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12:10 PM 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
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
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
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 and 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
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
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Wall Street Journal:   The Big Question for Sports: When Will You Feel Safe Around 20,000 Strangers Again?
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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Washington Post:
This is what was so unusual about the U.S. Navy making Captain Brett Crozier step down.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
 
 
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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
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An Update on COVID-19 from our Chairman & CEO
Mitchell Willetts / Yahoo News:
Georgia governor opens beaches a day after issuing statewide stay-at-home order
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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
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