• Vice President Joe Biden (Rick OsentoskiAP)Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will travel to Cambridge, Mass., on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for an MIT police officer allegedly killed by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.

    A White House official said the Bidens will attend the ceremony for Sean Collier, 26.

    The noon event will be open to the MIT community and law-enforcement officers from around the country, the institution announced. It is expected to attract 10,000 attendees.

    In his remarks after the manhunt for the suspects ended on Friday, Obama publicly sent prayers to Collier's family.

    "He was just 26 years old. And as his family has said, he died bravely in the line of duty, doing what he committed his life to doing—serving and protecting others. So we're grateful to him," the president said.

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    A discussion over whether the deadly bombings in Boston, allegedly by two brothers who emigrated from Eastern Europe, should influence the immigration reform debate led to a shouting match Monday among senators working on the proposal.

    During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the proposed immigration bill, New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer suggested that some were using last week's bombing at the Boston Marathon as "an excuse" to delay the bill. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley had evoked the bombing during a discussion about the legislation at a separate hearing on Friday.

    "The American people are overwhelmingly in favor of immigration reform," Schumer said during the hearing. "That's what every poll says."

    Sitting to his right on the panel, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions interrupted Schumer midsentence to ask if he could make a counterpoint.

    "Will the senator yield?" Sessions asked.

    "No, I will not," Schumer responded.

    "Will the senator yield?" Sessions

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  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Photo provided by FBI via Getty Images)The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will not be treated as an enemy combatant and will face trial in a civilian, federal court, White House spokesman Jay Carney announced Monday.

    In his hospital bed, the 19-year-old was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, killing three people and injuring more than 200.

    Carney's announcement contradicts calls from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and others for the government to place Tsarnaev in detention as an "enemy combatant" while questioning him about the bombing.

    Enemy combatants do not have access to a lawyer while they're questioned, and in some circumstances can be tried by military tribunals. The courts haven't settled the question of whether a U.S. citizen arrested on U.S. soil could be treated as an enemy combatant, however. But to even have a shot at trying that approach, the government would need strong evidence showing a link between Tsarnaev and al-Qaida or other terrorist network. (Tsarnaev became a U.S. citizen in 2012.)

    “You can’t hold every person who commits a terrorist attack as an enemy combatant, I agree with that,” Graham told The New York Times' Charlie Savage last weekend. “But you have a right, with his radical Islamist ties and the fact that Chechens are all over the world fighting with al-Qaida—I think you have a reasonable belief to go down that road, and it would be a big mistake not to go down that road. If we didn’t hold him for intelligence-gathering purposes, that would be unconscionable.”

    Steve Vladeck, a law professor at American University, disagreed, saying it's legally "impossible" for Tsarnaev to be treated as an enemy combatant given that so far there's no evidence he is part of a larger terrorist network. Even if strong evidence did emerge, Tsarnaev's status as a U.S. citizen and that he was arrested in America, not abroad, would make it unlikely the government could hold him in military detention.

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