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Tom Howell Jr.

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President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Nina Pham, first nurse to get Ebola in Dallas, now virus-free: NIH

Hailing it as a "very special moment," the director of the National Institutes of Health said Friday the first nurse to contract Ebola while treating a patient in Dallas is cured and will be discharged from their campus in suburban Washington. Published October 24, 2014

Health alerts regarding people who may have traveled to particular West African countries are posted in the lobby of Bellevue Hospital, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in New York. Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of New York City and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Thursday and has been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Darrell Issa: Simply too many 'breakdowns' in Ebola fight

The House's top investigator on Friday outlined a laundry list of problems with the U.S. response to Ebola, setting a tough tone at the start of an oversight hearing on efforts to fight the virus. Published October 24, 2014

This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov sebsite in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

IRS needs more safeguards on Obamacare tax data: IG

A Treasury inspector general said Thursday the IRS should do more to make sure federal taxpayer information does not fall into the wrong hands when it processes and approves subsidy payments under Obamacare. Published October 23, 2014

In this photo taken on Monday, Ot. 20, 2014, Clinic in a Can keeps a tally of worldwide Ebola deaths on their front door of their  headquarters in Wichita, Kan. They hope to send eight or more medical offices made from shipping containers to Liberia to help with the Ebola disaster response. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Jaime Green) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; MAGS OUT; LOCAL RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Ebola scare in Newark was false alarm, Chris Christie says

A West African man who landed late Tuesday at Newark Liberty International Airport is no longer showing symptoms of Ebola after he was monitored overnight at an area hospital, according to New Jersey media. Published October 22, 2014

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before their live television debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 hosted by WJXT-TV and CNN at the Channel 4 studios in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool)

Scott, Crist spar over immigration, economy in Florida debate

Ground rules weren't a problem this time, but Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist fanned the political flames late Tuesday over immigration, the minimum wage and — in odd spurts — which of them had been poorer as a child. Published October 21, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson speaks at the Canadian American Business Council in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick) ** FILE **

Ebola-country travelers to be funneled to five airports

The Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday that it will force travelers from three Ebola-outbreak countries to enter the U.S. through the five airports where federal officials are prepared to screen them for the disease, marking the latest tightening of travel restrictions. Published October 21, 2014

This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov sebsite in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Voters split over Obamacare, but most want candidates to move on: poll

More than half of voters say they're tired of hearing congressional candidates talk about Obamacare and "wish they would move on to other issues," while just over four in 10 want the discussion to continue, according to a monthly tracking poll released Tuesday. Published October 21, 2014

Gloves and rubber boots forming part of the Ebola prevention gear for health workers at a clinic are set outside for the sun to dry them after being washed in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.  Border closures, flight bans and mass quarantines are creating a sense of siege in the West African countries affected by Ebola, officials at an emergency African Union meeting said Monday, as Senegal agreed to allow humanitarian aid pass through its closed borders. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Senegal is officially over

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and congratulated the country on "its diligence to end the transmission of the virus." Published October 17, 2014

Employees with Cleaning Guys Environmental carry equipment into North Belton Middle School Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Belton, Texas, as they prepare to disinfect the school. The Central Texas school district has temporarily closed three of its campuses after a family of four, including two students from the district, traveled on the same flight as a nurse who has since been diagnosed with Ebola. (AP Photo/The Temple Daily Telegram, Rusty Schramm) TV OUT, MAGS OUT

GOP lawmakers call on Congress to reconvene to address Ebola

Two Republican lawmakers say Congress should reconvene to address the Ebola threat to the U.S., citing the Obama administration's reluctance to establish a travel ban among passengers West African countries hard-hit by the virus. Published October 17, 2014