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  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 12 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Ex-Newark staffer admits birth certificate scheme (NJ)

    11/22/2014 9:02:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 1:54 PM EST
    Federal prosecutors say a former Newark city employee has admitted producing fraudulent New Jersey birth certificates that were later sold by a co-conspirator. Cory Cooke, of Newark, faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a single count of producing false identification documents. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Cooke worked in Newark’s Office of Vital Statistics and was responsible for issuing official state birth certificates. …
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon Terbush
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance Obama's announcement could affect 2016's probable candidates President Obama on thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. ... Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush upset the rank and file earlier this year by calling for a compassionate aspproach to immigration. In April, he said undocumented workers who enter the country illegally do so as "an act of love" because they "are actually coming to this country to provide for their families." Then there's New...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Chris Christie's Pig Problem

    11/19/2014 8:09:56 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/12/2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In New Jersey, a moral drama is unfolding. Governor Chris Christie has presidential ambitions. He'd like to be as popular as possible with Republicans voters in important primary states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina. He'd also like to do the right thing—or at least be seen as doing the right thing—when a piece of legislation crosses his desk, demanding a signature or veto. And those desires are now in conflict. There's an animal-welfare bill on his desk. Its premise is that slaughtering pigs to be consumed as carnitas or prosciutto or bacon or ham hocks is fine (if...
  • Half of those living in Chris Christie’s state want to leave

    11/19/2014 8:04:34 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 47 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/19/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    How do you know you are the governor of a failed state? When more residents there want to leave than want to stay. And that’s the case in New Jersey; the state’s historic high taxes are making life miserable for most and if given the chance, most would vote with their feet.
  • Jersey City man with 44 prior arrests charged with robbery

    11/19/2014 2:53:40 AM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Jersey Journal Nj.com ^ | November 18, 2014
    A Jersey City man with 44 prior arrests and 11 criminal convictions made his first court appearance today on robbery and drug charges, officials said.
  • Some legal N.J. residents do not qualify for in-state tuition under DREAM Act (illegals do)

    11/18/2014 6:41:42 AM PST · by dead · 5 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 11/18/14 | By Matt Friedman
    Eskalin Joe of Hillsborough said he came to the United States from India legally nearly 10 years ago to work as a software engineer. His son, Harington, graduated from Hillsborough High School last year. But when it came time for Harington to go to college, he did not qualify for lower in-state tuition at Rutgers, and wound up going to college in Alabama. Had Eskalin Joe and his family been in the country illegally, Harington could have gotten in-state tuition under the DREAM Act, which New Jersey enacted last year. While the law helps children of undocumented immigrants, it does...
  • Ebola Nurse: Stop calling me the 'Ebola Nurse' ("I tested negative in Christie’s private prison.)

    11/18/2014 6:14:49 AM PST · by dead · 89 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 11/17/14 | Alex Napoliello
    Kaci Hickox has a message for politicians: “Please stop calling me ‘the Ebola Nurse.’” The 33-year-old nurse from Maine called out Gov. Chris Christie and civic leaders in an op-ed she wrote in The Guardian. “I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola,” Hickox writes. “I tested negative for Ebola the first night I stayed in New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s private prison in Newark.” Hickox, of course, is referring to the tent inside University Hospital in Newark she was kept in upon returning from Sierra Leone, where she was volunteering with Doctors Without Borders. Her defiance of...
  • Feminist Judith: We Should Not Prosecute Young Black Males Who Commit Sexual Assault Because . . .

    11/17/2014 2:49:11 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 11/15/14 | V. Saxena
    Feminist Judith Levine, who for the record contributes to garbage outlets like AARP, Salon and the New York Times, published a piece in the radical CounterPunch magazine in which she basically argues that we should not prosecute young black males who commit sexual assault. Remember the Sayreville hazing incident? Seven minority students sexually assualted their younger teammates in what can best be described as some locker-room butt play. According to the Star-Ledger, the minority students involved in the sexual assault are all to be tried as juveniles. However, Judith disagrees with this move, because she believes that the darling students...
  • NJ College Tells Women To Practice Anti-Rape Facial Expressions To Avoid Sexual Assault.

