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12:45 AM ET, April 15, 2021

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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.
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.
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 …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Lawmakers to Present Plan to Expand Supreme Court
Discussion: The Guardian and Washington Times
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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Benjamin Din / Politico:
Rep. Matt Gaetz announces ad buy to ‘fight back’ against CNN, allegations  —  Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday announced a six-figure ad buy for a spot that targets CNN, as he fights to save his political career amid sexual trafficking allegations.  —  The new 30-second ad will be featured …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Poised to Impose Russia Sanctions Over Election, SolarWinds  — Moves coming as soon as Thursday, days after Biden-Putin call  — U.S. blames Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference  —  The Biden administration is poised to take action against Russian individuals …
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New York Times:
Biden Administration to Impose Tough Sanctions on Russia  —  Administration officials were determined to draft a response that would impose real costs on Moscow, as many previous rounds of sanctions have been shrugged off.  —  WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is set to announce …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and РБК
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
US is expected to sanction Russia and expel Russian officials in response to hacks and election interference
Discussion: TASS and KDFX-TV
Politico:
Forthcoming Russia sanctions won't include Nord Stream 2
Discussion: Fox News
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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New York Times:
The Minnesota officer who killed Daunte Wright was charged with manslaughter.
April Ryan / TheGrio:
Vice President Kamala Harris weighs in on gun vs. Taser debate in Daunte Wright shooting
Discussion: Snopes.com
Bradford Betz / Fox News:
Daunte Wright accused of choking and robbing woman at gunpoint, had arrest warrant
U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Closes Investigation into the Death of Ashli Babbitt  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved …
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Washington Post:   Armed ‘quick reaction force’ was waiting for order to storm Capitol, Justice Dept. says
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Western Warnings Tarnish Vaccines the World Badly Needs  —  Amid a deep residue of mistrust, American and European cautions on the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines risk igniting anti-vaccine fervor in the global south.  —  Safety worries about the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines …
Discussion: New York Post
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Politico:
How Biden's team overrode the brass on Afghanistan  —  The military spent more than a decade urging three different American presidents to stay in Afghanistan.  With President Joe Biden's decision this week to withdraw all U.S. forces by Sept. 11, they finally lost the battle.
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Kevin Baron / Defense One:
Petraeus Trashes Biden Decision to Quit Afghanistan  —  Pulling out now is an “unforced error,” the former commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan said.  Other former war leaders say the threat can be managed.  — AFGHANISTAN - WHITE HOUSE - INTELLIGENCE - CONGRESS - TERRORISM
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal is a moment of truth — and a potentially humbling one — for GOP hawks
QU Poll:
Biden Receives High Marks On Pandemic, Low Score On Mexican Border Situation, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Infrastructure Plan Is More Popular If Corporate Taxes Fund It  —  As President Joe Biden approaches his 100th day in office, he receives a positive 48 - 42 percent job approval rating …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Shades of 2016: Republicans Stay Silent on Trump, Hoping He Fades Away  —  Just like when Donald J. Trump was a candidate in 2016, rival Republicans are trying to avoid becoming the target of his attacks or directly confronting him, while hoping someone else will.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The C.E.O.s Who Didn't Sign a Big Defense of Voting Rights  —  Hundreds of leaders and companies signed a letter opposing strict limits.  They did not.  —  A big show of corporate solidarity  —  Amazon, BlackRock, Google, Warren Buffett and hundreds of other companies and executives …
Daniel McCarthy / spectator.us:
The strange death of the Democrats  —  The party will decline because it has a demographic problem  —  The Democratic party is dying.  That may be hard to believe since Democrats control both houses of Congress and won the last presidential election with a record 81 million votes.
CBS News:
White House to name Erika Moritsugu to Asian American liaison position  —  The Biden administration is expected Thursday to announce Erika Moritsugu to a senior-level Asian American liaison position, according to sources familiar with the decision making.  —  The White House committed …
Discussion: KDFX-TV, The White House, The Hill and UPI
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Washington Post:
Biden selects Asian American outreach director
Seth A. Richardson / Plain Dealer:
Mike Gibbons used Russian and Ukrainian stock footage to illustrate the ‘American dream’ in his Senate announcement video  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio - Despite describing the United States as the “greatest country in the history of the world” in his announcement that he would run for U.S. Senate …
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.
CNN:
Her sons held hands, cried and crossed the border alone  —  Migrants expelled by the US fear being deported into danger  —  Reynosa, Mexico (CNN)The mother's mind raced as she watched her sons from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.  —  The two boys were crying and holding hands as they crossed the border alone.
Discussion: HotAir
HuffPost:
Mitt Romney And Kyrsten Sinema Team Up On Bipartisan Proposal To Increase Minimum Wage  —  Senate Democrats have had little success finding agreement among themselves on how much to increase the federal minimum wage.  —  Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) …
Gabriel Sterling / Washington Post:
Mr. President, your misinformation on Georgia's voting law is dangerous  —  Gabriel Sterling is the chief operation officer and chief financial officer in the office of the Georgia Secretary of State.  —  “Someone is going to get hurt.”  I made that prediction four months ago regarding misinformation about the 2020 election.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's toxic ‘replacement’ rhetoric gets picked up in the House  —  From the moment Fox News's Tucker Carlson explicitly advocated the idea that immigrants are “replacing” real Americans — a rhetorical construct popular among self-proclaimed white nationalists — the danger was obvious.
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
The Promise and the Tragedy of Biden's Afghanistan Speech  —  Joe Biden gave the most forthright antiwar argument of any post-9/11 president.  Then he spared the broader War on Terror from its implications.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  In many ways, Joe Biden's speech outlining a final withdrawal …
Luke Ramseth / Tupelo Daily Journal:
Mississippi Supreme Court weighs legality of state's medical marijuana ballot initiative … • Medical marijuana was hardly mentioned Wednesday as attorneys argued over whether Initiative 65, the voter-approved pot legalization program, should be overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Discussion: Raw Story, WLOX-TV and Marijuana Moment
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Andrew Cuomo Impeachment Hotline Gets Over 100 Messages  —  Investigators sort through calls and emails as the governor faces harassment and other allegations  —  ALBANY, N.Y.—More than 100 messages have come through a hotline set up two weeks ago by investigators working on the impeachment probe …
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Anti-Vax Activists Are Quietly Bending State Politics To Their Will  —  At least five states are considering bills based on language written by a fringe group.  Across the U.S., legislators are promoting bad science and COVID denial.  —  Anna Merlan  —  South Carolina State Representative Bill Chumley was feeling vindicated.
Discussion: Mic and Raw Story
 
 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Chauvin Defense Expert Destroyed on the Stand
Discussion: HotAir
New York Times:
U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to U.A.E. and Saudis
Discussion: Alternet.org and HuffPost
Cissy Zhou / South China Morning Post:
‘Crucial moment’ in Xinjiang cotton fallout pushes China to launch own body
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Rare bipartisan Senate vote advances measure to address anti-Asian hate crimes
Haley Victory Smith / Washington Examiner:
Biden UN ambassador says ‘slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles’
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
Conservatives propose revised sex ed rules in LGBTQ pushback
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Mounting corporate opposition to proposed voting restrictions tests long-standing alliance with GOP
Discussion: Townhall and New York Times
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Statement of Prof. William A. Jacobson Opposing Cornell Faculty Senate Proposed Critical Race Mandates
Discussion: National Review
Jeff Coltin / City & State NY:
Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign is being run by a lobbying firm
Tim Mak / NPR:
What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady will retire from Congress at the end of his term
Anand Giridharadas / The Atlantic:
Welcome to the New Progressive Era
Discussion: Eschaton