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Supreme Court Lets Texas Use New Voter ID Law in Nov. Election

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — The Supreme Court will now allow Texas to use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election.

The high court rejected a request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce photo IDs in order to cast ballots.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, “It is a major step backward to let stand a law that a federal court, after a lengthy trial, has determined was designed to discriminate. It is true we are close to an election, but the outcome here that would be least confusing to voters is the one that allowed the most people to vote lawfully.”

Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

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GOP Weekly Address: ‘We Can Do Better’

US Senate(WASHINGTON) –A Congressional candidate from Long Island, New York, Lee Zeldin, delivered the Republican address this week, in which he spoke of the future, and the importance of fixing Washington for the next generation.

Zeldin called his two daughters “the most important reason [he is] running for Congress.” His goal, he says, is to provide his daughters and their generation with “more opportunities than we had.”

Criticizing the gridlock in Washington, Zeldin says that the capitol is full of “caution and inaction,” and that Americans should be “tired” of the way D.C. operates.

A former Army paratrooper and a current major in the Army Reserves, Zeldin calls for an end to dysfunction, an improved education system, the repeal of Obamacare, support of veterans and job creation.

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

Hello, I’m Lee Zeldin, and I’m the Republican candidate for New York’s First Congressional District here on Long Island, a special place where I was born and raised.

Let me start by saying that our hearts go out to all those affected by the Ebola outbreak. Right now, the president and his administration need to be taking every necessary step to protect the American people.

Today, I just want to share with you the most important reason I’m running for Congress. There are two of them actually, and they’re our beautiful twin daughters, Arianna and Mikayla. They inspire my wife, Diana, and I every day to do all we can to provide them and their generation with more opportunities than we had.

That’s just the American way, but that is not the path we find ourselves on right now.

Our government spends more than it takes in, fails to keep basic promises to our veterans, and squanders opportunity after opportunity to create good-paying jobs. Instead of courage, we see caution and inaction.

Aren’t we tired of the way Washington fails to listen to us?

This November 4th is our chance to send a message that the challenges we face can’t wait. That it’s time to turn things back in the right direction.

We can start by focusing on creating good-paying, private sector jobs. Too often in today’s economy, people find themselves taking second, third jobs, and that’s still not enough to make ends meet. We can do better, and help families get ahead, not just get by.

We need to fight for our veterans who fought for us. We can’t rest until we know the VA will be able to provide the first-rate, 21st-century care our men and women in uniform deserve.

We need to repeal and replace ObamaCare with solutions that cost less and guarantee more freedom, certainty and security.

And we have to improve our education system, to put parents in charge of their kids’ education, and give every child an opportunity to succeed.

I know we can do this. It’s going to take hard work, tough decisions, and embracing the duty we all share to protect and pass on the blessings on which our country was built.

That’s why I proudly served as a U.S. Army paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, why I still serve as a major in the Army Reserves, and why I’m running for Congress now.

Together, we can end the dysfunction, and restore the American Dream for our kids and grandkids. They’re what this is all about.

Thank you for listening, and have a great weekend.

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Gov. Perry Calls for Air Travel Ban to Stop Spread of Ebola

ABC/Matthew Putney(AUSTIN, Texas) — Gov. Rick Perry on Friday outlined new recommendations on preparedness and response to the Ebola situation made by the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

Perry cited the need to stop Ebola before it spreads, he urged President Obama to put an air travel ban in place from nations impacted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He conveyed that message to Obama in a Thursday night phone call.

Perry has also been on record as calling for enhanced medical screening at all ports of entry and quarantine facilities to ensure public safety.

“Air travel is how this disease crosses borders,” Perry said in a statement, “and it’s certainly how it got here to Texas.” The governor referenced the two Dallas nurses who were infected with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to test positive for the disease in America at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The task force also recommended the establishment of two Ebola treatment centers in Texas and specialized patient transport teams, expansion of training in infectious disease protocols for all health care workers, more testing labs for infectious disease, and increased authority for the Texas Department of State Health Service to issue “Enforceable Control Orders.”

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Ann Romney on 2016: ‘We’re Not Doing That Again’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There has been some renewed speculation recently that Mitt Romney might make a third go of it and run for president again in 2016. He has even left the door open, although just a tiny bit. But his wife of 45 years keeps slamming it shut.

