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Obama to Convene Emergency Ebola Meeting at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has postponed a campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak Wednesday afternoon at the White House, the administration announced.

Obama plans to convene members of the key cabinet agencies coordinating the federal government response, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement.

The president is expected to deliver remarks at the conclusion of the meeting.

The meeting comes after a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the virus after treating an infected patient from West Africa who later died.

Obama was to attend a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey Wednesday, then continue to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his first public campaign rally of the season — an appearance with Gov. Dan Malloy.

At a meeting with military leaders on Tuesday, Obama said his administration was “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

“Obviously, one case is too many. We need to eliminate those risks for” nurses on the front lines, he said.

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Obama to Convene Emergency Ebola Meeting at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama has postponed a campaign trip to New Jersey and Connecticut to hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak Wednesday afternoon at the White House, the administration announced.

Obama plans to convene members of the key cabinet agencies coordinating the federal government response, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense, the White House said in a statement.

The president is expected to deliver remarks at the conclusion of the meeting.

The meeting comes after a second health care worker at a Dallas hospital was diagnosed with the virus after treating an infected patient from West Africa who later died.

Obama was to attend a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey Wednesday, then continue to Bridgeport, Connecticut, for his first public campaign rally of the season — an appearance with Gov. Dan Malloy.

At a meeting with military leaders on Tuesday, Obama said his administration was “surging resources into Dallas” to examine how nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola and ensure “all lessons learned” will be applied across the country.

“Obviously, one case is too many. We need to eliminate those risks for” nurses on the front lines, he said.

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Iowa Senate Candidate Killed in Plane Crash

DrDougForIowa.com(DUBUQUE, Iowa) — The Libertarian candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Iowa was killed in a plane crash Monday night in Dubuque.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the cause of the crash, said that Doug Butzier was piloting a Piper PA-46 that went down about a mile short of the runway as it approached the airport. He was the only person on board.

Butzier, 59, was running against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley, who both issued statements of condolences to Butzier’s family.

Dr. Lee Hieb, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, said “Iowa and the cause of individual liberty are significantly diminished by his passing.”

Butzier was an emergency room doctor and medical staff president at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

He was seeking the seat being vacated by Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. According to polling, Butzier had about two percent of support among registered Iowa voters.

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Iowa Senate Candidate Killed in Plane Crash

DrDougForIowa.com(DUBUQUE, Iowa) — The Libertarian candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Iowa was killed in a plane crash Monday night in Dubuque.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the cause of the crash, said that Doug Butzier was piloting a Piper PA-46 that went down about a mile short of the runway as it approached the airport. He was the only person on board.

Butzier, 59, was running against Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley, who both issued statements of condolences to Butzier’s family.

Dr. Lee Hieb, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, said “Iowa and the cause of individual liberty are significantly diminished by his passing.”

Butzier was an emergency room doctor and medical staff president at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

He was seeking the seat being vacated by Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin. According to polling, Butzier had about two percent of support among registered Iowa voters.

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Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter Photo ID Law

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Texas’ strict voter ID laws Tuesday, meaning that hundreds of thousands of registered voters might be ineligible for the Nov. 4 midterm election.

Last week, a federal judge ruled that the law requiring people to present photo IDS to get regular ballots was unconstitutional by discriminating against minorities who might not be able to easily attain this form of identification.

However, the 5th Circuit Court, considered one of the most conservative in the nation, overturned the injunction, explaining that it was important to maintain “the status quo on the eve of an election.”

As a result, voters who can’t produce a valid driver’s license will need to obtain a photo ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, early voting in Texas begins next Monday.

Photo IDS are typically supported by GOP lawmakers who argue they prevent fraud, multiple voting and voting by non-citizens. However, there has been little evidence over the years of widespread voter fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Opponents, generally Democrats, say it’s a thinly veiled attempt to suppress voting by minorities and the young, who mostly vote for Democratic candidates.

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Kerry Meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Discuss International Issues

Credit: US Department of State(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine and call for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

In a press availability, Kerry said that he spoke with Lavrov “to discuss a broad array of issues,” including Ukraine. Kerry highlighted the need to implement all parts of a September agreement that centered around a cease-fire in Ukraine. “The shooting around Donetsk airport and other parts of eastern Ukraine has to stop,” Kerry said, adding that “foreign forces and weapons need to be withdrawn.”

