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her and welcome home. >> it's an incredible story. i know you have waited 12 long years. we certainly hope you have that reunion sometime very soon. thank you for sharing your story. hello, everyone. i'm randi kaye in for brooke baldwin. in a few minutes, president obama will hold a town hall discussion in indiana. he could speak about a variety of topics including ebola. we'll bring that to you live. meanwhile, authorities in dallas already dealing with ebola. they are now monitoring 50 people who have been in contact with ebola patient thomas duncan. right now hazmat teams are at the apartment where one of the biggest tasks is taking place removing sheets, towels, and other items that he may have contaminated. there is an unimaginable amount of red tape involved in this entire operation.
martin savidge is at the apartment complex where hazmat teams have been all afternoon and what is the latest on the cleanup process there? >> reporter: randi, hazmat teams have been on site for a couple hours and they are being assisted by a private contractor that apparently is doing the cleanup work. and we knew all of this was happening because you saw for the first time really evidence of hazmat officials coming on site with the dallas fire rescue. there was also with these very large trucks and emergency equipment specialized personnel and then also the cleanup trucks as well. what they've been doing is preparing to go in and begin the cleanup process. as part of that you saw people suiting up going to the apartment unit and dressed in what appeared to be hazmat kind of gear and they put up a black plastic sheet in front of the hallway entrance to the apartment itself that could be for privacy issues and it could be for cleaning issues because there are four people that have
been quarantined inside this apartment complex. they've also completely taped up and sealed off an automobile in the parking lot presumably an automobile that thomas duncan may have rode in or came in contact with. those are first stages of how they are trying to clean up the site this afternoon. >> and what about the quarantined family members inside that apartment? will they be in there during that process or will they stay there? >> reporter: we've been getting a through the fence briefing from public information officials on site and they are telling us they are communicating with louise, the woman anderson cooper was speaking to, talking to her on the telephone. this is sort of being done by remote control. now they are physically there and talking to her in person but they are telling her what to anticipate and we're getting word they plan to remove the four occupants and take them somewhere else. with he don't know where. there had been a large public
concern if you are so worried about these four people having been so close to the ebola patient, why are you housing them in the middle of a densely populated apartment complex? authorities said because they showed no signs of symptoms but clearly now maybe they are planning to move them for their own comfort, their safety and for public calm. >> certainly. martin savidge, thank you for the update there from dallas. right now volunteer aid workers are rushing to help care for ebola patients in west africa. volunteers will help staff hospitals or screen travelers or even help deliver some food. one is not deterred even after several american volunteers became infected with ebola and had to be flown back to the u.s. for treatment. what drives volunteers to battle a deadly virus in very far away danger zones? joining me to discuss this, the vice president of programs at medical teams international. joe, your group has certainly been working in liberia now for about ten years or so.
tell me what inspires your team to go to these risky areas? >> i think it's part of our mission to help the poorest in the world an those who are most vulnerable so we're motivated to really be on the front lines of where people are in greatest need. >> how do you explain to a volunteer -- how do you explain to them the risks when they are considering a trip to an ebola zone? >> first of all, we are very careful in getting the right information about how to stay safe and to protect staff and volunteers whoever we send to the site. we're in liberia as you mentioned and we're working closely with cdc and world health organization and other international organizations to ensure safety and protection of our staff and volunteers. >> let's talk about this dallas patient because he's accused of reportedly lying about coming into contact with an ebola
patient there in liberia. do you think that the questionnaire that they had to answer before getting on a plane to the u.s., is that enough to keep those infected from traveling? >> i think the important question is what are we doing in order to stop the spread of ebola. in liberia, the information that we provide to communities, to home based care, and to clinics is what is key to addressing this issue so that the issue of whether someone is traveling and may be in isolation and ebola may be in isolation or in incubation stage, will be a moot issue. we want to address the disease at the source. >> i know that you believe that we will see a few more ebola cases here in the u.s. what is your feeling about this turning into a full-fledged outbreak? >> i have full confidence in the u.s. health system. it's a robust system. we have the capacity in order to
address infectious diseases much more than what's existing in west africa. i'm very confident in what we're told by infectious disease experts that this will not become an issue in this country. >> you in fact even worked on a program to keep people from traveling with infectious diseases like h1n1. how is ebola different? is it more concerning? >> ebola is new to west africa so what it is pointing out is the lack of health infrastructure within west africa. and so what's concerning to us is the fact that we need to have health systems strengthening within the countries that have ebola so that they will be able to address the issues as they arise. this won't be the last time ebola has erupted and will erupt in this area of the world and this will hopefully provide an opportunity to improve their
