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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

Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

pop lead

December 31st, 2013
06:22 PM ET

People we lost in 2013

(CNN) – A look back on the many legends we lost in 2013.

We should also never forget the American forces we lost over the past year - we can only hope they knew the depths of our gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

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buried lead

December 31st, 2013
06:13 PM ET

Is 2014 the year of the boomer?

(CNN) - If 2013 was the year of the selfie, what will 2014 be? If you believe AARP magazine, it will be "The Year of the Boomer," because 2014 is when the last of the boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – turns fifty.

What really ties all the different kinds of baby boomers together "is being raised in an era of peace, prosperity, economic growth, stability, and optimism," journalist P.J. O'Rourke, author of "The Baby Boom," tells "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper."

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politics lead

December 31st, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Best of politics 2013: Looking back on a tumultuous year

(CNN) - It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – a year of dizzying highs and abysmal lows; heroic wins and crushing losses; filibusters, feuds, and flubs; and even a few precious moments of compromise.

So what moments defined 2013? And which will set the stage for the new year?

National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru, host of The Washington Post's "In Play" Jackie Kucinich, and CNN political commentator and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile share their picks for the biggest mistakes of 2013, the most inspiring moments, and name a few rising political stars.

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national lead

December 31st, 2013
05:47 PM ET

40,000 new laws take effect in 2014

(CNN) - It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama.

Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits.

world lead

December 31st, 2013
05:36 PM ET

High spirits stuck in ice at the bottom of the world

(CNN) - Researchers and reporters stranded on a ship stuck in the Antarctic rang in the new year in good spirits, despite being trapped by 10-foot thick ice for more than a week.

"Our message to everyone would be to have a happy new year. We had ours first. 2014's great. Come join us," said The Guardian's science correspondent Alok Jha.

The message for families and friends of the 74 members of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition is not to worry, "we're all very safe here," Jha told CNN's "The lead with Jake Tapper." "There's no imminent danger."

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