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Obama Approves National Guard Use For West African Ebola Efforts, Continues Talks With Leaders

News outlets report on U.S. President Barack Obama’s actions and comments on the Ebola epidemic over recent days. Obama on Thursday authorized the use of the National Guard to respond to Ebola in West Africa; said travel bans are not the best option for Ebola containment at this time; and continued talks with U.S. and world political leaders about responses to the epidemic.

The Hill: Obama: Travel ban ‘not the best way to go’ (Laing, 10/16).
The Hill: Obama calls Guard into Ebola fight (Sink, 10/16).
The Hill: Obama calls lawmakers on Ebola (Sink, 10/16).
The Hill: Obama may appoint Ebola czar (Sink, 10/16).
New York Times: Obama May Name ‘Czar’ to Oversee Ebola Response (Healy et al., 10/16).
New York Times: White House Takes Drop-Everything Approach to Respond to Public Health Crisis (Shear, 10/16).
Politico: President Obama: Ebola czar ‘may be appropriate,’ travel ban ‘not the way to go’ (Epstein, 10/17).
Politico: Obama OKs reservists for Africa Ebola fight (Ewing, 10/16).
Reuters: Obama approves reservists for Ebola fight, government under fire (Morgan et al., 10/16).
Reuters: Obama open to appointing Ebola ‘czar’, opposes travel ban (Holland et al., 10/17).
Washington Post: Ebola presents health, political challenges for Obama (Eilperin, 10/16).

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