Kerry also called for the restoration of sovereignty of the Ukrainian-Russian border.

Kerry told Lavrov that the only legitimate elections in Ukraine are those taking place in Rada on Oct. 26, and those in the Donbas special status zone on Dec. 7. “Any efforts to hold independence referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk at this time would be a violation of the Minsk agreements and the results will not be recognized by Ukraine or by the international community.”

“It is no secret that the United States and Russia have had our differences over Ukraine,” Kerry said on Tuesday. He did, however, note that he and Lavrov also discussed international issues including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, situations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea and the Middle East peace process. On those topics, and on the issue of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, both the U.S. and Russia are in agreement and will continue to work closely together.

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State Department Offering $45 Million in Rewards for Information on Terrorist Leaders

Hisham Ibrahim/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department announced rewards totaling up to $45 million for information leading to the capture of eight key leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a known terrorist organization.

The Department of State authorized a $10 million reward for information that helps them capture Nasir al-Wahishi, the “top leader” of AQAP. According to a State Department press release, al-Wahishi is responsible for “approving AQAP targets, recruiting new members, allocating resources and directing AQAP operatives to conduct attacks.” An additional $5 million each in rewards were authorized for information that aids in the capture of seven other AQAP leaders.

The State Department named Qasim al-Rimi, Othman al-Ghamdi, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, Shawki Ali Ahmed Al-Badani, Jalal Bala’idi, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh and Ibrahim al-Banna as the seven other leaders for whom rewards were offered.

AQAP was formed in January 2009, according to the State Department, by al-Wahishi, who had previously led the organization’s predecessor group — al-Qaeda in Yemen. The organization has since been involved in numerous terrorist attacks against the Yemeni government, the U.S. and other foreign interests, and was named a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department in January 2010. Most recently, AQAP threats closed over 20 U.S. embassies in 2013.

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Chris Christie Says He ‘Would Rather Die’ Than Be US Senator

ABC/ LOU ROCCO(TRENTON, N.J.) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told an NAACP conference on Saturday that he “would rather die” than become a U.S. senator.

“The only job left for me to run for is United States Senate, and let me just say this: I would rather die than be in the United States Senate,” Christie told the conference attendees. “I would be bored to death.”

Christie continued, painting a picture of what Chris Christie, U.S. senator would look like. “Could you imagine me banging around that chamber with 99 other people? Asking for a motion on the amendment in the subcommittee? Forget it. It would be over, everybody,” the New Jersey governor said in his first address to the state’s NAACP conference in that position. “You’d watch me just walk out and walk right into the Potomac River and drown.”

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Supreme Court Blocks Parts of Texas Abortion Law

zimmytws/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Supreme Court blocked key aspects of a Texas law that would have closed all but a number of the state’s abortion clinics.

The court overturned a circuit court ruling that allowed the state to require abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, and also vacated an order that required doctors performing abortions at clinics in McAllen and El Paso to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The original law was heavily criticized, in part because it would have forced most of the state’s abortion clinics to close their doors.

In August, a district court rejected parts of the original law, a ruling that was overturned by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court’s decision allows abortion clinics to remain open during the appeals process, the New York Times says.

Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito said that they would have allowed the law to be enforced.

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Republicans Find Another Way to Mock Hillary Clinton Online

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — If you’ve taken a wrong turn on the GOP’s website lately, you may have come across an unusual error message.

First pointed out by TIME’s Zeke Miller, the 404 error page reads: “What do Hillary Clinton and this link have in common? They’re both ‘dead broke.’”

The former secretary of state told Diane Sawyer earlier this year that she and President Bill Clinton “came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt” following his presidency. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton reportedly makes an average of $20,000 per individual speaking appearance.

The Republican National Committee decided to take advantage of Clinton’s choice of words on its website’s error page.

“Just like Hillary Clinton never misses a chance to charge quarter-million dollar speaking fees, we never miss a chance to hold her accountable for being out-of-touch,” RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said.

“When we revamped GOP.com, this ‘404 error’ page for broken links just seemed right on many levels: First, there’s the infamous ‘dead broke’ comment — self-explanatory. Second, if you try to go to a page that’s devoid of content, you see a picture of [Clinton's book] Hard Choices. Third, what better symbol for a page that’s disconnected than Hillary Clinton?” Kukowski explained.

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