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plan. [music] >> president obama tries to reassure the nation that ebola is undercontrol. >> these protocols work . >> but some aren't convinced. >> we need to consider our health. >> nurses in dallas said they didn't get the right training. and now a second nurse comes down with ebola. the cdc says it was ready. >> we're stopping it in its tracks in this country. >> but are u.s. hospitals really prepared? the ebola crisis, our special
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report. >> there are new concerns tonight about ebola in america, and new questions about how the government has handled the crisis. president obama postponed a political trip today, convened a high level meeting on the outbreak and tonight tried to defend his administration's response to ebola. but now a second health care worker is come down with the disease. amber vincent treated that ebol. al jazeera america, said the cdc did tell vincent she was all right to get on the airport. and the cdc says it deeply regrets that decision. that nurse was flown to atlanta, to emory university. she just got into the ambulance. robert ray is there.
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what's the latest? >> reporter: indeed john, we are waiting for the arrival of the 29-year-old who flew from dallas to emory university. she will be quarantined immediately and tested and her vital signs and continuing the process like the other patients here. i just got off the phone with a federal official inside the centers for disease control which is about five blocks up the road right now. that person like you said confirmed that the cdc an epidemiologist inside the cdc told the patient before she was about to get on a plane in cleveland that she could get on that plane and travel because her temperature was under the threshold of what an ebola symptom could be. that is 100.5. that official also told me they deeply regret this and when i asked the official how could something like this happen? why would you even take that risk? why wouldn't you just send her
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to cleveland clinic to be looked at immediately? the official said this is uncharted territory and there is confusion within the cdc. so clearly, major issues within america's largest defense -- disease defense institution here in atlanta, john. >> so there is a third ebola patient at emory that we've heard about but don't know much about it. do you have any information about that patient? >> reporter: yeah, that patient flew in from sierra leone september 9th. quite a long time ago. pretty much everyone has sort of gorgteforgotten about that patit that patient put out a statement today, said they feel good, don't know if it's a man or a woman because of privacy. it should be noted that patient after this rival in emory
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university went into critical condition. obviously things didn't go as smooth as it did for kent brantly and the other patient john. >> this is what the cdc had to say about the patient, amber vincent, the nurse getting on the plane from cleveland to dallas. here with is what we heard. >> hearinhealth care number 2 sd not have been allowed to travel by plane or any other public transport by virtue of the fact she was in an exposed group and although she did not report any symptoms and she did not meet the fever threshold of 100.4, she did report at that time that she took her temperature and found it to be 99.5. >> there does seem to be some confusion in the cdc. so tell us why, do we have any idea why amber vincent was
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transferred from dallas to atlanta? >> well, clearly the flag has gone up in dallas hospital that the protocols of garb and treating the patient that is deceased there did not go down as they should have. so i think in all precautions that hospital here is not equipped to treat another person with ebola. that's why the 29-year-old nurse has just landed here in atlanta, will go to emory because this is a quarantine unit that has been here for over 10 years and built in conjunction with the cdc and has had success. dr. frieden said earlier in the press conference that it was wrong for her to get on that plane that she didn't tell anybody that she had a fever. well now we know that that's not true. the question is: did dr. thomas frieden the head of the cdc have that information that we now
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have during the press conference or there is that much miscommunication within the cdc and if there is that much miscommunication, it is easy to see how the problems in dallas have happened in the past couple of days, that the nurses had no idea about the protocols that the hospitals thought they had done the right thing and the nurses don't know how to treat someone with ebola. if the top doesn't know what they're communicating, down to bottom don't know either. >> robert ray, thank you. amber still boarded that commercial jet liner two days before being diagnosed with the virus, heidi zhou-castro has more on that story. >> just two and a half miles from the home of nina pham, the
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nurse who contracted the ebola virus lives amber vincent, the co-worker who tested positive for the virus. the test results came in early wednesday. >> this is a heroic person who has dedicated her life to helping others and is a servant leader. >> vincent flew back to dallas fort worth airport. the cdc said she had a 99.5° fever while on board. was not symptomatic. investigators are tracking down the 132 passengers who shared the flight with vincent. despite growing public concerns dallas county judge clay jenkins says there is no reason to panic. >> people need to stay calm but realize it is a very serious situation and has the full attention of everyone who is working on it. >> vincent is isolated and
