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national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:30 PM ET

Ebola update: Maine can't reach deal with nurse Kaci Hickox

(CNN) - Negotiations over where a Maine nurse can be allowed to go have failed, Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday, and he's going to "exercise the full extent of his authority" to keep Kaci Hickox away from public places.

The state is now saying it doesn't want to confine Hickox, who recently returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone with the organization Doctors Without Borders.

They want the nurse - who has twice tested negative for Ebola and says she feels healthy - to avoid public places such as stores for 21 days. That's the deadly virus' incubation period. Much of that period in her case is already up; it is set to end the second week in November.

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national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Town manager: People concerned about nurse defying quarantine

(CNN) – Fort Kent town manager Donald Guimond agrees that nurse Kaci Hickox has a right to leave her home, but he echoed the governor's statements that people in the community are worried.

"Folks in our community are concerned about this situation," Guimond said.

Hickox worked in West Africa, the Ebola hot zone, and is now fueling a fierce debate over competing american principles of liberty and security. She is defying orders to remain inside her home in Fort Kent, Maine.

Check out our interview with Fort Kent town manager Donald Guimond above.

politics lead

October 30th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Struggle for the Senate: 4 of our favorite midterm races

(CNN) – Raindrops on yard signs and angry rude voters. Moldy incumbents and vain self-promoters. Brown paper ballots all tied up with strings. These are a few of our favorite things.

In that spirit - CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" brought in three political gurus to discuss their favorite races around the country.

Check out the top picks from CNN's Peter Hamby, Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, and our own Jake Tapper.

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national lead

October 30th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Hagel tells White House his concerns on ISIS strategy

(CNN) – The U.S. is now almost three months into the war to degrade and destroy ISIS.

The Secretary of Defense and Joint Chiefs Chairman gave an update Thursday on the bombing campaign and on efforts to take back ISIS gains on the ground. So far, that task has been left to forces in the region that are friendly to the U.S. Some have endured a slaughter, at the hands of these terrorists.

Secretary Hagel also apparently sent a memo to President Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice, blasting parts of his Syria policy.

CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.

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sports lead

October 30th, 2014
05:53 PM ET

Should Royals have gone for home at end of Game 7?

By CNN's chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – It has been observed that baseball is a metaphor for life, and we were reminded of that again last night at the end of the 7th Game of the amazing World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

With two outs, down by only one run, facing dominant Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner on the mound, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon stepped up to the plate. One pitch, one strike. But then, Gordon connected and hit the ball to left-center field, where the Giants bungled it.

It should have been a mere single, but Gordon took advantage of the Giant errors and rounded second. But he stopped at third, not wanting to be tagged out at home. Not wanting to be the last out. That was the cautious move. Odds are he would have been tagged at home. No question.

Except this is baseball. It's life. And yes, while Gordon was the potential third out at home, he was also the potential tying run. And with amazing Bumgarner on the mound, you have to go for it.
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