Who is Ron Klain, who will lead the Obama administration’s response to Ebola?

Ron Klain, who was named as the Obama administration’s Ebola response coordinator, is no stranger to the White House.

Even in a city populated with seasoned operatives, Klain’s experience stands out. Klain, 53, served as a senior aide to President Obama and Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden from 2009 to 2011. Klain had been one of the names floated for Obama’s chief of staff after Rahm Emanuel departed. He helped oversee implementation of the 2009 stimulus act. Klain was also involved in the controversial deal with Solyndra, a solar company that went bankrupt after receiving $535 million in federal guarantees.

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Obama Cabinet staying close to home

During election years, Cabinet members traditionally would scatter nationwide in the summer and fall to help their party’s candidates draw crowds, raise money, cut ribbons at new federal projects that the candidate secured, and so on.

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The Fix: 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

1. The Wall Street Journal asked 1,000 people to grade Congress. 15 people gave congressional Republicans an A, while 34 did the same for Democrats. Here are those people.

2. Sabrina Tavernise at the New York Times profiles Tom Frieden, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has begun to hear the calls for resignation that have plagued so many agency leaders this year.

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Army War College revokes Sen. John’s Walsh’s degree over plagiarism

The U.S. Army War College has revoked the master’s degree Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) earned there after reviewing evidence he plagiarized a research paper.

Army War College spokeswoman Carol Kerr said that after reviewing Walsh’s paper, an academic board found him guilty of plagiarism and rescinded his degree. The college notified Walsh on Friday.

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The Fix: Congress hasn’t authorized military action in Syria. Americans think it should.

President Obama hasn’t asked Congress for approval to use military force in either Iraq or Syria, and few members of Congress are begging for the chance. But, at least in Syria, a strong majority of Americans think Congress should weigh in.

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The Fix: Study: 65 percent of all American elected officials are white men

The folks at Who Leads Us have posed an interesting question about the state of politics: Do we live in a reflective democracy? The short answer is no, and the long answer is also no. And the two charts below (put together by Philip Bump) prove it.

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In the Loop: Attention PACs! Your names are kinda lame.

The PAC naming business could use a little imagination.

Last month, the Federal Election Commission released its list of “Pacronyms,” which are the “acronyms, abbreviations, initials and common names” for federal political action committees that go by a nickname.

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The Fix: The least-loved political leaders in America aren’t named Barack Obama

Want to be despised by the American people? Forget becoming president; you should be a party leader in Congress.

The most unpopular folks in Washington, it seems, are the two leaders of the Senate and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

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In the Loop: Lew: It’s good that the fiscal fight can take ‘a back seat and simmer down’

Loop fans may recall that back in July we observed that the frenzy over the nation’s deficit and debt had tempered, if not completely dissipated. Turns out we aren’t the only ones who noticed.

Speaking Tuesday at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew remarked that deficit reduction “is not as urgent a priority as it was a few years ago.” And he’s quite pleased about that.

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Federal Eye: VA moves to fire two top officials with ties to scandals

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Monday that it plans to fire two key officials, one who served as head of a troubled regional health network and the other a top contracting officer who allegedly steered work to a Virginia firm.

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Resolved: Harry Reid and John Boehner are very unpopular

The top-ranking members of the House and the Senate are not popular guys.

A new Gallup poll released Monday shows that only about one in five Americans say they hold a favorable impression of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and fewer than one in three same the thing about House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Even within their own political parties, both men have total favorable ratings under 50 percent.

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The Fix: A reporter misidentified Kevin McCarthy. So did a lot of Fix readers.

A few months ago, the Fix published a quiz called “Name that member of Congress,” which showed how hard it is to tell one politician from another. There were 13 questions, and the average person got five — 5! — right.

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In the Loop: Does Congress need clearer conflict of interest rules?

Nearly two years ago, when the House Ethics Committee issued its report on conflict of interest allegations against Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), the panel made a suggestion: The House needed to more clearly define what constitutes a conflict of interest.

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The Fix: Why 2014 isn’t the year of the woman

Given the number of women running in top-flight Senate races, one would think this could be a pretty good year for women in Congress.

But that’s not quite the full picture.

What some have labeled the “Year of the Woman” is not turning out that way in terms of overall congressional candidates or nominees. While women will make up the majority of voters, as they typically do, the ballots and the winner’s circle will be about as overwhelmingly white and male as it always is. More men run; more men win.

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Names on the post-Holder shortlist

The Justice Department is said to be preparing a short­list, for the moment, of people it is recommending to the White House to replace Eric
Holder
as attorney general, our colleague Sari Horwitz reports.

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The Fix: Five people have won election to Congress, despite being dead

Alaska Democratic Sen. Mark Begich would very much like to win his first bid for reelection to his seat in 34 days time. Interestingly, his father Nick Begich was also serving in his first term representing Alaska in the House when he narrowly won reelection in 1972. There is one catch: Nick Begich had been missing for weeks after a plane crash, and was reelected despite being presumed dead.

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She The People: Calls grow for federal judge in Alabama to resign after domestic violence incident

Federal Judge Mark E. Fuller might have escaped national attention after his arrest Aug. 10th on misdemeanor battery charges of beating his wife if it hadn’t been for Ray Rice putting domestic violence in the spotlight.

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The Fix: How closely do members of Congress align with the politics of their districts? Pretty darn closely.

A quote from the New York Times’ interesting look at how the new Congress could move the Republican caucus to the right stuck out to us: “The district that I will represent is far more conservative than most districts,” said John Ratcliffe, who defeated incumbent Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Tex.) for the GOP nomination. “Leadership will or should understand what the people in my district want — more conservative approaches and more conservative stands.”

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GovBeat: State legislatures are very, very busy

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) must be icing his hand Monday. With just over two days to go until the deadline for signing or vetoing legislation passed during the 2014 session, Brown spend his Sunday signing 48 measures into law and vetoing another 14. And he’s far from done: Before Tuesday’s deadline, Brown will have to decide how to act on another 245 measures.

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GOP congressman on Holder’s resignation: ‘Thank you’

There were plenty of reactions from Congress on Thursday to word that Eric Holder was stepping down as attorney general. But none quite as brief or as biting as what Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) said.

His two-word statement: “Thank you.”

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