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7:50 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 …
Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical  —  You are here  —  Home » Government and politics » Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical  —  FILE - This combination of undated file photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
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 …
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Careers Taking a Turn For the Worse
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Baucus Won't Seek Re-election to Senate
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 …
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 …
Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun News:
In split vote, Nevada Senate passes measure to begin repeal of gay marriage ban  —  Following more than an hour of riveting and personal floor speeches — during which one state senator publicly announced for the first time he is gay — the Nevada Senate voted 12-9 to begin the process …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Nevada Senate Votes To Repeal Ban On Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
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) …
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Rand Paul comes out against fellow Republicans in Tsarnaev case  —  In an interview with Fox Business on Monday evening, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) came out against Republicans who had called for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be held as an “enemy combatant.”  —  “I think we can still preserve the Bill of Rights,” Paul told Neil Cavuto.
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.
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Shaheen trounces Brown in Democratic poll  —  If Scott Brown is looking to make a political comeback, New Hampshire may not be the right place and 2014 might not be the right year.  —  The former Massachusetts senator - who is publicly toying with a cross-border challenge to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen …
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
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Delaware House Passes Marriage Equality  —  Adding to the good news of the day, the Delaware House of Representatives has approved marriage equality (HB 75) by a vote of 23-18.  It now proceeds to the Senate, where it must pass out of committee before the full chamber considers it.
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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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
GOP Benghazi report blames Clinton
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Laura L. Myers / Reuters:
“Penmanship” is now ‘handwriting’ as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes
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