Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Ebola: “A nurse in Spain has become the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa in the latest epidemic, authorities said on Monday.”
* Related news: “The freelance NBC News cameraman who was diagnosed in Liberia with the Ebola virus is scared but ‘enormously relieved’ to have arrived at a Nebraska hospital for treatment, his parents said at a Monday news conference.”
* ISIS: “Islamic State militants pushed on Monday into the eastern edge of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish border, after sustained shelling that drove back the Kurdish fighters and Syrian insurgents fighting alongside them, killing 16, Kurdish fighters [an] activists said.”
* More ISIS: “The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.”
* Hong Kong: “As the protests dwindled and life in Hong Kong increasingly returned to its frenetic routine on Monday, organizers of the biggest pro-democracy political movement in China since the 1989 demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in Beijing said they had moved the needle, however slightly, toward the possibility of a more democratic future for the city’s 7.2 million people.”
* If this is true, it’s amazing: “The Taliban’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid may hate the U.S., but he apparently loves American technology. He tweets several times a day to keep his nearly 6,000 followers updated. On Friday, however, Mujahid posted several Tweets, apparently accidentally turning the social network’s geolocation tracking on.”
* Afghanistan: “Millions of dollars set aside to pay Afghanistan’s police force are unaccounted for, and the UN agency in charge of those funds has been ‘disturbingly ambiguous’ about where the money went, according to documents released by the Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction.”
* Kenya: “Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday told the nation in an address before parliament that he would temporarily step down as president while attending a hearing at the International Criminal Court this week.”
* Vice President Biden, known for occasional malapropisms, felt the need to apologize more than once over the weekend to Middle Eastern countries for saying something that appears to be true.
* Look for more on this on tonight’s show: “The United States sent attack helicopters into combat against Islamic State targets west of Baghdad on Sunday, the first time low-flying Army aircraft have been committed to fighting in an engagement that the Obama administration has promised would not include ‘boots on the ground.’”
* Pennsylvania: “Eric Frein, the self-taught survivalist accused in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks, has been on the run in the Pennsylvania woods for more than three weeks. Authorities insist they are closing in on him and will catch him soon because his supplies are dwindling, the weather is turning frosty and the canopy of leaves that shields him from overhead surveillance will soon be gone.”
* “Odd” seems like an understatement: “The White House brushed aside criticism from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, with press secretary Josh Earnest calling the foreign leader’s anger in a dispute over new Jewish settlements ‘odd.’”
* The former general counsel and executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, who claims to be fiercely pro-life, believes anyone who tests positive for the Ebola virus should be summarily executed – in a “humane” way, of course.
* And readers were a big help with our recent Whip Count project, and I hope you’ll be equally eager to lend a hand with our new 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.
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