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4:35 PM ET, May 1, 2013

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Boston Globe:
Three additional people arrested in Boston Marathon bombings  —  Three college students have been arrested by federal authorities in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a law enforcement official familar with the case said this morning.  —  The Boston police Web page said that three additional …
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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia ‘warned the United States IN WRITING about Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012’  — Saudis developed intelligence separately from Russia, which also warned the U.S. about the accused Boston bomber  — A letter to the Department of Homeland Security allegedly named Tsarnaev …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
White House denies Saudis sent warning about Boston suspect  —  The Obama administration on Wednesday strongly denied reports that Saudi Arabia warned U.S. law enforcement officials last year that Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed a threat.  —  Saudi Arabia sent the Department …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
Miketoole / CBS Boston:
3 Friends Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arrested In Boston Marathon Bombings Case  —  Azamat Tazhayakov (left) and Dias Kadyrbayev (middle) with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in 2012.  (Photo via vk.com)  —  BOSTON (CBS/AP) - Three additional suspects were arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Government source: Bells should have gone off for student in custody in Boston case  —  A U.S. government official tells CNN that the three students in law enforcement custody Wednesday are two students from Kazakhstan, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, and another student, U.S. citizen Robel Phillipos.
Discussion: Hot Air and “The Lid”
The Boston Globe:   3 more in custody in connection with Marathon bombing case
Associated Press:   FBI: 3 Friends Removed Backpack From Boston Suspect's Room
Molly Powell / National Review:
Cruz 2016  —  Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.  —  Cruz won't talk about it publicly, and even privately he's cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions.  But his interest is undeniable.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Ad Wars Escalate In Montana Over Max Baucus's Gun Vote  —  Advocates on both sides of the gun debate see the outgoing Montana Democrat's vote still in play.  “Now that you're retiring, please put Montana first.”  —  Via: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images  —  If the fight over last month's …
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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Pat Toomey: Background Checks Died Because GOP Didn't Want To Help Obama  —  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to “be seen helping the president.”
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Evan Brandt / Main Line Media News:
Toomey doubts second Senate gun-control vote any time soon
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bottoms Up, Lame Duck  —  During the 2012 campaign, the president and his top advisers liked to make the argument that if he was re-elected, the “fever” would break.  Washington would no longer be the graveyard of progress, the crypt of consensus.  Once dystopian Republicans accepted …
ThinkProgress:
DIRTY TRICKS: Mysterious Conservative Group Sending Out Push Polls In South Carolina Special Election  —  HILTON HEAD, South Carolina — A mysterious conservative group has been placing highly-misleading phone calls to South Carolina voters, trying to dissuade them from voting for the Democrat …
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Jason Dick / Roll Call:
Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford — Because it Wasn't all Weird Enough
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
Jake Sherman / Politico:
A House in chaos  —  Less than two weeks ago, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walked upstairs to Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Capitol office to discuss a sensitive issue: Why did Cantor schedule a vote before McCarthy had the chance to survey Republican support?
Ken Klukowski / BREITBART.COM:
BREAKING: PENTAGON CONFIRMS MAY COURT MARTIAL SOLDIERS WHO SHARE CHRISTIAN FAITH  —  The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense …
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
FDA's Plan B on Plan B Is Still Not Good Enough  —  Last month, federal judge Edward Korman held that the Obama administration's override of the FDA's recommendation for over-the-counter emergency contraception was illegal.  The “compromise” of making Plan B available without a prescription …
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Food and Drug Administration:
FDA approves Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive without a prescription for women 15 years of age and older
Washington Post:
Over-the-counter sales of Plan B morning-after pill approved for ages 15 and older
Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
Gay rights push threatens immigration deal  —  The most serious threat to bipartisan immigration reform doesn't involve border security or guest workers or even the path to citizenship.  —  It's about gay rights.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
It's a 401(k) World and It Basically Sucks  —  I like the metaphor in Tom Friedman's latest column, arguing that we now live in a 401(k) world.  But I wish he'd spelled it out in greater detail, because the problem with living in a 401(k) world is that Planet 401(k) is a pretty sucky planet.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Senate Passes Bill Nullifying ALL Federal Gun Laws  —  Earlier this week, the Alabama senate passed a bill that purports to nullify any action the federal government takes regarding firearms.  The bill provides that “[a]ll federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations regarding firearms …
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Phillip Rawls / Associated Press:   Ala. Senate tells feds to back off on gun control
Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. councilmen want city to weigh in on possible Times sale  —  Three Los Angeles City Council members — including a candidate for mayor — asked their colleagues Tuesday to consider pulling city pension money from the investment firms that own the Los Angeles Times if they sell the publication …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:   Kevin James releases Wendy Greuel's texts after she attacks him
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Uses Derogatory Term For Undocumented People To Argue For Immigration Reform  —  WISCONSIN — Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the latest GOP champion of an immigration reform bill in the House of Representatives, used an offensive term for undocumented people while touring town halls …
CNN:
Petraeus' mistress Broadwell: I'm looking forward  —  (CNN) - After weathering a political and personal scandal that made her the subject of glaring media scrutiny, Paula Broadwell says she's ready to move forward.  —  The former Army reservist who became romantically involved …
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Leslie Mayes / News 14:
Redemption is the message as Broadwell attends YMCA prayer breakfast
Sam Adams / Slate:
The Great Netflix Purge  —  For many Netflix subscribers, tomorrow is just another day.  But to serious movie fans, especially those used to plumbing Netflix's streaming library for lesser-known classics, May 1 is the end of an era: Streamageddon.  Hundreds of titles, including many classics, will cease to be available on the site.
 
 
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