“No,” Ann Romney told ABC News, saying she has “moved on.”

“We’re not doing that again,” she said. “It’s a no,” adding that when friends, family and former aides urge them to give it one more go, she says it’s “kind of cute.”

Romney said her “least political son,” Ben, called her recently and even he wasn’t sure.

“He [says], ‘Mom are you guys thinking about running again. I’m starting to read things,” she said, laughing. “I [said], ‘Ben, no. You have to ask me that question; no because even our own children are reading all of this and they’re thinking, ‘Are you thinking about it? And it’s just, it is a lot of talk.”

The former Massachusetts governor, 67, has been vague on the topic, telling the New York Times in September, “We’ll see what happens.”

Ann Romney, 65, may have been through two bruising presidential campaigns, but her toughest battle has been the one she has fought with multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998. She has been in remission for more than a decade, but has acknowledged some tough days on the campaign trail.

This week, she launched the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She joined ABC News, along with her physician and co-director of the center, Dr. Howard Weiner, to discuss the breakthroughs, treatments and even cures possible for not only MS, but ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and brain tumors.

Romney says they can “unlock a lot more mysteries in the brain” through their work and be able to “collaborate across the country and across the world.”

Dr. Weiner didn’t hesitate when asked whether it’s possible to cure these diseases with research, saying, definitively, “one day we’ll get to a cure,” adding he is confident their research will also develop vaccines for such diseases.

“First we have to get our treatments, understand the disease better, get treatments that slow the disease or stop the progression, and then one day we go for a cure,” Weiner said, adding they aren’t sure about a timeline for cures, but said he expects treatment for Alzheimer’s, ALS, and certain kinds of brain tumors.

And once they get those treatments, he said, “we’re on our way.”

At the launch of the center this week, the Romneys were joined by family friends, and also at least one possible 2016 candidate, Chris Christie. Ann Romney called the New Jersey governor a friend and said there would be plenty of choices when it comes time for presidential picking. But she did name some female Republicans she has her eye on, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez.

Mitt Romney wrote an open love letter to his wife earlier this week marking the opening of the center. In the letter, he praised his wife saying, “From one of the wounded, you have become one of the warriors.”

Ann Romney said her response was to “burst into tears” because it “really touched my heart.”

“I mean he was with me when I was the wounded,” Romney recalled. “Now I’m in a different place and I now can be the warrior for those that are suffering and going through what I went through because I know what it feels like when you are so depressed and you feel hopeless is to know that it’s OK. I want to be able to be that voice of hope for people.”

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Economic Inequality Worries Fed Chair Janet Yellen

The US Federal Reserve(WASHINGTON) — Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, said in a speech at the Conference on Economic Opportunity and Inequality on Friday that she was worried about the increasing income and wealth inequality in the United States.

“The extent and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me,” Yellen said. “The past several decades have seen the most sustained rise in inequality since the 19th century after more than 40 years of narrowing inequality following the Great Depression.”

“It is no secret,” she noted, “that the past few decades of widening inequality can be summed up as significant income and wealth gains for those at the very top and stagnant living standards for the majority.”

In her speech, she highlighted the “four building blocks of opportunity,” that she believes can aid in providing mobility and reverse the trends of inequality. Those building blocks include increased resources available for children, affordable higher education and opportunities to build wealth through business ownership. She also noted the impact of inheritances on economic opportunity.

Yellen also cited research that indicates that economic mobility has remained unchanged for “several decades” in the U.S., and that the U.S. ranks lower in mobility “than in most other advanced countries.”

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Ann Romney on 2016: ‘We’re Not Doing That Again’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There has been some renewed speculation recently that Mitt Romney might make a third go of it and run for president again in 2016. He has even left the door open, although just a tiny bit. But his wife of 45 years keeps slamming it shut.

“No,” Ann Romney told ABC News, saying she has “moved on.”

“We’re not doing that again,” she said. “It’s a no,” adding that when friends, family and former aides urge them to give it one more go, she says it’s “kind of cute.”

Romney said her “least political son,” Ben, called her recently and even he wasn’t sure.

“He [says], ‘Mom are you guys thinking about running again. I’m starting to read things,” she said, laughing. “I [said], ‘Ben, no. You have to ask me that question; no because even our own children are reading all of this and they’re thinking, ‘Are you thinking about it? And it’s just, it is a lot of talk.”

