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A Big Question

I mentioned earlier that those two infected American aide workers in Liberia had been given an experimental Ebola treatment which seemed to have a dramatic effect on the course of their illness. So how are we only hearing about this treatment when two American aid workers came down with the disease after going on 800 people have died in the current outbreak in three countries in Africa? We shouldn't assume the answers are bad ones. But there's no ignoring the question. Here's a new piece just out from the AP on the US government's role in securing several courses of the treatment, which had never been tested on humans before and had undergone only limited tests in monkeys.


To commemorate Rep. Mo Brooks' (R-AL) inauguration of the official "War on Whites" - which might be better termed the "War on Christmas" finally coming out of the closet and just letting it all hang out - definitely check out the #waronwhites hashtag on Twitter. It would be entertaining enough for the snark that goes back for the last few hours, presumably kicked off by Brooks' comments. But once you get a day or so back it's racist morons lamenting the impending white genocide. Sort of like two very, very different groups of people having parties within ear shot of each other. For now at least the progressive snarks have totally taken over the feed.

A Cure for Ebola?

There's some worrisome news that a patient is being quarantined and tested for Ebola in a New York City hospital today. But the really stunning news is much more possible. Faced with the probable rapid death of two American doctors who'd become infected with Ebola while treating patients in Liberia, US authorities made the extraordinary decision to offer an experimental drug that had never been tested on humans and and only had very limited testing on monkeys.

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Android PollTracker (FINALLY!) Arrives

For two years you've been asking, nagging, begging and haranguing us about when we'll finally create an Android version of the TPM PollTracker. I won't rehearse all the excuses, pushback, heartbreaking phone calls and the rest. But now it's arrived. Late last week we pushed the Android version of PollTracker mobile live in the Google AppStore, which I know they insist on calling Google Play.

If you're not familiar with PollTracker, it's TPM's award-winning poll aggregation service, which delivered the most accurate predictions of the 2012 races of any of the top three poll aggregators. It's also the only poll aggregator mobile app available. And it has this killer feature: follow any federal or governors race in the country and you'll be notified in real time every time a new poll is released for that race.

It's free and you can download it here.

We've also released a completely rebuilt and dramatically faster version of the iOS version of PollTracker mobile, which also went live late last week. Download it here.

Alabama's Ruling Explained

A federal judge struck down an anti-abortion law in Alabama designed to close clinics there with burdensome regulations, and Robin Marty explains the sudden fortuitous turn in federal judges ruling in the favor of some — but not all — laws like this.

Read J.J. Goldberg

The title of this post is straightforward enough. Read J.J. Goldberg if you're interested in getting a sane, detailed and reported look at what's happening in Israel-Palestine. J.J. is the former editor of and now editor-at-large and columnist for The Forward, a Jewish-American paper that has existed in various forms for more than a century. (For most of its history The Forward was published in Yiddish.) Some of you will say, Well, that's hardly going to give me an unbiased or disinterested read on what's happening. And that's true as far as it goes. I don't want to speak for him. But J.J. writes from what is essentially a two-state, liberal Zionist perspective, which, yes, is one I share.

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