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2:50 PM ET, April 10, 2021


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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Second senior Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid federal investigation  —  Devin Murphy, Rep. Matt Gaetz's legislative director, has stepped down amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the Florida Republican congressman, the New York Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.
The Daily Beast:
Matt Gaetz Surfaces at Trumpy Summit to Declare 'I'm Built for the Battle'
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 …
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: TheBlaze, Politico, CNN and HotAir
Democracy Docket:
WI Supreme Court Rules Against Voter Purging
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
ADL calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson over racist comments about ‘replacement’ theory
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: and The Week
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Marxist BLM leader buys $1.4 million home in ritzy LA enclave  —  Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the leader of Black Lives Matter and a self-described Marxist, recently purchased a $1.4 million home in an exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood where the vast majority of residents are white, according to reports.
Discussion: RedState and Twitchy
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
Discussion: California Globe and Townhall
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 …
Tess Owen / VICE:
Leaked Chats Show ‘White Lives Matter’ Movement in Shambles After Antifa Infiltration  —  “What an absolute garbage dumpster fire,” one Telegram user wrote.  —  TO  —  Just days before a series of White Lives Matter rallies were to take place in cities across the U.S. …
Hayley Smith / Los Angeles Times:   KKK fliers, White Lives Matter rally: Huntington Beach confronts ‘storm of hate’
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 …
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
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
Proud Boys and other far-right groups raise millions via Christian funding site  —  Revealed: groups banned from other sites fundraising on GiveSendGo as data breach identifies high-dollar donors  —  A data breach from Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo has revealed that millions …
New York Times:
Michigan's Virus Cases Are Out of Control, Putting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a Bind  —  Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, locked down her state over the din of protests last year.  Now she is trying a different approach, appealing to personal responsibility.  —  Nowhere in America is the coronavirus pandemic …
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
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.
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 …
Forensic News:   Trump Aide Failed to Disclose Lavish Gift from Ukrainian Client
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Kamala Harris MIA on border crisis  —  More than two weeks after President Joe Biden placed her in charge of addressing the crisis at the border, Vice President Kamala Harris has made few public moves to show she has a handle on the situation.  —  Harris has visited Connecticut, California …
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Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Arizona AG invites HHS chief on border tour, says crisis a ‘clear threat’ to public health
Discussion: Washington Examiner
New York Times:
Incarcerated and Infected: How the Virus Tore Through the U.S. Prison System
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump faces a narrow path to victory against Facebook suspension
Discussion: and Raw Story
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
Nearly 40% of Marines have declined Covid-19 vaccine
Discussion: New York Post and HotAir
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
Analysis: Covid-19 vaccinations are climbing. But familiar mistakes could lead to more misery
Discussion: KDFX-TV and The Atlantic
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
High number of Trump political appointees sought permanent jobs in final year
Discussion: Raw Story
Malachi Barrett /
Slotkin asks Biden administration to label foreign white supremacists as terrorists
Andrew Sullivan / The Weekly Dish:
A Truce Proposal In The Trans Wars
Discussion: Althouse and
PR Newswire:
Joe diGenova Apologizes To Former CISA Director Chris Krebs
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
State Department revokes security clearance for acting chief of staff to UN ambassador
Discussion: Outside the Beltway