CDC Head: 'Not Impossible' Others in U.S. Could Get Ebola

CDC Director Tom Frieden talks to Stephanopoulos


ABC News
The country's top medical official who has vowed to stop Ebola "in its tracks" in the U.S., conceded today that it's "not impossible" that others will contract the disease.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said an extensive tracking process is underway in the wake of the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States, with special focus on the patient’s family and health staff.

“We have a seven-person team in Dallas working with the local health department and the hospital, and we will be identifying everyone who may have come in contact with him and then monitoring them for 21 days,” Frieden said.

The city of Dallas, which has activated its Emergency Operations Center on "Level 2: High Readiness," said, "We are currently evaluating 12-18 people that the patient confirmed to have the Ebola virus was in contact with."

In addition, the three ambulance crew members that brought the patient to the hospital were tested for Ebola. The tests were negative, but the crew members were sent home and will be monitored for the next three weeks, the city said in a statement.


Pelosi Calls For Secret Service Director To Step Down **UPDATE** Secret Service Chief Pierson Resigns

Secret Service Lapses `Inexcusable,' Pelosi Says

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi echoed on Wednesday a call from a senior House Democrat calling for the U.S. Secret Service director to resign.

The California Democrat said she had “full confidence” in Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) who suggested that Julia Pierson should resign her post as director after Secret Service officers failed to stop an intruder from scaling the White House’s fence and breaking through the doors of the North Portico.

“If Mr. Cummings thinks she should go, I subscribe to his recommendation,” Pelosi said. Cummings is the top Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, which has probed the Sept. 19 breach by Omar Gonzalez.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cummings told radio host Roland Martin, “The president is not well served. … I think this lady has to go – Ms. Pierson.”

Gonzalez, who was indicted on three counts in federal court Tuesday, made it into the Green Room of the White House before an off-duty Secret Service agent tackled him.

Secret Service Chief Pierson Resigns Amid Security Lapses

Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid criticism over a series of security lapses.

Pierson stepped down just 18 months after President Barack Obama selected her to take over a law enforcement agency that already had been tarnished by misconduct by agents.


Pelosi Predicts 'A Democratic President & Democratic Congress' in 2016

Pelosi at today's press briefing said Dems will get close this midterm, but in 2 years, it's all going to be controlled by Democrats - House, Senate and WH


Obama Admin: Why Would We Think Radical Islam Wants to Rule the World?

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki saying the Obama State Department does not believe that ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and Iran desire to rule the world. “We wouldn’t agree with that characterization, no.”



Frank Rich: Iraq Starting to Look Like a Quagmire

Frank Rich says support for Obama's airstrikes is only an 'inch deep' and if things get worse, the support we see now will crumble.

From CNN- Beginning to look like a quagmire for President Obama


Report: President Obama Rode Elevator With An Armed Security Contractor Who Had 3 Criminal Convictions

'A violation of Secret Service security protocols'

WASHINGTON — Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols.

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of the White House. The Washington Examiner and The Washington Post report that the latest incident took place in an elevator during Obama’s Sept. 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The Post says agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera.

Agents didn’t know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot and the man turned over his gun.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.


Flashback Obama June 12th (2 Days After ISIS Took Over Mosul): We've Been Watching With A lot of Concern "Over the Last Several Months"

You can't make this stuff up. Here's O at a WH press conference at the beginning of June admitting his administration had its eye on ISIS for months, so much so that they were providing Iraq with "additional assistance over the last year"

So, President Obama was not warned about the ISIS advance that he was watching months before a number of Iraqi cities fell?

Video from June


NBC's Richard Engel: US Intelligence Were The Only Ones To Miss ISIS- Everyone Knew Islamic Extremists Were on the Rise in Syria and Iraq, They Were Publicizing Their Activities Online!

"This was no state secret"

Engel says, 'they were bragging about their activities online' and journalists like us were interviewing foreign fighters as they were coming in.

"The fact that the US intelligence community missed this is shocking"

Watch Engel rip Obama's 60 Minutes interview on Morning Joe


Speaker Boehner Video: 'Called to Lead'

Boehner: Here's 5 things to get America back on track-

This kinda sounds familiar. It sounds a little like Sean Hannity's 5 things to get America back on track that he talks about on his radio show

Good video- Take a look


Congressman Jason Chaffetz Blasts Director of Secret Service at Hearing: 'Tremendous Restraint' is Not What We're Looking For, We Should Have Used 'Overwhelming Force'

Chaffetz hammers Secret Service director Julia Pierson at hearing on Capitol Hill



California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

SB270 prohibits stores from providing disposable plastic grocery bags to shoppers, and requires them to charge for paper bags.

nbc reported:
Governor Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

The measure first proposed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

The bill had sparked one of the most contentious debates in the last weeks of the legislative session, with aggressive lobbying by environmentalists and bag manufacturers.

For years, a statewide plastic bag ban has been an elusive goal for lawmakers trying to reduce the buildup of plastic waste in oceans and waterways that costs millions of dollars to cleanup. About 100 local jurisdictions in California already have adopted similar bans, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.