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join us next time: dive deep into these stories and go behind the scenes. follow our expert contributors on google, facebook and more. >> another case of ebola is diagnosed. one the nurses on the front li line. >> well, we look at isil's practice as u.s. air campaign is just buying time in the fight against the group.
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>> and this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris. we begin with several new developments on ebola today. amber vincent is being transferred to emory hospital in atlanta, one of the top facilities in the nation for treating infectious diseases. to make matters potentially worse, vincent flew on an airplane before being diagnosed. president obama in meetings on ebola said that the we must step up the peeps the virus. >> if we do these protocols
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properly, if we get the information out, then the likelihood of widespread ebola outbreaks in this country are very, very low. but i think what we've all learned over the last several weeks folks in this country and non-specialized hospitals and clinics don't have that much experience dealing with these issues, and these are the instructions that i've provided to my team. >> heidi zhou castro with more from dallas. >> reporter: just two and a half miles from the home of nina pham, the nurse who contracted ebola while working at texas health presbyterian hospital, another nurse tested positive for the virus. >> this is a heroic person who
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has dedicated her life to helping others and is a servant leader. >> reporter: but vincent's decision to travel out of state afte after caring for thomas duncan is now under scrutiny. >> she flew to cleveland to prepare for his wedding. she came in to visit her mother and her mother's fiancé. she departed cleveland hopkins on monday the 13th, and she arrived in to dallas that afternoon. >> authorities say vincent flew back to dallas/fort worth airport flight 1143. the cdc said she had a 99.5-degree fever while on board. she was not symptomatic but cdc director tom frieden said the nurse should not have traveled. the c dc protocol does not keep
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people from traveling, a point that frieden said needs to change. dallas county judge clay jenkins said there is still no reason to pan. >> okay. people need to stay calm but realize it is a very serious situation, and it has the full attention of everyone who is working on it. >> reporter: vincent was hospitalized in dallas and diagnosed the next morning. now the plan is to transport her to emory hospital for treatment. with the cdc warning that more workers may come down with the virus, the hospital is making room. higheidi joe it was castro al jazeera america dales. >> emory is one of four hospital
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unites to care for el. >> we just saw a picture of the 29-year-old nurse on a gurney being put in the plane. that may tell us what her condition is. we remember dr. kent brantley walking into the hospital, so we'll see what kind of condition she's in. maybe they want to take precautions and don't want her to burn too much energy before she gets here. she's moving to emory university hospital, even the white house said today there is a lot of problems there in dallas, and they want to amp up the response and try to figure out what has happened. one alarming thing perhaps one of the biggest alarming things
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is that this second patient, 29-year-old nurse, who will arrive here this evening, actually took a commercial plane the day before she was diagnosed with the ebola infection. let's talk to dr. thomas friede of the cdc. >> healthcare worker number two had been allowed to travel by plane or any other virtue by the fact that she was with an exposed group. even though she did did not have the fever of 10 had, she did not report that she took her temperature and up to it to be 99.5. >> 99.5, that's still a fever. i was somewhere in the 97 temperature range, so the problem is first of all, why did
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this nurse break the protocol, get on a commercial plane if she knew she had a low-grade fever, why did she not go to the hospital, the cleveland clinic in cleveland. those are questions we need to know. >> absolutely. robert ray for us in atlanta. nurses at texas health presbyterian hospital are blasting management saying there was no protocols in place when patient thomas duncan came to the hospital. and randall pinkston join us now. >> reporter: not just in texas but nurses around the country say that public health officials are ignoring their concerns. a florida nurse was suspended for trying to get information on her own about ebola. hospital officials say that they could not afford goggles. and on a national survey, 80% of
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hospitals are not providing adequate training for handling ebola patients. >> reporter: from the first that ebola patients were brought to the united states officials say that protocols were established and being given to healthcare workers. >> not one more nurse, not one more patient, our healthcare workers should be put at risk due to the lack of healthcare facility preparedness. >> reporter: healthcare officials incitizen that they've provide the equipment devices that will prevent transition of the deadly disease. in texas where thomas duncan died, and two more have been askin diagnosed with the disease say there are practices. >> the first and foremost care we have is to care for the
