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Book Review: ‘Where the Bodies Were Buried,’ by T.J. English.
11:55 AM, Oct 15, 2015

In 1968, Jerry Angiulo, a Boston mafiosi, dodged a murder conviction. 

The FBI would spend decades and untold man-hours trying to bring him in. In doing so, however, a whole slew of agents found themselves not just dealing with the devil, but in bed with him. The FBI provided information to, and covered up for their criminal informants in the hope of putting together a charge that would stick on Angiulo.

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O'Malley Opposes Death Penalty

4:11 PM, May 15, 2015

In response to the death penalty granted to the Boston bomber, Martin O'Malley, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, has reiterated his opposition to the death penalty.

“I respect the verdict of the jury in this callous and brutal taking of innocent lives in Boston. All of our prayers should go out to the victims, their families and loved ones, for the cruel taking of innocent lives. I hope he never is able to enjoy a moment of freedom," O'Malley says in a statement.

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Feds Conducting Radiation Survey in Boston Before Marathon

7:09 AM, Apr 17, 2014

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will spend the four days leading up to the Boston Marathon conducting a helicopter-based survey to measure naturally occurring background radiation in a ten square mile area west of downtown Boston.

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The Unknown in the Boston Bombings

3:34 PM, Mar 27, 2014

On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee released a report summarizing its investigation into the April 15, 2013, terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. Among the report’s key findings: Nearly one year after twin backpack bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others, U.S. officials are still unsure about the extent of the terrorists’ foreign ties.  

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Obama to Boston for DNC Events

12:26 PM, Mar 03, 2014

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is not slowing down the president. Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday for Democratic National Committee events, the White House announced today. 

President Obama to Travel to Boston

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Kristol Podcast: Internal GOP Activism Is Healthy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:42 PM, Aug 21, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the recent RNC meeting in Boston, and the fights between 2016 contenders and how these debates help the GOP.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Victim: Tsarnaev's Mother a 'Vile Person'

12:53 PM, Jun 19, 2013

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the men accused of bombing the Boston Marathon in April, isn't winning any fans among the victims of her sons' crimes. The Boston Herald reports that one of those victims, who was hospitalized for weeks after the bombings, says Tsarnaeva's pro-jihad comments are "vile." Here's the story from the Herald:

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'Three Additional Suspects Taken Into Custody in Marathon Bombing Case'

10:13 AM, May 01, 2013

The Boston police announces that "Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case."

Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.

— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013

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A Boston Bombings Lesson

1:10 PM, Apr 30, 2013

The reaction of most Americans to the tragedy in Boston was typical: We came together as a nation, mourned our fallen, and applauded our newest heroes.  The sight of first-responders running to the sound of danger within mere seconds of the explosions, not away from disaster as human instinct might dictate, was nothing short of exceptional—but also characteristically American. Indeed, for 237 years, Americans have risked all to help their fellow citizens, strangers, and foreigners equally.  

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'Uncle Sam' Picking Up Bill for Boston Bomber's 'Prominent Death Penalty Lawyer'

6:27 AM, Apr 30, 2013

Judy Clarke, a "prominent death penalty lawyer," in the words of the Associated Press, will represent the alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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Russia Claims to Have Wiretapped Boston Bomber Talking With Mother About 'Jihad'

6:01 AM, Apr 29, 2013

NBC reports that Russia is telling American authorities that it overheard a wiretapped conversation between the suspected Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother about jihad: 

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Civilization and Barbarism

Apr 29, 2013

And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?

They were, those people, a kind of solution.

How many times in the last century have these concluding lines of C. P. Cavafy’s famous 1898 poem, “Waiting for the Barbarians,” been quoted? How many modern intellectuals have pondered the subversive implications of that sophisticated question? 

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Boston Survivor: 'He's Dead and I'm Still Here'

9:26 AM, Apr 26, 2013

Jeff Bauman, a survivor from the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, tells a Boston radio show his killer is dead--and he's still alive. "He's dead and I'm still here," said Bauman, who helped identify the suspects to authorities from his hospital bed.

