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1:00 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 …
Washington Post:
This is what was so unusual about the U.S. Navy making Captain Brett Crozier step down.  —  Members of the military can face multiple, sometimes competing, loyalties  —  On Thursday, the Navy relieved Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Warns of ‘a Lot of Death’ While Also Revisiting Easter Sunday 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
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:   Biden says it was ‘close to criminal’ for Navy to oust captain who warned of coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carrier
ABC News:
Biden says 2020 convention may be ‘virtual,’ will wear mask in public amid COVID-19 outbreak
Discussion: Breitbart
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.”
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
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Surgeon general warns US of ‘saddest week’ and ‘9/11 moment’
Discussion: The Hill and WFLA-TV
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   America was unprepared for a major crisis. Again.
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 …
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
How long until sports can return? You might not like the answer.
Discussion: Axios and Associated Press
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.
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.
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.
Teri Kanefield / DemCast:
Oligarchy vs. Democracy in the Age of a Pandemic … In dealing with a pandemic, a democratic leader would base success on how many lives are saved.  —  A would-be oligarch, on the other hand, bases success on whether he maintains power.  —  That is the clue to what is happening now.
Discussion: Axios and NBC News
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
How lucky we are to have Jared Kushner!
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Unafraid to call out Trump, Hogan emerges as lead GOP voice for urgent action on pandemic  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) phoned his favorite country radio station the other day and made a confession.  He can't listen anymore.  The coronavirus pandemic consumes his every waking moment.
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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
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Cuomo: ‘Too early to tell’ if first drop in NY daily coronavirus deaths significant
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
Fox News ‘willfully and maliciously deceived public’ about coronavirus
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Biden: I will wear a mask in public
Discussion: Althouse, New York Times and HuffPost
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Two months in, Trump's coronavirus response creates more chaos
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: Fox News, Task & Purpose and Mediaite
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Death without ritual
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Early on, Cheney and Cotton warned about the coronavirus. They still face pushback in the GOP.
Daniel O'Day / Gilead Sciences, Inc.:
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
Discussion: Fox News
Yahoo News:
A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus
Discussion: The National Interest
Helen Branswell / STAT:
CDC launches studies to get more precise count of undetected Covid-19 cases
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Politico
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Is Crashing And Burning With His Own Supporters In New Coronavirus Poll