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patients that we have. >> reporter: but nurses sending their care to national nurses united, among the allegations no one knew what the protocols were or were able to verify what type of personal equipment should be worn, and there was no training. lab specimens from mr. duncan were sent through the hospital tube system without being specially delivered. >> we're a hospital that may have done some things different with the benefit of what we know today, but makes no make no one witness to get this right more than our hospital. the first to diagnose and treat this insidious disease that's now attacked two of our own. >> reporter: officials from the centers with disease control acknowledged mistakes. for example, not sending a special team to texas when the first ebola patient was
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diagnosed. but cdc director thomas frieden insists they're doing everything possible to prepare healthcare workers. >> we're working closely with the hospital. there are intensive efforts under way to train, retrain, and supervisor staff to get consistency. we have now insured that 24/7 there will be a site manager who will monitor how personal pro texttive equipment is put on, taken off. >> now there are no complaints that the nebraska containment unit where the cameraman is being treated, they've been practicing for nine years developing protectcal, and the task now is to spread that knowledge to other hospitals who may have to treat ebola patients. >> train, train, train, refresh the training and train more. randall, thank you. earlier i spoke with steve rooney, president of the
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national federation of nurses, and i asked him whether the nurses he represents are getting the training and equipment they need. >> the training is not universal, but even the small hospital i work at in bend, oregon, the equipment is there and nurses are being trained at this moment. the nurses are working in the hospital, and volunteering, stepping up, and getting prepared to take care of ebola patients. >> help me here. as i listen to some of the complaints inner from nurses in various places in the country i'm wondering whether or not nurses are trained in their training how to handle patients with infectious diseases. is that part of your training in becoming a nurse? >> it is part of our training. ebola is a special disease, as we're finding out, and it requires additional training, and it requires additional staffing as well. and so hospitals need to be listening to the nurses so that
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the additional training and the additional staffing and additional equipment is ready for when that ebola patient walks through the door. >> steve, so how is ebola different? tell me how it's different. >> it's contagious through the contact with bodily fluids. >> yes. >> and just--it's virulent. it does not require a lot of contact to become infected. >> it can be trans-- >> what is critical here is taking off the protective gear and disposing of it properly, correct? >> yes, yes, yes. that requires, you know, very good training to be able to do that. and it also requires the right staffing to do that. it takes--it's not just one person taking off the gear. it requires a team to be working together. and that's really the key is team work all up and down the
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line from the staff that first meets the patient at the door all the way to the top hospital administrator. we need to be working as a team. that's what our nurses are asking, demanding that our administrators help us prepare. >> had the virus is having a huge impact around the world. ebola has killed more than 4400 people almost all of them in west africa. over all there have been some 8900 cases. 16 of those cases have been in the united states and europe. to other news now the u.s. operations against isil and iraq and syria are now called operation inherent resolve. it reflects america's commitment, something that has been called in question in recent days. airstrikes have failed to dislodge isil in either country and the u.s. said ground forces are needed, just not american troops.
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imran khan has a look at the group's tactics. >> reporter: this is a previously unseen look inside an isil assault. on sunday the group hoisted their bullet-ridden flag above a village outside of a province in northern iraq. iraqi army sent in hells that dropped bombs on the group. isil fought back. the assault begins at midday and isil fighters are confident. they chant, god is great. and isil remains, isil expands the unofficial slogan of the group. but as the iraqi army pushed closer they changed tactics from offensive to defensive. using captured iraqi humvees, they stay on the grouped. they're using iraqi equipment
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against iraqi force this is an army that uses tactics familiar to armies the world over, including making use of the terrain. as it gets darker the iraqi army seems to have beaten back the group and it retreats to positions and villages that it controls. this is typical isil. take control of a village or retreat. surrender is not an option. isil is both focused and determined. iraqi army were able to push them back but that has not been the case in the anbar province where the drop has taken mortar tore. the coalition airstrikes don't seem to be making a dent in the group's ambitious leading many to wonder if a ground assault is needed. but the statement from the u.s.