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tested positive a day later. heidi zhou-castro, al jazeera, dallas. >> some critics say the federal government should have done much more to prevent neebl this ebols country. lisa stark is here with more. lisa. >> john that criticism is likely to grow, with the revelation of the cdc telling that nurse to get on the plane despite her low-grade fever. we'll have to hear what the reaction is overnight. the president aware of the second case and very concerned about it, convened a meeting with his top team and tried reassure the public. >> bottom line in terms of the public. i want people to understand that the dangers of you contracting ebola, the dangers of a serious outbreak are extraordinarily low but we are taking this very
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seriously. at the highest levels of government. >> reporter: now the president has ordered a more, responsive reaction, he wants to have swat teams, if another praisht showss up, make sure they're following the right protocols. more aggressively monitoring what went on at the dallas hospital and what went on there. and also they are keeping a very close watch on the other health care workers who treated mr. duncan at the dallas hospital to see if any of those workers end up with a fever or any other symptoms and test positive for ebola, john. >> we believe the president postponed the political trip because there was building pressure on him to speak out about ebola is that right lisa? >> well, white house insists
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that it was not political the fact that he put off this trip but clearly, the president felt that it seemed his administration was behind the curve and they needed to get ahead of the curve. he's calling for this meeting for more aggressive action and trying to reassure the public that things are under control but not many are buying that now. >> calling for a travel ban on west africa, do we know anything else about that? >> well in fact speaker boehner added his voice to that group, saying the president should absolutely consider a travel ban from folks coming from the affected countries. josh earnest saying that is not on the table. but for white now the white house insists it is more important to get people in and out of west africa to fight the eepidemic hoart wise, otherwisel
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affect the epidemic. john. >> most crucial factor is time. science and technology expert jake ward, with more. jake. >> john here in dallas there are obviously great questions here, why couldn't this have somehow been detected more quickly? well, the trouble is that it turns out detecting ebola is a very complicated process. in a perfect world, 9/11 in close contact with a person infected with ebola would be tested in the first moments after exposure. but u, the virus doesn't show up that quickly. it grows over time and doesn't reach a detectable level until symptoms appear. the current procedure is to monitor patients until they
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develop symptoms like fever or bleeding. we might be able to test faster. currently the test for ebola can take as much as three days to process. consider nina pham reported her symptoms on friday and her test came back positive on sunday. one test development in colorado could reduce the waiting time to only ten minutes. perhaps a faster test for nina pham could have kept her co-worker off the plane. john a faster detection system might have prevented this because as we've seen here simply going by the outward symptoms was not enough to head off air travel. >> jake when a blood test comes back positive a person is isolated. couldn't they be isolated before the blood test comes back? >> in theory if you meet a set of guidelines along a checklist,
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if you are exhibiting outward symptoms, if you have also been in ready contact with the person infected with ebola certainty that should be enough by cdc guidelines to isolate you and have you under constant surveillance by trained professionals and the public health officials would then be floifd. certainly in this case -- notified. she should have at that point be held in place. that said, there was this sort of magic threshold under which her fever had sort of stayed, it had not hit that magic number that is in theory the number but i they everyone is revisiting the guidelines and making them far more confident goin conservg forward. >> we want to go back to dallas. she was flown from dallas emory university in atlanta now, the ambulance is on its way to emory
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hospital and we're following that story. in the meantime some nurses at texas health presbyterian hospital where amber vincent work have been criticizing management and the cdc. they say there were no protocols when thomas duncan arrived. randall pinkston has that story. >> reporter: from the moment the first ebola patient was exited for treatment, cdc officials insisted protocols were in place. but a group of nurses held a press conference to demand more protocols. >> not one more nurse, not one more patient. >> personal protective equipment, the helmet goggles and ore other with devices supposed to prevent the transmission of the disease.
