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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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A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

national lead

October 16th, 2013
11:52 PM ET

Deal to end shutdown and raise debt ceiling passes in House and Senate

The House and Senate approved a deal late Wednesday night to reopen the government and avert a potential economic crisis. In the house, 87 Republicans voted to approve the deal. One of them, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper to explain why he supported the bill.

politics lead

October 16th, 2013
05:52 PM ET

Political Panel: The winners and losers of the shutdown battle

With the Senate set to vote on a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a possible U.S. default, Jake Tapper talks with former Bush Campaign Spokesperson Jennifer Millerwise Dyck, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Susan Page and CNN Commentator Paul Begala about who has come out on top and who slipped in the shutdown fight.

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national lead

October 16th, 2013
05:49 PM ET

North Carolina cuts off welfare benefits, blames shutdown

As the Senate deal to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation’s borrowing authority comes to a vote Wednesday evening, North Carolina just cut off federally funded welfare checks - leaving 20,000 people, mostly children, without monthly benefits – in a move that’s being blamed on the brinkmanship in Washington over the shutdown.

national lead

October 16th, 2013
05:00 PM ET

GOP Rep. says shutdown “was worth having the fight”

In the wake of a Senate-brokered compromise that would end the partial government shutdown that furloughed over 800,000 federal employees, Rep. Mick Mulvaney said the 16-day closure “was worth having the fight” over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

“We believe what we did is right,” Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “You have to believe that good policy is good politics. If not, you might as well go home.”

Mulvaney also said that he believes John Boehner’s job as Speaker of the House is safe, even after a failed Tuesday vote to pass a House measure that would both fund the government and delay the implementation of the individual mandate for a year. Rather than fault Boehner, the South Carolina Republican said his conservative colleagues deserve the blame for the proposal being scrapped.

“No one blames him for this,” Mulvaney said. “We could not get him the votes. That was our failure. This wasn’t the Speaker’s fault.”

national lead

October 16th, 2013
04:46 PM ET

Schumer: Deal shows “brinksmanship won’t work”

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday that the Senate-brokered compromise to reopen the government and delay the debt ceiling shows that conservative intransigence won’t be able to net concessions from President Barack Obama or Democratic leaders in Congress.

“Mainstream Republicans realize the politics of confrontation and reckless brinksmanship won’t work,” Schumer said.

Praising the president and leaders of his caucus, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate said of Obama, Sen. Harry Reid, and others that “no one blinked at any one point” in the face of Republican demands to defund or delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

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