Biden ties Boston and Texas heartbreak to Newtown
April 20th, 2013
08:58 PM ET
12 months ago

Biden ties Boston and Texas heartbreak to Newtown

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden spoke Saturday about the loss of life this week at the Boston Marathon and the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, passionately explaining that news of one loss "brings home immediately, vividly the moment you learned of your loss."

After noting the deaths in Massachusetts and Texas, Biden recalled the December massacre at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school, saying those instances showed the "incredible resilience, heroism, commitment and love of the people who responded to these tragedies."
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • Texas
Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning
April 20th, 2013
08:01 PM ET
12 months ago

Source: GOP congressmen want answers on Boston suspect's 2011 questioning

(CNN) - Two key Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee will press the Obama administration about the questioning of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev 2011, according to a GOP congressional source.

The FBI investigated Tsarnaev, who died this week after a late-night shoot-out with police, at the request of Russian authorities, according to a senior U.S. official. Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokar, who was taken into custody a day after his brother's death, are originally from the Caucasus region and immigrated to the United States in the 2000s.
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Filed under: FBI • Massachusetts
April 20th, 2013
07:01 PM ET
12 months ago

Meanwhile in Washington ...

(CNN) - While the eyes of the nation were trained on Boston and West, Texas, this week, lawmakers in Washington turned their eyes to two major issues.

At the same time, they contended with a poisonous threat in the form of letters the FBI said tested positive for ricin sent to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator, and a Mississippi judge, as well as suspicious packages that turned up in the hallways of two Senate office buildings.
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Filed under: Congress • Washington D.C.
April 20th, 2013
05:38 PM ET
12 months ago

Should Boston bombing suspect get a Miranda warning? Debate follows Friday capture

(CNN) - As Boston celebrated the capture of a suspect in the marathon bombings Friday night, a debate erupted in Washington over whether military or civilian law would best handle Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

“This guy didn’t rob a liquor store. He wasn’t working for the Mafia,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Saturday on Fox News. “My God, they were at war with us, we need to be at war within our values and within our laws.”
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Wife of congressman will sit out Senate race
Debbie Dingell (R) pictured with Rep. Eric Cantor (C) and her husband Rep. John Dingell (L) in February. Rep. Dingell delivered fresh Paczki to Cantor and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, to celebrate Paczki Day.
April 20th, 2013
11:09 AM ET
12 months ago

Wife of congressman will sit out Senate race

(CNN) - Serving on Capitol Hill is something of a tradition in the Dingell family, but Debbie Dingell announced Saturday she won't be seeking a seat in Washington.

The wife of longtime Rep. John Dingell Jr., D-Michigan, said in a note sent to family and friends and obtained by CNN that it is "critical that Democrats unite behind one candidate for what will be a difficult and expensive race" to replace Sen. Carl Levin, who has chosen not to seek a seventh term next year.
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Filed under: John Dingell • Michigan
Obama, Republicans stand with Boston
April 20th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama, Republicans stand with Boston

(CNN) – President Barack Obama united with Republicans on Saturday in condemning the violence that took place in Boston and praised the valor that ensued.

The president met with his National Security Council including top counter-terrorism officials and investigators.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama • Tim Scott