Today’s edition of quick hits:
* Dallas: “An official at the Dallas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola told Congress on Thursday that emergency staff were not trained this summer on how to handle the virus, despite warnings from health officials about the outbreak in West Africa.”
* National Guard: “President Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up members of the National Guard to active duty to help combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa.”
* Naming names: “Allies like Australia and Canada can also expect escalating U.S. pressure. And officials say China ought to contribute [to the Ebola response] in a way that befits a rising world power. The ‘top disappointments are France and Italy – (they) top the list of ‘talk most, do least,” a senior administration official told Yahoo News.”
* A disappointing reaction: “Schools in Texas and Ohio were closed on Thursday after officials learned that students and an adult had either been on the flight with the nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, or had contact with her while she was visiting the Akron area.”
* Ferguson: “A stream of eyewitnesses has been testifying in secret before a grand jury considering whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown near the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson.”
* Seems reasonable: “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for appropriators to ‘return to Washington immediately’ to provide additional funding for the Ebola response.”
* On a related note: “Federal health officials are giving a small biotech company nearly $6 million to speed up development of another vaccine against Ebola, the third in a pipeline of vaccines to fight the virus.”
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) had a rough night last night. The day after isn’t much better.
* Wall Street: “United States stocks ended virtually flat on Thursday, after recovering from early losses – a steadying that came as a relief after a tumultuous day on world markets on Wednesday.”
* What’s in a name? “The Defense Department has come up with a name for the American military strikes against the Islamic State: Operation Inherent Resolve. For two months, Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, has been batting down queries from reporters about the refusal to name the operation.”
* 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.