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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cheat Sheet - Bill Maher Finds the Worst Congressman in America

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October 08, 2014
Of the many questionable elected federal officials, John Kline may actually be the very worst. The Minnesota representative is virulently anti-immigrant and supports pinning down autistic children in school. Ana Marie Cox reports as one of Bill Maher's panel guests who met the worst congressman in America. The scarier thing is there are dozens like him.

Texas Health Presbyterian announced Wednesday that Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, has died. "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.," the hospital said in a statement. "He fought courageously in this battle." Duncan, 42, is also the first of five patients treated for Ebola in the U.S. to have succumbed to the disease. He is believed to have contracted the virus in Monrovia, Liberia, where he helped an infected, pregnant neighbor to get to the hospital. He was visiting Texas in order to marry the mother of his son, Karsiah Duncan, who attends college there. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that worldwide, nearly 3,500 people have died from the virus. As early as this weekend, officials at Kennedy International Airport in New York City are expected to put in place new screenings for Ebola for flights from West Africa, including taking passengers' temperatures. Beginning next week, passengers at Washington Dulles International, O'Hare International, Hartsfield-Jackson International, and Newark Liberty International will be screened.

Now that Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos has been diagnosed with Ebola, health officials are scrambling to pass the buck. No one is willing to admit their failure to isolate Ramos when she first reported symptoms could soon prove fatal, reports Barbie Latza Nadeau. Saving lives, not sparing blame, should be their biggest concern.

Just minutes after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay against an appeals court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal in the state, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked that decision, as well as one in Nevada. On Tuesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada, just one day after the Supreme Court rejected appeals that effectively made gay marriage legal in dozens of states. Lawyers for same-sex couples were instructed to file a response by 5 p.m. Thursday. The order from Kennedy means that in the interim, gay and lesbian couples will not be able to get marriage licenses in those states.


Police are under fire in North Carolina after they pepper-sprayed a black teenager in his own home after a neighbor mistook him for an intruder. On Monday afternoon, police showed up at 18-year-old DeShawn Currie's house after a neighbor called 911 to report a break-in. "They was like, 'Put your hands on the door,'" said Currie. "I was like, 'For what? This is my house.' I was like, 'Why are y'all in here?'" Currie, a foster child in a white family, says he got into an argument with the police when they pointed at pictures of the family's children on the mantle and said he didn't belong there. During the argument, police pepper-sprayed him in the face. "He's my baby boy just as much as my other three children are," said his mom, Stacy Tyler. The police claim in a statement that Currie was pepper-sprayed because he was becoming threatening and belligerent.

Jay Leno Headed Back to TV
For show about cars.
Deficit Falls to Lowest of Obama Years
Down from $1.4 trillion.
71% of All Elected Officials Are Men
Whites make up 90 percent.
Hong Kong Exec Allegedly Took $6M Bribe
To gain his support for business.
3,660 Killed in Ukraine Since April
At least 8,756 wounded.

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