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WASHINGTON -

As they Boston bombing investigation continues, there are lingering questions about the nature of the plot, and whether others were involved.

One of the most critical questions now in the wake of the Boston attacks -- did the bomb plot extend beyond the Tsarnaev brothers -- either here in the U.S. or in Russia.

Two weeks after the bombings, Boston's resolve may be stronger than ever, but the questions that linger are troubling.  And while there is confidence that the Tsaraev brothers carried out the attacks, less clear is whether there was foreign involvement.

"And yet, the narrative being played by some in the administration is that, no, there's no foreign connection.  It's just these two guys," said Rep. Michael McCaul on "FOX News Sunday."

When FOX's Chris Wallace asked, "Why would they push that narrative?" McCaul replied, "I have no idea.  I don't know why that is the case, but that early on, there was a rush to judgment."

And much of the speculation now centers on the mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, and whether she played a role in radicalizing her sons.  Reports that Russian investigators had evidence that may not have been shared with U.S. intelligence agencies.

"Now we're in the second phase and that's the phase to find out who these two bombers communicated with, how they became radicalized, is it a third party within the United States or Russia?" asked Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger.

And then there are the bombs themselves -- what's left of the pressure cookers.  As we learn more about the electronics used to detonate them, investigators are trying to determine whether the brothers had any help assembling them.

Russian investigators are cooperating with their U.S. counterparts to determine whether anyone else -- either here or abroad -- was involved in the attacks.


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