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5:10 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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
FBI: 3 Friends Removed Backpack From Boston Suspect's Room  —  BOSTON (AP) — Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev removed a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth three days after the attack …
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  —  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
Discussion: Hot Air
The Boston Globe:
3 more in custody in connection with Marathon bombing case
Discussion: MyFoxBoston
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Battles A Threat To Gun Rights That Even The NRA Says Doesn't Exist  —  Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation aimed at combating a threat to gun rights that even the National Rifle Association has described as pure fiction.  —  A bill introduced late last week by Sen. James Inhofe …
Evan Brandt / Main Line Media News:
Toomey doubts second Senate gun-control vote any time soon
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 …
The Post and Courier:
Tim Scott says Mark Sanford “merits support” in 1st District race
Discussion: Ballot Box, and Post Politics
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 …
Katherine Timpf / Campus Reform the #1 Source …:
Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax, framed conservatives  —  A well-known female liberal blogger and radio host at the University of Wyoming (UW) is being accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself to appear as if it came from a conservative.
Kyle Roerink / Casper Star-Tribune:
University of Wyoming police: Rape threat came from alleged target
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 …
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.) …
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 …
Phillip Rawls / Associated Press:   Ala. Senate tells feds to back off on gun control
David Brown / Washington Post:
Skeleton of teenage girl confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony  —  The first chops, to the forehead, did not go through the bone and are perhaps evidence of hesitancy about the task.  The next set, after the body was rolled over, were more effective.  One cut split the skull all the way to the base.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gawker
Jane O'Brien / BBC:
‘Proof’ Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism
Discussion: Guardian and Colorlines
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
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 …
Food and Drug Administration:
FDA approves Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive without a prescription for women 15 years of age and older
CNN/Time Poll: Cutback civil liberties to fight terror?  —  Washington (CNN) - Although worries about terrorism have edged up following the Boston Marathon bombings, a new national poll indicates only four in ten Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism.
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 …
David M. Drucker / Goppers:
Exclusive: GOP Launches iPhone-Like, High-Tech Data Operation  —  Priebus is seeking to retool how the party collects and shares data.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  National Republicans are building a new data-sharing platform as the party moves to close a digital divide …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Politico and Post Politics
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Richard Cockle / Oregonian:
Gunfire and moments of fear as a rural Oregon school tests its readiness
Washington Post:
Muslim cabdriver alleges assault by passenger who cited Boston Marathon bombing
Discussion: ThinkProgress, DCist and The Raw Story
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Carney: ‘Benghazi Happened a Long Time Ago’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
WonkFeud Finale: Why the labor force participation debate matters
Wall Street Journal:
High-Speed Traders Exploit Loophole
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