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The Wrap: From Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s talk of Islamic faith to ricin-laced letters, the week that was
On the international stage, the father of the Boston Marathon bombers, Anzor Tsrnaev, spoke from the Russian city of Makhachkala. Mr. Tsrnaev said “all hell would break loose” if his 19-year-old son was killed by authorities.
Here’s a recap, or wrap, on the week that was from The Washington Times:
Police have finally bagged the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect Friday night.
In a dramatic end to the daylong manhunt, 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive after police zeroed in on his hideout inside a boat stored for the winter in a Watertown, Mass., backyard.
The two suspects involved in Monday’s marathon bombings in Boston were brothers and hailed from overseas, various media reported Friday. Fox News said Suspect No. 2 who wore the white hat at the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19. He hails from Chechnya and had been in the United States for a little more than a year, Bill Hemmer from Fox News reported.
Senators dealt a devastating blow to gun control efforts Wednesday, defeating the background check compromise that was the centerpiece of President Obama’s post-Newtown push for stiffer laws and leaving advocates struggling to figure out what to do now.
President Obama angrily blamed the defeat Wednesday of his centerpiece gun-control proposal on lies spread by the National Rifle Association, calling it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill,” Mr. Obama said in the White House rose garden about 90 minutes after the vote. “It came down to politics.”
Resolved: No American citizen shall be required to pay federal income taxes at a rate higher than the country’s millionaire president pays. Let’s call it the Alternative Maximum Fairness Tax: Calculate your current tax rate, compare it to the president’s and pay the lower of the two.
Two bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 100.
Boston bombing suspect Dzhohar Tsarnaev said on his Russian social media page that his world view was “Islam,” while his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev talked about being “very religious” and complained there “are no values anymore,” according to an English-language Russian newspaper.
CAIRO — Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers, a version of which was used in the Boston Marathon bombings, have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen once published an online manual on how to make one, urging “lone jihadis” to act on their own to carry out attacks.
Police on Thursday were still searching for survivors of a devastating Waco, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion that killed up to 15 and injured at least 160. Waco Police DepartmentSgt. William Patrick Swanton told Fox News early Thursday morning that the death count is still unknown and could range between 5 and 15, The number of injured is upwards of 160, based on reports from three hospitals that have passed along injury updates to police.
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Obama’s health care law stunned administration officials by saying openly he thinks it’s headed for a “train wreck.”
Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, delivered his tough-love assessment of efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act during a budget hearing that featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
• senate/” target=”_blank”>FBI arrests Mississippi man in ricin-tainted mailings to Obama, senator
The FBI said late Wednesday that it had arrested a Mississippi man accused of sending letters tested positive for the poison ricin to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi justice official.
The arrest capped a day in which official Washington was on edge after several senators reported questionable mail delivered to their offices at the Capitol and in their respective states.
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