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3:20 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 …
Adrienne Mong / U.S. News:
Boston bomb suspect's aunt: Mosque won't bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev
U.S. News:
NYPD chief: Marathon suspect says brothers were headed for New York to party
Discussion: New York Post and Politico
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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Tsarnaev brothers ‘perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis’  —  Vice President Biden called the Boston Marathon bomber brothers “two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis.”  —  Speaking during a memorial service for Sean Collier, the MIT police officer slain …
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.
 
 
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Senate Republicans: Whistle blower's appearance forced delay of Labor nominee's hearing
Discussion: Politico
Donovan Slack / Politico:
44 calls 43 ‘gracious,’ ‘patriotic’
Tyler Kingkade / The Huffington Post:
Ray Canterbury On School Lunches: West Virginia Republican Proposes Making Kids Work For Food
Discussion: Wonkette
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
House GOP report says Clinton rejected plea for more security in Libya
 Earlier Items: 
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Will Wyden's Rise Create More Democratic Headaches?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jim O'Sullivan / The Boston Globe:
In final debate, records attacked
Discussion: First Read
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Limbaugh: Boyhood Pictures Of Tsarnaev Show Media Trying To Do To Him ‘What They Did To Trayvon’