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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Is Ebola Free

Ebola Virus

Nina Pham, the first of two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan to be diagnosed with Ebola has been declared virus free: Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free,” officials at the National Institutes of Health in […]

Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

Martha Coakley Seems To Be Blowing Another Big Election In Massachusetts

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Back in 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley was seen as the almost inevitable next Senator from Massachusetts. She was, of course, running to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died in the summer of 2009, and she had the support of key members of the Kennedy family and, of course, the top […]

Mali Becomes Sixth African Nation To Report An Ebola Case

Ebola Virus

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has reached another nation: Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola, opening a new front in the international effort to prevent the outbreak of the deadly viral infection from spreading further. A 2-year-old girl who traveled from Kissidougou, Guinea, with her family to Mali […]

Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

Election 2014

Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

New York City Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

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A new outbreak, or hopefully just an isolated case.

Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

British Government Backs N.F.L. Franchise In London, But It Doesn’t Make Sense

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The N.F.L. and the British Government are both behind the idea of a franchise in London, but the idea doesn’t really make sense for the league, or the game.

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola

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Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse who treated Timothy Eric Duncan to become infected with the Ebola virus is reportedly already free of the virus: Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially […]

The Attack On Canada’s Parliament And The Lone Wolf Terrorist

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Yesterday’s apparent terrorist shooting in Ottawa reveals again a phenomenon that seems difficult if not impossible to stop in advance.

Do The Atlanta Falcons Know Where London Is?

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The Atlanta Falcons will be playing the Detroit Lions at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday in a game that will air quite early in the United States, with a 9:30am Eastern start time on the East Coast, though. Earlier this week, though, the Falcons tried to inform their fans of what it takes to […]

Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

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Polls continue to show that most Americans are largely tuning the midterms out.

Is Early Voting A Bad Idea?

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Early voting is a still new idea in the United States, but one that has quickly spread to a majority of states. But, is it a good idea?

Trials Of Ebola Vaccine Being Accelerated

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The World Health Organization has announced that testing is set to begin soon on what could end up being a vaccine against the Ebola virus: Health authorities and pharmaceutical companies are planning to test several new vaccines to prevent Ebola infection over the next few months, including one that is taken as a tablet, making […]

The Midterm Elections Will Be Over In 13 Days. Or Will They?

Election 2014

There’s at least a 50-50 chance we won’t know who controls the Senate until weeks after Election Day.

NBC Cameraman To Be Released After Being Cured Of Ebola

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The NBC freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while on assignment in Liberia has been released from a hospital in Nebraska: Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelancer for NBC News, has been declared free of the virus and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the […]

Legendary Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies At 93

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The passing of a true legend in American journalism.

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

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As usual, politicians and pundits are helping to create a climate of fear and concern about Ebola that is not justified by the facts.

Crossfire Canceled Again

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CNN’s effort to bring back a show that had outlived its prime years ago has, predictably, failed.

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

Ray Rice Could Be Back In The N.F.L. Before The Season Is Over

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CBS Sports reports that it is possible that Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens Running Back who was released by the team and indefinitely suspended by the N.F.L. after additional details of the February incident where he severely beat his now wife in an elevator, could be back in uniform before the end of the […]

Good News On The Ebola Front In The U.S., But The Real Battle Is In Africa

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America’s “Patient Zero” doesn’t appear to have spread Ebola very far, but continued vigilance is called for. And, we need to focus on the part of the world where there really is an Ebola Crisis.

Maine Yet Again Likely To Elect A Governor Who Most People Didn’t Vote For, And That’s Okay

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For the ninth time since 1974, the next Governor of Maine will likely be elected with less than 50% of the vote.

Supreme Court Allows Texas Voter ID Law To Remain In Effect Pending Appeal

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Another pre-election stay ruling from the Supreme Court.

Nigerian Government Hopeful That Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Be Freed Next Week

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The Nigerian Government says it is hopeful that the schoolgirls who were kidnapped earlier this year by Boko Haram will be free early next week: Campaigners calling for the release of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls have said they are “cautiously optimistic” about a reported ceasefire between the government and al-Qaeda-linked militants that would include the […]

Most Americans Support Supreme Court Decision, Expansion Of Same-Sex Marriage

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The Supreme Court’s expansion of same-sex marriage seems to be sitting well with the American public.

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Arizona, Will Come To Wyoming By Monday UPDATE: Make That Wyoming By Today

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This morning, a Federal District Court Judge in Arizona struck down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the nation gained its 31st state where same-sex marriage is recognized: PHOENIX — A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex unions is […]

Obama’s Credit Card Rejected

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President Obama had a bit of trouble paying for dinner during a recent visit to New York City: Turns out, even the president of the United States has had a credit card declined. “I should mention, by the way, that I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was there during the […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

It’s Time To End The U.S. Embargo Of Cuba

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The U.S. embargo of Cuba, and our lack of diplomatic recognition of the government in Havana, is an outdated relic of the Cold War. It’s time to end it.

F.B.I. Director Hints At Regulatory Action Against Apple, Google Over Encyrption

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Law enforcement remains unhappy about the recent changes that will make it harder to break into a locked smartphone.

Second Ebola Nurse May Have Shown Early Symptoms Longer Than First Reported

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More Ebola news that could have a negative impact on public opinion.

Report: Islamic State Training Pilots On Captured Syrian Jets

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Reuters is reporting that groups monitoring the war in Syria are saying that former members of the Iraqi military who have defected to the Islamic State are training pilots using jets captured from the Syrian military: (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly […]

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

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The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

CBS Announces Streaming Service, And Cutting The Cord Starts To Become Easier

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One day after HBO, CBS announces its own streaming service. And the future approaches just a little bit faster.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

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A victory for the opponents of Voter ID laws that will be untouchable by the Supreme Court.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

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