    11/16/2014 3:25:28 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 109 replies
    We Kid You Not. What does your anti-rape face look like? Last week Ramapo College in NJ told students that they should take preventative measures to avoid sexual assault by practicing “anti-rape” facial expressions. In a presentation to freshmen students by the school’s coordinator of substance abuse and sexual assault prevention, students were advised on how to dress, how much to drink or not to drink, how to use body language to lessen the chances of assault, and that women should “practice how they articulate their face in a social setting by practicing in a mirror.” Um, WHAT?! Rightfully,...
  • Does Christie's combativeness make him a Republican liability in 2016? (Article + video)

    11/16/2014 1:36:15 AM PST · by Fenhalls555 · 34 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Joseph Weber
    New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie has forged a reputation as an imposing lawmaker who can get the job done by sheer will and force. But his confrontational style also poses a liability should he make a 2016 White House bid -- attracting hecklers, political rivals and others intent on disrupting his message to spotlight their own. Though Christie’s brash style has long been a topic for conversation, it has resurfaced amid political talk moving from the midterms to the next presidential election and Christie telling New Jersey resident Jim Keady to “sit down and shut up.” Keady, who challenged...
  • New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Gov. Christie Promises to Veto

    11/14/2014 3:49:21 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The New Jersey Assembly today passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide and it will now send the measure to Governor Chris Christie, who has promised to veto it.After impassioned speeches on both sides of the debate, the New Jersey Assembly passed the bill on a 41-31 vote. Since the legislation already had the approval of the state Senate, it now heads to the governor.Just days after Brittany MaynardÂ’s assisted suicide launched a national debate on the ethics of the controversial practice, the New Jersey Assembly became the first state to attempt to join others which have approved it. Marie...
  • N.J. parents ordered to pay college for estranged daughter, 21

    11/14/2014 7:46:37 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    Two New Jersey parents were just ordered by a court to pay for their adult daughter’s college tuition — despite the fact that she’s 21 years old and she’s refused to speak to them since moving in with her grandmother. Caitlyn Ricci, 21, moved out of her parents’ home in February 2013 — though the court documents filed by Ms. Ricci’s grandmother said the parents, Michael Ricci and Maura McGarvey, who are divorced, actually gave the boot to their daughter, the New York Daily News reported.
  • Divorced N.J. parents ordered to pay for estranged daughter's college tuition ($16K per year)

    11/13/2014 10:21:52 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 66 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Nov 13, 2014 | By Jeff Goldman
    CAMDEN COUNTY — The divorced parents of a 21-year-old woman have been ordered to contribute $16,000 a year toward their estranged daughter's college tuition, according to a report on 6ABC.com. Neither Michael Ricci nor Maura McGarvey have seen their daughter Caitlyn Ricci in two years except in court, the report said. Caitlyn Ricci moved out of her mother's house and in with her paternal grandparents. Caitlyn Ricci sued her parents in the spring just as they were preparing to ask a judge to declare her emancipated from them, the report said. Her grandparents are paying for her lawyer's fees. A...
  • Marge Roukema, former U.S. representative from New Jersey, dead at 85

    Former U.S. Rep. Marge Roukema, one of the dwindling numbers of moderate Republicans, has died. She was 85 and had Alzheimer's disease. Roukema was first elected to the House during the Ronald Reagan landslide of 1980, defeating Democratic incumbent Andrew Maguire in Northern New Jersey, and retired after finishing her 11th term in 2003. “We have lost a tremendous leader and state treasure today," said newly elected U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-Ewing, who will be the first woman representing New Jersey in Congress since Roukema retired. "Congresswoman Marge Roukema was a standard bearer for many in New Jersey and...
  • Tom Tancredo Targets Chris Christie With New PAC

    11/09/2014 12:04:13 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Greg Campbell
    Former two-term gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo is forming a political action committee to “stop Chris Christie” from getting the GOP nod for president in 2016. (SNIP) “I have never liked the guy… [B]ecause he was concerned that I would, in fact, go against the [United States] Chamber of Commerce position on immigration and make it a big deal, and I might win, he chose to … spend a quarter of a million dollars of Republican money…to attack me, here, in Colorado. And launder the money through Attorneys General Association.”
  • 2/3rds of NJ voters back Christie’s decision to quarantine Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox

    11/07/2014 8:12:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/7/2014 | Noah Rothman
    If you only watched the pressÂ’s coverage the week before suspected Ebola carrier nurse Kaci Hickox determined to make a martyr of herself by refusing to abide by even voluntary quarantining regulations in her home state of Maine, you would have thought she was a political prisoner of the aspiring Caesar, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Hickox became a media celebrity when she insisted that her mandatory quarantine amounted to a violation of both her human and constitutional rights, and that Christie, her implicit abuser, could be subject to legal action as a result. The press, as they are...
  • Jon Stewart sells his Tribeca penthouse for $17.5M (The De Blasio effect?)

