Americans ‘can’t give in to hysteria or fear’ over Ebola: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States and more than 100 people being monitored in case they are infected, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans "can't give in to hysteria or fear" about the spread of the virus.
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As Midterms Enter Stretch Run, Stage Set for Drama

Philip Rucker, WP
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A Most Forgettable Election

Ruth Marcus, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle. Perhaps the iconic moment came when former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist faced an empty lectern for seven minutes while his Republican opponent, incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, sulked over Crist's insistence that he have a cooling fan at his stand. Seriously, seven minutes. At which point Scott blinked and the debate that voters deserved could finally start. But behavior that disrespects voters knows no... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Obama names Ebola ‘czar,’ beefs up Texas response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" and named senior officials to help step up the government's response to the disease in Texas, where it first appeared on U.S. soil.






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Ebola Czar a Long-Time Lobbyist, Dem Operative

Sean Davis, Federalist
Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced that he would be appointing Ron Klain as an additional Ebola czar (he already had one before today). If Ron Klain sounds familiar to you, it’s because he has a long political pedigree. He has no medical, scientific, or federal agency administrative expertise, but he has a whole lot of political experience. Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

On Ebola, Candor Needed

Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts -- especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- agree to get their stories straight. They should begin by giving a better explanation of why they have concluded it would be wrong to "stop the flights" arriving from the Ebola hot zone, beginning with the fact that there are no such flights: There is no direct commercial air service between the countries at the epicenter of the outbreak -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- and the United States. Travelers from those countries... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)