Today’s edition of quick hits:
* CDC: “The second diagnosis of Ebola in the United States means that ‘we have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control,’ the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Monday.”
* White House: “President Obama is meeting Monday afternoon with senior members of his administration for a briefing on U.S. efforts to combat Ebola after tests revealed a second case in Dallas…. Obama is also receiving an update on ‘broader efforts to ensure the preparedness of our national health infrastructure,’ according to the White House.”
* Iraq: “Kobani is still holding out against ISIS, the top Kurdish official in the besieged Syria border city said Monday – but a senior U.S. defense official warned that American air strikes may not be enough to save it from falling to militants.”
* An evolving story out of Turkey: “A day after American officials said Turkey had agreed to allow its air bases to be used for operations against the Islamic State, which they described as a deal that represented a breakthrough in tense negotiations, Turkish officials said on Monday that there was no deal yet, and that talks were still underway.”
* Saturday’s protests: “A few thousand protesters participated in a ‘Justice for All’ march in St. Louis on Saturday, one of the largest and most diverse gatherings since activism began over the Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.”
* Sunday’s protests: “What began as an interfaith service meant to bring a bruised community together in the wake of Michael Brown’s death instead exposed the fissures of a movement of young activists who feel frustrated by the black establishment.”
* When Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) talks about Kansans who’ve lost coverage under the Affordable Care Act, he appears to have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about.
* Ugh: “House Speaker Thom Tillis, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, once released a statement that said federal and state governments had ‘redistributed’ ‘trillions of dollars over the years’ – amounting to ‘de facto reparations.’”
* A compelling case: “Normalizing relations with Havana would improve Washington’s relationships with governments in Latin America, and resolve an irritant that has stymied initiatives in the hemisphere. The Obama administration is leery of Cuba’s presence at the meeting and Mr. Obama has not committed to attending. He must – and he should see it as an opportunity to make history.”
* E.J. Dionne on the on the “tragic irony” of the legacy of the Citizens United ruling: it’s “deepening our divisions and turning more citizens into bystanders. Our republic can do better.”
* Todd VanDerWerff dives deep into GamerGate and its significance: “Over the past several weeks, the online video game community has become ground zero for a series of heated discussions and arguments about, among other things, sexual harassment, feminism, and journalistic integrity.”
* 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.