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8:55 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 …
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.
Associated Press:   FBI: 3 Friends Removed Backpack From Boston Suspect's Room
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Three arrested for allegedly helping suspect after Boston bombings
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.”
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
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: Gawker and The Daily Caller
Jane O'Brien / BBC:
‘Proof’ Jamestown settlers turned to cannibalism
Discussion: Guardian and Colorlines
Jake Sherman / Politico:
A House in chaos  —  House leadership aides will tell you they're winning.  They forced Senate Democrats to release a budget, and Cantor is holding out hope that their family-focused agenda will attract Democratic support or jam them politically.  —  But in a practical sense, the House is even more isolated than ever.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Jake Sherman / Politico:
A House in chaos  —  Less than two weeks ago, House Majority …
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.
Paul Miller / The Verge:
I'm still here: back online after a year without the internet  —  I was wrong.  —  One year ago I left the internet.  I thought it was making me unproductive.  I thought it lacked meaning.  I thought it was “corrupting my soul.”  —  It's a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or …
Jackie Bensen /
Possible Human Trafficking Investigated at Saudi Diplomatic Compound in Virginia  —  McLean home owned by Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, real estate records say  —  Federal and local authorities responded to a report of human trafficking at this McLean compound overnight.
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Twitchy
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Feds Investigating Possible Human Trafficking At Saudi Diplomatic Compound In Virginia
Discussion: The Raw Story
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
DIRTY TRICKS: Mysterious Conservative Group Sending Out Push Polls In South Carolina Special Election  —  Left: Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D).  Right: Mark Sanford (R).  (Credit: ABC News)  —  HILTON HEAD, South Carolina — A mysterious conservative group has been placing highly-misleading phone calls …
The Post and Courier:
Tim Scott says Mark Sanford “merits support” in 1st District race
Charts, maps and infographics  —  Daily chart  —  A new study reveals what Islam means in different countries  —  THE Pew Research Centre has released a chunky report on Muslims and their attitudes to sharia law, among other things.  If you want to know how Islam in Indonesia …
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
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 …
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.) …
Washington Post:
Muslim cabdriver alleges assault by passenger who cited Boston Marathon bombing  —  An Army reservist and Iraq veteran who works as a cabdriver says a passenger he picked up early Friday at a Northern Virginia country club accused him of being a terrorist because he is Muslim …
Discussion: DCist and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: New Hampshire Lawmaker Warns Of Revolution Over Immigration Reform  —  WARREN, NH — At Sen. Kelly Ayotte's (R-NH) Warren Town Hall Tuesday, a Republican state legislator questioned the senator about whether she shared his concern that America was headed for an armed internal revolution due …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid: More funding needed to prevent ObamaCare from becoming ‘train wreck’
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David M. Drucker / Goppers:
Exclusive: GOP Launches iPhone-Like, High-Tech Data Operation
Discussion: Ballot Box, Politico and Post Politics
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Senate Passes Bill Nullifying ALL Federal Gun Laws
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Sam Adams / Slate:
The Great Netflix Purge
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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