Demanding a bigger role in the Iran nuclear negotiations, key Democrats are beginning to openly criticize the Obama administration for its plans to avoid an immediate vote on a deal aimed at reining in Tehran's nuclear program.
Public-health officials within the Obama administration have repeatedly argued that travel restrictions to or from West African nations would not stop the spread of Ebola in the United States. Apparently, their Homeland Security colleagues disagree, with four new airports now screening passengers from West Africa.
When the first case of Ebola was discovered in Nigeria this summer, Jeffrey Hawkins, the U.S. Consul General in Lagos, said that an outbreak there could become an "apocalyptic urban outbreak. The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the two words, 'Ebola' and 'Lagos,' in the same sentence," Hawkins said in July.
Earlier this month, Andriy Kobolyev, board chairman of Ukraine's Naftogaz, the country's largest natural gas firm, told Foreign Policy's Keith Johnson that Russia's Gazprom had "destroyed its image as a reliable gas supplier." In just two weeks, Gazprom's reputation has quickly improved.
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?