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Ebola Travel Ban: Restrictions Might Hurt Health, Worsen Epidemic — Calls for an Ebola travel ban have gotten a lot louder. And they are not just coming from the lunatic fringe. Prominent Republican leaders, like House Speaker John Boehner, are now among those proposing to block travel from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-the three countries where Ebola has already killed thousands.

Obama to Name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar — It appears the federal government's Ebola response now has a czar. According to multiple media reports, President Obama will name Ron Klain, former chief of staff to Vice President Biden, to coordinate the agencies handling Ebola. Many Americans know Klain, who was a close adviser to former Vice President Al Gore, from Kevin Spacey's portrayal of him in the HBO movie "Recount."

Amber Vinson Second Health Worker With Ebola, CDC Investigating — Ebola was the big story on Wednesday, with news breaking throughout the day. It started early in the morning, just a little after 5 a.m., when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control sent out a press releasing confirming that a second health worker from Texas Presbyterian Hospital had tested positive.

Second Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola, CDC Reacts — A second health care worker at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, according to public health officials. The worker is yet another member of the team that cared for Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died at the hospital last week.

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law, Clinics to Re-Open for Now — Portions of a Texas law that would dramatically reduce access to abortion are on hold, thanks to an order that the U.S. Supreme Court issued late Tuesday. And while it's not clear whether the reprieve is temporary or permanent, the Court's action ought to make abortion rights advocates feel at least a little more optimistic.

Ebola, Africa, and the Twittersphere: Haters Blast Senator Coons — At least 8,000 people in West Africa have gotten Ebola and projections suggest the toll could reach hundreds of thousands, or even more than a million, by next year. So far just one person has contracted the disease in the U.S. More cases may appear, but experts are confident that there will be no similar outbreak here.

Nurse Becomes Second Ebola Case in Texas: Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared? — A second Ebola case has appeared in Dallas, Texas. This time, it's a nurse who was taking care of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died last week. The nurse is the first person to contract the disease on American soil. She probably won't be the last. Is it time to panic?

Ebola Outbreak: Vitter Objects to Obama Plan Because of Africa Focus — It "focuses on Africa, and largely ignores our own borders." Those are the words Republican Senator David Vitter used this week, in a letter objecting to President Obama's plan for fighting the Ebola epidemic. I don't think it's the first time an Administration critic has used such a description.

Ebola Outbreak: More Screening Won't Stop Epidemic in Africa — Here are the facts about the state of the Ebola crisis. In West Africa, more than 8,000 people have contracted the disease and nearly half have died. In the U.S., there's just one confirmed case-that of Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died in Dallas on Wednesday.

Obamacare Is Working: Real Problems, But Progress on Uninsured, Costs — To Ted Cruz, John Boehner, and the nitwits on Fox News, the Affordable Care Act is a " disaster." The law's smarter critics know better. They acknowledge that Obamacare has not collapsed and is probably not going to collapse, as some conservatives warned. They even acknowledge that the law has some positive effects.
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Oct 21, 2014

Read @ddayen on the mortgage industry's scheme to recreate the free-for-all that caused the 2009 meltdown…

Oct 21, 2014

RT @dishfeed: As an #Ebola travel ban gains support, @juliaoftoronto @shoffmania + @citizencohn nail why it really shouldn't:

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