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

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The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

national lead

October 15th, 2013
11:50 PM ET

Rep. Dent predicts Boehner to bring pending Senate deal to House floor

With Senate negotiators reportedly close to reaching a deal to reopen the federal government, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, told CNN’s Jake Tapper late Tuesday evening that he believes Speaker John Boehner will have no choice but to bypass normal procedures and bring the in-the-works bill to the House floor.

"I believe that John Boehner will likely be in a position where he will have to essentially pass the bill that is negotiated between Sens. McConnell and Reid," Dent said.
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politics lead

October 15th, 2013
06:33 PM ET

Political Panel: Debt fight far from over

CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper talks with Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, reporter for The Nation Zoë Carpenter, and national correspondent for Business Week Joshua Green about the dueling House and Senate deals to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation's borrowing authority.

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national lead

October 15th, 2013
06:31 PM ET

Fmr. Cpt. Swenson awarded Medal of Honor

In 2009, in Afghanistan's Kunar province, a unit of American troops walked into an ambush. Outgunned and outmanned, one man ran into enemy fire over and over again, determined to help the wounded and recover the bodies of his fallen comrades.

Tuesday afternoon, former Army Captain William Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

"Americans like Will remind us of what our country can be at its best, a nation of citizens who look out for one another, who meet our obligations to one another not just when it's easy, but when it's hard, maybe especially it's hard," President Obama said during the medal ceremony.

Swenson is the sixth living recipient of the medal from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the nation's highest award for military service.

national lead

October 15th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

Army vet says shutdown could leave military families 'out in the cold'

Just how badly could the partial government shutdown hurt military veterans if Democrats and Republicans are unable to broker a deal to re-open the government?

Nearly 800,000 disabled veterans and surviving military spouses might not be able to pay the bills for things like rent, medical costs, and school tuition, according to U.S. Department for Veterans' Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki.

Nedra Brantley, who served two tours in Iraq and now relies on disability checks to pay for hers and her son Caleb's expenses, told CNN's Jake Tapper that she believe Congress isn't doing its job, something she says is "unacceptable" to veterans.

"It's not just veterans that are hurting," Brantley said. "It's everyone that's hurting.

But veterans could be hit especially hard if the government doesn't open its doors again soon. Brantley said if her disability check – one of the 5.1 million scheduled to go out to former service members on November 1 – doesn't get cut, she could literally be "out in the cold."

Asked by Tapper what would happen if her check doesn't arrive on schedule, Brantley replied, "We pray, and pray hard."

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politics lead

October 15th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Rep. Yoho 'can't support' House proposal

Tea party-backed Rep. Ted Yoho, (R) Florida, said he does not support a House deal that would reopen the government through December 15 and extend the nation's ability to borrow through February 7.

“Taking out the things that we originally wanted in there, no I can’t support that bill at this time,” Yoho told CNN’s Jake Tapper. Earlier Tuesday, a provision that would have suspended a tax on medical devices for two years was dropped from the proposal.
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