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8:30 AM ET, April 5, 2020

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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘A searing time for whistleblowers’: Ousted intel watchdog wrote letter to Schumer  —  Two weeks before he was fired, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told the Senate's top Democrat that the past six months had been “a searing time for whistleblowers,” …
Discussion: NBC News and The Gateway Pundit
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Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Former CIA Station Chief: DNI Richard Grenell Bringing ‘Much Needed Efficiency’ to ‘Bloated’ Intel Community  —  U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell is streamlining the “bloated bureaucracy” that is the intelligence community in a bid to make it more efficient in tackling …
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Burr says intelligence watchdog should be ‘independent’ after inspector general firing
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Vox
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump considers billionaire ally Steve Feinberg for senior intel role
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Warns of ‘a Lot of Death’ While Also Revisiting Easter Sunday Services  —  President Trump warns of what could be “the toughest week,” while also saying he would like to consider relaxing social distancing rules for Easter services.
Discussion: NPR
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New York Times:   24 Hours in a Pandemic Nation
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some top Sanders advisers urge him to consider withdrawing  —  A small group of Bernie Sanders's top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race …
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J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:   Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Larry David, Master of His Quarantine
Discussion: Breitbart and InsideHook
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden says he's starting VP search this month
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Slate and NBC News
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Inside the ouster of Capt. Brett Crozier  —  Civilian control of the military is part of the American bedrock.  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly used that prerogative unwisely Thursday when he short-circuited a preliminary military investigation and fired an aircraft carrier captain …
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Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
'He shouldn't be talking that way': Trump rips ousted Navy captain  —  A Navy commander's written alarms about a coronavirus outbreak aboard his aircraft carrier “looked terrible,” President Donald Trump said Saturday, as he praised military leaders who removed the USS Theodore Roosevelt's top officer from his post.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
CDC launches studies to get more precise count of undetected Covid-19 cases  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun preliminary studies to try to determine how many Americans have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, an agency official revealed Saturday.
Discussion: Politico
Yahoo News:
A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus  —  Food and Drug Administration approved the use of two antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and a related medication, chloroquine, for emergency use to treat COVID-19.  The drugs were touted by
Discussion: The National Interest
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Is Crashing And Burning With His Own Supporters In New Coronavirus Poll  —  The number of Trump voters who say that he was unprepared for the coronavirus has jumped 17 points to 40% of his supporters in the past week.  —  A new daily tracking poll from Navigator Research found:
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Trump discusses opening the country as coronavirus peak approaches  —  The president would consider a task force focused on the country's economy.  —  President Donald Trump pushed to reopen the country Saturday, despite warning Americans “it's not going to be a good-looking situation” …
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Lisa Boothe / The Hill:   How deadly is the coronavirus?
Politico:
Wisconsin's primary to go forward Tuesday even as coronavirus all but shutters the U.S.  —  The deadly coronavirus pandemic may have closed schools, shuttered businesses, ended sports seasons and postponed the Democratic National Convention, but it hasn't canceled Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Trump, GOP challenge efforts to make voting easier amid coronavirus pandemic
Mitchell Willetts / Yahoo News:
Georgia governor opens beaches a day after issuing statewide stay-at-home order  —  Many Georgia beach communities decided to close down their waterfronts due to concerns over coronavirus, but under a statewide stay-at-home order issued Thursday, all beaches are opening back up — whether the communities want to or not.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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Kaelan Deese / The Hill:
Georgia beaches reopen after governor's executive order
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs  —  ‘There will be a lot of death unfortunately,’ President Trump says  —  Confirmed coronavirus cases shot past 1.1 million globally, as the U.S. braced for the most challenging days ahead for many of its hardest-hit cities.
Discussion: The Week
Madeline Holcombe / CNN:
The US enters crucial weeks of coronavirus fight after a grim milestone of most deaths reported in one day  —  (CNN)The US reached a grim milestone with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, and officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread.
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and KTLA
Washington Post:
Live updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S. as Fauci stresses social distancing is ‘our most important tool’  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Coronavirus in Brooklyn: An I.C.U. Fights for Each Life  —  Even before the I.C.U.'s morning report had started, Dr. Rosenberg and other staff members had to rush to an outpatient unit.  A middle-aged man had come to the hospital for dialysis but was sweating profusely.
NBC News:
Seeking coronavirus relief, investment firm with ties to Kushner emails Kushner, Trump admin  —  Apollo Global Management emailed Jared Kushner and other Trump admin officials about relaxing rules on a $100 billion loan program.  —  The co-founder of a huge private equity firm sent an email …
Discussion: The Hill, MSNBC and Bloomberg
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Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Coronavirus Hasn't Stopped Jared Kushner's Real Estate Empire from Hounding Tenants with Debt …
Discussion: The Atlantic
Associated Press:
Where will the bodies go?  Morgues plan as virus grows  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead.  And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.
 
 
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 More Items: 
Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
U.S. Postal Service could shut down by June without more funding, Democratic lawmakers warn
Discussion: Business Insider
Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
South Dakota state representative dies from coronavirus, first sitting U.S. lawmaker to die from COVID-19
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
GM Seeks Tariff Relief for Ventilator Parts
Nick Boykin / WUSA:
Wharf fish markets packed on a Saturday, social distancing not being practiced
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Zeitz / Politico:
Why the Trump Administration Won't Be Able to Make the Stimulus Work
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Sweden Girds for Thousands of Deaths Amid Laxer Virus Policy
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Power Line
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Zoom admits user data ‘mistakenly’ routed through China
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
America Is Hostage to the Stories Trump Wants to Tell About Himself
Discussion: Raw Story
Ari Fleischer / USA Today:
As Trump reaches for hope and journalists shoot him down, reporters end up looking bad
Washington Post:
How Trump's attempts to win the daily news cycle feed a chaotic coronavirus response
Discussion: Raw Story
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Questions remain about who is handling Kelly Loeffler's stock transactions
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A German Exception? Why the Country's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low
Discussion: Bloomberg, NB Blog and NPR