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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

Dutch frustration with Russia grows increasingly personal. Plus the latest on the Mideast conflict.

money lead

November 19th, 2013
06:23 PM ET

Dramatic rise in number of women hired by tech firms

NEW YORK (CNN Money) - A curious thing has happened in the tech world. In an industry that has long been considered a boys club, suddenly firms are hiring more women than men.

Over the last 12 months, the tech industry added 60,000 jobs, and 36,000 - or 60% - of those positions went to women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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world lead

November 19th, 2013
06:18 PM ET

Israeli government spokesman: Iran is building ICBMs targeting the U.S.

What the U.S. views as a potentially historic deal with Iran – one that would ease sanctions against the country while putting the brakes on its nuclear ambitions – is viewed by the Israeli government as an "exceedingly bad deal."

"We believe there is the potential, anyway, to initiate the first phase of an agreement that would see Iran halting progress on its program and rolling back certain aspects of it," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says "Iran is practically giving away nothing" in this deal, adding that it "endanger(s) the whole sanctions regime that took years to make. So I don't think it's a good deal, I think it's a bad deal, an exceedingly bad deal."

Israeli government spokesperson Mark Regev took it a step further, saying the U.S. should be particularly concerned with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"The Iranians are building intercontinental ballistic missiles. They're not building them for us. They already have missiles that can hit Israel. They are building them for you," said Regev.
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politics lead

November 19th, 2013
05:51 PM ET

Roundtable: What can Obama do to turnaround Obamacare?

The roll out for President Barack Obama's signature law has been rocky, to say the least. The federal health care website was plagued with technical problems, promises that Americans could keep their health plan if they liked it proved untrue, and now success stories are going sour.

"I don't think (Obama) should even try to turn it around," said Bob Kerrey, former Democratic governor of Nebraska. "Just try to implement the legislation and stay open to the possibility that some provisions of that law need to change."
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pop lead

November 19th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Matt Damon's special day involves ... toilets

It's a big day for actor Matt Damon and water expert Gary White. Tuesday is World Toilet Day, a day when they try to draw attention to a planetary water and toilet crisis. The two are co-founders of water.org, a non-profit aimed at helping developing countries gain access to clean water and sanitation.

On this planet – more people have a cell phone, than have sanitary bathroom facilities.

Damon recalls when he first learned of this problem.

"I was so just shocked by this," said Damon. "The toilet? Yea, there's the guest room toilet, the toilet in your (bedroom), you know there are toilets everywhere. How can this be? And yet 2.5 billion people lack access to a toilet."

"It's a huge health issue right so you have over three million people dying every year because of water-related diseases," said White. "It robs communities of their future."

For Damon and White, it's not simply a matter of improving communities, but a dedicated mission to save lives. Access to water and toilets are essential, especially for women in developing countries.
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national lead

November 19th, 2013
04:53 PM ET

Bad news for woman cited as Obamacare success story

(CNN) – Jessica Sanford, the Washington State woman cited by President Barack Obama as an Obamacare success story, received more bad news Tuesday. Officials with the state's health exchange checked on her case and said she will not qualify for assistance in buying insurance.

Sanford had written the White House last month after purchasing what she thought was affordable health care coverage on the Washington state insurance exchange.

Part of her message was read by the President at a Rose Garden event at the a White House on October 21.

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