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5:35 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.
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court
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New York Times:
Another aide to Matt Gaetz is said to have quit amid an intensifying Justice Department investigation.
Politico:
Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship
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  —  It's pay to stay away.  —  The Biden administration is considering sending cash payments to Central Americans in a bid to prevent them from making the trek north as the US grapples with the worst immigration crisis seen …
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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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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Washington Post:
In new book, John Boehner says today's GOP is unrecognizable to traditional conservatives and dishes on his time in politics  —  John Boehner in a new memoir derides today's Republican Party as unrecognizable to traditional conservatives like himself, held hostage by both former president Donald Trump …
CBS News:
Preview: John Boehner on “political terrorists” in Congress
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: HotAir, KFF and Mission Local
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 …
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
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
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 …
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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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 and New York Post
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.
Arkansas Online:
Transgender name ban advances  —  Arkansas teachers wouldn't be required to address students by a name or pronoun inconsistent with the student's biological sex under proposed legislation that passed Thursday in the House, one of the latest of several measures in the state Legislature …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Texas Man Charged With Intent to Attack Data Centers  —  A Wichita Falls man who allegedly plotted to blow up a data center in Virginia has been charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States  —  The good news: There are more shots available.  The challenge is getting people to take them.  —  When it comes to getting the coronavirus vaccine, Mississippi residents have an abundance of options.
Discussion: Daily Kos and HotAir
 
 
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Jon Raasch / Fox News:
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Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
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BioNTech:
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Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
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Washington Post:
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Centers for Disease Control:
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