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Chris Christie shrugs off detained Ebola nurse’s threat to sue: ‘Whatever. Get in line.’

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has responded disdainfully to an American nurse’s threat of a lawsuit over her unreasonable detention by public health officials after she returned from working in West Africa.

On Wednesday, NBC News reported that when Christie was informed that Maine nurse Kaci Hickox might sue him and the state, he said, “Whatever. Get in line. I’ve been sued lots of times before.”

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Hickox is a Maine-based nurse who uses her spare time to travel to the developing world, working with Doctors Without Borders to bring health care to underserved areas like West Africa. She treated Ebola patients on her latest trip, but tested negative for the disease when she left Africa and has never shown any symptoms.

Nonetheless, Hickox was detained against her will — and against scientific evidence — when she landed at Newark International Airport in New Jersey. She was informed that she would have to remain in quarantine for 21 days until health officials were convinced that she was Ebola free.

Hickox protested vehemently against the imposed confinement and was eventually released. Now she is at home in Maine, but is defying quarantine orders, saying that public hysteria doesn’t match the scientific evidence of how Ebola is spread.

Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who is representing Hickox, said that the policies enacted late last week by Gov. Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) were unfounded and are an infringement upon the liberties of people who are volunteering to fight dreaded diseases overseas.

“The mandatory quarantine policy enacted by Govs. Christie and Cuomo creates serious and substantial civil liberties issues,” said Siegel. “You can’t have a policy based on fear. It’s got to be based on medical fact.”

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Christie dismissed Hickox’s complaints as “malarkey.”

“She was inside the hospital in a climate-controlled area with access to her cellphone, access to the Internet and takeout food from the best restaurants in Newark. She was doing just fine,” the governor told NBC.

Hickox’ partner Ted Wilbur told the New York Times that in his estimation, the Christie administration had “messed with the wrong redhead” if it expected her to quietly submit to an unreasonable, unscientific quarantine.

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke out against these knee-jerk, mandatory quarantines for all aid workers returning from the nations affected by the Ebola epidemic.

In an afternoon press conference, Obama said, “We don’t just react based on our fears. We react based on facts and judgment and making smart decisions.”

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‘Schumer is the Devil!’ Screaming pro-Trump protester storms the Senate gallery before being seized by Capitol police

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On Wednesday, during the second night of arguments in the impeachment trial, the Senate chamber was startled by a screaming protester — evidently opposed to removal of President Donald Trump — charging the gallery before being seized and thrown out by Capitol police.

The protester, who reportedly was shouting about abortion and calling on senators to dismiss the charges, was ordered ejected from the chamber by Chief Justice John Roberts. He continued to shout as he was being removed from the premises.

A protester just burst into the Senate gallery, Gallery 5, across chamber from the dais, yelling something like "Jesus Christ! They're trying to overturn the election!" Capitol Police instantly grabbed him and pulled him out to the hall. Yelling continued. #impeachmenttrial

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Mitch McConnell just gave Democrats a huge gift — by publicly tainting any acquittal of Trump: columnist

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It seems all but inevitable that the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will end with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mustering the votes to block conviction, no matter what the evidence says and no matter whether Democrats successfully bring in new witnesses and documents.

But McConnell has already handed a victory to Democrats in one key aspect, wrote columnist E. J. Dionne for the Washington Post. His handling of the trial has removed any possibility that impeachment will bolster the president's approval — and emboldened Democrats to take their case to the American people as hard as they can. Indeed, wrote Dionne, Democrats "owe a debt" to McConnell.

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Here is how Jason Crow ‘pulled rank’ on John Roberts — and exposed the Chief Justice’s bias

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Former Army Ranger Jason Crow repeatedly drew upon his experience serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his prosecution of President Donald Trump as an impeachment manager.

Crow, who was awarded the Bronze Star and retired as a Captain, attended law school after his military service before successfully winning a seat in Congress during the 2018 midterm elections.

Elie Mystal, a justice correspondent for The Nation magazine, explained how Crow pulled rank on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

Mystal broked down how Crow put Roberts in his place with the subtle question of whether senators were getting restless and needed a break.

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