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12:35 PM ET, April 5, 2020

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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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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
San Francisco Chronicle:   A Captain's Choice  —  Brett Crozier chose his crew over his career.
Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Esper supports Navy's dismissal of aircraft carrier captain
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Trump Proceeds With Post-Impeachment Purge Amid Pandemic
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 …
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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Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Biden: I will wear a mask in public  —  Joe Biden said he will wear a mask in public, drawing a contrast between President Donald Trump and himself amid the coronavirus pandemic.  —  On Sunday, the former vice president and current de facto Democratic presidential nominee emphasized one phrase repeatedly: “Follow the science.”
Discussion: Althouse, New York Times and HuffPost
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden  —  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's rising profile during the coronavirus pandemic has boosted her stock with Joe Biden's presidential campaign, with some allies making the case that she would make a perfect running mate for the former vice president.
ABC News:
Biden says 2020 convention may be ‘virtual,’ will wear mask in public amid COVID-19 outbreak
Discussion: Breitbart
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders' ‘narrow path’ to victory gets even narrower
Discussion: The Week, Slate and Washington Post
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Joe Biden says Democrats ‘may have to do a virtual’ national convention instead of a massive meeting in Milwaukee
Discussion: The Hill
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Surgeon general: ‘This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives'  —  U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic that the week ahead would be the “hardest and the saddest” of “most Americans' lives.”
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Surgeon General implores holdout governors to ‘give us a week’
Discussion: The Hill
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Surgeon general warns US of ‘saddest week’ and ‘9/11 moment’
Discussion: The Hill and WFLA-TV
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 …
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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
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 and Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Went to Jared  —  Heaven help us, we're at the mercy of the Slim Suit crowd.  —  A few years ago, when some photos by Times photographers adorning our office walls were swapped out for others, I found one headed for the dumpster.  —  It captured the scene when Andy Card came over to whisper …
Wall Street Journal:
The Big Question for Sports: When Will You Feel Safe Around 20,000 Strangers Again?  —  President Trump wants sports back soon.  But fans might not be ready.  —  Sports will be back.  At some point in the possibly distant future, athletes will head back to work in arenas, ballparks and stadiums …
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Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
How long until sports can return? You might not like the answer.
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
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, The Week and KTLA
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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.
Renatta Signorini / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
State police cite Pa. woman for ‘going for a drive’ amid stay-at-home order  —  A York County woman this week was the first person in Pennsylvania to be cited for violating Gov. Tom Wolf's stay-at-home order, according to state police.  —  The 19-year-old woman was given a nontraffic citation for allegedly …
Alex Harris / Miami Herald:
After hours waiting for Miami hospital bed, cruise passenger's family calls 911.  It was too late  —  UPDATE, 11 a.m. Sunday: Wilson Maa, 71, passed away Saturday night at Larkin Community Hospital in Hialeah from complications associated with COVID-19.  The family's statement is included at the bottom of this story.
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
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” …
 
 
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Teri Kanefield / DemCast:
Oligarchy vs. Democracy in the Age of a Pandemic
Discussion: Axios and NBC News
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Fox News ‘willfully and maliciously deceived public’ about coronavirus
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early on, Cheney and Cotton warned about the coronavirus. They still face pushback in the GOP.
Washington Post:
Unafraid to call out Trump, Hogan emerges as lead GOP voice for urgent action on pandemic
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An Update on COVID-19 from our Chairman & CEO
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Mitchell Willetts / Yahoo News:
Georgia governor opens beaches a day after issuing statewide stay-at-home order
Discussion: Fox News
Yahoo News:
A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus
Discussion: The National Interest
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs
Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Former CIA Station Chief: DNI Richard Grenell Bringing ‘Much Needed Efficiency’ to ‘Bloated’ Intel Community
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Helen Branswell / STAT:
CDC launches studies to get more precise count of undetected Covid-19 cases
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Is Crashing And Burning With His Own Supporters In New Coronavirus Poll