Kelly Mae Ross

Doctor in Congress Reacts to Ebola Case in His Home State

The CDC is confident it can stop the U.S. case of Ebola in it’s tracks, but some conservatives in Congress aren’t sure the government is taking all the necessary precautions.

CQ Roll Call got on the phone with one such member, Republican Rep. Michael C. Burgess of Texas, to get his opinion as a congressman, as a former physician and as a Texan (the Ebola patient was diagnosed in Dallas) on next steps to contain the disease. Burgess spoke to CQ on Tuesday (subscription required) about the need for more medical professionals to become lawmakers.

On the Move in Health: Ami Gadhia

The American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 62,000 pediatricians, has hired Ami Gadhia as an assistant director in its department of federal affairs, where she will work on a variety of child health issues.

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Members Warming to Google Hangouts

It’s common to see members of Congress tweeting or posting on Facebook. Not as many lawmakers have taken to Google Plus and Google Hangouts, although members on both sides of the Dome seem to be warming to the medium.

Staff at Google are helping elected officials learn to use the tools it has to offer. Specifically, the Politics and Causes team at Google Plus has introduced Hangouts — free online video chats — to some members of Congress by talking them through the platform’s features and offering best practices.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's Locker Room Jokes

There was one senator conspicuously absent at the beginning of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup on Thursday morning: Charles E. Schumer. The committee was slated to mark up a media shield bill, sponsored by the New York Democrat and about 10 minutes into the meeting, the senator was nowhere to be found.

Since the committee was short of a quorum, members waited several minutes for a few more of their colleagues to show up.