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11:15 AM ET, April 5, 2020

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ABC News:
Biden says call with Trump over coronavirus response hasn't happened  —  Biden reiterated he was open to speaking with the president.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden said a suggested call between himself and President Donald Trump about the novel coronavirus response hasn't happened …
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ABC News:
Biden says 2020 convention may be ‘virtual,’ will wear mask in public amid COVID-19 outbreak  —  The convention was delayed to August.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday on ABC's “This Week” the recently delayed Democratic Convention will have to happen, but conceded that it may need …
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders' ‘narrow path’ to victory gets even narrower
Discussion: Slate
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Joe Biden says Democrats ‘may have to do a virtual’ national convention instead of a massive meeting in Milwaukee
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
David Zweig / New York Times:
Stranded in the Maldives by Coronavirus Travel Restrictions  —  Surrounded by a fleet of staff, who are also stranded, one couple is trapped in an eternal honeymoon in the Maldives.  —  Olivia and Raul De Freitas are currently on their honeymoon, at a five-star resort, in the Maldives …
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for virus pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster …
Discussion: Axios, Politico and POLITICUSUSA
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
George W. Bush in 2005: ‘If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare’  —  A book about the 1918 flu pandemic spurred the government to action.  —  In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:   America was unprepared for a major crisis. Again.
Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Trump discusses opening the country as coronavirus peak approaches
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: The Root
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New York Times:   24 Hours in a Pandemic Nation
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Trump Proceeds With Post-Impeachment Purge Amid Pandemic
Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Esper supports Navy's dismissal of aircraft carrier captain  —  Over 1,200 service members, DOD civilians have tested positive for coronavirus.  —  Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he fully supported acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's decision to dismiss the Navy captain who raised concerns …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
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Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 reshuffles 2020 Missouri governor race between Parson and Galloway  —  A little more than a month ago, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson was running TV ads making the case that a booming economy, record-low unemployment and his accomplishments as governor should earn him four more years in office.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early on, Cheney and Cotton warned about the coronavirus.  They still face pushback in the GOP.  —  Frustrated by the-cure-is-worse-than-the-pandemic rhetoric, some prominent Republicans have begun to forcefully defend the medical science behind the virtual shutdown of the U.S. economy.
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Sophie Lewis / CBS News:   U.S. Postal Service could shut down by June without more funding, Democratic lawmakers warn
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Two months in, Trump's coronavirus response creates more chaos  —  Analysis: Amid America's biggest crisis in generations, the president's actions have often complicated problems rather than resolved them.  —  WASHINGTON — More than two months into what President Donald Trump calls a “war” …
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
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
How long until sports can return?  You might not like the answer.  —  As fields, arenas and stadiums sit vacant and silent, the desire for sports to return far exceeds the capacity among those who oversee them to determine when they will.  Assessing probability is futile …
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Reuters:
Exclusive: Pressed by Trump, U.S. pushed unproven coronavirus treatment guidance  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In mid-March, President Donald Trump personally pressed federal health officials to make malaria drugs available to treat the novel coronavirus, though they had been untested for COVID-19, two sources told Reuters.
Discussion: РБК
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: The Week and Politico
Daniel O'Day / Gilead Sciences, Inc.:
An Update on COVID-19 from our Chairman & CEO  —  Over the course of the past week, Gilead has been working in consultation with regulatory authorities to establish additional expanded access programs for remdesivir, our investigational medicine for COVID-19.
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Washington Post:
Trump, GOP challenge efforts to make voting easier amid coronavirus pandemic
 
 
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Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Surgeon general: ‘This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives'
Discussion: Associated Press
Renatta Signorini / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
State police cite Pa. woman for ‘going for a drive’ amid stay-at-home order
Sara Burnett / Associated Press:
In years before outbreak, investment in public health shrunk
Jada Yuan / Washington Post:
Inside the Javits Center: New York's militarized, makeshift hospital
Discussion: Mediaite and Fox News
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Death without ritual
Washington Post:
Unafraid to call out Trump, Hogan emerges as lead GOP voice for urgent action on pandemic
Mitchell Willetts / Yahoo News:
Georgia governor opens beaches a day after issuing statewide stay-at-home order
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs
Discussion: The Week
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Is Crashing And Burning With His Own Supporters In New Coronavirus Poll
Associated Press:
Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Coronavirus in Brooklyn: An I.C.U. Fights for Each Life
NBC News:
Seeking coronavirus relief, investment firm with ties to Kushner emails Kushner, Trump admin
Discussion: The Hill and MSNBC
Nick Boykin / WUSA:
Wharf fish markets packed on a Saturday, social distancing not being practiced