health system to deal with it in the future. >> be safe where you are. we appreciate your time. thank you. >> thank you so much. and any minute now a reminder president obama is scheduled to begin a town hall discussion on a variety of topics. he may discuss the ebola case here in the united states and we'll bring that to you live. next, thomas eric duncan may have potentially exposed dozens of people to ebola after a dallas hospital initially sent him home even though he told them that he just arrived from liberia and was having ebola-like symptoms. the big question, are hospitals around the u.s. prepared for the possible arrival of more ebola patients? we'll discuss. plus, isis fighters invade a town on the syrian/turkish border. are we about to see a military response from turkey? i'm only in my 60's. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses,
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asks the question if your symptoms match ebola, where have you been in somewhere in that process at texas presbyterian, there was a breakdown. the liberian man sent home instead of here into an isolation room where hospital staff could know for sure if the patient has ebola. >> there was a misstep. what do you do at your hospital to make sure that the communication is flowing between the staff, the patient, and everybody knows what's going on and do you rehearse this? do you drill this? >> we do. and part of that drill is general disaster preparedness. part of the drill is gearing up for when we know that infectious disease is going to be heightened in our community and whether it's the flu or whether it's a respiratory virus or any screening process starts in triage. >> reporter: the doctor at baylor's emergency room says since the first of this year this hospital just miles from texas presbyterian has trained
its staff how to isolate a patient and protect itself through masks, gloves, protective clothing, and only enter through what's called the warm room until test results can determine exactly what is wrong. >> this is not being used by anyone else. this is not an overflow room. this is isolation room specifically for any kind of infectious disease. ebola included. >> correct. and we have more than one of these rooms and we can use them in day-to-day operations. >> reporter: the hospital is ready but infectious disease experts say this level of readiness across the u.s. is only now being addressed. >> we've seen that hospitals now are downloading paper based guidance plans from the internet and are now working out how to do management and implementation and how is the how to make these things happen to ensure that if they do unfortunately get an ebola patient everyone in the hospital will be safe. >> reporter: it's not just
hospitals that need to improve their response. this december 2013 study by the robert wood johnson foundation and trust for america found a majority of states scored poorly in their ability to control infectious diseases. the study's executive director quoted as saying the bad news is that we found major gaps in the country's ability to prevent, control and treat outbreaks leaving americans at unacceptable level of unnecessary risk. the report calls for more uniformed vaccinations, better health monitoring and much better communication between hospitals who possibly have infectious patients and the health officials who can stop those infections from spreading. drew griffin, cnn, dallas. joining me now is an infectious disease specialist and wrote an article about ebola. in your article you talked about how important it is to get basics right.
what do you mean by the basics? >> one of the most common causes of medical errors in this country is communication. some people blame these electronic medical records as being the problem here. that's a way of recording information but it's not communication in and of itself. unfortunately what should have happened is the nurse should have said to the physicians, i'm worried here. i'm concerned this patient should have ebola. that didn't happen. >> instead of putting it into a computer, there has to be face to face discussion. what should hospitals do to gear up for treating infectious disease? >> one problem that we've seen in the last couple of years is hospital preparedness funding has been cut by a third. at the same time dcdc funding i cut and hospitals have lost 20% of staff due to budget cuts. while we do have hospitals that are very high tech that have the protective gear and isolation rooms, there's some very basic things that we've had to cut due to funding crunches. that said, staff really need to
be on the alert asking systematically every patient like a checklist that a pilot on a plane would use to make sure they don't miss anything. patients need to be asked about their travel history, have they been in contact with anybody sick and asking have you been in contact with someone with ebola may not be enough. you may have to ask have you been in contact with someone with fever, vomiting, diarrhea. >> what were some other protocol missteps that you see happening? >> i think in this case an infectious disease expert should have been called to at least weigh in on whether it was safe to send the patient home. it's also interesting. they sent him home with an antibiotic for a viral illness. there's a growing problem with infectious disease training. we're not able to fill training slots because it's a specialty not well paid. we're putting ourselves into a situation where there's not enough trained people to respond to these problems in the future.
