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SOTU Scoop
October 9th, 2014
04:40 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 9, 2014.

1. Ebola. The United States is stepping up efforts to prevent an outbreak of the virus in America. The Obama administration announced five U.S. airports will begin screening passengers arriving from Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Ebola has taken a severe toll on all four West African countries. The new screenings will be conducted at New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, Chicago's O'Hare, Washington, D.C.'s Dulles and Atlanta's Hartsfield airports. Great Britain says it is also beefing up its screening of passengers arriving at London's two airports. Meanwhile, the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola at a Dallas hospital Wednesday, is questioning his treatment. They want to know why he was not immediately administered an experimental drug that has shown promise in fighting the virus.

2. ISIS. The U.S. has launched another round of airstrikes against ISIS in the Syria-Turkey border town of Kobani. Critics say the strikes are failing to slow the Islamic militant group's march to control Kobani. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group monitoring the fighting, says ISIS now controls one-third of the town. The U.S. wants Turkey to commit ground troops to compliment the airstrikes and keep ISIS from gaining total control of Kobani. But Turkey wants the U.S. and allies to create a no-fly zone along the Syria-Turkey border as a condition for the involvement of Turkish ground troops.

3. Alaska's Senate race. A new poll shows Alaska's Democratic Senator Mark Begich trailing his GOP challenger with just four weeks to go before election day. According to the new CNN/ORC survey of the state's likely voters, Republican candidate Mark Sullivan is leading Begich 50 to 44%. The poll also found no gender gap, with Begich winning only 44% of women and 45% among men. Even worse, Begich trails Sullivan 45% to 50% in the city of Anchorage, where he served two terms as mayor. Republicans need to win six seats next month to gain control of the Senate.

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