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7:20 PM ET, April 9, 2021

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New York Times:
Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court  —  The White House is taking action after progressives pushed to add seats to the court to balance the conservative stamp put on it by President Trump.  —  WASHINGTON — President Biden on Friday will order a 180-day study …
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The White House:
President Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States … President Biden will today issue an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, comprised of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the Court reform debate.
The White House:
Executive Order on the Establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court
New York Times:
White House Border Coordinator to Step Down  —  Roberta S. Jacobson's departure comes amid the administration's efforts to reduce the flow of immigration from Central America.  —  WASHINGTON — Roberta S. Jacobson, the former ambassador to Mexico whom President Biden chose as his “border czar” …
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Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:   White House considering cash payments to Central Americans to stem migration
Max Boot / Washington Post:
How do the immigrants who run Fox feel about Tucker Carlson's anti-immigrant rants?  —  Tucker Carlson, the top-rated host on Fox “News” Channel, has been attracting attention for a while with his vile rhetoric against immigrants.  Yet now he's reached a new low.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Endorses White Supremacist Theory by Name  —  When Nazis marched in Charlottesville in 2017, they chanted “You will not replace us!” and, somewhat more clarifying, “Jews will not replace us!”  The terrorist who gunned down 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, used this slogan …
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Tucker: Every time Democrats ‘import a new voter,’ they dilute Americans' political power
Discussion: Forbes
House Committee on Ethics:
Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Matt Gaetz  —  Pursuant to Committee Rule 7, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics (Committee) determined to release the following statement:
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
America may be close to hitting a vaccine wall  —  There are growing signs that parts of the country may be close to meeting demand for the coronavirus vaccine — well before the U.S. has reached herd immunity.  —  Why it matters: For the last few months, the primary focus of the U.S …
Discussion: KFF, HotAir and Mission Local
Susan Page / USA Today:
Exclusive: How Donald Trump upended Nancy Pelosi's plans, then she unraveled his  —  This story is adapted from “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power,” which will be published April 20 by Twelve Books.  Author Susan Page, the Washington Bureau chief of USA TODAY …
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New York Times:
Amazon Workers Appear to Defeat Union Drive at Alabama Warehouse  —  The company's victory deals a crushing blow to organized labor, which had hoped the time was ripe to start making inroads.  —  Amazon appeared to beat back the most significant labor drive in its history on Friday …
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Justice News:
Four Members Of Militia Group Identifying With “Boogaloo” Movement Charged With Conspiracy To Obstruct Justice By Destroying Records And Destruction Of Records  —  Members of the “Grizzly Scouts” Allegedly Conspired to Obstruct Investigation and Proceedings Involving the Murder of a Federal Officer in Oakland, California
Discussion: CBS San Francisco and Raw Story
Dan Diamond / Washington Post:
Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show  —  Political appointees also tried to blunt scientific findings they deemed unfavorable to Trump, according to new documents from House probe  —  Trump appointees in the Health and Human Services department …
CNN:
Texas GOP chairman Allen West falsely says Texas could secede from the US: ‘We could go back to being our own Republic’  —  (CNN)Texas Republican Party chairman Allen West falsely suggested that Texas could secede from the United States and become an independent country, a CNN KFile review of his comments in recent months shows.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mock Paper Scissors
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In 5-2 ruling, the Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps thousands of voters on the rolls  —  MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that state election officials do not have to quickly take people off the voter rolls when they suspect they may have moved.
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The Biden budget repudiates Trump — and Obama
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him  —  When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, “Yeah, you should be.”  —  EO  —  Caron Nazario was driving his newly-purchased Chevy Tahoe home …
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
BBC:
Nikolai Glushkov: Putin critic ‘strangled in London home by third party’  —  A Russian exile was strangled in his own home by a third party, a coroner has ruled.  —  Businessman Nikolai Glushkov, who was critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was found dead in New Malden in south-west London in March 2018.
Washington Post:
Putin is slowly murdering Alexei Navalny.  Here's how the U.S. can save him.  —  RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin's regime is slowly but very intentionally murdering his leading political opponent, Alexei Navalny.  Mr. Navalny, whom the Russian secret police unsuccessfully sought to kill …
Discussion: Insider
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Josh Hawley's ugly rant unmasks the fraudulence of the anti-'wokeness' crusade  —  With Republicans increasingly attacking “woke” corporations for defending voting rights, one can theoretically envision a semi-understandable motive at play.  It would be that conservative voters feel disempowered …
Sara Goddard / Green That Life:
Talking to a Climate Change Skeptic?  6 Successful Communication Strategies  —  I live in a part of the country where people profess to be climate savvy.  I don't know anyone who'd publicly label him- or herself a climate change skeptic, but there are plenty who have poked holes in the fundamental tenets of climate science.
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Half of vaccine rejectors believe it is safe to travel now, compared to 29% of vaccinated adults  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say it is safe for fully vaccinated Americans to travel.
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Mediaite
Marilyn Berger / New York Times:
Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99  —  The Duke of Edinburgh, who married the future queen in 1947, brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional frank comments hurt his image.  —  Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II …
Luke Thompson / National Review:
The Rise and Fall of the Lincoln Project  —  There have been plenty of grifters in the political world.  But what made the Lincoln Project grift unique was that much of it played out on television.  —  here was nothing special about the Lincoln Project.  Its ads were coarse …
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Revealed: Republican-led states secretly spending huge sums on execution drugs  —  Documents obtained by the Guardian show three states paying astronomical amounts to skirt - almost certainly illegally - a ban on pharmaceuticals for lethal injections  —  Republican-controlled states …
Discussion: Althouse
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ embraces innuendo in Ron DeSantis story  —  Investigative TV journalism always benefits from a dramatic exchange or two.  In a story about Florida's vaccine rollout that aired on Sunday, CBS's “60 Minutes” aired just such a moment from a media event with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
A Double Killing in Florida.  An American On The Run In Ukraine.  —  Ukraine is attracting Americans who want to fight alongside far-right extremists.  What happens when radicalized soldiers like Craig Lang return home?  —  Copy  —  The staccato crack of gunfire rang out across the cloudy night …
Associated Press:
Gaetz hires prominent New York lawyers amid federal probe  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz is retaining two prominent New York attorneys as he faces a Justice Department investigation into sex trafficking allegations involving underage girls.  —  Marc Mukasey and Isabelle Kirshner …
Will Vitka / WTOP:
Pentagon officer charged with murder in Takoma Park shooting that left 2 dead … Takoma Park police have charged the off-duty Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer they say shot and killed two men Wednesday morning in Montgomery County, Maryland.  —  David Hall Dixon, of Takoma Park …
Discussion: CNN, TheGrio and New York Post
 
 
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Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Election auditor wrote ‘election fraud facts’ report for GOP senators who tried to overturn the 2020 election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
BioNTech:
Pfizer And BioNTech Request Regulatory Agencies Expand Emergency Use Of Their COVID-19 Vaccine To Adolescents
Discussion: Forbes and New York Post
Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: MLB decision seen favorably but country is split over business involvement in politics
Discussion: National Review
Arkansas Online:
Transgender name ban advances
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States
Discussion: Daily Kos and HotAir
New York Times:
How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the G.O.P.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hopefuls begin lining up to run in 2022, with a likely Kemp-Abrams rematch topping the ticket
Centers for Disease Control:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Racism and Health