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two of those who cared for thomas eric duncan now have the disease. hospital officials defended their practices. >> i don't think we have a systematic nucial problem. systematisystem stucial stooci . >> no one knew with the protocols were or able to verify what kind of personal protective equipment should be warn or there was no training. duncan's fluids were send through tube system and not isolated. not in isolation in area with other patients. this was the hospital's response to the allegations. >> we are a hospital that may have done some things different. with the benefit of what we know today. but make no mistake, no one
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wants to get this right more than our hospital. the first to diagnose and treat this insidious disease that is now attacked two of our own. >> reporter: officials with the centers for disease control have acknowledged mistakes, for example, not sending a special team to texas when the first ebola patient was diagnosed. but cdc director thomas frieden insists they are doing everything possible to prepare health care workers. >> we are working closely with the hospital. there are intensive efforts underway to train retrain and supervise staff, to get consistency, we have now ensured that 24/7 there will be a site manager who will monitor how personal protective equipment is put open taken off. >> 2800 nurses took a survey on ebola practices. more than 80% say hospitals do not provide them with training to allow them to ask questions,
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that they are directed to go to websites. a nursing association is asking president obama to use his executive power to determine uniform programs. >> we have live pictures showing amber vincent being carried by ambulance to emory hospital. there are questions how she got the ebola virus. she was helping the ebola patient in dallas. dr. amish edalga, infectious disease dork, is back with us to speak about-- disease doctor is back with us. >> thanks for having me. >> it seems that communication is actually as important as treating patients, is that true?
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>> definitely. this is a virus that is uforgiving. we can't -- is not forgiving. it seems to be slichg away from us a little bit with these missteps that have occurred. >> what struck you first of all about what you heard about the cdc saying on the one hand the nurse earlier today, the head of the cdc said, the nurse shouldn't have gotten on a plane and come back from cleveland and then said, the cdc tonight is confirming to al jazeera america, that the cdc actually told her to get back on the plane. >> it doesn't make sense to me. if this patient was under self-monitoring because she had been in contact with an ebola patient and measuring her temperature those people usually have permission to travel and they are not supposed to necessarily travel on commercial flights, they are supposed to go
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only on private means if allowed to do that. that strikes me as odd. it's not a static measure, you may be 98.6 one minute and 99.something, and then meet the threshold. sticking hard and fast to the threshold it is easy for protocols to be developed that way but you have to look at it in the context of the patient, this five is it going to be spiking? is not a static thing but dynamic measurement. >> the nurses came forward saying they weren't trained properly didn't have the right parole coalesce or the right equipment. let's hear the director of the cdc talk a little bit more about what happened in dallas. >> we see a lot of variability in the use of personal protective equipment. and when our team arrived, the same day the patient was diagnosed, we noted for example, that some health care workers were putting on three or four layers of protective equipment in the belief that this would be
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more protective. >> it seems that the more the cdc director speaks, the worse it gets. how can the government turn this around and win back the trust of the american people? >> we can win this battle against ebola and it's going to require taking -- first of all dealing with the outbreak in west africa and then being very honest with the american people about what we do and don't know about this virus. we still don't know how these two individuals were infected, didn't know why this one individual traveled. we have a root cause analysis about what went on with this patient in texas because that's the first thing that is actually causing a credibility problem becausists unclear what really happened in this story and that legitimately worries americans. you want a strong confident voice telling you what things are and it makes it hard to understand what's going on. if you're not getting a straight -- the straight answer,
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and the answer is changing. >> i mean people were worried about this and we had you on to talk about it. we had you on several times talk about what's true and what's not true. what's fact and what's fiction. but when people are scared, they often believe some of the fiction. you know, do you get back to the issue of communication, i mean it's one thing to proper reply train, and protect, the nurses there. but when the cdc isn't telling either the truth or telling the wrong version of the truth, what breaks down in this system? >> well, you lose the trust of the people because people turn to the cdc. they expect to see, they're the experts dealing with communicable disease outbreaks and they -- and dr. frieden is a very strong cdc director and he knows how to battle this disease. and we've stopped 24 ebola outbreaks before this one. we will be able to stop this current one but it's going to require a lot of effort. and we don't have much room for -- we don't have room for error because like i said this
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is an unforegiving virus. >> let me interrupt you a minute. amber vincent the nurse from dallas is arriving at emory university. robert ray is standing by. robert. >> yes, john indeed, the cavalcade of vehicles will likely come down this street any moment with the 29-year-old nurse who has just landed from dallas. they have just begun to block off the road and a bus driving by. indeed this nurse when she arrives here the ambulance will take her into a special area here at emory. she will likely be taken off a stretcher inside into the quarantine unit that the hospital has. let's just take a look at this hospital now john.
