• President Barack Obama has invited all 20 women senators to dinner at the White House on Tuesday night for a wide-ranging conversation about his legislative priorities and second-term goals, according to a source familiar with the plans.

    The meal is the latest in Obama's newly assertive outreach to lawmakers—he has dined with Republican and Democratic senators in the past few weeks. His schedule sets dinnertime on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the State Dining Room of the White House.

    Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted her appreciation for the invitation.

  • South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

    Even though the man suspected of detonating two bombs during the Boston Marathon has already received his Miranda rights, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Monday continued to press for the suspect to be "interrogated" and treated as an "enemy combatant" for intelligence-gathering purposes. But Graham said the information gathered shouldn't be used in court because the suspect is a U.S. citizen.

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen born in Kyrgyzstan, was charged Monday in federal court for last week's bombing, which he allegedly set off with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed last week during a police search for the suspects.

    The Justice Department has declined to treat Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, which would have allowed authorities to question him without an attorney present.

    "I strongly disagree with the Obama administration's decision to rule out the enemy combatant status for the suspect at this time. I

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  • Mark Sanford ad (screenshot)Mark Sanford apparently decided the best way to battle charges of trespassing on ex-wife Jenny Sanford's property was to purchase a full-page newspaper ad.

    “It’s been a rough week," the former South Carolina governor writes in the ad in Charleston's Post & Courier, which aims to clear the air as he heads into a competitive May 7 House special election race.

    Sanford, who famously disappeared in 2009 to "hike the Appalachian trail" when he was vacationing with his mistress, published the ad over the weekend to respond to Jenny Sanford's complaints that he trespassed on her property during the Super Bowl.

    Reiterating statements he released last week, Sanford said he had been unable to reach his ex-wife, who was apparently out of town at the time, to ask permission to come into the house to watch the Super Bowl with their 14-year-old son.

    He suggested that the release of the trespassing complaints, which were sealed in court documents, had been politically motivated, noting "the unusual timing of supposedly sealed documents coming to light two weeks before an election." Then he detailed his and his wife's desire to protect their family.

    Sanford even gave out his cellphone number.

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  • Barca edge nine-man Atletico in five-goal thriller
    Barca edge nine-man Atletico in five-goal thriller

    Neymar bagged a double as Barcelona twice came from behind to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-2 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to seal a 4-2 aggregate victory. Fernando Torres struck for the hosts inside the first minute to cancel out Lionel Messi's winner in last week's first leg, but Neymar grabbed a vital away goal just nine minutes later. Raul Garcia briefly restored Atletico's lead from the penalty spot, but Barca were in front by half-time thanks to a Miranda own goal and a wonderful counter-attack rounded off by Neymar. The home side should have been reduced to nine men earlier when Arda Turan somehow escaped with just a yellow card after throwing his boot at one of the officials in the second-half, but did eventually see another red card when Mario Suarez picked up a second booking late on.

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