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4:30 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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San Francisco Chronicle:
A Captain's Choice  —  Brett Crozier chose his crew over his career.
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and Politico
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 …
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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.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Surgeon General implores holdout governors to ‘give us a week’  —  “Give us what you can so that we don't overwhelm our health care systems over this next week,” Jerome Adams said on “Meet the Press” Sunday.  —  WASHINGTON — Surgeon General Jerome Adams Sunday called on U.S. governors …
Discussion: The Hill
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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'
Politico:
Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid
Discussion: Axios
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Surgeon general warns US of ‘saddest week’ and ‘9/11 moment’
Discussion: The Hill
David Zweig / New York Times:
How The Coronavirus Stranded This Couple in the Maldives  —  They were surrounded by a fleet of staff, who were stranded themselves, trapped in an eternal honeymoon in the Maldives.  Their adventure continues.  —  After publication, this article was updated to reflect new conditions.
Discussion: InsideHook
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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Jazz Shaw / Hotair:
Joe Biden Is Racking Up Pinocchios Briskly During The Pandemic
Amie Parnes / The Hill:   Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Biden: I will wear a mask in public
Discussion: Althouse, New York Times and HuffPost
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: National Review
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Tom Bossert / ABC News:
In coronavirus response, we only get 2 strikes: OPINION
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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: Vox, Axios, Daily Kos and Politico
Mohara / The Office of Governor Larry Hogan:
Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks  —  Nursing Home Facilities Required to Provide Personal Protective Equipment for Staff  —  Facilities Must Expedite Testing of Symptomatic Residents Through Maryland State Lab
Discussion: The Hill
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Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:   Live updates: Maryland Gov. Hogan emerges as key GOP voice on pandemic; DMV marks highest one-day jump in fatalities
Washington Post:   Unafraid to call out Trump, Hogan emerges as lead GOP voice for urgent action on pandemic
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BIG by Matt Stoller
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: Mother Jones, The Hill and РБК
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Fox News ‘willfully and maliciously deceived public’ about coronavirus  —  Suit filed in Washington State on Thursday.  Fox owner Rupert Murdoch and CEO Lachlan Murdoch are seen above.  Sean Hannity is seen top right.  Trish Regan is seen bottom right.
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Sara Jean Green / The Seattle Times:
Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
Discussion: IJR and Informed Comment
New York Times:
Italy's Virus Shutdown Came Too Late.  What Happens Now?  —  Italy underestimated the outbreak, then ordered a national lockdown to contain it.  A month later, officials warn it is still too soon to reopen.  —  Milan  —  Venice  —  Turin  —  Genoa  —  Bologna  —  Florence  —  Rome
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
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden's Short List for VP  —  “We've had a big problem with the young, a woman governor,” President Donald Trump told his favorite television pundit Sean Hannity last week.  The president continued musing, “You know who I'm talking about …
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Michigan's Whitmer says lack of national strategy has created ‘porous situation’ for coronavirus to spread
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump  — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates called the coronavirus pandemic a “nightmare scenario.”  — However, he predicted that the U.S. could see less than 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from COVID-19 before the outbreak is under control.
Discussion: Fox News
Rodney Muhumuza / Associated Press:
‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus  —  KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Some of Uganda's poorest people used to work here, on the streets of Kampala, as fruit sellers sitting on the pavement or as peddlers of everything from handkerchiefs to roasted peanuts.
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Cuomo: ‘Too early to tell’ if first drop in NY daily coronavirus deaths significant
Discussion: Townhall, Fox News and Axios
Alex Harris / Miami Herald:
After hours waiting for Miami hospital bed, cruise passenger's family calls 911. It was too late
Renatta Signorini / Greensburg Tribune-Review:
State police cite Pa. woman for ‘going for a drive’ amid stay-at-home order
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Two months in, Trump's coronavirus response creates more chaos
Jada Yuan / Washington Post:
Inside the Javits Center: New York's militarized, makeshift hospital
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early on, Cheney and Cotton warned about the coronavirus. They still face pushback in the GOP.
Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 reshuffles 2020 Missouri governor race between Parson and Galloway