The survivor describes how he couldn't speak, but was able to write down tips that led to the suspects. When he woke up from surgery, the FBI and police were in his room anxious to speak with him. Based on his description, the authorities were able to sketch an image of the suspected bomber.

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Feds Further Investigating Role of Bomber's Wife

Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva notified husband that the FBI had released his picture.
12:11 PM, Apr 25, 2013

Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the investigation. The intense scrutiny comes as a result of information provided by Dzokhar Tsarnaev in his on-again, off-again interrogation by FBI officials before he was read his rights by a federal magistrate.

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Bombing Suspect 'Stopped Talking' After Being Read Miranda

5:53 AM, Apr 25, 2013

After being read Miranda rights, the Boston bombing suspect in custody, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has stopped talking to authorities, officials tell the Associated Press.

"The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings acknowledged to the FBI his role in the attacks but did so before he was advised of his constitutional right to keep quiet and seek a lawyer, U.S. officials said Wednesday," reports the Associated Press.

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Biden Cracks Joke at Memorial Service for Slain Police Officer

12:48 PM, Apr 24, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden made a joke today at the memorial service for slain MIT police officer Sean Collier:

"One of my favorite poets is Seamus Heaney," said Biden, who is of Irish descent. "I know the congressman thinks I always quote Irish poets because I'm Irish. That's not the reason I do it. I quote Irish poets because they're the best poets and that's the reason why," Biden deadpanned. "And the Collier family knows that, right?"

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Biden Calls Bombers 'Knock-Off Jihadis'

12:32 PM, Apr 24, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden called the Boston bombers "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis" in remarks at a funeral service in Massachusetts for Sean Collier, the slain MIT police officer:

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Russia Gave 'Multiple' Warnings About Bomber

9:51 AM, Apr 24, 2013

An important story from the Boston Globe:

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Special Report Panel on Boston Bombings, Benghazi

8:24 AM, Apr 24, 2013

Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Kerry: Boston Bomber Radicalized in Russia, Chechnya--'Came Back With a Willingness to Kill'

"Well, of course we have the same problem" as Syria, Kerry said.
6:34 AM, Apr 24, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in Brussels, Belgium that the Boston bomber was radicalized in Russia, Chechnya. "[H]e learned something where he went and he came back with a willingness to kill people," Kerry said in response to a question from the press.

The question from the reporter, according to a transcript provided by the State Department, was, "Sir, with the problem we have that young people go to Syria (inaudible), does that matter also to the U.S., do you have the same problem?"

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Family Received Welfare

5:54 AM, Apr 24, 2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was on welfare, sponsored by tax payers. Tsarnaev, now dead, is suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon last week. 

"Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned," reports the Boston Herald.

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Bombing Suspect's Wife Says She's Shocked by 'Reports of Involvement By Her Husband'

3:01 PM, Apr 23, 2013

Katherine Russell, the wife of the dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, claims to be shocked by the "reports of involvement by her husband and brother-in-law" in the Boston Marathon bombings last week.

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Homegrown, Foreign, or Both?

9:09 AM, Apr 23, 2013

CNN’s headline this morning reads, “Boston suspect: It was just us.” The headline links to an article that begins by explaining that the “surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told investigators that his older brother, not any intern

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Sen. Graham: Boston Bombing Suspect Should've Been Held as Enemy Combatant

6:44 AM, Apr 23, 2013

Senator Lindsey Graham made the case yesterday that the Boston bombing suspect should've been held as an enemy combatant:

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United States of America v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

12:59 PM, Apr 22, 2013

Here's the criminal complaint filed against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by the United States of America:

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Obama to Observe 'Closed Press' Moment of Silence for Boston Bombings

9:44 AM, Apr 22, 2013

The White House announced today that President Obama will be observing a moment of silence today for Boston bombings last week. The event is "closed press."

From the White House's schedule:

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