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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

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.

world lead

September 5th, 2013
06:28 PM ET

Obama rallying support at G20 for intervention in Syria

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on President Barack Obama's efforts to rally support at the G20 summit, and his discussions with other world leaders.

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world lead

September 5th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

Shocking video of Syrian rebels executing government soldiers poses new questions for U.S. support

The latest video from Syria, allegedly showing the shameless execution of government soldiers by radical rebels, emphasizes the reason why the Obama administration isn't pushing for regime change as an objective of military strikes.

However, Stephen Hadley, former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, tells CNN's John Berman we should feel safe arming certain rebel groups. Hadley says the U.S. has vetted the multiple rebel factions within Syria and has identified those “we can begin to work with and arm.”

Hadley says there are radical wings of the Syrian rebel army but they have long broken from the pack and are already working with Al Qaeda.

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pop lead

September 5th, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Eddie Murphy is back... to making music

Eddie Murphy is back to making music. The comedian announced on Twitter this week that he has teamed up with Snoop Lion for a song called "Red Light" that will be on his upcoming album "9." Here's to hoping this album lives up to the high bar set by some of his earlier works, like the critically acclaimed single "Boogie in Your Butt."

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sports lead

September 5th, 2013
05:41 PM ET

The business of college football

Football is an industry that makes billions of dollars every year at both the pro and collegiate levels.

Professional players have fat paychecks to sooth the pain of tired muscles, season ending injuries, and soul-crushing losses, but college athletes don't make a dime off of their blood, sweat and tears.

Yes, they do often times get free-rides at their universities, but that amount of money is chump-change compared to what schools and the NCAA rake in thanks to their football programs.

CNN's John Berman and Time Magazine sports editor Sean Gregory discuss whether college athletes should be paid.

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pop lead

September 5th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

The 'People's Princess' remembered

More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana is still the subject of public fascination. A much anticipated biopic about the last two years of her life premieres in London tonight, feeding an appetite for the so-called 'People's Princess,' whose iconic presence continues to live on.

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