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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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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on possibly increasing duration of the Ebola incubation.

Florida governor's debate

politics lead

October 21st, 2014
08:27 PM ET

Florida governor's debate

(CNN) – Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott faces off with Democratic candidate Charlie Crist.

Ebola, jobs, and wages
Is Gov. Scott confident Florida hospitals could treat Ebola patients? Why should voters trust Crist when he's changed his party and his views? And what about jobs, and minimum wages?

Medical marijuana, FSU, and executions
Floridians say mild forms of medical marijuana are not enough, what's Scott's message to them? Some Florida State University football players are accused of crimes, does FSU have a serious problem? Does Crist really think that Scott takes his role in executions lightly?

Cuba, immigration, and climate change
Would Crist be willing to meet with Cuban leader Raul Castro? Do the candidates support Sen. Marco Rubio's bill to give undocumented workers a pathway to citizenship? And what is Scott's stance on man-made climate change?

The 'do-over'
What is one thing Scott and Crist wish Florida would give them a "do-over" on?

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politics lead

October 21st, 2014
05:59 PM ET

San Diego DA clears DeMaio of sexual misconduct, accuser of break-in

(CNN) - A former aide to congressional candidate Carl DeMaio will not be charged with breaking into DeMaio's campaign office, according to the San Diego district attorney.

Former campaign aide Todd Bosnich accused DeMaio of sexual harassment, including masturbating in front of him. DeMaio denied the allegation and said it was a cover story Bosnich made up after breaking into and vandalizing his campaign office. Bosnich denied breaking into DeMaio's office. The DA's office also announced it will not file sexual misconduct charges against DeMaio.

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national lead

October 21st, 2014
05:57 PM ET

Colorado teenage girls caught trying to join ISIS

(CNN) – Three high school girls from Denver are the latest American teenagers drawn in by the radical world of Islamic extremism.

The girls are just 15 and 16 years old, two of them sisters of Somali descent allegedly with loose plans to join the fight in Syria.

The girls boarded a flight in Denver over the weekend and made it to Frankfurt, Germany, where police arrested them before they could continue on to Turkey and then Syria, law enforcement sources tell CNN.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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world lead

October 21st, 2014
05:45 PM ET

American released from North Korea

(CNN) - Jeffrey Fowle, an American arrested in North Korea in May for leaving a bible at his hotel, has been released and is on his way home, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday.

An American government plane picked up Fowle on Tuesday before flying to Guam, the official said.

Fowle was arrested at the airport earlier this year while trying to leave North Korea.

CNN learned of Fowle's release earlier Tuesday but agreed not to report the news until he landed in Guam.

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politics lead

October 21st, 2014
05:26 PM ET

CNN Florida governor debate: What to watch for

Watch: CNN's Jake Tapper and WJXT's Kent Justice will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Tuesday night in Jacksonville starting at 7 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Whether you like them, loathe them, or just want to see how they fair without a fan, you can catch Florida's gubernatorial candidates facing off tonight on CNN in their third and final debate.

CNN's Jake Tapper will be asking the tough questions, along with WJXT anchor Kent Justice. Check out their preview of tonight's debate in the video above.

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