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SOTU Scoop
October 10th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 10, 2014.

1. Ebola. The World Health Organization says 4,033 deaths can now be attributed to the virus. The WHO says 233 of the victims are health workers. Starting this weekend, five major U.S. airports will begin screening passengers arriving from three West African nations that are the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

2. ISIS. As the battle for Kobani rages on, a group monitoring the fighting says nearly half of the Syria-Turkey border town has fallen to ISIS. The area seized by the terrorist group includes a security zone where Kurdish government buildings are located. If ISIS overtakes all of Kobani, it will control a large swath of land between its self-declared capital of Raqqa, Syria and Turkey.

3. Obama and the midterms. He has low job approval numbers and Democratic candidates are distancing themselves from him, but President Obama is trying to rally his party's faithful to avoid a Republican takeover of the Senate. "Democrats have many good qualities, but a congenital disease is, A, we get depressed too easily and, B, we're terrible at paying attention to midterm elections," Obama said at a Thursday fundraiser at the Los Angeles home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. New evidence that Obama is toxic in tight races cropped up in the Kentucky Senate contest, where incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes declined to say whether she voted for the president in 2008 or 2012. "You know, this election isn't about the president," Grimes said. "I was actually, in '08, a delegate for Hillary Clinton."

4. Malala Yousafzai. The 17-year-old girl who has become the face of the global movement to educate girls is the co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai will share this year's prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a children's rights activist from India. Yousafzai came to international attention two years ago when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in her native Pakistan. Since her recovery she has been living and attending school in Great Britain. She was in class, when she was notified of the Nobel committee's decision. "This is really an encouragement for me to go forward and to believe in myself, to know that there are people supporting in this campaign and we are standing together we all want to make sure that every child gets quality education so this is really something great for me," Yousafzai said. She is the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

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