Reuters Frets: GOP Looks To Gain Ground With Ebola

From a deeply frustrated Reuters:

U.S. Republicans look to gain election ground on Ebola

By Nick Carey | October 20, 2014

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Ebola has moved to the front of campaign issues before U.S. November elections, as fear and criticism of the government’s response to cases of the virus in the United States opened a new line of Republican attacks against President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats.

Republican Senate candidates have bashed Obama’s handling of Ebola, linking it to border security and calling for a travel ban from West African countries hardest hit by the virus.

Concerns about Ebola, along with the military campaign against Islamic State, have given Republicans a chance to turn attention to their broader argument about what they call the administration’s incompetence…

How opportunistic of the Republicans.


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NYT: New CDC Ebola Guidelines May Have Saved Nurses

From the New York Times:

C.D.C. Issues New Guidelines for Ebola Care

By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. | October 20, 2014

Federal officials announced new guidelines on Monday evening for the protection of hospital workers caring for patients infected with Ebola — guidelines that might have prevented the infection of two nurses had they been in place a month ago.

The hell you say. We thought the previous CDC guidelines were so infallible that the nurses could only have contracted Ebola by not following them.

The new guidelines, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, follow broad revisions announced just last week. The new recommendations provide considerably more detail, however, and have been reviewed by specialists at American hospitals that have successfully cared for Ebola patients.


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Anonymous Man Recovers From Ebola At Emory Hospital

From the Agence France Presse:

Another US patient recovers from Ebola

October 20, 2014

Washington (AFP) – A US patient who has asked to remain anonymous has recovered from the Ebola virus and was released from the hospital, Emory University Healthcare said on Monday.

The man was infected with Ebola while in Sierra Leone and was airlifted with the aid of the US State Department to the Atlanta, Georgia hospital on September 9. The patient "was discharged from the hospital on October 19," the hospital said.

Of course, it’s always great news when another person seems to have survived Ebola. But how come we have never heard about this man before, even if his identity had to be protected? Are there other Ebola patients in the US that we haven’t been told about?


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WH Prepares For A Surge Of 9 Million New Work Permits

From Breitbart:

Exclusive: Obama Administration Quietly Prepares ‘Surge’ Of Millions Of New Immigrant IDs

By Jonathan Strong | October 19, 2014

Despite no official action from the president ahead of the election, the Obama administration has quietly begun preparing to issue millions of work authorization permits, suggesting the implementation of a large-scale executive amnesty may have already begun.

Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”

The request for proposals says the agency will need a minimum of four million cards per year. In the “surge,” scenario in 2016, the agency would need an additional five million cards – more than double the baseline annual amount for a total of 9 million.



Forensic Tests: Brown’s Blood On Gun And Inside Cop Car

From a crestfallen New York Times:

Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle


WASHINGTON — The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr.



NYT: Black Turnout Last Hope For Dems To Hold Senate

From the New York Times:

Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls.

“African-American surge voters came out in force in 2008 and 2012, but they are not well positioned to do so again in 2014,” Cornell Belcher, the pollster, wrote in the memo, dated Oct. 1. “In fact, over half aren’t even sure when the midterm elections are taking place.”

That’s easy. The election is when the busses show up, along with the guy with the walking around money.



Blacks Walk Out Of Obama’s First Campaign Appearance

From Reuters:

Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early

By Jeff Mason | October 19, 2014

UPPER MARLBORO Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity…

Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity. Not so Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, who is running for governor…

The reason will be explained later. (Mr. Brown is 11 points ahead of his Republican opponent.)

"You’ve got to vote," Obama repeated over and over at a rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington… A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke, however, and a heckler interrupted his remarks…

Maybe they were leaving to vote.



Obama Wants More Ebola $, CDC Gave $25M In Bonuses

From Reuters:

Obama to seek more funds to fight Ebola

By Eric Beech | October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funding to fight the Ebola virus, Bloomberg reported on Saturday, citing White House and congressional officials. Obama could make the request as early as next week… Both officials declined to say how much additional funding Obama would seek, the report said…

Money cures everything. Right?

