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Chris Christie Downplays Ebola Panic And Travel Ban: 'Everyone Needs to Be Calm'

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a press conference this morning to detail the state’s response to the Ebola virus.

Christie explained what he was doing to ensure that state and national health and law enforcement agencies were communicating and working together to address the problems.

“Everyone needs to be calm,” he said, pointing out that the media saturation on the crisis was leading to “a lot of overreaction by folks.”

Christie explained that in his own home, his children were worried about Ebola.

“My 11-year-old daughter is not getting Ebola,” he explained, and asked all parents to talk to their children about the facts of the disease.

“Those in public life need to take a deep breath as well, I would respectfully suggest, and understand the facts of what’s going on here and not have a overreaction to these things that can lead to further public concern,” Christie said, reminding Americans that New Jersey would be prepared for whatever happened.

Christie also implicitly criticized political figures for “stoking hysteria” about the disease.

“We are not going to be in the business of stoking hysteria about this in the public,” he said. “That’s not what citizens expect from people in leadership positions in a crisis.”

Christie also indicated that he did not support a travel ban from the affected countries, calling it “a misnomer” as there were because “no direct flights from these countries to the United States.” 

He did, however, signal support for a visa suspension but reminded reporters that President Obama would be in charge of a potential travel ban or a visa ban. 

“Ultimately that’s going to be the President of the United States’ decision,” he said. 

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Coburn 'Wastebook': Five Ways NIH Wasted Taxpayer Dollars


Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) took particular offense after the director of the National Institute of Health complained that if only the government agency had more money, they would probably have a cure for Ebola.

In response, Coburn revealed five ways the NIH is wasting taxpayer money – according the new 2014 ‘Wastebook.”

1. $804,000 developing “Kiddio: Food Fight,” a smartphone game for parents

In the game, parents select a vegetable to offer “Kiddio” and then select a tactic for influencing Kiddio to eat the veggie. The “Kiddio” reacts to the parents advances which helps them understand their own children. 

2. $533,376 – Investigating the effects of meditation from reading Buddhist texts

The team incorporated Buddhist literature to “scientifically” analyze if meditation causes sleepiness or wakefulness, as well as to explain if and why some people see lights while meditating.

3. $387,000 — Giving Swedish massages to rabbits – and euthanizing them afterwards

The rabbits received daily massages from a “mechanical device that simulates the long, flowing strokes used in Swedish massages.”

4. $371,000 – Researching women’s emotional state when they see their dog

According to the study, Mothers have the same reaction when looking at photos of their dogs as they do to those of their own children.

5. Paid leave for an NIH police officer

The officer allegedly “pulled out a black Glock 19 and loaded the magazine” during a fit of road rage.

Read the full 2014 “Wastebook” for more details and full investigation of 100 different ways the government is wasting your money.

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A Government Bureau is the Nearest Thing to Eternal Life We Will Ever See on This Earth


Next Monday, October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s iconic “Time For Choosing” speech. It was a speech that sparked the modern Conservative Movement, ignited a fire in the hearts of conservatives, and launched Ronald Reagan’s public policy career.

This week, as part of a yearlong “Time for Choosing: The Next Generation” initiative, Young America’s Foundation is releasing a series of videos in conjunction with the anniversary of this significant speech. The third video focuses on limited government.

It is no secret that government today is far overreaching and intrusive. This past year alone we have seen privacy breaches by the NSA, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, and the disastrous consequences of Obamacare on small businesses and families.

Obama has even said, “I can take steps without legislation.” This self-righteous statement underscores that he has no respect for the Constitution—a document meant to protect the rights of all Americans and prevent our government and our leaders from trampling on those rights. Unfortunately, today we have a President and federal officials who are no longer accountable to the American people because they consider themselves to be above the law.

Consider Obamacare, federal legislation mandating that all people purchase health insurance or be penalized with a fine. In addition to being forced upon the American people, Obamacare is a job killer, it has negatively impacted the American economy, and it is crushing our small businesses—the backbone of America. And, after three years of preparation, the federal government couldn’t even get its own Obamacare website to work properly. Nonetheless, Obama demands that all Americans allow the government—which cannot even create a functioning website—to control the most personal aspects of their lives, their health.

Recent polling shows that approval of Congress is at an all-time low, and more than half of the American people are distrusting of the government. This is what can be expected when the government grows too big and encroaches upon the rights of the people.

A half century ago, Ronald Reagan told the American people, “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth.” Unfortunately, that statement is even more true today. We are facing the consequences of an expanding government and it is up to us—the American people—to hold our leaders accountable, should we wish to advance freedom for generations to come.

Ashley Pratte is the spokeswoman for Young America’s Foundation

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White House Spins Sharpton Interview: Obama Was Talking about Middle Class


Reporters grilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about President Obama’s comment to MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that every Democrat on the ballot in the midterm elections had supported him and his agenda.

