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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.
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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 …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Alex Jones Downplays Connection To “Boston Bomber”  —  Tamerlan Tsarnaev reportedly listened to the conspiracist radio host.  “My show is anti-terrorism.”  —  Via: The Lowell Sun & Robin Young, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Alex Jones is not surprised that the media is reporting …
Kevin Cullen / Boston Globe:
Source: Marathon bombing suspect admitted to authorities that he and brother detonated bombs  —  A source told the Globe that the desperate Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, told their carjacking victim, 'We just killed a cop.  We blew up the marathon.  And now we're going to New York.
U.S. News:
Search of Tsarnaevs' phones, computers finds no indication of accomplice, source says  —  The two brothers accused of setting off bombs at the Boston Marathon are believed to have acted entirely on their own, using instructions for bomb making from an online magazine.  NBC's Pete Williams reports.
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 …
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Washington Post:
Charges dropped against Miss. man in ricin case as FBI searches second home
Discussion: Daily Mail, The Fix and Power Line
Tupelo Daily Journal:
Tupelo home being searched in ricin case, according to resident
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Charges against ricin suspect dismissed; no evidence found
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Ricin suspect freed, marshals say
Discussion: The Week and Outside the Beltway
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Reid Tests GOP Outrage Over Airport Delays With Plan To Pay Down Sequestration For Five Months  —  Amid GOP complaints about airport delays caused by sequestration, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he intends to promptly introduce legislation to use war savings to pay down automatic …
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
After Demanding Senate Pass A Budget, GOP Refuses To Enter Budget Negotiations
Discussion: The Hill and Hullabaloo
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Reid will try to replace sequester with war savings from Afghan drawdown
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  37.4 Million iPhones Sold; 19.5 Million iPads Sold  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2013 second quarter ended March 30, 2013.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share.
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%  —  An Uneven Recovery, 2009-2011  —  OVERVIEW  —  During the first two years of the nation's economic recovery, the mean net worth of households in the upper 7% of the wealth distribution rose by an estimated 28% …
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Careers Taking a Turn For the Worse  —  It's surely a coincidence that Max Baucus' retirement came so soon after an April 6 article by the New York Times' Eric Lipton about the twenty-eight former Baucus staffers who have been registered to lobby on tax issues during the Obama years.
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Anne Bartlett / Post Politics:
Baucus to retire rather than seek reelection in 2014, strategists say
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Conservative Group Photoshops Out Minorities In Mailer Opposing Pro-Voting Legislation  —  A conservative group connected to Colorado's Secretary of State has been sending political mailers — including a picture of a darker-skinned woman whose face was digitally removed and replaced …
Discussion: ColoradoPols.com
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) …
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Austerity loses an article of faith  —  The UK industrial revolution shows the Reinhart-Rogoff thesis on debt is not always right  —  In 1816, the net public debt of the UK reached 240 per cent of gross domestic product.  This was the fiscal legacy of 125 years of war against France.
Discussion: Economix
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Chris Matthews On Bombers: “What Difference Does It Make Why They Did It?”  —  MSNBC's Chris Matthews is not that interested in finding out a motive for last week's bombing of the Boston Marathon, but instead focused on prosecuting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old ethnic Chechen who was apprehended by authorities on Saturday.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: Boyhood Pictures Of Tsarnaev Show Media Trying To Do To Him ‘What They Did To Trayvon’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called out a variety of media outlets on Tuesday for trying to “to Dzhokhar [Tsarnaev] what they did to Trayvon Martin.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and theGrio
 
 
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