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>> robert what's different about this hospital than the dallas hospital? >> reporter: well, this hospital is clearly used to treating people with infectious diseases. the centers for disease control and prevention designed the quarantine units in conjunction with the folks here at emory. they did that over ten years ago and they have already taken care of three different ebola patients. so as more police continue to come down here you don't to understand the ambulance that will be carrying the 29-year-old nurse, even the drivers will have the full garb on, the full gear, so that they are protected from the ebola virus. and the people in the back will be monitoring her. when she arrives here one of the first things they're going to do is make sure that her vitals are okay, that she's hydrated, they are going to pump electrolytes into her body. remember that is the key to getting better with the ebola
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virus, staying hydrated, staying quarantined. that's how they're going to create health for her. and we'll see what already blood type is, perhaps she will be available for a blood transfusion from dr. kent brantly or another person who has survived this virus. >> as we watch this picture with robert ray i will bring dr. amish edalga back in. concerned about the dallas hospital what could it be? >> well, what we're coming to is a consensus that ebola patients probably need to be taken care of at designated hospitals, we can't have any other lapses like dallas. we know that places like emory
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and other areas are equipped to do so-and-so we can guarantee that infection control will be followed to the letter and this is something that we do with burn patients with trauma patience -- >> this is the ambulance i believe that carries amber vincent to the emory university from the airport. why didn't they just choose hospitals and send them to the ones that could handle it? >> it was really believed that ebola could be taken care of in any hospital and for the most part that is true. all hospitals need to be able to identify and isolate ebola patients and then decide whether or not their resources are adequate to care for a patient. and mr. duncan was the first patient who was taken care of in an ordinary hospital in the united states and now we have two health care workers exposed. that's caused people to question whether or not it's true that all patients can take care of
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ebola patients and that's why you're seeing with ms. vincent that she's sent to another hospital that's adept at management of infectious diseases. >> thank you very much, doctor. robert ray is at the emory hospital. are we supposed to hear anything from emory later on tonight robert? >> we're not expecting to hear anything from emory, tomorrow they're, they say, going to give an update. tonight they are going to take care of this patient the best they can. you saw the live look at the ambulances comes in. workers with haz plat suits coming in. i've been here for all four patients being put in the quarantine unit. i can tell you i counted 14 different emergency vehicles in front and behind so haven't seen that kind of presence quite yet
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but clearly as the concerns in america and in west africa as this virus continues to spread, a show of force probably a necessary thing when transporting someone with the ebola virus, especially in lieu of all the issues going on at the centers for disease control and prevention just up the street from us here john. >> robert ray in atlanta, thank you. up next, today's other news, coalition air strikes intensify in syria, how much it is slowing down i.s.i.l. fighters. plus. >> alcohol is illegal here. what happens if alaskans approve recreational marijuana? we'll have that story just ahead.
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>> this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. we have new concerns and new information about ebola in america tonight. and new questions about how the government has handled the crisis. president obama postponed a political trip today and convened a high level meeting on the outbreak and tonight tried to defend his administration's response to ebola. but now a second health care worker from dallas has the disease.
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29-year-old amber vinson, a nurse who treated the dallas patient who died, earlier this week she flew to cleveland and back. and tonight a federal official within the cdc says that the cdc did, indeed, tell vinson it was okay to get on the plane in cleveland because her temperature was under the threshold of 100.4. the cdc says tonight it regrets that decision. our robert ray is at emory hospital where amber vinson is being treated and has just arrived. robert. >> yes, john. she will be put here into the quarantine unit and monitored. the centers for disease control and prevention regrets they told her she could leave from cleveland to dallas. she was doing wedding planning
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for her upcoming planning. a contradictory statement to what dr. thomas frieden said earlier today. they are clearly on the hot seat today. the fact that this is uncharted territory and things are confusing within the cdc but the uncharted territory is the most concerning thing about it because the cdc are the ones that are supposed to be charting the future and charting that territory to keep us all safe. john. >> robert ray thanks very much. tonight, iraqi officials are saying, i.s.i.l. are gathering just 25 mice west of baghdad, iraq's anbar province and the syrian town of kobani. president obama says strikes against i.s.i.l. will keep focusing on those areas but warns it will be a belong term campaign. talking about the difficulty of
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forming a unified mission in syria. >> it is a holistic approach, not just building the additional forces that will go into the free syrian army they need to pild anbuild and create a from structure where they will have a role to play in the outcome. >> general allen says the coalition is working with many syrian troops but the focus remains on iraq. how the group has been able to advance so fast, imran khan has that story. >> reporter: this is a previously unseen look inside an i.s.i.l. assault. on sunday the group hoisted their bullet-studded flag. the iraqi army sent in helicopters that dropped bombs. the i.s.i.l. used antiaircraft
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guns. i.s.i.l. fighters are confident. they chant, "god is great." and i.s.i.l. remains, siel i.s.. expands, the unofficial slogan of the group. but they change from offensive to defensive. using captured iraqi humvees, they stand their ground. against iraqi forces. this isn't an amateur army. i.s.i.l. is well equipped and use tactics that will are familiar to armies the world over including making full use of the terrain. as it gets darker the iraqi army steeples have beaten back the group and it -- seems to have beaten back the group . this is typical of i.s.i.l, either take control of the town or village or retreat to safe
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havens when overwhelmed. surrender isn't an option. what this footage has told us is that the i.s.i.l. forces are determined. iraqi troops push them back but not in anbar territory. the coalition forces don't seem to be making a dent in the group's ambition, making one wonder if an international ground force isn't needed. the stated position is that no boots on the ground will be here to try and fight i.s.i.l. imran khan, al jazeera, baghdad. national security council a senior security council at the foundation, douglas welcome. >> evening, john. >> how much of a threat is baghdad really under? >> well, it's very mixed. my contacts tell me that life in baghdad is still very normal.