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is no american troops will be on the ground in iraq. >> now the comment from retired certainly john allen reflected difficulty forming an union need mission in syria. he addressed reporters earlier today for the first time since returning from the middle east. ross jordan was there. >> the president's certainly envoy for coordinating the international fight against isil held his first press briefing on wednesday here at the u.s. state department. his first visit to five countries including egypt and turkey, was a significant one because it gave him a chance to assess what isil was doing to the populations of those countrie countries. what he heard from these countries was a real concern that isil's ideology of establishing an islamic caliphate is troublesome, and these countries are worried that their citizens will be
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vulnerable to these messages, and be willing to take up arms against their government or join the fight in iraq and/or in syria. general allen said forming the coalition will include not just the military piece, which has been the most visible part of the campaign so far, but he also said this is about trying to persuade people that the ideology that isil espouse sos is not legitimate, does not represent the tenants of the muslim faith, and that he also said its important to cut out the finances for this organization. an effort to find multiple ways of staffing thi starving this terrorist organization from continuing on its murderous path. >> stocks had one of its worst days in years. the dow was down 460 points and ended the day with 173 points. as you can see here. the s&p 500 down as well as by 15 points.
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the nasdaq down 12. patty sabga joins us with more. what is going on. >> of all the fears that can take hold of a market uncertainty is the worst and there has been a lot of it lately. the big dose today is news that the second healthcare worker to test positive for ebola took a flight the day before. what matters right now is the cycl psychological blow to a market that was already in a fragile place thanks to a mounting list of concerns. the top of that is global economic weakness. germany, the powerhouse of the eurozone may be effected, and add weak oil prices, isil, tensions in ukraine, and you see
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the weakness and volatility that we saw today. there is uncertainty over what will happen to the markets now that the fed is scheduled to it's bond buying program. now that the training wheels are coming off some economists told real money's ali velshi that that could wobble the markets and ordinary investors. >> i believe it's going to be much more of a negative bias. it is scary if you're an investor, and it is scary if you're looking at your 401k because you're going to see a lower valley than you you had at the beginning of the year. that's very hard to get used to. >> you can see more of ali's interview tonight on real money at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >> can i ask a question. is the u.s. economy in danger of being swept up in this global economic weakness. >> of course, this is a huge question and a point of debate.
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now historically we have been somewhat insulated from slow downs in global demand because we are a broad and deep economy, if you will, but some companies that rely heavily on overseas sales are going to get hit. as the doctor strengthens that makes our goods more expensive abroad. >> and consumer demand and consumer activity. >> consumer spending, exactly. are we going to get that consumer spending here at home. there are big questions on that because real wages have not been rising fast enough to get ahead of inflation. >> flat in the 70's. >> real wages have been stagnant for over 15 years. and sentiment psychology plays a huge role because if people are not feeling wealthy or if they're concerned aboutty future they're less likely to put their
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hands in their pockets. >> protests in hong kong turn ugly. police caught on camera beating a demonstrator. you see it here. and new airstrikes in libya as political chaos again turns into deadly confrontations.
