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11:55 AM ET, April 5, 2020

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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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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  —  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
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Biden: I will wear a mask in public
Discussion: New York Times and HuffPost
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Sanders' ‘narrow path’ to victory gets even narrower
Discussion: Slate and The Week
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
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
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.”
Discussion: Associated Press
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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
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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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  —  The president's decision to fire the intelligence community's inspector general under cover of darkness indicated that his hunt for those he considers disloyal continues.  —  WASHINGTON — Remember the impeachment?  President Trump does.
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Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Former CIA Station Chief: DNI Richard Grenell Bringing ‘Much Needed Efficiency’ to ‘Bloated’ Intel Community
Discussion: Politico
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘A searing time for whistleblowers’: Ousted intel watchdog wrote letter to Schumer
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.
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
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 …
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” …
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.
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 …
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
 
 
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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
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
How long until sports can return? You might not like the answer.
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
Daniel O'Day / Gilead Sciences, Inc.:
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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs
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
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Coronavirus in Brooklyn: An I.C.U. Fights for Each Life