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12:15 AM ET, April 25, 2013


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The Boston Globe:
Tsarnaev brothers appeared to have scant finances  —  The older brother liked to look like a man of means, once posing for a photo in front of a gleaming Mercedes sporting a long wool scarf and white leather slip-on shoes.  But Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a stay-at-home dad …
Discussion: The Week
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev got Mass. welfare benefits
New York Post:
Boston bombers planned ‘to party’ in Big Apple after blast: Ray Kelly
Discussion: Gothamist and Politico
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Anthony Weiner 'can't say' if other pics exist  —  Anthony Weiner admitted in an interview Wednesday that there might be other embarrassing photos of him out there that have yet to surface.  —  In the one-on-one with RNN-TV, Weiner didn't deny that there was a possibility there could be other photos …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Weiner warns of more inappropriate pictures
Discussion: Hot Air and Wake up America
James Hohmann / Politico:
George W. Bush library: More 9/11, less Cheney and Rove  —  UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas — George W. Bush was a wartime president, and his new museum won't let you forget it.  —  High ceilings mean visitors can hear the wail of sirens on Sept. 11 across adjoining rooms, as Bush bellows resolutely: “Today our nation saw evil.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Bush was ‘deeply concerned’ Boston bombings were an organized attack
Washington Post:
Officials: Boston suspect had no firearm when barrage of bullets hit hiding place
Discussion: Post Politics
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Saudi Student Alharbi Visited the White House Several Times  —  HOLY CRAP-  —  Saudi student Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi Al-Harbi was injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings.  —  He was once a “person of interest” in the bombings.  He was put on a terror watch list after the bombings.
Erica Ritz /
‘ARMED AND DANGEROUS’: BECK'S LATEST REVELATIONS ON SAUDI NATIONAL ONCE A ‘PERSON OF INTEREST’ IN BOSTON BOMBINGS  —  Editor's note — We'll be discussing this story and all the day's news during our live BlazeCast at 1pm ET...including your questions, comments & live chat:
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rhode Island Becomes 10th State To Approve Marriage Equality  —  The Rhode Island Senate just voted 26-12 to approve marriage equality, guaranteeing that The Ocean State will be the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to legally marry.  Because the Senate made some revisions to the bill …
Discussion: Associated Press and WPRI-TV
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Rhode Island Senate Passes Marriage Equality
Randal Edgar / The Providence Journal:
R.I. Senate approves same-sex marriage 26 to 12
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Steve Kush, New Mexico GOP Official, Calls 19-Year-Old Labor Advocate ‘A Radical B*tch’  —  Steve Kush, the chairman of Bernalillo County Republican Party in New Mexico, called a 19-year-old Working America volunteer a “radical bitch” on Twitter Tuesday night after she testified …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Mexico GOP Official Calls 19-Year-Old ‘A Radical Bitch’
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Kelly Ayotte's Approval Rating Plunges After Vote Against Gun Background Checks  —  WASHINGTON — A new poll has New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte down a total of 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed her vote against requiring background checks for firearms purchases.
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption  —  Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
Chicago Tribune:
Illinois shootings: Suspect helped wounded girl after killing 5  —  Brad Teeter, whose mother-in-law and niece were among the five people fatally shot in Manchester, Ill., today discusses the crime.  —  After he shot his way into a home in the small town of Manchester …
Fourth explosion in fuel barge fire  —  MFRD: More explosions a concern  —  MOBILE, Ala (WALA) - UPDATE: 10:07 p.m. - Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said Mobile Fire-Rescue will let the fire burn out on its own to prevent further injuries.  —  9:50 p.m. - A fourth explosion just occurred around 9:50 p.m …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
ObamaCare fix bill headed for climactic ending in House  —  It is unclear if Republican leaders have the votes to pass Rep. Joe Pitts's (R-Pa.) bill, which would shift ObamaCare money to boost high-risk insurance pools.  If the bill goes to a roll call vote on the floor, it is expected to be very close.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Feds spend at least $890,000 on fees for empty accounts  —  If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story.  —  This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing.
Wall Street Journal:
GE Capital Cuts Off Lending to Gun Shops  —  General Electric Co. is quietly cutting off lending to gun shops, as the company rethinks its relationship to firearms amid the fallout from the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.  —  This month, Glenn Duncan, owner of Duncan's Outdoor Store in Bay City …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices  —  FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A good recruiter needs to be liked, so Dillie Nerios filled gift bags with dog toys for the dog people and cat food for the cat people.  She packed crates of cookies, croissants, vegetables and fresh fruit.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Here Comes Amazon's Kindle TV Set-Top Box  —  Amazon (AMZN) is making e-readers and tablets and will likely soon introduce a smartphone.  As it works to build all types of connected devices, that leaves a natural next step: a television set-top box.  The e-commerce giant is planning …
The Boston Globe:
Russia contacted US government ‘multiple’ times  —  WASHINGTON — Russian authorities alerted the US government not once but “multiple” times over their concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev — including a second time nearly a year after he was first interviewed by FBI agents in Boston …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Boston bomb suspect's name was on classified government watch lists
Jennifer Valentino-Devries / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Denies FBI Request to Hack Computer in Probe  —  A judge in Texas denied a request by the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week for what he describes as a warrant to remotely “hack a computer suspected of criminal use,” raising questions about the legal requirements for the government …
Discussion: Lawfare and AllThingsD
Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Obama Deportation Progam Likely to Be Blocked, Judge Says  —  A court challenge by federal immigration agents seeking to block President Barack Obama's deferred-deportation initiative will probably succeed, a judge said.  —  U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Dallas today put off …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama orders flags half-staff in honor of West, Texas explosion victims
Discussion: Politico
The Week:
The White House Correspondents' Dinner and the startling ascendance of nerd culture
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
9 Letters From Young J. D. Salinger Unearthed
Discussion: Gawker, Guardian and BuzzFeed
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Executing the Mentally Handicapped Is Illegal—Except When It Isn't
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC members badger Democratic negotiator over diversity visas
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden rails against ‘twisted, perverted, knock-off jihadists’ who attacked Boston
Donovan Slack / Politico:
44 calls 43 ‘gracious,’ ‘patriotic’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama's tattoo threat
Discussion: CNN