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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

world lead

September 16th, 2014
04:26 PM ET

Obama: U.S. ready to take the lead in Ebola fight

(CNN) - [Breaking news update at 4:09 p.m. ET]

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak centered in West Africa "the largest international response in the history of the CDC."

Speaking from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Obama added that "faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to" the United States to lead international efforts to combat the virus. He said the United States is ready to take on that leadership role.

[Original story published at 12:54 p.m. ET]

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politics lead

September 15th, 2014
07:15 PM ET

The latest twists in Rep. Mark Sanford’s love saga

(CNN) - Three days after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford revealed personal details about legal disputes with his ex-wife, the South Carolina Republican's scheduled court hearing Monday was postponed.

A family court judge in Charleston, Daniel E Martin Jr., told reporters that the two parties will attempt to work out their issues through mediation, according to CNN affiliate WCSC-TV.

Marie-Louise Ramsdale, an attorney for Sanford's former wife, Jenny Sanford, confirmed to CNN that the hearing was continued but declined to offer more details on the case.

Sanford announced online Friday in a lengthy Facebook post that he was being summoned to court in what he described as "yet another lawsuit" from his ex-wife as part of a long-running custody battle.

Also in the Facebook post, Sanford wrote that the complications had placed a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur, and the couple had called off their engagement.

The two got engaged in 2012, a few years after Sanford - then the governor of South Carolina - publicly admitted he had been cheating on his wife with Chapur, who's from Argentina.

Chapur said over the weekend she didn't know Sanford was going to share the break-up with the world through Facebook and found out about the post through media reports.

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national lead

September 15th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Vets of Iraq, Afghanistan being short-changed on the Medal of Honor?

(CNN) – The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military honor, signifying extraordinary acts of valor.

But increasingly, those who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are asking: Why are so few of today's troops considered worthy of the honor?

World Wars I and II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam brought hundreds of Medals of Honor – WWI 130 medals, WWII 472, Korea 146, and Vietnam now 258 has after Monday's presentations to Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins and Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

For the Iraq War, there have been just four medals presented, all posthumously. America's longest war in Afghanistan has just 12.

Why?
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money lead

September 15th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Scandal-plagued athletes sponsored by Nike: Just blew it

(CNN) – There is no better sign that an athlete has made it than to have that world famous Nike swoosh attached to his or her name.

But when an athlete's career goes from "Just Do It" to 'Just Blew It,' Nike is then forced to weigh the risks versus rewards of keeping a high profile celebrity endorsement deal intact.

When the shocking video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée went public last week, Nike made the decision to drop Rice.

But the company still faced scrutiny.

"It took the video, huh? Not the woman beating? Nice," one person tweeted after Nike made the announcement.

And Nike could face even more criticism for its decision to stick by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted last week on child abuse charges.
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world lead

September 15th, 2014
06:02 PM ET

Why the U.K. won't release the name of ISIS killer

(CNN) – The masked killer in the video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines appears to be the same man in the murder videos of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

In all three, he makes vile threats to the camera with a British accent.

Now, British officials tell CNN that Prime Minister David Cameron has been told this man's identity, but they are not releasing his name.
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