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12:30 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.
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  —  MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A Boston-area mosque has refused to hold a funeral for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the dead suspect in the attack on the Boston Marathon, his aunt said Wednesday.  —  American authorities have told the family …
The Boston Globe:
Russia alerted US repeatedly about suspect, senators say
Bomb suspect influenced by mysterious radical
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 …
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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
House GOP report says Clinton rejected plea for more security in Libya
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.
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
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Seeks To Trap Dems On Preexisting Conditions  —  House Republicans have set up a Wednesday vote on legislation designed to simultaneously undermine a piece of Obamacare and give themselves a pretext to say they're interested in helping people with preexisting conditions.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP may pull contentious Obamacare bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rand Paul:
Sen. Paul Statement on Domestic Drone Use
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Poll finds Pelosi best known, but least liked congressional leader  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the most well-known but least-favored of the four Congressional leaders, according to a new poll.  —  The Gallup poll released Wednesday found that only 11 percent …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Pelosi Best Known, Least Liked of Congressional Leaders
Discussion: Post Politics, CNN and Politico
Associated Press:
WH knew electric car maker Fisker was faltering: AP  —  Newly obtained documents show the Obama administration was warned as early as 2010 that electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. was not meeting milestones set up for a half-billion dollar government loan, nearly a year before U.S. officials froze …
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
Breaking Down on the Road to Electric Cars
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.
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.
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 …
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Focus Shifts in Ricin Case as Charges Are Dropped
Discussion: emptywheel and
Ned Resnikoff /
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
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.
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
Ray Canterbury On School Lunches: West Virginia Republican Proposes Making Kids Work For Food  —  A West Virginia lawmaker floated the idea during floor debate in the state's House of Delegates of having school children work as janitors, the Associated Press reports.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner vows to probe intelligence sharing ahead of Boston attack  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday added his voice to lawmakers raising concerns about the possible lack of information-sharing among U.S. law enforcement agencies before the Boston Marathon bombings.
Discussion: Politico
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Mosque that Boston suspects attended has radical ties  —  Terror suspects, fugitives and radical speakers have passed through the Cambridge mosque that the Tsarnaev brothers are known to have visited.  —  BOSTON — The mosque attended by the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombing …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Did Boston Have It Coming? The United Nations Says Yes
Sources: Obama plans W.H.-GOP budget group
Discussion: Firedoglake and Crooks and Liars
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
Common Cause:
Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dies at 69
Discussion: ACS Blog
Chas Sisk / In Session:
Stacey Campfield in hot water over joke about assault pressure cookers
 Earlier Items: 
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Will Wyden's Rise Create More Democratic Headaches?
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’