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President Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's bipartisan commission on the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss expanding the court, term limits and more, the White House announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The six-month commission will offer an analysis of the principal arguments surrounding the divisive subject. Progressives are pushing for more seats after former President Trump appointed three justices to the court.

Details: The commission, comprised of 36 law professors, constitutional scholars and former judges, is charged with studying Supreme Court reform, including:

  • Court packing.
  • The court's composition.
  • The norms that guide confirmation of new justices.
  • Partisan conflict over the court.
  • Caseload management.
  • Organization of lower federal courts.
  • Turnover of justices.
  • Judiciary disciplinary codes.
  • Term limits.

Yes, but: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the commission is delivering an "assessment," not recommendations.

The big picture: Though several congressional allies — including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — have advocated for expanding the court, Biden still has not said definitively whether he supports adding more seats.

  • Democrats called for more seats after Republicans swiftly filled former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat during an election year.
  • Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in the House to expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices in April.

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Why Virginia's governor race is so closely watched

It’s the final week of the governor’s race in Virginia between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. It’s a huge test for Democrats as they try to hold onto this must-have state.

  • Plus, the Supreme Court decides to hear three abortion cases this term.
  • And, new FBI data shows how border towns are safer than other American cities.

Guests: Axios' Fadel Allassan, Oriana Gonzalez and Russell Contreras.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Alex Sugiura, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Michael Hanf, and David Toledo. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Our guide to Texas' 8 constitutional amendments

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Texas voters have eight proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot this election season.

  • Early voting ends Friday. Polls are open from 7am to 7 pm on Nov. 2.

Why it matters: A majority of Texas voters must approve each amendment to the state’s constitution. The proposed additions were passed as bills during the latest legislative session.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.