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1:35 AM ET, April 6, 2020

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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine  —  The White House coronavirus task force had its biggest fight yet on Saturday, pitting economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.  At issue: How enthusiastically should the White House tout …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Atkinson: Trump fired me because I handled whistleblower complaint properly
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
AP FACT CHECK: Trump pitches unapproved drug for coronavirus
Discussion: Axios
Ivan Pentchoukov / theepochtimes.com:
New York Hospital Discharges Outpace New Admissions for 4th Straight Day
Discussion: Redstate
John Ismay / New York Times:
Navy Captain Removed From Carrier Tests Positive for Covid-19  —  Captain Crozier was fired after a leak of a letter he had emailed to Navy leaders detailing the service's failures in dealing with a coronavirus outbreak on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt.  —  Capt. Brett E. Crozier …
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Wall Street Journal:
Aboard the USS Roosevelt, Sailors Braced for the Worst  —  ‘We were bleaching everything.’ A crew scrambled to stanch a coronavirus outbreak in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  —  The visit to Vietnam in early March was intended as a historic milestone and a symbol of far-reaching U.S. aims in the Pacific …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Acting Navy chief fired Crozier for ‘panicking’ — and before Trump could intervene  —  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly, in an extensive interview about the firing of the commander of a disease-threatened aircraft carrier, said he acted because he believed the captain was “panicking” …
Discussion: The Guardian, CNN, ABC News and Mediaite
The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus  —  Move follows rumours that prime minister's condition had been worsening  —  Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus after suffering persistent symptoms for 10 days.  —  Downing Street insisted it was just a precautionary measure …
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David Zweig / New York Times:
How The Coronavirus Stranded This Couple in the Maldives
Discussion: InsideHook
Tracey Tully / New York Times:   The Nurse Was Holding Up. Then Her 3 Close Relatives Were Brought In.
Politico:
Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
New York Times:
Official Counts Understate the U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll  —  Inconsistent protocols, limited resources and a patchwork of decision-making has led to an undercounting of people with the coronavirus who have died, health experts say.  —  WASHINGTON — A coroner in Indiana wanted …
Discussion: Washington Post and Slate
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count  —  The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation's growing death toll, according to public health experts and government officials involved in the tally.
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and Common Dreams
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:   Live updates: Maryland Gov. Hogan emerges as key GOP voice on pandemic; DMV marks highest one-day jump in fatalities
Mohara / The Office of Governor Larry Hogan:
Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks
Discussion: WTOP and The Hill
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
'You're basically right next to the nuclear reactor.' … I could be the last person some of these patients ever see, or the last voice they hear.  A lot of people will never come off the ventilator.  That's the reality of this virus.  I force myself to think about that for a few seconds each …
aphis.usda.gov:
USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York  —  The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York.
Discussion: Slate, InsideHook and CBS News
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Alaa Elassar / CNN:
A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus
Discussion: PJ Media Home, IJR, The Week and The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Trump Eyes Accused ‘Quack’ Dr. Oz for Coronavirus Advice  —  The president can't stop talking about an unproven COVID-19 treatment — the same one the oft-critized TV doctor keeps pushing and pushing.  —  As the global pandemic and a staggering economic crisis swells, Dr. Mehmet Oz …
Ryan Van Velzer / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:
Federal Government Outbids Kentucky For Medical Equipment Amid Shortage  —  Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says his administration is doing everything it can to prepare hospitals to be inundated with cases of COVID-19, but nearly every time the state has placed an order for medical protective gear …
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   A Little-Known Democratic Governor Is Breaking Out in Kentucky
Aleem Maqbool / BBC:
Coronavirus: Pastor who decried ‘hysteria’ dies after attending Mardi Gras  —  Pastor Landon Spradlin wasn't worried about coronavirus when we went to New Orleans to preach during Mardi Gras.  A month later he was dead.  —  “He loved to laugh.  He loved to play guitar.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
New York City in the Coronavirus Pandemic  —  The spectacle of New York without New Yorkers is the result of a communal pact.  We know that life now depends on our withdrawal from the city.  —  The streets of New York City are so desolate now that you half expect tumbleweed to blow along …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Americans hit by economic shocks as confusion, stumbles undermine Trump's stimulus effort  —  Small-business program gets off to rocky start and White House makes hard pivot on $1,200 checks as enormity of task swamps administration  —  The Trump administration has stumbled in its initial push …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The worst president.  Ever.  —  Until now, I have generally been reluctant to label Donald Trump the worst president in U.S. history.  As a historian, I know how important it is to allow the passage of time to gain a sense of perspective.  Some presidents who seemed awful to contemporaries …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Americans Don't Trust the Media Anymore.  So Why Do They Trust the Cuomos?  —  CNN once prevented Chris Cuomo from interviewing his brother on the air.  But that all changed with the arrival of the coronavirus, and now it's changing television, too.  —  At the end of 2013 …
Carlos Barria / Reuters:
Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order  —  CENTRAL, La. (Reuters) - The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge held services on Sunday in defiance of a stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana because of the coronavirus pandemic, telling worshippers they had …
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and The Daily Caller
WBEZ:
In Chicago, 70% of COVID-19 Deaths Are Black  —  The COVID-19 virus is killing black residents in Cook County at disproportionately high rates, according to early data analyzed by WBEZ.  —  While black residents make up only 23% of the population in the county, they account for 58% of the COVID-19 deaths.
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Bet Big on Treatments for Coronavirus  —  Antivirals and antibody therapies are showing promise.  The FDA needs to step up its pace.  —  Some imagine that the coronavirus will run its tragic course in the spring, with the direst results avoided by intense social-distancing and other mitigation efforts …
Washington Post:
Giuliani, a familiar voice in Trump's ear, promotes experimental coronavirus treatments  —  Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was in the center of the impeachment storm earlier this year as an unpaid private attorney for President Trump, has cast himself in a new role: as personal science adviser …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Katherine Eban / Reuters:
As Trump administration debated travel restrictions, thousands streamed in from China  —  (Reuters) - In defending his strategy against the deadly coronavirus, President Donald Trump repeatedly has said he slowed its spread into the United States by acting decisively to bar travelers from China on Jan. 31.
Discussion: The Hill
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Law and order fears for NYC as nearly 10,000 NYPD and FDNY members call out sick amid a rise in burglaries  — The reduction in a police presence has led to an increase in businesses being burgled including supermarkets and eateries in particular  —  There are fears of a breakdown in law …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chris Sheldon / New Jersey Online:
Cops break up Pink Floyd cover band's coronavirus concert on home's front lawn  —  UPDATE: Cops tell Pink Floyd cover band playing during coronavirus lockdown, 'Wish you weren't here.' Tickets issued.  —  An impromptu Pink Floyd cover band concert held Saturday night on the front lawn …
 
 
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New York Daily News:
Thank you, Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown comes to New York's aid with needed ventilators
cbp.gov:
CBP Announces Temporary Closures and New Hours for Border Crossing Locations
Discussion: Townhall
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump administration determined to exit treaty reducing risk of war
Discussion: Foreign Exchanges
Wajahat Ali / The Atlantic:
This Is What Happens When the Federal Government Abandons You
Connor Sheets / al.com:
Alabama prison system's COVID-19 plan anticipates widespread infection, deaths, National Guard intervention
Discussion: The Hill
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
How New Jersey's First Coronavirus Patient Survived
 Earlier Items: 
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Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China
New York Post:
Media mystified as America rallies behind President Trump during coronavirus crisis
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Italy's Virus Shutdown Came Too Late. What Happens Now?
Rodney Muhumuza / Associated Press:
‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus