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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

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

New audio of the Ferguson shooting. Plus, Obama approves reconnaissance flights over Syria.

national lead

September 6th, 2013
06:19 PM ET

YouTube confession: 'I killed a man'

More than 300,000 views on YouTube and not a cute kitten in sight – just a man looking straight into the camera and issuing a confession and a plea.

In the video a pixelated face and distorted voice tells the viewer that he has a drinking problem. But then his face is revealed and the viewer sees a young man who says his name is Matt Cordle looking straight into the camera.

Cordle confesses that he killed a man while driving drunk and says he wants to take full responsibility for his actions, "When I get charged I will plead guilty."

But that's not all he has to say. He asks the viewer not to repeat his mistakes, "I'm begging you, please don't drink and drive."

The video was released to promote http://becauseisaidiwould.com/ – a site aimed at encouraging people to keep their promises.

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world lead

September 6th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Veteran leaders mixed on whether to attack Assad regime

Two American veterans weigh in on an op-ed suggesting the military does not support the White House's plan for Syria.

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politics lead

September 6th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Congressmen get earfuls from angry constituents about Syria at town halls

Congressmen are facing heat from their constituents over potential military action in Syria.

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politics lead

September 6th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Fmr. Obama aide: President talks to country 'like adults'

CNN's Jake Tapper discusses the weight of Congress' decision on Syria with former national security spokesman for the Obama administration Tommy Vietor, contributing editor for the Daily Beast David Frum, and CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger.

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world lead

September 6th, 2013
05:25 PM ET

Senator opposes Syria action, says Obama doesn’t need congressional approval anyway

CNN's Jake Tapper speaks with Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, who voted against congressional authorization for military strikes against Syria.

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