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What’s Chris Christie Doing in the Middle of the Ebola Crisis?

October 27, 2014 The latest case of Ebola in the United States is in New York City. So why does Chris Christie want to quarantine people in New Jersey? There are a few practical reasons. For the New Jersey governor's constituents, New York City is just one short car, train or ferry ride ...

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The Capitol Christmas Tree Is Campaigning Harder Than You Are

October 23, 2014 Like some politicians this fall, one tree is making the most of the road to Washington. The 88-foot-tall white spruce that will serve as the Capitol's Christmas tree this year will make nearly 30 stops on its 2,000-mile journey from Minnesota to the District. The trail begins on Oct. 29 ...

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The CDC Is Not Messing Around With Its New Rules for Protective Ebola Gear

October 21, 2014 Federal health officials have given a whole new meaning to the phrase "suit up." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Monday new, extensive guidelines for hospital workers who treat Ebola patients in the United States. They include detailed procedures for one of the first lines of protection ...

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Nobody Panic, But There Was an Ebola Scare at the Pentagon

October 17, 2014 Officials have closed a parking lot at the Pentagon because of a possible case of Ebola. Pentagon police officers discovered a woman "ill and vomiting" in one of the federal building's parking lots in Arlington, Va. at about 9:10 a.m. on Friday, according to a statement from the Department of ...

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Ebola Has the FDA Working Overtime on Reviewing Experimental Drugs

October 16, 2014 The development of a pharmaceutical drug is a slow, deliberate process, and it can take years of back-and-forth between scientists and health officials before medicine makes it onto the market. But the worst Ebola outbreak in history has changed all that. The Food and Drug Administration is in crisis mode, ...

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Here's What Congress Has Next for the Secret Service

October 9, 2014 Congress has a long To Do list for the beleaguered Secret Service. The top members of the House Judiciary Committee, the group that has jurisdiction over how the federal agency runs, sent a letter chock-full of questions to acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy on Thursday. Clancy took over the ...

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These Politicians Want to Close the U.S.-Mexico Border Because of Ebola

October 9, 2014 Mexico has never seen a case of Ebola before. But for some politicians worried about a potential outbreak of the deadly virus on American soil, that doesn't matter. Scott Brown said Thursday that he doesn't want undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border because they might be carrying Ebola. "People coming ...

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The CDC Is Using Twitter to Explain Ebola for the Second Time in Two Months

October 9, 2014 Two months ago, when U.S. health officials first took to Twitter to explain Ebola, the virus had killed just under 800 people in West Africa. Now, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosts its second online chat about the virus, the outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea ...

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White House to America: Calm Down About a Domestic Ebola Outbreak

October 6, 2014 The Obama administration has a message to Americans freaking out about Ebola: Stop. A confirmed case of the disease in Dallas, as well as the hospitalization of two patients for Ebola-like symptoms in the Washington area, has set the public on edge and sparked fears of an outbreak on U.S. ...

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NASA Explains How Climate Change Is Like the Flu

October 3, 2014 For NASA, climate change is kind of like flu season. In a new animated video, the space agency calls the warming phenomenon "planetary fever." Just as the human body heats up in response to an infection or illness, Earth has warmed from the accumulation of greenhouse gases such as carbon ...