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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 news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

The latest news on the crisis in Ukraine, plus a look at the technology aiding in search for Flight 370.

politics lead

November 6th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

Christie: 'I don't need to fence mend' with GOP

After a landslide victory in New Jersey Tuesday night, people are casting Gov. Chris Christie as the man that could potentially put the White House back in Republican hands.
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sports lead

November 6th, 2013
06:11 PM ET

Lead Read: 'Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football'

In his new book "Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football," author Rich Cohen describes the legendary NFL team's coach Mike Ditka as a gruff savior for the Windy City:

He looked like a bear and behaved like a bear ... He was a Kodiak rooting through trash on the edge of a national park. He was a grizzly enraged by a swarm of bees ... Every junior high school has that gym teacher who wants to be called Coach, who makes you run an extra ten laps for being a wisea** ... Ditka was that guy for the entire city of Chicago.

"He's like the guy that actually makes you get up and work," said Cohen. After multiple losing seasons, the residents of Chicago needed someone like Ditka "to snap you out of this funk."
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national lead

November 6th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Burger King takes on the Big Mac

When it comes down to it, isn't life just the downtime between McRib promotions? The beloved limited-time-offer sandwich has reportedly begun making its return to the menu at certain McDonald's franchises.

But wait - Burger King is offering something it calls the BBQ Rib sandwich, and restaurants are offering it for about a third of what the McRib costs.
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politics lead

November 6th, 2013
05:24 PM ET

Rubio: Don't jump to conclusions about meaning of Christie win

Washington (CNN) – In an interview with CNN, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio downplayed Wednesday any national takeaways from GOP Gov. Chris Christie's crushing victory in the blue state of New Jersey and Republican Ken Cuccinelli's loss in Virginia, saying what happened in Tuesday's elections carry little implications for the future of the GOP.

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buried lead

November 6th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

Professor: Given current trend, pot could be legalized nationwide in five years

(CNN) – Last night, Portland and several communities in Michigan became the latest areas to legalize marijuana, following in the footsteps of Colorado, and Washington, which both voted to legalize recreational drug use in the 2012 elections.

But these city decriminalization laws essentially legalize something that was never illegal under city statutes to begin with.

Passing these laws in cities and towns reflects the growing support for legalizing pot, and puts pressure on state lawmakers.

Given the current trend, don't be surprised if pot is legal nationwide in five years, said UCLA public policy professor Mark A.R. Kleiman.
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