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politics lead

October 15th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

How will Obama affect battle for the Senate?

(CNN) – The race for control of the U.S. Senate is coming down to the wire.

Less than three weeks from election day, two new polls out Wednesday dashing Democratic hopes.

President Obama has a 40% approval rating in a new ABC/Washington Post poll. The last time a president led his party into a midterm election with that low an approval rating? Harry Truman in 1950, when Democrats lost 28 seats.

Obama didn't fair much better in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, only winning the approval of 42% of likely voters.

Perhaps more significantly, the journal notes "the share of voters who see the country on the wrong track has reached the highest level ever in a midterm-election year."

The New York Times' Jonathan Martin and The Atlantic's Molly Ball join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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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.

money lead

October 15th, 2014
05:44 PM ET

Slow economic growth, rising Ebola fears send markets tumbling

New York (CNNMoney) – Don't blink. Otherwise you're bound to miss a wild swing in this increasingly-violent stock market.

It was a memorable day on Wall Street as the Dow plummeted 460 points before staging a late rally to end down "only" 173 points. The Nasdaq briefly fell into correction territory, indicating a 10% drop from a prior high, but rebounded sharply to finish the day barely in the red.

"It was an emotion and panic-filled day both in and out of assets. You flushed out a lot of panicked longs and you're getting a knee-jerk bounce. What this means going forward, I don't know," said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group.

Late-day heroics: The factors behind the early losses were obvious and plentiful: slow economic growth, rising Ebola fears and continued uncertainty about the Federal Reserve. The reasons for the rebound were less clear, though beaten-down stock prices appeared to entice buyers to step off the sidelines.

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national lead

October 15th, 2014
05:11 PM ET

Joint Chiefs chairman: We knew about ISIS back in February

See Kyra Phillips' interview with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.

(CNN) - The U.S. has a "winning strategy" to defeat ISIS, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN exclusively Wednesday, adding that he "can't foresee" sending "large ground combat forces into Iraq."

Gen. Martin Dempsey also touched on his concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus and what's more to come in the coalition battle against murderous Islamic extremists.

CNN's Kyra Phillips reports.

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