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10:05 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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Wall Street Journal:
Aboard the USS Roosevelt, Sailors Braced for the Worst  —  ‘We were bleaching everything.’ A crew scrambled to stanch a coronavirus outbreak in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  —  The visit to Vietnam in early March was intended as a historic milestone and a symbol of far-reaching U.S. aims in the Pacific …
San Francisco Chronicle:
A Captain's Choice  —  Brett Crozier chose his crew over his career.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the epic White House fight over hydroxychloroquine  —  The White House coronavirus task force had its biggest fight yet on Saturday, pitting economic adviser Peter Navarro against infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci.  At issue: How enthusiastically should the White House tout …
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Ivan Pentchoukov / theepochtimes.com:
New York Hospital Discharges Outpace New Admissions for 4th Straight Day
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Discussion: Slate
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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.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Moriah Balingit / Washington Post:   Live updates: Maryland Gov. Hogan emerges as key GOP voice on pandemic; DMV marks highest one-day jump in fatalities
Mohara / The Office of Governor Larry Hogan:
Governor Hogan Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Nursing Home Residents and Staff Amid COVID-19 Outbreaks
Discussion: WTOP and The Hill
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 …
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
A Little-Known Democratic Governor Is Breaking Out in Kentucky  —  In the absence of federal leadership, governors have become the public face of the effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  Some of them, like New York's Andrew Cuomo and California's Gavin Newsom, have risen to the media status …
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Ryan Van Velzer / 89.3 WFPL News Louisville:   Federal Government Outbids Kentucky For Medical Equipment Amid Shortage
Carlos Barria / Reuters:
Louisiana church holds services, defying coronavirus stay-at-home order  —  CENTRAL, La. (Reuters) - The pastor of the Life Tabernacle Church near Baton Rouge held services on Sunday in defiance of a stay-at-home order issued by Louisiana because of the coronavirus pandemic, telling worshippers they had …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, HuffPost and The Hill
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Americans hit by economic shocks as confusion, stumbles undermine Trump's stimulus effort  —  Small-business program gets off to rocky start and White House makes hard pivot on $1,200 checks as enormity of task swamps administration  —  The Trump administration has stumbled in its initial push …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
aphis.usda.gov:
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.
Discussion: Slate and InsideHook
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: Fox News and National Review
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Tom Bossert / ABC News:
In coronavirus response, we only get 2 strikes: OPINION
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
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 …
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Scott Gottlieb / Wall Street Journal:
Bet Big on Treatments for Coronavirus  —  Antivirals and antibody therapies are showing promise.  The FDA needs to step up its pace.  —  Some imagine that the coronavirus will run its tragic course in the spring, with the direst results avoided by intense social-distancing and other mitigation efforts …
The Daily Beast:
Trump Eyes Accused ‘Quack’ Dr. Oz for Coronavirus Advice  —  The president can't stop talking about an unproven COVID-19 treatment — the same one the oft-critized TV doctor keeps pushing and pushing.  —  As the global pandemic and a staggering economic crisis swells, Dr. Mehmet Oz …
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
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Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Surgeon General implores holdout governors to ‘give us a week’
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Americans Don't Trust the Media Anymore.  So Why Do They Trust the Cuomos?  —  CNN once prevented Chris Cuomo from interviewing his brother on the air.  But that all changed with the arrival of the coronavirus, and now it's changing television, too.  —  At the end of 2013 …
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: The Hill, Mother Jones and РБК
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Trump administration determined to exit treaty reducing risk of war  —  Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper agreed to proceed with US withdrawal of Open Skies Treaty despite pandemic, sources say  —  The Trump administration is determined to withdraw from a 28-year-old treaty intended to reduce …
Wajahat Ali / The Atlantic:
This Is What Happens When the Federal Government Abandons You  —  The federal government's stockpile of medical supplies, gloves, and masks is nearly exhausted, President Donald Trump admitted at a White House briefing on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, individual states are scrambling, bidding against one another for the equipment they need.
James Gordon / Daily Mail:
Law and order fears for NYC as nearly 10,000 NYPD and FDNY members call out sick amid a rise in burglaries  — The reduction in a police presence has led to an increase in businesses being burgled including supermarkets and eateries in particular  —  There are fears of a breakdown in law …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Katherine Eban / Reuters:
As Trump administration debated travel restrictions, thousands streamed in from China  —  (Reuters) - In defending his strategy against the deadly coronavirus, President Donald Trump repeatedly has said he slowed its spread into the United States by acting decisively to bar travelers from China on Jan. 31.
Discussion: The Hill
Connor Sheets / al.com:
Alabama prison system's COVID-19 plan anticipates widespread infection, deaths, National Guard intervention  —  Alabama's prisons are underprepared to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19, prompting a worst-case scenario plan that could call on the National Guard to work in the prisons …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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cbp.gov:
CBP Announces Temporary Closures and New Hours for Border Crossing Locations
Discussion: Townhall
Collateral Consequences Resource Center:
SBA's bumpy guidance on criminal history requirements for stimulus loans
Discussion: Daily Kos and Florida Politics
Dave Lieber / Dallas Morning News:
If you imagine that a local business making surgical face masks is working 24/7, guess again
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
Nadia Schadlow / The Atlantic:
Consider the Possibility That Trump Is Right About China
Politico:
Trump administration tells states to step up as governors plead for aid
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Bill Gates calls coronavirus pandemic a ‘nightmare scenario,’ but predicts lower death toll than Trump
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Italy's Virus Shutdown Came Too Late. What Happens Now?
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Why ‘That Woman From Michigan’ Should Be on Joe Biden's Short List for VP
ProPublica:
“Dead on Arrival”: A N.Y. Fire Chief's COVID Journal
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Went to Jared  —  Heaven help us, we're at the mercy of the Slim Suit crowd.
Discussion: BIG by Matt Stoller
ABC News:
Biden says call with Trump over coronavirus response hasn't happened