October 1st, 2014
10:08 AM ET

Rand Paul: 'I am Not Opposed to Birth Control'

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said he is not opposed to Plan B, the emergency contraception commonly known as the morning-after pill.

Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, sponsored an anti-abortion bill in 2013 that defines life as beginning at fertilization. Democrats say the so-called "Personhood" measure would outlaw Plan B and other emergency contraceptives.

Paul was asked about the matter during an appearance at the College of Charleston, one stop on a day-long college tour of South Carolina.

"If life starts at conception, should medicine that prevents conception like Plan B be legal?," a woman asked him during a question-and-answer session here.

Paul at first gave a terse answer: "I am not opposed to birth control," he said.

After a pause, Paul elaborated. "That's basically what Plan B is," he said. "Plan B is taking two birth control pills in the morning and two in the evening, and I am not opposed to that."

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October 1st, 2014
09:36 AM ET

Gov. Christie: 'I Really Haven't Decided' on 2016 Presidential Run

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is speaking out on addiction, his weight loss and his prospects for running for president in 2016.

In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Christie says the war on drugs has not worked, he continues to struggle with his weight, and he hasn't made up his mind yet about the Oval Office.

All this as the governor showed his compassionate side speaking at an event aimed to destigmatize drug addiction at the church where Whitney Houston, an addict who lost her battle, grew up in Newark, New Jersey.

"I care about people no matter what stage of life they're at, no matter what circumstance they're confronted with," he told Bash.

Christie wants to put nonviolent drug offenders in treatment, not jail.

As for his own health, the politician says while he still struggles with his weight, he's "doing well now and wants to continue doing well."

Getting healthy is about his family, he says, not running for president ... though that is on his mind.

Christie says he'll make a decision after the first of the year, though for now: "I really haven't decided."


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October 1st, 2014
08:04 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – October 1, 2014

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas
October 1st, 2014
03:22 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ebola comes to the United States. Hong Kong protesters rally on China's National Day. And the White House fence jumper wasn't the only security breach involving the president last month.

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


First U.S. case: In this age of modern air travel, it was always a matter of when, not if. A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials told us yesterday. The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20. He is in isolation and under intensive care. The crew that transported him to the hospital has also been isolated. The patient is believed to have had a handful of contacts with people after showing symptoms. A CDC team is on its way to Texas to investigate.

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