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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.
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court  —  President Biden created a bipartisan commission Friday to study structural changes to the Supreme Court, giving the group 180 days to produce a report on a range of thorny topics including court expansion and term limits.
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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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 …
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Sebastian Herrera / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Workers in Alabama Vote Against Forming a Union  —  With 72% of ballots counted, about 71% of the Bessemer, Ala., warehouse workers voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union  —  Amazon. com Inc. employees in Alabama voted not to unionize …
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 …
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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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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
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 …
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
George W. Bush: Prince Philip ‘brought boundless strength and support’ to the Queen
Discussion: Politico and IJR
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 …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and The 19th
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Orlando Sentinel
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Dave Gilson / Mother Jones:
Trump Put a Right-Wing Radio Host in Charge of a National Park.  Emails Show the Chaos That Ensued.  —  Click the highlighted text for more.  —  Last December 7, Michael Savage kicked off his radio program by railing yet again against the “demonic” and “fascist” governors who had locked down their states to slow the spread of COVID.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Brad Esposito / Nieman Lab:
“The idea that we can change anything, I have given up on”: NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny on documenting the “depressing” internet  —  “Suddenly, the stupid stuff on the internet, the scary stuff on the internet, became just so mainstream and important.  And that totally should not be.”
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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Ryan Mills / National Review:
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NBC News:
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
A Nation Primed To See Racism In Everything Will Think Only About Race
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
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John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua says Yale punishing her over false student allegations
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Video shows Texas GOP official seeking ‘army’ of volunteers to monitor polls in mostly Black and Hispanic Houston precincts