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Lawmakers talk about complacency on terrorism

WASHINGTON – The shoe bomber, the underwear bomber, and the Times Square bomber each failed in their primary objective, to kill Americans, but they contributed to a mood of both political resolve and deep worry about the country’s terror defenses in the decade after 9/11.

Following the Boston Marathon attack, political leaders gave voice once again to those sentiments, but the reaction was magnified by the shocking toll, with the deaths of three people and widespread injuries from flying shrapnel.

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