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national lead

October 17th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

GOP lawmaker: Obama Ebola czar appointment 'tone deaf'

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers have been especially critical of the administration's ability to contain Ebola in the U.S.

In a hearing yesterday with the nation's top health officials, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania went so far as to say that the trust and credibility of the government are waning.
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October 17th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

Who is the new Ebola czar Ron Klain?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama appointed an 'Ebola czar' to coordinate the federal response to the deadly disease Friday.

But to the surprise of many, the President didn't turn to an infectious disease expert or medical scholar.

Instead, he tapped a well-known Washington insider, Ron Klain.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.


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national lead

October 17th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Ohio officials tracking more people who had contact with Ebola nurse

(CNN) – Frontier Airlines is trying to contact hundreds more passengers who flew with Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient and then was diagnosed with the virus herself this week after flying round trip between Dallas and Cleveland.
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October 17th, 2014
05:47 PM ET

Ebola fears spark quarantine of hospital worker on cruise ship

(CNN) – A lab supervisor from the hospital where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died remains quarantined on a cruise ship Friday, with more than 4,000 onboard.

The woman never had contact with Ducan, but may have had contact with his fluid samples.

CNN's René Marsh reports.

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October 17th, 2014
10:16 AM ET

Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his "Ebola czar," knowledgeable sources tell CNN.

The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States.

"It may make sense for us to have one person ... so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we're crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's going forward," Obama said.

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