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Tom Howell Jr.

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John K. Thompson stops by the Tea Party California Caucus booth at the California GOP convention Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. Capturing even one statewide office remains a long shot, but Republicans at least hope to pick up some legislative seats by running moderate candidates. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tea party support down from 2010 peak, but stable overall

One in four Americans say they support the tea party, according to a Gallup poll that shows support for the pro-liberty wing is down from its successful wave in 2010, yet has been relatively steady since late 2011. Published October 2, 2014

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., speaks at the RiverRun Bookstore as part of her "A Senator New Hampshire Women Can Trust Tour", Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 in Portsmouth, N.H. Shaheen is seeking re-election and is running against Republican, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

New Hampshire Senate race is up for grabs, poll shows

The Senate race in New Hampshire is a dead heat, according to a New England College poll Thursday that puts Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen less than 1 percentage point ahead of Republican challenger Scott Brown. Published October 2, 2014

Families walk by law enforcement near the entrance to The Ivy Apartments. The man diagnosed with Ebola was staying at the complex with family and is now hospitalized. (Associated Press)

Hospital missteps may help spread Ebola

The Texas hospital treating the first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. fumbled the early going, failing to act on information about his arrival from West Africa and then releasing him into the general population for two days, raising the possibility he may have come in contact with several school-aged children while infectious, officials revealed Wednesday. Published October 1, 2014

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks with media Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Houston after the highest criminal court in Texas refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions against him. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a ruling from the 3rd Court of Appeals tossing the 2010 convictions. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Texas court upholds ruling that cleared former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday that another appeals court had properly overturned former House Majority Leader Tom Delay's 2010 convictions on accusations he funneled nearly $200,000 in corporation campaign donations to GOP candidates for the state legislature during the 2002 elections, according to Reuters. Published October 1, 2014

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden speaks during a news conference after confirming that a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, announced Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in Atlanta. The person, an adult who was not publicly identified, developed symptoms days after returning to Texas from Liberia and showed no symptoms on the plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

CDC director confident the U.S. can stop Ebola 'in its tracks'

The director of the Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday he has no doubt the U.S. can stop the Ebola virus "in its tracks," after officials revealed that a man in the Dallas area has the dreaded infection that's ravaged West Africa. Published October 1, 2014

Keith Saunders, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Mark Tammes at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) ** FILE **

Republicans gleefully mark one-year anniversary of failed Obamacare rollout

Republican operatives marked the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's failed tech rollout Wednesday by highlighting another early stumble — the promise that everyone could keep their health plans, even though the overhaul's new coverage standards resulted in cancellation notices for thousands of people in states with key Senate match-ups this fall. Published October 1, 2014