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Meet Vivek Murthy: The Controversial Would-Be Surgeon General

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy would make history as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. President Obama has nominated him and, if confirmed, Murthy would be the youngest appointed Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent.

The Senate votes Monday night on whether to make Murthy America’s top doctor, a vote that could end up being close. In the meantime, here are seven facts you should know about him:

1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.

Murthy’s parents are from South India, but he grew up in Miami. Throughout his life, he has made frequent visits to his parents’ homeland, according to an interview in Harvard magazine.

2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.

His father was a family practitioner in Miami and, as a young boy, Murthy would spend time in his father’s clinic. It was how he developed a love for medicine and science.

3. He’s wicked smart.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician did his undergrad at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in three years’ time. He didn’t stop there. Murthy got a combined medical and business degree from Yale. He was also valedictorian of his high school.

4. The NRA does not want him appointed.

There was dispute in the spring when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.

As a result of the NRA’s intense opposition, the White House had to pull back on Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

5. He’s incredibly healthy.

Murthy’s fridge is stocked with foods like raw carrots, almond milk and high-protein grains, according to the Boston Globe. To stay in shape, he does yoga daily.

6. He co-founded several organizations.

Along with his sister, Murthy founded a nonprofit organization, VISIONS Worldwide Inc., devoted to AIDS education in India. Murthy also created a system, TrialNetworks, that improves clinical trials so new drugs can marketed sooner and more safely. He’s a co-founder and president of Doctors for America.

7. He supports the Affordable Care Act.

Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access.

8. He’s a bachelor.

The young accomplished physician focuses on his work and his friends. Because Murthy is unmarried and has no children of his own, he sends gifts to his friends for special occasions and acts as the “single, honorary uncle.”

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Meet Vivek Murthy: The Controversial Would-Be Surgeon General

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy would make history as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. President Obama has nominated him and, if confirmed, Murthy would be the youngest appointed Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent.

The Senate votes Monday night on whether to make Murthy America’s top doctor, a vote that could end up being close. In the meantime, here are seven facts you should know about him:

1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.

Murthy’s parents are from South India, but he grew up in Miami. Throughout his life, he has made frequent visits to his parents’ homeland, according to an interview in Harvard magazine.

2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.

His father was a family practitioner in Miami and, as a young boy, Murthy would spend time in his father’s clinic. It was how he developed a love for medicine and science.

3. He’s wicked smart.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician did his undergrad at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in three years’ time. He didn’t stop there. Murthy got a combined medical and business degree from Yale. He was also valedictorian of his high school.

4. The NRA does not want him appointed.

There was dispute in the spring when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.

As a result of the NRA’s intense opposition, the White House had to pull back on Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

5. He’s incredibly healthy.

Murthy’s fridge is stocked with foods like raw carrots, almond milk and high-protein grains, according to the Boston Globe. To stay in shape, he does yoga daily.

6. He co-founded several organizations.

Along with his sister, Murthy founded a nonprofit organization, VISIONS Worldwide Inc., devoted to AIDS education in India. Murthy also created a system, TrialNetworks, that improves clinical trials so new drugs can marketed sooner and more safely. He’s a co-founder and president of Doctors for America.

7. He supports the Affordable Care Act.

Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access.

8. He’s a bachelor.

The young accomplished physician focuses on his work and his friends. Because Murthy is unmarried and has no children of his own, he sends gifts to his friends for special occasions and acts as the “single, honorary uncle.”

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Meet Vivek Murthy: The Controversial Would-Be Surgeon General

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At 37 years old, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy would make history as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General. President Obama has nominated him and, if confirmed, Murthy would be the youngest appointed Surgeon General and the first of Indian descent.

The Senate votes Monday night on whether to make Murthy America’s top doctor, a vote that could end up being close. In the meantime, here are seven facts you should know about him:

1. He was born in England to immigrant parents.

Murthy’s parents are from South India, but he grew up in Miami. Throughout his life, he has made frequent visits to his parents’ homeland, according to an interview in Harvard magazine.

