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1.) Politicians exploit Boston bombings to advance political agenda — We know very little about who perpetrated Monday’s terror attack in Boston, but that didn’t stop Steve King from inventing facts about the attack to advance his political agenda. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“Congressman Steve King thinks the unsettled facts in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday should be enough to cause lawmakers pushing along changes to the nation’s immigration laws to step back and ‘take a look at the big picture.’ ‘Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,’ King told National Review in an interview published Tuesday. The Iowa Republican said that speculation should be enough to give lawmakers enough pause so that they shift their focus away from immigration and to national security.”
King wasn’t the only politico playing this shameful game. Former Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank saw the immediate aftermath of the attack as an opportune time to advocate for his big government agenda.
2.) On immigration bill, Rubio says no rush-rush, no hush-hush — Marco Rubio is out in full force defending his immigration bill. TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein reports:
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is pushing back hard against criticism that the bipartisan Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ is being too secretive in writing its immigration bill and is gaming to rush it into law. ‘I’ve heard this criticism about it being negotiated in secret and so forth and so on,’ Gang-of-Eight-member Rubio said during a conference call with reporters Tuesday evening. ‘I’ve just been presented with an amendment to the gun bill. And I have one hour to decide whether I want to co-sponsor it. And it’s been negotiated over the last three days. I think I’m going to cosponsor it. But quite frankly I have 30 minutes to read it. And that’s not been negotiated in the public eye and that deals with a constitutional right. So the bottom line is that this [immigration] proposal is going to undergo more scrutiny than most of the things I vote on here every single day.'”
3.) Another attack? — A Senate office received a dangerous package. TheDC’s Alexis Levinson reports:
“An envelope mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker’s Capitol office tested positive for the poison Ricin. CNN reported that the envelope arrived at the Senate mail facility and was tested. When it tested positive for Ricin, it was retested twice. On Tuesday evening, senators were notified of the incident during a briefing with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FBI Director Robert Mueller. The briefing was scheduled to discuss cybersecurity legislation.”
Hopefully everyone is okay, but of all senators, why Roger Wicker? He isn’t exactly the most high profile legislator in Congress.
4.) Thatcher honored … finally –The Senate finally passed a resolution honoring Margaret Thatcher after excising some text to satisfy Democrats. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday was finally able to get his resolution honoring former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher through the Senate, despite delays caused by Democratic concerns over its language. The resolution was approved Tuesday afternoon after McConnell called on the Senate to approve it by unanimous consent. There were no objections. ‘It is our intention for that resolution to be a statement equal to her legacy,’ McConnell said on the floor.”
6.) Today in North Korean News –BREAKING: “Pak Ui Chun Meets Gabonese Ambassador”