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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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The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

politics lead

October 4th, 2013
07:27 PM ET

Shutdown roundtable: Favreau vs. Kristol

Many Republicans do not want the government shutdown to continue, and do not relish a fight over the debt ceiling. They want to defund or delay Obamacare, but do not like the current situation.

A week ago, everyone predicted disaster for the Republicans, said The Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.
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national lead

October 4th, 2013
07:22 PM ET

Obamacare glitches like Apple's? Not hardly

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

If House conservatives hadn't decided to go after Obamacare, resulting in the government shutdown, the big story this week might have been how Obamacare staggered out of the gate.

The main website where Americans can shop online for health insurance, healthcare.gov, which 36 states rely on along with some other state websites, were buggy, glitchy, and slow. Some crashed altogether.

It's been like trying to score tickets to the Stones, guess you can't always get what you want.
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national lead

October 4th, 2013
06:40 PM ET

Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame: U.S. leans too much towards security, too far from privacy

The new book "Blowback" is a spy thriller written by someone who knows from spies – former CIA officer Valerie Plame. Plame became a household name when in 2003 her cover was notoriously blown by a member of the Bush administration.

The government invaded Plame's privacy, but she is also somebody who understands the importance of intelligence. The former spy said recent and ongoing NSA surveillance controversies should spark a debate in this country.

"This really should begin a serious discussion, a debate, about the proper balance and dynamic between security and privacy," said Plame.

Asked if the U.S. leaned too much towards security, and too far away from privacy, Plame said, "I believe so."
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national lead

October 4th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Rep. Hensarling defends GOP shutdown strategy, and 'pants on fire' rating

The last time the U.S. faced a debt ceiling deadline was back in 2011. Even though Congress reached an agreement in time, the eleventh hour decision had a lasting impact on the economy. According to the Treasury Department the stock market fell 17%, household wealth declined by more than $2 trillion, and retirement accounts took a major hit, falling $800 billion.

Now, not only is another debt ceiling debate around the corner, the government shutdown remains ongoing.

"It is absolutely inexcusable for the United States to ever default on sovereign debt," said Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the financial services committee.
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sports lead

October 4th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

New film 'Linsanity' tracks Jeremy Lin's NBA rise

NBA star Jeremy Lin shot to fame just 20 months ago, when overnight he went from a New York Knicks bench warmer, to a sensational guard that led his team to a big winning streak.

Lin's tear through the NBA and the crazy number of fans that rallied behind him, was dubbed “Linsanity.”

But the transformation was years in the making.

Filmmakers of the new documentary "Linsanity" began following Lin in his senior year of Harvard, capturing his rocky pro basketball debut. One of the filmmakers even said they thought they would capture the undramatic end to Lin's NBA career.

"There were so many moments when I feared the same thing," Lin said in an interview on "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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