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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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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 …
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.
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
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government … The Biden administration has been clear that the United States desires a relationship with Russia that is stable and predictable.  We do not think that we need to continue on a negative trajectory.
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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: Politico, 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
Politico:
Forthcoming Russia sanctions won't include Nord Stream 2
Discussion: Fox News
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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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
New York Times:   Veterans React to Biden's Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement
The White House:
Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan
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 …
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
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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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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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
CNN:
Biden starts to execute on policies Trump abandoned by crossing off another campaign promise  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden is carrying out some of Donald Trump's biggest campaign promises by leaving America's longest war, targeting economic aid at forgotten Americans and building an infrastructure plan that may actually happen.
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Politico:
How Biden's team overrode the brass on Afghanistan
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Biden resists raising refugee cap over political optics, sources say  —  (CNN)President Joe Biden has resisted signing off on raising the Trump-era refugee cap because of political optics, sources have told CNN.  —  The President's hesitation comes as the administration faces heat …
Discussion: KDFX-TV
 
 
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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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
The GOP's most important votes: 2 Democrats
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP launches ‘super MAGA Trump’ primary
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Wray: FBI opens investigation into China every 10 hours
Discussion: Insider and CNN
Marianna Sotomayor / Washington Post:
House panel approves bill to create commission on slavery reparations
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