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Ebola in New York City: Craig Spencer, Doctor, Bowled and Took Subway — A fourth person has been diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. This time it's in New York City and the patient is a 33-year-old physician who recently returned from West Africa, where he was taking care of Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

Ferguson: County Autopsy and Post Article Back Up Wilson Claims — The story of Michael Brown's killing may seem like a distant memory. After dominating the news for several weeks in August, and focusing national attention on race, it gave way to the Ray Rice controversy and then Ebola-and largely fell from public view.

CDC Announces "Active Monitoring" for Ebola, Better Than Travel Ban — The Centers for Disease Control just announced new measures designed to stop international visitors from spreading Under the new system, anybody who has been recently to Ebola in the U.S. Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone will be subject to what CDC officials call "active monitoring"-which will involve, among other things, mandatory temperature checks for 21 days after arrival in the U.S.

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?
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @sarahkliff: Yes, there is a new Ebola patient in the US. But the real crisis is still in West Africa.…

Oct 23, 2014

Award for dumbest tweet about the NYC Ebola case goes to someone very close to Ted Cruz -- @HillaryKelly explains…

Oct 23, 2014

Infectious disease expert tells me "negligible risk" of getting Ebola from riding same subway car as Spencer…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @JamilSmith: Chris Christie just laid bare the GOP's objective behind their suppressive voter laws. @brianbeutler breaks it down:

Oct 23, 2014

Relatedly, "egg freezing" is not my favorite shorthand for this issue. Sounds like a culinary technique. Anybody got a better idea?

Oct 23, 2014

That tweet is totally true, btw. My colleagues can back me up on that. CC @HillaryKelly

Oct 23, 2014

When I heard about the egg freezing controversy, I thought, What does @rtraister think of this? Now I know:…

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