>> are you concerned that hospitals here in the u.s. aren't equipped to handle an ebola-like virus? >> we're equipped with technology and the supplies. i think our staff need to be better prepared and more alert to these problems and be ready to communicate with one another and with providers at public health departments and elsewhere to make sure the right thing is done. >> appreciate your time and your expertise in this area. thank you. meanwhile, isis fighters edging closer to turkey's border. is the terror group trying to force turkey to take military action. we'll discuss that coming your way next. (cheering) yeah!! touchdown! who's ready for half time? ok i'm going to draw something up new... who ate the quarterback? share what you love with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. they're grrreat!
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welcome back. as we've been telling you, waiting for the president to speak. president obama now holding a town hall discussion at this hour. he's speaking at a steel mill in princeton, indiana. let's just listen in here for a bit. >> now that happens to be the longest uninterrupted stretch of job growth in the private sector in american history. [ applause ] all told the united states has put more folks back to work than europe, japan, and all other advanced economies combined. we put more folks back to work here in the united states of
america. [ applause ] this progress we've been making is hard. it goes in fits and starts. it's not always perfectly smooth or as fast as we want but it is real and it is steady and it is happening. it's making a difference in economies all across the country. it's the direct result of the best workers in the world, the drive and determination of the american people, the resilience of the american people bouncing back from what was the worst financial crisis since the great depression and also it has to do with decisions we made early on in my administration. so just to take an example, many of you know that the auto industry was really in a bad spot when i came into office.
we decided to help our automakers to rebuild and retool and they're selling new cars at the fastest rate in about eight years. they're great cars too. and that's helped communities across the u.s. and that's one example of what's happening to american manufacturing generally. 10 or 15 years ago they said everything is moving to china or other countries. midwest got hit harder in a lot of places because we were the backbone of american manufacturing. because folks invested in new plants and new technology and there were hubs that were created between businesses and universities and community colleges so that workers could master and get trained in some of these new technologies, what we've now seen is manufacturing
driving economic growth in a way we haven't seen in about 20, 25 years. because of efforts we've made, manufacturing as a whole is growing twice as fast as the rest of the economy. new factories are opening their doors. more than half of manufacturing executives say they are actively looking to bring jobs back from china. our businesses are selling more goods overseas than any time in our history. and the reason this is important is not just because of some abstract statistic, manufacturing jobs have good pay and good benefits. they create a ripple effect to the whole economy because everybody who is working here at millennium steel because you are getting paid well, because you got decent benefits, that means restaurants in the neighborhood are doing better. it means you can afford to make
your mortgage payments and buy a new car yourself and buy some new appliances and you get a virtuous cycle in which all businesses are doing better. to most middle class folks, the last decade was defined by those jobs going overseas. if we keep up these investments, then we can define this decade as a period instead of outsourcing, insourcing. bringing jobs back to america. when you ask business executives around the world what's the number one place to invest their money right now, for a long time it was china. today they say the best place to invest money is here in the united states of america. [ applause ]
so there is good stuff happening in the economy right now. there are still some challenges. a lot of families where somebody in the family is out of work and isn't getting as many hours as they want. there are still a lot of folks who at the end of the month are having trouble paying the bills. wages and incomes have not moved up as fast as all of the games we're making in jobs and productivity. too much of the growth in income and wealth is going to the top and not enough of it is being spread to the ordinary worker. >> let me bring in senior white house correspondent jim accosta who is there as well. certainly highlighting the good news about the economy there.
