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8:05 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.
The White House:
Executive Order on the Establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States
Tyler Pager / Washington Post:
Biden unveils commission to study possible expansion of Supreme Court
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
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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Brian Stelter / CNN:
ADL calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over racist comments about ‘replacement’ theory  —  New York (CNN Business)The Anti-Defamation League is calling for Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson.  —  “Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt says.
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Tucker: Every time Democrats ‘import a new voter,’ they dilute Americans' political power
Discussion: Forbes
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:
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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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, HotAir and Mission Local
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him  —  When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, “Yeah, you should be.”  —  EO  —  Caron Nazario was driving his newly-purchased Chevy Tahoe home …
Discussion: MyNorthwest.com
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.
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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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
Washington Post:
Putin is slowly murdering Alexei Navalny.  Here's how the U.S. can save him.  —  RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin's regime is slowly but very intentionally murdering his leading political opponent, Alexei Navalny.  Mr. Navalny, whom the Russian secret police unsuccessfully sought to kill …
Discussion: Insider
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.
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov:
Half of vaccine rejectors believe it is safe to travel now, compared to 29% of vaccinated adults  —  Economist/YouGov Poll Politics & current affairs  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now say it is safe for fully vaccinated Americans to travel.
Discussion: HotAir, National Review and Mediaite
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
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 …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How an online ‘Lego’ gamer infiltrated the White House press corps  —  Four times in recent weeks, members of the White House press corps have relayed questions to press secretary Jen Psaki from someone claiming to be a fellow reporter who was not able to be there in the room due to Covid protocols.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Insider and HillReporter.com
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 …
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon orders new screening procedures to weed out extremists  —  Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday ordered a series of “immediate actions” to address the threat of extremism in the military, including a review of the armed forces' definition of extremist behavior …
 
 
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Jeremy Duda / Arizona Mirror:
Election auditor wrote ‘election fraud facts’ report for GOP senators who tried to overturn the 2020 election
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Will Vitka / WTOP:
Pentagon officer charged with murder in Takoma Park shooting that left 2 dead
Discussion: CNN, TheGrio and New York Post
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ embraces innuendo in Ron DeSantis story
BioNTech:
Pfizer And BioNTech Request Regulatory Agencies Expand Emergency Use Of Their COVID-19 Vaccine To Adolescents
Discussion: Forbes and New York Post
Arkansas Online:
Transgender name ban advances
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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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.
New York Times:
How a Defeated Trump Is Making a Muddle of the G.O.P.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Hopefuls begin lining up to run in 2022, with a likely Kemp-Abrams rematch topping the ticket
Centers for Disease Control:
Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, on Racism and Health