Show Notes for Friday, October 31, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT for another edition of Fridays With Fugelsang

• Sister Simone Campbell of the Nuns On The Bus calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about their effort to get out the vote

Double DownMark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of “Game Change” and “Double Down” call in 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about the mid-terms

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Whore Fridays

• In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation’s most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.

• Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for Eric Frein, the man who evaded capture for more than six weeks after allegedly killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another. Frein was arrested in rural Pennsylvania last night.

• Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have been unable to inspect a small plane that crashed into a building at an airport in Wichita, Kansas, killing four people.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 30, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about next week’s elections

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of the National Education Association, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about next week’s election

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

Frangela• Comedy duo Frangela joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau for the 11am ET / 8am PT hour

• Nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, ended her voluntary quarantine Wednesday, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state health officials seeking to legally enforce it.

• Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

• Attorney General Eric Holder says that he is beyond exasperated — he is “mad,” in fact — at the leaks pouring out of the investigation into the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

• The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 last night to take the World Series title. Some fans in San Francisco celebrated by burning couches and other debris in the streets of the city.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about next week’s elections

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the season premiere of her talk show

• Comedian and actor Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• Kaci Hickox, the nurse released from quarantine in New Jersey after she had returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa refuses to comply with another 21-day quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney says. She has agreed to stay in isolation for two days.

• A second Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola was released from Emory University Hospital after doctors said she had been cured. Nurse Amber Vinson, 29, was discharged after spending the last two weeks undergoing treatment in its biocontainment unit.

• An Orbital Sciences rocket making only its fifth flight exploded seconds after launch from the Virginia coast Tuesday, erupting in a spectacular fireball and destroying an uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship in a disheartening failure for NASA’s commercial space station resupply program.

• Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering more security for more than 9,500 federal government buildings in reaction to “continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere” after two attacks last week on Canada’s government.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about guns vs. Ebola in the media

Cesca2• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his view of whistleblowers

• U.S. health officials are recommending that people who are at highest risk for coming down with Ebola avoid commercial travel or attending large public gatherings, even if they have no symptoms. The C.D.C. issued the updated advice to state and local officials yesterday.

• Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, agreed to be quarantined at home in Maine upon her return from a weekend of confinement in New Jersey, but her lawyer disagrees with officials over how long she’ll have to stay in seclusion.

• Investigators say that a gunman responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school on Friday invited his victims to lunch by text message. The five students were all at a lunch table when they were shot by 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg.

• Graphic images and witness accounts have led to claims that the ISIS terror group has gained access to chemical weapons and is using them against Kurdish fighters in Syria and government forces in Iraq. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the reports were under investigation.

Show Notes for Monday, October 27, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what the Far Right thinks about Ebola

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about gun deaths vs. Ebola deaths

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• The lawyer for a non-symptomatic nurse in a 21-day mandatory quarantine in a New Jersey hospital after she returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa says he is planning to file a federal suit to get her released. Kaci Hickox said she feels that her “basic human rights are being violated.”

• A New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola when he returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in Guinea “looks better today than yesterday,” but is in serious but stable condition, health officials said.

• Gia Soriano, a victim in Friday’s shooting at a Washington high school, has died, officials said Sunday. She was 14. Authorities have identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, 14. One other female student died Friday. Three other students remain hospitalized.

• A gunman who shot and killed a soldier at Canada’s national war memorial and then stormed Parliament before he was gunned down had prepared a video of himself that police say shows he was driven by ideological and political motives

Show Notes for Friday, October 24, 2014

• Comedian John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for another edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Michael Goodwin, President of Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of “Whore Fridays”

• Dr. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor who recently returned to New York City after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

• The Canadian man who was shot dead after he killed a soldier and invaded the country’s Parliament was in Ottawa applying for a passport and was hoping to leave for Syria, a top police official said yesterday.

• The Justice Department continues to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man in Ferguson, Mo., by a white police officer. Attorney General Eric Holder says he is “exasperated” by what he called “selective leaks” in the case.

• Two days after audio from a brawl involving the Palin family was released, Bristol Palin has defended herself and her family in writing, explaining her side of what happened on the evening of Sept. 6. In the statement, she blames the “liberal media” and bashes the Clinton family.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frisch 2013• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about Renee Zellweger and climate change

• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• A gunman fatally shot a Canadian soldier in an attack near Parliament in Ottawa yesterday what the prime minster called a “terrorist” act. The gunman was shot and killed inside the Parliament building, and the slain soldier was Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario.