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>> so officials in hong kong say that a police officer on a video kicking and beating a man. it has as you would imagine increased tensions. we have these live pictures from hong kong where it is a little after 6:00 a.m. thursday morning. hundreds of protesters have been staging an overnight sit in. the traffic continues to move. there are concerns more generally that the protest may not be working. al jazeera has more from hong kong. >> reporter: this photoage is from a local tv station. it has prompted authorities to investigate accusations of
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police brutality. the victim is a member of the opposition civic party. >> i was retained and entering the defense. prior to that i had already been assaulted and was later assaulted yet again in the police station. i have sought legal advice as to pursuing legal actions against the police an officer concerned. >> reporter: the police are now facing accusations of using excessive force. reports say that there were at least 2,000 below tessers at the height of the confrontation. many were blocking a heavily used underpass that runs through the government compound. >> of course i never imagined police can do this to peaceful
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protesters. >> i'm very angry when i saw the footage, and i think that is very brutal and inhuman for them to do this, and it is no unforgivable. >> the protesters were sparked for their demands for free elections in 2017 blocked major arteries in the business district. >> i think this protest movement has taken a turn for the worse because some chinese officials are now labeling this as a revolution, not a protest. now a revolution needs to be put down. and i think on this point we should all take answering. >> beijing is watching the
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scenes very closely but ultimately said it is the hong kong's responsibility. as the police continue to systematically retake ground from protest sites it is more difficult to pro addict how the protesters will react. hong kong's government under china has never faced a situation like this before. al jazeera, hong kong. >> today in bengahzi the libyan government fighting for control of the city. the libyan state telephone reports states that nine people have been killed. we have reports now on the battle for bengahzi. >> eastern libya is bracing for a serious escalation of violence. announced he's about to launch a new offensive from what it calls terrorists. >> they're now prepared to
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achieve their goal. mainly to liberate the city of bengahzi. it has survived and marters are falling victims to the treacherous bullets. >> reporter: the group called bengahzi lyons, has responded to haftar's threats. >> the response will be in the same manner without mercy or leniency. you are nothing but agents to america's brutal haftar. this is a clear warning to you. >> reporter: at the end of july, driving forces the main bases killing dozens of fighters. the cities are now under the control of religious militias. they've seized large amounts of
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weapons. on wednesday haftar has warned about the up rising and urges young people to carry weapons and fight against the militias. and things got worse after several groups opposed the newly elected parliament leading the country in a state of political paralysis. >> coming up on al jazeera america the white house said that the president postponed a campaign trip to hold a meeting on ebola. we have the president's remarks after talking with top officials.
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>> politics taking a backseat to
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ebola. president obama canceling fund racing events to talk about the virus and how it's supposed to be handled. he met with senior staff with agencies responding to ebola infection. he said that the protocols put in play work but more need to be put in place. the president is trying to reassure the public. what did he have to say? >> he is, indeed. he keeps insisting that the risk of catching this is very low, of course. he also said that this is being taken very seriously at the highest levels of government. the president also said that they're much more aggressively looking at what happened in dallas monitoring the situation there, and he also said that he had some new marching orders for the center of disease control. >> as soon as someone is diagnosed with ebola we want a rapid response team, a s.w.a.t.
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team from the cdc to be on the ground as quickly as possible. hopefully we know 24 hours so that they are taking the local hospital step by step through exactly what needs to be done. >> now the president also said expressed concerns that his prayers were with the two nurses who have tested positive for ebola and they're now monitoring the other healthcare workers who are at that hospital to make sure that they are safe, to reassure them as they wait and watch to see if any of them test positive. >> and lisa, what did the president say what needs to be done to stop the disease? >> well, first of all he said if protective gear is used properly the disease should not be transmitted, and he used himself as an example. when he was at emery hospital, he did train ebola patients he
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shook hands, and he felt save because they had followed protocol. but he said its necessary to stop this epidemic in west africa, if we don't stop it there, we have no idea what will happen next. >> let's take a deep dive on the ebola virus. let's go director of the center for global health and northwestern university. dr. murphy, good to talk to you. isn't this--isn't this a hospital story? so many ways to categorize this, but is there a way how the hospital would drop the ball in treating duncan, training its staff to treat someone with an infectious disease? isn't that a huge part of this story right now? >> yes, it is. this is a hospital that for many reasons has basically had
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missteps along the entire way of taking care of poor mr. duncan. now they're doing not a very good job taking care of their own employees as two of them have already gotten infected. dr. frieden of the cdc is correct. if the procedures are followed like they're supposed to be followed they should not be at risk for anybody. what president obama said is correct. but i think he should go one step further. he needs the s.w.a.t. teams to go in there and take over the care of the case. >> really? >> yes, until the local staff is trained properly. you know, the cdc has a training program for healthcare workers that they take to learn how to protect themselves. it's a three-day program. they offer it once a week. and it fills up pretty quickly because a lot of people are taking it before they go over to west africa. the training at this hospital i
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heard was three hours. the hospital in spain was 30 minutes for the nurse that got infected. that's a lot different than three days of intense training. so the hospital is not trained properly--maybe they don't have the right equipment. from what i'm hearing from the nurses union, and we just can't have that. there are going to be too many variations between the hospital the. we need to send the s.w.a.t. teams in there, and assure that the staff could care for it. >> you're suggesting and advocating if there are any more cases of ebola moving forward, wherever they are in the country, the cdc needs to send a swat team to that particular hospital and have that team take over all of the care for that particular patient? >> that's what i'm saying. and what the president said is they're going to send a swat team. but they're going to work with the hospital, no, let's just take over the care until those people can be trained.
