October 23rd, 2014
12:00 PM ET

Callista Gingrich Inspires Kids to Embrace American History

Callista Gingrich is used to the political spotlight but she is also getting attention and acclaim as a children's book author.

Gingrich has just released her fourth book about American history, “From Sea to Shining Sea."

Gingrich says in this book, Ellis the Elephant discovers a growing nation on a great expedition with Lewis and Clark.

She appeared on "New Day" to speak about the book and how it is meant to celebrate the history of the United States.

“I write these books because I love America and I believe America is truly an exceptional nation,” she says.

“I think it's more important now than ever that our children understand what makes this country so special.”


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October 22nd, 2014
10:23 AM ET

A Former Jihadist Speaks Out

Why would three American teenage girls from Denver try to join ISIS?

We asked Mubin Shaikh, a former jihadist, to offer context – and he says the answer is a mix of a search for identity, adventure and a false sense of reality.

"You reinforce in yourself this idea that you can participate in something far greater than your mundane existence at home," Shaikh told CNN's Michaela Pereira.

Shaikh now works for Canada's intelligence service but says he can offer perspective on these teens because he once was a young Muslim who came to the edge of extremism.

He was brought back by a support network of parents, friends and religious elders.

"It will take a holistic effort and it can't be done by coercive forces," to reach vulnerable people who may consider extremism, Shaikh said.

In this Denver case, two families called the FBI and the teens were intercepted in Germany.

"It's better that your kid get arrested or at least talked to than be used as a sex slave," Shaikh said.

"A lot of them are living in a fantasy world and just don't understand what awaits them on the other side."


RELATED: Officials: 3 Denver girls played hooky from school and tried to join ISIS


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October 15th, 2014
10:32 AM ET

Should Air Travel Be Restricted Because of Ebola?

Should air travel be restricted as a way to attempt to contain Ebola? CNN Aviation Analyst Miles O' Brien says no.

O'Brien tells CNN's Chris Cuomo that we need levels of defense against the disease, but not a travel ban.

"I don't think it's possible and I think the consequences of that are so great and so draconian, that I think it is better to approach it the way it is being approached now," he says.

Health screenings to help prevent the spread of Ebola began Saturday for some travelers to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, and four other airports will add the screenings Thursday, according to the CDC.

"We're all on the same planet here and isolating this kind of thing is not gonna happen," O'Brien says.

Watch the clip above and let us know if you agree or disagree


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RELATED: Ebola screenings begin at JFK; four more airports start next week

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October 9th, 2014
10:42 AM ET

This is How New York City is Preparing for Ebola

As fears of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. increase, big cities are getting creative in how they're preparing for the worst.

Dr. Ross Wilson, the Chief Medical Officer for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, tells CNN's Michaela Pereira they are sending actors to public hospitals in the Big Apple to fake symptoms of Ebola in order to test how well the staff identifies and isolates possible cases.

Dr. Wilson describes the process:

"We train simulated patients and then we take a standard script, they arrive at an emergency department and staff are unaware that these patients are not real patients, and this goes through for about 50 to 60 minutes until the patient is isolated or we end the scenario."

So what should the hospital staff be looking for and what is the proper response?

Two simple things,  Dr. Wilson says.

"Someone comes in with a headache, symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and a fever, immediately get a travel history."

If the person has been to the three countries in Western Africa – Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia, they are immediately isolated.

And how is New York City doing?

Dr. Wilson is optimistic.

"We’ve been gratified that most things have gone right," he says.

"But there are a lot of human beings in this process and they all have to come together in the same way every time, with every patient."

Let us know what you think about this plan in our comments

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