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Protesters were back on the streets of Hong Kong today in larger numbers than ever—on the first day of a 2-week Chinese national holiday. Older Hong Kongers joined tens of thousands of high-school and college students, creating a “festive” mood as mainland tourists flocked in for shopping. There’s no sign of the tear gas and pepper spray police used over the weekend. Is Beijing waiting it out rather than creating another Tiananmen Square? We’ll hear about the protesters’ demands, their chance of forcing change and what’s at stake for China, the rest of Asia and for the West.

Also, an update on the first Ebola patient in the U.S., and could Mitt Romney run again?

Banner Image: Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution; Credit: Pasu Au Yeung

Health Officials Monitoring Contacts of First U.S. Ebola Patient 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The first man diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was initially given antibiotics by a hospital in Dallas and sent home—two days before he returned in an ambulance. Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry offered reassurance, adding, “it’s all hands on deck.”

Kelly Gilblom is health reporter for Bloomberg News.

Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg News (@KellyGilblom)

Dallas Ebola Patient Let Go After Telling of Africa Trip

Protestors Swell in Hong Kong: What Will Beijing Do? 33 MIN, 59 SEC

When Britain gave up its Hong Kong colony in 1997, China agreed to “one country—two systems.” Unlike the mainland, Hong Kong would have a free press and judiciary—and the promise of “free and fair” elections in 2017. But, in August, Beijing decreed that the candidates will be selected by a committee of its choosing. Students and other democracy activists denounced the ruling and organized street protests, which have swelled to tens of thousands of people in the past few days.

Lily Kuo, Quartz (@lilkuo)
Stephen Young, Former US Consul General in Hong Kong
Josh Chin, Wall Street Journal (@joshchin)
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine (@jwassers)

Could Romney Run Again? 9 MIN, 1 SEC

Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney was tidying up his summer home in New Hampshire when he was visited by Mark Liebovich of the New York Times. Romney began a sentence, “if I had to do it again”—and encouraged Liebovich to, “Keep the recorder running.”

Asked about another run for the White House, Romney has recently said, “Circumstances can change.” And he’s reportedly kept in touch with many advisors and aides. He told Liebovich, “we’ve got a lot of people looking at the race,” and, “we’ll see what happens.” He lost big in 2012, but could Romney be eyeing a third run for the Presidency in 2016?

Mark Leibovich, New York Times (@MarkLeibovich)

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