The former Massachusetts governor, 67, has been vague on the topic, telling the New York Times in September, “We’ll see what happens.”

Ann Romney, 65, may have been through two bruising presidential campaigns, but her toughest battle has been the one she has fought with multiple sclerosis, which she was diagnosed with in 1998. She has been in remission for more than a decade, but has acknowledged some tough days on the campaign trail.

This week, she launched the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She joined ABC News, along with her physician and co-director of the center, Dr. Howard Weiner, to discuss the breakthroughs, treatments and even cures possible for not only MS, but ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and brain tumors.

Romney says they can “unlock a lot more mysteries in the brain” through their work and be able to “collaborate across the country and across the world.”

Dr. Weiner didn’t hesitate when asked whether it’s possible to cure these diseases with research, saying, definitively, “one day we’ll get to a cure,” adding he is confident their research will also develop vaccines for such diseases.

“First we have to get our treatments, understand the disease better, get treatments that slow the disease or stop the progression, and then one day we go for a cure,” Weiner said, adding they aren’t sure about a timeline for cures, but said he expects treatment for Alzheimer’s, ALS, and certain kinds of brain tumors.

And once they get those treatments, he said, “we’re on our way.”

At the launch of the center this week, the Romneys were joined by family friends, and also at least one possible 2016 candidate, Chris Christie. Ann Romney called the New Jersey governor a friend and said there would be plenty of choices when it comes time for presidential picking. But she did name some female Republicans she has her eye on, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez.

Mitt Romney wrote an open love letter to his wife earlier this week marking the opening of the center. In the letter, he praised his wife saying, “From one of the wounded, you have become one of the warriors.”

Ann Romney said her response was to “burst into tears” because it “really touched my heart.”

“I mean he was with me when I was the wounded,” Romney recalled. “Now I’m in a different place and I now can be the warrior for those that are suffering and going through what I went through because I know what it feels like when you are so depressed and you feel hopeless is to know that it’s OK. I want to be able to be that voice of hope for people.”

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Four Things Some DC Lawmakers Want Obama to Do About Ebola

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — There is a growing political drumbeat for the Obama administration to take bold new steps on Ebola, as two Dallas health care workers are being treated for Ebola this week.

Facing pressure from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, President Obama on Friday appointed Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to lead the administration’s Ebola response.

But there are other proposals that lawmakers are pushing the president to consider, including travel bans and firing the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here’s a look at some of the latest steps some lawmakers in Congress want Obama to take:

1. MANDATORY QUARANTINE

In a letter sent to Obama Thursday, Rep. Tim Murphy, the Pennsylvania Republican who chaired Thursday’s Ebola hearing in the House, called on the administration to implement a mandatory 21-day quarantine order for any American who has treated an Ebola patient or anyone who has traveled to and returned from an Ebola-stricken country. This would include “a prohibition of domestic public travel regardless of assumptions that the treating professionals wore or removed all personal protective equipment properly.”

2. TRAVEL BAN & VISA RESTRICTIONS

The most popular idea being floated around by Republican lawmakers is restricting entry for passengers coming from West African countries dealing with Ebola. According to a rough and unofficial whip count, at least 55 members of the House (six Democrats, 49 GOP) and at least 11 senators (one Democrat, 10 Republicans) want some kind of travel restrictions. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is the highest ranking Republican asking Obama to consider a travel ban. In a phone call Thursday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry pressed Obama to implement a travel ban, exempting medical workers.

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., says he will introduce legislation next month that would “restrict all commercial flights from traveling to and from Ebola affected countries until the virus is declared to be contained and no longer a threat.”

But many lawmakers, primarily Democrats, have come out in opposition to a travel ban. The White House says a ban is off the table.

Several lawmakers, all Republicans, are suggesting the State Department halt the issuance of visas for non-nationals coming from Ebola-stricken countries. But some have said there should be exceptions. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who supports implementing visa restrictions, said health workers coming to the United States to seek medical training should still be eligible for visas.

3. FIRE FRIEDEN

There is pressure from a small group of lawmakers for CDC Director Thomas Frieden to resign amid criticism of the administration’s handling of Ebola in this country. Such lawmakers include Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Pete Sessions, R-Texas.