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even on the western side close to the airport, which has always had a very vulnerable border with anbar province. from the west side of baghdad airport it's just a hop skip and jump over to anbar, but it's always been that way and they're very accustomed to having this border there. >> so is there a way -- i mean, we've been hearing this for weeks, that baghdad, that there's a threat, of i.s.i.l. taking over baghdad. is that a real possibility here or not? >> no. i.s.i.l. is not going to take over baghdad. now, what i.s.i.l. could do is get close enough to threaten the baghdad airport, not take it, but be close enough that they could shell it, put artillery on it, shelling it keeping planes from coming in. they continue the car bombs against the shia areas of baghdad. so no, i.s.i.l. is not going to take baghdad but that doesn't mean they can't get close enough to really disrupt it and
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threaten it, again not with being taken over with more core carnage. >> i know this is different but it sure as heck sounds like the war that the united states just tried to get out of. >> well, in many ways it certainly rhymes can that war. some of the issues that the iraq war fought over are settled but many are not. of course the carnage in syria has pushed over and infiltrated into iraq. iraq has its own problems and the regional tensions have gotten hotter so many issues have made this reappear. >> coalition partners including turkey had a meeting yesterday but with so many nations at the table and so many factions that don't necessarily get along with each other, how can this coalition work? >> well, it's certainly going to be very ka chaotic and certainly
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members of the coalition are going to be vested in the defeat of i.s.i.l. than others. and it will take a lot of pressure from the united states and other of the allies who are very serious on these members to do even minimal things but every little bit helps. and even if someone isn't decisively engaged and isn't their top priority, even having them help on the margins is better than nothing. >> can i bounce this story from the new york times off of you? >> yes. >> it claims between 2004 and 2011 iraqi troops were wounded by abandoned chemical weapons and the american military kept it quiet. what do you think of that? >> i never directly encountered that, i heard rumors and stories about it. i certainly don't doubt the new york times stories. i think what this shows is how toxic the whole weapons of mass
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destruction got. these weapons as i understand it as the story tells it, these weapons were forgotten remnants so to speak of saddam hussein's chemical weapon program with the war in iran. they lost some of them, and occasionally u.s. soldiers stumbled on them. the whoap topic was -- the whole topic was so toxic that no one wanted to bring it up. >> thank you dr. douglas ollivant. >> thank you very much. >> state of alaska is a hot topic, residents in alaska could legally possess one ounce of pot, and six plants, if this measure passes. allen schauffler visited a
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community worried about the broad legalization of marijuana. >> john, it has been legal to have a little bit of pot and smoke a little bit of pot on your own property. medical marijuana has been legal since 1998 and frankly alaskans smoke a lot of pot, a lot more than the rest of the u.s. so the marijuana project sees very fertile ground here. opponents though worry that this could lessen their ability to control the social environment in other communities. >> manakodek, what alaskans say the bush. it's 4,000 miles from washington, d.c. where the campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol in alaska has its roots and its money. >> why would somebody else from the outside of alaska try to push legalization in alaska for marijuana? i don't think that's right.
