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Elizabeth Warren Challenges Chris Christie for the Science Behind His Ebola Quarantine (and more!)

(Mother Jones) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is demanding Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) reveal the science behind his controversial decision to place all health care workers returning back from Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone to be placed under a mandatory quarantine. Spoiler alert: the science does not exist.

"He should bring out his scientists who are advising him on that, because we know that we want to be led by science," Warren said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS's This Morning.


THIS is how Dems can Win. Easily.

(bluntandcranky) Everybody assumes that Dem turnout will suck out loud this election. And it looks like that could well be true. If so, Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for the succeeeding years of Teapublican rape, pillage and plunder.

But there IS a way for Dems to win. An easy way. A way that can work, and requires less than half an hour’s time from each Dem voter. Here it is:

VOTE. That’s it. If Dems vote in numbers that exceed the current dismal expectations, they will win races. Lots of races.


Hold the Damn Phone, Americans Actually Confident in Gov’t Ebola Response

(Mediaite) As the number of ebola cases in the U.S. dwindled to one Tuesday, a new CNN/ORC poll found the American public surprisingly confident in the federal government’s response to the virus in the U.S.

54% of those surveyed said the government had done a good job in handling the virus, while 71% were confident the government could prevent a widespread outbreak — somewhat contradicting the punditry that decried the public’s despair in the face of institutional failures.


"...a more glaring problem: the author of the op-ed has been dead for several years."

(MSNBC) New Hampshire Republicans, still hoping to take down Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), published an op-ed in a local newspaper this morning written by former state House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh (R). The piece isn’t quite as interesting as its author.

Even by 2014 standards, the Republican’s op-ed seems oddly detached from current events, referencing “skyrocketing gasoline prices,” a moratorium that no longer exists, and a House GOP lawmaker who’s no longer in the House. But given how frequently Republican criticisms bear no real resemblance to reality, this alone would hardly be noteworthy.

Dave Weigel, however, notes a more glaring problem: the author of the op-ed has been dead for several years.


Upside of Affordable Care Act: Health care costs down Savings estimated in billions of dollars

(Charlotte Post) Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, will cut the federal budget deficit by $100 billion despite adding health coverage for about 10 million people, by federal estimates.


Texas Election Judge Had To Turn Away 93-Year-Old Veteran Due To Strict Voter ID Law

(Think Progress) “An elderly man, a veteran. Ninety-three years old,” Parsley, an election judge for the last 15 years, told ThinkProgress. “His license had expired.”

Under Texas’ new voter ID law, one of the strictest in the nation, citizens are required to present one of seven forms of photo identification to vote. The identification can be a Texas-issued driver’s license, a federally-issued veteran’s ID card, or a gun registration card, among other forms. Licenses can be expired, but not for more than 60 days.


Fast food jobs in Denmark pay living wage

(NYT) On a recent afternoon, Hampus Elofsson ended his 40-hour workweek at a Burger King and prepared for a movie and beer with friends. He had paid his rent and all his bills, stashed away some savings, yet still had money for nights out.

That is because he earns the equivalent of $20 an hour — the base wage for fast-food workers throughout Denmark and two and a half times what many fast-food workers earn in the United States.


KRUGMAN: Our Inability To Invest "Reflects Destructive Ideology That Has Taken Over Republican Party

(NYT) America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer.

But nowadays we simply won’t invest, even when the need is obvious and the timing couldn’t be better. And don’t tell me that the problem is “political dysfunction” or some other weasel phrase that diffuses the blame. Our inability to invest doesn’t reflect something wrong with “Washington”; it reflects the destructive ideology that has taken over the Republican Party.

Mister Nightowl

In embracing an Ebola victim, Barack Obama succeeded where Ronald Reagan failed

(Slate) Nina Pham, the first person to be infected with Ebola within the United States, had just been declared disease-free and discharged from the National Institutes of Health. Obama is a rational, science-friendly guy, so he knew she wasn’t any danger to him. It didn’t take courage to hug her.

And yet, another modern president failed a similar test. Facing the greatest public health crisis of his administration, Ronald Reagan was not heroic. He was a dithering coward.

George II

While blistering Obama, Christie praises George W. Bush’s leadership

(Bergen Record) “When we have folks around the world who wonder any longer what’s it mean to be a friend with the US, and what would the United States do in return for our friendship?,’’ Christie said during a fundraiser-birthday party for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad in a Des Moines suburb.“That never, never had to be worried about in the past administration. Everyone knew where George Bush stood and who he stood with.”

Invoking Bush’s name, even in a Republican crowd, seemed a bit jarring. Bush ended his tenure a deeply unpopular president, with the public dissatisfied with his handling of the Iraq War and the economic crisis of 2008. Since his departure, Republican candidates rarely mention name, content to have Bush retreat to his ranch, write his memoirs and stay away from the campaign trail.

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