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4:20 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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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Boston bomb suspect's name was on classified government watch lists  —  (Reuters) - The name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was listed on the U.S. government's highly classified central database of people it views as potential terrorists.
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 …
U.S. News:
NYPD chief: Marathon suspect says brothers were headed for New York to party  —  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is telling authorities he and his brother, Tamerlan, learned how to make bombs from Al Qaeda's online magazine, which recommends using fireworks.  Officials say Tamerlan bought fireworks in New Hampshire before the bombing.
Discussion: New York Post and Politico
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: The Impolitic, The Week and Reuters
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Young Republican who worked for Ryan, Gingrich arrested over alleged nude photo scheme
Discussion: Riehl World News
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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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Sanford ‘debates’ cardboard Pelosi
Discussion: Island Packet and CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Poll finds Pelosi best known, but least liked congressional leader
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden rails against ‘twisted, perverted, knock-off jihadists’ who attacked Boston  —  Vice President Biden on Wednesday railed against the “twisted, perverted, knock-off jihadists” alleged to have planted the bombs that killed three and injured hundreds at the Boston Marathon last week.
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Tsarnaev brothers ‘perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis’
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
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 …
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
Meet The New Man At The Center Of The Ricin Case  —  As the case against Paul Kevin Curtis for allegedly mailing ricin was unraveling Tuesday afternoon, FBI agents were already searching the house of another man in connection with the ongoing investigation.  —  Their focus has shifted …
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CNN:
Vindication in ricin case
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP pulls contentious Obamacare bill  —  House Republican leadership abruptly pulled a health care bill from the floor after concerns from conservatives that it extended President Barack Obama's health care law.  —  The legislation, which was championed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Seeks To Trap Dems On Preexisting Conditions
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ayotte faces backlash over gun vote  —  Gun show background checks are pretty universally popular in New Hampshire...and Kelly Ayotte is facing some serious backlash from voters in the state for voting against them last week.  —  Ayotte now has a negative approval rating with 44% of voters giving her good marks and 46% disapproving.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Mediaite
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Gabby Giffords group hits Mitch McConnell, Kelly Ayotte on guns
Discussion: Daily Kos and WHAS-TV
Susan Crabtree / Washington Times:
Obama backs out of Planned Parenthood keynote address  —  President Obama has canceled plans to deliver a keynote address at Planned Parenthood's annual fundraising dinner Thursday night after critics decried his high-profile role at the abortion rights group amid new concerns about the brutality of illegal forms of abortion.
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
‘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:
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Fast food walkout planned in Chicago  —  Breaking: 500 low-wage workers expected to stop working from a dozen chains on Wednesday morning  —  Demonstrators protesting low wages and the lack of union representation in the fast food industry stand outside of a McDonald's restaurant near Times Square in New York, April 4, 2013.
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Ned Resnikoff / msnbc.com:
Hundreds of service workers strike in Chicago
Discussion: Daily Kos, Gawker and The Raw Story
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.
 
 
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP: Labor nominee vote delayed after whistleblower invite
Discussion: Politico
Donovan Slack / Politico:
44 calls 43 ‘gracious,’ ‘patriotic’
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
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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: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
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