Today’s edition of quick hits:
* The latest on Dr. Craig Spencer: “The Manhattan doctor diagnosed with Ebola is in stable condition in a hospital isolation unit, city officials said Friday…. His fiancee and two friends are also under quarantine but are not sick.”
* More safeguards: “In the wake of the first patient to test positive with the Ebola virus in New York City, the governors of New York and New Jersey announced Friday afternoon that they were enhancing the screening at airports in their states and ordering all people who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined.”
* A success story: “Nina Pham walked out of the hospital and into the White House. Two weeks after she tested positive for Ebola, the Dallas nurse was declared free of the virus Friday and discharged from the Washington-area hospital where she had been treated in a special containment unit. A short time later, she was in the Oval Office with President Barack Obama, who hugged her.”
* Mockery: “The White House says it would be more concerned over House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) criticism of the federal Ebola response if the California lawmaker could correctly pronounce the virus’s name.”
* Egypt: “A militant attack on a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt on Friday left at least 26 soldiers dead, according to Egyptian security officials. It was the deadliest attack on the Egyptian military in many years.”
* North Korea “may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are ‘pretty darn low,’ the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.”
* Iran: “Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the historic city of Isfahan on Wednesday to protest several acid attacks on women. The attacks had coincided with the passage of a law designed to protect those who correct people deemed to be acting in an ‘un-Islamic’ way.”
* A.G. news: “Kathryn Ruemmler, the former White House counsel who had been a top candidate to succeed Eric H. Holder Jr. as attorney general, has asked President Obama to be taken out of the running for the job, a White House official confirmed on Friday.”
* Rove still can’t read a poll properly? “Fox News contributor and Republican strategist Karl Rove misreported Gallup poll data on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to attack health care reform as a liability for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections. In fact, the Gallup poll Rove cited found that the majority of respondents said the ACA has had no effect on them or their families, and 16 percent of respondents said the law helped.”
* He later said this was a “bad joke.” He was right: “Nick Muzin, a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for strategy to Republican Senator Ted Cruz, posted a tweet on Thursday night suggesting that Obamacare was somehow responsible for the spread of Ebola.”
* Six years later, Peggy Noonan is still talking about “Greek columns” at the 2008 Democratic convention. No, really.
* Remember Herman Cain? He’s still out there, and he apparently doesn’t understand how tides work. He’s also a little lost on how boats and gravity work, too.
* And we’re still working on our new Whip Count project. We’re keeping a running tally of members of Congress who want to return to session – cutting their vacation short – in order to vote on authorizing military intervention against ISIS. I hope you’ll take a look and keep us posted.
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.