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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said that the diagnosis of 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham should not be an occasion for partisan bickering over the CDC's budget as it relates to Ebola. Despite campaign bluster about cuts, Ebola falls under the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases branch, whose funding has grown to more than $390 million in 2014 alone. (Associated Press)

Ebola sparks political battle over research funding

The Ebola finger-pointing kicked into a higher gear Monday as politicians in Washington blamed each other for cutting research funding, even as the federal government's top disease chief apologized for suggesting workers at a Dallas hospital failed to follow protocols, leading to this weekend's first U.S.-contracted case of the deadly virus. Published October 13, 2014

Disease chief says more doctors, nurses could have Ebola in Texas

The chief of the Centers for Disease Control said Monday he would "not be surprised" if more doctors or nurses come down with Ebola from the Dallas patient who died last week, after the first U.S.-contracted case was diagnosed over the weekend in one of the patient's nurses. Published October 13, 2014

Youth from United We Dream chant slogans calling for an end to deportations outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in downtown Phoenix. Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the "dreamers" to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. (Associated Press)

Hispanics want Obamacare for illegal immigrant 'dreamers'

Top Hispanic leaders asked President Obama last week to grant some illegal immigrants access to Obamacare, saying the "dreamers" to whom the White House has given tentative work permits are already paying taxes, so they deserve government benefits. Published October 12, 2014

FILE- In this Sept. 10, 2014 file photo, a woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Center, a federal detention facility for undocumented immigrant mothers and children in Artesia, N.M, A surge of cases involving immigrants from Central America has backed up federal courts and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The cases have been moved to Denver by judges in Arlington, Va. Officials say it makes more sense to hold the proceedings in the same time zone as the detention center. Hearings are being held by video from Artesia, N.M. starting on Monday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca, File)

Illegal immigration jumps for third straight year under Obama

Illegal immigration on the southwestern border spiked 14 percent over the past year, marking the third straight increase, though Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was almost all because of the surge of illegal immigrant children and families from Central America — a crisis he said is subsiding. Published October 9, 2014

Bellevue Hospital nurse Belkys Fortune, left, and Teressa Celia, Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control, pose in protective suits in an isolation room, in the Emergency Room of the hospital, during a demonstration of procedures for possible Ebola patients, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The U.S. government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa arriving at five U.S. airports, including the New York area's JFK International and Newark Liberty International, as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

U.S. general warns Ebola could cross U.S. southern border

While the Obama administration plans to start checking travelers from West Africa for Ebola at five U.S. airports, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command is warning that West Africans already are entering America illegally at the porous southern border. Published October 9, 2014

Gina McCarthy (Associated Press)

'Doing an IRS'? EPA can't find top official's text messages

The EPA is poised to "do an IRS" — similar to what the tax agency had to do with dismissed top official Lois G. Lerner — and officially notify the National Archives that it may have lost key electronic records, according to a think tank that's suing to get text messages under an open-records request. Published October 8, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling location in Chicago.  Illinois Republicans are mounting what they say is an unprecedented and costly campaign to identify and eliminate ineligible voters and recruit their own election judges before the November vote. With their sights on unseating a Democratic governor and winning back several congressional seats, Republicans have allocated $1 million in Cook County alone to examine voter rolls and recruit 5,000 GOP election judges to watch over polling places in Democrat-heavy Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green,File)

Voter ID laws lower turnout of blacks, new voters: watchdog

Requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls does lower turnout, the Government Accountability Office, Congress's non-partisan watchdog, concluded in a major report released Wednesday that said young, black and newly registered voters were most likely to stay home. Published October 8, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with financial regulators in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. From left, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Mel Watt, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Treasury SecretaryJacob Lew, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Tim Massad,  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, White House Council Neil Eggleston, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason Furman, Obama, Budget Director Shaun Donovan, Deputy Budget Director Brian Deese, and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Seth Wheeler. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Feds run $486B deficit in 2014 — smallest of Obama administration

The federal government ran a deficit of just $486 billion in fiscal 2014, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates released Wednesday that show the budget, while not in the black, is on much firmer ground than when President Obama took office. Published October 8, 2014

In this Sept. 22, 2014 photo, two people are handcuffed together as they start to play a game at Escape the Quest in Miami Beach, Fla. Escape the Quest offers two games; Apartment 101 and Prison Escape, where groups of two to four have an hour to solve a puzzle and win their freedom. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Obamacare opens door for inmates to get taxpayer-funded Medicaid: study

Obamacare has made most prison and jail inmates eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the federal-state health program, according to a new study Monday from the Government Accountability Office — but few inmates are actually getting the kinds of services that can be reimbursed by federal taxpayers. Published October 6, 2014

Detainees sleep and watch television in a holding cell where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.  CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Disease plagues illegal immigrants; lack of medications, basic hygiene blamed

Communicable diseases continue to be a problem at the New Mexico facility built to house illegal immigrant families surging across the U.S.-Mexico border, and the immigrants themselves aren't taking their own health care very seriously, according to an audit released Monday. Published October 6, 2014

In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2014, a student in the Accelerating Preliterate English Language Learners (A.P.E.L.L) class, taught by Lori Ott, of Millsboro, Del., at the G.W. Career Educational Center in Frankford, Del., looks over a worksheet aimed at teaching basic introductions in English. U.S. schools are now dealing with the fallout from the dramatic spike in the number of children and teenagers who crossed into the United States unaccompanied by family; the Supreme Court has ruled that they have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status.  (AP Photo/Emily Varisco)

An eye-popping 20% of U.S. residents abandon English at home

Nearly half of all California school-age children speak a language other than English at home, as do a third of Texans and Nevadans, a report being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies found. Published October 6, 2014

Ebola fears increase pressure to restrict flights from Africa

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of "Ebola tourism" by patients seeking better care here. Published October 2, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence answers questions on Sept. 9, 2014, about the new Management & Performance Hub, a new management office, that was unveiled at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Indiana Gov. Pence tops 2016 GOP field on fiscal scorecard

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was named a "champion tax cutter," in the Cato Institute's new statehouse report card, released Thursday, which puts Mr. Pence at the top of all of the GOP governors mentioned as potential 2016 presidential contenders. Published October 2, 2014

"The question of executive action, my friends, is a 'when' question," Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez assured attendees at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's convention, asserting that Mr. Obama still shares their values, despite having repeatedly put off thorny decisions on immigration. (Associated Press)

Hispanics promised Obama will act on immigration by year's end

President Obama deployed a top Cabinet secretary Wednesday to assure Hispanic leaders that the White House will take executive action this year to stop deportations for more illegal immigrants, trying to revive Hispanic voters' backing of Democrats ahead of November's elections. Published October 1, 2014