In Iowa Christie bemoans 'vacuum of leadership'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie poses for a selfie with Bryan Traeger of West Des Moines during Gov. Terry Branstad's birthday bash on Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 in Clive, Iowa. Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave)CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presented himself in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama in a fiery speech that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.



U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power speaks to members of the Security Council during a meeting on the Ebola crisis in New YorkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...



NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, listen as Branstad's granddaughters sing Happy Birthday during Branstad's birthday bash on Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave)CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.



U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganization'

Coast Guard Corpsman checks the temperature of a traveler at Washington Dulles International AirportBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent. ...



US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa

File-This Feb. 28, 2014, file photo shows Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., speaking during a news conference after a private U.N. Security Council meeting. Power is going to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. A statement released late Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, by the U.S. mission to the U.N. says Samantha Power will visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea "to draw attention to the need for increased support for the international response." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.



Spoiler alert: rogues could determine fate of US Senate

People wait for US President Barack Obama during a rally at Chicago State University October 19, 2014 in Chicago, IllinoisIndependent or third-party politicians often roil American elections, and the current battle for Senate control could be determined by any of several unconventional candidates, including a pizza-delivering Libertarian in North Carolina. Half a dozen battleground states are at the heart of Republican efforts to win back the Senate, which President Barack Obama's Democrats are struggling to hold. GREG ORMAN: This independent received a dramatic boost in the Kansas Senate race when the Democrat suddenly dropped out, exposing veteran incumbent Republican Pat Roberts to the most unconventional Senate race of 2014.



U.S. envoy Samantha Power travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power arrives at the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New YorkBy Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...



Ten Commandments attack suspect being evaluated
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man suspected of driving a car into a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma state Capitol is under mental evaluation, according to the Highway Patrol.

U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment
The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...

Excitement mounts among Colorado GOP
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — The quiet murmur of several dozen Republican activists crammed in a small office in this Denver suburb was broken Saturday morning by a jocular cry: "Hey, everybody, what's going on?"

Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs

This Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 photo shows Democratic Party volunteers call prospective voters to urge them to support Gov. Jerry Brown and other party candidates at a phone bank in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles. The midterm elections are about two weeks away, but California is one of more than 30 states in which some form of advance voting is shaping the way campaigns must be conducted. (AP Photo/Michael Blood)LOS ANGELES (AP) — For over 1 million Californians, the Nov. 4 election is over. That's because they've already voted.



Democratic Rep. Barrow works for GOP votes in Ga.

Republican Rick Allen, left, and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow wait for their debate to begin Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at a college auditorium in Statesboro, Georgia. Barrow is a top target of the national Republican Party as he seeks a sixth term in Georgia's 12th District, a seat that was redrawn to favor a GOP candidate. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Touring his southeast Georgia farm in a pickup truck, Randy Branch gave a visiting congressman a crash course in agriculture as well as an earful about politics — namely how much he doesn't like Democrats.



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