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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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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

politics lead

November 12th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Roundtable: What was Bill Clinton thinking?

The criticism of Obamacare is coming from all sides, even from the president's own "secretary of explaining stuff."

"I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," former President Bill Clinton said during an interview with the website OZY.com.

Our politics panel with Frank Foer, editor for The New Republic, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, and Joel Pollak, with Breitbart News discuss.

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world lead

November 12th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

Scenes of devastation and some relief after Typhoon Haiyan

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) - Surrounded by rubble, children swarm around a public well in this storm-ravaged city, where bodies are still lying in the streets days after a deadly typhoon struck.

The children douse themselves with water and fill plastic cups and jugs.

"Even though we're not sure that it is clean and safe," Roselda Sumapit said, "we still drink it, because we need to survive."

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national lead

November 12th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Sarah Palin weighs in on GOP politics, opens up about her path to faith

The Republican Party is going through a debate right now over where its soul is.

"I want the Republican Party, the leadership of the machine of the party, to really stiffen its spine and not be squishy on some of these issues," former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Read: Palin on ‘sexism’ and Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie's 'extreme' appearance

Far from being squishy, Palin controversially compared the national debt to slavery recently. She refused to back down from her comments.

"There is another definition of slavery and that is being beholden to some kind of master that is not of your choosing. And, yes, the national debt will be like slavery when the note comes due," said Palin.
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world lead

November 12th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Oxfam worker describes 'devastation' in Cebu, Philippines

Oxfam rescue worker Tata Abella-Bolo says that while debris has been cleared from roads in Cebu, one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan, many problems remain – chief among them, the lack of food and water.

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national lead

November 12th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

Not on cholesterol meds? New guidelines may change that

(CNN) – If you're not on medicine to lower your cholesterol yet, you might be soon.

In what's being called a tectonic shift in the way doctors will treat high cholesterol, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology on Tuesday released new treatment guidelines calling for a focus on risk factors rather than just cholesterol levels.

The new guidelines could double the amount of people on medication to lower their cholesterol, experts say.

"This is an enormous shift in policy as it relates to who should be treated for high levels of cholesterol," said Dr. Steven Nissen, chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

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