Ever since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, State Department officials have had to answer a range of difficult questions from reporters about the U.S. government's flat-footed response. But on Friday, a Fox News reporter entered a whole new line of inquiry: Why hasn't the U.S. launched an Ice Bucket Challenge to respond to the crisis?
In an effort to placate Congress and reassure the American public that the Ebola virus would not spread across the country, President Barack Obama appointed Ron Klain, a political operative with no apparent public-health experience, to oversee the government's response.
Venezuela was elected Thursday to a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council, overcoming long-standing U.S. opposition to its membership on the world body's premier security panel and setting the stage for a potential clash over issues ranging from Syria to Ukraine.
The race to succeed the nation's No. 2 diplomat is pitting a senior White House official with close ties to the president but little experience at the State Department against a veteran Foggy Bottom hand respected within the department but unpopular on Capitol Hill.
Though the market panic over the past two days is broadly seen as having been sparked by fears about the European economy, smaller developing countries haven't escaped the rout.