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12:30 PM ET, April 10, 2021

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes  —  The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court late Friday night lifted …
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court strikes another pandemic-related restriction on religious services  —  In another late-night ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday blocked another California coronavirus restriction on religious gatherings, saying the state's limits on home-based Bible-study and prayer sessions violated constitutional rights.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Townhall
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship
Discussion: Politico, CNN, TheBlaze and HotAir
Democracy Docket:
WI Supreme Court Rules Against Voter Purging
Discussion: Associated Press
CNN:
The new lies of the GOP and Tucker Carlson  —  Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat), a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, is professor of history at New York University and the author of “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.”  Read her newsletter “Lucid.”  The views expressed here are her own.
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
ADL calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over racist comments about ‘replacement’ theory
Nikki McCann Ramirez / Media Matters for America:
White nationalists praise Tucker Carlson's full embrace of their “replacement” conspiracy theory
Max Boot / Washington Post:
How do the immigrants who run Fox feel about Tucker Carlson's anti-immigrant rants?
Suzanne Scott / Anti-Defamation League:
ADL Letter to Fox News Condemns Tucker Carlson's Impassioned Defense of “Great Replacement Theory”
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Inside the Fight for the Future of The Wall Street Journal  —  A special team led by a high-level manager says Rupert Murdoch's paper must evolve to survive.  But a rivalry between editor and publisher stands in the way.  —  The Wall Street Journal is a rarity in 21st-century media: a newspaper that makes money.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How an online ‘Lego’ gamer infiltrated the White House press corps  —  Four times in recent weeks, members of the White House press corps have relayed questions to press secretary Jen Psaki from someone claiming to be a fellow reporter who was not able to be there in the room due to Covid protocols.
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Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris MIA on border crisis
Discussion: Slow Boring and Occupy Democrats
New York Times:
White House Border Coordinator to Step Down
Emma Ockerman / VICE:
Cops Caught on Video Holding a Black Army Lieutenant at Gunpoint, Then Pepper-Spraying Him  —  When Lt. Caron Nazario said he was afraid to get out of the vehicle, one officer responded, “Yeah, you should be.”  —  EO  —  Caron Nazario was driving his newly-purchased Chevy Tahoe home …
Clare Foran / CNN:
‘An existential threat’: The Republicans calling for their party to reject QAnon conspiracy theories  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Peter Meijer has a warning for his party: He fears baseless conspiracy theories like QAnon will destroy the GOP from within if Republicans don't decisively …
Associated Press:
‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control.  In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand.
Discussion: The Week
Detroit Free Press:
Workers weary, patients angry, as COVID-19 fills Michigan hospitals — again  —  With an eye on his father's bloodied face, Barry Jensen began punching numbers into his cellphone from the hospital emergency room.  —  His 90-year-old dad had fallen on a gravel driveway.  His glasses were broken.
Discussion: Bridge Michigan
Harry Enten / CNN:
Red states are vaccinating at a lower rate than blue states  —  (CNN)One of the biggest obstacles in America's race to vaccinate against the coronavirus has been that substantial proportions of certain groups choose not to vaccinate.  —  The polling has suggested all along that Republicans …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
On Ukraine's doorstep, Russia boosts military and sends message of regional clout to Biden  —  MOSCOW — Russia is steadily massing its largest military presence in years near the Ukrainian border — on land and sea — as the Kremlin tests Western support for Kyiv and its battles …
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Forensic News:   Trump Aide Failed to Disclose Lavish Gift from Ukrainian Client
Jacob Finkel / The Atlantic:
Trump's Power Won't Peak for Another 20 Years  —  The Trump presidency may be over, but the Trump era has only just begun—at least when it comes to influence over the nation's courts.  Measured solely by the number of judges he appointed, Donald Trump's impact is staggering: 234 judges …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Police Say an Antifa Activist Likely Shot at Officers.  His Gun Suggests Otherwise.  —  Investigators said that Michael Reinoehl probably opened fire before officers killed him last year.  But some key evidence raises questions about that conclusion.  —  SEATTLE — When a U.S. Marshals …
The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Surfaces at Trumpy Summit to Declare 'I'm Built for the Battle'  —  SCANDAL?  WHAT SCANDAL?  —  Amid a new ethics investigation, Rep. Matt Gaetz reemerged on Friday night to ignore the saga of scandals and deliver MAGA boilerplate.  —  After 10 days of relentless developments …
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Harriet Alexander / Daily Mail:
BLM founder is branded a ‘FRAUD’ after buying a $1.4 million home in an upscale mostly white enclave in LA  — Patrisse Cullors, 37, has bought an expansive property in Topanga Canyon  — The district in which the BLM founder will now live is 88% white and 1.8% black
Discussion: Townhall
CNN:
Texas GOP chairman Allen West falsely says Texas could secede from the US: ‘We could go back to being our own Republic’  —  (CNN)Texas Republican Party chairman Allen West falsely suggested that Texas could secede from the United States and become an independent country, a CNN KFile review of his comments in recent months shows.
New York Times:
‘A Tremendous Complication’: G.O.P. Dances Around Trump's Lingering Presence  —  A gathering of Republican leaders and top donors in Florida this weekend is less a reset of priorities and more a reminder of the tensions that Donald J. Trump instills in his party.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
High number of Trump political appointees sought permanent jobs in final year  —  The number of political appointees who sought permanent positions in the final year of former President Donald Trump's term outpaced the number who did so under his predecessor during the same time frame, according to documents obtained by NBC News.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Nearly 40% of Marines have declined Covid-19 vaccine  —  Washington (CNN)Nearly 40% of US Marines are declining Covid-19 vaccinations, according to data provided to CNN on Friday by the service, the first branch to disclose service-wide numbers on acceptance and declination.
Discussion: New York Post
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Analysis: Covid-19 vaccinations are climbing.  But familiar mistakes could lead to more misery  —  (CNN)For more than a year, the US has battled a ruthless enemy: a novel virus that took no mercy on American communities, crippled hospital systems and took the lives of more than half a million people.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump faces a narrow path to victory against Facebook suspension
Discussion: Raw Story and HillReporter.com
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Wait, Could Andrew Yang Really Be New York's Next Mayor?
Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Hunter Biden: I was so crack-addled, I forgot pants — but I was also very qualified for Burisma
Bari Weiss / Common Sense with Bari Weiss:
What Should Be Done to Curb Big Tech?
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Foundation for Economic Education:
California Moves to Ban Fracking—as Gas Prices Hit 3-Year High
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon takes step toward new screening procedures to weed out extremists
Malachi Barrett / MLive.com:
Slotkin asks Biden administration to label foreign white supremacists as terrorists
Cam Edwards / bearingarms.com:
New West Virginia Law Removes Sales Tax On Guns, Ammo
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
A Truce Proposal In The Trans Wars
Discussion: Alternet.org
Washington Post:
Migrant boy found wandering alone in Texas had been deported and kidnapped
PR Newswire:
Joe diGenova Apologizes To Former CISA Director Chris Krebs
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
When to Reopen  —  America has entered a confusing stage of the pandemic.
Washington Post:
CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
State Department revokes security clearance for acting chief of staff to UN ambassador
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Putin is slowly murdering Alexei Navalny. Here's how the U.S. can save him.
Discussion: Unfogged