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>> 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. so we're here to find out what they think about the possibility of broad legalization of he be recreationarecreational marijua. >> federal studies have shown alcohol-related deaths are nearly 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. >> alcohol destroys minds and make people do things that they shouldn't do. >> reporter: but there's not the same kind of local option built into the proposed pot law. and much of the pro-marijuana campaign is built on branding it as safer than alcohol. manakodek leaders would like to make their own decisions about marijuana but legalization
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supporters have different ideas. >> i think alaskans understand it's time for this. they're tired of finding this wasteful system of prohibition. >> have you ever been to manakodek? >> i have not. >> the mpp has committed more than $700,000 to this campaign part of a national strategy. proving they could win in alaska would be a big political victory for weed after yes votes in bright blue colorado and washington. still rempert calls this a grass roots campaign. >> our chair is a local professor and our board is completely made of up of
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alaskans. >> made up of mpp? >> not all. >> but close, 95%? >> yes, sure. >> it is clear there's a generational split over legalization. >> what do you think the young people in this village think about legalized marijuana? >> i think they're happy about it. >> do you think it would be a problem among the young people in this village? >> yes, i think it would be a problem. they'll ask money, money from their parents or their uncles aunts. >> just talked to a 19-year-old girl camera shy who said frank, a lot of people in this community smoke marijuana. teens are 30% more likely to smoke marijuana, and for ages 26 and up, the numbers are even higher.
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>> manakodek, a reflection of what could happen to far flung villages of alaska. >> do you think they understand manakodek? >> no they don't. >> allowing for growing and distribution of retail sales for those 21 years of age and older. oregon is voting for a similar measure, john. >> all week long we're bringing you the issues, join us friday for our special report, five days in alaska, 8:30 eastern and again 11:30 eastern. a bus of nun is the traveling across the country. instead of spreading the gospel they're encouraging people to get out and vote and trying to bring attention to so-called dark money. allegedly unhanded donation. kimberly halkett has the story.
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>> on election day next month the issues of ordinary voters still matter. >> i think what big money has done one is scaring people to keep them away so there's a lot of negativity and fear. >> reporter: for months, residents have been bombard he by tv ads paid for by rich donors. the catholic sisters say the conservative industrialists charles and david koch are funding this through a foundation called americans for prosperity to influence how americans will cast their ballots. but it's not just the rights, it is also the lapse, both liberals and conservatives are sending tens of millions of dollars to influence the election's outcome. according to data filed with the
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u.s. federal election commission a liberal group calling itself patriot majority is doing its best to sway the vote. one expert says almost untraceable election spending is roughly eight times greater than four years ago. >> a small number of wealthy eleads arelites are having an ie influence on the process. they change the debate in the election. they define what is discussed. >> reporter: and because it is 100% legal, voters say they feel they know longer have a -- they no longer have a voice in u.s. politics. >> i think the corporations are trying to take over. they're trying to control us. >> a far a state as kentucky is, we could certainly use that money someplace else. >> reporter: so the sisters are setting up registration driving to inspire residents to vote and say their efforts are shining a light on issues
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important to the working class like raising the minimum wage. >> for first time in a decade or so we're talking about poverty in our nation. we're talking about the needs of those who are most left out and the holy spirit is using it all to hopefully wake us up as a nation. >> she says america's working and middle class can counter the dark money in u.s. politics. if they vote. kimberly halkett, al jazeera america. >> unfavorable vow of the diffract party, that's a 30-year low. 56% have an unfavorable view of the gop. goldie taylor, in atlanta tonight, goldie welcome.
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i just want to talk for a moment before we get to this poll about ebola. this is probably the biggest story that's going to occur besides i.s.i.l. into the mid term election. does it hurt republicans, democrats, the obama or? >> thanks john for allowing me to be here i'm honored. if you take a look at how much americans trust their government this grows that level of disenchantment and it may impact this fall not in terms of who they will vote for but whether they will vote at all. and that sort of bears that out in the remainder of the study. >> why are democrats at the lowest point in 30 years? >> it is lowest point in 30 years and sorry your name is john. it is the lowest drop in 30 years, but since august they
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dropped 13 points among women one of their key constituencies. it is not simply that these people are crossing the pail. they aren't. what they're saying is they are less likely to turn out and vote because they are disenchanted in washington, d.c. and its totality including the white house. >> more than 50% don't like republicans, more than 50% don't like democrats. it's hard to understand. if they don't show up then what happens to our political process in mid term elections? >> you know i heard one pollster say that 15% of americans vote into office 100% of our leaders. and that the current gridlock that's really sort of happened over the last six to seven years really has turned off a number of americans on this entire process. that they feel like it doesn't matter who they send to washington. that they're not going to govern. that they're not going to learn how to legislate together.