    11/06/2014 3:55:19 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/06/2014 | Jennifer Gould Keil
    The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart may mock the 1 percent, but he is one of them — and now he’s even richer, thanks to a Tribeca real-estate sale. The political funny­man and social critic just sold his sprawling downtown duplex penthouse at 161 Hudson St., on the eighth and ninth floors, in what appears to be an off-market deal for $17.5 million. --SNIP-- Like other members of America’s super-rich, Stewart hid his ownership of the penthouse behind an LLC, according to public records.
  • NJ, Tea Party Vote "NO" to the Ballot Questions, 11-04-14

    11/03/2014 10:31:23 AM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    Important Questions on the ballot, next Tuesday, November 4 There are two State questions that are proposed constitutional amendments. One relates to your right to bail and pretrial release, and the other is on Open Space. If you are in Morris County, there is a third question that is also about Open Space.   Please use this information to inform your friends and family, and tell them it is critical for them to get out to vote! Public question No. 1 - End the Right to Bail !!!! A “yes” vote on this constitutional amendment would END your current right...
  • Patient being evaulated for ‘potential Ebola virus’ at Duke University Hospital

    11/02/2014 7:52:33 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Fox WHHP ^ | 11/02/14
    Officials said the patient left Liberia and arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, which is one of five airports screening people for illnesses linked to Ebola. The patient had no symptoms upon arrival in the United States. The patient arrived in Person County on Saturday and developed a fever on Sunday. The person was then transferred to Duke University Hospital.
  • WPVI Preventing Voters from Watching Bell vs. Booker Debate [Media Covering for Liberal]

    11/02/2014 5:58:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    bell2014.com ^ | 10/31/14
    New Jersey Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jeff Bell on Friday issued a response to WPVI’s decision to remove the 2014 U.S. Senate debate from further viewing. Bell said: “On Wednesday, WPVI (Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate Channel 6) ordered C-Span to remove New Jersey’s only 2014 U. S. Senate debate from the C-Span website. Since Channel 6 is not offering the debate for viewing on its own website, this means that the only debate between Senator Cory Booker and me is no longer available online to the voters who will decide this election next Tuesday. This is a decision by a major...
  • Kaci Hickox Was A ‘Disease Detective’ For The CDC

    11/01/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 1, 2014
    Kaci Hickox was a “disease detective” for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a widely overlooked part of her op-ed for the Dallas Morning News. While Hickox did not fail to disclose this information to readers — or rather, the Dallas Morning News didn’t — Conservative news sites have recently taken notice and commenced calling her out on the connection. Hickox has received much criticism from the Right and the Left for her defiance of a mandatory quarantine order. A Maine judge recently upheld that defiance, allowing her to come and go as she pleases for...
  • Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen campaigning for 11th term in Congress(donates to Planned Parenthood)

    10/31/2014 8:02:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 37 replies
    The Record ^ | 10.25.14 | MINJAE PARK
    Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who is seeking an 11th term in Congress in the Nov. 4 election, struck a moderate note on social issues in a meeting with The Record editorial board, even as he criticized President Obama on many issues. In a wide-ranging interview on Thursday, Frelinghuysen, R-Harding Township, said he favors exploring alternatives to a regional water authority’s plan to drain three Garret Mountain reservoirs — two of them in Woodland Park, at the eastern edge of his 11th District – and replace them with concrete tank farms. He called the scenic New Street and Great Notch reservoirs in...
  • FEMA conducts pandemic training in NY, NJ

    10/31/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 10/30/14 | Aaron Klein
    Talk about timing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is currently in the middle of a two-year pandemic training exercise with New York City and northern New Jersey. Titled “2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy,” the FEMA training simulates a global pandemic of influenza that spreads from person to person, including in the U.S.
  • 100 N.J. residents with no Ebola symptoms being monitored at home, state says