• Ashoka Mukpo, an American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at an Omaha hospital, left the facility Wednesday afternoon free of the virus and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said.

• The Secret Service has apprehended another man who jumped over the White House fence. The man has been identified as Dominic Adesanya, 23 , from Bel Air, MD, the Secret Service said. Adesanya was unarmed at the time of his arrest and charges are pending.

• Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Dems in the 2014 election

Bloom• Legal analyst Lisa Bloom calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Ferguson and about the Oscar Pistorius case

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Jacki’s Healthcare Corner”

• A passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels on United flight 998 Tuesday was being evaluated for possible symptoms of Ebola, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

• The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with NBC in Liberia is now disease free, he tweeted yesterday. The medical center announced today that he was free of the disease and would be released from the hospital on today.

• The FBI tracked down three American teenage girls in Germany while they were en route to Syria to join militant groups. The Denver-area girls were trying “to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign” by radical groups in Syria the official said.

• Bristol Palin said the drunken brawl involving her family at a house party last month was started when she was defending her younger sister, newly released audio reveals.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pierce2• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about how Ebola is being covered by the press

• Bob Cesca of The Daily Banter calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about GOP Sen. Ted Cruz hampering Ebola efforts

• The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The guidelines call for face shields, hoods, boot covers and other garb that leave no part of the body exposed.

• President Obama promoted early voting in his home state of Illinois on Monday by casting his ballot near his home in Chicago. Dems across the country are urging supporters to take advantage of early voting ahead of the midterm elections. Earlier voters have traditionally favored Dems.

• Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with four shots from a handgun on Valentine’s Day 2013.

• Monica Lewinsky nearly broke down in tears yesterday as she recounted her experience as “patient zero, the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet.” Lewinsky vowed to “give purpose to my past” by speaking publicly about life after her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.

Show Notes for Monday, October 20, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Ebola and President Obama

jim_ward• Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the GOP’s use of Ebola Panic

• Ebola fears are beginning to ease for some today as a monitoring period passed for those in Dallas who had close contact with a victim of the disease and after a cruise ship scare ended with the boat returning to port and a lab worker on board testing negative for the virus.

• On Sunday the Pentagon announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had ordered the formation of a 30-person military support team to assist civilian medical professionals in the U.S. to treat Ebola.

• The U.S. military said Sunday that for the first time it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against ISIS militants.

• Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Obama cast Dems’ success in this year’s midterm elections as a chance to further the policies he’s fought for in the White House. “Don’t give up now,” he said in Illinois yesterday. “Not after we’ve made this much progress.”

Show Notes for Friday, October 17, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the politics of Ebola

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the politicization of Ebola

• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of Whore Fridays

• Members of Congress questioned government and hospital officials about their response to the Ebola crisis Thursday, seeking to identify any mistakes made in containing the virus in the United States. They also pushed for more aggressive measures to prevent it from spreading further.

• The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital has arrived in Maryland for treatment at a specialized isolation unit. Nina Pham will be treated at a National Institutes of Health center in Bethesda, Maryland.

• President Obama said he is open to appointing what would essentially be an Ebola Czar to deal with the ongoing situation with the deadly disease in the U.S.

• Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy in February after testing positive for cocaine, a person familiar with the case confirmed. The person said Biden had failed a urinalysis test administered in June 2013 before he was discharged from the Navy.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 16, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the politics of the Ebola reactions

• Dean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the problem of businesses named ISIS

Schechner• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• A Dallas nurse who treated an Ebola patient contacted federal health officials before boarding a passenger flight Monday due to a slightly elevated temperature, but was allowed to board the flight because she was not exhibiting additional symptoms of Ebola.

• A top official at the Texas hospital where Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died and two nurses contracted the deadly virus is apologizing to Congress for his facility’s “mistakes” in handling the highly contagious disease.

• A growing chorus of lawmakers is calling on President Obama to impose travel restrictions on passengers coming to the U.S. from West African countries stricken by Ebola. House Speaker John Boehner has become the highest-ranking GOP lawmaker to ask for a travel ban.

• U.S.-led air strikes have killed several hundred Islamic State fighters around the Syrian town of Kobani, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, but it cautioned that the town near Turkey’s border could still fall to the Sunni militant group.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about how the Democrats are once again being cowards

yarmuthRep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the close race to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky

• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• A second worker at the Texas hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease, the C.D.C. said early Wednesday morning. Officials have confirmed that the health worker did provide care to Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at Presbyterian on Oct. 8.