Meanwhile, from the Washington Times:

CDC doled out $25 million in bonuses while blaming cuts for Ebola outbreak

By Kelly Riddell | October 16, 2014

Top public health officials have collected $25 million in bonuses since 2007, carving out extra pay for themselves in tight federal budgetary times while blaming a lack of money for the Obama administration’s lackluster response to the Ebola outbreak.



Chuck Hagel Orders 30-Person Ebola Expeditionary Force

From CNN:

Military preps team for Ebola response in US

By Ben Brumfield and Eliott C. McLaughlin | October 19, 2014

(CNN) — The U.S. military is forming a 30-person "quick strike team" equipped to provide direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States, a Defense Department official told CNN’s Barbara Starr on Sunday…

The team will be under orders to deploy within 72 hours at any time over the next month, the official said. The Department of Health and Human Services requested the military team, and the Pentagon has given verbal approval, the official said.

Why bother? We thought there was zero chance of any Ebola outbreak in the United States. Anyway, it’s kind of dwarfed by the 4,000 or so people we are sending to west Africa.



NYT Journo: Ebola Latest Example Of WH Incompetence

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Jonathan Martin: Ebola Response Another Example of Obama Not Running Competent Government

October 19, 2014

New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin said President Obama’s response to the Ebola crisis is yet another example that the president is not running a competent government.

“This is a gift wrap issue for the GOP,” Martin told CNN’s John King. “This is one more example that they can cite to point out that President Obama has not run a competent federal government.”

Martin said although the Ebola crisis was certainly a “visceral” issue, it is part of a larger range of issues facing the Obama administration–including the Ukraine and Islamic State crises–that give Americans the sense that the “world is coming undone.”

“For Republicans, they simply have to point and say ‘competence or chaos?’” Martin said.



NYT: Obama Frustrated, Even Angry, Re Ebola Response

From the New York Times:

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MARK LANDLER | October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response.

We knew Obama was going to be mad when he found out about his administration was responding to Ebola. We are only surprised he found out so soon.

Those frustrations spilled over when Mr. Obama convened his top aides in the Cabinet room after canceling his schedule on Wednesday…

No wonder he was frustrated. He’s had to cancel two days of fundraising. (Luckily, he was still able to get in several rounds of golf.)

“It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr.



Nurse Amy Vinson Family Has Hired High Profile Lawyer

From the Washington Post:

High-profile D.C. lawyer Billy Martin hired by family of Ebola nurse Amber Vinson

By Lindsey Bever | October 20, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she should have never traveled on a commercial airline. The public asked why health officials cleared her to board a plane with a fever, given her exposure to Ebola. And news outlets have reported on the many missteps that put her at risk of contracting the disease — as well as the consequences that followed.

Now the family of Amber Vinson, 29, the second nurse diagnosed with the disease after caring for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan, is “troubled by some of the negative public comments and media coverage that mischaracterize Amber and her actions.” And they’ve hired high-profile Washington attorney Billy Martin to clear some things up.


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Quarantine Period Ends For Duncan Family (+ 48 Others)

From CNN:

Thomas Eric Duncan’s fiancée set to complete Ebola quarantine on Monday

By Joshua Berlinger and Eliott C. McLaughlin | October 20, 2014

(CNN) — For nearly 20 days, Louise Troh has had to endure tremendous fear, grief and isolation.

When told of the death of her fiancée, Thomas Eric Duncan — the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States — she fell to the ground. The man giving her the news couldn’t even console her with a hug.

This is what passes for journalism at CNN. (By the way, why was Ms. Troth so surprised?)

But day 21 is Monday: The day the quarantine period is expected to come to an end for Troh, her son and two nephews…

On Saturday, loved ones honored Duncan’s memory in North Carolina, where his mother lives.


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AP: Falling Oil Prices Are Hurting OPEC, Russia, Venezuela

From where else but the Associated Press:

Falling oil prices shake up global economies

By JONATHAN FAHEY | October 16, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years…

"The problem is that countries get accustomed to a certain level of income, and then spend," says Edward Chow, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "It seems like a windfall at first but when it lasts long enough you get used to it."

The global price of oil was relatively stable for nearly four years, averaging $110 per barrel.


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