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6:05 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
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:
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New York Times:
Another aide to Matt Gaetz is said to have quit amid an intensifying Justice Department investigation.
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
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
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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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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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
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: Raw Story
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Half of vaccine rejectors believe it is safe to travel now, compared to 29% of vaccinated adults
Discussion: National Review
Jon Raasch / Fox News:
DHS needs ‘modern border management,’ Mayorkas says in 2022 budget proposal
Discussion: Fox Business and Townhall
BioNTech:
Pfizer And BioNTech Request Regulatory Agencies Expand Emergency Use Of Their COVID-19 Vaccine To Adolescents
Discussion: New York Post and Forbes
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
Lev Facher / STAT:
Inside the White House's push for a new, $6.5 billion agency aimed at curing cancer
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States
Discussion: Daily Kos and HotAir
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
A Double Killing in Florida. An American On The Run In Ukraine.
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
The GOP is Trump's party, so ‘all Republican roads lead to Mar-a-Lago’
Discussion: Insider, Bloomberg and HillReporter.com
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hopefuls begin lining up to run in 2022, with a likely Kemp-Abrams rematch topping the ticket
Marc Elias / Democracy Docket:
The Business Community Must Act
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Vladimir Putin Has a Message: “Hey, Joe, Are You Listening?”
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Centers for Disease Control:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Racism and Health