Out of $1.4 million Sarah Palin's SarahPAC had available in the third quarter of this year -- $978,000 sitting in the bank at the beginning of the July 1-Sept. 30 period, plus another more than $433,000 raised during that time -- the PAC managed to donate just $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms. That's a little more than 3 percent. Viveka Novak of Open Secrets writes, "[T]he PAC's meager record on supporting other candidates may simply be a reflection of Palin's own penchant for keeping her checkbook closed when it comes to political appeals. The former governor has made only two contributions at the federal level, both of them a decade ago and adding up to a grand total of $628." read more
On Meet the Press yesterday, host Chuck Todd asked Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) about the vacancy in the Surgeon General's office. "This seems to be politics," Todd said. "The NRA said they were going to score the vote, and suddenly everybody's frozen. That seems a little petty in hindsight, does it not?" Blunt replied, "Well, you know, if the president really ought to nominate people that can be confirmed to these jobs, and frankly, then we should confirm them." read more
The first wave of people who had contact with the original Dallas Ebola patient were taken off a watch list early Monday, marking a moment of relief for more than 40 people even as dozens more continue to be monitored by officials. Midnight (1 a.m. ET) marked the end of 21 days since the diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who was treated and died at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ebola has a 21-day incubation period, and when a case is confirmed officials monitor anyone who had contact with that person for three weeks. read more
"Hello, I'm Charles Daniels. For years we've been taking you to villages like this and showing you the heartbreak of families whose only mistake was being born poor. They need your help. For only 39 cents a day, you can provide water, food and medicine for these people. Just 39 cents. That's less than a small cup of coffee but it can make all the difference in the world for the people of this village ..." read more
Singapore is best in Bloomberg's second annual ranking of countries with the most efficient health care while the U.S. remains near the bottom. The ranking evaluates health care costs as a share of GDP and per capita, as well as life expectancy and improvements from last year.