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5:30 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 …
Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans ask Gov. Evers to allow in-person Easter and Passover services during coronavirus pandemic  —  Assembly Republicans are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to allow in-person services for Easter and Passover amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Vox, The Hill and Politico
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Surgeon General implores holdout governors to ‘give us a week’
Discussion: The Hill
Zack Budryk / The Hill:
Surgeon general: ‘This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives'
Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid
Discussion: Axios
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.
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
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:   Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden's Short List for VP
Jazz Shaw / Hotair:
Joe Biden Is Racking Up Pinocchios Briskly During The Pandemic
The Lid:
Joe Biden: Virus Relief Checks Are Being Held Up Because Trump Wants To Sign Each One (Video)
Discussion: Power Line
The Guardian:
Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus  —  Move follows rumours that prime minister's condition had been worsening  —  Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital with coronavirus after suffering persistent symptoms for 10 days.  —  Downing Street insisted it was just a precautionary measure …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized with virus  —  LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus more than a week ago, was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests.  —  Johnson's office said he was hospitalized because he still …
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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
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
USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York  —  The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York.
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 …
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 and WTOP
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
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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
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
Nadia Schadlow / The Atlantic:
Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China  —  When a new coronavirus emerged in China and began spreading around the world, including in the United States, President Donald Trump's many critics in the American foreign-policy establishment were quick to identify him as part of the problem.
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
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
Wall Street Journal:   The Big Question for Sports: When Will You Feel Safe Around 20,000 Strangers Again?
“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.
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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
He Needs Jobless Benefits. He Was Told to Find a Fax Machine.
CBS News:
California launches initiative to place homeless in hotel rooms
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
A Little-Known Democratic Governor Is Breaking Out in Kentucky
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
The Nurse Was Holding Up. Then Her 3 Close Relatives Were Brought In.
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
How New Jersey's First Coronavirus Patient Survived
New York Post:
Media mystified as America rallies behind President Trump during coronavirus crisis
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump
Discussion: Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
Laredo Morning News:
Journalists threatened and detained as countries on multiple continents restrict coronavirus coverage
Rodney Muhumuza / Associated Press:
‘Complete collapse of economies’ ahead as Africa faces virus
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: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Two months in, Trump's coronavirus response creates more chaos
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