2. He wanted to be in the medical field since he was a kid.

His father was a family practitioner in Miami and, as a young boy, Murthy would spend time in his father’s clinic. It was how he developed a love for medicine and science.

3. He’s wicked smart.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician did his undergrad at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in three years’ time. He didn’t stop there. Murthy got a combined medical and business degree from Yale. He was also valedictorian of his high school.

4. The NRA does not want him appointed.

There was dispute in the spring when Obama first nominated Murthy. The NRA is against Dr. Murthy as Surgeon General because he holds anti-gun beliefs, which he has made known on Twitter.

As a result of the NRA’s intense opposition, the White House had to pull back on Dr. Murthy’s nomination.

5. He’s incredibly healthy.

Murthy’s fridge is stocked with foods like raw carrots, almond milk and high-protein grains, according to the Boston Globe. To stay in shape, he does yoga daily.

6. He co-founded several organizations.

Along with his sister, Murthy founded a nonprofit organization, VISIONS Worldwide Inc., devoted to AIDS education in India. Murthy also created a system, TrialNetworks, that improves clinical trials so new drugs can marketed sooner and more safely. He’s a co-founder and president of Doctors for America.

7. He supports the Affordable Care Act.

Doctors for America was formerly known as Doctors for Obama. It’s an organization of 16,000 doctors and medical students whose goal is improving health-care access.

8. He’s a bachelor.

The young accomplished physician focuses on his work and his friends. Because Murthy is unmarried and has no children of his own, he sends gifts to his friends for special occasions and acts as the “single, honorary uncle.”

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Construction Mishap Causes Power Outage at the State Department

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A severed power line was the cause of a power outage at the State Department Monday.

The power line serving the main State building was accidentally severed during construction work Monday morning, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a written statement.

“All emergency systems are fully operating under generator power,” the statement read.

It will take several hours to fully restore power from regular sources.

All non-emergency personnel are being relocated to other offices or will tele-commute for the day.

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Senate Back to Work on Pre-Holiday To-Do List

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate is back in session Monday after passing the $1.1 trillion spending package during a rare Saturday session.

Senators are beginning work on a handful of issues Monday, including confirmations on nearly two dozen nominees and tax extenders.

The Senate will likely be in session all week.

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Notes ‘Human Toll’ on Interrogators

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday acknowledged the “human toll” taken on by CIA interrogators who participated in the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the years following 9/11.

“I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll on our CIA interrogators, because after all, although that person across the table from you was a terrorist, he’s also a human being,” Hayden told ABC News’ This Week. “I would not want people in the room doing this who were not affected by this.”

Hayden’s comments came in response to an op-ed written by former contract interrogator Eric Fair, who participated in torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and wrote in The New York Times Wednesday, “Abu Ghraib dominates every minute of every day for me… I still hear the sounds. I still see the men we called detainees.”

This week, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee released a lengthy and detailed report about the use of controversial interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, by the CIA in the years following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. in 2001.

Hayden, who led the CIA from 2006 to 2009, told ABC’s Martha Raddatz he thought the use of EIT’s was successful.

“They were successful. That’s historical fact,” Hayden said. “Do I support them? With regard to waterboarding, I’ve made it very clear that I thank God I didn’t have to make that decision. I had easier circumstances when I was director.”

More complicated, he said, was whether he would have supported the use of waterboarding, saying, “I don’t know… It depends on the totality of circumstances at the time.”

Asked if there were certain interrogation methods he wouldn’t support, Hayden said, “There are certain things that are always off the table.”

“There are certain things that are clearly permissible and then there are a bunch of things in the middle, and I would admit that waterboarding is near the edge of that window,” he said. “I would admit that are gray and would demand very compelling circumstances for anyone to picture themselves doing.”

