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3:50 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
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 …
Associated Press:
Gaetz hires prominent New York lawyers amid federal probe
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
Gaetz-tied group threatens to sue reporters writing on his Trump relationship
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Amazon.com
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Julian E. Zelizer / New York Times:
Book Review: ‘On the House,’ by John Boehner
Discussion: CBS News and NPR
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: The Biden budget repudiates Trump — and Obama  —  BREAKING — “Alabama Amazon workers reject high-profile union drive,” by Rebecca Rainey: “The vote was 1,798-738 against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.”  —  BIDEN SHOWS US HIS BUDGET …
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Josh Boak / Associated Press:
Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Biden seeks huge funding increases for education, health care and environmental protection in first budget request to 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: Mission Local and KFF
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 …
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 …
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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
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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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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
BioNTech:
Pfizer And BioNTech Request Regulatory Agencies Expand Emergency Use Of Their COVID-19 Vaccine To Adolescents  —  Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today requested amendments to the U.S. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine (BNT162b2) …
Discussion: Forbes
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.
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.
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
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: HotAir
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 …
 
 
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Will Vitka / WTOP:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Jon Ward / Yahoo News:
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Inside the White House's push for a new, $6.5 billion agency aimed at curing cancer
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CBS News:
Bill that could lead to slavery reparations proposals may be nearing consideration on House floor
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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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hopefuls begin lining up to run in 2022, with a likely Kemp-Abrams rematch topping the ticket
Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
A Nation Primed To See Racism In Everything Will Think Only About Race
Amy Sherman / PolitiFact:
In gun policy address, Joe Biden exaggerates about background checks at gun shows
John Bowden / The Hill:
‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua says Yale punishing her over false student allegations
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