• Co-workers of a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola from a sick patient say they worked for days without proper protective gear – and that the hospital’s Ebola protocols and procedures were unclear and inadequate.

• President Obama wet with military commanders from more than 20 countries on Tuesday to discuss how to fight ISIS. The terror group is gaining more ground in Syria and Iraq, even after weeks of airstrikes by the U.S. and other countries.

• The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dupuy• Syndicated columnist Tina Dupuy calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the non-storm over marriage equality

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about what the gobshites are talking about this week

• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the media’s Ebola hysteria

• Federal health officials on Monday urged U.S. hospitals to “think Ebola” and launched a review of procedures for treating infected patients, while the World Health Organization called the outbreak “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times.”

• Nina Pham, the Texas nurse who contracted Ebola while caring for a dying Liberian man, repeatedly visited his room from the day he was admitted to the intensive care unit until the day before he died, medical records show.

• Baghdad is close to being encircled by ISIS. Much of Anbar province to the west and part of Diyala to the northeast have fallen. The U.S. is hitting ISIS from the air, but it’s up to the Iraqis to win on the ground.

• Pounding rain didn’t deter hundreds of protesters yesterday outside Ferguson police headquarters, where they stayed for almost 4 hours to mark how long 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left in a street after he was fatally shot by police.

Show Notes for Monday, October 13, 2014

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the quiet competence of President Obama

Boehlert2Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Fox News’ silence on marriage equality

• A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for the Ebola patient who was hospitalized and later died there has tested positive for the disease, despite taking apparent and prescribed safety precautions like wearing protective gear.

• A federal judge has struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, saying the ban violates the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights. The state intends to appeal the ruling but chances of it winning in the 9th Circuit Court are slim considering previous rulings in ID and NV.

• Turkey will let U.S. and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, American defense officials said Sunday.

• Seventeen people were arrested during weekend protests, St. Louis police said Sunday, and more demonstrations were planned over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban Ferguson this summer.

Show Notes for Friday, October 10, 2014

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT for another edition of “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Whore Fridays

• Six U.S. military planes arrived in the Ebola hot zone Thursday with more Marines, as West Africa’s leaders pleaded for the world’s help in dealing with “a tragedy unforeseen in modern times.” Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said he was reminded of the start of the AIDS epidemic.

• U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the key military assistance the United States would like to get from Turkey would be access to the Turkish air base at Incirlik and an agreement to help train and equip the moderate Syrian forces.

• A federal judge on Thursday likened Texas’ tough voter ID law to a poll tax meant to suppress minority voters and blocked Texas from enforcing it just weeks ahead of next month’s election, knocking down a measure the U.S. Justice Department condemned in court as deliberately discriminatory.

• Marriage equality came to West Virginia on Thursday, following a decision by the state’s attorney general to stop defending the state’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages. Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins of Cabell County became the first gay couple married there yesterday.

Show Notes for Thursday, October 9, 2014

• Democratic strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the marriage equality earthquake this week

MillhiserIan Millhiser, Editor of ThinkProgress Justice, calls in at 6:30am to talk about the legal justifications for the Supreme Court’s marriage inaction

Dean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about what he calls Bill Maher’s Muslim problem

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• President Obama calls it a “belt and suspenders” approach — an extra level of screening at five major U.S. airports to try to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease. About 150 travelers a day will have their temperatures checked using no-touch thermometers.

• The body of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., will be cremated, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Centers said yesterday. Duncan’s body will be enclosed in two bags and the bags will then be disinfected, the hospital said in a statement today.

• A judge in northeast Kansas has ordered a county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples following actions earlier this week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 8, 2014

• Michael Tomasky of “The Daily Beast” calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Bill Maher’s spat with Ben Affleck over Islam

AlazraquiCarlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of “Coffee With Carlos”

• Officials in Baghdad say that militants with ISIS have downed an Iraqi military helicopter near the refinery town of Beiji, killing the two pilots on board. This is the second Iraqi military helicopter shot down over Beiji by ISIS militants in one week.

• Four men were arrested Tuesday in London on suspicion of planning an act of terrorism, one that the city’s police commissioner described as “quite a serious case.” Islamic terrorism was “the clear reason” for the plot, according to a source.

• Bureaucracy and red tape are slowing the budding Ebola aid effort in West Africa, aid groups complain. The U.S. government now says 4,000 troops will be deployed in Liberia alone to help distribute supplies. The response from aid organizations: Hurry up.

