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Boston Marathon bombings raised at immigration hearing: At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bipartisan immigration reform bill, the Boston Marathon bombings came up. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) urged Democrats not to rush ahead, given that "we don’t yet know the immigration status of the people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts." Grassley continued: "When we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system." Meanwhile, President Obama was briefed on the latest from Massachusetts Friday afternoon, and called Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to offer his condolences for the MIT police officer killed during a shootout with the bombing suspects.

Boy Scouts call to end ban on gay members: The Boy Scouts Of America are calling for an end to their ban on gay members, while keeping the ban in place for adults leaders.

NRSC raises $3.2 million: The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $3.2 million last month, finishing with about $5.3 million on hand. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has not released its numbers yet.

Will Hanabusa challenge Schatz? Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) met with DSCC officials on Thursday. Hanabusa is considering challenging appointed Sen. Brian Schatz (D) or running against Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), who appointed Schatz to the Senate.

Kline won't challenge Franken: Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) will not challenge Sen. Al Franken (D) in 2014, opting instead to run for reelection.

Good news/bad news for Anthony Weiner: Former congressman Anthony Weiner would begin the New York City mayor's race running second in the Democratic primary, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. Weiner clocks in at 15 percent, behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who claims 28 percent support. A plurality of all New York City voters -- 41 percent -- said they have an unfavorable view of Weiner, with 33 percent viewing him favorably. Meanwhile, a separate Quinnipiac poll shows that Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman's approval rating has slipped slightly in the month since he announced his support for gay marriage.


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