Huffington Post: Republican Tom Cotton Makes Odd 'Except for 9/11' Argument

-By Michael McAuliff

April 24, 2013- WASHINGTON -- An odd argument that President George W. Bush kept America safe from terrorism "except for 9/11" made its way to the House floor Wednesday, coming from Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

The claim resurfaced on the right immediately after the Boston bombings, and made its way back into conservative punditry in the days that followed, Steve Benen reported.

The Examiner: GOP newsletter suggests shooting lawmakers who want to expand Medicaid

-By Robert Sobel

April 22, 2013- With Republican lawmakers pondering whether or not they will expand Medicaid to ensure millions of low-income Americans healthcare, many local Republican groups are less than thrilled.

In the April issue of "Benton County Republican Party" newsletter, the Arkansas publication published an article that suggested that 2nd Amendment remedies could be used against those who vote to expand the Medicaid program and help low-income families receive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The article was written by Chris Nogy, the husband of Leigh Nogy, a Benton County GOP secretary.

The Guardian: Why does America lose its head over 'terror' but ignore its daily gun deaths?

The marathon bombs triggered a reaction that is at odds with last week's inertia over arms control

-By Michael Cohen

April 20, 2013- The thriving metropolis of Boston was turned into a ghost town on Friday. Nearly a million Bostonians were asked to stay in their homes – and willingly complied. Schools were closed; business shuttered; trains, subways and roads were empty; usually busy streets eerily resembled a post-apocalyptic movie set; even baseball games and cultural events were cancelled – all in response to a 19-year-old fugitive, who was on foot and clearly identified by the news media.

The actions allegedly committed by the Boston marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, were heinous. Four people dead and more than 100 wounded, some with shredded and amputated limbs.

Washington Post's Live Coverage of Manhunt Boston Marathon Bombers

Police said one suspect is dead and a manhunt was underway for a second suspect after a police officer was killed at MIT and the suspects led police on a chase and into a violent confrontation involving explosions and gunfire in Watertown, Mass. a about 10 miles west of Boston.

The suspects were linked to the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured 176 near the race finish line Monday.They are brothers, law enforcement officials said Friday morning. The one still at large was identified by law enforcement authorities as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge.Law enforcement officials said they believe Tsarnaev may be strapped with explosives. They are taking extreme precautions in Watertown and other nearby suburbs.


NY Times: One Boston Bombing Suspect Is Dead, Second at Large; Area on Lockdown

-By Katharine Q. Seelye and Michael Cooper

April 19, 2013- BOSTON — One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was killed early Friday morning after leading the police on a wild chase following the fatal shooting of a campus police officer, while the other was sought in a massive manhunt that shut down large parts of the area. Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said residents of Boston and its neighboring communities should “stay indoors, with their doors locked.”

The two suspects were identified by law enforcement officials as brothers from Chechnya. The surviving suspect was identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass., a law enforcement official said. The one who was killed was identified as his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The authorities were investigating whether the dead man had a homemade bomb strapped to his body when he was killed, two law enforcement officials said.


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