>> reporter: absolutely. and that's something that this white house has not been able to do at all times during this administration. as you know but today with jobs report coming out showing unemployment rate down to 5.9%. it hasn't been that low since july 2008. and some 248,000 jobs created. the president is taking something of a victory lap this afternoon. you heard him there in that factory in indiana saying that this has a lot to do with the hard working americans who were out there fueling this recovery but he said it has something to do with policies enacted at the early part of his administration. the president trying to take credit and this is a midterm campaign kickoff for this president who may not be on the campaign trail very much with other democratic candidates but he will be doing events like this and one thing that we heard this week is he was in chicago yesterday saying that his policies, his policies from his administration are on the ballot this fall. the president wants to take
credit for this economic recovery but very quickly just to show you that republicans also saw an opportunity in those comments from the president. they quickly turned comments into campaign ads in kansas and in kentucky and a web video and new hampshire and so this is really setting the stage for what will be a very hard fought midterm election campaign and this white house would like that to be on the economy. they may not get that because of so much that's going on right now with isis and ebola. senior administration officials are having a briefing on that at 4:30 this afternoon just to show they are on top of ebola. clearly a lot on the president's plate and he wanted to at least put some of that to the side for an afternoon and talk about this economy, which is doing much better. >> certainly is. jim accosta, thank you very much. of course for the folks at home, we'll continue to watch this and monitor what the president is saying and certainly when he gets to some questions and answers there in case he does mention ebola, we'll bring that to you as well.
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we reported this to you last hour. islamic state terrorists are knocking at the door of the syrian city kobani at syrian's border with turkey. these are isis fighters trying to battle their way inside kobani, the city's out gunned defenders are putting up ferocious resistance. let's take a look at that.
cnn's phil black reported last hour those kurdish fighters you see are under nearly constant shelling from isis and they expect isis to enter that city very soon. colonel rick francona is with me now, former u.s. military adviser in syria. let's talk about this. what is your take on why isis is fighting so hard for this border city, kobani? >> they want to control the whole border and they control a large portion of it. this is a major border crossing and they want to shut that off because it's one way that supplies come into the kurds and also how they want to control it so they can get their people in and out as well. control of the territory. they're not concerned about the people. as refugees were going, there was no effort to stop them.
they want the land. they don't care about the people. >> that's syria. let me ask you about iraq and the threat there. isis controls fallujah and much of the anbar province. we're also hearing suggestions that baghdad could be in danger. do you think isis does have the capability to take that? >> i don't think they have the capability to take the city itself. baghdad is mostly shia and it's protected by very good units of the iraqi army, ones that are really good and also the shia militias iranian trained and supported. so between the two of those, i think they could defend the city. but we still see the isis people making inroads in the south and the west. it looks like they are almost trying to cut off the city. as they get down into that area, they'll run into more and more of the shia militias and they'll hit a wall. i don't think they'll be able to go much further. i think they have gone about as far south and west as they're going to go. >> the other concern is the scenario what if isis skirts
baghdad and maybe heads south to the oil fields. >> i don't think they can reach the oil fields because that's far south yet and it's all in that shia area and they will defend that with much more vigor than to the north. what i am worried about is baghdad airport. as you can see here, baghdad airport is not that far off of the line of attack. they are in fallujah. they've been coming down that road. baghdad airport is critical to our evacuation plan if we need to get people out of there, contractors, embassy personnel, military personnel, if they control the airport, that forces us into an overland march down to kuwait. this is something that is very critical to our planning as well as isis. >> more air strikes do you think? >> they'll use air strikes along there. the initial air strikes that were conducted by the u.s. were in this area to the south of the airport trying to get isis to
stop moving and to force them back. they have stopped them from moving but they have not yet been able to get them out of there. even with the iraqi army with u.s. air support can't get these guys out of there. >> rick francona, thank you. nice to see you. new information on how the u.s. is handling ebola and we're also going to answer your questions about ebola. our sanjay gupta will join us next.
