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7:50 AM ET, April 7, 2020


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic  —  A memo from Peter Navarro said failure to contain a coronavirus outbreak could lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses.  It is the most direct warning known to have circulated …
New York Times:
Trump's Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community  —  While Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged caution in using hydroxychloroquine, some doctors are prescribing it to patients who have the virus despite the fact it has never been tested for it.
Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January  —  In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.
James Hamblin / The Atlantic:
Why Does the President Keep Pushing a Malaria Drug?  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Two weeks ago, French doctors published a provocative observation in a microbiology journal.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘What do you have to lose?’: Inside Trump's embrace of a risky drug against coronavirus
Discussion: ABC7, Mediaite, Redstate, Townhall and Tangle
Trump's ‘Hail Mary’ drug push rattles his health team
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court's disturbing order to effectively disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin voters  —  President Donald Trump greets Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Justice Brett Kavanaugh looks on ahead of the State of the Union address on February 4.  Mario Tama/Getty Images
Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns governor, orders Tuesday elections to proceed  —  Wisconsin's state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers' late executive order postponing in-person voting in Tuesday's elections, meaning the state's presidential primary and hundreds of local elections …
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:   Supreme Court votes 5-4 to halt order extending absentee ballot deadline in Wisconsin
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court splits along ideological lines in Wisconsin ballot case
Discussion: Politico
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issues order shutting down Tuesday's election
Paul Szoldra / SoundCloud:
Acting SECNAV Modley criticizing Capt. Crozier to sailors onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly reportedly made an unhinged speech to the crew members of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, in which he lashed out at former Capt. Brett E. Crozier and told sailors to stop complaining and do their jobs.
Discussion: War on the Rocks and Defense One
New York Times:
How a Ship's Coronavirus Outbreak Became a Moral Crisis for the Military  —  In a profanity-laced reprimand, the acting Navy secretary criticized sailors aboard the Theodore Roosevelt for cheering their fired captain, who had requested more assistance to fight the infection.
Jeff Schogol / Task & Purpose:
Acting Navy Secretary blasts USS Roosevelt captain as ‘too naive or too stupid’ in leaked speech to ship's crew
Acting Navy secretary apologizes for calling ousted aircraft carrier captain ‘stupid’ in address to ship's crew
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
David Perdue's stock trading saw an uptick as coronavirus took hold  —  U.S. Sen. David Perdue's financial portfolio saw heavy trading during the month of March, a period during which Congress passed three different spending bills to address the spread of COVID-19 and the markets took a turn for the worse.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:   Sen. David Perdue bought stock in a company that produces protective medical equipment the same …
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen  —  Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street has said.  —  A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving “excellent care”.
New York Times:
Boris Johnson Moved to Intensive Care; Foreign Minister Deputized
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Politico and BBC
Raheem Kassam / The National Pulse:
FACT CHECK: Trump Asked a Reporter If She Was Working For China... She Is.
Discussion: Big League Politics
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Grocery workers are beginning to die of coronavirus  —  At least four people - who had worked at Walmart, Trader Joe's and Giant - have died from covid-19 in recent days  —  Major supermarket chains are beginning to report their first coronavirus-related employee deaths …
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Including Crypt, Will Become a Hospital  —  The Manhattan church, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, will be able to care for at least 200 patients during the coronavirus outbreak.  —  The vast interior of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine …
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit rep says hydroxychloroquine, Trump helped save her life amid COVID-19 fight  —  LANSING - A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the coronavirus.
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Rep. John Lewis endorses Joe Biden's presidential bid  —  John Lewis, the Georgia congressman and civil rights icon, formally endorsed Joe Biden for president on Tuesday morning, becoming the latest in a long string of elected officials who have backed the former vice president.
Discussion: Associated Press, Axios and Politico
Washington Post:
America's most influential coronavirus model just revised its estimates downward.  But not every model agrees.  —  A leading forecasting model used by the White House to chart the coronavirus pandemic predicted Monday that the United States may need fewer hospital beds …
Janine Puhak / Fox News:
Quarantine cravings: Uber Eats reveals most popular takeout orders in America  —  French fries and miso soup just might be the new bread and butter of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Uber Eats.  —  Uber's food delivery service said that orders in the U.S. and Canada have increased …
Martin Shkreli is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to get out of prison  —  Martin Shkreli, currently serving a seven-year sentence for securities fraud, has a pitch to authorities: Let me out of prison and I'll help stop the novel coronavirus.  —  The disgraced biotech entrepreneur is asking for a …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Law & Crime
Black America must wake up to this viral threat  —  Tips to stay safe during coronavirus pandemic  —  CNN host Van Jones is the CEO of the REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice organization for which Jessica Jackson serves as the chief advocacy officer.  The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr / Washington Post:
The pandemic will pass.  Our grief will endure.  —  Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is chair of the department of African American studies at Princeton University.  —  Americans have been told to brace themselves for difficult days ahead.  The numbers are uncertain, but mass death is at our doorstep.
Associated Press:
Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’  —  SEATTLE (AP) — A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Despite Staggering Death Toll, N.Y. Outbreak Could Be Slowing  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that glimmers of hope could continue only if New Yorkers maintain discipline and suppress an impulse to gather.  —  New York, the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, has begun to show …
EJ Dickson / Rolling Stone:
Thanks to Trump, There's a Hydroxychloroquine Shortage for People Who Need It  —  People with lupus and other autoimmune disorders rely on the so-called COVID-19 “miracle drug,” and now they're unable to get it  —  Peter Morley was outraged.  Last weekend, President Trump had once again touted …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Twitchy
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
There Is No Plan for the End of the Coronavirus Crisis
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Gregory Pratt / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defends getting a haircut amid coronavirus outbreak, says stylist wore ‘a mask and gloves’
Discussion: Townhall and Twitchy
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
Covid-19 is ravaging black communities.  A Milwaukee neighborhood is figuring out how to fight back.
Alex Nitzberg / Just The News:
State Department refuses to back Hillary Clinton attempt to avoid deposition
Lucas Nolan / Breitbart:
China Floods Facebook with Ads Blaming Trump for Chinese Virus
Discussion: Telegraph
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Inspector general shows Trump administration is doing a terrible job
Rosa Goldensohn / The City:
Feeling Vulnerable Behind Bars as Coronavirus Spreads on Rikers Island
Discussion: Slate and The Root
Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
Pelosi seeking at least $1 trillion for next virus bill
Discussion: The Hill
Paula Dwyer / Bloomberg:
Gasping for Air, Delusional and All Alone: One Survivor's Story
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Let Our People Go’  —  Keep distancing but liberate Americans from shutdown orders.
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Inside Oakdale Prison: ‘Our Sentences Have Turned Into Death Sentences’
Discussion: Mother Jones