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it takes three days to train them. >> i heard the term, and i hate the term, but i'll use it. is there a need for an ebola czar? and the director of the cdc, isn't that who he is? >> the only person capable of doing that in the united states is the head of the cdc. dr. frieden is head of the cdc, and he's completely capable of doing this. but the problem is that it's a state issue. the cdc acts primarily as an advisory group. they give guidelines. they write papers. they have these s.w.a.t. teams. they do training. they do wolf things. they work with the state health departments. it's just--you can't control all the different hospitals in the state well enough for something as dangerous as ebola. they have to ratchet up that level of involvement to the point where they actually take
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over the care. >> i'm asking for this, dr. murphy, i'm asking this a little late, but let's see if we can get the video up of the nurse of vincent being transferred from dallas to emory. you can't see t but you've got the atten attendants who are with nurse vincent, they're outfitted from head to toe. there has been controversy whether or not the protocols--all protocols should include coverage from head to toe. no exposed flesh. we're seeing the attendants with her right now. what is the best information in terms of how these nurses should protect themselves and what kind of gear they should be wearing. >> we know how to protect ourselves already. in hospitals in liberia, sierra leone and guinea, they take these courses. you've seen it on television
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yourself, i'm sure. they take them off and they're sprayed down with chlorine spr spray. they're more strict than the cdc protocols. it takes a week to take their training course. >> why are we hearing from some nurses that we just don't have the protocols. we don't have the information. we don't have protective--why are we hearing these stories when what you're saying to me when you're a nurse you've been trained and the information is readily available on how to protect yourself? >> well, i mean, we've just proven they don't have the appropriate training. >> okay, with that. dr. murphy, good to talk to you. thank you for your time. dr. robert murphy, director of center for global health at
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northwestern university. let's take a look at stories making headlines across america. >> reporter: yes, tony, nine life sentences without parole for one of the leaders of a murder in san diego drug gang. gonzalez was convicted of four murders and six kidnappings. he was a number two man of in splinter group of a drug cartel. he's already in prison in life for other crimes. troopers shot and killed a man who was traveling on a man. the man stabbed two passengers. a man noticed the state trooper on the side of the highway and pulled over. >> it was a an aggressive situation where people were being physically harmed on the bus. they pulled the bus over to get helped. >> the trooper got on the bus and ordered the man to drop his weapon. when he refused the officer shot
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and killed him. the bullet ricocheted and hit one of the passengers. that wound was not series. abortion laws in texas resulted in just eight clinics remaining open in the state. the court order did not giv give details in the justice's reasoning. and guardrails used all over the country, critics say that changes from trinity industries could make them unsafe. three states have banned them. trinity maintains that the guardrails are safe and said they're cooperating with the states. negatives of the photos of john and jackie kennedy of the new couple cutting their wedding came. the negatives were found in the
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photographer who recently passed away. >> americans have seen nearly 2 million political ads this year, and we still have three weeks until the elections. and in our series five days in alaska with a look to legalize marijuana there.
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>> 20 days until the midterm elections and we've already told you it will be the most expensive, but new data shows political ads spending alone is expected to pass $1 billion. here is a look at spending by the numbers. according to the wesleyan media
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oject, candidates have spent $918 million through thursday to air. and 2.8 million ad aired in federal and state races. bear with me. in the past two weeks 03% of ads for republican senat30% of ads came from conservative groups. we're joined now from los angeles with more on this, michael, take it away. >> tony, how are you. you're talking about all the money being spent. the democrati democratic committee decided they're not spending any more money in
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kentucky. i spoke to someone who covers politics there in lucyville as well as an elected democrat there who said they're going to be spending all their resources on get out the vote. there will be no more advertisement in that state. that is a big problem. the reason that they say they're doing that is to put resources in other states. one state that they may want to put that money in to is georgia. georgia all of a sudden is showing up on the democratic map because michelle nunn in a survey usa polled this race extensively. this is the first time she's up three points. she's facing david purdue, and she's on an ad about outsourcing david purdue using a familiar voice. >> when asked by reporters how he depends the outsourcing, purdue double downed.
