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New York's Ebola Response Gets Political

On Thursday night New York started grappling with the medical challenges of Ebola. But as if that weren’t complicated enough, the disease’s arrival in the state has set off some political drama too.

Early Friday afternoon Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference detailing increased monitoring of travelers who have recently been in Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea. Two hours later, Governor Andrew Cuomo went a large step further, announcing that New York would begin automatically quarantining medical personnel returning from Ebola-stricken countries through JFK.


Young Fans Cry in the Presence of Jane Goodall, Rock Star

Eighty-year-old Dr. Jane Goodall is the subject of a Newsweek cover story this week. The primatologist and activist has spent a lifetime inspiring women and girls to scientific achievement, and as writer Abigail Jones notes (after witnessing 1,200 young girls stampede the auditorium during a Goodall lecture), she still has a fervent fan club of girls who aspire to be veterinarians and scientists instead of Katy Perry:


Ax Attacker Who Went After NYPD Was a Self-Radicalized ‘Terrorist,’ Says Bratton

The man who went after four police officers with a small hatchet yesterday afternoon in Queens has been identified as Zale Thompson, a 32-year-old who once served in the Navy and later converted to Islam, the Associated Press reports. "I'm very confident this was a terrorist attack," said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton at a press conference today, although he noted that Thompson did not appear to have connections to international terrorism.


The Edward Snowden Documentary Citizenfour Puts You Right in the Room As History Is Made

If you didn’t know better, you’d think that Laura Poitras’s "Meet Edward Snowden" documentary Citizenfour was an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. Hold on, it is an avant-garde paranoid conspiracy thriller. It opens with a blurry tunnel; winking monitors scrolling metadata plucked from Americans’ emails; images of huge, futuristic, otherworldy government surveillance centers; encrypted communications — flurries of characters — that resolve into edgy cyberdialogues between the National Security Agency whistleblower and the filmmaker; and, finally, exacting exchanges between Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald high up in a blankly modern Hong Kong hotel, which might or might not be bugged. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is like malignantly buzzing wires that eat into your cerebral cortex.

The narrative is relatively straightforward. »

Janay Rice Doesn’t Find ‘Ray Rice’ Costume Funny

Ah, it's a magical time of year: when candy corn flows like water, photos at pumpkin patches litter our social-media feeds, and tasteless, blindly offensive costumes begin surfacing and going viral. This week, a strong contender for most offensive Halloween Costume emerged when some guy dressed up like former Ravens running back Ray Rice, complete with his very own Janay Rice — a black female blow-up doll to drag around.


Republican Senate Candidate Signs Young Woman’s Insulin Pump Despite Knowing It Looks Bad [Updated]

Aspiring Georgia senator David Perdue is not Harry Styles, but he is close. At a campaign event yesterday, a young lady whose age almost definitely ends in -teen asked the candidate to take a Sharpie to her torso. "No way — ha ha," he responds awkwardly (and logically), before uncapping his marker and doing it anyway. "No pictures on this!" he says, only serving to make it a bit creepier.

Update: Another angle provided by the Perdue campaign appears to show the candidate signing the girl's insulin pump, not her body. See below.


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