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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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Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

Will Maine enforce quarantine on nurse who treated Ebola patients?

buried lead

November 18th, 2013
06:22 PM ET

A soldier fights to get a battle buddy back from Iraq

It is military creed that you do not leave your battle buddies behind. But in many ways the U.S. government is doing just that.

Thousands of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who served U.S. soldiers in those respective wars – not only translating, but serving as eyes and ears for troops – have been left behind, and in some cases were killed. Those trying to avoid this fate by pursuing visas to come to this country have been trapped in a maze of U.S. bureaucracy, weighed down by post-9/11 security.

The Washington Post last week wrote in an editorial, "We find it incomprehensible that the State Department is dragging its feet in providing these interpreters with U.S. visas."

Here is one such story.
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world lead

November 18th, 2013
06:16 PM ET

Reporter's notebook: In the heart of Ford Nation with Toronto's embattled mayor

Toronto, Ontario (CNN) - When Rob Ford gets mad, his face turns radish red.

"I am not an addict!" he barks. "I'm not an alcoholic!"

And as he gets redder, his supporters get louder.

"How much do you want him to do?" a woman's cries out across the crowded recreation room of this suburban Toronto housing project. "How much is enough?"

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politics lead

November 18th, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Roundtable: Liz Cheney didn't attend Mary's wedding

(CNN) – Liz Cheney's public statement Sunday that she disagrees with her sister Mary's right to marry her longtime partner has made the family spat very public.

"What we're seeing at the Cheney dinner table sort of playing out, we are also seeing in the party – sort of this debate between a more progressive, more establishment strain of the Republican Party and a more hardcore conservative strain," said Washington-based reporter for The New York Times Ashley Parker

Liz and Mary are the daughters of former vice president Dick Cheney. Liz is running for Senate in Wyoming, and Mary was for a time one of the best known, openly lesbian Republicans in the country.
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politics lead

November 18th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Cheney vs. Cheney: Sisters Liz and Mary's public disagreement over same-sex marriage

(CNN) – It is a family dispute that is not uncommon in this era, with Americans split on whether same-sex marriage should be legal – 52% to 43% according to the Pew Research Center. The difference is of course that this is one of the highest profile families in the nation, the Cheneys – dad was vice president, daughter Mary was for a time one of the best known openly lesbian Republicans in the country, and now daughter Liz is running for Senate in Wyoming.

Liz's public statement Sunday that she disagrees with her sister's right to marry her longtime partner has made this family spat very public.

Sure, dad Dick Cheney is one of the more controversial vice presidents in modern history, but it is the Cheney daughters, Mary and Liz, who are causing a stir.

In one corner: Mary, who in the 1990s did outreach to the gay and lesbian community for Coors. She married her longtime partner Heather Poe in 2012 in Washington, D.C. They have two children.

In the other: Liz, the older sister, a current contender in a Senate race who recently announced her opposition to same-sex marriage.
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national lead

November 18th, 2013
05:29 PM ET

Governor: Little Illinois boy saved family's life

Dozens of tornadoes across the midwest left utter destruction in their wake, killing six in Illinois, and leaving hundreds injured. Seven counties have been declared disaster areas.

Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn is touring the damage, and says it is now time for survivors "to come together as a family" and "help our neighbor when they need a helping hand."

Quinn highlighted stories of heroism, even from the tiniest of persons. One 6-year-old boy heard the siren, and told his mom the family should get to the basement.

"She said, 'Well, wait a minute, I'll be down in a minute.' He said, 'No, come right away,' (so) she brought his other brother and they got to the basement. And it was good that he did, because the tornado took the top of their house off," said Quinn.

"He saved the lives of his family and he deserves high credit. He's a real hero," said Quinn.

For more of our interview with Governor Pat Quinn, check out the video above.


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