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2:15 PM ET, April 24, 2013

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Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Tamerlan Tsarnaev got Mass. welfare benefits  —  By:  —  Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WHOA!... Zubeidat Tsarnaeva Tells CNN: “I Don't Care if My Youngest Son Is Killed.  I Don't Care If I Am Killed.  I Will Say Allahu Akbar!"  (Video)  —  Whoa!  —  Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Tzhokhar Tsarnaevso, made these shocking statements on CNN tonight:
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 …
Adrienne Mong / U.S. News:
Boston bomb suspect's aunt: Mosque won't bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev
The Boston Globe:
Russia alerted US repeatedly about suspect, senators say
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Mixed Reactions to Senate Gun Vote  —  Democrats More Disappointed than Angry  —  OVERVIEW  —  The key Senate vote that halted gun control legislation last week is drawing a mixed reaction from the American public: 47% express negative feelings about the vote while 39% have a positive reaction …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why the American public isn't mad as hell about the failure of the gun bill (in numbers)  —  Not so much, according to a new Washington Post-Pew Research Center poll.  Yes, a plurality (47 percent) describe themselves as either “angry” or “disappointed” about the failure of the gun legislation …
FBI:
New York Man Charged with Internet Extortion and Cyber Stalking … A 21-year-old Great Neck, New York man was charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan with Internet extortion and cyber stalking, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.
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NY Daily News:
Former Romney campaign intern busted in nude-pics blackmail scheme  —  Adam Savader, who also interned for Newt Gingrich and Paul Ryan, is charged with illegally obtaining nude photos of 15 women and threatening to make them public unless they sent more.  He is currently being held pending his bail hearing.
Discussion: Reuters and The Week
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Young Republican who worked for Ryan, Gingrich arrested over alleged nude photo scheme
Discussion: Riehl World News
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: During a manhunt, 69 percent of voters want a gun  —  On Friday, the nation watched as the Boston area went under lockdown during a manhunt for the armed and dangerous marathon bombing suspect.  If you were in that situation, would you want a gun at your side?
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ayotte faces backlash over gun vote
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Gabby Giffords group hits Mitch McConnell, Kelly Ayotte on guns
Discussion: Daily Kos and WHAS-TV
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Obama's tattoo threat  —  President Barack Obama revealed he and first lady Michelle Obama have a master plan to prevent their two daughters from getting tattoos.  —  “What we've said to the girls is that 'If you guys ever decide to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo …
Discussion: CNN
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton hits the speaking circuit  —  Hillary Clinton's next chapter — the paid speaking circuit — begins today.  —  The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has overnight become one of the most in-demand speakers in the world — as a a reported $200,000-a-pop fee attests …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
House GOP report says Clinton rejected plea for more security in Libya
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Pelosi Best Known, Least Liked of Congressional Leaders  —  Americans view top four leaders in House and Senate negatively, on balance  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The top Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate are a generally unpopular foursome, with Democratic House Minority …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Poll finds Pelosi best known, but least liked congressional leader
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP may pull contentious Obamacare bill  —  House Republican leadership is considering canceling a vote this week on the “Helping Sick Americans Now Act,” a bill touted by Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a critical way to improve President Barack Obama's health care law, according to multiple sources.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Seeks To Trap Dems On Preexisting Conditions
John Hudson / FP Passport:
Ron Paul fans furious over Rand Paul's drone flip-flop  —  Ron Paul's vibrant fan base is in open rebellion today over Rand Paul's perceived reversal on domestic drone strikes.  The Kentucky senator, whose famous 13-hour Senate floor filibuster did much to strengthen his ties …
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Rand Paul:
Sen. Paul Statement on Domestic Drone Use
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Bush on Cheney: 'It's been cordial'  —  Former President George W. Bush is in the midst of a media blitz to promote the Thursday opening of his presidential library and has generally projected a jaunty, at-peace air as he takes questions about his tumultuous eight years in the White House.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Turbulence at The Times  —  One Monday morning in April, Jill Abramson called Dean Baquet into her office to complain.  The executive editor of The New York Times was upset about the paper's recent news coverage — she felt it wasn't “buzzy” enough, a source there said — and placed blame on Baquet, her managing editor.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
44 calls 43 ‘gracious,’ ‘patriotic’  —  President Obama says that while he had some deep disagreements with George W. Bush about policy, the former president was gracious, patriotic and very nice.  —  “Well, I've always thought that President Bush was gracious, he was patriotic.
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Mark Pryor May Soon Have A Bloomberg Problem  —  Mayors Against Illegal Guns mulls months-long campaign against Democratic senator from Arkansas  —  Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the well-funded group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is seriously considering a months-long television …
New York Times:
Budget Cuts, Minus the Inconvenience  —  On Monday, after the sequester cuts forced the Federal Aviation Administration to begin furloughs for air traffic controllers, delays began to build up at airports around the country.  Travelers had to wait, but nothing delayed Republicans from scurrying away from all responsibility.
Chas Sisk / In Session:
Stacey Campfield in hot water over joke about assault pressure cookers  —  State Sen. Stacey Campfield joked on his personal blog Monday about “assault pressure cookers” in the wake of last week's bombing in Boston.  Then, the Knoxville Republican said a few hours later that he had been contacted by …
TheGazette:
Iowa House conservatives want pay cut for justices in same-sex marriage decision  —  Proposal would cut pay to $25,000; justices ‘trashed separation of powers’  —  A handful of House conservatives want to reduce the pay of Iowa Supreme Court justices involved in a 2009 decision striking …
Ned Resnikoff / msnbc.com:
Hundreds of service workers strike in Chicago  —  Hundreds of fast food and retail workers went on strike in Chicago Wednesday morning in a labor action consciously modeled on New York City's fast food workers campaign and the nationwide Walmart strike which occurred last Thanksgiving.
Discussion: Gawker and The Raw Story
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Did Boston Have It Coming? The United Nations Says Yes
Discussion: CBS DC, Chicago Boyz and EBL
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
Ray Canterbury On School Lunches: West Virginia Republican Proposes Making Kids Work For Food
Discussion: Wonkette
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: Boston Bomber Radicalized in Russia, Chechnya—'Came Back With a Willingness to Kill'
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
Common Cause:
Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dies at 69
Discussion: ACS Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Will Wyden's Rise Create More Democratic Headaches?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Post Politics
Jim O'Sullivan / The Boston Globe:
In final debate, records attacked
Discussion: First Read
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News poll: Majority says legal immigration should be reduced
Discussion: Bloomberg and National Review
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Austerity loses an article of faith
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Economix
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: Boyhood Pictures Of Tsarnaev Show Media Trying To Do To Him ‘What They Did To Trayvon’