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2:20 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.
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:   Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating Commission on Supreme Court Changes
The Daily Beast:
Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo'd Teen … In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900.  The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money.
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New York Times:
Another aide to Matt Gaetz is said to have quit amid an intensifying Justice Department investigation.  —  WASHINGTON — A second senior aide to Representative Matt Gaetz, Republican of Florida, abruptly quit in recent days as the congressman tries to fend off a Justice Department sex trafficking investigation …
Politico:
Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship  —  A boutique conservative consultancy group working on behalf of Rep. Matt Gaetz is threatening to sue journalists for their coverage of the embattled congressman.  —  The entity, Logan Circle Group …
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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New York Times:
How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the G.O.P.  —  The former president's instincts for red-meat political fights over governing and policymaking have left party leaders in a state of confusion over what they stand for.  —  WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are passing voting restrictions …
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John F. Harris / Politico:   The Tragic Mediocrity of the U.S. Congress
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Tucker Carlson gives passionate defense of “white replacement theory”  —  Carlson: “If you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate ... they become hysterical because that's what's true.  Let's just say it that it's true”
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Tucker Carlson Endorses White Supremacist Theory by Name
Discussion: Fox News and Crooks and Liars
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Texas GOP recruiting ‘army’ to fight voter fraud in largely minority areas of Houston  —  Texas Republicans are working to recruit a “army” of 10,000 poll workers and watchers to fight voter fraud in Houston, leaked video of a Harris County Republican Party presentation reveals.
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 …
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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Biden seeks huge funding increases for education, health care and environmental protection in first budget request to Congress  —  Defense spending would remain mostly flat under the president's proposal to Congress.  —  President Biden on Friday asked Congress to authorize …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hopefuls begin lining up to run in 2022, with a likely Kemp-Abrams rematch topping the ticket  —  Only three months removed from supercharged, nationalized elections, Georgia candidates are already lining up to run for statewide office, the U.S. Senate and congressional seats in 2022 …
Discussion: Daily Kos Elections
Rosa Brooks / Politico:
What About the Cops Who Watched George Floyd Die?  —  Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer currently on trial for the killing of George Floyd, is an all-too familiar type: a bully with a badge and gun.  During his 19 years as an officer, Chauvin was the subject of a score of misconduct complaints.
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Kati Kariko Helped Shield the World From the Coronavirus  —  Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic.  —  She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher.  She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Vladimir Putin Has a Message: “Hey, Joe, Are You Listening?”  —  The Biden Administration can't escape the Russia problem.  —  Vladimir Putin would like a word.  All of the talk in Washington these days is about China, or our crazy dysfunctional politics, or the pandemic and its consequences.
Centers for Disease Control:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Racism and Health  —  Today, Rochelle P. Walensky MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), declared racism a serious public health threat.
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
Kansas Senate majority leader was drunk in police chase, called an officer ‘Donut boy,’ authorities say  —  Early on March 16, a highway patrol officer chased a white SUV speeding the wrong way down the interstate outside Topeka, Kan., watching as it careened toward oncoming traffic, causing other cars to swerve and nearly collide.
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.
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The asterisk on Trump's endorsement of Marco Rubio  —  Donald Trump is trying to play kingmaker in 2022 Republican primaries.  And on Friday, he added a high-profile Senate incumbent to the list, backing Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.).  —  And as is often the case with the former president …
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
New York Is Taxing the Rich.  Here's Who Made That Happen.  —  A budget that spends on education, homelessness and undocumented immigrants is the product of years of progressive politics, not a governor looking for a diversion.  —  About a decade ago, it became increasingly common …
Washington Post:
The GOP is Trump's party, so ‘all Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago’  —  On Thursday night, the Mar-a-Lago Club hosted a dinner for more than 100 people, put on by a conservative activist group, at which its owner, former president Trump, spoke for more than an hour.
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 …
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
Amy Sherman / PolitiFact:
In gun policy address, Joe Biden exaggerates about background checks at gun shows  —  If you go to a gun show and buy a firearm from a federally licensed seller, you will have to pass a background check, just as if you went to a bricks-and-mortar gun store.  You would only escape a background check …
 
 
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CBS News:
Bill that could lead to slavery reparations proposals may be nearing consideration on House floor
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush “seriously considering” run for attorney general, lays out case against Ken Paxton
Discussion: The Hill
Ryan Mills / National Review:
MLB Has Never Before Shown Interest in Voting Laws — in Georgia or Anywhere Else
Discussion: HotAir and Washington Post
NBC News:
2022 will pit a Democratic economic pitch against GOP culture wars
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Brad Esposito / Nieman Lab:
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