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Obama Shows Support For Presbyterian Hospital, Where Revenue Plummets

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Most assumed that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas would suffer after treating the nation’s first diagnosed Ebola patient. For the first time, we’re seeing exactly how much the exposure has affected the hospital.

Through the first three weeks of October, revenue at the hospital is down 25 percent — or more than $8 million. Emergency room visits also fell 53 percent.

The hospital is attributing much of the decline in ER visits to a nine-day period when the hospital stopped receiving ambulances.

Complete Coverage Of Ebola In North Texas

President Barack Obama continues to voice his support for the hospital and its employees. On Wednesday, employees listened on as Chief Nursing Officer Cole Edmonson spoke with the President on the phone. The President thanked workers for their courage and perseverance in dealing with the country’s first case.

The hospital…

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After Blocking Surgeon General Nominee, Republican Blames Obama For Surgeon General Vacancy

It has been nearly a year since Vivek Murthy was nominated by President Obama to serve as the next Surgeon General, but thanks in large part to the gun lobby and their Republican allies in the Senate, there has yet to be any movement on his confirmation.

 That vacancy has become a central focus in the last week as government officials and medical professionals try to calm the public about the spread of Ebola.

On Sunday, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) about the NRA’s role in blocking Murthy’s confirmation, but the Republican senator dismissed the question outright.

Blunt blamed the vacancy on President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who has yet to put Murthy’s nomination to a full vote, and dismissed questions about the National Rifle Association’s efforts to block the nominee.

“The NRA said they were going to score the vote and suddenly everybody froze him,” said Chuck Todd. “That seems a little petty in hindsight, does it not?”

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FBI director wants access to encrypt Apple, Google users’ data, demands law ‘fix’

 

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The FBI director has slammed Apple and Google for offering their customers encryption technology that protects users’ privacy. “Deeply concerned” James Comey wants to push on Congress to “fix” laws to ensure police can still access private data.

“It’s the equivalent of a closet that can’t be opened. A safe that can’t be cracked,” Comey, speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, referred to the encryption technology calling the new service “a marketing pitch.”

“But it will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at all levels,” he warned.

Apple has recently presented its latest Mac OS X operating system for desktop and laptop computers, encouraging its customers to use FileVault disk encryption technology to keep their data secure. The tool would also prevent NSA or FBI from having access to phones and computers.

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What Does Thom Tillis Want?

He’s an empty suit programmed to repeat his talking points over and over. Anything that Kay Hagan said in previous debates was met with… she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time…she votes with Barack Obama 96% of the time! LG

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The Republican candidate for Senate from North Carolina has shown a remarkable knack for moving up in the ranks, but he seems less sure what to do once he gets there.

Thom Tillis is a man in a hurry. He went from city councilor to North Carolina House speaker in just five years. Four months into his second term as speaker, he was running for U.S. Senate. The man who would hand the Republicans control of the Senate has been a lot of things in a short amount of time. And while he seems to know where he’s going, it’s less clear that he knows what he’ll do once he gets there.

Tillis started his political career as a city councilor in Cornelius, a wealthy suburb of Charlotte. In 2006, after a single term, he upset a Republican incumbent in a primary for a state House seat. Like all freshmen, Tillis arrived in Raleigh as a backbencher, but he quickly impressed his Republican colleagues, who chose him freshman leader. In just his second term, he joined the House GOP leadership as minority whip.

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The Most Insane Moment In Political Debate History

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Morning Must Reads: October 14

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (3rd L) and his wife Ri Sol-ju (2nd L) look on during a visit to Unit 1017 of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Air and Anti-Air Force, honoured with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 21, 2013.

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The Ebola Brain Drain

Health care workers fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are facing hard choices, with doctors and nurses cut down by disease and fear, and those who remain or might still travel there are worried about the prospect of falling prey to the virus themselves

No Vatican Shift on Homosexuality

Despite its inclusive tone, a Vatican document on the Catholic Church’s stance toward homosexuality is a long way from actual policy change

Kim Jong Un Reappears in Public

The North Korean leader reportedly made his first public appearance in six weeks, ending rumors that he was gravely ill or deposed

Severe Weather Rips Through South, Killing at Least 2

A violent storm system wielding tornadoes, high winds, lightning, hail and rain walloped the South and Midwest on Monday, killing at least two people. The devastation stretched from Texas to Alabama, leaving a path of torched homes…

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