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>> david purdue, he's not for you. >> you'll recognize the voice of david shuster in that ad. it was used by michelle nunn, tony. it's a familiar voice to us. but again going hard against purdue for outsourcing. that's resonating for voters in georgia. you want to talk about spending in ads again it's americans for prosperity. the coke brothers funded super pack is on the air today with ads that are hard hitting and similar around the country, what they've done is they have gone after senators telling--telling the voters how those senators have voted with barack obama throughout their senate career. so america--americans for prosperity showing their firepower. >> we have to put up with president obama for two more years. let's fire kay hagin. let's fire mark begich.
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let's fire bruce braley, okay? here's your video. >> those ads are again each one is exactly the same, just substituting the name of the senator there. we move to a senator now, tony, who has faced some fire of his own. a former senator gary hart from colorado. you'll remember him. a former presidential candidate. what he has done now he has penned a letter to the editorial board of the denver post calling what they wrote their endorsement of gardner i'll quote him here, it's the worst political endorsement by a serious newspaper in my lifetime. he has been watching politics in colorado for a long time, gary hart, he said it's a left-wing newspaper, they should have, in his estimation, supported mark udall, but they've gone behind cory gardner. it's curious to a lot of people
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there, and they couldn't make that argument, and it goes against everything they've preached in the past, including a previous endorsement of udall. we go from 1984 to 1988 candidate gary hart to wisconsin scott walker. he is now in a dead heat. ththe poll has he and mary bolt tied. only two candidates who were talked about seriously. and no if he doesn't win that race it's going to cause a lot of tongues in wag in these fundraising circles of the republican party. finally we move to another govern, another possible 2016 candidate rick perry. rick perry is in europe while ebola is in texas. that does not work well for the democratic party in texas, frankly anyone in texas.
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he's on an economic development tour of europe. he decided to cut that trip shortcoming back tomorrow, realizing it's more important for him to be back home at the epicenter of where ebola is. and those glasses can't change the look. >> no, that's not a good look. michael, well done. thank you sir. in the november mid terms alaskans will vote whether to legalize marijuana. the measure would allow residents have one ounce of pot and six marijuana plants but it could have a negative impact on alaska's far-flung native communities. this come "five days in alaska." >> flying is the easiest way in. it's 4,000 miles from washington, d.c. where the campaign to regulate marijuana
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lik. >> i don't think that's right. >> this is a place where local control is important. a matter of health and safety. >> we're here visiting this little town like many communities in alaska. it's completely dry. no alcohol allowed. we're here to find out what they think about the possibility of broad legalization of marijuana. >> drinking takes a disproportionate toll federal studies have shown alcohol-related deaths are nine times the u.s. average. booze has been banned here since the town was founded 42 years ago, it is a local option allowed under state law and used by more than 100 communities. >> it distorts minds and makes people do that they shouldn't
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do. >> but there is not the same local option built in, and much of the pro marijuana campaign is built on branding it as safer than alcohol. leaders would like to be able to make their own decisions about marijuana but legalization supporters have different ideas. >> i think alaskans understand that it's time for this. they're tired of seeing this wasteful failed law on prohibition. >> you can see more of the story tonight at 8:30 eastern and begin at 11:30 here on al jazeera america. the treasury department said that the budget deficit was $483 billion in hissing a year 2014. the officials credited a slow growth in increased tax revenues. offer the deficit will rise in the next few years as baby boomers retire. you'll soon be able to watch hbo shows like game of throws
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without cable or satellite. the premium cable channel announced that it will offer a stand alone version of its service next year it comes amid pressures to keep up with, you guessed it, netflix. there is no word how much it will cost. nurses say they don't have enough protection against ebola, and now many are talking about it on social media. ines is back with that story and then it's back to "real money." >> the wild crazy market swings. is it a slow growing economy, or the discovery of another person in the u.s. infected with ebola. it could be some, all or none of the above. i'll take a look at all the possibilities so you can protect yourself on real money coming up. a state that depends on it's natural beauty >> we need to make sure that we have clean air >> some are living off natures bounty >> we're rich cause of all the resources we have... >> while others say they can't even afford health insurance >> the owners of this
