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Monday, April 22, 2013

Stories to Watch: 4/22/13

Newtown families would very much like to know why soft-on-crime Senators care more about gun manufacturers' profits than their children's lives.

The suspects in the Boston bombings most likely got their guns through the very background check loophole the Senate minority obstructionists refused to close -- just as Al Qaeda advises domestic terrorists to do. They had a huge cache of weapons and were likely prepared to carry out some sort of personal war.

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona wrote to the mother of a man killed in the Aurora theater shooting that "strengthening background checks is something we agree on." He then voted against expanded background checks -- mostly because he's a worthless, dishonest waste of space.

It was Chuck v. Chuck today as Sens. Charles Schumer and Charles Grassley went at it over immigration reform. Schumer called out Grassley for exploiting the Boston bombing to advance his anti-immigration agenda and Grassley didn't like that. The problem is, Schumer's right. What legal immigrants and a naturalized citizen have to do with undocumented people is a complete mystery to everyone other than anti-immigrant opportunists. Grassley's pimping tragedy here and it is damned ugly and shameful. He and others like him deserve all the scorn anyone wants to heap on them.

Reddit is very sorry for putting out crazy-assed BS during the Boston bombing crisis. It's more than we're getting from the New York Post.

Tsarnaev gets read his rights.

Republicans are horrified to learn that sequestration actually cuts spending.

Mark Sanford's congressional campaign is looking pretty over.

Conor Friedersdorf reminds us that the "War on Terror hawks" have yet to be right about anything. Yet they're demanding we let them take the lead post-Boston.

Finally, CNN's constant race to an "EXCLUSIVE!" label on their stories is killing them.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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