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More turmoil for House GOP suit

House Speaker John Boehner’s still-unfiled lawsuit against President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional power is in more trouble.<p>For the second time in two months, a major law firm has ceased work on the lawsuit, sources say.<p>Attorney Bill Burck and the Quinn Emanuel firm halted …

Internal memo pushes bringing non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment; State denies plan

A memo obtained by Fox News indicates the Obama administration has been considering allowing non-American Ebola patients into the U.S. for treatment – though a State Department official on Tuesday denied any such plans.<p>The document was obtained by Fox News from a Capitol Hill source, who said it is …

Chambliss: Killing ISIS 'only' option - CNN Video

Wishful thinking in the U.S. plans against the Islamic State

By David Ignatius<p>David Ignatius<p>Columnist covering foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my speech’s title about the “crisis” …

Why No Ebola Travel Ban? Politics

Leadership sometimes means doing something, anything.<p>New York and New Jersey shouldn’t be making Ebola policy, but if Washington leaves a vacuum, it will be filled. And leaving vacuums is becoming an Obama administration specialty.<p>The decisions by Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie were not as awful …

Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership and Ebola Won't be the Last

Co-authored with Dr. Michael Bluman Schroeder<p>The world is facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak. According to the Guardian the pandemic has already claimed nearly 5000 lives and infected over 10,000 people, predominantly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Containing it will require sustained …

Ebola Panic Is Making Life Miserable For Some West Africans In The US

No new cases of Ebola have been reported in Senegal since August, and the country was declared Ebola-free on Oct. 17.<p>The attack is just the latest incidence of bullying of Africans since the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.<p>Liberians have become especially stigmatized since Liberian Thomas Eric …

The American Fighting Against ISIS In Syria Is Trying To Recruit More US Military Veterans

Through his own profile and with the launch of a new Facebook page called "The Lions of Rojava," Jordan Matson is helping to recruit others across Europe, Australia, and the US, according to The Daily Mail.<p>"We will pick you up on your arrival to the location they gave you to come," Matson wrote in …

US Airstrikes Just Destroyed An ISIS 'Command Node' In Syria

The US-led coalition conducted eight strikes in and around Kobani, US Central Command said. The strikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIS fighting positions, a small ISIS unit, six ISIS vehicles, an ISIS-occupied building, and the command and control node, Centcom said.<p>The coalition also conducted …

Obama Has Been Fighting Doctors Without Borders For Years

WASHINGTON -- It's a little unusual to see the Obama administration singing the praises of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonprofit that is shipping doctors, drugs and supplies to West Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak.<p>When President Barack Obama lauded the "incredible …

Endangered Governor Takes Big Gun Action in Lead up to Election

A week before Pennsylvania voters render their verdict on his last four years, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed a pro-gun law barring local restrictions.<p>Republican Governor Tom Corbett, center, stands with his wife Susan, as he answers questions after a debate with Democratic party candidate for …

Ebola survivor: Chris Christie is 'playing politics'

Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo, in his first television interview since returning home from the hospital, told CNN's Don Lemon that he sharply disagrees with Gov. Chris Christie's controversial quarantine policy for health care workers in New Jersey.<p>"I think that Gov. Christie is playing politics …

Obama Touts Heroism Of Ebola Health Care Workers

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday touted the heroism of health care workers fighting Ebola abroad, further emphasizing the disagreement between himself and other politicians who want the workers quarantined when they come home.<p>"All of them have signed up to leave their homes and …

Obama on Ebola fight: US can't seal itself off

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing to confront Ebola at its West African source, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States was not immune to the …

State Department downplays memo on bringing non-citizens to US for Ebola treatment, denies plan

The State Department insisted Wednesday that an internal memo that pushed for bringing non-American Ebola patients to the U.S. for treatment was written by a “midlevel official” and does not reflect the administration’s plans.<p>Spokeswoman Jen Psaki reiterated the department stance that there are “no …

Top Senator On African Affairs: Ebola Medical Workers Should Be Guaranteed Return To U.S.

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs is calling on the United States to ensure that all Americans who go to West Africa to help fight Ebola be guaranteed the right to return to their home country, attempting to push back on some of the calls …

Al-Qaida: IS should rejoin group and fight West

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence analysts are closely watching al-Qaida's overtures to the renegade Islamic State to reunite and fight the West, …

Pentagon orders 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the …

‘Frustrated’ Obama Hits Critics Who Think the U.S. ‘Should Hide From’ Ebola

A self-described “frustrated” President Barack Obama took aim Wednesday at those he said “think we should hide from the problem” of Ebola.<p>Flanked by health care workers who have been treating Ebola patients in West Africa, Obama stressed the need to combat the virus at its source so that it does …

Civil War soldier from the Battle of Gettysburg to receive Medal of Honor next week

As 13,000 Confederate soldiers closed in during what would become the Civil War's bloodiest battle, a wounded and badly outgunned First Lt. Alonzo Cushing stayed at his post, firing artillery at the oncoming siege of grey until a rebel Minie ball ended his life.<p>One-hundred-and-fifty-one years …

Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons

My breasts did not volunteer to be the canary in the coalmines of modern life. Neither did the Yazidis or Kurds welcome bands of ISIS into their communities. These curses came upon otherwise healthy bodies. The distressing medical options my doctors offered for addressing breast cancer and the …

Poll: Americans losing confidence air strikes alone will defeat ISIS

Americans still strongly support airstrikes against ISIS -- but they're losing confidence that the strikes will wipe out the group's military capability, a new poll shows.<p>The air strikes already ordered by President Barack Obama are supported by 76% of the public, a CNN/ORC International survey of …

If U.S. Quarantine Policy Seems Confusing, You're Just Confused, Says White House

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opposes mandatory quarantines for people who visit Ebola-affected countries. The Defense Department is requiring troops who visit those areas to undergo a 21-day quarantine. Governors, meanwhile, are putting forward their own quarantine …

State Department denies it has a secret plan to admit foreign Ebola patients

The State Department discussed plans to transport non-U.S.citizens infected with Ebola to the United States for medical treatment, but decided to shelve the proposal and insists it was never considered at senior levels.<p>But Congressional Republicans are seizing on an internal State Department memo …

Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.<p>Students and family members reunite at Shoultes Gospel Hall …

U.S-Backed Syrian Rebels' Pleas For Help Likely To Go Unanswered

WASHINGTON -- As Islamic State militants inched closer to seizing control of the Kurdish town of Kobani, the international community heaped shame upon neighboring Turkey, condemning it for standing aside and allowing the slaughter to take place for its own political interests.<p>Turkey's government, …