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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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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.

politics lead

November 4th, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Colorado rural counties to vote: Should we stay or should we go?

(CNN) - Voters in 11 rural counties in northern Colorado will go the polls Tuesday to decide whether they want to continue living in the 137-year-old state or break off and form their own.

Even if a majority of voters in the referendum approve secession, breaking away would be a daunting, perhaps nigh-on-impossible path. A new state would require approval first in the Colorado legislature and then from the U.S. Congress, as laid out by Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution.

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politics lead

November 4th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

Roundtable: Chris Christie's political future

(CNN) - "Double Down," a behind-the-scenes account of the 2012 presidential race by the journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, is out Tuesday.

The book has already made headlines: The Obama campaign flirted with the idea of kicking Vice President Joe Biden off the ticket andreplacing him with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Romney campaign was startled by what it dug up on Chris Christiein the process of vetting him to be the Republican vice presidential nominee.

The White House leaks are "incredibly disloyal," said Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for President Barack Obama. "It's not helpful. It's stupid."
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world lead

November 4th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits 'mistakes,' won't resign

(CNN) - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized for "a lot of stupid things" Sunday but said he won't resign despite reports that police have video that purportedly shows him smoking a crack pipe.

"Friends, I'm the first one to admit I am not perfect. I have made mistakes. I have made mistakes, and all I can do right now is apologize for the mistakes," Ford said during an appearance on Toronto radio station CFRB.

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sports lead

November 4th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Ricky Williams on bullying allegations: The NFL isn't for everyone

(CNN) – The Miami Dolphins have suspended offensive lineman Richie Incognito after allegations of misconduct lodged by offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who left the NFL team last week.

Incognito was suspended "for conduct detrimental to the team."

"I played football in the NFL for 11 years and I have never really heard anything quite like this occurring when I was in the NFL," former Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

November 4th, 2013
04:49 PM ET

Red Flag: New Jersey police chief tells of calling LAPD to have them check on man, who turned out to be LAX shooter

(CNN) - After a weekend of intense investigation, authorities are piecing together more details about Friday's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, including the suspect's behavior earlier in the week and a warning from his family that may have come minutes too late.

Officers sent to check on Paul Ciancia's welfare arrived at his apartment less than an hour after the shooting started, police said Monday.

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