broke that CNN was looking to relaunch Crossfire, the famous debate show that pitted two pundits — one liberal, one conservative — against one another on the political issues of the day.
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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
New Immigration Bill Has One Terrible Flaw  —  “Amnesty” is the swear word many conservatives apply to the new bipartisan immigration bill.  The same invective was used to sink the last major attempt to change American immigration laws, during President George W. Bush's second term.
Discussion: National Review
Richard Falk / Foreign Policy Journal:
A Commentary on the Marathon Murders  —  The dominant reactions to the horrific bombings on April 15th, the day of the running of the Boston Marathon, as well as the celebration of Patriots Day, have been so far: compassion for the victims, a maximal resolve to track down the perpetrators …
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UN Watch:
UN Official Justifies Boston Bombings as ‘Retribution’, Blames America & ‘Tel Aviv’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Who Says New York Is Not Affordable?  —  One of the first things you learn when living in New York is that what qualifies as wealthy somewhere else seems barely middle-class here.  On the Upper West Side, where I live, it's hard not to feel as if Manhattan is impossibly expensive for young professionals.
Discussion: National Review, Economix and Gothamist
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Is Still Popular, More So Than Obama, Biden  —  Clinton starts with advantage over Biden if both run in 2016  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Though currently she is — at least temporarily — out of political life, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to enjoy a strong favorability rating, now 64%.
Discussion: The Fix, Politico and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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