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Obama Talks About Ebola in America in Weekly Address


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's address, President Obama talks about Ebola in America, from the death of Thomas Eric Duncan to the most recent case in New York City.Obama addresses what he says are some "basic facts." "First, you cannot get Ebola easily," he says. "You can’t get it through casual contact with someone.  Remember, down in Dallas, even Mr. Duncan’s family—who lived with him and helped care for him—even they did

GOP Weekly Address: US Needs 'New Energy to Keep Our Country Strong'


Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's GOP Address, Will Hurd, who is running for representative of Texas' 23rd Congressional District, critiques the Obama administration and says he wants "to get this mess in Washington cleaned up once and for all."Looking forward, Hurd says the country needs new energy to stay strong.Hurd says the government should "clean up the mess of debt and waste by balancing our budget and simplifying our tax code" and "reduce the burdens on middle class

Lawmakers Pushing for Expanded Recall on Defective Airbags


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Some lawmakers in Congress are saying that every defective airbag — which could mean millions more than the 20 million devices already suggested — should be recalled, not just in the South where most of the airbag recalls have been focused.“I want [the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration] to recall all airbags regardless of where they are, not just in warm states,” said Sen. Edward Mackey, D-Massachusetts. “And I wa

Hillary Clinton Showers Elizabeth Warren With 'Love'


State Department(BOSTON) -- Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren both stumped for Massachusetts governor candidate Martha Coakley on Friday, and one thing was clear: Hillary hearts Elizabeth."I love watching Elizabeth," Clinton gushed about the populist Massachusetts senator. "You know, give it to those who deserve to get it. Standing up not only for you, but people with the same needs and same wants across our country. It's a great pleasure to be here in a state that has such tremendous tr

James Foley Honored with Award at US Institute of Peace


ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- James Foley, the first journalist beheaded by ISIS, was honored with an award for extraordinary courage.Former President Clinton nominated Foley for the award, which was presented at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.Foley's father, John, said, "This is recognition of Jim's courage. His sacrifice and his love of his fellow man his fellow captives, and we couldn't be more proud to be his parents."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var

Elton John Announces AIDS Partnership with US Government


US State Dept (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry hosted superstar Elton John in Washington, D.C. Friday, where the two announced a $7 million partnership between John's AIDS foundation and the United States HIV/AIDS eradication effort, PEPFAR.But perhaps caught up in the excitement of the announcement, Sir Elton gave Kerry a demotion, calling him "Senator."It's not the first time Kerry had an unscripted moment with a famous philanthropist. There was also a bromantic moment caught on c

First Lady Flubs Again on Campaign Trail


Samantha Appleton / The White House(DENVER) -- First lady Michelle Obama has been touring the country for Democratic candidates -- and making headlines along the way for notable gaffes. Earlier this month in Iowa, she referred to Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley as Bruce “Bailey,” before correcting herself in a follow-up appearance in Iowa City. In Colorado Thursday, she called Democratic Sen. Mark Udall a “fifth-generation Coloradan,” though he was born in Arizon

Sarah Palin Backs Independent in Alaska's Governor's Race


(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin has backed Alaska’s Independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker over Republican Sean Parnell, her former lieutenant governor.Palin held an event earlier this week at her Wasilla home for Walker and his Democratic running mate. Parnell was not only Palin's number two, but took over when she stepped down in 2009. The two had a high profile disagreement earlier this year, taking opposite sides on a referendum over Alaska’s oil and gas taxes, Palin's signa

Poll: Sen. Mark Udall Still Leads Colorado Senate Race


US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Cory Gardner is still ahead of Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall in the Colorado U.S. Senate race, with the Republican leading Udall 46 to 41 percent among likely voters, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll out Friday. The results are similar to the five-point lead Gardner had in Quinnipiac's poll last week.The poll also shows 6 percent are for Independent candidate Steve Shogan, while another 6 percent are undecided.Among women, 45 to 41 percent are ba

Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown Square Off in NH Senate Debate


US Senate(CONCORD, N.H.) -- New Hampshire Senate candidates Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown faced off again Thursday night in their second live televised debate. The match up was dominated by questions on Ebola, and Shaheen accused Brown of “fear mongering” on the issue, as she did on the dangers of ISIS. Brown tried to wiggle out of earlier comments he made that the country would not be worrying about Ebola if Mitt Romney was president, but the moderator read the entire quote pressin

Former Secretary of State Albright Burns Conan O'Brien on Twitter


Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images for Fortune Magazine(NEW YORK) -- Madeleine Albright proved to be a good sport when Conan O'Brien cracked a joke on Twitter that name-checked the former U.S. secretary of state.On Thursday afternoon, the TBS late-night host quipped, "I picked out my Halloween costume. I’m going as 'Slutty Madeleine Albright.'"Albright, 77, rose up to the challenge and tweeted a joke of her own, at O'Brien's expense: "I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien -- but that migh

Will First Lady Run for the Senate in '18?


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Senator Michelle Obama?The New York Post's Page Six said Thursday that close friends of President Obama are egging on the first lady to run for the U.S. Senate seat from California in 2018.In a report Thursday in Orbmagazine.com, California Senator Dianne Feinstein has been dropping hints that this will her last term. Feinstein is 81.Neither the president nor his wife have indicated what their post-White House plans are after 2016.However, the Post says

New Questions About White House Fence After String of Intrusions


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The latest fence-jumping incident at the White House has brought not only the Secret Service into scrutiny again but the fence itself. The bottom line: Is the fence enough?Since President Thomas Jefferson had the first fence erected around the White House in 1801, there has been a constant tension between creating a safe house for the president, his staff and his family, and allowing the White House to be accessible to the public.“Trying to balance protecti

A Timeline of the Dramatic Congressional Campaign in California's 52nd District


Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- If anyone in Hollywood writes a movie script based on one congressional campaign of the 2014 midterm election season, Tinseltown should look no farther than California's 52nd Congressional District.The drama, which pits freshman Democratic Rep. Scott Peters against former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who is seeking to become the first openly-gay Republican candidate to win a seat to Congress, has all the scandalous allegations of a blockbuster:May 19: DeM

Despite Diplomatic Friction, US and Cuba Working Together Against Ebola


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The United States and Cuba are working ever closer together to stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, inviting each other's top diplomats to meetings about the virus even though the countries don’t have formal diplomatic ties, U.S. officials said.Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana, Cuba, the de facto American diplomatic mission in Cuba, participated in a foreign ministers' briefing on Ebola on Wednes

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