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Little government response to bombing a year later


AP Photo/Steven Senne

Boston Police, center, stand near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, behind, on Boylston Street, Monday, April 14, 2014, in Boston.

There's little evidence of any lasting impact on the political world a year after the terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon.

The attack a year ago Tuesday has been little more than an afterthought in subsequent elections across the country. State and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260. And federal funding that helps cities prepare for terrorism may be cut.

The politics of terrorism have changed dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

Polls suggest voters have little appetite for a renewed focus on national security after a decade of anti-terrorism efforts — plus wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — that consumed tremendous public resources.

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