Though Democratic candidates were distancing themselves from Obama, the President told Sharpton that they were still his allies.

“The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress,” Obama explained. The President went on to say, “These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me, and I tell them, I said, ‘You know what? You do what you need to do to win. I will be responsible for making sure our voters turn out.’”

Republicans spliced Obama’s comments into campaign ads to remind voters about Democrats’ connections to the unpopular President.

In response to the uproar, Earnest insisted that Obama was referring to Democrats who were supporting his pro-middle class agenda, not just Obama.

“On the issues, we see Democratic candidates all across the country strongly advocating policies that benefit middle class families,” he explained, using the term “middle class” 14 times to explain Obama’s remarks during the briefing.

“I think what the President is focused on is making sure that Democrats in each of these states understand the stakes for this election,” he added.

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White House 'Not Really' Considering a Republican Takeover of the Senate


At the White House press room on Tuesday, reporters peppered Press Secretary Josh Earnest with questions about the increasing probability that Republicans will take control of the Senate–and what the White House would do about it.

“Has he or the White House or both of you considered what life will be like with a Republican Senate?” asked one reporter.

“Not really,” Earnest replied, pointing out that the President had done everything possible to retain a Democratic majority.

“Has the President gamed out scenarios for a possible Republican Senate? You said, ‘Not really.’ Why not?” asked another reporter.

“Because it’s our expectation that Democrats will continue to be in the majority in the next session of Congress,” Earnest replied.

“You don’t see the Senate as a lost cause?” another reporter asked.

“Absolutely not,” Earnest replied with conviction.

“If he gets a shellacking, if Democrats get beaten badly in this midterm election, is that an indication that the President’s policies have been, at least in part, repudiated or don’t have broad support?” asked another reporter.

Earnest stalled, asserting that he would address the situation–but only after the election.

“Here’s a promise that I will make. I’ll make you two promises on this. The first is, this is a question that will be asked of me many, many times when we’re in this setting a day or two after the election. And at that point, I promise you that I will answer the question,” he said.

But reporters continued.

“If you do better than expected, won’t that show that there’s support for the President’s policies?” another reporter asked.

Earnest replied that if Democrats retained the Senate, he was “confident that the President will get his fair share of credit for that.”

Finally, Earnest entertained the idea that Democrats would lose the Senate.

“I’m also confident that if things don’t turn out the way that we hope and expect, that the President will get at least his share of the blame,” Earnest added. “Whether that’s deserved or not will have to be determined by someone else.”

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In Elegant Ruling, Federal Judge Upholds Traditional Marriage in Puerto Rico


A federal judge has upheld Puerto Rico’s traditional marriage law, bucking the recent trend of federal courts to strike down state laws enshrining traditional marriage. District judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez, a Carter appointee, delivered a ruling that relied on a conservative reading of the Constitution and legal precedent, and created the potential for a split among the U.S. circuits that could prod the Supreme Court to take up the question in future.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court declined to take up the issue of the constitutionality of gay marriage, despite requests from both sides of the issue that it do so. One reason that it is thought to have denied review is that there is not yet a split among the U.S. Courts of Appeals, which have thus far agreed to strike down state traditional marriage laws. If the First Circuit upholds the Puerto Rico ruling, a split would suddenly emerge.

In an elegant decision handed down Tuesday, Perez-Gimenez relies on two basic arguments. First, he notes that the U.S. Constitution is silent on marriage, thus reserving authority over marriage to the states–and adds that a 1972 precedent to that effect in Baker v. Nelson, which other courts have considered void, still holds. Only the Supreme Court, Perez-Gimenez says, may overturn Baker–and to this date, he notes, it has declined to do so.

Second, Perez-Gimenez notes that last year’s twin rulings in the celebrated U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry do not actually void state powers to ban gay marriage. Hollingsworth v. Perry, he notes, was dealt with on procedural grounds, and though Windsor struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it “reaffirms the States’ authority over marriage, buttressing Baker’s conclusion that marriage is simply not a federal question.”

Judge Perez-Gimenez leaves substantive questions about marriage for his conclusion, which is likely to be the most controversial part of the decision, but presents the case for traditional marriage as well as it has been put forth anywhere in recent years. Perez-Gimenez notes the “centuries”-old principle that “the very survival of the political order depends upon the procreative potential embodied in traditional marriage” (emphasis added).

Furthermore, Perez-Gimenez notes, gay marriage activists have not explained how their logic, using the Equal Protection Clause, would preclude polygamy or incest. Such questions do not arise from “cruel discrimination and ridicule,” he says, but are legitimate and demand that proponents of a “right” to gay marriage “render reasons justifying the change and articulate the principles that they claim will limit this newly fashioned right.”

