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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 why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

pop lead

October 23rd, 2013
06:20 PM ET

The Lead Read: Jezebel.com's encyclopedia 'The Book of Jezebel'

The new book "The Book of Jezebel" compiles some of the most compelling features and segments popularized by Jezebel.com. The website was founded six years ago, in reaction to a lack of quality content for women.

One segment featured in the book is 'cover lies,' which documents magazine covers' misrepresentations and misleading headlines.

"Women's magazines in particular tend to have a way of fudging the truth on a cover in order to have it fly off the news stands, so we deemed these 'cover lies,'" said Anna Holmes, editor of the new book, and founder and former editor of Jezebel.com.

Every month, Jezebel staff would scan the covers of major women's magazines – Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, among others – and re-imagine them with more truthful, straightforward headlines. For example, translating "50 things to do butt naked" on the cover of Cosmopolitan, to "50 awkward things to do naked."
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sports lead

October 23rd, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Red Sox stay Boston strong

It's been a wicked good year for the Boston Red Sox, tonight they'll play in game one of the World Series against the national league champion St. Louis Cardinals, the same team they swept to "reverse the curse" back in 2004.

But it was a year that began with an unimaginable tragedy.
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politics lead

October 23rd, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Roundtable: Why would '@NatSecWonk' take the risk?

The tweets of @NatSecWonk, or former national security official Jofi Joseph, quickly became nasty. Within two or three days of creating the account, he started attacking people.

How does someone get so high in the national security establishment, and do something as foolish as tweet bile-filled rants against his bosses, the administration, and Congress for two years?

"I feel like you're nobody in this town if you weren't attacked by him," said Ryan Lizza, CNN commentator and Washington correspondent for New Yorker magazine.
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national lead

October 23rd, 2013
05:47 PM ET

Who is Bill de Blasio?

These days getting close to New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio takes some maneuvering. The Democratic underdog started with 10% of his party's vote, before winning the primary in a stunning upset in New York's mayoral race.

The race was tight. De Blasio was up against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's favorite, Christine Quinn, and former congressman Anthony Weiner, who lost his lead after a second sexting scandal.

Since winning the primary, de Blasio has surged more than 40 points ahead of Republican contender Joe Lhota.
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national lead

October 23rd, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Sen. Alexander: I admire passion of those who tried to defund Obamacare, but not their tactics

Sen. Lamar Alexander is introducing a bill that would push the government to release weekly updates on Obamacare figures.

"All we want to know in the Internet age is how many people tried to get on, how many were successful, what's their zip code, what was their level of insurance," said the Tennessee Republican.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the Department of Health and Human Services will begin conducting daily briefings on Thursday about progress toward fixing problems with the Healthcare.gov website.

Alexander has been a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act, but conservative Republicans were not impressed with his role, or lack of one, in attempts to defund the law during the latest fiscal showdown.

Alexander is up for reelection next year, and has already been the target of attack ads.

"I admire the passion of all those who wanted to defund Obamacare, but I don't admire their tactics," said Alexander.
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