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Oct 29, 2014

Saying she will not be bullied, nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court.

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus without resorting to overzealous and useless precautions or violating civil rights.

Oct 28, 2014

In Ebola response, Obama’s ‘czar’ stays behind the curtain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It’s not often that a White House official gets mocked on both Saturday Night Live and a major daily newspaper before he makes his first public appearance.

But Ron Klain’s low-profile first week as President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes Ebola “czar” has become another attack point for a White House struggling to show it’s on top of the crisis.

Oct 28, 2014

Obama defends U.S. Ebola guidelines, backs American volunteers in Africa

ATLANTA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the second of two nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient left an Atlanta hospital, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said policies adopted in the United States should not discourage Americans willing to fight West Africa’s outbreak.

Obama weighed in for the first time since states including New York and New Jersey imposed automatic 21-day quarantines on doctors and nurses returning from the three countries at the heart of the outbreak – rules that go beyond federal guidelines.

Oct 25, 2014

Obama: ‘We have to be guided by the facts, not fear’ on Ebola

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
commended New Yorkers for their calm reaction to the city’s
first case of Ebola and told Americans in his weekly address
that the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs
to be based on “facts, not fear.”

It was the second week in a row that Obama used his address
to speak directly to Americans about the response to Ebola,
which has turned into a political issue in the days leading up
to Nov. 4 congressional elections.

Oct 24, 2014

White House ex-counsel Ruemmler asks Obama not to consider her for attorney general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, facing the possibility of a difficult Senate confirmation battle, has pulled out of consideration for replacing Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general, a White House official said on Friday.

Obama, who thinks highly of Ruemmler, had approached the Washington lawyer to see if he could put her on his shortlist for replacing Holder, who has announced he will leave his post when a successor is found.

Oct 21, 2014

North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, the White house said on Tuesday.

Spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move, but pressed Pyongyang to free the two remaining Americans.

Oct 20, 2014

U.S. Ebola response chief seeks to reverse mistakes, step up response

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Ebola response
coordinator Ron Klain faces a long to-do list when he begins his
new role: soothe Americans’ jitters about the virus, fix federal
coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over
the crisis that the White House had lost.

Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic
administrations who is known for his keen political
antenna, must also smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are
angry about the government’s missteps and mixed messages.

Oct 20, 2014

U.S. Ebola czar seeks to reverse government mistakes, step up response

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain faces a hefty to-do list when he begins his new role:¬†soothe Americans’ jitters about the virus, fix federal coordination with states, and restore a sense of control over the crisis that the White House had lost.

Klain, a former senior aide in two Democratic administrations who is known for his keen political antenna,¬†also must smooth over tensions with lawmakers who are angry about the government’s missteps and mixed messages.

Oct 19, 2014

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.

As though to illustrate his point, a Dallas bus and train station was closed on Saturday afternoon over concern about a woman who fell ill. The woman was first reported to be on the checklist for possible Ebola exposure but turned out not to be.

Oct 18, 2014

Obama urges Americans not to give in to Ebola hysteria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the United States but dozens of people being monitored in case they contract the disease, President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus.

Obama also made plain he is not currently planning to give in to demands from some lawmakers for a ban on travelers from the worst-hit countries.

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