The plaintiffs in the case have appealed to the First Circuit, according to SCOTUSblog. Since the Hollingsworth and Windsor rulings in June 2013, federal courts been “near-unanimous” in their rejection of traditional marriage laws or state constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. The fact that Perez-Gimenez was appointed by a Democrat makes his decision more difficult to politicize, as typically happens in such cases.

Senior Editor-at-Large Joel B. Pollak edits Breitbart California and is the author of the new ebook, Wacko Birds: The Fall (and Rise) of the Tea Party, available for Amazon Kindle.

Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelpollak

Image: District Court of Puerto Rico

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CDC: Passenger from Liberia Hospitalized in New Jersey for 'Potential Exposure to Ebola'


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday evening that an airplane passenger traveling from Liberia to New Jersey has been hospitalized after exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms.

The traveler went from Liberia to Brussels to Newark Liberty International Airport before setting off a “flurry of activity” near University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, reports The Record.

“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms of having a potential exposure to Ebola,” said CDC spokesperson Carol Crawford.

News of the New Jersey Ebola scare comes as the Republican Doctors Caucus, made up of 16 physician and nurse legislators, sent President Barack Obama a letter on Tuesday urging him to temporarily halt travel into the U.S. from Ebola-ravaged countries.

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NYT Blasts Democrats Nunn, Hagan, Pryor, Begich, Grimes for Running from Obama


The New York Times blasted Democrat Senate candidates who are likely to lose their elections in red states against Republican opponents for running from President Obama’s agenda.

“They run the risk, though, of alienating important constituencies who prefer a party with a spine, especially black voters, who remain very supportive of Mr. Obama. By not standing firmly for their own policies, Democrats send a message to voters that the unending Republican criticism of the president is legitimate,” the Times published on Wednesday in an editorial.

The Times singles out Senatorial candidates Michelle Nunn in Georgia and Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky, as well as sitting U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Kay Hagen, (D-NC) and Mary Landrieu, (D-LA) for failing Obama. 

What is lacking among these Democrats, the Times argues, is a sufficient defense of Obama’s record on the economy as well as a full-throated defense of the stimulus bill, the response to Ebola, and Obamacare.

Referring to Obama, the Times points out that “[M]embers of his own party have done a poor job of defending his policies over the nearly six years of his presidency, allowing a Republican narrative of failure to take hold.”

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Infectious Disease Expert: Ebola Virus Test Has Fatal Flaw


An infectious disease expert has stated that the test used to detect the Ebola virus in humans has a fatal flaw: the results will be negative until enough of the virus is built up in the person’s body.

As CBN reports, Dr. Nancy Khardouri, who has been studying infectious diseases for the past 30 years, said, “The test becomes positive when you have symptoms. So it doesn’t help you before the symptoms, like many other tests do.”

The director of infectious diseases at Eastern Virginia Medical School explained that this means someone infected with Ebola could appear to be in good health and enter the country undetected.

“People who are coming from Africa, I’m hoping that this education will happen at the entry level,” Khardouri said, “like at the airports, customs checks and all.”

“Look, you’re coming from XYZ country and therefore if you have fever, you don’t feel well, please just don’t take your time to go see a health care provider, go quickly,” she added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now saying that people who have been to West Africa with symptoms as mild as a low-grade fever should be detained and quarantined.

“If people have a small tear or abrasion that they haven’t even noticed, which happens all the time, and they come in contact with somebody’s blood, or somebody’s stool, or urine, or vomit that has the virus in it, in that case the virus will go in[to] the skin,” Khardouri continued, adding that she believes the new Ebola vaccine under development, which could be given as soon as six months from now, is the best hope for containing the deadly disease.

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Exclusive — Donald Trump to Mitt Romney: Don't Even Think About Running Again


Real estate mogul and conservative provocateur Donald Trump has a concise, clear message for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney: You “blew it” in the last election, so don’t even try to run for president again.

“No. I don’t think he should run. He had his chance and he blew it,” Trump told Breitbart News during a phone interview on Tuesday. “He had a great chance of winning. He should have won. That was an election that frankly should have been a much easier election than the probable 2016 candidate Hillary. That was an election that should have been won by the Republicans.” 

“Whether it was his consultants, I read all different concepts. I’ve read all different views on what happened. But whether it was him or his consultants, he blew it,” he continued. “He had a tremendous advantage against a president who had done very poorly and now has done worse, and that was really a race that was easier than beating Hillary.”

Trump said he carried that message—that Romney shouldn’t run again—to Iowa last weekend when he campaigned for and raised funds for Iowa’s Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and his re-election campaign.

