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Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been knocking Barack Obama since the campaign of 2008. Now, Krugman’s written at length to call him “one of the most consequential” and even “successful presidents in American history.” But Obama’s approval ratings are falling fast, and Democrats regard him as a drag in next month’s elections. We’ll talk with Krugman and others about Obamacare, financial reform, Republican opposition and America’s role in foreign affairs.

Plus: an update on the Ebola crisis, and missing students, unidentified bodies and organized crime in Mexico.

Banner Image: President Barack Obama meets with senior military leadership at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Oct. 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper

Nurses Say Poor Conditions with Ebola Patients Put Them and Other Patients in Danger 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A second nurse is infected with the Ebola virus at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Duncan, the patient who flew to the US from Liberia, was treated. The latest victim will be transferred to Emery University Hospital in Atlanta, where others have been successfully treated.

Lauren Silverman is a health reporter for KERA, public radio in Dallas.

Guests:
Lauren Silverman, KERA (@lsilverwoman)

Defending Obama’s Political Legacy 36 MIN, 12 SEC

Recent polls by ABC News show that 51% of Americans see President Obama more as a failure than a success. Democratic candidates in next month’s crucial Senate elections are not inviting the President in to campaign.

Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been Obama’s relentless critic—all the way back to the campaign of 2008. But, Krugman concedes, he’s always been “out of sync.” Now, he’s written that Obama “has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.” That’s a quote from a lengthy piece in the latest Rolling Stone magazine.

Guests:
Paul Krugman, New York Times / Princeton University (@paulkrugman)
David Rohde, Reuters (@RohdeD)
Byron York, Washington Examiner (@ByronYork)
Jonathan Chait, New York magazine (@jonathanchait)

Missing Students and Mass Graves in Mexico 7 MIN, 20 SEC

A grizzly story is unraveling in Mexico, where 43 college students disappeared after a confrontation with police in the town of Iguala. A mass grave was discovered, but the DNA of the bodies did not match that of the students who are still missing. In the background are reports of politicians cooperating with drug traffickers.

Four days after 43 college students disappeared, the “imperial couple” of the town of Iguala asked for a leave of absence. Adding to the mystery, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria Maria de Los Angeles Pineda, haven’t been seen since.

Carrie Kahn is covering the story for NPR.

Guests:
Carrie Kahn, NPR (@ckahn)

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