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  1. OTHER VIEWS: With Ebola lawsuit, a hope for answers

    Tuesday, Mar 03 2015 09:00 PM

    The lawsuit filed Monday by Nina Pham, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while working at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, raises again the many unanswered questions about missteps that embarrassed the city and immersed it in a health care crisis last fall.

    Regardless of how her lawsuit plays out, what's undeniable is that Pham put her life on the line as she and others cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at Presbyterian on Oct. 8. Such sacrifices in the fight against Ebola were why Pham, fellow nurse Amber Vinson and Dr. Kent Brantly of Fort Worth were named 2014 Dallas Morning News Texans of the Year.

    Considering the upheaval the Ebola crisis caused for hundreds of North Texans, it's surprising more...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Why Keystone XL stays alive

    President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would have greenlighted the Keystone XL pipeline, linking Canadian oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Senate lacks the votes to override Obama's veto. Yet Keystone isn't dead. Both...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: US visa denials need more explanation

    Fauzia Din, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who now lives in Fremont, Calif., wants to bring the man she married in 2006 to join her in her adoptive country. Her situation is poignant and her claim that the U.S. government...

  4. ESTHER CEPEDA: Changing our eating habits, within reason

    Now that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has dropped high-cholesterol foods like eggs and shrimp off its naughty list, it's time to completely revise our way of eating. And in addition to giving the green light to these foods,...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: What happens if Obamacare collapses?

    Five years ago, President Barack Obama signed a law that will be a significant part of his presidential legacy: the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on a case that will largely determine if that...

  6. CYNTHIA ALLEN: Candidates must get over this 'gotcha' questioning

    In late 2013, a group of eager GOP Senate hopefuls landed at Reagan National Airport, just outside of Washington, D.C. Moments later, they were besieged by a gaggle of young, camera-wielding "trackers" yelling questions at them about...

  7. MICHAEL GERSON: Wisconsin governor makes cynical comments

    When Scott Walker pronounced himself agnostic about President Obama's patriotism and Christian faith, it must have seemed like a clever formulation. "I've never asked him, so I don't know," he said. And about Obama's Christianity: "I've...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Chicago's fight for Democrats' soul

    In any other year, the mayoral election in America's third-largest city wouldn't matter much to anyone beyond driving distance to Wrigley Field. This year's race for Chicago's mayor, however, both reflects and could shape the direction of...

  9. DANA MILBANK: It's the waiting game that Boehner can't win

    John Boehner looked as if he were a spectator at his own hanging -- and in a sense he is. He can defy conservatives by abandoning their fight to undo President Obama's immigration actions and perhaps lose his speakership in the process....

  10. OTHER VIEWS: US needs to rework its food safety system

    The job of keeping our food wholesome has become more difficult as food itself has become more complicated. Because processed foods include ingredients from many sources, it is hard to trace the origin of pathogens. A package of ground...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Fed chief has some advice for Rand Paul

    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen mostly succeeded in her attempt to be vague about Fed policy in her semiannual appearance before Congress on Tuesday. On one issue, however, she was unequivocal -- and correct: A congressional audit of...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Venezuela and Cuba: Partners in repression

    Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro paid a visit to Havana and met with Raul and Fidel Castro, who have been his patrons and who helped to install him in power after the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro's political situation is...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Gas tax plan should spread to more states

    A political development of actual importance is occurring in Iowa this month: Democrats and Republicans are proposing to increase the state's gas tax. Not only is this a rational way to raise revenue to repair bridges and roads, it's also...

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