4. EMERGENCY SESSION OF CONGRESS

Congress is out of session until after the November midterm election, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, thinks congressional leaders should call Congress back to Washington for an emergency session to examine a temporary Ebola travel ban.

“The top priority should be to protect health and safety of American citizens,” Cruz said on Fox News Thursday night. “We need to do more, we’re not doing enough. If the president won’t act, then Congress should reconvene and Congress should act to protect the American people.”

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President Obama Names Ron Klain ‘Ebola Czar’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Amid mounting pressure to name someone to spearhead the administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, President Obama announced on Friday that he plans to appoint Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden’s former chief-of staff, as his Ebola czar, ABC News has confirmed.

Klain, who also served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore, now works as general counsel at Revolution LLC.

The White House had previously already assigned Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, a lawyer with a background in federal law enforcement, criminal prosecution and crisis response, to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies responsible for addressing an outbreak on American soil.

But by Thursday evening, Obama signaled his openness to naming a czar.

“The truth is, is that up until this point the individuals here have been running point and doing an outstanding job in dealing with what is a very complicated and fluid situation,” Obama said.

However, “It may make sense for us to have one person, in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s going forward,” he added.

Klain will report directly to Monaco and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, according to a White House official.

Here are five things you should know about Klain:

1. General Counsel: As general counsel for the Gore Recount Committee, Klain was at the forefront of the 2000 “hanging chad” controversy, aiding in the Gore campaign’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to clinch Florida’s 25 electoral votes.

2. Chief of Staff: As Biden’s chief of staff, he helped oversee implementation of the Recovery Act, the stimulus package enacted in 2009.

3. Debate Prep Advisor: Klain also served as a top debate prep adviser for Presidents Obama and Clinton as well as Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry.

4. Private Sector: He left the White House in 2011 to become president of Case Holdings and general counsel at Revolution LLC, a technology-oriented venture capital firm founded by AOL co-founder Steve Case.

5. Education: He’s a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

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President Obama Names Ron Klain ‘Ebola Czar’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Amid mounting pressure to name someone to spearhead the administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, President Obama announced on Friday that he plans to appoint Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden’s former chief-of staff, as his Ebola czar, ABC News has confirmed.

Klain, who also served as chief of staff for Vice President Al Gore, now works as general counsel at Revolution LLC.

The White House had previously already assigned Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, a lawyer with a background in federal law enforcement, criminal prosecution and crisis response, to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies responsible for addressing an outbreak on American soil.

But by Thursday evening, Obama signaled his openness to naming a czar.

“The truth is, is that up until this point the individuals here have been running point and doing an outstanding job in dealing with what is a very complicated and fluid situation,” Obama said.

However, “It may make sense for us to have one person, in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s going forward,” he added.

Klain will report directly to Monaco and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, according to a White House official.

Here are five things you should know about Klain:

1. General Counsel: As general counsel for the Gore Recount Committee, Klain was at the forefront of the 2000 “hanging chad” controversy, aiding in the Gore campaign’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to clinch Florida’s 25 electoral votes.

2. Chief of Staff: As Biden’s chief of staff, he helped oversee implementation of the Recovery Act, the stimulus package enacted in 2009.

3. Debate Prep Advisor: Klain also served as a top debate prep adviser for Presidents Obama and Clinton as well as Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore and John Kerry.

4. Private Sector: He left the White House in 2011 to become president of Case Holdings and general counsel at Revolution LLC, a technology-oriented venture capital firm founded by AOL co-founder Steve Case.

5. Education: He’s a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Byron White.

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Ron Klain: Meet President Obama’s ‘Ebola Czar’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Amid mounting pressure to name someone to spearhead the administration’s response to the Ebola crisis, President Obama on Friday announced his plans to appoint Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden’s former chief-of staff, as his Ebola czar, ABC News has confirmed.

Klain, who also served as Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore, now works as general counsel at Revolution LLC.

The White House had previously already assigned homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco — a lawyer with a background in federal law enforcement, criminal prosecution and crisis response — to work with the CDC and other government agencies responsible for addressing an outbreak on American soil.

But by Thursday evening, the president signaled his openness to naming a czar.

“The truth is, is that up until this point the individuals here have been running point and doing an outstanding job in dealing with what is a very complicated and fluid situation,” Obama said.

However, “it may make sense for us to have one person, in part just so that after this initial surge of activity we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s going forward,” he added.

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