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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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Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

national lead

June 4th, 2013
07:49 PM ET

Military rape survivor: I was drugged and raped, and didn't tell anyone

There were an estimated 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact last year alone in the military, according to one Pentagon survey. But only about 3,400 were actually reported. That is a dismal record, and it comes as news of officers in charge of preventing unwanted sexual contact allegedly engaged in it.

Answering for it Tuesday on Capitol Hill were all of the military chiefs. A long table of 11 men and just one woman testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee as to why removing these investigations from within the chain of command, as many in Congress are pushing, would not be effective.

"The role of the commander should remain central. Our goal should be to hold commanders more accountable, not render them less able to help us correct the crisis," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs chairman.

politics lead

June 4th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Should Issa have called Carney a liar? Cantor: We should stick to facts

There have been sharp exchanges between White House allies and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who called chief White House spokesman Jay Carney "a paid liar," on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Asked specifically what lie Carney told regarding the IRS controversy and pressed on whether it’s acceptable for Issa to call him a liar, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said "sticking to the facts and trying to uncover what really went on, who knew, who gave the directive for this kind of activity, did the White House know, all of these things is what we're trying to uncover."

"The concern is an abuse of power. When you have  an administration that somehow supports the notion that you could use a neutral instrument of government like the IRS, a tax enforcement agency, to go after political opponents, that's just unacceptable," said Cantor.

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world lead

June 4th, 2013
07:04 PM ET

Protester becomes icon of Turkish uprising

The image of a woman dressed in a red dress being hit with tear gas by Turkish police has become the icon of the Turkish peoples' uprising against their government.

Very little is known about her. But the innocence of her standing in that red dress, carrying a bag, appearing to be of no threat to the police, has come to epitomize the heavy handed tactic of the Turkish police.

Very young protesters have gathered to express their discontent in Turkey over the last several days, and as soon as they get in a large group, the police have thrown tear gas at them, incapacitating many.

Tuesday has been a relatively calm day. The police appear to have been given orders not to use tear gas in the same relentless fashion as they have in the recent past.

The anger fueled by the tactics employed by the police have helped fuel the protests, which began over a zoning controversy - locals did not want to see their city park razed to build a shopping mall. It has since erupted into a greater discontent about the erosion of Turkish peoples' rights.

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh's reports more from Ankara in the video above.

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politics lead

June 4th, 2013
06:47 PM ET

Analysis: Christie's big gamble

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has a lot on his mind right now. The rumored 2016 hopeful just made a gamble that could affect everything from the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, to his own political future, after calling for a special election to fill the empty senate seat of the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg

"This is about guaranteeing the people of New Jersey a choice and a voice in the process and the representation that they deserve in Washington. Whoever is going to be our next United States senator should be nominated by a primary of the people, and voted on by all the people of the state of New Jersey," Christie said Tuesday.

So it is 'Game On' in New Jersey. CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Van Jones, CNN contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and Peter Baker, White House correspondent for The New York Times joined "The Lead" to talk about the governor's gamble.

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pop lead

June 4th, 2013
06:36 PM ET

'The Devil Wears Prada' gets a sequel

The fictional character from the highly successful novel-turned-movie "The Devil Wears Prada" is back, in a new novel by best selling author Lauren Weisberger.

Weisberger's follow-up, "Revenge Wears Prada," checks in on the original characters ten years later.

"So much happens in 10 years especially in your 20s and your 30s. I just really got curious and wanted to check in again with Andy and Emily, and of course, Miranda," said Weisberger.

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