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White House Still Confused About Bruce Braley

David Greedy/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House is doing its best to boost Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley, but it keeps getting tripped up.

After repeatedly flubbing his name and referring to him as “Bruce Bailey” at a rally last week, first lady Michelle Obama got a do-over Tuesday while stumping for the Democrat in Iowa City.

This time, she made sure to get it right, joking that she has so much trouble with names she sometimes can’t keep her daughters straight.

“It’s like, who are you? I call Barack Bo,” she said, explaining how she sometimes calls her husband by the dog’s name. “It never works out really well.”

Despite the first lady’s attempt to smooth things over, the White House goofed again, sending out the transcript of Mrs. Obama’s remarks in a an email entitled “Remarks by the First Lady at a Grassroots Campaign Event with Democratic Candidate for Governor Bruce Braley.”

They got the name right, but not the title. Braley is a candidate for Senate, not governor.

The White House later issued a correction.

They will get another chance to get it right when Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for Braley next Monday.

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Chuck Norris Joins Texas’ Greg Abbott on Campaign Trail

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — With the first week of early voting underway in Texas, both gubernatorial candidates are increasing their get-out-the-vote activities. And on Wednesday, Attorney General Greg Abbott will rely on a little star power to help him.

Abbott will be joined by Chuck Norris, who has campaigned for Republican presidential candidates in the past at stops in Corpus Christi and San Antonio.

In 2012, Norris released a video warning that the country would face “1,000 years of darkness” if President Obama was reelected.

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Congressional Candidate Wants You to Know She Does Not Hate Puppies

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Republican Martha McSally asked voters in Arizona’s second district to consider the age-old question: Does this candidate hate puppies? Of course not, according to her campaign.

In a new ad released Tuesday called “Puppies,” the former Air Force colonel fired back against the “scare-tactics” her campaign says have been used in the ads of her opponent, Democratic incumbent Rep. Ron Barber, and his political allies.

The argument has been used several times over the last few weeks in specific reference to one of Barber’s “political allies” in particular: Former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions.

The outside group put out an ad last month that garnered sharp criticism from the McSally campaign and others for accusing the GOP candidate of supporting the “stalker gap” that allows individuals convicted of a misdemeanor for stalking to buy guns after a background check.

Giffords is not only Barber’s predecessor, but also his former boss. Turning focus back to her outrage over the Americans for Responsible Solutions ad “Stalker,” McSally’s new ad attempts to mock the outlandish claims being made by her opponent’s side.

In the ad, an “over-the-top” narrator, or “Ron Barber’s ad guy,” proclaims over “ominous music” that “McSally dislikes puppies.” “Watch it,” McSally says standing over him in a sound studio.

To be clear, Barber’s campaign has never actually accused McSally of hating puppies. The ad speaks to what her campaign believes are the outlandish nature the attacks against her have taken on.

There are other silly statements in the ad, like “McSally opposes apple pie.” The narrator also suggests she’s launched her own “War on Women.”

“Are you kidding me? This is why people are fed up with politics. The lies keep growing but the jobs don’t. I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message because it’s time for a change,” she fires back to the faux narrator.

Other issues referenced in the commercial include McSally’s position on student loans, social security and Medicare.

“The ad also corrects for the record once and for all: Martha McSally loves puppies,” according to a statement from her campaign.

In response to the ad, the Barber campaign noted: “This campaign is not about puppies, but about people.”

“The fact is, Martha McSally’s stated positions hurt the people of southern Arizona and she needs to take responsibility for her positions,” said Ashley Nash-Hahn, spokeswoman for Ron Barber for Congress. “She also needs to take responsibility for the fact that her own attack ads have been called ‘not true’ by non-partisan news outlets.”

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First Day on the Job for Ebola Czar Ron Klain Begins at the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s day one for Ron Klain and already the newly-minted Ebola Czar has a full plate and a packed schedule.

On Wednesday he sits down with President Obama at the White House and gets up to speed with the administration’s Ebola response team.

As the new point-person, Klain is tasked with coordinating the various agencies, and all of the bureaucracies involved, and making sure the government’s response runs more smoothly.

One item not on Klain’s schedule: testifying before the House on Friday. Other administration representatives will speak at that hearing, since it will only be day three of Klain’s tenure.

Meanwhile, Klain hasn’t even started his new job and already speculation is swirling about his next position. Politico reported on Wednesday that he is in line to replace John Podesta as counselor to the president, or possibly even to succeed Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

Not surprisingly, the White House insists Klain is focused on the task front of him.

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Political TV Ad Claims Obama Is Bad for African Americans

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(WASHINGTON) — While President Obama has returned to the campaign trail to court the black vote ahead of the midterm elections, race has arisen as an issue in two key Senate races, albeit for very different reasons.

A new television ad airing in Louisiana makes the case that the nation’s first black president has been bad for the black community.

The ad comes from a group called “Progressives for Immigration Reform” and uses images of Hurricane Katrina devastation and blacks standing in unemployment lines to argue that “our own president” wants to allow in millions of illegal immigrant workers to “take jobs when many of us still can’t find jobs.”

“African-Americans were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, devastated by joblessness and the Great Recession. Now, we face another challenger: Our own president,” the ad’s announcer says.

Progressives for Immigration Reform did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Though the group’s stance on immigration reform falls on the conservative side of the political spectrum, the group’s website says it was founded on the principles of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a Texas Democrat and the first black woman elected to the House of Representatives from the South. It describes its mission as protecting “low-skill, low wage American workers.”

The ad is not targeted at one specific candidate, but implores voters to “ask Louisiana’s leaders where they stand on millions more immigrant workers” at its conclusion.

