July 30th, 2014
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July 30th, 2014
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Congress is Leaving for Vacation – Who Will Solve the Immigration Crisis?

Members of Congress are preparing for a five week-long vacation, but they may be leaving a major political crisis hanging in the balance: immigration reform.

Should members of Congress be censured for potentially jetting off without a resolution?

Representative Steve King (R-IA) appeared on "New Day" Wednesday and asserted his desire to implement immigration reform, while squarely placing blame on President Obama for a lack of action.

"This is a man-caused disaster, and the man that caused it is Barack Obama," King said. "This human calamity and tragedy started because there's this huge magnet created by the president's policies."


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July 30th, 2014
05:51 AM ET

Ebola Fears Hit Close to Home

Patrick Sawyer had one stop to make before heading home to Minnesota to celebrate his daughters' birthdays: a conference in Lagos, Nigeria.

But when he landed in Lagos, Sawyer, 40, collapsed getting off the plane. He had been infected with Ebola in Liberia, where he worked as a top government official in the Liberian Ministry of Finance.

Sawyer was isolated at a local Nigerian hospital on July 20. He died five days later.

Sawyer's wife Decontee Sawyer, lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, with the couple's three young daughters, 5-year-old Eva, 4-year-old Mia, and Bella, who is 1. The Sawyers are naturalized citizens; their daughters were born in the United States.

"He was so proud when he became a U.S. citizen," Decontee told CNN. "He voted for first time in the last U.S. presidential election. He lived in the U.S. for many years, and wanted that for Liberia - a better democracy."

Sawyer had been caring for his Ebola-stricken sister in Liberia, Decontee said, though at the time he didn't know she had Ebola.

Sawyer is the first American to die in what health officials are calling the "deadliest Ebola outbreak in history." His death has sparked concerns that the virus could potentially spread to the United States.

"People weren't really taking it [Ebola] seriously until it hit Patrick," Decontee said. "People are ready to take action."

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The United States and European Union hit Russia with more sanctions over Ukraine
July 30th, 2014
12:13 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ebola claims the life of a doctor fighting the disease in Africa. Another truce offer falls by the wayside in the Mideast. And the U.S. and Europe hit Russia with new sanctions.

It's Wednesday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day