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restaurant pay an extra $5.20 an hour to provide health insurance >> communities trying to cope i just keep putting one foot in front of the other >> what can people hope for come election day? an al jazeera america special report amererica votes 2014 5 days in alaska all this week
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>> a firsthand look at the isil fight >> you can see where the bullets ripped right through... >> refugees struggling to survive >> the government, they don't help us... >> but who is fueling the violence? >> if they had the chance to kill each other, to make more territory, they would do it >> fault lines, al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> today they will be arrested... >> ground breaking... they're firing canisters of gas at us... emmy award winning investigative series... new episode iraq divided: the battle against isil only on al jazeera america >> back to our top story. the cdc is ordering anyone who comes in contact with an ebola
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patient to monitor their symptoms. jacob, why can't we just give someone a blood test right after they've been exposed. what is the science here? >> reporter: well, tony, it seems obvious that you would want it some way to test someone the very moment you knew they had contact with anybody who was exposed or infected. the truth is that the virus does not man test itself right away. it is present in tiny quantities in the beginning. this is why the cdc and other officials are talking about controlling and monitoring patients up to the moment they present symptoms. then when they hit a certain fever or manifest other symptoms of ebola, if you do it too early you risk false positives that can create panic and you can
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risk misdiagnosis. there is new testing being developed but that would not allow to you test earlier but it might allow you to test faster. a test that could come back in a ten minutes as opposed to the three days that it takes on average to process ebola tests. >> so maybe this answers itself how would faster testing impact the situation on the ground? >> well, in this particular case when we're looking at the travel times of nina pham and her colleague, those outcomes could interest changed by faster testing. nina reported her symptoms on friday. if there had been a faster test, officials would have known nina pham is positivestive, and perhaps that could have head off vincent's plain flight.
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>> we talked to you about nurses in texas, but they are certainly not alone. many nurses are speaking out on social media about their concerns. >> yes, tony, some nurses feel their hospital environment is not equipped to handle bowl la. along with what some nurses are using or told by their hospitals to use. you see this protective gear here and some nurses are told to use this, the rope, the goggles, the mask, the gloves. very similar to the video put out in dallas. this has prompted people like a nurse who said she will not treat ebola equipment that is used to protect from cdiff and the like. nurses are not the sacrificial
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lambs. they are talking about the information out there and the misinformation. one nurse is asking people on the front lines to get on social media and be heard. take a look. >> get the word out. get it out in public discourse with the hope that some of it is going to trickle up more. because we can't rely on really sophisticated governmental structures really complex organizations. we can't assume that there is any great communication happening from the front line all the way to the top. >> and nurses have also been expressing their support for nina pham, the texas nurse getting treated with ebola. and stephanie writing from one nurse to another you are my hero. and there's also another hashtag, support the scrubs.
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>> so let me try to understand a littl little bit better. the president is saying there are protect calls. if the protocols are followed ex-policesively, then the protocols work. and you should not end up contracting ebola. now we have a situation where nurses and professionals are getting in on the latest of how to protect themselves. it sounds like we're getting there. we're getting there slowly but it's important to keep in mind we're talking about one patient, duncan, who has since died from ebola, and we're talking about two nurses now who have been infected and contracted it, and they're being treated, and in pmam's case, successfully at this point. >> it is a slow process. for a lot of nurses this is a learning curve. >> this is a steam ship to get
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all the information out to all the parties. i think we got it. thank you. that's all the time for this news hour. i'm tony harris in new york city. real money is coming up on al jazeera america. >> what goes up must come down. as a wild day we see, taking down america's economy. what happens next? i'm ali velshi with "real money." what is causing this madness, the cause of ebola and outright fear that isil could bring its campaign to america. you the consumer drive this committee. when you are afraid it all stops working. i've assembled the smartest