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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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Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend – what will be the department's reaction?

Two New York City cops assassinated over the weekend - what will be the department's reaction?

world lead

November 13th, 2013
06:01 PM ET

Typhoon Haiyan: Scenes of devastation, calls for help

Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) - Juvelyn Taniega walks down a desolate road and points toward the barren landscape where her home once stood.

When Typhoon Haiyan tore through Tacloban, she says, the house she lived in with her husband and six children was one of the first to fall down. They huddled inside a bus, seeking shelter from the storm surge.

She survived, but they were swept away in the rushing waters. Now, Taniega is searching for their remains.


politics lead

November 13th, 2013
05:56 PM ET

Lead Read: 'The Bully Pulpit'

President Theodore Roosevelt called journalists "muckrakers" back in his day.

And in that tumultuous, booming era at the turn of the 20th century, when the country was inundated with new technology, mass immigration, Washington gridlock, and a cavernous gap between rich and poor, Teddy Roosevelt called himself "a progressive."

Roosevelt also happened to have "the most remarkable relationship" with the press, said Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of the new book "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism."

Roosevelt talked to the press during his shave, when he was signing papers at the end of the day, and had lunch, dinner, and breakfast with journalists, said Goodwin.

Coined by Roosevelt, "the term bully pulpit means you've got the platform to mobilize the country to put pressure on a Congress," said Kearns Goodwin. 

President Barack Obama certainly needs to put pressure on Congress, "but you have to have a good relationship with the press to do it," said Goodwin.

For more of our interview with author Doris Kearns Goodwin, check out the video above.

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politics lead

November 13th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Roundtable: Obamacare: What the White House needs to do now

If it's a numbers game, right now the White Gouse is pretty deep in the hole. A month and a half after HealthCare.gov's very rough rollout, only about 106,000 Americans have selected health care plans from the state and federal marketplaces.

For perspective: That's just shy of the population of Billings, Montana.

Our politics panel with Republican strategist and president of New Frontier Strategy Phil Musser, president of Solis Strategies and former campaign manager to Hillary Clinton Patti Solis Doyle, and White House correspondent for The New York Times Mark Landler discuss next steps for the administration.

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national lead

November 13th, 2013
05:44 PM ET

Obamacare architect: If health care website is not fixed, administration needs to give extension

(CNN) – Some 106,185 people signed up for Obamacare in its first month of operation, a period marred by major technological problems with the federal and some state enrollment websites.

Economist Jonathan Gruber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an adviser involved with the Affordable Care Act. He was also behind the Massachusetts health care plan devised by then-governor Mitt Romney.

"It's too early to say anything useful," said Gruber, of the newly released numbers.

"The real deadline we have to focus on is March of next year. That's when the individual mandate kicks in. That's when people need to be signed up, and what we saw in Massachusetts was a large rush before the mandate kicked in," said Gruber.

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politics lead

November 13th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Cantor answers constituents who like Obamacare

(CNN) - Some 106,185 people signed up for Obamacare in its first month, a period marred by major technological problems with both the federal and state enrollment websites.

Fewer than 27,000 Americans selected an insurance plan through the federal HealthCare.gov site, which is handling enrollment for 36 states.

"Just another day in a series of mess ups in Obamacare," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.

"Any of these numbers pale in comparison with the millions of Americans who are receiving these cancellation notices," added Cantor. "Millions of Americans are being told by their insurance companies they can no longer have the health care they need because of Obamacare."

But there are people benefiting from Obamacare, some of them from Cantor's district in Virginia.

Virginia resident Anne Maliff's son has special needs.

"His monthly medication bills, if I didn't have health insurance, would be over $1,000," Maliff told Virginia's local television station WTVR. "It certainly gives me a level of comfort I didn't have before."

"You actually have the opportunity to get affordable health care, because I currently don't have a job that offers health care," resident Sherree Wells told WTVR.

In addition, a Kaiser Family Foundation study found more than half of Virginians will be eligible for these tax credits to help them.

"There is a better way for them to benefit, and to have health care insurance that fits their needs," Cantor said. "There is a more efficient way to help those with preexisting conditions. We don't feel they ought to be denied coverage but we ought not be raising prices on people."

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