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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.

buried lead

June 21st, 2013
07:01 PM ET

Moving in with grandma

Transitioning from depending on parents to taking care of them is a growing problem facing millions of Americans. Nearly four in ten adults in America are caring for an elderly loved one, up almost 10% from just three years ago, according to the Pew Research Center.

For CNN's Morgan Spurlock, this issue is personal. In an upcoming episode of his new show "Inside Man," Spurlock moved in with his 91-year-old grandmother, Tootie.

"I think any time you move in with an old lady, comedy is going to ensue, and that's one of the things I love about this episode," said Spurlock.

"To actually get to go back to West Virginia and move in with my grandmother, was a real highlight," said Spurlock.

This episode talks about nursing facilities, end of life options, and problems such as dementia.

"Most of us don't plan for it. Most of us think we're going to live forever and have this great healthy life. And it's one of those things you need to start planning as soon as you can for those years, because those final years of your life become incredibly expensive," said Spurlock.

Spurlock's new show "Inside Man" debuts Sunday, June 23, on CNN, the first episode is about medical marijuana.

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politics lead

June 21st, 2013
07:00 PM ET

Analysis: House GOP split on immigration

On the heels of the $500 billion farm bill's defeat on the House floor Thursday, analysts predict a similar partisan outcome to the possible vote on immigration reform, which could begin as early as Monday.

"There is such dysfunction [in the House] now that you'd have to be Pollyanna to say 'Oh, yeah, suddenly they're going to get over this, they're going to pass immigration reform," said CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

Borger said the bill is likely to pass the Senate "with a large margin," but belives that the House Republicans' split on the bill could prove insurmountable.

CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said that the bill could pass successfully though the chamber if both parties attempt compromise despite the finger-pointing that followed the collapse of the farm bill.
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money lead

June 21st, 2013
06:43 PM ET

Power up! FAA to ease gadget rules on planes

Instructions from flight attendants to power off electronic devices may be a thing of the past if the Federal Aviation Administration approves a draft of new recommendations allowing fliers to use some of their gadgets during taxi, takeoff, and landing, though cell phones are not included.

Last year the FAA began to look at loosening those restrictions. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published leaks from the alleged unfinished report.

Frequent fliers have long ignored the airlines' requests to power down.
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pop lead

June 21st, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Movie sequels dominate, original stories a hard sell in Hollywood

This summer's movie line-up is filled to the brim with sequels, 17 in fact - the most in a decade. Viewers can choose from second helpings of the new "Star Trek" franchise and "Monsters, Inc.", third helpings of "Iron Man", "The Hangover", and something called "Hatchet". And for those who just cannot fill up with enough Diesel, "Fast and Furious" is offering its 6th movie. Universal Studios is already planning production for "Fast and Furious 7" and "Fast and Furious 8" films.

In the creative tension between art and commerce that is Hollywood, it appears that this summer, commerce has not only won, it has destroyed art in a huge spectacle with explosions and computer generated graphics.

"The international box office has become essential to studio's finances, and around the world it's much easier to sell a movie that's already been sold before," said Grady Smith of Entertainment Weekly. "So studios are increasingly relying on sequels because it's a sure thing for a global audience."

The first six "Fast and Furious" movies made more than $2 billion worldwide, the latest has already raked in more than $500 million.
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national lead

June 21st, 2013
06:11 PM ET

Fmr. Homeland Security head: Trading hostages is a 'dangerous road' to travel

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is the only known member of the U.S. military in captivity, the only American P.O.W. from the war in Afghanistan.

There is now news that the U.S. will engage in peace talks with the Taliban and encouraging signs that Bergdahl will be included in a prisoner swap. The Taliban are reportedly asking for the release five senior al Qaeda operatives from Guantanamo in exchange for Bergdahl.

But former officials caution against negotiating with the Taliban.

"Trading hostages, even though we desperately want to get our own back, is a very dangerous road to go down," said former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
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