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Kaveh Waddell Kaveh Waddell is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he previously conducted policy research​. A native of Seattle, he studied international politics and economics at Middlebury College
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What Would an Ebola Travel Ban Actually Look Like?

October 17, 2014 As of Thursday evening, 11 senators and 59 members of the House had spoken out in favor of a travel ban on flights to and from Ebola-stricken West African nations. But not much attention has been paid to what such a ban would look like, or if it could even ...

Dallas Hospital Workers Strayed From CDC Ebola Guidelines

October 15, 2014 In caring for Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, hospital workers violated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning protective gear and travel, potentially putting more individuals at risk of infection. The nurse who was most recently diagnosed with Ebola traveled ...

The Supreme Court Just Cleared the Path for Same-Sex Marriage in 5 More States

October 6, 2014 The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review seven same-sex marriage appeals, allowing same-sex marriages to go ahead in five states and putting off a potential landmark case on marriage at the Court. After lower courts struck down same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the decisions ...

States Take the Lead on Sexual-Assault Reform

September 30, 2014 The conversation about sexual assault on American college campuses has taken on a sense of urgency as it has been elevated to the national level, including through a new White House-sponsored campaign called "It's On Us." But lawmakers in Washington are slow to enact reforms, and states are stepping in ...

Meet the Muslim Leader Helping Obama Fight ISIL

September 29, 2014 The White House is taking a closer look at the role of religion in its campaign against violent extremism in the Middle East. In a speech last week laced with references to religion, President Obama called on Muslim leaders and youth alike to reject the barbaric ideologies of extremist groups ...

Meet the Controversial Muslim Leader Who Has Advised the White House

September 29, 2014 The White House is taking a closer look at the role of religion in its campaign against violent extremism in the Middle East. In a speech last week laced with references to religion, President Obama called on Muslim leaders and youth alike to reject the barbaric ideologies of extremist groups ...

Iran Says the West Should Step Aside in the Fight Against ISIL

September 25, 2014 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took the podium at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday to berate the West for "strategic mistakes" and to ask the international community to leave the fight against Islamic extremism to regional powers. Rouhani painted a bleak picture of the political landscape in the Middle ...

Lessons Learned: U.S. Secessionist Groups Reflect on the Scottish Referendum

September 22, 2014 Scottish voters on Thursday chose to keep Scotland a part of the United Kingdom in a referendum on independence. Before the vote, independence movements in the U.S. looked to the Scottish secession campaign for inspiration—now, in the aftermath of the failed secession, the same groups are considering the lessons they ...

Obama's ISIS Strategy Will Not Achieve Its Goals, Security Insiders Say

September 18, 2014 The president's strategy of launching air strikes against ISIS and arming its opponents will not achieve the goal of "degrading and destroying" the group, according to 63 percent of National Journal's Security Insiders. Some Insiders who said the campaign would meet its goals were confident in the ability of U.S. ...

Islamic State Releases Video That Appears to Show Execution of British Aid Worker

September 14, 2014 A video released by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Saturday appeared to show a masked militant executing British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines. The UK foreign office said that it is "working urgently to verify" the video. The footage was shot in what seemed to be the ...