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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 families and small business owners who are trying to achieve the American Dream.”

Read the full transcript of the GOP address:

“Good morning.

My name is Will Hurd.

My hope is to be elected representative of Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

Because, like you, I want to get this mess in Washington cleaned up once and for all.

For too long, we’ve had an administration in DC that spends too much and listens too little, that thinks the answer to every question is more government. But when we can’t trust that government to protect our economy … secure our borders … to provide basic services to our veterans, we know something has to change.

Now, the president expects you to go to the polls and stick with the people who have stuck with him. To stick with the politicians who helped him push through ObamaCare…who helped him block solutions that would create jobs.

“These are all folks who vote with me,” he said.

But don’t we want representatives who vote with us? Don’t we want to send to Washington leaders who will take on the tough issues and focus on getting things done?

I’ve been in real fights – as an overseas officer in the CIA, I witnessed folks struggling for freedom and stared down those trying to end our way of life.

And working in the private sector trying to help companies compete, I see how our government is threatening our economic security.

We need to clean up the mess of debt and waste by balancing our budget and simplifying our tax code.

We need to reduce the burdens on middle class families and small business owners who are trying to achieve the American Dream.

We need to ensure our ability to be energy independent.

And we need to make border security, countering drug traffickers and fighting cyber criminals all national priorities.

It is time we come together to do these things.

America doesn’t need more politicians who vote in lock step with the president. We need new energy to keep our country strong, at home and abroad.

Fellow Texans and Americans, this is the opportunity we face in ten days time. This is our moment.

Let’s stand together and take our government back from the bureaucrats in Washington and put the power where it belongs: in the hands of the people.

Thank you for listening.”

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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 tradition of leadership.”

Clinton called Warren a “passionate champion for working people and middle class families.”

However, the two did not appear on stage together at the rally, and there’s been speculation both might consider a run in 2016, even though Warren has denied it. Clinton has not announced whether she will run.

Warren was also kind to Clinton, but not nearly as effusive.

“I’m happy to welcome Secretary Clinton back to the commonwealth,” Warren said. “We love it.”

Warren seemed to downplay their relationship in a recent interview with People.

“We have talked. It’s not much more than that,” Warren told the magazine. “Not much more.”

They did, however, exchange stories about their grandchildren backstage.

“Backstage before we came on, Governor (Patrick Deval) and Senator Warren were trading grandchild stories. I don’t even have a month’s worth of stories,” Clinton said. “Looking at the smile on Elizabeth’s face and the excitement on Deval’s face, I thought when all is said and done that’s what this is supposed to be about.”

Clinton used the anecdote to introduce a line that has become a staple of her 2014 campaign speeches: “How do we give the best future we can to every single child? You should not have to be a grandchild of a governor, a senator, a secretary of state to have the same opportunity that we were given in previous years.”

Both Clinton and Warren have been busy this fall campaigning on behalf of Democratic candidates. On Sunday, Warren will be on the campaign trail in New Hampshire and on Wednesday, Clinton heads to Iowa.

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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.”

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Ebola-Free Nurse Nina Pham Visits President Obama

Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) — Before returning to her “normal life” in Texas, newly Ebola-free Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama in the Oval Office.

Hours earlier, Pham had walked out of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where she has been in isolation since Oct. 16, to a round of applause. She thanked everyone who cared for her since her Oct. 11 Ebola diagnosis, and said she would finally go home to her dog, Bentley.

“I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today,” she told reporters, adding that she hopes to return to her “normal life.”

Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus three days later.

It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.

“I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate,” Pham said, reading from her prepared statement at the press conference.

Pham’s colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital’s request.

At the news conference announcing Pham’s discharge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said she tested negative for Ebola five times, and that it wasn’t clear which treatment saved her because they were all experimental.

“I want to first tell you what a great pleasure and in many respects, a privilege …to have the opportunity to treat and care for and get to know such an extremely courageous and lovely person,” Fauci said, adding that she represents the health care workers who “put themselves on the line”

He said he wore Pham’s nursing school colors for the press conference in her honor.

“I’m going to miss Nina a lot,” Fauci quipped at the end of the conference, adding that he gave her his cellphone number.

Pham also thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who had been treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the deadly virus in late July. Brantly was declared virus-free in September and has donated plasma to Pham and other American Ebola patients in the hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus with his antibodies.

Pham’s dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn’t over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.

Vinson’s family announced on Oct. 22 that she, too, tested negative for the virus at Emory.

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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 Arizona.

It’s Udall’s opponent, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, who is a fifth-generation Coloradan.

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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 backing Udall, while 51 to 38 percent of men are for Gardner.

Gardner is leading with independent voters, getting 41 percent to Udall’s 40 percent.

And with just 11 days to go, much of Colorado’s likely voters have made up their mind with 92 percent decided.

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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 signature legislation while she was the state’s governor.

According to a release Wednesday from the Walker campaign, both Walker and his running mate Byron Mallot, along with their families, attended the reception hosted by Palin and her husband Todd.

The campaign says Sarah Palin addressed the crowd of about 100 guests, saying she is backing the candidates, known as the “unity ticket,” because she “trust[s] them to develop our God-given resources responsibly and to the maximum benefit of Alaskans.”

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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 pressing him.

Later in the debate, the issue of President Obama’s campaign schedule came up when Shaheen was asked why she doesn’t want him to stump with her in the Granite State.

She answered she never said she doesn’t want the president to campaign with her, but “the fact is he’s busy.”

When asked directly if she does want Obama to campaign with her, she said no: “We have a lot going on, I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.”

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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 pressing him.

Later in the debate, the issue of President Obama’s campaign schedule came up when Shaheen was asked why she doesn’t want him to stump with her in the Granite State.

She answered she never said she doesn’t want the president to campaign with her, but “the fact is he’s busy.”

When asked directly if she does want Obama to campaign with her, she said no: “We have a lot going on, I don’t think it makes sense for the president to come to New Hampshire right now.”

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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 might be too far fetched.”

O’Brien got a kick out of Albright’s response. He responded, “YES — My first twitter war with a former Secretary of State! You’re next, George P. Shultz!”

Perhaps trying to get the last word in the exchange, Albright wrote back, “Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians.”

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