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Tom Howell Jr.

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Kaci Hickox, a health care worker who returned from fighting Ebola in West Africa, wrote a scathing review of "inhumane" treatment by inspectors at Newark Liberty International Airport and her ongoing quarantine. Ms. Hickox is the first traveler quarantined under new guidelines established in New Jersey and New York. (University of Texas at Arlington via Associated Press)

Ebola health worker quarantines pit politics against science

The nation's top infectious diseases official blasted states for putting into place "draconian" quarantine rules that they said could dissuade workers from volunteering on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and raise the threat to the U.S. Published October 26, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., right, casts his ballot with his wife Franki, left, during early voting at the Ford County Elections Office in Dodge City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Democrats and Republicans are confident of winning the Senate

Democrats and Republicans gazed Sunday into starkly different crystal balls ahead of midterm elections a little more than a week away, doubling down on their chances to retain or retake the upper chamber and backing their respective leaders as men of vision. Published October 26, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama campaigns for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., during a rally urging voters to re-elect the incumbent candidate, on the campus of Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colo., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Does Michelle Obama want Sen. Dianne Feinstein'​s seat?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday she hasn't settled on her political future, as rumors swirl that Michelle Obama is being urged to run for the California seat, should the veteran lawmaker retire. Published October 26, 2014

Health workers  load a body of a man at a back of a truck suspected to have died of Ebola virus in Paynesville Community situated on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Fauci: Quarantines could hamper efforts to fight Ebola abroad

The U.S. fight against Ebola must be driven by science and not fear, and stricter rules on workers returning from Africa could effectively heighten the risk to the U.S., the nation's top infectious diseases official said Sunday. Published October 26, 2014

This Dec. 31, 2013, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol in early morning light in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

House lawmakers grapple with Ebola both at home and abroad

A House oversight hearing Friday laid bare the sheer complexity of dealing with the global Ebola epidemic, as lawmakers toggled between the desperate plight in West Africa and concern that flawed policies have put Americans' at risk on their own shores. Published October 24, 2014

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