    10/31/2014 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 10/30/14 | Susan K. Livio
    TRENTON — There are “approximately 100” people in New Jersey who are under “active monitoring” for Ebola, although no one has shown symptoms of having contracted the potentially deadly virus, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department confirmed tonight. Newark Liberty International Airport is one of five airports in the nation accepting travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Those countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is the second closest airport.
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE FIRES BACK AT OBAMA: WE NEED LEADERSHIP ON EBOLA NOT LECTURES [Not his BFF anymore]

    10/30/2014 10:39:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    Governor Chris Christie explained to local reporters that he was confident with his quarantine policy to combat Ebola in spite of pressure from the Obama administration, explaining that his policy was based on “common sense.” “If you’ve been a healthcare worker who’s been directly exposed to the virus, active virus, and you come back to the U.S. you should quarantine for 21 days,” he said simply. Referring to Obama’s statement on the quarantine issue, Christie alluded that he was tired of being lectured for taking action in his state. “I don’t know when the White House is going to get...
  • Science: Nobel Prize-winning doctor backs Chris Christie’s quarantine plan

    10/30/2014 8:19:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/30/2014 | Noah Rothman
    This administration is fond of saying that its policy of opposing quarantining health care workers who may have come in contact with Ebola but embracing the internment of American soldiers in the same condition is based on “science.” Administration officials reportedly berated Govs. Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie for imposing a mandatory 21-day quarantine on potentially symptomatic care workers who were exposed to Ebola by saying that this policy “doesn’t comport with science.” White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest insisted that the president’s administration acquiesced to the quarantining of American soldiers who served in Ebola-affected regions only because they...
  • California issues quarantine policy for Ebola exposure

    10/29/2014 2:25:35 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 23 replies
    Los Angeles times ^ | Oct 29 2014 | J serna
    Anyone arriving in California from an Ebola-affected area and who has had personal contact with a person infected with the deadly virus will be quarantined for 21 days, according to an order issued Wednesday by the state's public health director. The order provides a more nuanced set of guidelines to assess the risk associated with people returning from regions afflicted by an Ebola outbreak -- currently Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- than the controversial blanket quarantines in New Jersey, New York and Maine.
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won't obey Maine's Ebola quarantine: I won’t be 'bullied by politicians'

    10/29/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    NBC News' Today Show ^ | October 29, 2014 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Nurse Kaci Hickox — who remains symptom-free after spending three days in a New Jersey isolation tent after flying home from Ebola-stricken West Africa — remains under quarantine at home in Maine, but for only another day, she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer. “I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine’s 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10. “I truly believe...
  • Kaci Hickox Won't Follow Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule,

    10/28/2014 8:48:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Oct 28, 2014
    Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won't follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said tonight. "Going forward she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others," her attorney Steven Hyman said. "She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical risk of being contagious to anyone." ... Maine requires that health care workers such as Hickox who return to the state from West Africa will...
  • New York’s Rules to Let Travelers Pick Site for Isolation

    10/28/2014 7:19:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 28, 2014 | Marc Santora and Thomas Kaplan
    Offering the first detailed account of how New York State’s quarantine order for travelers returning from West Africa will be put into effect, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow people to choose where to spend their enforced isolation. The state protocols show an effort by the administration to portray the quarantine, which has been criticized as excessive by some experts and doctors’ organizations, in a humane manner. The protocols are meant to ensure “a respectful and supportive approach” to arriving travelers, who are supposed to be “treated with the...
  • Released Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickox Works For CDC…Her Lawyer Is A White House Visitor

    10/28/2014 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Ebola health care worker Kaci Hickox, who was released from quarantine with the support of the White House, is a Centers For Disease Control and Prevention employee, records reveal. The lawyer who helped earn her release is a recent White House state dinner guest.Hickox was released from Ebola quarantine in Newark, N.J., Monday afternoon after the White House pressured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to release the nurse that was working in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders. Hickox’s case for release was also bolstered by New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who took on Hickox’s case.“I feel like...
  • 2016 hopefuls catch Ebola flak

