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12:20 PM ET, April 7, 2020

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Warned of Coronavirus Pandemic in January  —  A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.  —  A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January …
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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.
Axios:
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.
Politico:
Trump's ‘Hail Mary’ drug push rattles his health team  —  Top health officials are increasingly unsettled by President Donald Trump's continued championing of an unproven drug in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, even as some of the president's political and policy advisers and outside allies cheer him on.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Trump Has ‘Financial Interest’ in Hydroxychloroquine Manufacturer: NYT
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Trump's ‘shadow coronavirus czar’ will now advise Larry Hogan
Discussion: The Hill
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has a New Press Secretary: Kayleigh McEnany, a Campaign Spokeswoman  —  She replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months, and will return to Melania Trump's staff.  —  Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, is rejoining the staff of Melania Trump …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Stephanie Grisham is out as White House press secretary, will rejoin first lady's team  —  Grisham took over as President Donald Trump's third White House press secretary last July, succeeding Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  —  WASHINGTON — Stephanie Grisham is leaving her role as White House press secretary …
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
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Next Coronavirus Bill Is Democrats' Last Chance to Ensure a Fair Election
Discussion: Slate and Talking Points Memo
Andrew Langer / Townhall:
Time for the Supreme Court to ‘Reopen’
Discussion: CBS News and SCOTUSblog
New York Times:
Wisconsin Election Fight Heralds a National Battle Over Virus-Era Voting
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Real Point of Trump's Coronavirus Press Conferences  —  When she finishes her 12-hour shift in the intensive-care unit at Riverside Community Hospital, Katherine Montanino stuffs her clothes into a dirty-linen bag and swaps out her soiled shoes for a fresh pair.  Arriving home, she takes a shower before she hugs her family.
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Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Axios
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Rep. John Lewis endorses Joe Biden's presidential bid
Discussion: IJR
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand isn't just flattening the curve.  It's squashing it.  —  HAVELOCK NORTH, New Zealand — It's been less than two weeks since New Zealand imposed a coronavirus lockdown so strict that swimming at the beach and hunting in bushland were banned.  They're not essential activities …
Discussion: Fox News
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB, union focused on plan that could allow season to start as early as May in Arizona  —  Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Fault  —  “I don't take responsibility at all,” said President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 13.  Those words will probably end up as the epitaph of his presidency, the single sentence that sums it all up.  —  Trump now fancies himself a “wartime president.”
Discussion: Wired, Vox and The Gateway Pundit
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Who's running Britain?  —  LONDON — With Boris Johnson in intensive care with coronavirus, someone needs to look after Britain.  —  Famed for its unwritten and bendable constitution, the U.K. does not have in its chain of command any clear instructions or precedent for what happens if the prime minister becomes incapacitated.
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BBC:
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen
Public Policy Polling:
JBE Outpaces Trump by 43 Points on Virus Handling  —  PPP's newest survey in Louisiana finds John Bel Edwards running 43 points ahead of Donald Trump on his handling of the coronavirus in the state.  —  68% approve of the job Edwards is doing handling the virus to 16% who disapprove for a net rating of +52.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Baker / New York Times:
A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders  —  Even some public officials have challenged social-distancing requirements, calling them assaults on the Constitution.  One group wants to gather up to 1,000 people for Easter.  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho …
Vox:
The US doesn't just need to flatten the curve.  It needs to “raise the line.”  —  How everybody can do their part to help doctors fight coronavirus, in one chart.  —  Covid-19 deaths in the US have risen dramatically, and experts warn the coming days and weeks will be extremely grim.
Politico:
Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel  —  President Donald Trump has upended the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing his implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law, tapping a replacement for the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead the effort.
Graham Gremore / Queerty:
Fox News is officially being sued for peddling coronavirus misinformation  —  Last month, rumors that Fox News was bracing itself for a potential “legal bloodbath” after misleading its millions of viewers about the coronavirus pandemic began circulating.  Now, it's finally happening.
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Caleb Ecarma / Vanity Fair:   Fox News Is Preparing to Be Sued Over Coronavirus Misinformation
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
Staggering Surge Of NYers Dying In Their Homes Suggests City Is Undercounting Coronavirus Fatalities  —  If you die at home from the coronavirus, there's a good chance you won't be included in the official death toll, because of a discrepancy in New York City's reporting process.
Matthew Herper / STAT:
The U.S. gets a D- in the coronavirus fight.  That stands for ‘disorganization,’ and it's fixable  —  NEW YORK — Leora Horwitz has seen other disasters.  Now the director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science at New York University Langone Medical Center …
Discussion: Raw Story
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
The Pandemic Will Accelerate History Rather Than Reshape It  —  Not Every Crisis Is a Turning Point  —  We are going through what by every measure is a great crisis, so it is natural to assume that it will prove to be a turning point in modern history.  In the months since the appearance of COVID-19 …
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: HuffPost, The Hill, VICE, Raw Story and Daily Kos
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump blew it — not the WHO, Fauci or the Jews  —  One of my few pleasures during the current misery is the Zoom religious service, a weekly chance in my home to greet the Sabbath and to pray for healing.  —  But some are so sick as to be beyond the reach of prayer — and it has nothing to do with a virus.
Discussion: The Times of Israel
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump's top health officials predict diminished coronavirus death toll  —  Senior health officials within the Trump administration are now predicting the total number of Americans to die as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could be significantly fewer than models previously estimated …
Discussion: Breitbart
New York Times:
Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States  —  Data on race and the disease Covid-19 is too limited to draw sweeping conclusions, experts say, but disparate rates of sickness — and death — have emerged in some places.  —  In Louisiana, one of the states …
Discussion: Washington Post
Politico:
Senate eyes Thursday action on billions more in funding for small businesses  —  UPDATE:  —  The Senate could move as early as Thursday to approve approximately a quarter trillion dollars in new relief to small businesses, congressional leaders said on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill
Stephen L. Miller / Spectator USA:
Witch fight!  The naked hypocrisy of Alyssa Milano  —  Alyssa Milano has rebranded herself as a Twitter activist and Democratic party booster since her acting career peaked with the late 90s TV hit Charmed.  Thanks in part no doubt to her husband's powerful connections in the entertainment industry …
 
 
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Roge Karma / Vox:
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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
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Discussion: National Review
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 Earlier Items: 
Alex Nitzberg / Just The News:
State Department refuses to back Hillary Clinton attempt to avoid deposition
Washington Post:
America's most influential coronavirus model just revised its estimates downward.  But not every model agrees.
Liam Stack / New York Times:
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Including Crypt, Will Become a Hospital
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Detroit rep says hydroxychloroquine, Trump helped save her life amid COVID-19 fight