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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

national lead

October 21st, 2014
05:17 PM ET

Friend, spokesperson: Thomas Duncan's fiancée 'cried deeply' for him

(CNN) – They spent 21 days cut off from the rest of the world, and now that they are out of quarantine, loved ones of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are doing their best to reclaim the lives they had before this virus turned their worlds upside down.

Duncan's fiancée Louise Troh "is hoping that people will give her the privacy that she needs," said Saymendy Lloyd, family friend and spokesperson for Troh.

"She, you know, (is) thinking of Eric, now that she's back outside, life is, you know, a little bit getting back to normal. And through her transition, yesterday she cried deeply for Eric," said Lloyd.

For more of our interview with Saymendy Lloyd, check out the video above.

national lead

October 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Keene vs. Ferguson: Double standard on violence?

(CNN) – There were violent clashes with police over the weekend. Crowds set fires on personal property, overturned cars, threw glass bottles at police, and tore down street signs. At one point things got so bad, officers used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

But this violence didn't take place at a protest over a police shooting or social injustice. It was the booze-fueled scene at a pumpkin festival in Keene, New Hampshire. The rioters were mostly out-of-control college students from Keene State College.

In a news conference Monday, police announced dozens of arrests, and they say more could come as their investigation continues.

And while the event has been characterized by some as rowdy kids just letting loose, others say they see a clear double standard in how Keene rioters, mainly white college students, are being cast compared to the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, who were predominantly African-American.

national lead

October 17th, 2014
06:10 PM ET

GOP lawmaker: Obama Ebola czar appointment 'tone deaf'

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers have been especially critical of the administration's ability to contain Ebola in the U.S.

In a hearing yesterday with the nation's top health officials, Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pennsylvania went so far as to say that the trust and credibility of the government are waning.

national lead

October 15th, 2014
05:46 PM ET

Dallas nurses say they felt abandoned, lied to

(CNN) – Unnamed registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, gave a shocking statement to the National Nurses United Union regarding the care of patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola last week.

"There was no advance preparedness on what to do with the patient, there was no protocol, there was no system," the statement read. "The nurses strongly feel unsupported, unprepared, lied to, and deserted to handle the situation on their own."

The nurses allege that when Duncan came to the hospital the second time, under the suspicion that he may have Ebola, he "was left for several hours, not in isolation, in an area where other patients were present."

They also say there was no hands on training on the use of personal protective equipment for Ebola, no mandate for nurses to attend training.

And when a nurse supervisor arrived and demanded that he be moved to an isolated isolation unit, the supervisor faced resistance.

Texas health resources responded to those claims in a statement, writing: "Patient and employee safety is our greatest priority and we take compliance very seriously. We will continue to review and respond to any concerns raised by our nurses and all employees."

American Nurses Association president Pam Cipriano joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

national lead

October 13th, 2014
06:42 PM ET

St. Louis police chief on unrest

(CNN) – Some came from hundreds of miles away to have their voices heard. For others, the movement was unfolding right in their own backyards.

Swarms of protesters took to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, for what is being called "Moral Monday," in honor of an unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by police.

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