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Oct 16, 2014

In U.S. Congress, Republicans step up demands for Ebola travel ban

WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers dragged
the Ebola crisis into the political arena on Thursday, ramping
up their demands that President Barack Obama impose new
restrictions on travel from countries ravaged by the deadly

Returning to Washington from the campaign trail three weeks
before midterm elections, Republicans made the call for a travel
ban a dominant theme at a congressional hearing on the outbreak.

Oct 16, 2014

White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease.

Just three weeks ahead of critical midterm elections, Obama is facing increased pressure from Republican critics. They say he has been too slow to protect Americans, drawing parallels to what they have described as foot-dragging on dealing with the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Oct 15, 2014

Obama vows more aggressive response to Ebola fears

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed a more aggressive response to the handling of any new U.S. Ebola cases on Wednesday after the infection of a second Texas healthcare worker prompted him to postpone a political trip in a sign of growing concern.

Obama spoke after convening a special Cabinet meeting at the White House to discuss the U.S. response to the deadly virus. He acknowledged concerns and fears raised by the handling of the original Ebola patient at a Dallas hospital, Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who died of Ebola and infected at least two healthcare workers while there.

Oct 15, 2014

Obama holds Ebola meeting as White House defends handling of outbreak

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama convened a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak on Wednesday after abruptly postponing a political trip in what was a sign of growing concern about the deadly virus.

The White House strongly defended the government’s handling of the Ebola problem after it became clear that a second Texas healthcare worker who tested positive for the virus had traveled aboard a commercial airliner.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S. to screen air passengers from West Africa for Ebola

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it will begin extra screening of passengers arriving at five of the country’s largest airports from West Africa as it increases efforts to prevent the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak.

The enhanced screening will start at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this weekend and be extended next week to Newark Liberty in New Jersey, Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta.

Oct 6, 2014

U.S. working on new screenings for Ebola but no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
said on Monday that the government would develop expanded
screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West
African countries hit by the disease and the United States.

The first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil,
Thomas Eric Duncan, remained in critical condition in a Dallas
hospital, as Obama was briefed by agencies involved in fighting
the spread of the deadly virus.

Oct 6, 2014

Obama says U.S. working on new ways to screen passengers for Ebola

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration was working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola and would step up efforts to make medical professionals aware of what to do if they encounter a case.

Obama made the disclosure after meeting top administration officials involved in attempting to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the United States.

Oct 2, 2014

As midterms loom, Obama shifts spotlight to economy

By Roberta Rampton

EVANSTON Ill. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama tried on Thursday to turn the spotlight on the economy, the issue U.S. voters care about most ahead of November midterm elections, making the case that his policies have steered the country away from the brink of collapse and laid a foundation for growth.

It’s the second take for a strategy that the White House rolled out in June, only to have its optimistic message drowned out by crises in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and western Africa.

Sep 26, 2014

For Obama, Holder exit leaves void on civil rights issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The departure of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder deprives the Obama administration of a powerful voice on civil rights at a time when riots in Ferguson, Missouri, have thrust the issue into the spotlight.

Civil rights advocates fear his exit leaves a hard-to-fill hole on Obama’s team when it comes to events such as in Ferguson – where days of protests followed the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager – and challenging laws in some states requiring voters to show photo identification, measures that Holder has said would prevent black and Latino voters from going to the polls.

Sep 24, 2014

Obamacare to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion in uncompensated care: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday said it expects expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act to save U.S. hospitals $5.7 billion this year on the cost of caring for uninsured Americans.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said nearly three-quarters of the savings, $4.2 billion, would occur in states that have opted to expand the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor as part of the law, popularly known as Obamacare.

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