“They did close to $100,000 and I’m really happy about that,” Trump said of the King fundraiser. “Steve King is a terrific guy. I got to know Steve when I was in New Hampshire and making a speech. He was there and I love him. He and I just hit it off. He’s someone I respect. He and I have similar views on many different subjects. He’s somebody who really loves the country.” 

“He asked me whether or not it would be possible if I could go out there sometime and I said ‘yeah, let me know’ and we got together and we went out there last Saturday and it was really an amazing—I’ve been to Iowa many times. I really like Iowa and I really like the people of Iowa,” he said. “We had just a great successful day. We did a press conference, and we then went to a house of a guy who did a fundraiser for Steve and it was very successful.”

At the press conference and in meetings with donors throughout Iowa, Trump said he’s made it clear: Romney shouldn’t run in 2016 because Hillary Clinton will be tougher to beat than Obama. 

“It was a race that should have been won,” Trump said. “People ask me about Gov. Romney, and at the press conference too. I said this is a race that should have been won and somehow he lost in the final four weeks. That’s not a good thing. What happened was a very bad situation. I was not and many Republicans were not happy with that final four week performance. That was a race that should have been won. Nothing against him personally, but that was a race that should have been won.”

While Romney has said he won’t run, he’s been pushed by some in the establishment to consider another run—which would be his third White House bid since Romney ran and failed in the primary in 2008. Romney has said, however, that “circumstances can change”—something he’ll likely fall back on should he decide to throw his hat in the likely-to-be-crowded 2016 field.

Trump said that Romney fails to appeal to the Republican base and as such would lose yet again.

“Many Republicans stayed home,” Trump said of 2012. “If the Republicans came out and voted, he would have won. People don’t understand, many, many Republicans stayed home—and John McCain actually got more votes than Mitt Romney.”

Trump said what he’s looking for in a potential GOP nominee is “greatness.”

“This country has gone so far down that the next president has to be a truly great one,” Trump said. “Not a good one—that’s not going to be good enough. Our country has gone so far downhill that we are going to need a truly great president the next time around to bring this country back.”

Trump will play an important role in the 2016 process no matter how it shakes out. He’s considering a run himself, but even if he doesn’t run his millions of potential campaign dollars make him an invaluable backer and kingmaker to whoever he does support.

“For one thing it’s leadership,” Trump replied when asked to explain what he meant by “greatness.” 

“We need leadership and we have to be led in the proper direction,” Trump said. “We don’t need leaders who are going to destroy the country and we don’t need leaders who are going to say people from West Africa who are seriously infected with Ebola have the right to come into our country—stop the flights. There’s so many things.” 

“Look at what’s happened with Iraq,” he continued. “I predicted every single thing that’s happened with Iraq if you remember. I said somebody worse than Saddam Hussein will now take over, and I used to say ‘take the oil because somebody else will get it’ and it turned out to be ISIS. ISIS is funding their whole campaign with the oil.”

Trump added that America’s “open borders” is “another issue” that’s big. 

“It doesn’t get any simpler than that, and this president can’t get his hands around it—or doesn’t want to,” Trump said of America’s insecure border with Mexico and wide open immigration policies.

Because Romney failed, Trump said, America has had to deal with a “disaster” of a second term of Obama.

“His second term is a total disaster—a complete and total disaster, worse even than the first term other than Obamacare, but worse even than the first term,” Trump said. “You look at what’s happening with the borders, and you look at what’s happening with ISIS, you look at what his views are on Ebola with letting the flights continue in, you look at Sgt. [Andrew] Tahmooressi—where you have a Marine sitting in Mexico, and we’re the number one country for Mexico in terms of exports and we pay them fortunes and fortunes of money and we can’t even get a marine out who shouldn’t be there. You look at what’s going on with Russia and Putin, and you look at what’s happening with China stealing all our jobs and it’s a catastrophe. Many of these things were going on originally and Obama was meant to be beaten and Romney couldn’t beat him.”

Trump added that he hopes Republicans on the campaign trail don’t fall into Romney’s trap and fight the Democrats as hard as they can this year to retake the U.S. Senate.

“It should have a very negative impact on the Democrats and that’s why in theory the Republicans should do very well in November,” Trump said. “The president should have and I believe will have a very large impact—and we’ll see what’s going to happen. But at this moment, with everything that’s going wrong with the country and the tremendous unpopularity of the president—and when you have somebody who’s running against Mitch McConnell that doesn’t even want to say who she voted for, and is afraid and embarrassed to say who she voted for and is afraid to talk as opposed to frankly saying she voted for Obama, she’s embarrassed to say she voted for him—that’s a pretty negative situation. The unpopularity of the president should have a major negative impact on the Democrats and a positive impact on the Republicans. But you have to see what happens on Nov. 4.”

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