• A federal appeals court declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, setting the stage for couples to marry in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed wedding capital of the world.

Show Notes for Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BreenMatt Breen, Editor in Chief of “The Advocate”, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about The Supreme Court and marriage equality

• Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the bad news for Mitch McConnell

• Bob Cesca of “The Daily Banter” calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about Liberals and religion

• President Obama reiterated again Monday that the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States are “extremely low,” but that the case of a Liberian man who began exhibiting symptoms of disease after arriving in Dallas shows how vigilant U.S. health workers must be.

• Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient in isolation at a Texas hospital, has begun treatment with an experimental drug that was just authorized by the federal government for certain patients, the hospital said.

• An Illinois teenager was arrested Saturday at Chicago’s O’Hare airport as authorities say he was attempting to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS. Mohammed Hamzah Khan, age 19, appeared in court to face charges for allegedly attempting to provide material support for a terrorist organization.

• The Supreme Court cleared the way for marriage equality in five states yesterday, and Tony London and Tim Bostic of Norfolk, VA was just one of the couples who received a marriage license in Virginia yesterday.

Show Notes for Monday, October 6, 2014

rudepundit2The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about why it’s time to build a fence around Texas

Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the GOP pumping up Ebola hysteria

Voice Deity Jim Ward joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for Maximum Mookage Mondays

• The U.S. journalist who tested positive for Ebola while working in Liberia is scheduled to arrive at the Nebraska Medical Center today. Ashoka Mukpo, who was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC, left Liberia in a specially equipped plane Sunday.

• The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was downgraded to critical condition and is fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital on Sunday He appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said.

• Militants from the Islamic State group on Sunday publicly killed six Iraqi soldiers captured in an embattled western province where the extremists continue to advance despite an expanding U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes, residents said.

• Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters remained encamped on the streets as dawn broke on Monday, just hours before a government deadline to clear key thoroughfares they have blockaded for more than a week.

Show Notes for Friday, October 3, 2014

• Comedian and actor John Fugelsang calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT for “Fridays With Fugelsang”

Lee• Journalist May Lee joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for another edition of “Whore Fridays”

• An American cameraman helping to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia for NBC News has tested positive for the virus and will be flown back to the United States for treatment. NBC News identifies him as Ashoka Mukpo, 33. He is the fifth American to contract the virus.

• The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa. Thomas Eric Duncan is currently confined to an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

• Speaking in Chicago yesterday, President Obama suggested that if voters elect Democrats in this November’s midterm elections, it could “set the stage for America’s greatness” in the decades to come. Obama argued that the US is poised for greatness because of the foundation he’s laid.

• With frustration mounting, President Obama sought Thursday to quell doubts he’ll use his presidential powers to act on immigration, telling Hispanics and immigration activists it’s “not a question of if, but when.”

Show Notes for Thursday, October 2, 2014

• Democratic Strategist Karl Frisch calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to talk about the Secret Service failures and their hearings

Dean Obeidallah, columnist for “The Daily Beast”, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about solutions for the ISIS crisis

JoAnne Worley• Comedy legend Jo Anne Worley calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about a benefit for Actors and Others for Animals

• Health care reform expert Jacki Schechner joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to for Jacki’s Healthcare Corner

• A team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was in Dallas Wednesday investigating why a hospital sent an Ebola patient home, potentially exposing others to the deadly virus. This is the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.

• Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has been skewered by critics over the Sept. 19 White House security breach, has resigned, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Joseph Clancy, formerly special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, has been named interim acting director.

• Prosecutors are investigating possible grand jury misconduct with a Twitter post claiming that those hearing evidence in the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old near St. Louis haven’t seen enough evidence to justify prosecuting the officer.

Show Notes for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wright2• Country music star Chely Wright calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about her latest project

• Comedian and actor Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for “Coffee With Carlos”

• Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday that she takes “full responsibility” for several high-profile security failures at the White House in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

• An armed security contractor convicted three times for charges of assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President Obama earlier this month, adding another tally mark to a score of headaches that have recently besieged the United States Secret Service.

• For the first time, a patient in an American hospital has been diagnosed with Ebola. The unidentified man, who is being treated at a Dallas hospital, didn’t show symptoms until after four or five days of arriving in the United States from Liberia.

• Tracy Morgan is speaking out after Walmart faulted the comedian for not wearing his seat belt in connection with injuries he sustained in June from a six-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong,” the comedian said in a statement.