Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston




Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

According to the BBC, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to contract Ebola outside of West Africa has tested negative for the virus (a second test is required before she’ll be officially free of the disease). And the United States has reached an important milestone: the 21-day monitoring period for the 48 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas, ended on Sunday and Monday. Aside from the two nurses who cared for him, there have been no new infections.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


On Monday at an event in Minneapolis, Karl Rove referred to Sen. Joe Biden as a big blowhard doofus.

(Rove must be learning his cutting-edge witticisms from the Grand Poobah of Gasbags, Rush Limbaugh. How else to explain the inventive and creative thrust of that ingenious remark?)

But, if Biden was hurt because Rove called him a "big blowhard doofus" he didn't show it.

On hearing the news, Biden grinned and said "he's a great American."