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2:30 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 …
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 and Politico
San Francisco Chronicle:
A Captain's Choice  —  Brett Crozier chose his crew over his career.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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
Rishika Dugyala / Politico:
Biden: I will wear a mask in public
Discussion: Althouse, New York Times and HuffPost
Washington Post:
Biden says it was ‘close to criminal’ for Navy to oust captain who warned of coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carrier
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
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 …
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.
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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:   America was unprepared for a major crisis. Again.
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 …
Discussion: BIG by Matt Stoller
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.
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
“Dead on Arrival”: A N.Y. Fire Chief's COVID Journal  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Simon Ressner is a battalion chief with the Fire Department of New York based in central Brooklyn.
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
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
How lucky we are to have Jared Kushner!  —  How lucky we are!  The man and the hour have met.  —  In crises, there come moments that cry out for leadership.  If only the right person will rise to the call, then the course of history can be altered.  Well, can there be any doubt that we have found that right person?
Discussion: The Guardian
Teri Kanefield / DemCast:
Oligarchy vs. Democracy in the Age of a Pandemic
Discussion: Axios and NBC News
Laredo Morning News:
Journalists threatened and detained as countries on multiple continents restrict coronavirus coverage  —  LONDON -When a flu-like virus tore through the world, killing tens of millions and infecting far more, the papers in Europe told readers of “Spanish flu.”
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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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
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 reshuffles 2020 Missouri governor race between Parson and Galloway
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