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7:35 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  —  Initiative runs counter to Biden administration's commission on overhauling court after three conservative Trump appointments  —  WASHINGTON—Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation on Thursday that would add four seats …
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:
Biden to Hit Putin With Russia Sanctions After Summit Offer  — Moves coming as soon as Thursday, days after Biden-Putin call  — U.S. to target individuals, further plans to include debt  —  The Biden administration is poised to impose a raft of new sanctions on Russia …
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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: РБК
Kylie Atwood / CNN:
US is expected to sanction Russia and expel Russian officials in response to hacks and election interference
Discussion: KDFX-TV and РБК
Politico:
Forthcoming Russia sanctions won't include Nord Stream 2
Discussion: Fox News
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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  —  As the U.S. military shut down scores of remote outposts and patrol bases across southern Afghanistan 10 years ago, the Taliban planted a white flag on a former U.S. position …
New York Times:   Veterans React to Biden's Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal is a moment of truth — and a potentially humbling one — for GOP hawks
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Western Warnings Tarnish Covid 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 …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Russ Bynum / Associated Press:   Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations
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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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Insider
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
Washington Post:
Armed ‘quick reaction force’ was waiting for order to storm Capitol, Justice Dept. says  —  As the Capitol was overrun on Jan. 6, armed supporters of President Donald Trump were waiting across the Potomac in Virginia for orders to bring guns into the fray, a prosecutor said Wednesday in federal court.
Discussion: The Week
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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: The Week 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.
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Pennsylvania GOP launches ‘super MAGA Trump’ primary  —  PHILADELPHIA — The likely GOP candidates in Pennsylvania's open Senate race come in three familiar flavors: anti-Trump, Trumpy and Trumpiest.  —  Though President Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania in 2020 and will have been out of office …
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
Wray: FBI opens investigation into China every 10 hours  —  FBI Director Christopher Wray told Senate Intelligence Committee members on Wednesday that the agency is opening an investigation into various Chinese government actions every 10 hours.  —  “We're opening a new investigation …
Discussion: Insider and CNN
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Scene and Heard
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Sanders says he disagrees with Tlaib's call for ‘no more policing’  —  Washington (CNN)Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday evening that he disagreed with Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a fellow progressive, after she called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization” …
Discussion: Fox News, The Root, TheBlaze and KDFX-TV
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, Marijuana Moment and WLOX-TV
 
 
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Bob Christie / Associated Press:
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Jeff Coltin / City & State NY:
Andrew Yang's mayoral campaign is being run by a lobbying firm
Discussion: Gothamist
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Anti-Vax Activists Are Quietly Bending State Politics To Their Will
Discussion: Mic and Raw Story