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House Democrats downplay findings in Boston Marathon bombing report

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Democrats on the House Committee on Homeland Security on Thursday downplayed the significance of a highly critical committee staff report that highlighted a series of federal communications errors that preceded last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. They did not offer any detailed critique of the review, which was conducted by the Republican majority staff along with the only Democrat who endorsed it, Massachusetts Representative Bill Keating. “There is nothing particularly new or significant in it,” Representative Bennie Thompson, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement.

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