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national lead

October 28th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Obama takes shots at governors mandating routine Ebola quarantines

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama took veiled shots at governors who are mandating quarantines for health workers returning to the United States after treating Ebola patients Tuesday.

But the military - where the Army has already imposed similar quarantines - is "a different situation," Obama said Tuesday.

Without mentioning them by name, Obama criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others for the quarantines they've imposed for health workers, saying they "aren't based on science and best practices" and calling them "another barrier on somebody who's already doing really important work on our behalf."

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national lead

October 28th, 2014
05:58 PM ET

Fmr. U.S. surgeon general on Ebola quarantines: We need to make decisions based on scientific evidence

(CNN) – Governors issuing routine quarantines on individuals who have had contact with Ebola patients are trying to protect people in their states, but they are overreacting, says a former U.S. surgeon general.

"We must make our decisions based on scientific evidence as opposed to our reaction and when we do not have the knowledge, sometimes we overreact and we overprotect," says Dr. Joycelyn Elders.
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politics lead

October 28th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Carney: Democrats are going to have a bad election day

(CNN) – Former White House press secretary and CNN political commentator Jay Carney predicts November 4 will be a bad day for Democrats.

"Democrats are ... going to have a bad election day, no matter how you slice it Republicans are going to pick up seats in the Senate and the House, and they may win control of the Senate," Carney said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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world lead

October 28th, 2014
05:27 PM ET

'They would torture you': ISIS prisoners reveal life inside terror group

Jazir Cantonment, Kurdish-controlled Syria (CNN) - The blindfolded prisoners are brought into the dank gray room, one by one, and begin to tell us their stories.

We're in a prison run by Kurdish militants here in northern Syria. The Kurds won't allow us to see the cells where the prisoners are being held. Their prisoners, they say, are members of ISIS.

When the first detainee sits down, I ask the guard to please remove his blindfold. He blinks in the bright light and clearly looks surprised to see a foreigner sitting in front of him.

The second prisoner who arrives trembled with fear when he was brought in. I introduce myself to each detainee as an American journalist.

"You don't have to talk if you don't feel comfortable," I add. Each man speaks, though some cast darting glances at the prison guards who watch each interview.

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