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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 the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the key 2014 Senate races.

national lead

October 21st, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Will the Obamacare website be ready by December or February deadlines?

The initial problems that plagued the Affordable Care Act's federal website, healthcare.gov, were, according to the White House, volume related. But what problems is the administration facing now?

"Not enough folks are going through and applying, too many people are being held up. We've got a tech surge throughout the process right now to determine where there are bugs, where there are glitches, to identify them, to isolate them, and to fix them," said David Simas, White House deputy senior adviser.
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money lead

October 21st, 2013
06:07 PM ET

How significant is a $13 billion fine for JPMorgan?

The tentative deal that JPMorgan Chase reached over the weekend with the Justice Department will cost the bank $13 billion, a record penalty.

"I don't think the Justice Department wanted to hurt JPMorgan so badly that it would cause them any real financial concern," said William Cohan, contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Bloomberg View columnist.

The company is on the hook for benefiting from the shaky mortgage deals made prior to the real estate bubble burst in 2008, when many banks were signing home buyers who had weak credit or unverified income, then selling the risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

To put the fine in context – JPMorgan Chase has a market cap in excess of $200 billion, its stock price hit an all time high Monday, and it has net income of about $25 billion this year, said Cohan.

"$13 billion is not insignificant, (but) they're not going to lose a whole lot of sleep about it. They're not happy about it," said Cohan.
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sports lead

October 21st, 2013
05:47 PM ET

New allegations against A-Rod

The headline came firing in like a high-and-tight fastball – Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez is now batting down new allegations that he and his representatives were trying to buy evidence that might be used against him in court.

CNN's Jason Carroll has the latest.

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politics lead

October 21st, 2013
05:45 PM ET

Analysis: House Democrats will be able to distance selves from botched Obamacare rollout

In the wake of the recent 16-day government shutdown, a brand new CNN/ORC poll shows that 71% of voters think that most members of Congress should get the boot, but only 46% of respondents think their own lawmakers deserve re-election.

Republicans should be worried, said Politico reporter Manu Raju.

"What we've seen through this whole shutdown and this crisis-after-crisis atmosphere in Washington, is that incumbents are getting less and less popular. So this is a concern for Republicans," said Raju.
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national lead

October 21st, 2013
05:34 PM ET

Mother of alleged rape victim: I hope it doesn't take perpetrator killing some girl before he is punished

A public rally for alleged rape victim Daisy Coleman, the young girl at the center of the Missouri teen rape case, is scheduled for tomorrow.

The rally comes after a Missouri prosecutor, who dropped charges in the controversial rape case, announced he will ask a court to appoint a special prosecutor to review the facts and look at possibly refiling charges. Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert L. Rice said Wednesday that he was making the request after CNN aired interviews last week with the alleged victim, Daisy Coleman, who says she was raped when she was 14, and her mother.

The alleged perpetrator, Matthew Barnett, is now in college. His parents say the national attention to this case is causing him "major issues" and their son is being "assassinated."

"It's the exact same thing that happened to me, just more drastic. I was basically forced to move away from Maryville because of all the bullying, and all of the threats," Daisy Coleman said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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