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county health director. while they are assuring people the situation is under control, that's not keeping a lot of you from wondering if the virus can spread. let me bring in chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta here to answer some of the questions that you have been tweeting us. here we go. let's begin with this one. can ebola survive on surfaces such as door handles and glass windows if somebody sneezes, can i contract ebola that way? >> a couple questions there. so it can live outside of the body, this ebola virus. maybe even up to a couple days? it's still unlikely that if someone touches a surface with ebola virus is and then touches their nose, eyes or mouth they could get the infection that way but it's unlikely. we haven't seen that actually happen. we don't think that's common. as far as sneezing goes, it's one of these things if somebody were to sneeze, it's not so much that it's putting the virus into
an airborne state, but if they were to sneeze onto somebody else and the person was infected, that could potentially cause an infection. so sneezing in close proximity more from bodily fluids could cause an infection and it can live outside the body but that's less likely as a source of an infection. >> this is interesting. how long is the ebola virus transmittable in sweat on an exercise machine at the gym? obviously if you are feeling sick from ebola, you're not going to the gym. maybe it's before you start feeling sick, right? >> well, so important distinction. you are right. if you are feeling crummy from ebola, you are probably not up to going to the gym and if you're not sick, you probably don't have the virus in your bodily fluids if that makes sense. it's not until you get sick does the virus come into the bodily fluids and at that point is where you can become contagious.
at that point it can spread. a healthy person is not going to spread the virus. people have so sit back and ponder that one. it's important to know if you're not sick, you're not spreading the virus. if the question is how long can ebola in sweat live on some gym equipment or anything else for that matter, it can live even up to a couple of days outside of the body. that can happen. if it's exposed to heat. if it's exposed to light. if it's cleaned. that should deactivate the virus. if the real question is if i then touch that surface and then touch my eyes, nose or mouth, will i get infected? theoretically possible but unlikely. >> one more for you. is there any hope of developing a preventive medicine for ebola? >> yeah. i think we're talking about vaccine in terms of what preventive medicine might be. a trial is under way right now. a trial started about a month ago now and they think by the end of this year they will have the first phase of the trial
done. if it does look safe, what will likely happen is they'll have a lot more people sort of in the phase two part of the trial. it's still going to be experimental but that could be a vaccine that could be made more widely available within the next several months then. maybe not in time for this outbreak. hopefully this will be over in west africa. it could be more widely available if this were to happen again. >> so many questions. glad we have you here to answer them. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. >> you got it. coming up, cnn's lisa ling goes inside one community's struggle with prescription pill addiction but she's not at a rehab clinic or skidrow. lisa has gone to utah and talked with members of the mormon faith. she joins me live next.
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no smoking, no alcohol, no coffee, not even tea. mormons believe they should stay away from it. beyond their wholesome way of life is an addiction tearing them away from their faith. lisa ling gets unprecedented access to the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and lisa speaks with an addict who
discusses what it's like to be on oxycontin. >> it's like you feel like superwoman. i don't know. it's hard to explain. >> can i ask what you're on right now? >> heroin and meth. it's just once i wake up, i start getting high. >> and what happens if you don't? what happens to you? >> i'll get sick. ott and cold sweats. muscles ache. anxiety really bad. so i make sure i always have it. >> how are you supporting your habit? >> by selling pills, drugs. i mean, people call me for it and i just know where to get it. >> sara tells me she was diagnosed with a.d.d. as a child and gets a monthly prescription forred a for it but gets more illegal drugs by selling hers. you can make 900 bucks on that? what influence did the mormon
church have on your life when you were younger? >> my mom has never drank, smoked, done drugs. you know, she just doesn't relate to me at all. we don't relate with each other. >> why do you think addiction is so rampant among mormons here? >> they're depressed or hiding some type of issue in their life. they just don't want to be judged by their church. >> leaisa ling is with me now. that was tough to watch. the young woman we saw there didn't look so well. she couldn't sit still. she was itching herself. how is that like to talk to her? >> it was really difficult. you know, when you work on a story like this and someone really opens their world up to you and gives you such incredible access to their lives, it's hard not to be concerned about them. it's hard not to want to try and
help her. and in this young woman's case, sara, we tried to put her into contact with some of the we were invited by the lds church into one of their 12-step meetings. it was pretty rare access that we got. i tried to put sarah in touch with some of the people who were in that meeting and she didn't show up. and you've covered stories about people who are addicted to drugs. the idea of them being reliable is sort of -- >> right, nonexistent. >> it's something you just can't ever expect. >> did you find, though, that mormons do have a higher rate of addiction than other faiths? >> well, it's interesting, because of their adherence to this health law called the word of wisdom, they've actually been successful at maintaining very low rates of addiction to illicit drugs and crime, for that matter. but when it comes to
prescription pills, that's where the gray area sort of comes in. because the pills are prescribed by a physician, there is the perception that they're okay. but mormons are no less vulnerable to addiction to prescription pills than anyone else. >> and what else will we see -- that is so fascinating. i'm curious what else you have for us in sunday night's episode. >> well, we spend time with a housewife who talks about getting addicted herself and feeling so much pressure -- not so much by the church but self-imposed pressure that she kept it under the rug for a very long time and ended up spending tens of thousands of dollars on treatment for herself and her daughter who also became addicted. we also spend time with a man named ryan who just a couple of months ago lost his son to an overdose of pills. it is a really incredible, powerful, heart-wrenching show.
