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4:40 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
The Boston Globe:
3 more in custody in connection with Marathon bombing case
Discussion: MyFoxBoston
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.
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 …
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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 …
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?
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
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.) …
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
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
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 …
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
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
CNN:
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.
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.
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
GOP Census Bill Would Eliminate America's Economic Indicators  —  WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans are cooking up legislation that could give President Barack Obama an unintentional assist with disagreeable unemployment numbers — by eliminating the key economic statistic altogether.
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Goppers:
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Washington Post:
Muslim cabdriver alleges assault by passenger who cited Boston Marathon bombing
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