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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

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.

world lead

November 8th, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Texas firm makes metal gun with 3-D printer

(CNN) – A Texas company says it has made the first metal gun using a 3-D printer, taking the debate over people's emerging ability to create their own firearms to a new level.

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November 8th, 2013
05:31 PM ET

Starving for an Oscar

The "Dallas Buyers Club" expands to more movie theaters this weekend, after pulling in more than a quarter of a million dollars on just nine screens last weekend.

The reviews are stellar, with many critics highlighting the most attention-grabbing aspect – the startling amounts of weight actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lost to portray AIDS patients during the 1980s epidemic.

But the physical transformations come with some serious health risks.
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November 8th, 2013
05:18 PM ET

Witness: Typhoon 'was incredibly intense'

Witness Joe Curry, with Catholic Relief Services, has seen his share of typhoons in the past.

"This one was incredibly intense and big," said Curry, who was on the Philippines' Bohol Island when Typhoon Haiyan struck. The island was recently hit by an earthquake, so several aid agencies and the government have concentrated efforts there.

"The strength of this typhoon is phenomenal, and the way it moved across the Philippines is something of serious concern," said Curry.

Aid agencies will likely be pulled out to other parts of the region, with "serious shelter needs," said Curry.

"Housing can be very fragile and especially in rural areas that were hit today by the typhoon. So we can expect likely tens of thousands of houses destroyed and damaged," said Curry.

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sports lead

November 8th, 2013
05:11 PM ET

New film chronicles downfall of Lance Armstrong

The plot line was going to be nothing short of epic: A cancer survivor, hounded by detractors, does the impossible – returns to the sport he loves and proves them all wrong.

That's the film that director Alex Gibney was making in 2009, about Lance Armstrong's heroic comeback to the world of cycling.

But the project came to a screeching halt when the doping scandal finally consumed the sport's biggest star.

Then, after Armstrong finally confessed to his sins, Gibney reopened the project, and what began as a fan film turned into an unflinching look at a spiraling web of lies.

"The fury that served him very well on the bike, turned out to be very damaging off the bike," Gibney said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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politics lead

November 8th, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Roundtable: Did Obama take Chris Christie's advice?

Countless Americans have been told that even though they like their health plan, they can't keep their health plan. But hey, at least they're getting an apology from the president. Kinda. Sorta.

"I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," President Barack Obama told NBC News in an exclusive interview Thursday.

The sound byte is getting a lot of media play, and it seemed awfully similar to some advice New Jersey Governor Chris Christie offered up to the President in an exclusive interview with CNN's Jake Tapper Tuesday.
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