    10/28/2014 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are facing political peril as they grapple with the spread of Ebola in their backyards.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) encountered those exposed risks this weekend as he faced fierce criticism from a nurse quarantined in his state after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.  ADVERTISEMENT New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), considered a possible Democratic contender or vice presidential pick, appeared with Christie on Friday to emphasize the risks of the virus. After facing criticism, on Sunday night he walked back a stringent Ebola quarantine protocol and said medical workers with no contact with Ebola...
  • Ebola Nurse Who Was Quarantined in NJ Now in Maine

    10/28/2014 10:29:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/28/2014 | By ROBERT F. BUKATY
    The nurse who was confined against her will at a New Jersey hospital after treating Ebola patients in West Africa is seeking time to decompress at an undisclosed location in Maine, her lawyer said Tuesday. Kaci Hickox's partner, a nursing student, has opted to stay away from the University of Maine at Fort Kent to be with her, a university official said. His off-campus home showed no sign of activity Tuesday. "At this point, he has made a decision he has decided to take a break from campus," said Ray Phinney, associate dean of student life and development. "We don't...
  • New York Magazine: Chris Christie Is Trying to Fight an Ebola Panic That Doesn’t Really Exist

    10/28/2014 10:23:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/28/2014 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Over the weekend, a strange and revealing episode of political theater surfaced. An American nurse named Kaci Hickox, who had just returned to the United States from West Africa where she had been working with Doctors Without Borders to help patients afflicted with Ebola, was quarantined against her will in a tent inside a Newark hospital. To public-health officials, this seemed an extreme overreaction: There was no reason to think that Hickox, who was completely healthy, had Ebola, and soon she began to protest the absurdity and inhumanity of her circumstances. Among other indignities, she was provided no shower. That...
  • Obama Crushes State Ebola Quarantines

    10/28/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay. So let me see if I understand this. The states want to set up their own Ebola quarantines. Why would they want to do that? That's because they don't trust the federal government's quarantine protocols, right? That means they don't trust the CDC. That means they don't trust Obama, the Ebola czar, who has yet to make an appearance. They had a 27-member meeting, though, they had an Ebola meeting with 27 people, problem solved. So one week before the election we have here a bunch of states that are deciding to do their own quarantines, and the...
  • New fight over Ebola quarantine looms as nurse returns to Maine

    10/28/2014 6:38:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 107 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 10-28-2014 | FoxNews.com
    A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa before being briefly and controversially quarantined in New Jersey could be the focus of a new battle over state health policy as she returns to her home state of Maine. Kaci Hickox left a Newark hospital on Monday and was expected to arrive in the northern Maine town of Fort Kent early Tuesday. Maine health officials have already announced that Hickox is expected to comply with a 21-day voluntary in-home quarantine put in place by the state's governor, Paul LePage. However, one of Hickox's lawyers, Steve Hyman, said he expected her...
  • White House warns Cuomo and Christie over Ebola quarantine rules

    10/28/2014 6:57:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/27/14 | Dominic Rushe and Lauren Gambino in New York and Dan Roberts in Washington
    White House officials warned the governors of New York and New Jersey of the “unintended consequences” of quarantining all medical workers returning from west Africa, as a political crisis deepened on Sunday over how to counter public fears about the spread of Ebola in the US.
  • Darrell Issa on Quarantines: Governors React To Ebola Leadership Void

    10/27/2014 7:45:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    State governors are enacting quarantines on healthcare professionals returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa because the American public does not trust the Obama administration to handle the growing crisis, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday. "Governors of both parties are reacting to an absence of leadership," Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley. Over the weekend, the states of New York, New Jersey, and Illinois have all imposed mandatory quarantines on people returning from West Africa, particularly healthcare workers, after Doctors Without Borders physician Dr. Craig Spencer was...
  • Daily Beast Column: New York & New Jersey’s Ebola Quarantines Are an Insane Overreaction

    10/27/2014 10:21:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/27/2014 | Kent Sepkowitz
    With the West African Ebola epidemic still raging out of control, killing 20 people a day in Sierra Leone alone, Americans, confronted with their first few cases, are taking on the tough questions: Can Ebola be transmitted by a bowling ball? What about co-location in a hipster coffee bar near the High Line? And—OMG—what about Uber-based transmission? Right on cue, as if in an attempt to push the discussion ever further toward irrelevancy, the twin towers of presidential posturing, Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, agreed to hog the spotlight together in order to get presidentially tough over an issue...
  • White House Pushes Back on State Ebola Quarantines

