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It was an interview that showcased contrasting styles, and maybe even divergent priorities.

On one side was Fox News anchor Jon Scott, whose breathless questions on Ebola typified his network's coverage of the outbreak. On the other side was Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert and the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University.

Schaffner calmly answered each of Scott's questions during the Wednesday interview, providing the occasional fact-check and urging the anchor to "calm it down."

"There will not be widespread Ebola in the United States," he told Scott.

Despite those assurances, Scott sounded unconvinced, and maybe even a little disappointed that the professor wasn't going along with Fox's scaremongering. But Schaffner, for his part, was magnanimous.

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It is suddenly a bit of an open question whether the last person to touch Rep. Don Young (R-AK) somehow ended up dead.

Earlier this month, according to the Alaska Dispatch News, Young's Democratic challenger Forrest Dunbar said that he had put his hand on Young's arm backstage while they were talking before a debate.

“He freaked out. There is no other way to describe it," Dunbar told ADN. “He kind of snarled at me and said, ‘Don’t you ever touch me. Don’t ever touch me. The last guy who touched me ended up on the ground dead.'"

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