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Facebook Interactions Related to Hillary Clinton Triple that of Elizabeth Warren

Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — According to data provided to ABC News from Facebook, the number of interactions related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are more than triple those of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts when measured since late August.

From Aug. 22 to Dec. 11, there were 10.2 million interactions on Facebook related to Clinton. Those interactions involved 3.8 million people.

Meanwhile, during the same time period, 1.2 million people were part of 3.3 million interactions related to Warren.

Facebook defines interactions as posts, comments, likes and shares.

In terms of sentiment, when looking at the time from Oct. 26 to Dec. 9, 56 percent of the conversation was positive around the former secretary of state while a near identical 57 percent was positive around the Massachusetts senator.

Both Clinton and Warren are potential Democratic candidates for the White House.

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Discusses Senate Torture Report

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The fallout from the Senate’s report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation techniques continues to grow.

On Sunday, former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden told ABC News’ This Week that “enhanced interrogation techniques” had some value.

“They were successful; that’s historical fact. Do I support them? With regard to waterboarding, I’ve made it very clear that I thank God I didn’t have to make that decision. I had easier circumstances when I was director,” he said.

Hayden also discussed the different levels of interrogation practices.

“There are certain things that are always off the table. There are certain things that are clearly permissible, and then there are a bunch of things in the middle — and I would admit that waterboarding’s near the edge of that window — I would admit that are gray and would demand very compelling circumstances for anyone,” he said.

Watch Hayden’s full interview on ABC News’ This Week below:

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Why Jeb Bush Is Releasing a Giant Batch of E-Mails

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jeb Bush says he is planning to release 250,000 e-mails from his years as governor of Florida as well as a new e-book — perhaps the firmest indication to date that he is moving toward a presidential run.

In the interview, which is scheduled to air Sunday on WPLG-TV, ABC News’ Miami affiliate, Bush said he plans to “make up my mind in short order” about jumping into the 2016 race.

“One of the things I am going to do as I go through this process is release all of my e-mails and write an e-book, which has been kind of fun to go back and to think about this, and remind myself that if you run with big ideas and then you’re true to those ideas, and get a chance to serve and implement them and do it with passion and conviction, you can move the needle,” Bush told WPLG’s Glenna Milberg. “And that’s what we need right now in America.”

Bush said the e-mails would be made public early next year. He decided to release them, he said, in the interest of “transparency” and in order to “let people make up their mind.”

Bush has long been well-known to be a prolific e-mailer, and an early adopter of technology.

“I was digital before digital was cool I guess,” he said in the interview, which is scheduled to air at 11:30 a.m. ET on This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney.

Bush offered a preview of what readers will find in the trove of e-mails: “There’s some funny ones, there’s some sad ones, there’s some serious ones.”

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Why Jeb Bush Is Releasing a Giant Batch of E-Mails

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jeb Bush says he is planning to release 250,000 e-mails from his years as governor of Florida as well as a new e-book — perhaps the firmest indication to date that he is moving toward a presidential run.

In the interview, which is scheduled to air Sunday on WPLG-TV, ABC News’ Miami affiliate, Bush said he plans to “make up my mind in short order” about jumping into the 2016 race.

“One of the things I am going to do as I go through this process is release all of my e-mails and write an e-book, which has been kind of fun to go back and to think about this, and remind myself that if you run with big ideas and then you’re true to those ideas, and get a chance to serve and implement them and do it with passion and conviction, you can move the needle,” Bush told WPLG’s Glenna Milberg. “And that’s what we need right now in America.”

Bush said the e-mails would be made public early next year. He decided to release them, he said, in the interest of “transparency” and in order to “let people make up their mind.”

Bush has long been well-known to be a prolific e-mailer, and an early adopter of technology.

“I was digital before digital was cool I guess,” he said in the interview, which is scheduled to air at 11:30 a.m. ET on This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney.

Bush offered a preview of what readers will find in the trove of e-mails: “There’s some funny ones, there’s some sad ones, there’s some serious ones.”

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