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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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The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

The latest on the crisis in Ukraine, plus why a 700-page book on economic theory is a best seller.

pop lead

December 2nd, 2013
06:01 PM ET

How Hollywood handles the death of a star

(CNN) - It is the kind of plot twist no one wants to believe: A star pulled from the story far too soon.

As the reality of actor Paul Walker's death settles over Hollywood, questions surrounding his fictional fate begin.

Walker was best known for his work in the billion-dollar "Fast and Furious" franchise. He was killed in a car crash Saturday, just one day before filming was set to resume after a Thanksgiving break.

"Right now we're in a limbo period where (movie studio) Universal needs to decide what to do, and how to put the pieces together now that they've lost one of their stars," said Ramin Setoodeh, film editor with Variety.
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money lead

December 2nd, 2013
05:38 PM ET

Bill Gates: AIDS-free generation is decades away

(CNN) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, now co-chairman and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation visited Washington, D.C., Monday, attending President Barack Obama's remarks on World AIDS Day at the White House.

The Gates' foundation has given billions of dollars to HIV research and grants. While much progress has been made, Bill Gates says eradicating the disease entirely, or having an "AIDS-free generation," as U2 lead singer Bono said Sunday, is still a far way off.

"We are going to be living with some level of AIDS for decades to come," Bill Gates told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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politics lead

December 2nd, 2013
05:27 PM ET

Roundtable: Could a Hillary Clinton run hurt Obama?

(CNN) - They went from fierce opponents to fast friends, from hypothetical 3 a.m. phone calls, to "You hang up." "No, you hang up." At least on camera, that is.

"I consider Hillary a strong friend," President Barack Obama told CBS' "60 Minutes" in a joint interview with Hillary Clinton in January. Clinton practically finished his sentence.

"I mean, very warm, close. I think there's a sense of understanding that, you know, sometimes doesn't even take words," said Clinton.

Telepathy aside, can the bond between Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton survive if she makes a run for office? Or would a candidate Clinton inadvertently turn the current President into a lame duck before his time?

CNN political contributor and Republican strategist Kevin Madden, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" Van Jones, and associate editor for The Hill A.B. Stoddard discuss.

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national lead

December 2nd, 2013
04:57 PM ET

NTSB: Train was going 82 mph at time of derailment

New York (CNN) - The commuter train involved in a deadly weekend derailment in the Bronx was doing 82 mph as it entered the 30-mph curve where it jumped the tracks, federal safety officials said Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that figure based on preliminary data from the event recorders taken from the locomotive and another car, NTSB member Earl Weener told reporters. The data showed the engineer cut the throttle six seconds before the locomotive came to rest and applied the brakes five seconds before, a move Weener said came "very late in the game."

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