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8:20 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.
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 …
The Boston Globe:
Tsarnaev brothers appeared to have scant finances  —  The older brother liked to look like a man of means, once posing for a photo in front of a gleaming Mercedes sporting a long wool scarf and white leather slip-on shoes.  But Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was a stay-at-home dad …
Discussion: The Week
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: Hot Air, CBS New York and USA Today
New York Post:
Boston bombers planned ‘to party’ in Big Apple after blast: Ray Kelly
Discussion: Gothamist and Politico
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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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Kelly Ayotte's Approval Rating Plunges After Vote Against Gun Background Checks  —  WASHINGTON — A new poll has New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte down a total of 15 points from her previous approval rating in a survey that followed her vote against requiring background checks for firearms purchases.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rhode Island Becomes 10th State To Approve Marriage Equality  —  The Rhode Island Senate just voted 26-12 to approve marriage equality, guaranteeing that The Ocean State will be the 10th state to allow same-sex couples to legally marry.  Because the Senate made some revisions to the bill …
Discussion: Associated Press and WPRI-TV
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Randal Edgar / The Providence Journal:
R.I. Senate approves same-sex marriage 26 to 12
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Rhode Island Senate Passes Marriage Equality
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Steve Kush, New Mexico GOP Official, Calls 19-Year-Old Labor Advocate ‘A Radical B*tch’  —  Steve Kush, the chairman of Bernalillo County Republican Party in New Mexico, called a 19-year-old Working America volunteer a “radical bitch” on Twitter Tuesday night after she testified …
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Mexico GOP Official Calls 19-Year-Old ‘A Radical Bitch’  —  Steve Kush, executive director of the Bernalillo County Republican Party in New Mexico, took to Twitter on Tuesday to verbally abuse a 19-year-old Working America volunteer who testified in favor of raising the minimum wage.
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Anthony Weiner 'can't say' if other pics exist  —  Anthony Weiner admitted in an interview Wednesday that there might be other embarrassing photos of him out there that have yet to surface.  —  In the one-on-one with RNN-TV, Weiner didn't deny that there was a possibility there could be other photos …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Weiner warns of more inappropriate pictures
Discussion: Hot Air
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
ObamaCare fix bill headed for climactic ending in House  —  It is unclear if Republican leaders have the votes to pass Rep. Joe Pitts's (R-Pa.) bill, which would shift ObamaCare money to boost high-risk insurance pools.  If the bill goes to a roll call vote on the floor, it is expected to be very close.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
GOP pulls contentious Obamacare bill
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
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
Discussion: The Impolitic, The Week and Reuters
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 …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
In Florida, a food-stamp recruiter deals with wrenching choices  —  FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A good recruiter needs to be liked, so Dillie Nerios filled gift bags with dog toys for the dog people and cat food for the cat people.  She packed crates of cookies, croissants, vegetables and fresh fruit.
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:
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.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Feds spend at least $890,000 on fees for empty accounts  —  If you are a federal worker on furlough this week — or an airline passenger delayed by federal furloughs — you might save your blood pressure, and go read another story.  —  This one is about all the money the U.S. government spends on . . . nothing.
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.
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Tsarnaev brothers ‘perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis’
 
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET:
U.S. gives big, secret push to Internet surveillance
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The Week:
The White House Correspondents' Dinner and the startling ascendance of nerd culture
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Former Ex-Gay Spokesperson Formally Apologizes For Promoting The Harmful Therapy
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC members badger Democratic negotiator over diversity visas
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP: Labor nominee vote delayed after whistleblower invite
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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