Monday’s Mini-Report, 10.27.14

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Kaci Hickox is on her way home: “The nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after she came home from treating Ebola patients in West Africa was released from the hospital Monday…. Hickox will be allowed to take private transport home to Maine.”
 
* CDC: “The federal government on Monday announced a new set of monitoring guidelines for health workers returning from West Africa, an effort to bring uniformity to a messy patchwork of responses by state governors as they try to control flows of high-risk travelers and public fears about the potential spread of Ebola.”
 
* U.S. Army: “Soldiers coming back from serving in Ebola-hit Liberia will be kept in quarantine for 21 days, the U.S. Army said Monday – even though they were kept apart from any Ebola patients.”
 
* So heartbreaking: “One of the four students seriously wounded in a Washington high school shooting on Friday has died. Gia Soriano, 14, was shot in the head during the morning shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, which is located north of Seattle. She died Sunday night after remaining in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett during the weekend.”
 
* Iraq: “A Naval officer and father of five was found dead in his room at an air base in Qatar, military officials said. Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside died Friday from ‘a non-combat related incident’ at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, Qatar, according to the Department of Defense.”
 
* ISIS: “As the counteroffensive against the Islamic State enters a more aggressive phase in Iraq, allied airstrikes will also intensify. American officials say they fully expect that the push will bring out more proof of the jihadists’ antiaircraft abilities, with potentially serious consequences for how the Iraqis and their coalition partners wage their war.”
 
* Thanks, Vladimir: “Pro-European political parties led by President Petro O. Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk won the largest number of seats in [Ukraine’s] parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to partial vote tallies.”
 
* BP oil spill: “New research shows that the BP oil spill left an oily ‘bathtub ring’ on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island.”
 
* Pennsylvania: “A Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice caught up in a government porn email scandal stepped down Monday after nearly eight years on the state’s highest court, and a judicial ethics board said it would drop its investigation of him as a result.”
 
* What a wild story from Dylan Scott: “Political scientists from two of the nation’s most highly respected universities, usually impartial observers of political firestorms, now find themselves at the center of an electoral drama with tens of thousands of dollars and the election of two state supreme court justices at stake.”
 
* Is the Affordable Care Act Working? By practically every fair metric, yes.
 
* For Bill Kristol to complain about nepotism displays “a comic lack of self-awareness.”
 
* And best wishes for a speedy recovery to my friend Kevin Drum, one of the most thoughtful, most insightful, and most generous people I know. I look forward to him beating multiple myeloma and sharing words of wisdom for many years to come.
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 10.27.14