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that they're not going to produce meaningful change and that disenchantment really, really has spanned itself across the aisle. the difficulty for democrats it may keep some of their voters home. for the republicans, the grass roots core republicans that are accustomed to turning out they'll turn out. while they have problems getting independents turning out for them, grass roots republicans are angry enough to want to show up for this election. >> are there any kind of issues that will have an impact on mid term elections, are all these going to be local issues? >> you know i think there are a number of national issues at play and as i watch the campaign ads from some of these key states in louisiana, kentucky, south carolina, georgia, some things are missing more so than the things that are there.
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what is missing is any expansion of medicaid, kentucky where conception connect has a campaign against mitch mcconnell, that's the only reason it's an issue. but they are not talking about gun control, something the republicans have trumpeted for years. they're not talking about immigration, to a great extent because the democrats running in those key states happen to be blue dog democrats and they have got to win over some of those independents in the middle of the aisle in order to win. a lot of issues we thought we'd see really aren't at play. >> goldie taylor, good to see you. thank you very much. >> good to see you john. >> joie chen is here to tell us about "america tonight." >> from farm to table and who gets it there? when shoppers decide whether or
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not to buy locally grown food, the big issue is the price. what they haven't considered though is the cost, those who bring their food to market. the down side to buying local that even the most conscientious consumer isn't aware of. christof putzel goes down on the farm. >> the local food market has really helped dealers a great deal, they have cut out the middle man. that means a lot more money in your pocket but unfortunately those gains have not been passed on to the workers. >> an in depth look at the workers in the farm to table movement and why it sometimes leaves a bitter taste. john. >> thank you joie. coming up. wall street on a bumpy rides, is there more trouble on the horizon? we'll talk about that next.
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>> good evening, i'm
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meteorologist kevin corriveau. tonight we are following hurricane gonzalo as it's moving to the northwest. st. martin and antigua. a major hurricane as it makes its way, we'll be watching this over the next 36 to 48 hours because it's going to be bermuda in the track of the storm. the storm is going to continue its intensity as a category 3. closest proximity to bermuda. it could be n knew found newfout cease some of there. gusting to 140 and we see the closest it's going to be is
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about 50 miles from hamilton, bebermuda where the storm surges the strongest. for all of bermuda, storage surges will cause power outages continuing for 24 hours.that's a look at your weather, national news is right after this. >> it was a wild day on wall street. dow dropped in the first hour of trading, tried to climb back but
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closed deep in the red. analysts are blaming a lot of this on fear. jeffreali velshi has more. >> the volatility in the stock market is fueling some of the biggest losses we've seen in years. today's dips in trading sunk the s&p for about 1.2%, but the index dipped as much as 2.9% during trading. the dow fell 460 points and then swung about 600 points in a matter of hours to close 173 points lower for day. so what's spooking investors? well it could be one or all of a number of things. a slowing global economy, an overpriced market that's ripe for profit-taking. some say the possibility of a recession in europe triggered by the russia-ukraine issue, and the discovery of another person in the u.s. with ebola. in fact transportation stocks took a massive hit today.
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some or all or none of the above. the real panic for investors is fueling the rush in stocks into bonds, the traditional safe haven, the yield on ten year u.s. treasuries dipped below 2% for a while. the net result is lower interest rates. we're seeing the lowest interest rates for a mortgage in 16 months. the other thing to keep in mind john: what a difference a day makes. in less than a month's time the s&p 500 has shaved 7.4% off of its value. all time high on september 18th. that's only a few points high of the official definition of correction. as of today, the s&p 500 has wind out most of its gains for year. the average 401(k) which mimics is s&p 500 has only gained 8/10 of a percent so far.
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the storm is brewing, how long is it going to last? i don't know the answer to that john. >> thank you, ali. an image, freeze frame from liberia where these young boitioboyson a soccer field rune dust kicked up by osprey. thanks for watching, "america tonight" is next.
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>> on "america tonight": fears of the contagion spread. a nurse infected with ebola boards a commercial flight. could dozens of passengers now be at risk? did her own hospital leave her vulnerable? why ebola is spreading so rapidly and what the government is doing to stop this modern playing. also tonight, a follow-up to an "america tonight" investigation. "america tonight's" adam may first told us about a widely used stop s