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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats to introduce bill to expand Supreme Court from 9 to 13 justices  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats will introduce legislation Thursday to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices, alongside progressive activists pushing to transform the high court.
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court … Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.
Kate Riga / Talking Points Memo:
‘Frankly, I Think Everyone Is Baffled’: Searching For Clues In SCOTUS' Abortion Silence  —  When Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court in October 2020, the anti-abortion community celebrated the beginning of a new era.  The Court would now be heavily skewed to the right …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
A new bill would add 4 seats to the Supreme Court  —  It's on!  —  Four Democratic members of Congress plan to introduce legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court, which would, if passed, allow President Biden to immediately name four individuals to fill those seats and give Democrats a 7-6 majority.
Discussion: CBS News, Crooks and Liars and Fox News
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Pelosi rips McConnell in new book: He's an ‘enabler of some of the worst stuff’
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Republicans slam ‘assault’ on Supreme Court by Dems' court-packing bill, say move will help GOP in elections
Bloomberg:
Biden Imposes Sanctions on Russia, Restricts Buying New Debt  — Restrictions on the primary debt market to start June 14  — U.S. targets 32 entities and individuals, including officials  —  The Biden administration imposed a series of new sanctions on Russia …
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New York Times:
Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia
Discussion: РБК
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Biden administration imposes significant economic sanctions on Russia over cyberspying, efforts to influence presidential election
Discussion: The Times of Israel and FOX40
CNN:
Biden imposes new sanctions on Russia in response to election interference and cyber hacks
Discussion: KDFX-TV and РБК
Associated Press:
US expels Russian diplomats, imposes new round of sanctions
Discussion: Politico and The Sun
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals  —  Critics be damned, the President is ending the Forever War waged by Bush, Obama, and Trump in Afghanistan.  —  On Wednesday, Joe Biden announced the close of the two-decade-long American war in Afghanistan, giving the U.S. military a deadline …
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Washington Post:
For Afghanistan veterans, old feelings of frustration and loss surface as the U.S. prepares to end its longest war
Discussion: The Week
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan
New York Times:   Veterans React to Biden's Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement
Politico:
How Biden's team overrode the brass on Afghanistan
The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz's Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old  —  VEN-UH-OH … Venmo payment records reveal a vast network of young women received money from Rep. Matt Gaetz's associate, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg.  —  As new details emerge about Rep. Matt Gaetz's role …
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Miles Parks / NPR:
The Most Popular J&J Vaccine Story On Facebook?  A Conspiracy Theorist Posted It  —  CNN.  ABC News.  The New York Times.  Fox News.  —  Those are the publishers of four of the five most popular Facebook posts of articles about the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine this week.
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Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Western Warnings Tarnish Covid Vaccines the World Badly Needs
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Kevin Drum
Greg Ip / Wall Street Journal:
J&J Covid-19 Vaccine Pause Poses Another Test for Balancing Pandemic Risks
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:   The Promise and the Tragedy of Biden's Afghanistan Speech
Washington Post:
17 requests for backup in 78 minutes  —  A reconstruction shows how failures of planning and preparation left police at the Capitol severely disadvantaged on Jan. 6  —  At 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 6, a D.C. police commander facing a swelling crowd of protesters on the west side of the U.S. Capitol …
Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Accused Capitol rioter planned an escape to Switzerland, prosecutors said.  Now he'll stay in jail.  —  When Jeffrey Sabol returned to his Colorado home after allegedly storming the U.S. Capitol and assaulting two police officers on Jan. 6, he fried his electronic devices in the microwave …
Discussion: CNN, Insider and Raw Story
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The Cook Political Report:
Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index  —  The Cook Political Report is pleased to introduce the post-2020 edition of the Partisan Voter Index (PVI) for all 50 states and 435 congressional districts.  Although these district boundaries won't be in place …
Discussion: Political Wire
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Warnock off to a fast fundraising start for 2022 Senate re-election race  —  U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock has hardly slowed his torrid fundraising pace since his narrow January runoff victory.  —  The Democrat's campaign said Thursday he raised more than $5.7 million from more than 101,000 …
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Navy veteran Latham Saddler enters US Senate race against Warnock
Matt McKinney / Star Tribune:
Officer arrested, charged with second-degree manslaughter in killing of Daunte Wright  —  The charge carries maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  MORE  —  Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly A. Potter was arrested late Wednesday morning at the offices …
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April Ryan / TheGrio:
Vice President Kamala Harris weighs in on gun vs. Taser debate in Daunte Wright shooting
Discussion: Snopes.com
Sarah Chaney Cambon / Wall Street Journal:
Jobless Claims Fell to a New Pandemic Low Last Week  —  Applications for unemployment benefits have declined this year but are still historically high  —  Unemployment claims declined to the lowest level since the pandemic struck last spring, adding to signs the U.S. economic revival is picking up speed.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
CDC Identifies Small Group of Covid-19 Infections Among Fully Vaccinated Patients  —  Incidence is rare, occurring in only 0.008% of cases and in line with expectations  —  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a small cohort of approximately 5,800 cases …
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Christie to GOP Study Group: Call Biden Out as ‘a Liar’  —  Republicans are bloodied and beaten, and maybe just a little too bashful for their own good.  At least, so says Chris Christie.  —  Knocked back on their heels and forced to answer for every outrageous thing Donald Trump did …
Susan Page / Politico:
Inside Nancy Pelosi's War With AOC and the Squad  —  Adapted from Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, to be published by Twelve Books on April 20.  —  “Nancy doesn't have much patience for people who don't know what they don't know.”  —  That was what a senior congressional …
Discussion: National Review and IJR
Robin Bravender / Insider:
We spoke with 21 of Matt Gaetz's high-school classmates.  Some say they could have predicted the congressman's sex scandal.  — Some of Matt Gaetz's former classmates spoke exclusively with Insider about his high school days.  — Gaetz, now 38, had a reputation as a know-it-all who talked over his classmates and teachers.
Discussion: HotAir and Raw Story
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House panel approves bill to create commission on slavery reparations  —  A House committee on Wednesday approved legislation to create a commission to make recommendations on paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved people, the furthest the bill has advanced since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago.
 
 
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CNN:
Biden resists raising refugee cap over political optics, sources say
Discussion: KDFX-TV
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Tucker Carlson Is Giving ‘Red Pills’ To Millions. White Nationalists Are Thrilled.
Claudia Grisales / NPR:
Ahead Of Hearing, Capitol Police Says It Needs Help To Address Insurrection Failures
Lawrence Mower / Tampa Bay Times:
In push for overhaul in Florida elections, Senate Republicans ease up and create new controversy
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Why Is Voting So Hard in Blue States?
Todd Feathers / The Markup:
Big Tech Is Pushing States to Pass Privacy Laws, and Yes, You Should Be Suspicious
 Earlier Items: 
Burgess Everett / Politico:
The GOP's most important votes: 2 Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP launches ‘super MAGA Trump’ primary
Discussion: Political Wire
Luke Ramseth / Tupelo Daily Journal:
Mississippi Supreme Court weighs legality of state's medical marijuana ballot initiative
Discussion: Raw Story, Marijuana Moment and WLOX-TV
Daniel McCarthy / spectator.us:
The strange death of the Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post and Insider
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Mike Gibbons used Russian and Ukrainian stock footage to illustrate the ‘American dream’ in his Senate announcement video
Discussion: Scene and Heard
Gabriel Sterling / Washington Post:
Mr. President, your misinformation on Georgia's voting law is dangerous
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Shades of 2016: Republicans Stay Silent on Trump, Hoping He Fades Away
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story