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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

world lead

December 18th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Congressman: Pulling "The Interview," "Team America" gives cyberterrorists a 'victory'

(CNN) – House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul says pulling movies, like "The Interview" and "Team America," from theaters gives the North Korean hackers a "victory."

"Sony and private movie theaters are free to make any choices that they think are necessary," Rep. McCaul told CNN's Jake Tapper. "However, I do think by pulling the movies they gave the North Koreans - and let's be honest where this threat came from - what they effectively did was give them a victory and gave them what they wanted to achieve, which was the pulling down of this movie. I hope at some point this movie will be shown and the intrigue over it will make it more of a money maker. But I think pulling it gave them exactly what they wanted."

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world lead

December 18th, 2014
06:13 PM ET

Will the White House retaliate for the Sony hack?

Washington (CNN) - U.S. government officials are preparing to publicly blame North Korea for the Sony Pictures hack - but haven't yet decided how to respond to the attack.

The White House and other agencies are holding a series of high-level meetings to discuss the United States' range of options, a senior official in President Barack Obama's administration said.

"We do think it's appropriate to respond," the official said.

Those options could include new sanctions against North Korea, another source said.

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pop lead

December 18th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Celebrities slam Sony for pulling 'The Interview'

(CNN) – In an unexpected twist, Sony's decision has actually managed to get some hardcore Hollywood liberals and prominent republicans on the same page. So maybe the terrorists haven't won after all?

From Mitt Romney to Michael Moore, there has been widespread backlash against Sony for pulling "The Interview" over terrorism threats. Celebrity critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from an act of cowardice, to a threat to freedom.

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money lead

December 18th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Is Cuba all set for a tourism boom?

(CNN) - Forget Cancun, Panama City, and South Padre Island.  Next year's hot spring break location? Playo Sirena, Cuba.

Come for the rum and cigars, stay for the human rights abuses.

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politics lead

December 18th, 2014
05:55 PM ET

Debate: Will new relations with Cuba boost Obama legacy?

(CNN) - The decision to open relations with Cuba is contentious.

CNN's political commentator Jay Carney, who served as White House press secretary under President Obama, and Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative publication The Weekly Standard joined "The Lead" to debate.

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