Immigration reform has been a hot-button issue in the Louisiana Senate race, in which three-term incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu is facing a tough reelection bid against leading Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy. Both Landrieu and Cassidy have aired television ads portraying their opponent as weak on border security.

In Georgia, where Democrats hope a large African-American electorate could boost Senate candidate Michelle Nunn in her competitive race against Republican David Perdue, the state Democratic Party has sent out mailers that show images from Ferguson, Mo.

The mailers read, “It’s up to you to make change happen” and urge Democratic votes to prevent “another Ferguson.”

“The fight for the right to vote and for every vote to be counted is part of our state’s history, a part of the fabric that makes Georgia what it is today,” party spokesman Michael Smith told ABC News. “And we have seen what happens in places like Ferguson, Missouri, when voices are silenced.”

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Political TV Ad Claims Obama Is Bad for African Americans

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(WASHINGTON) — While President Obama has returned to the campaign trail to court the black vote ahead of the midterm elections, race has arisen as an issue in two key Senate races, albeit for very different reasons.

A new television ad airing in Louisiana makes the case that the nation’s first black president has been bad for the black community.

The ad comes from a group called “Progressives for Immigration Reform” and uses images of Hurricane Katrina devastation and blacks standing in unemployment lines to argue that “our own president” wants to allow in millions of illegal immigrant workers to “take jobs when many of us still can’t find jobs.”

“African-Americans were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, devastated by joblessness and the Great Recession. Now, we face another challenger: Our own president,” the ad’s announcer says.

Progressives for Immigration Reform did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Though the group’s stance on immigration reform falls on the conservative side of the political spectrum, the group’s website says it was founded on the principles of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a Texas Democrat and the first black woman elected to the House of Representatives from the South. It describes its mission as protecting “low-skill, low wage American workers.”

The ad is not targeted at one specific candidate, but implores voters to “ask Louisiana’s leaders where they stand on millions more immigrant workers” at its conclusion.

Immigration reform has been a hot-button issue in the Louisiana Senate race, in which three-term incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu is facing a tough reelection bid against leading Republican challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy. Both Landrieu and Cassidy have aired television ads portraying their opponent as weak on border security.

In Georgia, where Democrats hope a large African-American electorate could boost Senate candidate Michelle Nunn in her competitive race against Republican David Perdue, the state Democratic Party has sent out mailers that show images from Ferguson, Mo.

The mailers read, “It’s up to you to make change happen” and urge Democratic votes to prevent “another Ferguson.”

“The fight for the right to vote and for every vote to be counted is part of our state’s history, a part of the fabric that makes Georgia what it is today,” party spokesman Michael Smith told ABC News. “And we have seen what happens in places like Ferguson, Missouri, when voices are silenced.”

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Georgia Democratic Party Urges Residents to Vote, ‘Prevent Another Ferguson’

hermosawave/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — The Georgia Democratic Party says it has been sending out political fliers featuring black children holding up signs that read “Don’t Shoot,” referencing the racial tensions in Ferguson, Mo., asking residents to “VOTE…if you want to prevent another Ferguson in their future.”

The fliers are a reference to the police-involved shooting in Ferguson that left 18-year-old Michael Brown dead in August. The party issued a statement on Tuesday calling the “fight for the right to vote and for every vote to be counted” a “part of our state’s history.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted photos of the fliers.

“We have seen what happens in places like Ferguson, Missouri, when voices are silenced,” the Georgia Democratic Party continued.

In most counties in Georgia, early voting is under way and will continue through Oct. 31, with the election on Nov. 4.

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Rick Perry Announces Creation of New Ebola Containment Facility in North Texas

ABC/Matthew Putney(DALLAS) — Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, announced the creation of a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility in North Texas on Tuesday.

The facility will be set up and operated through a partnership between the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Methodist Hospital System and Parkland Hospital System. Those hospitals will contribute physicians experienced in treating infectious disease; space; and equipment to the new facility.

“In the event of another diagnosis this facility will allow us to act quickly to limit the virus’ reach and give patients the care they need in an environment where health care workers are specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique requirements of this disease,” Perry said.

The facility was among the recommendations made by Perry’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

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White House Fence Jumper Deemed Not Competent for Trial

m-kojot/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A preliminary mental health assessment has determined that the White House fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez, is not competent for trial.

Gonzalez was charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building while carrying a weapon, assaulting an officer and numerous local offenses after he hopped the fence at the White House and evaded Secret Service agents on his way into the building in September.

Last week, Gonzalez underwent a one-hour forensic screening. Based on the results of that screening, a judge presiding over the pretrial hearing determined that Gonzalez “was presently not competent.”

A defense attorney objected to the findings of that screening.

The judge ordered a more complete health exam within the next month.

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GAO: Thousands of Federal Workers on Extended Paid Leave

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More than 57,000 government workers were placed on paid administrative leave for over one month between 2011 and 2013, the Government Accountability Office said in a report released on Tuesday, with 263 employees being paid while on leave for over a year.

The GAO review looked at data from the Department of Defense, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The GAO noted “inaccuracies in Office of Personnel Management data” caused by differences in agencies’ leave-recording practices and what the OPM considers paid administrative leave and differences in what payroll providers report as paid administrative leave.

While 97 percent of employees placed on paid administrative leave spent 20 days or less on leave, 57,336 were on leave for between one month and three years.

The GAO called upon the OPM to “develop agency and payroll provider guidance regarding the recording and reporting of paid administrative leave” to minimize the cost of paying workers on leave. The Washington Post reports that between 2011 and 2013, the tab for workers on leave was more than $775 million.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said on Tuesday that she took the GAO’s recommendations seriously and will aim to ensure all leave policies are used and reported properly. She noted that “use of administrative leave is under the authority of each individual agency, and that each agency has the ultimate responsibility to use their discretion to determine its proper use.”

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