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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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politics lead

October 11th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

Conservative doctor: Obamacare 'worst thing since slavery'

There were hecklers, birth control critics, and a comparison of Obamacare to slavery – and that was just day one of the annual conservative gathering known as the Values Voter Summit, a convention of like-minded conservative activists and elected officials, the GOP base.

Sure Republicans are taking a beating in the polls over the ongoing government shutdown. But these activists aren't about polls, or pleasing the media, they're about pursuing down the path of a cause they believe is just and righteous.

CNN's Erin McPike reports on some of Friday's key moments.

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politics lead

October 11th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Roundtable: House GOP in retreat

The White House and House Republicans are at least talking. White House Press Secreatry Jay Carney said Friday that talks have been "constructive" and that Republicans "are looking for a way to extend the debt ceiling and to fund the government we just – they need to continue talking, there needs to continue discussions on Capitol Hill let's see where we get."

But with the nation on the brink of a debt ceiling crisis, is talk getting cheap?

Our political roundtable with columnist for The Washington Post Dana Milbank, CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, and editor-in-chief of CNSNews.com Terry Jeffrey discusses the latest movement on the debt ceiling negotiations.

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buried lead

October 11th, 2013
06:06 PM ET

Fmr. CIA analyst: Edward Snowden is 'at peace with his decisions'

There is new evidence of warning signs about NSA leaker Edward Snowden's penchant for mischief. CNN learned that back in 2009, while working for the CIA in Geneva, he accessed his personnel file and tried to change parts of his evaluation. But the CIA said in a statement that they did not file a report on Snowden at the time that indicated he tried to break into classified computer files.

This latest revelation is part of the ongoing investigation into how Snowden accessed and shared classified information from the NSA.

Meanwhile, Snowden has been settling into his new life in Russia, and just received a prize – a whistleblower award that was presented to him this week by a group of former U.S. intelligence officials.

Former CIA analyst and co-founder of Sam Adams Associates Ray McGovern and NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake met with Snowden for about six hours.

"What we saw was a man at peace with his decisions, a man who is proud of doing what he did," said McGovern.

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national lead

October 11th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

GOP senator: Government shutdown was 'a dumb idea'

As a deal to temporarily lift the nation's debt ceiling is being hammered out, there still remains the problem of the government shutdown.

Why not reopen the U.S. government along with the short-term debt ceiling raise?

"I think that's the point we're at. I think those who thought the shutdown was a good idea have now learned it's not a very good idea. In fact, it's a dumb idea," said Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, of Georgia.

"We need to open the government," said Isakson. "A very short-term debt ceiling increase is not a real good idea because you're just pushing off the debate we're having now to right before Thanksgiving."

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My interview with Woodstock

pop lead

October 11th, 2013
02:23 PM ET

My interview with Woodstock

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

Here’s a fun one for your kids, or maybe even you: After the show on Monday, October 28, I’ll be conducting an interview via Twitter with Woodstock.

The kind folks at Peanuts are helping to coordinate. (I’ve been a Peanuts enthusiast since I was a kid.)

Feel free to send me your questions, or your children’s questions, for Snoopy’s pal. Vine or Instagram videos are welcome too. Send them by Twitter to @jaketapper, and use #WoodstockQs.

The interview is partly to promote the Halloween airing of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which was originally broadcast on October 27, 1966.

Here’s a fun opportunity for one of your little ones.

Hope you’ll join us!

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