Un-American American jihadist
Ibn Zubayr, as he calls himself, is not just any American. For the past two years, he's been fighting for Jabhat al Nusra, a rebel group that has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda. CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward traveled to Syria to interview him. "I don't hate America," Zubayr said. "That's my home. That's where I grew up. I don't have a need to hate America itself. But the government and their policies as far as the Muslim lands, that's another story."
With so much good but also inaccurate information on social media on Ebola and in light of the first death from the virus in the U.S., "CBS News Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley posed Facebook and Twitter viewer questions about Ebola to CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. Pelley also turned to CBS News Correspondent Manuel Bojorquez for the latest on people who may have been exposed to Ebola by Thomas Eric Duncan before he died in Dallas.
Most reports say Ebola is transmitted by contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has symptoms, but what does that really mean? As public concern about Ebola grows, many people are seeking more details about how it is spread and how long it typically lives in a person's body and in the environment. Ebola lab samples yield answers but also raise questions on exactly where the virus lurks in the body and how long it can survive.
Two new allegations have surfaced about the Cartagena Secret Service prostitution scandal of 2012. CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett reports these questions have been raised: Was an independent investigation delayed or watered down to protect the White House? And was a White House volunteer in Colombia shielded from scrutiny?
Based on polling and the past success of ballot measures to boost the minimum wage, the issue is likely to be a winner this year. Democrats are hoping that backing increases will translate into upticks in support for their congressional candidates in four swing, often conservative states. Either way, proponents of a higher minimum wage see the ballot measures as a way to keep the issue at the forefront of discussion. If all four pass, an estimated 419,000 people could benefit from higher wages.
With less than a month left until the midterm elections, CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports, there's one former presidential contender who's back in the spotlight. Mitt Romney has seen his stock rise lately as the president's popularity dips. So might that lead to another Romney run for the White House?
From the way the White House vehemently refuses to disclose information on the costs of presidential political travel and calculations on reimbursing the government, you might think they were state secrets. As President Obama embarks today on a multi-day fundraising trip for Democrats in California, the White House is refusing an umpteenth request from CBS News for the political travel information. But the brick wall erected around that information by the Obama White House flies in the face of his oft-stated commitment to transparency and open government.
In society, many of those who abuse a spouse or child were abused themselves. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano visited a domestic violence intervention program in northern New Jersey that aims to break that chain. All the men she met had abused a woman and been sentenced by a judge to attend the program, which includes a support group where they share their stories.
As a result of recent blockbuster action films like "Iron Man" and "The Avengers," Robert Downey Jr. is currently the highest paid actor in Hollywood, raking in over $75 million last year alone. "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell reports that his latest film, "The Judge," is a departure from the action genre. At its core, it's a story about a family and the often complicated relationships that arise as families age together.