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Who Will Control the Senate? Election Is ‘Neck and Neck’



The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is “a neck and neck” situation.

Republicans could recapture the Senate from Democrats with a net gain of six seats.

Florida Congressman Deborah Wasserman-Schultz brushed off talk that endangered Democratic Senate incumbents are trying to avoid associating with President Barack Obama.

She tells MSNBC Wednesday that Obama was on…

Man Tells Obama: ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’



Obama was the punchline of a bystander’s joke while casting an early ballot Monday in Chicago. But the president managed to smoothly turn the tables on the jokester

A young woman, Aia Cooper, was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise: “Mr. President, don’t touch my girlfriend.”

Obama, laughing, replied: “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no…

Obama Authorizes Deployment of Reserve Troops to West Africa



President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday authorizing additional U.S. reserve troops to respond to the Ebola crisis in west Africa

The order allows for the reservists to take part in the U.S. military mission already underway, which focuses on the building of Ebola treatment centers in the region. The order permits the Pentagon to use the reservists as well as Guard troops. Obama also notified…

UK Won’t Screen for Ebola at Airports, Even If You Just Returned From Liberia



Authorities has ruled out screening travelers for Ebola when they arrive in the UK, a British health agency said on Tuesday.

Public Health England (PHE) said “there are no plans to introduce entry screening for Ebola in the UK,” despite admitting that there is a “real” risk of importing Ebola to the UK.

Entry-screening is not recommended by the World Health Organization, and doing so in the UK would mean screening “huge numbers of…

White House Intruder Made It Much Farther Than Previously Thought



A White House intruder made it much deeper into the White House than officials previously revealed earlier this month, according to a new report.

The man, officials said on Sept. 20, was apprehended just inside the North Portico doors. But a Washington Post report, which cites three people familiar with the breach, states that the intruder — who the Secret Service identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas — overpowered a Secret Service agent and ran through much of the main…

Economic Benefits of Preventing Global Warming Open New Front in Debate



Opponents of climate change action have long relied on two main rhetorical weapons. The first one, which has been in use since the 1980s, is to argue the the science linking human activities to global warming is uncertain or flawed. But with polls showing the American public unpersuaded by this argument, many opponents have focused more on the assumption that tackling climate change will be too costly

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, has opposed the Obama administration’s climate…

At U.N., Obama Warns Leaders to ‘Sprint’ Into Gear to Fight Ebola Outbreak



President Obama delivered a stark warning to world leaders that there is a high risk that the Ebola virus will continue to ravage West Africa unless more actions are taken soon to slow and stop the outbreak

Speaking at a special high-level U.N. meeting on Thursday concerning the largest Ebola outbreak in history, Obama said that how the world responds in the next several weeks will make the difference between having 10,000 to 30,000 deaths in West Africa and up to a million fatalities from…

Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve



U.S. President Barack Obama took a historic step on Thursday by dramatically expanding an area of the Pacific Ocean that is off limits to fishing and other marine resources development, such as deep-sea mining.

By adding to the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which was established under former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2009, Obama is expanding it to six times its existing size. This protects an additional 490,000 square miles of ocean waters in and around…

Obama to U.N.: America’s "Promise Can Help Light the World"



President Barack Obama addressed a wide range of topics at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, covering everything from extremism in Iraq and Syria to the ebola outbreak in west Africa

He laid out a choice for his fellow delegates. They could choose, Obama said, either to “renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability.”

You can…

White House Fence Jumper Had 800 Rounds of Ammo



Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car belonging to the man who allegedly jumped the White House fence, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, managed to jump over the north fence of the White House on Friday and escaped capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the presidential mansion

The event led to a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Obama and his family were headed to Camp David…