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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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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

national lead

May 10th, 2013
07:23 PM ET

Amanda Berry's mother never stopped looking for her

Amanda Berry grabbed the nation’s attention this week when she burst out of a Cleveland house where she’d been held captive for 10 years.

But Amanda’s most avid supporter is no longer here to cheer. Louwanna Miller, Amanda's mother, died from heart failure in 2006.

However, Louwanna's story lives on in the words of Regina Brett, a columnist for the Cleveland paper, The Plain Dealer.

Brett told CNN that anyone who knew Louwanna would say she actually died of a broken heart.

“If you take the worst day of your life and then live it every day for three years, that’s what killed Louwanna Miller,” said Brett.
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national lead

May 10th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Cleveland victim was removed from FBI database

A woman who survived more than a decade in captivity was removed from the FBI's National Crime Information Center database a little more than a year after she vanished. Michelle Knight was abducted August 23, 2002; the Cleveland police removed Knight from the database in November 2003 after failing to locate a parent, guardian, or other reporting person to confirm Knight was still missing.

"That was a policy decision made earlier. Since then, our policies have changed. They've been updated, and that would no longer happen. But since we could not contact a family member for verification and the results of her age, she was taken out of that database,"said Ed Tomba, Cleveland's deputy chief of police.

But, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the department's own policy at the time of Knight's disappearance stated that an officer must go and see that a missing person has been found, then inform the FBI within two hours for removal from the database.
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pop lead

May 10th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

'The Great Gatsby' is back

A beloved 20th century novel, 'The Great Gatsby,' is getting a fresh coat of paint. Director Baz Luhrmann brings his trademark Ritalin-addled style and 'Cuisinart' editing technique to the new movie version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, opening across the country Friday.

"Surely you know Gatsby!" a character from the film cries in the new 3D movie.

Of course we know Gatsby, the namesake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 classic.

"Gatsby is the seminal American novel, it sort of defines America in the 1920s," said Leonardo DiCaprio. "And at the center figure, is this very complex, mysterious, existential character known as Great Gatsby."
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politics lead

May 10th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

Benghazi: 'Terror' deleted from talking points

After some emotional and eye-opening testimony from career diplomats on Capitol Hill this week about the terrorist attacks at the American diplomatic posts in Benghazi, Libya, there is now news that the White House and Obama administration edited the talking points about the attack, talking points intended for members of Congress.

In one of the 12 drafts, it stated that "since April 2012 the agency [meaning the CIA] has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al Qaeda in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that since April, there have been at lest five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants including the June attack against the British ambassador's convoy."
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politics lead

May 10th, 2013
06:51 PM ET

Rep. Jordan: Show us the Benghazi emails

House Speaker John Boehner wants President Obama to release e-mails Boehner says show how the White House tried to change the story on what happened in Benghazi. The Weekly Standard and ABC News first reported that e-mails show the administration edited the draft of talking points 12 times.

CNN asked the White House to provide someone to answer our questions on this, but they declined. CNN also asked the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, but he was also unavailable.

"Twelve different edits. You do not need to edit the truth," said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Oversight Committee.
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