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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

national lead

October 22nd, 2013
06:46 PM ET

Police: Slain Nevada teachers' heroism bought time for students to flee

(CNN) - "This is a student at Sparks Middle School. Can you please send police out here? There's a kid with a gun."

"Somebody brought a gun to school. They shot a teacher."

"I got a kid down who's been shot."

As police tried to piece together how and why a seventh-grader shot and killed a teacher and wounded two other students at his Nevada school, recordings of the first calls to police captured the horror and chaos he unleashed.

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politics lead

October 22nd, 2013
06:43 PM ET

Analysis: Democrats should stay out of the way, let tea party 'be idiots'

Many Democrats are talking about the tea party and the damage it has wreaked upon the Republican party. But an e-mail Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson sent to supporters yesterday, comparing the tea party to the KKK, is pretty unforgivable.

CNN reached out to Grayson, who defended the image given some of the racist attacks against President Barack Obama.

"Whenever we sink this low in politics and draw that kind of analogy, it doesn't help anybody," said Ron Fournier, with the National Journal.
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world lead

October 22nd, 2013
06:39 PM ET

Amnesty International: Obama needs to explain why drone strikes killed civilians

Two new reports highlight the toll of drone strikes carried out by the Obama administration. There have been civilian casualties, something even the president has acknowledged.

The human rights group Amnesty International documents nine strikes in Pakistan between 2012 and 2013. One strike on October 24, 2012, killed a 68-year-old grandmother who was tending to her crops, according to Amnesty. They say her family witnessed her death, including her young grandchildren.
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'The Outpost' now in paperback

national lead

October 22nd, 2013
06:26 PM ET

'The Outpost' now in paperback

By CNN's Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

One personal note from me today, if you'd permit me a momentary indulgence.

Last year I wrote a book, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," about a doomed combat outpost in Afghanistan, viciously attacked in October 2009.

Since the publication of the book last November, two of the troops from that battle have been awarded the Medal of Honor – former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, and Sergeant Ty Carter. We've told you their stories on this show, and on CNN.

Today, the publisher is releasing the paperback version of the book, which includes some new material, including behind-the-scenes stories about Romesha and Carter, and their Medals of Honor.

If you have a chance, I'd be honored if you'd check out "The Outpost." Some of the proceeds are going to military charities picked out by troops who served.

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national lead

October 22nd, 2013
05:50 PM ET

GOP congressman: Botched Obamacare rollout is 'a national embarrassment'

Even one of President Barack Obama's former innovation fellows, Clay Johnson, said the contractors who made the federal health exchange website, healthcare.gov, were "at best sloppy, and at worst unqualified for the job."

The ongoing problems with the website have given Republicans plenty of ammunition when the House Energy and Commerce Committee holds a hearing on the rollout Thursday.
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