    10/27/2014 10:01:43 AM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 27, 2014 | Colleen McCain Nelson, Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay
    The White House pushed back against the governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other states that instituted procedures to forcibly quarantine medical workers returning from West Africa, deepening an emotional debate brought on by recent Ebola cases in the U.S. [snip] It wasn’t clear what action the (Obama) administration could take to end the quarantines. New York Gov. (Andrew Cuomo) on Sunday night gave the first new details about how his state’s quarantine would work, ( noting that individuals would be allowed to stay in their homes for 21 days).
  • New Jersey Releases Nurse Quarantined for Suspected Ebola [Christie Reverses Course]

    10/27/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/27/2014
    The nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after she came home from treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be released Monday, state officials said. Kaci Hickox has been held against her will in a tent outside a New Jersey medical center since she was taken off a flight, flushed and distraught, Friday. Hickox has hired a lawyer and spoken out publicly against her quarantine. “Since testing negative for Ebola on early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation at University Hospital in Newark has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours,” New Jersey health department officials...
  • NYT: Nurse in Newark to Be Allowed to Finish Ebola Quarantine at Home, Christie Says

    10/27/2014 6:50:46 AM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | MICHAEL BARBARO and MARC SANTORA
    A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital despite having no symptoms associated with Ebola will be allowed to return home to serve out the rest of her mandatory quarantine. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected her to be transferred Monday morning after doctors and federal officials signed off on the plan. The treatment of the nurse, Kaci Hickox, has drawn withering criticism from both public health officials and the nurse herself. Ms. Hickox lives in...
  • New York mayor criticizes New Jersey's 'disrespect' of Ebola nurse

    10/26/2014 5:11:17 PM PDT · by Karl Spooner · 64 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/26/2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the treatment of a symptom-free nurse quarantined in New Jersey after she returned from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa, saying, “What happened to her was inappropriate.”. De Blasio’s remarks came during a news conference at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, where a doctor infected with the deadly virus remained in serious but stable condition Sunday, showing slight improvement. Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders in West Africa, where he treated Ebola patients. Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. The mayor spoke during...
  • Nurse describes Ebola quarantine ordeal: 'I was in shock. Now I'm angry'

    10/26/2014 6:33:33 PM PDT · by dennisw · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | October 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Cohen, Leslie Holland
    In a separate interview with CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, Hickox elaborated on what she thought of Christie's assessment of her medical condition. "I'm sorry, but that's just a completely unacceptable statement in my opinion. For (Christie) -- a politician who's trusted and respected -- to make a statement that's categorically not true is just unacceptable and appalling." "She's fine. She's not sick." Hickox told Crowley that mandatory quarantine is "not a sound public health decision" and that public health officials -- not politicians -- should be making the policies related to Ebola and public safety. "For the first...
  • White House Presses States to Reconsider Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (You read that correctly)

    10/26/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | Marc Santora and Michael D. Shear
    The Obama administration has expressed deep concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey and is consulting with them to modify their orders to quarantine medical volunteers returning from West Africa as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers, according to two senior administration officials. One administration official said the federal government has been pressing the governors to back off their decisions, which quarantine all medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients. But another official said the administration has not specifically asked the governors to reverse their policies. Mr. Obama held...
  • White House Presses States to Reverse Ebola Quarantine

    10/26/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...
  • NJ Nurse in Quarantine Whines About the Way She Was Treated

    10/26/2014 12:13:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    I read this account of Kaci Hickox, a nurse for Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa and was placed in quarantine as a result of the new policy adopted by New Jersey, with a growing sense of outrage and disgust.She says there’s “disorganization” and “fear.” She says people treated her “like a criminal.” She says she worries that other health workers returning from Africa will also be put upon.The fact that all four cases of Ebola in America are directly connected to returning health care workers from Africa doesn’t seem to penetrate; that the routine screening done...
  • N.Y. official: Ebola policy 'a real stunner'

    10/25/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | Ray Sanchez and Elizabeth Cohen
    A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health care workers returning from West Africa caught local and federal officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of Ebola without cutting the flow of medical aid to the hardest-hit West African countries. The policy of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly implemented Friday by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie. The announcement came one day after a New York doctor who treated patients in Guinea became the first Ebola...