but at the same time, the people within the lds church who opened up to us did so in such an incredible way. for that, i will be truly grateful. >> certainly a very rare access. so we look forward to that. lisa, thanks so much. a reminder, her show, "live with lisa ling" airs sundays, 10:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. just moments ago, the fire marshal in dallas spoke about cleaning up the home where ebola patient thomas duncan stayed for a few days. the hazmat teams went to the apartment complex earlier today. an update on what they removed and the latest from there coming next. when i had my first migraine, i was lucky. that sounds crazy, i know. but my mom got migraines, so she knew this would help. excedrin migraine starts to relieve my pain in 30 minutes. plus, sensitivity to light and sound, even nausea. excedrin migraine works. let's show 'em what a breakfast with whole grain fiber can do.
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just moments ago, the fire marshal in dallas spoke about cleaning up the home where ebola patient thomas duncan stayed for a few days. the hazmat teams went to the complex earlier today. cnn's martin savidge has an update for us. >> reporter: you can probably see some of those hazmat trucks over my right shoulder here. they've been on site for a couple of hours. there's also a private contractor at work. the fire official told us how this is working. for the first time, we've seen people in i guess what you might just casually describe as spacesuits. these are the hazmat suits, those designed to protect people
as they go into that apartment. this is something many in the area thought they would have seen a lot earlier. this is the apartment where thomas duncan had been when he had ebola and where four people are currently quarantined. they're talking to those people on the telephone and they're housing them in one room of the apartment while cleaning crews go into the other. two things are going on. one is they are cleaning and disinfecting and also removing those items that they believe that thomas duncan may have infected, things like towels, sheets, even mattresses. those things are going to be careful lly packed up and then will be transported to an undisclosed location. but only there will they be held temporarily until they iron out the paperwork, which has been a problem, of transporting it to some final destination where presumably it will be disposed of. all of that's going on right now. we're told also those in quarantine will eventually be moved from here as well.
randi? >> so an undisclosed location which will then probably have to be cleaned and sanitized as well, depending on what that is. martin savidge, thank you very much. appreciate the update from there. cnn is proud to announce the top ten cnn heroes of 2014. each one gets $25,000 and a shot at the top honor. cnn hero of the year. that winner will get an additional $100,000 for their cause. you get to help choose cnn's hero of the year. here's cnn's anderson cooper to show you how. >> now that we've announced the top cnn heroes of 2014, i want to show you how you can choose who should be cnn hero of the year and receive $100,000 for their cause. take a look. this is the main page of cnnheroes.com where you'll see all the top ten and learn more about each one of them. here's how to vote for your favorite. once you've decided who inspires you to most, click down here on vote.
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hero of the year. i'm randi kaye. thanks so much for watching today. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. have a wonderful afternoon, everyone. a warning has been issued that the world has less than a month to get its act together before ebola is totally out of control. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead, he went to west africa to expose the heartbreak, the confusion and the deadly dysfunction that the ebola outbreak is causing. but now an american journalist is fighting to survive his own battle with the virus. i'll ask his father about his condition next. they are items you probably wouldn't go near without a full-on spacesuit yet one family was stuck with the sheets and towels used by america's ebola patient zero for days. is this really the best we can do? i'll ask the texas lieutenant governor. and the world lead, it may be nearing a breaking point in the battle for democracy. police and protesters clashing in